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Judith A. Cahill - As executive director of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, Judy Cahill has responsibility for policy creation and implementation, administrative operations, and overall staff leadership of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP).   The Academy is a professional society with over 4,700 members nationwide which is dedicated to the continuing professional development of pharmacists engaged in the practice of pharmacy in managed care settings.

Judy has been working in the dynamic area of managed health care for the past 15 years.  For 11 years she helped direct the activities of the Group Health Association of America (GHAA), the leading trade association representing health maintenance organizations in the United States.  Her area of responsibilities included policy development, medical management issues embracing quality measurement and management, and development of education programs, publications, and research projects.  Prior to her duties with GHAA, Ms. Cahill served as contracting officer for the HMOs that participated in the United States Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
Ms. Cahill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from LeMoyne College, a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati, and certification as an Employee Benefits Specialist from the Wharton School of Business.  She serves on several editorial advisory boards and Boards of Directors for organizations dedicated to serving the pharmacy profession.

Adam Weedman, President & Founder, has worked closely with associations and the industry for over 15 years.  He started his career in the insurance field implementing products as member benefits, in an effort to help associations increase non-dues revenues and ease the pinch of non-profit budgets.  Realizing the potential of the internet and the value web services could bring to the association community, Adam founded Affiniscape, Inc.  The company began providing associations with website management solutions in December 2000. 
Over the past five years, Adam has collaborated with Affiniscape’s loyal network of 750 association partners.  His mission is to harness their resources and synergies and create cost-effective, easy-to-use solutions that improve association efficiency, productivity and profitability.  These solutions encompass not only association management software, but also revenue services, and affinity programs. 
Adam grew up in the heart of the Midwest:  Iowa.  He’s married and has two sons: Greyson, age 5, and Maxwell, 7. While his family keeps him busy, he enjoys golfing, and loves the outdoors and live music in Austin, TX.

Hrant Jamgochian, Esq.,
 Director of State Relations and Political Action for the American Pharmacists Association.  Hrant’s primary role is to develop, implement and coordinate advocacy efforts with APhA’s state affiliates. 

Prior to working for APHA, Hrant served as the Director of Field and State Operations for the American Psychological Association, where he managing a grassroots network of more than sixty-thousand practicing psychologists.  Hrant also worked for the Armenian Assembly of America for five years, where he spearheaded its membership, grassroots and public relations activities during his tenure.

Hrant graduated from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.


Richard E. Beck, R.Ph., CAE
Graduate –University of Texas College of Pharmacy- 1968
Practiced pharmacy –retail & chain – Corpus Christi, TX area
Independent pharmacy owner – Rockport, TX, 1972- 1985
Associate Executive Director- Texas Pharmacy Association 1985-1994
Executive Vice President & CEO- Arkansas Pharmacists Association –1994- June 30th 2003.  
Vice President of Pharmacy Affairs- American Pharmacies –July 1 to present.   American Pharmacies is a member owned independent pharmacy buying co-op with approximately 400 member pharmacies based in San Antonio.
Professional Memberships: American Pharmacists Association, National Community Pharmacists Association, Texas Pharmacy Association, Arkansas Pharmacists Association, National Council of State Pharmacy Association Executives and Bexar County Pharmacy Association. Past-President of the Arkansas Society of Association Executives and currently hold the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation granted by the American Society of Association Executives. Was recognized by Drug Topics Magazine in 1999, as one of Top 50 Pharmacists in America in the state leaders category.

William S. Eley II, is Director of Legislative Affairs for the American Pharmacy Cooperative Inc. Bill’s responsibilities include assisting APCI Legislative Affairs Division by identifying and monitoring pharmacy or healthcare legislation or issues in APCI member states by working closely with APCI professional government representation and working with state association executives on the state and national issues. Bill brings over 20 years of State and Federal legislative and regulatory experience to APCI. Prior to joining APCI, Bill was the Executive Director of the Alabama Pharmacy Association.

Phylliss M. Moret, RPh is the Associate Executive Director and chief operating officer of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists in Alexandria, VA. 
A 1972 graduate, with honors, from St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Phylliss practiced pharmacy for eight years in Missouri and Mississippi.

From 1980 - 1993, she was Executive Director of the Mississippi Pharmacists Association in Jackson, MS.  In this capacity, she also had oversight responsibilities for the Mississippi Pharmacy Foundation and Enhanced Pharmacy Care, Inc., a PSAO network of community pharmacies.

In 1993, she moved to Washington, DC, to become Director of State Services for the American Pharmaceutical Association and in April, 1994 she became Associate Executive Director for ASCP.
Harvey Maldow is the Director of Professional Relations at AstraZeneca.  Harvey’s responsibilities include expanding, developing and maintaining AstraZeneca’s relationships with national and state cross-therapeutic medical, pharmacy and allied health organizations in various practice settings.  He works with professional and trade associations and academic institutions and provides guidance and develops strategies for the company’s scientific, policy, government affairs sales and marketing groups on initiatives and issues related to health care professionals.  Harvey also represents the company’s interests on national medical and pharmacy organization committees. 

Prior to joining AstraZeneca, Harvey was Director of Pharmacy Services at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York with twenty-nine years experience in acute and ambulatory health care settings.  Harvey was President of the New York State Council of Health-Systems Pharmacists from 1995 –1997

Harvey has received numerous awards and honors including the Pharmacist Achievement Award from the New York City Society of Health System Pharmacists, The Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, New York State Council of Health System Pharmacists Board of Director’s Award, Harry C Zeisig Award from the Delaware Pharmacists Society and The California Pharmacists Association’s Education Foundation Award.  Harvey currently serves on several boards and committees including Pharmacy Today’s Editorial Board, Chair of the PhRMA Pharmacy Alliance Committee, Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy’s Council of Overseers, National Association of Chain Drugstores Pharmacy Industry Council and the dean’s advisory boards from Midwestern University, Chicago State University and University of the Pacific

Harvey received his degree in pharmacy and his master’s degree in hospital pharmacy administration from the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy in New York City. 

Lance Nicholls, PharmD, R.Ph. is the Associate Director of Pharmacy Affairs at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals(BIPI).  Lance’s responsibilities include fostering relationships with national and state pharmacy organizations.  He also develops and maintains the pharmacy educational interests for BIPI. He works with academic institutions and trade associations. He also provides guidance pharmacy-related issues to BIPI.

Prior to this position, Lance started work after pharmacy school graduation for BIPI as a National Medical Scientist. This position required working with thought leaders in the urology discipline. Lance was the sole National Medical Scientist for the United States until accepting his new position in Pharmacy Affairs. He was able to lay the groundwork in establishing a presence in urology and laying the foundation for a new team of Medical Science Liaisons in urology. Today the group numbers around 16. Lance is also a member of the Connecticut Pharmacist Association’s Executive Committee and has served on that committee for the past year and a half.

Lance received his doctorate degree in pharmacy from the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and his Bachelor’s in Biochemistry from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

MARSHA K. MILLONIG, M.B.A., R.Ph. - Marsha Millonig is the President of Catalyst Enterprises, LLC, a health care consulting firm.  The company specializes in projects that help drive pharmacy, distribution and manufacturing organizations to become more efficient and/or value-added providers of health care in an effort to improve patient health outcomes.  Services include strategy development and strategic planning, project management, proposal and grant development, writing and public speaking.  The firm's principal has over 20 years of health care experience leading to diverse knowledge of supply system issues from manufacturing to distribution to pharmacy to patient care as well as expertise on evolving business models and the trends leading to their development.  

Through 2001, Marsha served as Vice President of Research and Information for the Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA), formerly the National Wholesale Druggists’ Association (NWDA) and headed the philanthropic HDMA Healthcare Foundation.  In that role she led HDMA's research and intelligence efforts, including the health care environmental scanning/trend tracking service and related publications.  Marsha has spearheaded a number of cutting-edge research projects in areas including patient privacy & confidentiality of medical records, components of successful pharmaceutical care, biotechnology and its impact on health care, regulatory compliance costs and other distribution-related studies.  She joined HDMA in 1991 to manage the group’s supply chain distribution, information and e-commerce systems and standards efforts.

Before joining HDMA, Marsha spent nearly 8 years with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) working with chain pharmacy executives on issues in pharmacy operations, professional and state government affairs, and pharmacy education and practice.  She was actively involved with the International Federation of Pharmacy (FIP) and is currently a member of many pharmacy and professional associations.

Marsha is a registered pharmacist and received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Minnesota College Of Pharmacy.  She completed a residency in Association Management with the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) in 1983. Her M.B.A. degree, with Marketing and Finance concentration, was awarded in 1988 from the University of Maryland College of Business and Management.   She is also a practicing pharmacist and pharmacist immunizer, having volunteered at the Whitman Walker Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Clinic in Washington D.C. from 1995-2002 and now works relief at Cub Foods and Pharmacy and HealthPro Staffing in the Twin Cities area.

Ms. Millonig has facilitated more than 100 committee meetings with manufacturing, distribution, pharmacy and other executives during her career across a wide range of issues, given more than 125 presentations to audiences ranging from few to thousands and created, implemented and managed more than 50 research projects and grant recipients.  Her knowledge of cutting-edge business issues among all segments of the pharmaceutical supply system is sought and she has published a book with William Tindall on innovative pharmacists called “Pharmaceutical Care: Insights from Community Pharmacists” available at or

John H. Poulin
Manager, Professional Relations

Responsibilities: As manager, professional relations for business-to-business, John’s team is responsible for Lilly’s business dealings with trade and professional associations in the managed care, hospital, long-term care, government, chain drug store, community pharmacy, and wholesaler segments.  His team is also responsible for trade groups in both the employer and managed behavioral healthcare segments.

Experience: John has 25 years of pharmaceutical industry experience, beginning at Lilly in information technology.  He later became district sales manager for the Washington, D.C. area. John was promoted to manager, MidAtlantic healthcare accounts, then to manager, national healthcare accounts, before being appointed to his current position.

Education: John received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Albion College and a master’s degree in management from Purdue University.
Key Professional Accomplishments: John played a major role in the organizational transformation of the national healthcare accounts organization within Lilly.  He was the market research analyst during Lilly’s launch into managed care and served as one of Lilly’s regional account managers in its early years in the segment.  John has completed the Executive Leadership Program offered by the American Association of Health Plans.  He currently serves on a variety of professional association committees.
Management Philosophy: “Add value.”

Personal Interests: John enjoys playing golf and is an avid Boilermaker fan.

Marge Simos is Director Government Programs and Industry Standards at Express Scripts, Inc., primarily responsible for training and implementing Medicare in ESI’s Network pharmacies and identifying the impact of Industry Standards in the pharmacy arena.

She is also involved in state and national legislative issues affecting pharmacy through active membership in a number of different state pharmacy associations. She held a variety of roles in 21 years with Peoples Drug Stores, including Pharmacist, Director of Pharmacy Administration and Director of Third Party Operations. She also spent 8 years with AARP Pharmacy Services and served as Vice President of Pharmacy Programs and Administration responsible for third party contracting, the development and implementation of the AARP Member Choice Program, the Prescription Saving Service, as well as the development & implementation of the Medicare coverage of Diabetes Testing & supplies for AARP members.

A member of NCPDP since 1988, she has served 2 three year terms on the Board of Trustees, was a Bylaws Chair during ANSI re-accreditation and currently serves as a Member of the Bylaws committee. Additionally, she serves on the Educational committee; and, is very active in the Strategic Planning Committee, in WG11 Prescriber/Pharmacist Interface task group for the development of the standard for the electronic transfer of prescriptions,  as well as WG 11 task group on the electronic Fill Message in the Script Standard.  She is also a member of AMCP.

AS a member of WEDI she actively participates in WEDI NPI Policy Advisory Group (PAG) and participates in a number of other WEDI activities. She is a current NCPDP WG3 Standard Identifiers Co-Chair and welcomes the opportunity to continue to positively impact the profession of pharmacy.

Kathleen D. Jaeger - In April 2002, Kathleen Jaeger assumed the duties of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association’s (GPhA) President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining GPhA, Jaeger was a Partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP, where she served as the national practice leader of K&L’s Food and Drug Practice Group.

Before joining K&L, Jaeger was a Partner with the law firm of McKenna & Cuneo L.L.P, and served as chairperson of the Food and Drug Practice group as well as on several recruitment and marketing committees. During private practice, Jaeger represented both U.S. and foreign corporations in a wide variety of pharmaceutical matters involving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and related governmental bodies. She routinely assisted clients in the development of competitive research and marketing product strategies, and advised clients in regulatory and legal matters affecting all stages of product development and life cycle management. In addition, Jaeger developed congressional testimony and position papers for both the National Pharmaceutical Alliance (NPA) and GPhA, which was created through the merger of NPA and other generic industry associations in 2000.

Jaeger also has interfaced extensively with federal and state legislative and regulatory bodies on the federal generic approval process; state formularies and generic substitution restrictions; the value of generic products and the need to maintain current generic rebate levels; and the opportunities for states to dramatically lower prescription drug spending through educational programs and incentives that enhance the usage of generic pharmaceuticals.

Jaeger received her J.D. from Catholic University Law School in 1990 and her B.S. in Pharmacy with a Minor in Chemistry from the University of Rhode Island in 1987. She grew up in a family-owned community pharmacy and practiced pharmacy at the National Institute of Health for a year during law school.

Jaeger’s husband, Greg, is an attorney with the Civil Litigation Division of the United States Department of Justice. They reside in Oakton, Virginia, and have three daughters, Amanda, Lillian and Ashley.


David Gonzales , director of state government relations for the Healthcare Distribution Management Association, has nearly 20 years experience in public policy development, advocacy, and communications. David has developed a recognized expertise in health care policy as it relates to the legislative and regulatory process. He regularly testifies before legislative committees and works closely with senior state agency administrators to formulate and implement health care policies.

Prior to joining HDMA, David served as the Senior Director of Public Affairs for the Texas Pharmacy Association where he was responsible for developing legislative strategy, coordinating coalition building, and cultivating working relationships with key policymakers and their staff. While at TPA, David managed legislative and policy communications including the content and message for TPA press releases, electronic communications, journal and newsletter articles, and public presentations. 

David’s background includes directing public affairs and representing the interests of 550 independent Texas pharmacists on a variety of state legislative and regulatory health care issues. As the Director of Governmental Affairs and later the Vice President of Public Affairs for Legend Pharmacy, David served as the primary spokesperson and advocate for independent pharmacists at the Texas Capitol. Throughout his tenure with Legend Pharmacy, he served as the Treasurer and Administrator for the Texas Independent Pharmacy Political Action Committee (Pharmacy PAC).

David also served the Texas Senate for nearly decade where he worked for a State Senator as legislative aide. During his years at the Texas Senate, David coordinated legislative policy and monitored wide-ranging public policy issues. David's career also includes work with an Austin-based public relations firm, serving as an assistant congressional campaign manager, and managing his own consulting firm.  

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Rick Fuelling is a seasoned business professional with more than 25 years of consulting and sales management experience. Rick's background includes extensive experience in the Pharmaceutical and Health Care Industry, including business development, mergers and acquisitions, technology planning, and financial business analysis. Rick served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Coastal Physician Group. He has a strong and successful background in technology and software start-ups, building sales and marketing organizations and revitalizing corporations in turn-around strategy. He has worked in both public and private sector corporations and has successfully owned several consulting businesses in the past.

Stephen Mullenix joined Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals in 2004 as Associate Director of Professional & Trade Relations.  Prior to accepting his current position Steve served as Vice President of Managed Care & Professional Services and Vice President of Professional & Industry Relations during a ten year period with the national pharmacy franchise organization, Medicap Pharmacies, Inc.  He is the former Executive Vice-President of the national drug utilization review and pharmacy consulting company, Q-A, Inc.  Steve also served as Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for the Iowa Pharmacy Association (IPA) and its for-profit subsidiary, PNI, and was instrumental in the development of the very successful “Iowa Drug Utilization Review Program”. 

Steve has been an active member of numerous state and national pharmacy organizations including the Iowa Pharmacy Association (IPA), the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), the American Society of Health System Pharmacists and the National Council on Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP).

Steve’s current elected positions and appointments include serving as Past Chairman and member of the NCPDP Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Iowa Pharmacy Association, Vice President of the Iowa Prescription Drug Corporation Board of Directors, member of the APhA and Iowa Pharmacy House of Delegates, member of APhA’s Editorial Board and numerous other professional and civic appointments.

Mr. Mullenix is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and began his career in community and hospital pharmacy, serving more than ten years as Director of Pharmacy Services in a regional health center.  Steve has served in a number of research, consultant, teaching, and administrative capacities and now represents Mallinckrodt in the areas of government affairs, managed care and professional and industry relations.   Mr. Mullenix has been quoted in a number of national publications and is a frequent speaker at many national conferences on topics such as quality assurance, managed health care, pharmaceutical care, and pharmacy technology.

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Janet M. Westendorf, Associate Director, Government Affairs has over 17 years experience in the health care industry, and over 14 years expeience in Government Affairs.  At MedImmune, Janet oversees the State Government Affairs team, and is responsible for directing all state activities relating to state legislation, regulation, and public policy.  Janet has worked closely with many state pharmacy associations to advance pharmacist education and growth.

Prior to joining MedImmune in 2003, Janet was with GlaxoSmithKline for 14 years, most recently as an Executive Account Manager in State Government Affairs with responsibility for the Northwest. Janet received her B.A. in Public Policy from North Carolina Wesleyan College.

David Miller, R.Ph . is Director, Pharmacy Affairs for Merck & Co., the world’s largest developer and manufacturer of prescription drugs.

Miller graduated from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 1985.  After graduation, he joined the staff of the National Association of Retail Druggists in Washington, DC as Associate Director of Professional Affairs where he was responsible for the development of continuing education programming and professional support services for community based practitioners.  In 1987, he joined the Maryland Pharmacists Association as Director of Drug Utilization Review and served in that capacity until 1990 when he was promoted to the position of Executive Director.  While with MPhA, he was responsible for all aspects of professional organization management including lobbying, publications, public relations, and membership recruitment, retention and development.

Miller joined Merck in 1996.  Responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with national and state pharmacy organizations as well as the schools and colleges of pharmacy, he draws on his extensive experience and knowledge of the profession to create programs of value to both the company and to pharmacists.  He has lectured extensively on leadership development, reimbursement for pharmaceutical care services, opportunities within the profession for improving patient care and medication compliance.  In addition to working with external pharmacy organizations, he is also responsible for aiding Merck in understanding the profession and the importance of promoting the pharmacist as an educator and advocate for Merck products.

He is married to a pharmacist, Penney, whom he met at a meeting of the American Pharmaceutical Association and became engaged to at that same meeting the following year.

Stephen Krinke , R.Ph. is Executive Director of Pharmacy Affairs and Trade Development for Mylan Pharmaceuticals, a position he has held for the past fourteen years.  He is a registered pharmacist and graduate of The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and provides guidance to Mylan on pharmacy-related issues.

Steve serves as Mylan’s professional liaison within the pharmaceutical industry.  In this role, his responsibilities include developing and maintaining relationships with national and state pharmacy organizations, professional trade associations, and academia.  He is also responsible for implementing pharmacy educational programs within the Mylan Institute of Pharmacy.  Other duties include pharmaceutical sales, risk management programs, formulary placement, and developing industry advisory panels.

Steve has over thirty years experience in the pharmaceutical industry.  Prior to joining Mylan, he was the Director of Retail Marketing for Harris Wholesale Co.   His chain experience at Peoples Drug Stores included staff pharmacist, regional pharmaceutical buyer, and corporate pharmaceutical buyer.  He was also the co-owner and manager of an independent pharmacy.  Throughout his career, Steve has served on numerous association committees and advisory panels.

Lee L. Verstandig , Senior Vice President of Government Affairs , National Association of Chain Drug Stores

Lee L. Verstandig joined the National Association of Chain Drug Stores in April 2003 to enhance the association’s stature as pharmacy’s most powerful trade group.  NACDS was pleased to welcome Verstandig and his extraordinary credentials from public service and academia to serve as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.  

Overseeing both state and government affairs, Verstandig is charged with driving NACDS’ lobbying agenda and keeping the association’s members briefed on issues relevant to the continued success of community pharmacy.

Most notably, Verstandig served in President Ronald Reagan’s administration as Assistant Secretary at DOT, EPA Administrator, Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs, Under Secretary for HUD and as Chief of Staff to the First Lady.  Complementing his Executive exposure, Verstandig served as Chief of Staff to Senator John Chafee (R-RI) from 1977-1981.  Verstandig’s extensive work experience across various branches of government from the White House to the Hill, equip him with the unique ability to help NACDS successfully navigate through the sometimes complicated mechanics of Washington politics and policy. His firsthand knowledge of government functions has injected even greater muscle and influence into NACDS’ lobbying efforts on the Hill.

No stranger to the Association world, Verstandig was Senior Vice President for Government Affairs of the National Association of Realtors from 1998 to 2002. During his tenure, he garnered that Association national recognition with his policy expertise.

Prior to his career in Washington and politics, Dr. Verstandig earned his Ph.D. in History from Brown University in 1970 and served both as a college professor and academic Dean at Brown in the 1970s.

NACDS is fortunate to have such a tactician of politics and policy representing our members’ interest in Washington and beyond the confines of the beltway.


Catherine C Graeff, R.Ph., MBA, is Sr. Vice President, Communication and Industry Relations for the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs. Employed at NCPDP since 2005, Ms Graeff has been an active member of the Council for over 15 years. She served as Chair of several committees including Strategic Planning, Finance, Educational Programs and the Nominating Committee. In addition, she served ten years on the NCPDP Board of Trustees and held the offices of Secretary and Treasurer.

During these years of service to the Council, Catherine held senior level positions in management, marketing and operations for organizations in the health care industry. She has developed specific expertise in the areas of government health care policy, transaction standards development, medical claims imaging and processing, managed care, administrative and claims information systems. Catherine also was a professor in the Entrepreneur Program at the University of Southern California Graduate School of Business.

Catherine received her bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and her MBA from the University of Houston. She is a frequent speaker in the healthcare industry.

Founded in 1977, NCPDP is a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited, Standards Development Organization with approximately 1400 members representing various sectors of the pharmacy services industry. NCPDP membership provides leadership and healthcare business solutions through education and standards created using the consensus building process. NCPDP has been named in federal legislation, including HIPAA and the MMA. NCPDP members have created standards such as the Telecommunication Standard and Batch Standard, the SCRIPT Standard for e-Prescribing, the Manufacturers Rebate Standard and more to improve communication within the pharmacy industry. NCPDP data services include the NCPDP Pharmacy Database of over 70,000 pharmacies and the HCIdea™ database of prescribers.

Reginia Grayson Benjamin, Esq. is Director of State Government Affairs for the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and has been with them since 2003. In that capacity, she is responsible for promoting NCPA’s legislative and regulatory agenda at the state level as it relates to issues that impact community pharmacists. Benjamin brings more than 20 years of health care experience to NCPA.

Benjamin comes to NCPA from AmeriChoice Health Services Inc. based in Vienna, Virginia where she was an associate general counsel in the legal department. She was responsible for in-house legal assistance to the corporate office of AmeriChoice and its affiliates operating Health Maintenance Organizations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.

Before working at AmeriChoice, Benjamin was associate general counsel of the legal, contracts, and compliance department of Coventry Health Care, Inc. of Bethesda, Maryland, a Fortune 500 company. While at Coventry, Benjamin was responsible for legal and compliance issues in 20 states and litigation management.

Benjamin spent more than 8 years in the legal/state affairs department of Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA) where she specialized in managed care issues on a national level and handled state health care issues in 7 states. She worked closely with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the National Association of Managed Care Regulators and other trade associations on small group market reform and managed care issues. Prior to joining HIAA, she spent 8 years as a regulator with the Virginia Bureau of Insurance and the Pennsylvania Insurance Department.

Benjamin has an undergraduate degree from the Hampton Institute, a law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law and is admitted to the bar in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Patty Kumbera is a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer for Outcomes Pharmaceutical Health Care, located in Des Moines, Iowa. Outcomes is a market leader in the field of Medication Therapy Management Services (MTMS). Different from a health insurance company or pharmacy benefit manager, Outcomes is a new kind of company helping consumers, employers, and heath plans get more value from their medication purchases and reduce Medication Waste. Outcomes has found a solution to this problem in a unique place – local pharmacists.

She is a registered pharmacist and received a BS degree in Pharmacy from Drake University in 1988. Patty gained experience in both independent and chain community practice settings as a staff pharmacist and pharmacy manager. Before assuming her position with Outcomes, Patty was the Director of Managed Care Services at the Iowa Pharmacy Association, where she oversaw administration of research projects studying the impact pharmacists could have on total health care costs.

In additional to her Outcomes responsibilities, Patty has been an active contributor to organized pharmacy on the local, state, and national level for many years and was named one of American Druggist's 50 Most Influential Pharmacists in 1999. Patty currently serves on the APhA STAT committee on pharmacy reimbursement, and was appointed to represent APhA on the Pharmacist Services Technical Advisory Coalition (the Coalition…previously known as the X12 Pharmacy Advisory Panel) addressing HIPAA and pharmacist professional service claims. She also served on the AMCP Framework Committee and currently serves on the National Institute for Pharmacist Care Outcomes (NIPCO) Board. She is a member of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA), Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), Central Iowa Pharmacists Association (CIPA), and the Iowa Pharmacy Association (IPA). She is currently an externship preceptor and adjunct faculty for Drake University, University of Iowa, Creighton and UMKC Doctor of Pharmacy students. 

Patty also serves her community through her volunteerism as a member of the Bernie Lorenz Recovery Center Board of Directors, a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, actively involved Walnut Hills United Methodist Church, golf partner to husband, Tod, and of course, lead-cheerleader of her 2 children's sports activities.

David Searle, R.Ph., graduated from the University of the Pacific in 1970, and began a career in pharmacy now spanning more than 30 years. David purchased his first pharmacy in 1979, and eventually owned and operated 3 independent community pharmacies for 20 years.

David joined Pfizer in 1998 as a Clinical Education Consultant, and worked primarily with community pharmacy to assist in the implementation of patient focused programs.

In 2003 David was promoted to the Trade Group as Director, Pharmacy Development.  David works as a liaison between Pfizer’s medical teams and the database providers to manage drug-drug interactions and managing pricing data. In addition, David works with national and state pharmacy associations to enhance relationships and engage in policy dialog.

Walt Slijepcevich, RPh , is the Director of Pharmacy Development at Pfizer.  Walt’s responsibilities include maintaining and enhancing the relationships with the national and state retail pharmacy associations, with the goal of aligning efforts in areas of mutual interest.  He is also the primary point of contact to the pharmacy clinical database providers.

Prior to joining Pfizer, Walt was Director of Clinical Services and Brand Pharmaceutical Purchasing at Eckerd Drug.  He started at Eckerd in 1993, and was responsible for building Eckerd’s PBM operation, Eckerd Health Services.  From 1984 to 1993, he worked for Caremark.  He relocated from their corporate headquarters in 1991 to Richmond, VA, were he was General Manager of their PBM operation.  He received his baccalaureate degree in pharmacy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Pharmacy.

John O’Brien , PharmD, is Director of State Policy at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.  His responsibilities at PhRMA include developing and executing the state policy agenda in concert with government affairs advocacy, ally development, and communications efforts; managing policy development on issues related to Medicaid and other state health care programs; and presenting PhRMA policy positions at meetings, legislative hearings, and regulatory agencies.  John is the State Government Affairs subject matter expert on evidence-based medicine, options for the uninsured, and issues relating to pharmacy.

Prior to joining PhRMA, he was Manager of State Government Affairs, Manager of Medical and Scientific Affairs, and a Medical Science Liaison at Sankyo Pharma Inc.

John was the 2000-2001 Executive Resident in Association Management at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He also completed the Paul G. Cano Legislative Internship at the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, and the American Medical Student Association/Merck Health Policy Fellowship at the American Pharmacists Association.

He is a 2000 Doctor of Pharmacy graduate from Nova Southeastern University, and is currently a candidate for the Master of Public Health degree at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  His leisurely pursuits include studying consumer-driven health care, researching the evolution of pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry, and giving motivational presentations to pharmacy students and associations.  His greatest moment as a pharmacist was hearing Michael Jackson's booming voice shake the stadium rafters during graduation with "I will embrace and advocate change in the profession of pharmacy that improves patient care."

Shelly A. Brown, AIS is the Assistant Vice President – Marketing for Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company, a nationally recognized leader and provider of insurance products and financial services for pharmacists and the pharmacy community. Shelly’s responsibilities include the development and oversight of Pharmacists Mutual’s marketing, advertising and public relations programs. She also develops and maintains endorsement relationships with state and national pharmacy organizations. Brown serves as a Director on the Board of Pharmacy Marketing Group (PMG), a national marketing and distribution company owned by 30 state pharmacy associations and Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company.

Steve C. Firman, R.Ph., M.B.A., FAPhA
, is the Chief Executive Officer of Pharmacy Marketing Group, Inc., a national marketing and distribution company owned by twenty-four state pharmacy associations and the Pharmacists Mutual Companies. He is also the president of FPCI, an administrative management consulting firm, and the owner of Pharmacy Care Centre, a clinic-based pharmaceutical care practice in Anamosa, Iowa.
Firman received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 1976 and earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1984. Before joining PMG, he served as Director of Pharmacy at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa for 16 years and then as Legislative Liaison and Vice President, Business Development and Special Projects for the Iowa Pharmacists Association.
Steve is a past president of the Iowa Pharmacists Association and APhA's Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management, as well as being a former board member and officer of the American Pharmaceutical Association Foundation.  Firman serves on numerous other state and national pharmacy-related boards and committees.  In addition to his professional activities, he is a very active community service volunteer at the local and state levels.
Jim Gray

Jenelle Sobotka , Pharm.D.  is Director of Professional Relations with Procter & Gamble. Prior to joining P&G in 1998, she was Associate Director of the Iowa Pharmacy Association and Director of the Iowa Center for Pharmaceutical Care (ICPC). ICPC provides pharmaceutical care implementation training. Her practice background also includes community, clinical specialist, and academia.

Dr. Sobotka is currently serving on the APhA Board of Trustees and is a past board member of the Ohio Pharmacists Association Board of Directors.  She is a member of many pharmacy organizations, including APhA, OPA, ASHP, ASCP, NCPA, and ACCP. Dr. Sobotka's experience with pharmaceutical care projects includes specific interest in the application of patient care management skills to the Self-Care arena. Dr. Sobotka co-authored the book, "A Practical Guide to Pharmaceutical Care" written by the ICPC faculty and published by the American Pharmaceutical Association.

Daniel Staniec, RPH,MBA has over twenty years experience working in the pharmaceutical industry. Dan represents the the San Antonio Care Pharmacy. Previously, Dan worked as the Executive Vice President of External Affairs for NCPDP for six years. In addition, Dan has worked for chain and independent pharmacies during his career.

Jim Caro

Jeff Wagner is Senior Director of Trade Sales and Development for Santarus, Inc., a San Diego based specialty pharmaceutical company.  Jeff is based in Kansas City, and joined Santarus in 2004.  In his current role, he is responsible for policy, strategy development, and execution within both wholesale and pharmacy segments.  Prior to joining Santarus, he spent 20 years with Aventis Pharmaceuticals (and predecessor companies) in a variety of sales, management, and home office roles. 

Mike Coughlin



Ken Whittemore Jr.,
R.Ph., is Senior Vice President of Clinical Practice Integration for SureScripts, the organization founded by the National Community Pharmacists Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores to promote true electronic prescribing between physicians and pharmacists.

Prior to SureScripts, Ken was president of CARE Pharmacies, an independent community pharmacy franchise in the Washington, DC area.  During the decade before CARE, Ken was Vice President of Management, Professional, and State affairs for the National Community Pharmacists Association, where he was responsible for handling the managed care, regulatory, and operational issues that confronted NCPA’s independent pharmacy members.  He also was NCPA’s liaison to all state, regional, and national pharmacy groups.  Earlier, Ken co-owned a successful independent pharmacy in Western Maryland.

He is a 1976 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, is licensed to practice in Maryland, and holds an MBA degree from Mount Saint Mary’s College.

Mary Anna Marshall , CPhT, President and CEO of The Technician Trainer has over 25 years experience. Having experience in all pharmacy settings, she has developed a thorough knowledge of her work that is respected throughout the industry. She has received numerous industry awards and has been published in several industry publications. For the past 12 years she has developed and taught Prep Courses for taking the PTCB National Certification Exam and continuing education classes for pharmacy technicians. She has designed courses, written course curriculum, edited Pharmacy Technician texts for major publishing companies, and been asked to speak by numerous industry organizations about Pharmacy Technician education.

Mary Anna’s desire to teach stems from her concern that every patient receives the best care possible and that every Pharmacy Technician receives the best education available. She understands the importance of the Pharmacy Technician in healthcare, and knows that working with pharmaceuticals requires accuracy, knowledge, and skills. She is a champion of safety in the pharmacy. In The Technician Trainer online prep course, Mary Anna Marshall shares the fundamentals of pharmacy and gives you all the information you need to pass the PTCB Exam.

Mary Anna is an active member of the Virginia Pharmacists Association, Richmond Pharmacist Association, American Pharmaceutical Association, Academy of Pharmacy Technicians, and has a Professional License with the Board of Education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She currently teaches the Pharmacy Technician Course at Hanover High School in Richmond, VA and is employed with CVS/pharmacy as the Regional Pharmacy Intern Coordinator for VA. She is married to Don and has two children Dawn and Travis.

Mike Pursel, R.Ph., MBA joined Teva Neuroscience in September, 2002.   His primary objective is to assist in the development, coordination, communication, and implementation of innovative national professional education strategies and tactics with a special emphasis on increasing or developing the national opinion leader’s network. 

His background in the industry consists of positions in professional education, professional relations, association management, account management, and clinical science liaison. Prior to joining the industry in 1997, Mike served for 8 years on the Iowa Pharmacists Association staff, as well as holding pharmacists positions in the community and hospital setting.  Mike holds a BS in Pharmacy and an MBA from Drake University. He is also currently working on a PhD in Health Care Administration from Century University. He is currently serving as NCSPAE’s chair of the Associate Member Advisory Committee, as well as being a member of various national/state pharmacy organizations.

He resides in Leawood, Kansas with his wife, Terry, whom he calls the "real" pharmacist of the family, and their "attack cat" Cassidy. Mike's daughter, Erin, is in her first year at the University of Kansas.


Arline Bilbo is the Director of Member and Professional Relations for the USP (U.S. Pharmacopeia) in Rockville, MD.  In that capacity, she has oversight for activities between USP and the 400-plus organizations that make up USP’s Membership.  She also works with the USP Membership Committee to identify new member organizations for USP.  Ms. Bilbo’s primary focus is on building strong relationships with key organizations and creating opportunities for meaningful interactions on issues of common interest.  She executes USP’s strategic communication approach to ensure a greater understanding of USP programs, policies, and services among key organizations and members.  Arline also monitors key organizations in order to understand and communicate to USP staff the issues, activities and policies of these constituencies and organizations.  Ms. Bilbo is responsible for ensuring that USP member resolutions are implemented between Convention meetings.

Ms. Bilbo assumed her current position on July 1, 2004.  She has worked for USP for fifteen years, in increasingly responsible membership and professional relations capacities.  Prior to coming to USP, Ms. Bilbo was HR Manager for the Eastman Kodak Company at its laboratory in Rockville, MD.

Carmen A. DiCello, R.Ph. is a founder and President of DiCello and Associates, Inc. and Director of Government and Public Affairs for Value Drug Company.  Prior to 2002, Mr. DiCello served as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association for 22 years.  His extensive lobbying efforts have earned him an enviable level of recognition among Pennsylvania legislators.  He is respected for his bipartisan approach and his integrity, and has frequently been called upon by members of both parties to serve as a credible resource for pharmacy and related health care issues.  His activities have been commended by numerous legislators as they addressed PPA members over the years – most recently by Senator Allen G. Kukovich (Chairman, Pennsylvania Democratic Committee) on July 26th, 2002.  Formal commendations from the Senate of Pennsylvania, the House of Representatives of Pennsylvania, the recently elected Senator, and former Auditor General of Pennsylvania Robert P. Casey, Jr. and the Attorney General of Pennsylvania Mike Fisher were presented to Mr. DiCello in July 2002. 

Mr. DiCello is co-owner of two pharmacies in Pottsville.  He also served as Director of Pharmacy at the Pottsville Hospital and Warne Clinic for over 20 years.  His fifteen years’ experience as a member of the Board of Education of the Pottsville Area School District and his tenure as President of the Pottsville Downtown Business Association have further enhanced his leadership and problem-solving skills. 

Mr. DiCello is a member of the National Community Pharmacists and has served on the Steering Committee for National Legislation and Government Affairs for several years.  In 1995, Mr. DiCello received the NCPA Independent Pharmacist of the Year Award.

Mr. DiCello graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in Science in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy.

Thomas J. Croce Jr., RPh

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