2021-2022 SCPhA Board of Directors

 

Board of Directors Mission: On behalf of the membership, the Board of Directors assumes direct responsibility for defining and ensuring appropriate organizational performance.

  1. The Board will be the conduit linking the membership’s interests to operational performance.
  2. Needs Assessment: The Board will assess the needs of the membership as they relate to the Association’s activities and scope of influence, and will develop Ends policies identifying and prioritizing intended organizational outcomes to address those needs.  The House of Delegates will be a primary component of this “linkage.”
  3. Advocacy: The Board will inform the membership of the Association’s accomplishments on its behalf, and of expected future results.
    1. The Board will develop and maintain written governing policies that realistically address the broadest levels of all organizational decisions and situations:
    2. ENDS: Organizational products, effects, benefits, outcomes, recipients, and their relative worth (what good for which recipients at what relative worth/cost/priority).
    3. MANAGEMENT LIMITATIONS: Constraints on executive authority that establish the prudence and ethics boundaries within which all executive activity and decisions must take place.
    4. GOVERNANCE PROCESS: Specification of how the Board conceives, carries out and monitors its own task.
    5. BOARD/MANAGEMENT DELEGATION: How authority is delegated and its proper use monitored: the CEO’s role, authority and accountability.
      1. The Board will assure successful CEO performance on Ends and Management Limitations.
      2. The Board will establish the public policy positions/statements of SCPhA. 
      3. The Board will make determinations regarding the dues for membership in SCPhA. 
      4. The Board shall appoint delegates and alternate delegates to the American Pharmacists Association (at February meeting).
      5. The Board will refer to the House of Delegates:
      6. Recommendations and decision-making regarding changes to the Constitution and Bylaws of SCPhA.
      7. All decisions regarding a proposed expulsion from membership in SCPhA, in accordance with procedures set forth in the Bylaws.
        1. The Board will determine the categories and recipients for SCPhA’s annual awards.

2021-2022 Board of Directors

View election results here.

                                                     

06 19 21 SCPA  111.jpg - 397.51 Kb President/Chairman of the Board

Jennifer Baker, Pharm.D.

Dr. Jennifer Baker is the Director of Experiential Education and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of South Carolina in 2002 and is a licensed pharmacist in the state of South Carolina. Since 2006, Dr. Baker has been teaching the SC MPJE review for pharmacy graduates and reciprocating pharmacists; her teaching responsibilities include the Pharmacy Law and Ethics course at the USC College of Pharmacy. She served as the Director of Professional Affairs at the South Carolina Pharmacy Association (SCPhA) for nine years as the staff pharmacist serving as a resource for legislative and pharmacy law issues. In addition to teaching and planning continuing education for pharmacy professionals, Dr. Baker coordinated the Palmetto Pharmacist Network who provided care for patients with diabetes enrolled in programs modeled after the Asheville Project in Charleston and Greenville. Before going to SCPhA in 2003, she acquired more than five years’ experience working in an independently owned Columbia, SC pharmacy, being employed through college and then continuing after graduation. 

 

 

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Ron Guida, RPh

Ron Guida is a graduate of MUSC College of Pharmacy. He began working for Revco until an opportunity arose to practice in the clinical side of pharmacy, and joined Palmetto Health Care. He went into partnership with two other pharmacists, and bought out the four pharmacies of Palmetto Health Care and renamed them Foothills Family Pharmacies.  Soon after this purchase, he became involved with home medical equipment, with emphasis on respiratory equipment. He was able to sell that business and purchased the share of the Boiling Springs location which was renamed Ron’s Pharmacy.  In May of 2017, he sold his pharmacy to Rite and continued to work for the chain until August of 2018.  Currently, he is enjoying semi-retirement and doing relief help.

 

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President-Elect

Brian Clark, BS Pharm, RPh

Brian Clark, BS Pharm, RPh is the current Managing Network Facilitator for CPESN-SC and a pharmacist at Riley's Drugs in Lexington, SC.  Additionally, Brian serves as the Team Lead for Flip the Pharmacy “Team SC.” As such, Brian is heavily involved in advancing community-based pharmacy practice and improving patient outcomes through the incorporation of pharmacy provided services. Hailing from Mullins, SC he graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy. Big chain, supermarket, and independent pharmacy comprise his diverse practical experience, where his roles have included staff pharmacist, pharmacy manager, district scheduler, new pharmacist trainer, regional pharmacy manager, pharmacy district manager, and clinical director. Brian is the current President-Elect for the SCPhA Board of Directors, having previously served as Director-at-Large, Speaker of the House, and Midlands Regional Director, as well as, Midlands Delegate for the House of Delegates for multiple terms.  In addition, he is an active member of SCPhA’s Legislative committee.  Advocating for his patients has always come naturally, but he also exemplifies the empathy required to ensure patients’ needs are met and their expectations exceeded.  Passionate about teaching and developing others, he currently precepts student from all of the in-state PharmD programs. In his free time, Brian loves to ride his motorcycle, work in the yard, and spend time on the lake with his wife, Kelly, and their three dogs – Fin (Boykin), Fergie (Boykin), and Fargo (Long-haired Dachshund).

 

 

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Cheryl Anderson, RPh

Cheryl Anderson leads the Medication Safety team for the Atlantic Quality Innovation Network/Quality Improvement Organization at The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence and has more than 35 years of pharmacy experience. A graduate of the University of South Carolina (SC) School of Pharmacy, Cheryl served in SC state government for 20 years. She began her state career as the first female Chief Drug Inspector/Executive Secretary for the SC Board of Pharmacy. She then accepted a position with SC Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where she developed and headed a Pharmacy & Durable Medical Equipment Program Fraud & Integrity Unit. After eight years with HHS she was chosen, in November 2007, to direct the State’s new Prescription Monitoring Program (SCRIPTS) within SC Department of Health Environmental Control’s Bureau of Drug Control. Prior to her state career she owned & operated a family medical practice in Columbia, SC for 13 years. She currently serves on the SC Midlands Technical College Pharmacy Technician Advisory Committee, Past-Chairperson of the SC Pharmacy Association’s (SCPhA) All Pharmacy Conference Committee, 2018 recipient of the SCPhA Generation Rx Award of Excellence and 2019 nominee for Hal Rogers Beacon of Hope Award for her outstanding, statewide work in fighting prescription drug misuse. Cheryl has been an active member of SCPhA since 1981, served as the 2018-2019 SCPhA Professional Affairs Chairperson and has recently served as the At-Large Director of the 2019-2020 Board of Directors and Speaker-Elect of the 2020-2021 Board of Directors. As At-Large Director, Cheryl’s focus was to support the current goals of the Association and to increase the engagement and membership of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and students and to promote Chronic Care Management, Behavioral Health, and Medication Therapy Management (MTM) opportunities and initiatives with the membership to improve disease and medication management.

 

 

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Speaker-Elect, House of Delegates

Taylor Meyers, Pharm.D.

Dr. Taylor Meyers is an Ambulatory Care Pharmacist at Prisma Health and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy.  She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the South Caroline College of Pharmacy (SCCP) in 2015 and completed a community pharmacy practice residency with the Kennedy Center/SCCP/Medicine Mart Pharmacy in 2016.  She is passionate about outpatient and community pharmacy.   Taylor has served as a Midlands representative for the SCPhA House of Delegates since 2016 and served as the New Practitioner Network Vice Chairwoman from 2016-2018.  Her interests include direct patient care, population health, and educating pharmacy students through rotations and activities at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy.  She lives in Chapin with her wonderful husband Jordan, and their husky Mila.  

  

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Treasurer

Pamela Whitmire, Pharm.D.

Dr. Pam Whitmire is currently Pharmacist-in-Charge at Southwest Carolina Treatment Center in Anderson. Prior to this, she worked at Fred’s Pharmacy and was President and Co-Owner of Honea Path Family Pharmacy. A graduate of the MUSC College of Pharmacy and the University of Florida, she serves on the SCCP Leadership Advisory Council and as a preceptor for the College. She is part of the Ask-A-Tiger network at Clemson University where she actively works with students interested in the profession of pharmacy and serves as a preceptor. Pamela is a vested member of SCPhA who has served the Association in numerous positions, including Past President. She is also a member of APhA where she served as Speaker of the House of Delegates, ASHP, SCSHP, Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society, and life member of the MUSC College of Pharmacy Alumni Association.

 

 

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Alyssa Norwood, Pharm.D.

Alyssa Norwood, originally from the Pee Dee Area, is the Director of Pharmacy at Encompass Health Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital of Columbia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of South Carolina and received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Shenandoah University in Virginia. Her pharmacy career spans over 30 years with experience in community and chain pharmacy that includes being a district manager that oversaw as many as 23 stores as part of her territory. Upon leaving chain pharmacy management, she served as the Chief Pharmacy Officer for Sandhills Medical Foundation, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), for over 10 years. Her love of helping the underserved population combined with her passion for precepting students made for a great combination to teach the pharmacists of tomorrow about how they can help uninsured patients get their medications and assist Medicare patients with applying for extra help benefits. Desiring to move into academia, she accepted a full-time position at South University College of Pharmacy where she served as assistant pharmacy professor and academic success coordinator. Alyssa decided she missed patient interaction, and in 2018, joined Encompass Health as the director of pharmacy where she works with a truly interdisciplinary team that values pharmacy. In addition, she is the coordinator for the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for her hospital. Alyssa is a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist and is currently seeking her Masters in Palliative Care from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Alyssa resides in Columbia with her husband, daughter, and 3 cats. She is also the proud mother of a submariner in the US Navy. 

Alyssa has been an active member of SCPhA since 2005. She has previously served as a member of the SCPhA House of Delegates (2018 to 2020). She has been a member of the Continuing Education committee since 2016 and joined the Legislative committee in January of 2021. She is also a member of the CEO search committee. As Director at Large, Alyssa’s focus will be to support the current goals of the association and to work to increase membership and engagement of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students and to promote Provider Status for pharmacists.

 

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Emily Russell, Pharm.D.

Emily Russell, Pharm.D., currently lives and works in Aiken, SC for a locally-owned and run pharmacy called Family Pharmacy. She attended pharmacy school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy in Erie, Pennsylvania. However, she completed the majority of her internship rotations in South Carolina. Emily completed a PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency with University of South Carolina with Barney's Pharmacy in Augusta, GA as her practice site. The lessons and skills learned in residency gave Emily the tools to build her own position and business plan that landed her a job with Family Pharmacy in 2018. Since starting with Family Pharmacy, Emily has been actively involved in a more "clinical" and at times, managerial role. A sample of her duties include overseeing medication therapy management services, precepting IPPE and APPE students on rotation, organizing vaccination clinics for flu season and more recently, for the COVID-19 vaccine, implementing a transitions of care program with the local regional hospital, and serving as the lead for various projects and grants with CPESN -SC, SCPhA, Flip the Pharmacy, and the Social Determinants of Health Grant. Outside of her career, Emily enjoys musical theater, playing the piano for her church's worship band, traveling to new places, and spending time with her husband and their two dogs.  If elected to Director at Large, Emily would show the same dedication and time commitment to the position that she does with every aspect of her career and personal life. Although considered a new practitioner, Emily feels she can bring a new voice, her experience thus far, and a strong opinion to the board in order to cooperate with the other board members towards a common goal to keep our profession progressive and thriving. 

 

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Erin Blackmon Stelling, Pharm.D.

Erin is a 2010 graduate of The Medical University of South Carolina with a Doctorate of Pharmacy and a 2012 graduate of The Citadel Graduate College with a Masters of Business Administration.  In March 2017, she began working as an independent pharmacist at The Medicine Cabinet of Lake City.  Prior to her employment with The Medicine Cabinet, she gained experience as a floating pharmacist in a chain community pharmacy and as a pharmacy manager with a grocery store chain.  She also has some experience working in a hospital pharmacy.  However, her pharmacy career began earlier when she worked in her father’s pharmacy as a clerk and then as a technician while in high school and college.

 Having a variety of experiences has allowed her to see the bigger picture of pharmacy and patient care.  Ultimately, helping patients solve their health-related issues is what motivates her the most; however, she also has found that she enjoys the business and management aspects of pharmacy.  Through these experiences, she discovered being a problem solver is one of her strengths. This characteristic will be beneficial as the world of pharmacy is ever changing; and she feels that pharmacists will need to evolve to match the changes.  Diabetes care and helping to educate patients about nutrition and exercise are also areas that Erin takes interest in.

Involvement in many pharmacy organizations and associations compliments her work experience.  During her time in pharmacy school, she served as a student representative to the SCPhA - House of Delegates and as the chapter president of NCPA at MUSC.  She served as a House of Delegates representative for the Low Country region for a short period of time before her move to Lake City made it necessary for her to vacate the position.  She also is a luminary for CPESN-South Carolina.  Outside of pharmacy, she is involved in her local community as a volunteer for various organizations and also serves on the Board of Directors for the local chamber of commerce.  After moving and having to leave her previous position with the House of Delegates, she has been awaiting another opportunity to get involved.  The nomination for Pee Dee Region Director with the SCPhA is an honor, and she is eager to serve the association and profession again.

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Deborah Bowers, Pharm.D.

Deborah Bowers received her Pharm.D. degree from the University of South Carolina and practiced retail pharmacy for a few years at a mass merchandiser before opening an independent pharmacy in York, SC in 2002. She is an active member in SCPhA serving many times as a delegate and board member, NCPA and Lead Luminary for CPESN SC. She is also an active member of her church and mission team of Liberty Church in York, SC. Dr. Bowers often participates in a medical mission team to Honduras.  She two children Jordan (14) and Brooklyn Grace (12) and enjoys walking her dogs, singing, hiking to waterfalls, and spending time playing games with her kids. Dr. Bowers really wants to see pharmacists have the most options to practice and forge the future with new and exciting opportunities.  

 

Low Country Region Director 

Justin Davis, Pharm.D.

Justin H. Davis, Pharm.D., R.Ph. Dr. Justin Davis received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 2013. During his time in school he served as a Junior Board member of the South Carolina Pharmacy Association since its founding in 2010 until his graduation. He has served on a number of committees, including Constitution and By-Laws, Education, and Junior Board Member during his time as Low Country Director. He currently is working as a Regional Health Outcomes Pharmacist for Walgreen's, and working with patient’s adherence for the state of South Carolina. 

 

 

 

CEO 

Helen Sairany, BA, PharmD, MBA, RPh, BCACP

Helen Sairany is the former Director of Content Development and Partnership at the American Pharmacist Association. She has extensive knowledge, skills, and experiences in administrative management, regulatory, practice, healthy equity, and accreditation systems gained through her 11 years of serving the profession as a Director of Content Development and Partnership at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), Director of Quality Assurance at the University of Duhok College of Pharmacy, and as a trauma-informed provider serving the needs of underserved communities at the frontline in Northern Iraq. 

In her role as a Director for APhA, she strategized all the educational content associated with certificate training, advanced training, and national meetings, as well as member benefit programs for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, residents, and students. Her biggest contributions to APhA have been her work on addressing suicide prevention, mental health, and combating opioid abuse and misuse. As such, her work was recently recognized by the Washington Business Journal as a 2019 ‘40 Under 40’ leader. She has developed several funding initiatives, implemented marketing plans, and created and proposed strategies that led to increased membership for APhA. Examples include PharmTalk, PharmTank, various trainings on statewide protocols and the APhA Institute on SUD and Patient Wellbeing. 

Throughout her career, Helen has been entrusted with additional leadership responsibilities including developing business partnerships and alliances with schools of pharmacy, state association executives, pharmaceutical companies, and leaders from government institutions such as the Drug Enforcement Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration. 

Helen is a proud preceptor and mentor for pharmacy students, resident and fellows. She is a change agent who takes pride in her efforts to serve the needs of underserved and marginalized communities both nationally and internationally.  She serves in numerous boards and committees involved in diversity, equity and inclusion work. 

In her spare time, she loves to blog, read books and spend time with her 10-month-old French bulldog, SeVay, the Kurdish name for apple. Her greatest passion is traveling the world. Throughout her years of travel, she has embarked on many adventures including trekking in Southeast Asia, summiting Everest Base Camp in Nepal, W circuit in Patagonia-Chile, Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain in Peru, and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. After visiting 70+ destinations in the world, she has developed an appreciation for a diverse mix of cultures, people, and traditions.