ACPE Commissions and Panels

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CPE Commission

Tammie Armeni, RPh, PharmD

Director of Continuing Education/Continuing Medical Education for Therapeutic Research Center (TRC), home of Pharmacist’s Letter

Prior to joining TRC, Dr. Armeni spent over 10 years managing and setting policy for one of the largest state Medicaid pharmacy programs, impacting over 1.9 million recipients with a budget of over $2 billion. In addition, Dr. Armeni has over 10 years practice experience in hospital pharmacy. She earned her BS degree in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University and her PharmD degree from The Ohio State University.

Richard Artymowicz, PharmD, BCPS

Director of Pharmacy Services for Cape Regional Medical Center in New Jersey

He has served as a journal reviewer for Pharmacotherapy and is an active member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Dr. Artymowicz received his BS in pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and his PharmD degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He also earned an MBA degree from Rutgers University.

Dennis Brierton, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP

Director for Clinical Pharmacy Services at Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Mr. Brierton assesses the ability of caregivers to meet patient’s needs and aligns staff development to support those needs. Dr. Brierton established a continuing pharmacy education program at Aurora that has been accredited since 2000. He is actively involved in resident and student training with two new local pharmacy schools. Dr. Brierton received his BS degree in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin and his PharmD degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Joe Fontenot, RPh.

Assistant Executive Director for the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy

Joe is currently the Assistant Executive Director / Chief Operations Officer for the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy directly responsible for the Louisiana Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) as well as the Board’s Compliance, Licensing, and Administrative Divisions. In December of 1990, he obtained a B.S. in Pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University and was licensed as a Louisiana Pharmacist in March of 1991. After practicing in both the independent and chain retail sector of pharmacy for 11 years he was selected in 2002 as a Compliance Officer for the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy. In 2008, he was chosen by the Board to be the PMP Director and in December 2012 was selected to be the Assistant Executive Director and has served the Board in that capacity to the present.

JoAnn S. Harris, B.S. Pharm., MBA., CHCP

Director, Educational Services Division, ASHP

JoAnn Stacy Harris is Director, Educational Services Division at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Her responsibilities include oversight of all activities in the Educational Services Division, planning and developing educational initiatives for ASHP, including the Midyear Clinical Meeting. Ms. Harris has over twenty-five years of experience in pharmacy practice. Prior to joining ASHP, Ms. Harris was a director of pharmacy for a health-system. In her current role, Ms. Harris develops lifelong learning opportunities for pharmacists that foster continuous professional growth and the advancement of pharmacy practice in health-systems.

Ms. Harris received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Northeastern University and a Master of Business Administration from Virginia Tech’s Pamplin School of Business.

Tracy Hunter, RPh, MS, PhD

Associate Professor and Assistant Dean, Office of Experiential Education at The University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy in Albuquerque, NM

Throughout her career, Dr. Hunter has practiced in an array of specialty settings, such as associations, community, continuing education, hospital, ambulatory, and managed care pharmacy. She earned her BS and MS degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Arkansas College of Pharmacy. Dr. Hunter was awarded a master’s in social and administrative pharmacy and a PhD in education from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Barbara Jolly, RPh, MPA

Professor in the Clinical and Administrative Services department at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy (SUCOP) in Louisville, KY

She is also the Director of the Office of Lifelong Professional Development. She has been the CPE administrator for three organizations and has served as a CPE field reviewer for ACPE for more than a decade. Ms. Jolly earned a BS degree in pharmacy at the University of Missouri College of Pharmacy – Kansas City and completed an MPA degree in health services administration at the Bloch School of Public Administration.

Tian Merren Owens, MS, PharmD

Director of Continuing Pharmacy Education for the Florida Pharmacy Association

She has served as Vice-Chair and Chair for the ACPE CPE Commission. Dr. Owens received her PharmD degree from Xavier University College of Pharmacy and completed a master’s in healthcare management from the University of New Orleans.

Aaron D. Reich, PharmD

President of TRINU Healthcare, an ACPE accredited continuing education and professional development consulting and outsourcing firm

He was appointed to the ACPE CPE Commission in March 2015. Dr. Reich has trained thousands of individuals representing hundreds of healthcare organizations around the nation and has served as a resource regarding IV therapy and all aspects of USP <797> to practitioners and lawmakers alike for more than two decades. He is a member of American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American Pharmacists Association, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP), Texas Pharmacy Association, and Metroplex Society of Health-System Pharmacists and is currently Chair of the TSHP Public Affairs and Advocacy Council and Political Action Committee.

Anita Young, EdD, RPh

Director of Continuing Pharmacy Education at Northeastern University

She served as a member of the Board of Registration in Pharmacy in Massachusetts and is on the Advisory Committee for Examinations for the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). She serves as the NABP District I Secretary/Treasurer. Dr. Young received her BS in pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, her master’s in education from the University of Massachusetts (Boston), and her EdD from Northeastern University.

International Commission

Patricia Acuña-Johnson, MSc

Valparaiso, Chile | Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Valparaiso, Chile

She has served on various positions, including Dean of School of Chemistry and Pharmacy, Professor and Chair of Graduate Studies, and Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy. At the institutional level, she has served as Chair of Institutional Projects, Academic Vice-Rector, Provost and Deputy Rector. She is a member of the Chilean Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Executive Secretary of the Pan American Conference on Pharmaceutical Education. In addition, Prof. Acuña-Johnson is a member of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and currently serves as a member of the FIP Academic Institutional Membership (AIM) Advisory Committee on Pharmacy Education. She is a chemist and a pharmacist at the University of Chile and earned her MSc from Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada.

Yousif Abdu Asiri, MS, PhD

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | Vice Rector for Planning and Development and Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, King Saud University College of Pharmacy

Dr. Asiri is the Vice-Rector for Planning and Development and a Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the King Saud University (KSU) College of Pharmacy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He served as Dean of the College of Pharmacy for eight years, Vice-Dean of Administrative Affairs for three years, and Vice-Dean of Academic Affairs for four years. He also served as a consultant to the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) for six years and now, he is a member of the SFDA’s Board of Directors.

Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner, PharmD, BCPS, FAPhA

Baltimore, Maryland, USA | Associate Dean for Clinical Services and Practice Transformation

She has served as a faculty member at the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy for over 32 years. Dr. Rodriguez de Bittner is currently the Associate Dean for Clinical Services and Practice Transformation. She is an American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy representative to the Pan American Conference on Pharmaceutical Education and the Pan American Commission for Pharmacy Education. She has worked with many schools of pharmacy in the Americas and Europe as a collaborator and advisor with the Pan American Health Organization. In addition, Dr. Rodriguez de Bittner is a member of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Academic Pharmacy Section and currently serves as a member of the FIP Advisory Committee on Pharmacy Education. She earned her BS degree in pharmacy from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Pharmacy and completed a PharmD degree at the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy.

Janet P. Engle, PharmD, PhD (Hon), FAPhA, FNAP

Chicago, Illinois, USA |  Executive Associate Dean, Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy

She is a past Chair of ACPE’s International Commission. Dr. Engle is also serving a 3-year term as overseas expert and member of the Post Graduate Allied Health Institute Board at Singapore General Hospital. She received her BS in pharmacy from Rutgers University and a PharmD degree from the University of Illinois. Dr. Engle also received an honorary PhD in pharmaceutical sciences from Khon Kaen University in Thailand.

Indra K. Reddy, PhD, MS

Kingsville, TX, USA (Chair) | Professor and Founding Dean of the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, Texas A&M University Health Science Center

Dr. Reddy is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and is a Fellow of the APhA and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He earned his BS degree in pharmacy from Kakatiya University in Warangal, India, a Master’s in Pharmaceutics from Sagar (Dr. Harisingh Gour) University in Sagar, India, and his PhD degree in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.

Bhojraj Suresh, PhD

Mysore, India | Vice-Chancellor of JSS University, Mysore

He was elected for three consecutive terms as the President of Pharmacy Council of India, the statutory body regulating the pharmacy education and profession in India. Dr. Suresh pioneered the cause of promoting Pharmacy Practice concept in India, introduced a postgraduate program in Pharmacy Practice and PharmD programs in India, and continues to strive to uplift this facet of the pharmacy profession by closely working with other global leaders. Dr. Suresh received his BPharm degree from Madras Medical College, his M. Pharm in Pharmacology from the Government College of Pharmacy in Bangalore, and his PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from Bharathiar University.

Yen Huei (Tony) Tarn, MS, PhD

Taipei, Taiwan | Associate Professor in School of Pharmacy, Kaohsiung Medical University

He is responsible for teaching in the fields of pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research, pharmaceutical care practice and health technology assessment. He previously served as Executive Director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Care Development in the Taiwan Pharmacist Association; Director of Division of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Center for Drug Evaluation; Director General of the Department of Pharmacy at Taipei City Hospital and Associate Professor at School of Pharmacy, National Defense Medical Center (NDMC). Dr. Tarn is a member of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) Board of Directors representing Asia and served as the Chair of ISPOR Asia Consortium for two years. Dr. Tarn graduated from the National Defense Medical Center School of Pharmacy and obtained his MS degree from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. He was awarded a PhD degree in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Arizona.

Anthony K. Wutoh, PhD, RPh

Washington, DC, USA (Vice-Chair/Chair Elect) | Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Howard University

He previously served as the Dean of the College of Pharmacy at Howard University. Dr. Wutoh has led and participated in international programs with various organizations, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Dr. Wutoh earned a BA degree in biochemistry from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a BS degree in pharmacy and PhD in pharmacy administration (pharmacoepidemiology) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission (PTAC)

LiAnne Brown, PhTR, CPhT

Adjunct faculty member at Richland College in Dallas, Texas, and the Administrator of Pharmacy Technology Certificate Programs

Ms. Brown continues to serve as an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists guest site surveyor and is a member of the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission. She has over twenty years of experience as a technician and technician supervisor, served on a task force for the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, and contributed expertise to Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s national scope of practice analysis.

Angela Cassano, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP

President of Pharmfusion Consulting, LLC, in Midlothian, Virginia, where the integration of pharmacy technicians into pharmacy practice models is a focus

She facilitated the 2011 Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) C.R.E.S.T. Summit focused on the areas of consumer awareness, resources, education, state policy and testing for pharmacy technicians. Dr. Cassano assisted in drafting the pharmacy technician scope of practice document for the Virginia Pharmacy Congress and is the content expert for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Pharmacy Technician Continuing Education portal.

Michael Diamond, MA

President of World Resources Chicago in Evanston, Illinois, where his primary focus is to improve health outcomes in resource challenged communities

For more than 30 years, he worked with global health, refugee, rehabilitation, and social and economic development programs in over 100 countries. He is also a Professional Lecturer at DePaul University School of Public Service and lectures on global health, management of civil society organizations, and the reduction of health disparities at Northwestern University. Mr. Diamond previously served on ACPE’s Public Interest Panel.

Jacqueline Hall, RPh, MBA

Pharmacy Manager with Walgreens, the Director of Pharmacy services for St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy, and an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Xavier University College of Pharmacy in New Orleans, Louisiana

She served as a National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Task Force Member on Standardized Pharmacy Technician Education and Training. Ms. Hall is also a member of the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy.

Jan Keresztes, PharmD

Consultant editor to the Journal of Pharmacy Technology

She previously served as the Pharmacy Technician Program Coordinator and Instructor at South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois, from 1983-2016. Keresztes worked with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s Professional Affairs Committee to review their stance on pharmacy technician education and training. She co-founded the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council and served as its second president. Dr. Keresztes was also responsible for the development of the technician exam for the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists, which now forms the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. Additionally, she was a member of the first Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.

Barbara Lacher, BS, RPhTech, CPhT

Assistant Program Director and an Associate Professor of the Pharmacy Technician Program at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota

She is the founding member of the Northland Association of Pharmacy Technicians, a member of the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council, and was a member of American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ (ASHP) Pharmacy Technician and Support Services committee. Ms. Lacher served on the Editorial Advisory Board for Tech Teaching Tips and has volunteered as a surveyor with ASHP.

John Smith, EdD

Director of Secondary Programs and Alternative Education for East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program and Technical Center

Dr. Smith has more than 25 years of leadership experience in Secondary and Post-Secondary Education.  He is chair of the ASHP/ACPE Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Council (PTAC). Dr. Smith served as a member of the Pharmacy Technician Advisory Group and currently serves as an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists accreditation surveyor of pharmacy technician training programs. He has held several leadership positions for the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Karen Snipe, CPhT, MAEd

Pharmacy Technician Program Coordinator at Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC since 1996

Ms. Snipe currently serves as a member of the South Carolina Board of Pharmacy Technician Committee, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Accreditation Site Visitor, and Area Health Education Consortium Continuing Education presenter and Leadership Team at Seacoast Community Church. She is the author of The Pharmacy Technician Skills-Building Manual (American Pharmacists Association) and co-author of Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians (Elsevier). Ms. Snipe is a graduate of Southeastern College (Florida), The Citadel and Trident Technical College’s Pharmacy Technician Program.

Donna Wall, PharmD

Clinical pharmacist at Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana

Previously, she worked as a PGY-1 Residency Director and Pharmacy and Therapeutics secretary and drug information director at Indiana University Hospital, as well as an adjunct associate professor of clinical pharmacy at Purdue and Butler Universities. She is currently a member of Indiana’s Board of Pharmacy. Dr. Wall served as the Vice President of ACPE’s Board of Directors and was President of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Board.

Public Interest Panel

Members of the ACPE Public Interest Panel are individuals that do not have a pharmacy connection that serve as advisors to the ACPE Board of Directors and bring a public perspective to Board deliberations. They meet prior to each ACPE Board meeting and are appointed to 5-year terms.

Current members of the ACPE Public Interest Panel are:

  • Angela Cowser, Hammond, Indiana
  • Dana Thomas, Chicago, Illinois

  • William M. Youngblood, Wilmette, Illinois