Tennessee Pharmacists Association

Olivia Welter and Ariel ClarkNashville, TN (June 2, 2022) – The Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA), the only professional association representing pharmacists in all practice areas across the state, today announced the hire of Olivia Welter, Doctor of Pharmacy, as Director of Professional Affairs, and Ariel Clark, Doctor of Pharmacy, as Manager of Education and Practice Development.

As the Director of Professional Affairs, Welter will help lead TPA’s practice initiatives, regulatory affairs and policy development process. She will be responsible for identifying and developing practice-based resources, overseeing educational events and programs, managing practice-related advisory committees and working closely with volunteer leaders.

Welter graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. During her time as a student, Olivia was an active member of the Iowa Pharmacy Association, serving on policy committees and as Executive Intern in Association Management. This involvement piqued her interest in pharmacy advocacy and led her to complete an internship in the Iowa State Capitol House of Representatives. She recently completed the APhA Foundation Knowlton Center Executive Fellowship in Association Management and Leadership in Washington, D.C.

In her role as Manager of Education and Practice Development, Clark will assist in cultivating educational program offerings and leadership development opportunities for TPA members. She will also serve as TPA’s continuing education (CE) administrator and ensure compliance with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Standards for Continuing Pharmacy Education.

Clark earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota – Duluth, College of Pharmacy, where she graduated with an emphasis in pharmacy leadership. Upon graduation, Clark completed an Executive Fellowship in Association Leadership and Management with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) in Washington, D.C. In this role, she worked to support pharmacy technician advancement through outreach with stakeholders, monitoring of the legislative/regulatory landscape, and specialized training in credentialing. She has earned an ASHP Teaching Certification, an ICE Credentialing Specialist certification, and while in pharmacy school, earned a QPR Institute Suicide Prevention Instructor certification.

“We are very excited to have Olivia and Ariel on our team as we continue building one of the foremost, innovative pharmacy associations in the country,” said Anthony Pudlo, TPA’s Executive Director. “We look forward to the ways they will continue to enhance our member experience and further the interests of the entire profession across the state.”

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About the Tennessee Pharmacists Association
The Tennessee Pharmacists Association represents the profession of pharmacy across the state, united for the purpose of promoting safe and effective medication use to improve the health of patients. Since 1886, the Tennessee Pharmacists Association has preserved and advanced the interests of the profession and has served the professional needs of all pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. For more information, please visit www.tnpharm.org.