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.

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.

Lindsay Kaster, Pharm.D., BCOP

Associate Chief of Pharmacy for Inpatient Services, Boise VA Medical Center

Lindsay Kaster is the Associate Chief of Pharmacy for Inpatient Services at the Boise VA Medical Center, where she completed her PGY1 residency.  She completed a PGY2 Oncology residency at St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI), and worked as a clinical oncology pharmacist at the VA prior to taking her current position.  Lindsay was named the TOP Oncology Pharmacist in 2011 by The Oncology Pharmacist, a hem-onc publication.  She has been in various leadership capacities within pharmacy organizations, including ASHP, Association of VA Hematology-Oncology (AVAHO), Idaho Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ISHP), and the Hematology-Oncology Pharmacists Association (HOPA).  She has led many educational initiatives within pharmacy, including launching and coordinating the VHA oncology board certification study group and acting as the CPE Administrator for ISHP for 4 years.  Lindsay spends her free time listening to audiobooks while chasing after her 3 energetic daughters.

Jennifer Pauley, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP

Clinical Coordinator, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee

Dr. Pauley is currently Clinical Coordinator and Residency Program Director for the PGY2 Oncology residency program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Assistant Professor at The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, College of Pharmacy in Memphis, Tennessee.  She is board certified in pharmacotherapy and oncology.  Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from The Ohio State University and completed a Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Residency at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas.

For the past 20 years, Jennifer has worked at St. Jude, with a primary focus on pediatric leukemia and lymphoma.  In addition to overseeing the pediatric oncology residency program, she is also the administrator for the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education at St. Jude.  Jennifer is a member of various committees within the hospital including the Antimicrobial Utilization and Improvement Committee, Graduate Medical Education Committee, Continuing Medical Education Committee, and Medication Use Safety Team.  Jennifer is also a member of local, state and national organizations.  She is currently on the ASHP SAG for Pediatrics and is a member of the planning committees for both HOPA & PPAG.  Jennifer is serving on the Tennessee Society of Health-System Pharmacists Residency Committee and is also the secretary for the Mid-South College of Clinical Pharmacy.

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.

Ginger Scott, RPh, MS, PhD

Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy and Director of Continuing Education at the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy

Virginia (Ginger) G. Scott, PhD, MS, RPh, FAPhA is a Professor and Director of Continuing Education in  the Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy at West Virginia University (WVU). Dr. Scott received her PhD from the University of Minnesota and masters from Purdue University both in Social and Administrative Pharmacy and Bachelor of Sciences in Pharmacy from the University of Kentucky. Prior to academia, she had experience in both hospital and community pharmacy. Dr. Scott’s experiences related to continuing pharmacy education over the last four decades are extensive. These experiences include being the Director of CPE at West Virginia University (WVU) School of Pharmacy for the last 22 years, completed a six month sabbatical to learn and enhance her knowledge of Continuing Professional Development, and offered a CPE rotation for students in Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. Dr. Scott has served in all leadership capacities in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Continuing Professional Development Section, been a past member of the AACP Board of Directors, and served as a CPE field reviewer.

Trish Wegner, BS Pharm, PharmD, FASHP

Vice-President, Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists

Dr. Wegner is Vice-President of Professional Services at the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists.  Her responsibilities include: educational programming and accreditation; member services; publications; and Division/Committee support.  Prior to ICHP, Dr. Wegner was a clinical manager or assistant director of pharmacy clinical services for three different medical centers.  She sat on the PTCB Certification Council for six years, serving as its president in 2011. Dr. Wegner has been an active volunteer in professional organizations such as ASHP and ICHP, serving as its president in 2003.  In 2008, she achieved Fellow status of ASHP.  Dr. Wegner earned both her bachelor of science in pharmacy and her doctor of pharmacy degrees from Purdue University School of Pharmacy; and completed a pharmacy practice residency at Lutheran General Hospital and Medical Center in Park Ridge, Illinois.

International Commission

Abeer M. Al-Ghananeem, PhD 

Louisville, Kentucky, USA (Vice Chair/Chair-Elect) | Professor of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics and Director of Research at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences; Member of the Board of Trustees at Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University College for Innovation

She is an Academic Leadership Fellow of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). She taught at several USA and international schools and served as the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Program at Sullivan University. Dr. Al-Ghananeem has vast academic and research experience including securing significant research grant funding and leading successful academic-industrial collaboration involving several marketed pharmaceutical products. She has published numerous research articles, submitted patent applications and is experienced in national and international accreditation standards and quality assurance. Dr. Al-Ghananeem received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from the University of Jordan and her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Kentucky, College of Pharmacy.

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 (Chair) | 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.

Jannet M. Carmichael, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP, FAPhA

Reno, Nevada, USA | President of Pharm Consult NV, LLC

She is currently the President of Pharm Consult NV, LLC, a clinical pharmacy services consulting company. Recently, she retired from the Veterans Health Administration where she was VISN 21 Pharmacy Executive for the VA Sierra Pacific Network caring for approximately 650,000 veterans in Nevada, Northern California and Hawaii. Dr. Carmichael also has vast experience in academia as she previously taught at the University of Iowa, University of North Carolina, and University of Nevada and has taught over 100 pharmacy residents. She has authored many professional papers, book chapters, and research projects and is a frequent speaker on progressive pharmacy practice throughout the country. She has served as an officer of numerous national professional organizations and boards. Dr. Carmichael attended the University of Iowa at Iowa City where she received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree. Her Doctor of Pharmacy degree was earned at the University of the Pacific, School of Pharmacy.

Suresh Bhojraj, PhD

Mysore, India (Chair) | 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 | Adjunct 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, District of Columbia, USA | 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.

Donald E. Letendre, PharmD

Iowa City, Iowa, USA (Commissioner-Elect) | Dean and Professor, University of Iowa, College of Pharmacy

Dr. Letendre is Dean and Professor, University of Iowa College of Pharmacy.  Following completion of his Doctorate in Pharmacy and clinical residency at the University of Kentucky, he served as Assistant Director and Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center; spent nearly two decades on the staff of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) serving, for much of that time, as Director of Accreditation Services; and, was Dean and Professor at the University of Rhode Island and Executive Secretary of the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory Commission immediately prior to his responsibilities at Iowa. As a clinical practitioner, educator, association staff member, and now academic administrator, Dr. Letendre has been privileged to serve countless students and postgraduate residents throughout his career, and has actively participated in the development and implementation of standards that have helped shape pharmacy practice and residency and technician training programs worldwide.

Michael D. Katz, PharmD

Tucson, Arizona, USA | Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, and Director, College of Pharmacy International Programs and Residency Programs, University of Arizona, College of Pharmacy

Dr. Katz is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Arizona, College of Pharmacy. His practice interests include general internal medicine, endocrinology, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, and evidence-based practice. Dr. Katz also serves as Director of all residency-related activities for the College of Pharmacy. He teaches pharmacy and medical students in both the classroom and experiential settings. He has been involved in international education and practice for over 15 years and is the College of Pharmacy’s Director of International Programs. He has consulted and lectured extensively in Asia and the Middle East regarding pharmacy education and clinical pharmacy practice. He is the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the USA-Thai Pharmacy Consortium. Since 2009, Dr. Katz has directed the largest clinical training program for pharmacy faculty members and practicing hospital pharmacist in Saudi Arabia.

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:

  • Deborah Kapp, Oak Park, Illinois

  • Dana Thomas, Chicago, Illinois

  • Howell Todd, Clarksburg, Tennessee