Nominees in the runoff election for TSHP Secretary/Treasurer-Elect are listed below in alphabetical order, along with statements they have provided and summaries of their professional biographies. If you are a current TSHP member, please cast your ballot for two of the following four nominees. The two nominees who receive the most votes will be placed on the ballot as candidates for the office of TSHP Secretary/Treasurer-Elect in the general election that begins in late April.
The most important objective for TSHP and TPA as a whole is to promote and improve pharmacist involvement within the organization. Having completed my pharmacy coursework in another state, I was not aware of the active role that TPA plays in our profession; and it was not until my pharmacy practice residency that I became cognizant of how important involvement in TPA is. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there are approximately 8,200 practicing pharmacists in Tennessee. The importance of pharmacist involvement in TSHP and TPA is crucial to our professional advancement in the future. The goal I have for myself, as TSHP Secretary/Treasurer, is to not only help improve pharmacist membership within TSHP and TPA, but to promote member involvement within TPA.
Kyle Allmond is a pharmacist at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tennessee. He received is PharmD degree from Samford University McWhorter School of pharmacy in 2013, and served a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Cookeville Regional Medical Center from 2013-2014. Kyle is a member of TPA/TSHP, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the American Pharmacists Association. He lives in Sweetwater, Tennessee.
At present, there has been a “lack of involvement” in TSHP from northeast Tennessee. I believe I would certainly be able to adequately fill that void. A more global issue is the evolution of pharmacists’ role in healthcare. As a practitioner from both the inpatient and outpatient worlds, I recognize that the profession is on the precipice of significant change. Intimate involvement with TSHP would serve a two-fold purpose. First, holding office will help to develop me professionally as a leader in an organization that will be the “face of change” perceived by pharmacists across the state. This is also an area that I personally would like to see grow. Second, the Secretary/Treasurer position will allow me to be involved with the maintenance of the organization, to facilitate direct contact with members and help engage members once they become involved.
David Cluck is a Clinical Assistant Professor at East Tennessee University, Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy. He joined the college after completing a specialty residency in infectious diseases at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He also maintains a clinical pharmacy practice in infectious diseases at Johnson City Medical Center, as well as a weekly outpatient HIV clinic with the ETSU HIV Center of Excellence. David received is BS in Biology from Columbus State University in 2004 and his PharmD degree from Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy in 2009.
David is an active member of TPA/TSHP, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), and the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM), and serves as president of the Northeast Tennessee Society of Hospital Pharmacists (NTSHP). In 2014, David received the Faculty of the Year Award – Teaching from ETSU Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy. Since 2012, David has served as a College Liaison/Mentor with the ACCP, and in 2014, while serving as an ACCP Liaison/Mentor, helped to guide the Clinical Pharmacy Challenge National Champion Team. David currently serves on the ACCP HIV PRN Research Committee, and in 2014 served on the ACCP HIV PRN Programming Committee. In 2012, he was a speaker/moderator at the ASHP Midyear Meeting. David lives in Jonesborough, Tennessee.
Since my time as a student pharmacist, I have been actively involved in pharmacy associations with the desire to advance the profession of pharmacy. I feel now is an exciting time for health-system pharmacists, with ASHP’s recommended changes in the pharmacy practice model. Since graduating from pharmacy school, I have had the opportunity to learn clinical pharmacy practice through pharmacy residency training and develop my own clinical practice in internal medicine. I now wish to return to serving the profession of pharmacy through involvement in local and state pharmacy associations by running for TSHP Secretary/Treasurer-Elect. Pharmacy associations are the vital link between the pharmacists in the field and government leaders making decisions about our profession. TSHP is poised to assist health-system pharmacies during this critical time as we venture into new levels of pharmacy practice.
Maegan Rogers is an Internal Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Regional One Health in Memphis, Tennessee, where she previously served as a Patient Care Area Pharmacist and completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency in 2008. In 2010, Megan completed her PGY2 Internal Medicine Specialty Residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Methodist University Hospital. She received her B.A. Mathematics in 2003 from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, and received her PharmD degree in 2007 from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Maegan is a member of TPA/TSHP, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the American Association of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). She served as President of the Mid-south College of Clinical Pharmacy in 2014 and served on the APhA New Practitioner Editorial Advisory Board from 2007-2008. In 2007, Maegan received the Arkansas Pharmacists Association Award and in 2005 the APhA National Student Leadership Award. She also took part in a 2015 Health Talents International Medical Mission Trip to Nicaragua at the Clinica Esparazna. Maegan lives in Memphis and attends Highland Church of Christ.
I believe key issues for TSHP include membership recruitment and retention, as well as advancement of patient centered pharmacy services. Considerable efforts have been made to increase membership in our organization in the past several years, and it is vital to continue these efforts to promote health-system pharmacy practice within the state of Tennessee. As TSHP Secretary/Treasurer-Elect, I will work diligently with the Executive Committee to promote TSHP’s value proposition to attract and retain members. I will fully support the goal to continually assess and improve the value of the organization and the process of meeting the needs of health-system pharmacists, as well as all other strategic initiatives for our society. And I will continue to encourage implementation of the ASHP-ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative to promote patient centered pharmacy services throughout hospitals and health-systems within Tennessee. Thank you for your support. I look forward to the opportunity to serve the members of our organization and our profession.
Katy Wright is the Assistant Director of Pharmacy at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where she previously served as Clinical Manager and as Clinical Pharmacist. She received her PharmD degree from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. Katy has also worked as the Clinical Director for Cardinal Health and the Regional Clinical Manager at Mercy Health Partners in Knoxville. She is currently a member of TPA/TSHP, serves as Chair of the TSHP ad hoc PPMI Committee, in 2014 served on the TPA Resolutions Committee, and in 2008 received the Pharmacy Leadership Institute Grant from the Boston University School of Management. Katy lives in Knoxville and is a Children’s Ministry Volunteer at West Park Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN.