Dr. Mark Newberry, Vice Chair, graduated from The University of Texas College of Pharmacy with a Pharm.D. degree in 2003. Dr. Newberry is a native Austinite and is a third generation owner and President of Tarrytown Pharmacy in Austin, Texas that has been in operation since December 6th, 1941. Dr. Newberry's grandfather, Jack Newberry, and father, Brian Newberry, also a UT College of Pharmacy graduate, owned and operated the store before him. In 2008, under Dr. Newberry's leadership, McKesson Drug Company awarded Tarrytown Pharmacy the South Region Pharmacy of the Year for its commitment to patients and community service. It was the first time a pharmacy in Texas was given that honor. Before joining the advisory council, Dr. Newberry served on the College of Pharmacy's Admissions Committee for 5 years and continues to serve on multiple community organization boards including the Stephen F. Austin Society, The Casis Elementary Action Committee, and the SFA Athletic Excellence Fund.
Mr. Jan M. Klinck graduated from University of Texas College of Pharmacy with a B.S. Pharmacy degree in 1968. He started his career at Klinck Drug Store in McAllen, Texas in 1959 while working part-time in high school to help build their second store. After graduating in 1968, he returned and became staff pharmacist. In 1970, he became General Manager of Klinck Drug Stores, a two-store independent chain. In 1975, Mr. Klinck purchased the two Klinck Drug Stores with brother, Gary Klinck, and expanded the business to a total of 15 stores located in Rio Grande Valley. Mr. Klinck served as President and CEO of Klinck Stores, Inc. until 1999. In 2000, Mr. Klinck opened Jan's Fine Wine with his wife, Sally. He is currently President and CEO of Globe Properties, Inc., a real estate and investment company. Mr. Klinck is the founding board member of Texas State Bank and served as director from 1981 until 2006, when the bank was sold to BBVA Compass. Since 1968, Mr. Klinck has been involved with the Rio Grande Valley Pharmaceutical Association and Texas Pharmacy Association. Mr. Klinck served as an elected official of McAllen Public Utility Board from 1977 thru 1995, and as chairman from 1981 thru 1993. He served as McAllen City Commissioner from 1993 through 2007, and as Mayor Pro Tem from 1993 through 1997 and from 2005 through 2007. Mr. Klinck has served on UT College Pharmacy Advisory Council since 1975.
Ms. Debbie Garza is divisional vice president of Government and Community Relations for Walgreens. Ms. Garza joined the company in 1984 and over the years worked as a pharmacy technician, pharmacist and a pharmacy manager before being promoted to a pharmacy supervisor in 1995. In 2003, she was named director of Healthcare Relations. She was named director of Government and Community Relations in 2005, and promoted to a divisional vice president in 2007. She received her pharmacy degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992. Ms. Garza serves on the board of directors for the Coalition for Community Pharmacy Action and on the Retail Industry Leaders Association's Public Policy Steering Committee.
Dr. Paul Abramowitz is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Prior to joining ASHP in September 2011, Dr. Abramowitz worked in hospitals and health-systems for over 30 years, most recently as Associate Hospital Director for Professional Services and Chief Pharmacy Officer at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He also served as Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. He was previously the Director of Pharmacy and a faculty member at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals and the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Abramowitz received a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry and Biology from Indiana University, a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Toledo, a Pharm.D. from the University of Michigan, and completed his residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. In addition to serving as Treasurer of ASHP from 2007-10 and as ASHP President in 1993-94, he chaired the Board of the ASHP Research and Education Foundation, the Iowa Board of Pharmacy, and the Board of Directors of the Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center. Dr. Abramowitz has actively combined practice, teaching, and research throughout his career. He has lectured and published extensively focusing on the effect that quality pharmacy care can have on improving outcomes of care and reducing costs, reduction of adverse drug events, developing new care models, and practice innovation. He is a Professor-Emeritus at the University of Iowa.
Dr. Daniel Acosta, Jr. served as the 4th dean of the University of Cincinnati's James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy from 1996 to 2011. In this capacity, he worked closely with the faculty, staff, and administration to implement an entry-level Pharm.D.program, which resulted in the admission of its first class into the four-year curriculum in the fall of 2000. During his tenure as dean, he provided direction and resources to enhance the research and scholarly activities of the faculty, such that annual external grant funding increased from $350,000 to close to $3,500,000. Through his leadership efforts, several new degree programs have been implemented in the professional and MS/PhD programs of the college, including one of the first national Master programs in drug development. He was the first and only Hispanic dean at the University of Cincinnati and the only Hispanic dean of pharmacy among the research-intensive colleges of pharmacy across the country. Through his efforts he established the college's first Council on Diversity and has promoted the recruitment of qualified minority students into pharmacy. He was appointed the Joseph W. Carl Chair of Pharmacy for his many contributions to the College of Pharmacy and University. Prior to that, he was a member of the University of Texas College of Pharmacy faculty where he helped develop a nationally ranked program in toxicology as the first director of the Toxicology Training Program. Dr. Acosta remains very active in pharmacy, professional, and scientific organizations. He is the recipient of several awards and honors, including the Burroughs Wellcome Toxicology Scholar, Colgate Palmolive Visiting Professor in In Vitro Toxicology, and several endowed professorships at the University of Texas. Dr. Acosta received his B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1968 and his Ph.D. In Pharmacology/Toxicology from the University of Kansas in 1974.
Early in his career, Mr. Fred Brinkley held a joint appointment as Director of Public Affairs of the Texas Pharmacy Association and Assistant to the Dean of the University of Texas College of Pharmacy. He served as Director of the Iowa Drug Abuse Authority, as well as the Director of the National Drug Abuse Education Training Center in San Antonio. For two decades, he served as the Executive Director of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. Mr. Brinkley later became the Vice President of Professional Affairs for Medco Health Solutions, Inc., a position he held until 2009 when he retired. He is currently a management and pharmacy regulatory consultant, and holds a faculty position at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. Mr. Fred Brinkley received his B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin, attended Drake University's Graduate School of Public Administration, and received his M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Brian A. Cohen, PharmD, MS, FASHP, is currently Director of Health-System Pharmacy Services at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. Additional experience includes being the Pharmacy Financial Manager at KU Medical Center, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University Of Kansas School Of Pharmacy, Inpatient Operations Manager at the Harris County Hospital District in Houston, TX and Director of Pharmacy services at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999 and a Masters of Science in Hospital Pharmacy Administration from the University of Kansas 2001. He completed a two-year ASHP accredited specialty residency in Pharmacy Practice Management at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2001. Dr. Cohen has been an active member of professional organizations, recently past-president of Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists and past-president of Metroplex Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
Mr. Rodolfo Davila, Jr., is President and C.E.O. of Davila Pharmacy, Inc. Mr. Davila opened Davila Pharmacy is 1955 to meet the needs of the community in which he and his wife, Dorothy, sister, Mary Louise, and brothers, Frank and Alfonso, were born and raised. For over 50 years, Davila Pharmacy has remained an independent family business. Davila Pharmacy has grown from a small neighborhood drugstore to a modern pharmacy offering traditional & non-traditional services. Davila Pharmacy has a wide array of durable medical equipment, ostomy, diabetic, nutritional and incontinent supplies. As Davila Pharmacy grows, it has been listed as a Top 500 Hispanic owned companies in the nation since 1996. Mr. Davila is very proud to say that his children Rosette Davila & Rudy Davila III have returned to work at Davila Pharmacy. Mr. Davila graduated from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy in 1955. He received the William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2004.
Dr. Celyna Delgado received her B.S. from The University of Texas College of Pharmacy in 1978. She went on to receive her M.D. from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonioand completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Louisiana State University Medical Center. Dr. Delgado is proud to be a part of a pharmacy family legacy: her father, Dr. Jaime Delgado, was a well-known and long-standing UT College of Pharmacy faculty member and her mother, Celia Delgado, was also a graduate of the College of Pharmacy. Dr. Delgado currently resides in San Antonio and practices at Institute for Women's Health.
Dr. Larry Ereshefsky is Chief Scientific Officer at California Clinical Trials. He is also VP, Principal Clinical Pharmacologist, and Psychiatric Therapeutics Expert for PAREXEL International. Dr. Ereshefsky is an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio (UTHSCSA). He is a current and founding member of The International Society for CNS Clinical Trials and Methodology, and is founder of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacy. His academic career spans over 25 years and includes serving as Director of the Psychiatric Pharmacy Program at The University of Texas, Professor of Pharmacology/Psychiatry at the UTHSCSA, Associate Director of Clinical Research at the San Antonio State Hospital, and co-Director of Applied Psychopharmacology and Evaluation Laboratory at UTHSCSA. Dr. Ereshefsky received his Pharm.D., as well as a specialty practice residency in psychiatric pharmacy from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Paul Godley received his B.S. in Pharmacy and Pharm.D. degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. He completed both a general practice residency in Hospital Pharmacy and a specialty residency in Adult Medicine Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Godley taught cardiovascular pharmacology and directed the adult medicine pharmacy practice residency programs at the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy from 1984 to 1992. Since that time he has directed clinical pharmacy services for the Scott and White Hospital, Clinics and Health Plan. He currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Pharmacy Services for the Scott and White Health Plan, and he also holds and appointment as clinical associate professor with The University of Texas College of Pharmacy. His responsibilities at Scott and White include development and management of all managed care Clinical Pharmacy Services, Rx and Specialty formularies, treatment algorithms, retail network MTM and chronic disease management programs, pharmacy student/staff education, pharmacy residency & fellowships, outcomes research and academic detailing programs.
Mr. Greg Hartman is responsible for Seton Medical Center Austin and the University Medical Center Brackenridge, including the Clinical Education Center @ Brackenridge, as well as marketing, communications and government relations for the entire Seton Healthcare Family. Mr. Hartman has been heavily involved in the creation of collaboration between Seton, the University of Texas at Austin, UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and the UT System to bring translational medical research and academic medicine to Austin. Before joining Seton, Mr. Hartman worked around the nation as a consultant for public affairs, communications, marketing, advertising and strategic planning. He was a Managing Director for Public Strategies, Inc., and previously a Senior Partner with MGT of America, a management consulting and research firm. He also served as Executive Assistant and Director of Communications for former Texas State Comptroller John Sharp, and also worked for legislators in both the Texas Senate and House. Additionally, for nearly two decades, he worked as a strategic consultant for several political campaigns, including campaigns for President, the U.S. Senate and numerous statewide campaigns.
Mr. Michael Lester's professional experience includes 27 years in the multi-site health care services and pharmaceutical life sciences fields. He is the founder of Accelecare Wound Centers, a comprehensive wound care and disease management company. Prior to founding Accelecare Wound Centers, Mr. Lester was a Venture Partner at Bain Capital and SV Life Sciences. He is also the founder and CEO of Radiant Research, a comprehensive clinical research company providing Phase I-IV study conduct and drug development services to the biopharmaceutical industry, founder and CEO of ContinueCare Health Systems, a high tech home and alternate site infusion therapy company, and founder and CEO of Preferred Hospital Pharmacies. He holds a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mr. Bill Letendre serves as Vice President of Pharmacy Management Services for Professional Compounding Centers of America, Ltd., in Houston. He received his B.S. in Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, his M.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin, and M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix. He has been honored as a Fellow in the American College of Apothecaries, the American Pharmacists Association, and the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists. Mr. Letendre is the recipient of the 2000 American Pharmacists Association Distinguished Achievement Award in Specialized Pharmaceutical Services, the 2004 Texas Pharmacy Association Pharmacist of the Year and the 2005 National Community Pharmacists Association Outstanding Faculty Liaison Award. Prior to relocating to Texas, he owned and operated six community pharmacies, two home infusion pharmacies, and a home care supply company located in the state of New Hampshire.
Mr. Al Mattson joined Eli Lilly and Co. in 1973. He advanced through numerous positions with responsibilities throughout the United States, Canada and Asia Pacific. In 1990 Al was named Director of Sales for the Eastern Region. From there he was promoted to Vice President of the Canadian sales organization based in Toronto. In 1996 he advanced to Director of Marketing, Asia Pacific. Based in Singapore, Al had responsibility for 17 countries throughout Asia. During his career with Eli Lilly Al completed numerous graduate programs in executive business management. Upon graduating from the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy in 1971, Al practiced pharmacy for two years before joining Lilly. He is a member of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. Following his retirement from Eli Lilly in 2004 Al became a consultant for ZymoGenetics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company based in Seattle, Washington.
Mr. Tom Menighan was named Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Designate of the American Pharmacists Association in 2009. Mr. Menighan received his B.S. in Pharmacy in 1974 from West Virginia University School of Pharmacy and his M.B.A.in 1990 from Averett College. Mr. Menighan was a senior staff member of APhA from 1987 to 1992. Prior to rejoining APhA, Mr. Menighan was President of SynTegra Solutions Inc., in Germantown, Maryland. He founded SymRx, Inc., and developed CornerDrugstore.com. Other professional experiences include management of the PharMark Corporation, creator of RationalMed, and licensed systems for states to conduct Drug Utilization Review for Medicaid enrollees. Mr. Menighan also founded and was a 20-year Medicine Shoppe owner in Huntington, West Virginia, and is a partner in Pharmacy Associates, Inc.
Mr. Craig Norman is currently
Senior Vice President of Pharmacy at H-E-B. Mr. Norman joined H-E-B in January of 2007 and has been a licensed pharmacist for
25 years. Prior to joining
H-E-B, Mr. Norman was with Costco Wholesale for 17 years; his most recent position being Vice President U.S. Pharmacy Operations. Mr. Norman began his pharmacy career as a staff pharmacist in Kansas City, MO and has also held the positions of Pharmacy Manager, Regional Pharmacy Supervisor and Assistant Vice President Pharmacy Operations. Mr. Norman received a B.S. in Pharmacy in 1983 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Mr. George Polansky comes from a heritage of University of Texas (UT) pharmacists; his dad and uncle were UT pharmacy graduates in the 1930s. With his personal experiences at UT, Mr. Polansky realizes and appreciates that the College of Pharmacy is not only a pillar of education, but also an institution that cares about its students. He celebrates 43 years as a pharmacist in retail settings. During these years he took over his father’s pharmacy and then worked in chain retail, over 30 years with Albertson and nearly 10 years with Walmart. At Albertson, Mr. Polansky held multiple responsibilities including Director of Pharmacy. Currently at Walmart, his duties include manager and area manager. Mr. Polansky has served on several Boards, including the Texas Federation of Chain Drug Stores and the Medical Advisory Committee for the Texas Workers’ Compensation Commission. Mr. Polansky graduated from the UT College of Pharmacy in December 1971.
Ms. Marina Sifuentes is the Executive Director of Brookside Women's Medical Center in Austin. She is also a licensed
estate broker and owns MPM Properties; she is the former owner of S&S Pharmacy. She served 6 years on the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, including one year as Treasurer and one year as Board President. Most recently, she served 6 years on the Board of Directors of People's Community Clinic in Austin. Ms. Sifuentes earned a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin and is a licensed pharmacist.
Dennis Song, R.Ph. is the owner of Flower Mound Herbal Pharmacy, a wellness-oriented pharmacy that integrates a traditional practice with natural medicines and alternative therapies such as acupuncture, nutritional, chiropractic, homeopathy and massage therapy. He is certified in Phytomedicinals and Alternative Medicine. Mr. Song teaches pharmacists, physicians, nurses, diabetic educators and other healthcare practitioner's continuing education courses on herbal and alternative medicines. He is an APhA Certified Community Pharmacist Immunizer and provides cholesterol testing, cardiovascular screening, smoking cessation programs and private nutritional and herbal consultations. Mr. Song has been a community pharmacy practitioner for over 30 years. He is the only integrative pharmacy practitioner in the southern Denton Countyarea and was awarded "Innovative Pharmacist of the Year" in 2003 by Texas Pharmacy Association. Mr. Song is a 1982 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy and a 1996 William S. Apple graduate of the APhA Community Pharmacy Management Program at Drake University. Mr. Song was President of the Texas Pharmacy Association in 2010-11. He is a member of the APhA, NCPA, and is a director on board of American Pharmacies, Inc.
Ms. Laura Underwood serves as the Area Vice President (Area 16) for CVS/Caremark in North Richland Hills. In this capacity, she is responsible for 389 stores located throughout 7 states. Within CVS/Caremark, she previously served as Regional Sales Manager in Southern and Central New Jersey and as District Manager in Manhattan. Prior to joining CVS/Caremark, Ms. Underwood held the position of Regional VP Northeast for Party City, Regional VP Midwest for KB Toys, and East Regional Sales Director for The Body Shop. Ms Underwood received her BA in Government and Sociology from The University of Texas at Austin and received her MBA from The University of Massachusetts.
Mr. Ron J. Gieser Mr. Ron J. Gieser, Burleson, TX was born and raised in Illinois. He graduated from The University of Texas College of Pharmacy in 1962. Mr. Gieser opened Ron's Apothecary Shop in Burleson, Texas in 1968 with his wife, Barbara. He opened Ron's Apothecary Shop #2 (closed door pharmacy) in 1999. Mr. Gieser sold both to his son, Matt, in 2007, who is also a graduate of the UT College of Pharmacy. Mr. Gieser is a licensed pharmacist in Montana and Texas. Mr. Gieser was appointed to Texas Pharmacy Association Board of Directors TPA in 1968 and served as its President from 1979-80. Mr. Gieser was the Bowl of Hygeia recipient in 1980, the Wm. J Sheffield recipient in 1983, President of the College of Pharmacy Alumni Association from 1983-1984, President of the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice from 1985-86, was the APhA Daniel B. Smith recipient in 1987, served as Mayor Pro Tem in the Burleson City Council from 1970-76, was President of the Burleson Chamber of Commerce in 1971, and became a member of UT's Chancellor Council in 2004. He enjoys spending time at his homes in Montana, Colorado, and Texas, as well as fly-fishing and watching Longhorn football games.
Mr. Lonnie Hollingsworth received his B.S. from the University of Texas College of Pharmacy in 1957. He served in the United States Navy and is a veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Hollingsworth has served on the Texas Pharmacy Association, West Texas Pharmacy Association, National Community Pharmacists Association, and Carillon Senior Living Board of Directors. He was named "Texas Pharmacists of the Year" in 1981 and 2001. Mr. Hollingsworth currently operates L & H Pharmacies, Inc. in Lubbock. He has commented that choosing his wife, Nancy, and the pharmacy profession are the two best decisions he has ever made.
Ms. Hazel Pipkin has been a licensed pharmacist in Texas since 1954. During that time, she has served in a variety of roles including independent pharmacy owner, pharmacy educator, nursing home consultant, and elected leader in several state and national professional pharmacy organizations. In 1974, Ms. Pipkin established The Pharmacy Shop, an independent community pharmacy in Bryan, Texas, where she participated in all management and practice activities until 2000. The patient care activities she helped initiate were recognized in 1996 by the American Pharmacists Association with its Practice Excellence Award. She is also a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Practice and Management. Ms. Pipkin joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy in 1987, as a Clinical Instructor. She retired from the faculty in 2007, with the rank of Clinical Professor.
Ms. Doris Smith attended Texas Tech University and was a teacher for 18 years. Ms. Smith married Mr. Glenn Smith and supported him at Behrens Pharmaceutical Company for 38 years.She stays busy with her children and grandchildren and continues to support the College of Pharmacy
Mr. Tim Vordenbaumen, Sr., is Vice President of Government Affairs for Omnicare, Inc., which is the nation's largest provider of professional pharmacy-related consulting and data management services for skilled nursing, assisted living, and other institutional healthcare providers. Mr. Vordenbaumen is a graduate of the University of Texas, College of Pharmacy. He is a past president of the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA). He also served as the speaker of the House of Delegates and as President of Texas Pharmaceutical Association.
Mr. Neill Walsdorf, Sr., is Chief Executive Officer of the privately-held Mission Pharmacal Company. Mr. Walsdorf joined Mission in 1959 and since that time has held several positions, including sales and marketing, product development, and President. In 1998, he assumed the roles of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. Mr. Walsdorf graduated with a B.S. in chemistry and microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin.
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