Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., FASHP is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).
Prior to joining ASHP in September 2011, Dr. Abramowitz worked in hospitals and health-systems for over 30 years, most recently as Associate Hospital Director for Professional Services and Chief Pharmacy Officer at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He also served as Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. He was previously the Director of Pharmacy and a faculty member at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals and the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics.
Dr. Abramowitz received a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry and Biology from Indiana University, a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Toledo, a Pharm.D. from the University of Michigan, and completed his residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center.
In addition to serving as Treasurer of ASHP from 2007-10 and as ASHP President in 1993-94, he chaired the Board of the ASHP Research and Education Foundation, the Iowa Board of Pharmacy, and the Board of Directors of the Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center.
Dr. Abramowitz has actively combined practice, teaching, and research throughout his career. He has lectured and published extensively focusing on the effect that quality pharmacy care can have on improving outcomes of care and reducing costs, reduction of adverse drug events, developing new care models, and practice innovation.
He was a recipient of the John W. Webb Lecture Award in 2000 and the Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award in 2009, health-system pharmacy’s highest honor. In 1990, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy, in 2010, the Alumni Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, and in 2013 the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Toledo.
Currently, Dr. Abramowitz serves on the Boards of the National Patient Safety Foundation, the American Nurses Foundation, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, the Council for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation, and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. He is a Professor-Emeritus at the University of Iowa.
Mr Adams was sworn in as the 110th NABP president after serving one-year terms as the Association’s president-elect and treasurer. Prior to that, Mr Adams served as a member of the NABP Executive Committee representing District 6 for three years. After his presidency concludes, he will serve a one-year term as chairperson of the Association’s Executive Committee.
Mr Adams was a member of the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy from 2000 to 2013 and served on several Board committees including serving as chair of the Reinstatement Committee and as a member of the Violations Committee, the Regulations Revision Committee, and the Executive Committee. Additionally, Mr Adams has been a Walgreen Company employee since 1977, when he began as a clerk. After completing an internship at a Walgreens pharmacy and receiving his pharmacy license, Mr Adams moved up the ranks from staff pharmacist, to pharmacy manager, to district pharmacy supervisor. He has worked at the Walgreens pharmacy in Covington, LA, for over 10 years and is currently a staff pharmacist.
An active member of NABP, Mr Adams has served as Executive Committee liaison to the Advisory Committee on Examinations, and as a member of the NABP Committee on Law Enforcement/Legislation and the NABP Task Force on Continuous Quality Improvement, Peer Review, and Inspecting for Patient Safety.
Among his other activities, Mr Adams has served as a member of the Louisiana Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and the Health Care Reform Region 9 Consortia. He was also a delegate to the 2004 Louisiana Health Care Summit. He is an active member of the Louisiana Pharmacists Association, the Louisiana Pharmacy Congress, and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Mr Adams was named 2004 Chain Pharmacist of the Year by the Louisiana Pharmacists Association.
Mr Adams earned his bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy.
Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), a position he assumed in 2007. He represents and is the chief spokesman for an industry that has annual sales of more than $1 trillion. Every one dollar spent in retail stores with pharmacies creates a ripple effect of $1.81 throughout other segments of the economy. Retail stores with pharmacies have a total impact on the nation’s economy of $1.81 trillion, equaling about 12 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product.
Anderson also serves as Chairman of the NACDS Foundation, whose mission is to utilize and support education, research, and charitable involvement to help people improve their health and quality of life through an understanding of medication therapy and the importance of taking medications appropriately.
Anderson was named the "Association Executive of the Year" by Association Trends newspaper. Mass Market Retailing magazine cited Anderson as one of the 50 most influential people in mass market retailing. On two occasions, Washingtonian magazine has named Anderson as one of the nation’s "50 Best" trade association executives. Fortune Small Business magazine selected Anderson as one of its “Power 30” in America. Under Anderson’s leadership, NACDS was named as one of the “Top Places to Work” by CEO Update magazine.
Before joining NACDS, Anderson was President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Restaurant Association for eight years. Prior to that Anderson held management positions at the American Frozen Food Institute for 20 years, having served as President and Chief Executive Officer for 10 years. He was a candidate for the United States Congress from the Sixteenth District of Illinois before entering the association profession. Anderson served as a senior staff member to Congressman John B. Anderson (no relation), the Chairman of the Republican Conference of the United States House of Representatives, the third-ranking position in the Republican leadership.
Anderson is passionate and committed to education. He has served on the Board of Trustees of Cornell College and the Advisory Board of Cornell’s Berry Center for Economics, Business, and Public Policy. He has been a Visiting Lecturer at Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and American University’s Washington College of Law. Anderson was a Paul E. Wise Executive in Residence at the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics. Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell announced Anderson’s appointment to the Board of Trustees of America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth, where he served for eight years. Anderson serves on the Parents Council at Elon University, and the Board of Trustees of Flint Hill School in Oakton, Virginia.
Anderson currently serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Chamber Foundation. Anderson served for six years on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is the Past Chairman of the National Board of Trustees of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management, and is a current member of the U.S. Chamber’s Association Committee of 100.
He served as a member of the American Society of Association Executives Board of Directors, and Chairman of its Public Policy Committee and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of its Insurance Commission. He is a member and Past Chairman of the American Society of Association Executives Key Industry Associations Committee.
Anderson served on the Board of Directors of the Travel Business Roundtable. He is also the past Chairman of the Food Group. Anderson served on the Editorial Board of the Journal for Association Leadership.
He holds the IOM designation from the Institute for Organization Management, and the CAE designation conferred by the American Society of Association Executives.
Anderson is a graduate of Cornell College, where during his junior year he was selected to study at Oxford University and in London. During that time, he clerked for The Honorable William Hamling, a member of the British House of Commons. He completed the six-year Institute for Organization Management Program at the University of Delaware.
Anderson has appeared on the NBC Nightly News, the CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, The Today Show, C-SPAN, various CNN and FOX News television shows, Bloomberg, and other major television and radio outlets. Anderson has been cited in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times , Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters and other major domestic and international print publications.
Bradley J. Arthur is the President-elect of the Board of Directors for The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). He is the President and Co-Owner of (2) full-line Independent community pharmacies in Buffalo, NY. Mr. Arthur is the Past President and Board Chair of The Pharmacists Society of The State of NY (PSSNY) and currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Buffalo Zoo, the third oldest in the nation. Mr. Arthur is a 1987 Graduate of The University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Mr. Arthur and his wife Liz have three children, Taylore (18) Alex (7) and Brodie (3) in East Amherst, N.Y.
Lawrence “L.B.” Brown is Associate Dean of Student and Academic Affairs and Professor of Pharmacoeconomics and Health Policy at the Chapman University School of Pharmacy. Prior to this position, he served as Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Health Outcomes and Policy Research for the University of Tennessee (UT) College of Pharmacy. He received his PharmD from the University of the Pacific and a PhD in Social and Administrative Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota. He is a former U.S. Air Force Pharmacy Technician. Brown has served as a marketing consultant for community pharmacy MTM providers and as Co-Chair of the Quality Metrics Workgroup for the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA). Brown has been an APhA Delegate for the past 15 years. Some of his former offices include: APhA-Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP) Chapter President, Speaker of the House of Delegates for APhA and APhA-ASP, APhA Trustee, National President of the Kappa Psi International Pharmaceutical Fraternity, and UTHSC Faculty Senate President. Brown was awarded Pharmacy Student of the Year by the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) and his international involvement resulted in receiving the “Medallion of the Association” award from the Hungarian Private Pharmacists Association. He is a member of Kappa Psi, Phi Lambda Sigma and Rho Chi.
JOHN J. CASTELLANI is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), which represents America’s leading biopharmaceutical research companies. The biopharmaceutical sector directly employs over 810,000 Americans, and invested more than $50 billion in 2013 alone to develop new medicines that help patients fight disease and live longer, healthier lives.
At the nexus of public policy, health and business, Mr. Castellani leads PhRMA’s work to preserve and strengthen a healthcare and economic environment that fosters medical innovation, new drug discovery and access to life-saving medicines. He is a passionate advocate for a strong American biopharmaceutical research industry that plays a critical role in helping improve patients’ health in the U.S. and around the world.
Recognized each year by The Hill newspaper as one of America’s top health care lobbyists,
Mr. Castellani was also honored with the Bryce Harlow Foundation’s prestigious Business-Government Relations Award, recognizing his leadership and exemplary, life-long contribution to the public affairs and advocacy profession.
Mr. Castellani is a former President and CEO of Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. corporations with a combined workforce of nearly 12 million employees and $6 trillion in annual revenues.
Prior to Business Roundtable, Mr. Castellani was Executive Vice President of Tenneco, Inc.
Mr. Castellani, who began his career as an environmental scientist at General Electric, earned his bachelor’s degree at Union College in Schenectady, New York.
Dr Catizone is the Executive Director of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) and the Secretary of the Association’s Executive Committee. NABP is an international organization whose membership includes the state boards of pharmacy in all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Australia, New Zealand, and eight provincial pharmacy regulating agencies in Canada.
The purpose of NABP is to: (1) assist the state boards of pharmacy in protecting the public health and welfare, (2) serve as an information and disciplinary clearinghouse for the interstate transfer of licensing among the state boards of pharmacy, and (3) provide model regulations in order to assist the state boards of pharmacy with the development of uniform practice, educational, and competency standards for the practice of pharmacy.
Dr Catizone graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Pharmacy, with a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy and a Master of Science degree in pharmacy administration. His master’s studies focused on health care policy/planning and the history of pharmacy. He currently serves as a Governor of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Board of Directors and Chair of the PTCB Certification Council. He is a Past President of the National Pharmacy Manpower Project and the National Conference of Pharmaceutical Organizations as well as a past member of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Board of Directors. He has also acted as a reviewer on several advisory boards and has provided expert witness testimony and consultation in the areas of pharmacy practice and regulation.
Dr Catizone is the recipient of many honors and awards including an Honorary Doctor of Pharmacy, the Certificate of Appreciation from the District of Columbia, two Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Special Citations, the University of Illinois Alumnus of the Year, American Druggist Magazine Pharmacist of the Year, and the University of Illinois, College of Pharmacy, Alumni Association’s Sister Margaret Wright Graduate Award.
President – Board of Directors
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)
Patricia Chase is Professor, and the Gates Wigner Dean for the School of Pharmacy at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Albany College of Pharmacy, a master’s degree from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. degree in Education Administration, Supervision and Curriculum Development from the University of Colorado. She completed an ASHP-accredited residency at Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y.
Dr. Chase’s research has focused on topics such as developing and mentoring academic leaders, innovative curriculum development, programmatic assessment, and development of an academic portfolio for the school of pharmacy. While serving as dean at Butler University in Indianapolis, she completed a four-year grant to secure medications for the uninsured. This grant was in partnership with Central Indiana Health Services, Indiana Health and Hospitals, the Indiana Health Centers. In four years, the program secured over $5 million in free drugs for the working poor. In 2012, she was PI on an Benedum Grant titled: The Center for Health Practitioners/My 1st Patient (Schools of Pharmacy, Medicine and Dentistry). Working with colleagues in these schools the researchers expanded the My First Patient Program as an interprofessional course.
Her scholarly activities include serving as a facilitator for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Institute for Pedagogical and Curriculum Change and the AACP New Teacher’s Seminar. She also participated in the development of the AACP Education Scholar Program, serving as author for two of the web-based modules. For the past eleven years she has been a facilitator for the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program. In this capacity, she has taught the academic leadership part of the curriculum. In July 2014, she was installed as President of AACP.
In 2006, Dr. Chase and her colleagues received an Innovations in Teaching Award from AACP’s Innovations in Teaching Award program for her work on The My First Patient Program. Previously she received an Honorable Mention from the Innovations in Teaching Award for her work: Discovery Maps: Student-centered Curricular Integration. Her health and wellness program for the faculty and staff at Butler University received a Bronze award from the Indiana Wellness Council in 2006. She has been recognized as a Fellow in the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Western University of Health Sciences, and Manager of the Year for the Oklahoma Medical Center. In 2003, she was the recipient of the Terry Hageboeck Award which is presented by the graduating class at Butler University to a faculty member for “devotion to the profession of pharmacy with a compassion for students not only in the classroom but also in their personal lives.”
While practicing in Maine, Dr. Chase developed a statewide poison education program that was named a Distinguished Community Health Education Program from the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. She subsequently received the Huddilston Award from the Maine Lung Association, thus becoming the first pharmacist to be recognized as the Health Educator of the Year for the State of Maine. She was also recognized as Hospital Pharmacist of the Year by the Maine Society of Health System Pharmacists.
John M. Gray is President and CEO of the Healthcare Distribution Management Association, the national association representing primary healthcare distributors. He reports directly to the HDMA Board of Directors and is responsible for overseeing all HDMA operations and activities. Gray also serves as President and CEO of the Center for Healthcare Supply Chain Research, formerly the HDMA Foundation.
Prior to joining HDMA, he served as Food Distributor International’s (FDI’s) Executive Vice President and General Counsel. When FDI merged with the Food Marketing Institute, Gray became the President and CEO of the International Food Distributors Association (IFDA).
Gray holds an AB from the College of William and Mary; an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.
James C. Greenwood is President and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) in Washington, D.C., which represents more than 1,200 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the annual BIO International Convention, the world's largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. Since his appointment in January of 2005, he has markedly enhanced the trade association’s capacity – increasing both its staff and budget by nearly fifty percent. BIO is now a world class advocacy organization playing a leading role in shaping public policy on a variety of fronts critical to the success of the biotechnology industry at the state and national levels as well as internationally. Mr. Greenwood represented Pennsylvania's Eighth District in the U.S. House of Representatives from January 1993 through January 2005. A senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, he was widely viewed as a leader on health care and the environment. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Greenwood served as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation with oversight authority over issues in the full Committee's vast jurisdiction. He led hard-hitting investigations into corporate governance at Enron, Global Crossing and WorldCom; terrorist threats to our nation's infrastructure; and waste and fraud in federal government agencies. Prior to his election to Congress, Mr. Greenwood served six years in the Pennsylvania General Assembly (1981-86) and six years in the Pennsylvania Senate (1987-1992). Mr. Greenwood graduated from Dickinson College in 1973 with a BA in Sociology. From 1977 until 1980, he worked as a caseworker with abused and neglected children at the Bucks County Children and Youth Social Service Agency. Mr. Greenwood is married with three children and resides in Upper Makefield, Pennsylvania
Brian Douglas (Doug) Hoey is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Community Pharmacists Association. He has spent 25+ years working in and representing community pharmacies.
The National Community Pharmacists Association represents the owners, operators, and managers of more than 23,000 pharmacy small businesses. Over 50% of NCPA’s members are in rural areas and many others serve underserved citizens. These pharmacies employ more than 300,000 members of their communities and consumers consistently rank as the top rated pharmacies in the country.
Hoey is a licensed pharmacist in Oklahoma, Virginia, and Texas and practiced for five years in community pharmacies including his own family’s pharmacy providing traditional community pharmacy services, long term care consulting, and DME services. Since 1996, Hoey has been at the National Community Pharmacists Association advocating for pharmacy small business owners and helping develop programs supporting local pharmacists work to care for their patients and remain economically strong. Hoey was NCPA’s first Chief Operating Officer and in 2011 was named CEO. During his tenure at NCPA, the organization has grown membership by more than 40 percent, developed programs helping entrepreneurial pharmacists develop their practices, and led numerous legislative, legal, and regulatory victories to benefit community pharmacists and the patients they serve. For five years, Hoey also developed and taught pharmacology courses at George Washington University and Marymount universities.
He is Chairman of the Board of Directors for Surescripts, Mirixa, the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board, and is on the dean’s advisory boards for the University of Oklahoma, University of Mississippi, and Virginia Commonwealth University pharmacy schools.
His pharmacy degree is from the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy and his MBA is from the Oklahoma City University graduate school of business.
Christene M. Jolowsky, M.S., R.Ph., FASHP, is Executive Director for Applied and Experiential Education and assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy in Minneapolis. She served ASHP as a member of the Board of Directors, a member of the Council for Educational Affairs, and chair of the Council for Administrative Affairs. Ms. Jolowsky is a past president of the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists and was recipient of the affiliate’s Hugh F. Kabat, Preceptor of the Year and Hallie Bruce awards. She is a University of Minnesota graduate where she completed a hospital pharmacy administrative residency.
Position Held & Dates
|1991-1995||Manager, Customer Business Development - UK|
|1996||National Operations Manager - West Africa|
|1998-2000||Project Manager & Associate Director, Global Customer Marketing - Cincinnati|
|2000||Associate Director, Tesco UK Team Leader - UK|
|2003||Brand Marketing and Advertising Development|
|2004||Country Manager - Malaysia|
|2006-2011||Vice President/General Manager, Feminine, Baby Care and Personal Health Care - AAI|
|2011||Vice President, Personal Health Care North America and Digestive Wellness Design - Cincinnati|
|Chairman – Consumer Healthcare Products Association|
|Vice President – Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce Vice President – AMCHAM, Malaysia|
|Chairman – Open Minds Charity|
Lucinda L. Maine serves as executive vice president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. As the leading advocate for high quality pharmacy education, AACP works to develop strong academic scholars and leaders, to support excellent professional doctoral and postgraduate degree programs and build relations with key constituency groups both inside and external to the profession of pharmacy.
Prior to assuming her current role in July 2002, Maine served as senior vice president for policy, planning and communications with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). Analyzing trends in healthcare, assessing the implications for pharmacy practice and advocating appropriate recognition for all pharmacists were her top priorities at APhA.
Maine is a pharmacy graduate of Auburn University and received her doctorate at the University of Minnesota. She served on the faculty at the University of Minnesota where she practiced in the field of geriatrics and was an associate dean at the Samford University School of Pharmacy. Her past research includes projects on aging, pharmacy manpower and pharmacy-based immunizations.
Maine has been active in leadership roles in and out of the profession. Prior to joining the APhA staff she served as speaker of the APhA House of Delegates and as an APhA trustee. She currently serves as Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee for Research!America and is an Executive Committee member of the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education.
Scott Melville is the president and chief executive officer of CHPA and leads the organization’s efforts to promote empowerment of consumer healthcare through science, advocacy, and education.
With three decades of pharmaceutical industry and Capitol Hill experience, Melville has advocated on public policy issues before Congress, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, state legislative and regulatory bodies, and the media. Prior to joining CHPA, Melville served as senior vice president for government affairs and general counsel for the Healthcare Distribution Management Association, the national association representing pharmaceutical wholesale distributors, where he was responsible for federal and state legislative, regulatory, legal, and political affairs.
Before joining HDMA, Melville served as an attorney and head of government relations for Cephalon, Inc., an international biopharmaceutical company, since acquired by TEVA Pharmaceuticals, and previously served in public policy and government affairs positions at Hoffmann-La Roche and Sterling Winthrop, Inc. He is a former chair of the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Association. Prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry, Melville served as legislative counsel and Appropriations Committee associate on the staff of former U.S. Congressman Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.).
Melville is a member of the Virginia and Pennsylvania bars, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Association Committee of 100, and is a board member of the World Self-Medication Industry and the CHPA Educational Foundation.
Thomas E. Menighan is executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). He received his bachelor of science in pharmacy (BSPharm) in 1974 from West Virginia University School of Pharmacy and master of business administration (MBA) in 1990 from Averett College. In 2011, he received an honorary doctor of science (ScD) degree from West Virginia University and he was awarded an ScD by the University of Charleston (West Virginia) in 2010. Prior to his current leadership roles at APhA, Menighan was founder and president of SynTegra Solutions, Inc., in Germantown, Maryland. The company provides supply chain and chargeback auditing and consulting in risk management, 340B systems, anti-counterfeiting, and the technology of medication information. Menighan also founded SymRx, Inc., and developed CornerDrugstore.com.
Throughout his career, Menighan has served volunteer roles within the profession of pharmacy, including president of APhA from 2001 to 2002 and a member of the APhA Board of Trustees between 1995 and 2003. He was a senior staff member of APhA from 1987 to 1992. While on staff as senior director of external affairs, he managed state affairs, public relations, new business development, and practice management issues. His other professional experiences include management of the PharMark Corporation, creator of RationalMed, and licensor of systems for states to conduct drug utilization review for millions of state Medicaid enrollees. Menighan also founded and was a 20-year Medicine Shoppe owner in Huntington, West Virginia, and he is a current partner in Pharmacy Associates, Inc., a multistate specialty pharmacy that today serves patients in much of the United States.
Ralph G. Neas is the President and CEO of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA). Prior to joining GPhA, he was the President and CEO of the National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC), a nonpartisan centrist coalition of more than eighty national organizations. For more than 30 years, Neas focused principally on civil rights, civil liberties, health and consumer issues, serving as the Executive Director of the nonpartisan Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), as President and CEO of the nonpartisan People For the American Way, and as a chief counsel in the U.S. Senate, first to Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-MA) and then to Senator Dave Durenberger (R-MN.). Neas earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. Neas has also taught at the University of Chicago Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Ted started in the wholesale drug business in 1966 with Dakota Drug, Inc. in Minot, North Dakota with buying responsibilities and later served as Merchandising Manager, Vice-President and President and purchased the company in 1998. Dakota Drug later opened two additional locations in Fargo, North Dakota and Anoka, Minnesota greatly expanding the area they serve.
Ted has served on Advisory Boards for several Pharmaceutical Companies as well as the HDMA Executive Committee and Investment Advisory Committee.
Ted and his wife Mary have two children and 5 grandchildren. Family members are active in the business. When not filling his role as Chairman, President and CEO he enjoys woodworking and golf.
John Thomas (John) Sherrer currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Community Pharmacists Association. He has been working in and promoting the practice of pharmacy in the independent community setting since 1970.
During his senior year in high school Sherrer began working at Atherton Drug Company, an independent community pharmacy, and since then has been active in the pharmacy profession. He is a licensed pharmacist in Georgia receiving his pharmacy degree from Mercer University, Southern School of Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia. He opened his first community pharmacy in 1979. During his thirty-six years in pharmacy practice he has partnered in the ownership and development of fourteen community pharmacies. His pharmacy experience includes community retail practice, compounding, synchronized medication programs, long term care and assisted living services, and the provision of emergency medical supplies for first responders in the counties where the pharmacies are located. As an adjunct service Sherrer also owns and operates First Aid of America, a first aid and safety supply company.
He assumed leadership roles early in his career including serving as President of the Georgia Pharmacy Association in 1988 and President of the Mercer University School of Pharmacy Alumni Association in 1997. He was a member of the Georgia Board of Pharmacy for eleven years serving as President in 1998. He received the Bowl of Hygeia Award in 1998. John is currently President of the National Community Pharmacists Association. He has served the NCPA leadership for over 14 years.
John currently resides in Marietta, Georgia with his wife, Sharon, who is also a pharmacist. They have two children, Lindsey Susan and John Thomas, Jr. Lindsey is married to Michael Andrew Crooks, Pharm.D., and Thomas is currently a Pharm.D. candidate for 2015 at Mercer University College of Pharmacy.