ACA Welcomes New Fellows and Members

2018-10-11T13:26:08-05:00March 16th, 2016|Categories: Blog, News Release|

The American College of Apothecaries recently inducted 25 pharmacists into Fellowship at its annual Educational Conference in Coronado, California. In order to receive designation from the ACA as a Full Fellow, pharmacists are evaluated through a personal interview, a pharmacy inspection, and adherence to the ACA Standards of Practice. Pharmacists awarded Full Fellow status are eligible to use the credentials FACA after their name.

“The American College of Apothecaries is proud to receive our new Fellows into membership,” said ACA President Tom Hunt, RPh, FACA, FACVP. “Being an ACA Fellow shows a pharmacist’s commitment to the profession of pharmacy and to providing the highest-quality independent pharmaceutical services to both patients and community.”

New ACA Fellows February 2016

New ACA Fellows inducted at the Educational Conference, February 2016.

New ACA Fellows present at the induction ceremony in California were:
  • Omar Allibhai, Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Leonard Arteaga, Doral, Florida
  • Richard Dilzer, Long Valley, New Jersey
  • Dawn Ipsen, Snohomish, Washington
  • Linda Garrelts MacLean, Spokane, Washington
  • Joseph Lee, Houston, Texas
  • Ken Markakis, Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Jacquelyn May, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Kathryn Oard, Enid, Oklahoma
  • Nancy Smigal, San Diego, California
  • Nancy Stoehr, Mequon, Wisconsin
The following pharmacists were inducted in absentia:
  • Justin Brock, Tucson, Arizona
  • Raymond Jajeh, South San Francisco, California
  • Thomas Magnifico, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Amanda Meister, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
  • Nicole Mourning, Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Erik Nelson, Spokane, Washington
  • Tom O’Shea, Elburn, Illinois
  • Anthony Pudlo, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Kathryn Richards, Clarksville, Tennessee
  • Sohal Shah, New Port Richey, Florida
  • Michelle Sherman, Dana Point, California
  • Rodney Skinner, Elk City, Oklahoma
  • Sahar Swidan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Evan Vickers, Cedar City, Utah
Also recognized at the meeting were new Affiliate, Pharmacy Technician, and Pharmacy Marketer Members in attendance:
  • Sherri Hack, Canton, South Dakota, Pharmacy Marketer
  • Terri Hall-Klouda, Anchorage, Alaska, Affiliate
  • Kerrie James, San Diego, California, Pharmacy Technician
  • Brenda Jensen, Canton, South Dakota, Pharmacy Technician
  • Mary May Saldana, San Diego, California, Pharmacy Technician
  • Lyssarae Soriano, San Diego, California, Pharmacy Technician
  • Jesus Zavala, San Diego, California, Pharmacy Technician
  • Amanda Zuniga, San Diego, California, Pharmacy Technician
About the American College of Apothecaries

Founded in 1940, the American College of Apothecaries is a professional pharmacy organization dedicated to advancing the entrepreneurial spirit of member pharmacists through education, innovation, mentoring, fellowship, and training.

Linda McElhiney Named ACA Member of the Year

2016-03-04T12:23:56-06:00March 4th, 2016|Categories: News Release|

2015 ACA Member of the Year Linda McElhiney

2015 ACA Member of the Year Linda McElhiney with ACA Executive Vice-President Ed Hesterlee

CORONADO, CA, February 26, 2016:  The American College of Apothecaries presented the 2015 ACA Member of the Year Award to Linda McElhiney, PharmD, MSP, RPh, FIACA, FASHP, FIACP of Indianapolis, Indiana, at the College’s 2016 Annual Educational Conference.  The presentation was made during the Presidents’ Banquet Friday evening at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort.  The award is presented to a member of the College for exceptional accomplishment and effort in promoting the College and community pharmacy.

Dr. McElhiney has dedicated herself to advancing the science of compounding throughout her professional career through her roles as the Compounding Pharmacist-in Charge for Indiana University Health, the author of articles pertaining to hospital compounding for the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding, author of the Compounding Guide for Ophthalmic Preparations, and contributor to both pharmacy and medical textbooks. Dr. McElhiney was a member of the USP Committee of Experts for Compounding for the 2010-2015 cycle.

Dr. McElhiney has served the pharmacy profession through numerous committees for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Kappa Epsilon, and IACP. She is a former board member for IACP and currently serves on the ACA Board of Directors.

A full fellow of ACA, ASHP, and IACP, Dr. McElhiney has been recognized before for her contributions and commitment to pharmacy. In 1989, she received the Unicorn Award for her active participation in Kappa Epsilon and in 2010, she received the KE/Merck Vanguard Leadership Award, which honors exemplary women pharmacists. Dr. McElhiney was awarded the Scheffe Scholarship by the ACA Foundation in 2012.

Since receiving a BS in Pharmacy from Purdue University in 1984, Dr. McElhiney has continued to expand her education. In 2002, she earned a PharmD from the University of Florida through the Working Professionals PharmD (WPPD) program while working full-time at IU Health. She has recently completed the ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Academy and is a 2014 graduate of the University of Florida Master of Pharmacy program with a focus on Institutional Leadership.

American College of Apothecaries Installs New Officers for 2016-17

2016-03-04T12:08:27-06:00March 4th, 2016|Categories: News Release|

2016-17 ACA Officers

The following independent pharmacists were installed as officers of the American College of Apothecaries during its 2016 Annual Educational Conference in Coronado, California:

Chairman — Jerome Greene, RPh, FACA

Jerry Greene is a pharmacist and owner of San Diego Compounding Pharmacy.  After receiving his baccalaureate degree from Western Michigan University in 1982, Jerry then went on to receive his pharmacy degree at the University of the Pacific.  Jerry served two (1 year terms) as President of the San Diego Chapter of the California Pharmacists Association after 6 years on their Board of Directors. Since 2002, Jerry has held an Assistant Clinical Professor’s position at The University of California San Diego’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy.  Jerry was inducted as an ACA Fellow in 2003 and served three (4 year terms) as Region 12 Director for the ACA. He is a member of The American Pharmacists Association (APhA), The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP), The California Pharmacists Association (CPhA), The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and is a Lifetime Member of The Harley Owners Group (HOG).

President — Thomas J. Hunt, RPh, FACA, FACVP

Tom Hunt received his B.S. degree in pharmacy from St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1980 and his MBA from St. Louis University in 1986. Between 1980 and 1990, Tom worked as a staff pharmacist, pharmacy manager, district manager and business consultant to franchisees.  In 1990 he purchased Lindenwood Drug. Currently Tom has ownership in two pharmacies in the St. Louis area. In addition to his responsibilities as a pharmacist, manager and owner, Hunt is an adjunct clinical instructor at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and affiliate clinical faculty at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  Tom has served as ACA Regional Director for Region 7 for several years.  He is also a member of the Missouri Pharmacist Association, NCPA, APhA, IACP, and the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists.

President-Elect — Ryan Oftebro, PharmD, FACA, FACVP

Ryan Oftebro is a pharmacist and co-owner of Kelley-Ross and Associates, Inc. which consists of four pharmacies in Seattle, WA. Ryan received his PharmD from the University of Washington in 2003, and completed a Community Practice Residency in 2004. Ryan currently oversees community and clinical services at Kelley-Ross which include programs with the Polyclinic and other community based healthcare organizations. Ryan has previously held a board position with the Washington State Pharmacy Association and is currently the Region 11 Director for the American College of Apothecaries as well as a Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Washington School of Pharmacy.

Vice-President — David B. Liebman, RPh, FACA, FACVP

David Liebman received his B.S. degree in pharmacy from the Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy. He earned a Master of Hospital Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a second Master’s degree and a Doctor of Public Administration from Nova University. He currently owns and operates Kaye’s EPIC Pharmacy, a community and compounding pharmacy in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Liebman served on the USP’s Expert Advisory Panel for Pharmacy Compounding and was also appointed to the USP’s Compounding Monograph Committee and assisted in writing USP Chapter 795. Concurrently with his USP appointment, David served on the FDA’s Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee. He has also served as a Clinical Adjunct for the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Service PEP Program for the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy. His professional memberships include the Maryland Pharmaceutical Association and the American College of Apothecaries, where he serves as the director of Region 3. He holds memberships in the ACVP and IACP. David Served on the National Advisory Board for the VCU-MCV School of Pharmacy.

Treasurer — Steven Pryor, PharmD, FACA

Steven Pryor received B.S. degree in pharmacy in 1981 and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2005.  Steve is currently the managing partner of Scheffe Prescription Shop in Enid, Oklahoma.  His professional interests are focused on patient care in community retail pharmacy. His local memberships include Enid Rotary Club, Enid Chamber of Commerce, and Main Street Enid.  He is also member of the Oklahoma Pharmacists Association and National Community Pharmacists Association. He has served as District Director of both the Oklahoma Pharmacist Association and Kansas Pharmacist Association. Steven has been a member of ACA for over 20 years and is currently serving as Region 8 Director and Treasurer.  Steven has been married to wife Donna for 32 years, and has three children.

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