CPE Commission

Barbara Jolly, RPh, MPA

Professor and Director, Office of Lifelong Professional Development at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Louisville, KY (Chair)

Professor Jolly’s career has included both clinical and administrative experience with positions in hospital pharmacy, home infusion, long term care, and academia. Her clinical interests include pain management, palliative and end-of-life care, sterile compounding education, and diabetes management. Barbara’s research focuses primarily on developing and utilizing technology-enhanced educational approaches to improve learning outcomes. Her community interests include reducing food insecurity and teaching healthy, affordable cooking.

Barbara earned her B.S. Pharmacy and Master’s in Public Administration degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is a Kentucky Licensed Diabetes Educator.

JoAnn Francis, BSPharm., MBA, CHCP

Senior Director, Continuing Education, Office of Professional Development, ASHP (Vice-Chair)

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.

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.

Peter J. (P.J.) Hughes, PharmD, MSEd, BCPS

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Director of Faculty Success and Continuing Professional Development, Samford University

Peter J. (P.J.) Hughes, PharmD, MSEd, BCPS is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Director of Faculty Success and Continuing Professional Development for Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He has also served as Director of Continuing Pharmacy Education and Director of Pharmacy Technician Education for the Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy. Dr. Hughes is a past chair of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Continuing Professional Development Section. Dr. Hughes received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama and his Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Science in Education degrees from Samford University.

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.

Nicholas Lehman, PharmD, BCACP

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Clinical Pharmacist – UnityPoint West Des Moines Family Medicine & Internal Medicine Clinics

Nic Lehman, PharmD, BCACP, is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He also serves as a clinical pharmacist at the UnityPoint West Des Moines Internal Medicine and Family Medicine Clinics and as an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.  Dr. Lehman received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from The University of Iowa in 2003. He completed a Primary Care Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Iowa City VA Medical Center in 2004, and joined the faculty at Drake in 2010.  Dr. Lehman obtained Board Certification in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy in 2012, and is an active member of the American Pharmacists Association and the Iowa Pharmacy Association. Dr. Lehman’s current practice and research interests include anticoagulation therapy, diabetes, transitions of care and immunizations.

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.

Barbara Ellen Maguire Vick, JD, PharmD, BCSCP

Associate Executive Director, North Carolina Board of Pharmacy

Barbara Ellen Maguire Vick, JD, PharmD, BCSCP attended the University of Texas at Austin where she graduated with a degree in art history in 1995. Ellen then spent time in Boston and Memphis before moving to Athens, Georgia where she earned a law degree from the University of Georgia, School of Law in 2003. Realizing that she wanted to become more deeply involved in health care, Ellen matriculated at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned a Pharm.D degree. After graduating from pharmacy school, Ellen worked as an operating room pharmacist at Duke University Hospital and a clinical oncology pharmacist for Biologics specialty pharmacy in Cary, North Carolina before joining the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy as its Associate Executive Director. Ellen is a board certified sterile compounding pharmacist. Ellen serves as an adjunct professor of Pharmacy Law and Ethics at High Point University’s Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy.

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.

Diane Yoon, Ed.D.

Associate Director, Office of Continuing Professional Development USC School of Pharmacy, Health Sciences Campus

Diane Yoon, EdD, is the Associate Director for the Office of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy. She serves as the ACPE administrator and manages daily operations for the CPD office. In her role, she also works with USC School of Pharmacy faculty to develop programs that are tailored to the lifelong learning and advanced practice needs of pharmacists. Dr. Yoon received her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from USC, her Masters degree in Student Affairs Leadership from CSU Sacramento and her bachelors degree in psychology from USC. She has spent over 15 years working in higher education specifically in the areas of curriculum development, evaluation and research, and professional development.

International Commission

Abeer M. Al-Ghananeem, PhD 

Louisville, Kentucky, USA (Chair) | 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

Dr. Al-Ghananeem is currently the Director of Research and Professor in Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She is an Academic Leadership Fellow of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).  She has a vast academic and research experience securing significant research funding and leading successful academic-industrial collaborations which advanced to FDA approved and marketed pharmaceutical products.

Dr. Al-Ghananeem has a wide experience in international academic accreditation and quality assurance development and implementation. She served as a Steering Committee member at USAID-Jordan Human Resources for Health CPD research project; participated in multi committees at Jordan Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission for Higher Education Institutes; and was selected as a Quality Assurance Global lead for the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Workforce Development Hub. Her diverse background and leadership enhances her ability to build global bridges of communications in the pharmacy profession.

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

Reno, Nevada, USA (Vice Chair/Chair-Elect) | 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.

Yousif Abdu Asiri, MS, PhD

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and President, Taif University

Dr. Asiri is a Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and President of Taif University. Previously, he served as 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 also 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. In addition, he 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.

Suresh Bhojraj, PhD

Mysuru, India | Pro Chancellor of JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, Mysuru

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.

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.

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.

Sherief Khalifa, PhD (Commissioner-Elect)

Ajman, UAE | Professor and Vice Chancellor for Quality and Global Engagement, Dean, College of Pharmacy, Gulf Medical University, UAE, and Professor of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Suez Canal University, Egypt

Sherief Khalifa received his BSc (Pharm) at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia in 1986, and his PhD at the University of Mississippi (USA) in 1994. Upon graduation, Dr. Khalifa joined Suez Canal University (SCU), Egypt, as Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy with linkage to the Biotechnology Research Centre at the same institution. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Georgia State University in 2001 and accepted an adjunct faculty appointment with the School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi, from 2001 – 2005. Dr. Khalifa joined the Faculty of Pharmacy at Misr International University (MIU), Egypt until 2010. Before leaving MIU to join Qatar University (QU), he was Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy in the Faculty of Pharmacy.

Dr. Khalifa joined the College of Pharmacy at Gulf Medical University in August of 2017 as Professor and Dean. During his first year in office he led the initiation of the Master’s degree program in Clinical Pharmacy and a major revision of the existing PharmD program. Under his leadership the GMU PharmD program received accreditation by the UAE Commission for Academic Accreditation and certification by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The Master in Clinical Pharmacy program also received accreditation by the UAE Commission for Academic Accreditation. Most recently, initial accreditation by CAA has been granted to the College’s new Master of Science in Drug Discovery and Development program. In addition, Dr. Khalifa is currently leading the GMU institutional accreditation project with the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) based in the UK.

Donald E. Letendre, PharmD

Iowa City, Iowa, USA | 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.

Jenelle Sobotka, PharmD, FAPhA (Commissioner-Elect)

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA | Professor and Director, Online Certificate and Masters Programs in Pharmacy Leadership, University of Cincinnati, James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy

Jenelle Sobotka is Professor and Director of the Online Certificate and Masters Programs in Pharmacy Leadership at the University of Cincinnati James L Winkle College of Pharmacy. Dr. Sobotka received her B.S. Pharmacy and Pharm.D. degrees from the University of Iowa. Prior to joining the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Sobotka was Professor and Endowed Chair of Pharmacy Practice at Ohio Northern University (ONU) where she was responsible for enhancing professional leadership development in the students’ curriculum. In 2012-13; Dr. Sobotka served as President of the American Pharmacists Association, and also served two 3 year terms with the Board of Trustees. She currently serves as Treasurer on the Executive Committee of the Academic Section of the Federation of International Pharmacists (FIP) and Board Director to the FIP Foundation. She also is the 2018-19 Chair-elect of the Leadership Development SIG for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Dr. Sobotka has received several honors and awards including the Kappa Epsilon National Career Achievement award, the University of Iowa Rho Chi Honorary Alumni Award, and is a Fellow in the American Pharmacists Association. She has received an Honorary Degree from Western University and was honored as a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Pharmacy. Dr. Sobotka is also a Distinguished Fellow of the USA National Academies of Practice for health care professionals.

Yen Huei (Tony) Tarn, MS, PhD

Shenzhen, China | Director, HTA Center, ZTE Foundation

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.

Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission (PTAC)

2019-2020 Term (PTAC service begins October 2019)

  • Barbara Lacher, Chair
    North Dakota, USA

  • Charles Daniels, Vice-Chair
    California, USA

  • Donna Wall, Past Chair
    Indiana, USA

  • Lisa Lifshin, Secretary
    Maryland, USA
  • Lemrey “Al” Carter, Member
    Illinois, USA

  • Denise Frank, Member
    Minnesota, USA

  • Barbara Giacomelli, Member
    New Jersey, USA

  • Janet Kozakiewicz, Member
    Connecticut, USA

  • Jeannie Pappas, Member
    Florida, USA
  • Matthew Rewald, Member
    Minnesota, USA
  • Michael Diamond, Public
    Illinois, USA
  • Michael A. Moné, ACPE Board Liaison
    Illinois, USA
  • Thomas Johnson, ASHP Board Liaison
    South Dakota, USA

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