Focus on Pharmacy Summer 2011
University of Kentucky
College of Pharmacy
789 S. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40536-0596
Timothy S. Tracy, RPh, PhD
Phone: (859) 323-7601
Fax: (859) 257-2128
Graduate Program Information
F E A T U R E S
The Making of a Serial Entrepreneur
Deluca Wins Lyons Award
All Roads Lead to Kentucky
16 Women in Pharmacy
D E P A R T M E N T S
2 Message from the Dean
3 Administrative Changes
7 Incoming Class
12 Student Honors
14 Alumni Honors
15 Alumni Perspective
19 Faculty Spotlight: Dwoskin
22 Experiential Education
24 In Memoriam
25 Faculty Spotlight: Motheral
26 Alumni Photo Gallery
28 College Briefs
33 Upcoming Events
Message from Dean Timothy S. Tracy
Dear Alumni and Friends,
s we started planning the summer edition of Focus on Pharmacy,
we didn’t have a theme immediately in mind. Our editorial
team tossed ideas around the table, making note of the “mustinclude”
stories that we were going to share in this issue.
It was clear we had to share the good news about 2010 graduate Jordan
Covvey, who received a rare three-year Fulbright Scholarship to study in
Timothy S. Tracy, RPh, PhD
When I traveled to Seattle to take part in the 2011 American Pharmacists
Association (APhA) Annual Meeting, I had the opportunity to spend time
with Carol Giltner Gallagher. We knew immediately that we wanted to share
the story of her rise into the upper echelon of the biotech world.
After visiting 11 cities across Kentucky on the Partners in Pharmacy Tour,
we knew we wanted to feature some of the innovative trends taking place
in community pharmacy across the Commonwealth. We chose to feature
a pair of entrepreneurs we encountered on our travels, Alicia Dawson and
We also wanted to feature a pair of enterprising faculty members who are
making their mark on the College – Linda Dwoskin and Brenda Motheral.
As we looked again at that list, it was clear a theme had emerged. This issue
presented us a great opportunity to feature some of the female members of
the UK College of Pharmacy family who are making a difference in Kentucky,
the nation, and the world.
This Women in Pharmacy edition is not only meant to share some of the
College’s success stories, I hope it inspires some of our students and future
pharmacists as well. As we all know, a degree from the UK College of
Pharmacy swings open a world of opportunities. I hope this issue shows
how versatile a UK pharmacy education can be.
I hope you enjoy getting to know some of these inspirational pharmacy
leaders as much as I have. And I look forward to seeing you at some of the
College events coming up this fall.
Timothy S. Tracy, RPh, PhD
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Lewis, Pistilli Join the College
Dean Tim Tracy added two new members to his administrative team this
spring. Tawanda Lewis was named Director of Development and Major
Gifts and Judy Pistilli accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer.
Lewis, who many alumni and friends met during the
College’s Partners in Pharmacy Tour, will lead the College’s
development efforts as we seek to grow our private giving
enterprise. She comes to the College from UK’s Office of
Development, where she has served as regional gift officer for
UK since April 2010.
Director of Development and Major Gifts
Prior to coming to UK, Lewis was Director of Major Gifts for
the Norton Healthcare Foundation. She provided leadership
for all solicitation efforts to generate support around the
areas of cancer care, heart care, women’s care, and prevention
and education. In addition to fundraising, Lewis had the
opportunity to provide strategic oversight over the growth of
volunteer services for Kosair Children’s Hospital, with the goal
of better meeting the operational and service opportunities
A native of Lexington, Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree in
Business Administration from the University of Louisville
College of Business and a Masters in Business Communication
from Spalding University.
Pistilli also worked for another UK department before
joining the College of Pharmacy. Pistilli was a member of
UK's Internal Audit staff since 2006, where she specialized in
accounting and administration.
She has a University of Ottawa bachelor's degree in business
administration and a fine arts degree from Concordia
University in Montreal (Quebec), as well as a CIA professional
certification. Previous and current work experience includes
external auditing, accounting, management consulting, and
small business ownership of computer-security products.
Chief Financial Officer
As CFO, Pistilli will manage our financial and budgeting
functions on behalf of the College, helping us chart our
Carol Giltner Gallagher
Making of a
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The scene could have been taken straight out of central casting for a
movie about Big Blue Nation. Buckley’s in Belltown, a neighborhood
pub and grill in downtown Seattle, Wash., had been transformed into
Lexington-west. The restaurant was awash in blue and white, as UK
College of Pharmacy students, faculty, staff, and alumni had descended there
to watch UK men’s basketball take on Ohio State University in the Sweet 16.
In the back of the room stood Carol Giltner Gallagher, who
was cheering on every dribble and every shot alongside
her extended pharmacy family. It didn’t take long for the
Shelbyville, Ky. native to feel right back at home.
Which is fitting, after all, since Gallagher’s story is a true
Gallagher graduated from Shelby County High School
before attending Vanderbilt University for her first two
years of undergraduate work. She transferred to the UK
College of Pharmacy, where she became a leader within
She was active in the College’s American Pharmacists’
Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP)
chapter and was elected National President of APhA-
ASP. Gallagher also was President of her sorority, Kappa
Kappa Gamma, but it was her experience in organizing the
College’s weekly convocation program that foreshadowed
After receiving both her BS and PharmD from the UK
College of Pharmacy in 1989, Gallagher became a
registered pharmacist and took a position as a sales
representative for Eli Lilly in Dallas, Texas. Her chief
product was Humulin, which was a leading-edge therapy
at the time. Before long, she was promoted to Marketing
Product Manager at Eli Lilly in Indianapolis, Ind.
Though she was enjoying her experience with Eli Lilly, an
emerging west coast biotechnology company had caught
her eye. In 1993, Gallagher was recruited to Amgen in
Thousand Oaks, Calif. to help the company become better
known to pharmacists and at colleges of pharmacy across
She was tapped to lead the Amgen-sponsored Outcomes
Institute, an innovative effort that called upon health care
in a new, economic continuum. For years, practitioners
failed to analyze the overall health savings of using a
particular treatment. They simply looked at the cost
"I want to be a serial entrepreneur, I would like to utilize
my scientific knowledge and my business knowledge to
create a better future for patients. "
“I worked with Joe Fink to invite some of the leading
industry experts of the time to campus,” said Gallagher.
“That was a great experience for me and opened my eyes
to what was happening in industry.”
Those experiences led Gallagher to pursue an industry
internship with the National Pharmaceutical Council,
where she worked for Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis as well
as Eli Lilly.
of a medication without taking into account the many
other health-related factors that could be impacted by
“The whole idea of ‘overall health savings’ was just starting
to emerge,” Gallagher said. “The Outcomes Institute sought
to dive deeper into pharmacoeconomics at a time when
this conversation was just getting started.”
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She was then recruited to Agouron Pharmaceuticals to
work on Viracept, an HIV drug. For the first time, this
opportunity provided Gallagher a foray into the public
health world. Gallagher worked with people in jail and
prisons to ensure that when they were released they
would have a 30-day supply of their medication.
“I was able to learn a lot about those who were less
fortunate,” she said. “It was a great educational experience.”
Gallagher would transition into cancer research and
development work within Agouron Pharmaceuticals
before moving to Idec Pharmaceuticals. This could
interesting models that Calistoga used in developing
In February 2011, Calistoga was purchased by Gilead
Sciences, a California-based biotech company. That merger
has provided Gallagher with a chance to survey the
landscape to find out what her next destination might be.
“I want to be a serial entrepreneur,” Gallagher said. “I would
like to utilize my scientific knowledge and my business
knowledge to create a better future for patients. That has
been true about all of my professional experiences: I have
worked every day to try to provide better care to patients.”
"I’ve used my pharmacy education every single day of my
career. I was very fortunate that I went to UK because the
faculty let me see the doors that were open."
probably be best described as the “merger portion” of her
career, as pharmaceutical mergers – particularly in cancer
biotech companies – dominated the industry.
“It was an interesting time,” Gallagher said. “I was working
for Agouron and then Parke-Davis purchased us and then
Pfizer purchased Parke-Davis. Then, I was working for Idec
when we were merged with Biogen.”
The changing biotechnological landscape allowed
Gallagher the opportunity to start working with venture
capitalists as she sought out smaller companies where
she could take a leadership role. She started with a small
company in Atlanta, Georgia that was working in cancer.
When that drug didn’t work in clinical study, they closed
She then traveled back west – this time to Seattle, Wash.
– to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer for
Calistoga Pharmaceuticals. Calistoga had developed a
product that worked well in treating certain cases of
lymphoma and leukemia.
From the rolling fields of Shelbyville to the big pharma
and big biotech board rooms on the Pacific Coast,
Gallagher has had a front row seat to some of the most
dynamic changes in the pharmaceutical industry over the
past two decades. And she credits much of her success
to the UK College of Pharmacy faculty members who
provided her the knowledge and skills to compete at the
highest level in the industry.
“I’ve used my pharmacy education every single day of my
career,” she said. “I was very fortunate that I went to UK
because the faculty let me see the doors that were open.
Once you walk through those doors, you realize there are
so many pathways for you. And I hope today’s students
aren’t afraid to walk through those doors – I hope they
aren’t afraid to take a chance – because you don’t know
where life will take you.”
Or who you will meet standing alongside you cheering for
Her work with Calistoga led her back to the UK College of
Pharmacy where she collaborated with UK faculty member
Penni Black. Black’s lab helped the company identify some
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Class of 2015
Welcoming the UK College of Pharmacy Class of 2015
Members of the Class of 2015 will start their UK College of Pharmacy journey in August.
Students and their families were on campus in May for our annual Pre-Professional Day.
After having that brief opportunity to meet our students, we can’t wait for them to be at
the College full-time.
Common Reading Experience
The Class of 2015 will continue the Common Reading Experience started last year, where all class members are required
to read Rebecca Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” prior to arriving at the UK COP. The Common Reading
Experience will provide a patient-centered context for the many basic science and ethical concepts students encounter
earlier in the curriculum. The Common Reading Experience will have an inter-professional feel this year, as students in
medicine and public health will join pharmacy students in a medical campus conversation about the book.
The UK College of Pharmacy honored 133 students at the 2011 Graduation Recognition
Ceremony May 7 at the UK Singletary Center for the Arts. Of those completing
requirements for degrees, 10 students have earned a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences
and 123 students were awarded the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.
Alex Flannery (above) and Michelle Huber
(right) were selected as Outstanding
Graduating Man and Woman by their
classmates based on scholarship and
contribution to the profession.
Class of 2011
DeLuca Wins Lyons Award
Patrick DeLuca, a UK College of Pharmacy faculty member
for more than four decades, has been recognized for his
dedication to community service. UK’s Martin School for Public
Policy presented DeLuca with its 2011 William E. Lyons Award
for Outstanding Service on May 23. The award is given each
year to an individual associated with UK who has contributed
significantly to the university, the people of Lexington and the
Commonwealth of Kentucky.
“If there is someone on our campus who thinks of community
first, it is Pat DeLuca,” said Timothy S. Tracy, Dean of the UK
College of Pharmacy. “His ability to leverage his intellect to
benefit our community is inspirational. We are certainly proud
he is one of ours.”
The Lyons award is named in honor of the late William (Bill)
E. Lyons (d. 1994), Professor of Political Science and Public
Administration. Throughout his life, Lyons served the campus,
his local community and the Commonwealth, in a variety of
roles, including Director of the Martin School of Public Policy
and Administration, Chair of the Political Science Department,
Chair of the University Senate Council, Executive Director of
the Merger Commission which established the Lexington-
Fayette Urban County Government, member of the Urban
County Council and Chair of various urban county government
Lyons was a dedicated scholar, teacher and public servant
who made innumerable contributions in all areas of university
life and extended his professional expertise to address the
problems affecting the local and state communities.
DeLuca is the third College of Pharmacy recipient of this award
in the past ten years. Thomas S. Foster won the award in 2002,
and Joseph L. Fink, III received the honor in 2007.
“It is an honor and rather humbling experience to receive
the Lyons Award,” said DeLuca. “I am proud to carry on
the tradition of community service within the College of
Pharmacy. Like my colleagues, Tom Foster and Joe Fink, being
able to serve the community in itself brings great personal
DeLuca earned this award for a variety of his community
service efforts. He was the co-founder of Faith Pharmacy, a
community faith-based pharmacy that provides prescription
medications to indigent people throughout central Kentucky.
Faith Pharmacy has served over 3,000 patients filling over
36,000 prescriptions free of charge to the patients.
“Most Saturday mornings you can find Dr. DeLuca working
with other volunteers and pharmacy students helping those in
greatest need,” said Pat McNamara, Senior Associate Dean and
Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy.
“Dr. DeLuca has provided a guiding light to Faith Pharmacy
since its inception. He was the first chair of its Board of
Directors and continues to serve on the board for this unique
DeLuca with William Hoyt, Martin School Director
On the state level, DeLuca has assisted the Kentucky Council
for Postsecondary Education in developing a comprehensive
health sciences education plan for Kentucky. He also has
served on a Kentucky Department of Health, Education and
Welfare Committee. His efforts on the state level led to his
being named Kentucky Pharmacist of the Year in 2002.
DeLuca has remained active in his local faith community as
well, having volunteered on and chaired parish councils at UK’s
Newman Center and Christ the King Cathedral.
His Kentucky impact can be felt outside the world of pharmacy
as well. He was named to a state task force group that selected
U.S. Magistrate Judges for two districts in Kentucky.
DeLuca’s service is known and respected by his peers across
the nation and the world. He recently completed a term as
president of the premier pharmaceutical science association
in the world, the American Association of Pharmaceutical
Scientists, AAPS, of which he is a founding member and Fellow.
In 2000, he was the recipient of the first AAPS Outstanding
Educator Award in Pharmaceutical Sciences Education. DeLuca
has served as a delegate to the United States Pharmacopeia
and on committees of the Food and Drug Administration,
providing service to the nation with respect to the marketing
of safe and effective drugs. He has served on a Department
of Education task group that recommended a mechanism for
establishing a National Commission on Excellence in Science
and Math Education.
In 2006, DeLuca was the recipient of an Honorary Doctors
degree from the University of Perugia in Italy.
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Outstanding Student Alumni Profile
All Roads Lead to Kentucky
Patras, Greece and Boone, Iowa may be separated by some 5,600 miles and an array of cultural
differences. But those two communities are more similar than you might think.
Both towns have produced members of the UK College of Pharmacy family. Eleftheria Tsakalozou
and Nicole Brogden are both pursuing their PhDs in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics track. And though they took different pathways to UK,
their passion for creating new knowledge and learning alongside some of the best scientists in
the world brought them to Lexington.
For Tsakalozou, her road to UK really started at
the University of Athens in Greece. She received
her Bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the
school in 2003, before deciding to pursue a
Master’s degree in Clinical Pharmacy. After
determining that she wanted to earn her PhD
to pursue a career in academia, Tsakalozou was
encouraged by some of her Greek professors to
consider the University of Kentucky.
“Two of my professors were collaborating on a
research project with a UK College of Pharmacy
alum,” she said. “So I applied.”
Interestingly enough, Tsakalozou had only been
to the United States on one previous occasion
and she had never traveled to Kentucky until she
was accepted into the UK College of Pharmacy
graduate program. Her first day in Kentucky was
August 5, 2007, when she arrived to begin her
“I just remember how green everything was,”
Tsakalozou says with a smile.
Tsakalozou, who is now in her fifth year at the
College, quickly became acquainted to her
new surroundings and has thrived at UK. After
rotating through a few faculty laboratories,
she has settled into the lab of Markos Leggas.
Her research is focused on the anti-tumor
drug AR-67, which was synthesized by former
UK College of Pharmacy faculty member Tom
Burke. She is working on determining the
optimal dosing schedule for this new anticancer
drug and evaluating the efficacy and safety of
the treatment when administered alone or in
combination with other drugs.
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Brogden and Tsakalozou
Flannery Receives ASHP
Student Leadership Award
Alex Flannery, a 2011 PharmD graduate from the University of
Kentucky College of Pharmacy, was selected as a 2010-2011 recipient
of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Student
Flannery, a native of Louisville, Ky., was selected because of his “interest in
health-system pharmacy and demonstrated leadership” in the field. He is
one of 10 students across the nation that was selected to receive this honor.
“Receiving this award was a pleasant surprise,” said Flannery. “It is an honor
and a privilege to be recognized by an organization that does so much for
the profession. I’m extremely grateful to ASHP for their support as well as
to the UK College of Pharmacy for all of the opportunities made available
over my past four years here. I’m very fortunate.”
Cox Recognized by
National Honor Society
Amory Cox, a 3rd-year UK College of Pharmacy
student from Campbellsville, Ky., was inducted
April 17 into the UK chapter of Omicron Delta
Kappa (ODK). ODK, the national leadership
honor society for college students, recognizes
and encourages superior scholarship, leadership
and exemplary character.
“It was a humbling experience to be inducted
into such a prestigious organization,” said
Cox. “I consider it an honor and privilege to
represent the UK College of Pharmacy in ODK, as
I will always be grateful for the opportunities
that this College has provided me.”
ODK was founded Dec. 3, 1914 at Washington
and Lee University by 15 student and faculty
leaders. ODK was the first college honor
society of a national scope to give recognition
for meritorious leadership and service in
extracurricular activities; membership in ODK
is a mark of highest distinction and honor. The
society is now present on the campuses of over
300 colleges around the country
"It is an honor and a privilege to be
recognized by an organization that
does so much for the profession."
Flannery has taken on numerous leadership roles on the local and national
level. While serving as the Chairman of the Kentucky Alliance of Pharmacy
Students, he also served on the ASHP Student Society Development
Advisory Group. At Kentucky, Flannery has received numerous awards
for leadership and academic achievement. His health-system pharmacy
achievements include a VA Learning Opportunities Residency Student
position and an internship at a large teaching institution.
“We are very proud that Alex is one of ours,” said Timothy Tracy, Dean of the
UK College of Pharmacy. “Alex’s award is a splendid example of how the
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy is providing a differentiated
education – an education that prepares our students to become leaders in
As part of the award, Flannery will receive a $2,500 cash award, a drug
information library valued at more than $1,000, and a commemorative
Flannery was the 4th UK student in the past six years to win this award,
continuing a proud UK tradition of excellence. Tyler R. Whisman won the
award in 2006, Brittany Warrick claimed the honor in 2008, and Joshua
Elder received the award in 2009.
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21 Students Inducted Into Phi Lambda Sigma
Phi Lambda Sigma, the National Pharmacy
Leadership Society, welcomed 21 new
student members and one faculty member
into the UK College of Pharmacy Chapter
during the annual initiation banquet held
Stephen Polley, Victoria Sansom, Brooke
Traylor, Janelle Uhde, Alan Webb, Megan
Welch, and Whitney Henderson; and the
new faculty member is Dr. Paul Bummer,
associate professor in the Department of
New student members are: Jennifer
Adams, Danielle Antis, Emily Boone,
Allison Butts, Casey Combs, Jami Mann,
Natasha Conley, Meagan Dillihay, Kathleen
Donoghu, Lesley Hall, Matt Harman, David
Marr, LeAnne Moore, Lyndsey Partin,
See more photos on flickr
Ratermann Receives Prestigious APhA Internship
Kelley L. Ratermann, a second year UK College of Pharmacy student, received the
prestigious Carl Emswiller Summer Internship in Association Management from the
American Pharmacists Association (APhA). She is the only pharmacy student in the nation to
receive this internship this year.
“I am ecstatic to be spending my summer in Washington, D.C. working at APhA
National Headquarters,” Ratermann said. “I feel truly blessed to have been extended this
opportunity, and I look forward to representing the University of Kentucky College of
Pharmacy in this role.”
Ratermann, a native of Tipp City, Ohio and a member of the UK College of Pharmacy’s Class of
2013, is working in the APhA’s Student Development Office this summer. The internship will
provide her an opportunity to gain a “greater understanding of the programs, products and
services provided to members of the APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA‐ASP).”
“We are thrilled for Kelley,” said Dean Tim Tracy. “Not only is this a great educational and
professional experience for her, it is terrific for the UK College of Pharmacy. Only one such
internship is presented to a pharmacy student nationwide each year. Having that recipient
come from UK speaks to the excellence that is alive and well within our College.”
“I feel truly blessed to have been extended this opportunity, and I
look forward to representing the University of Kentucky College of
Pharmacy in this role.”
Ratermann received her undergraduate education at UK as well, where she was a pre-pharmacy major. She is President-elect of UK’s
APhA-ASP Chapter and is also a member of the following organizations: Kentucky Pharmacists Association, Kentucky Alliance of
Pharmacy Students, and Lambda Kappa Sigma, among others.
Alumnus Receives Prestigious Fulbright Scholarship
Jordan Covvey still gets goose bumps when she thinks about opening
that letter. The envelope – emblazoned with the iconic Fulbright logo –
seemed to be staring at her, begging to be torn apart. Still, it took a few
moments before she built up enough nerve to dive in.
And the moment did not disappoint.
Covvey, a 2010 PharmD graduate of the University of Kentucky College
of Pharmacy, was named a 2011-12 Fulbright Scholar this spring. Covvey
received the prestigious Fulbright-Strathclyde Research Award, which will
allow her to pursue her PhD at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow,
“This is a dream come true,” said Covvey. “As a scholar, having your name
associated with the Fulbright Scholarship is the pinnacle, and I am
humbled to have this opportunity to represent our country and the UK
College of Pharmacy on a global stage.”
The Fulbright Program is named in honor of U.S. Senator J. William
Fulbright and is “the largest U.S. international exchange program offering
opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake
international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and
teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.” The program
was created by the U.S. Congress in 1946 to “enable the government of
the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people
of the United States and the people of other countries.”
Most Fulbright awards are one-year grants. However, Covvey received
a more competitive scholarship. The University of Strathclyde offers
five, three-year scholarships in each of the institution’s four schools
(one Faculty of Science award, one Faculty of Engineering award, one
Strathclyde Business School award, and two Faculty of Humanities &
Social Sciences awards). Covvey received the only Faculty of Science
award provided by Strathclyde this year.
patient outcomes and cost-effective delivery
of healthcare. This project will involve
collaborative research between the University
of Kentucky, the University of Strathclyde, and
“This Fulbright opportunity is directly tied to
the UK College of Pharmacy’s commitment
to provide international educational
opportunities for its students,” said Covvey.
“My APPE experience changed my career
trajectory. I thank Melody and Stephen Ryan
for their belief in me and for providing me this
Covvey was a standout student at the UK
College of Pharmacy. She was president of UK’s
“This Fulbright opportunity is directly tied to the UK College of Pharmacy’s
commitment to provide international educational opportunities for its students.”
“Every Fulbright Scholarship is prestigious,” said Lisa Broome-Price,
Director of UK’s Office of External Scholarships. “But Jordan received the
only Faculty of Science Fulbright given out by the Strathclyde Institute,
and you can be sure that she competed with the best-of-the-best across
the nation to earn such an honor.”
Covvey’s interest in international study was piqued during her fourth year
in pharmacy school. She received the Melody and Stephen J. Ryan Travel
Award from the College of Pharmacy and traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland
on one of her APPE rotations. The experience not only provided her with
a terrific educational experience, it inspired her research focus.
Her doctoral project will focus on comparative medicines utilization in
respiratory disease patient populations within Kentucky and Scotland.
Through a comparison of practice standards and prescribing statistics,
Covvey is seeking to determine if differences in clinical guidelines
and medicine use between similar populations result in differences in
chapter of the Rho Chi Honor Society, and was
a member of Kentucky Alliance of Pharmacy
Students, the Student Advisory Council,
Lambda Kappa Sigma, Phi Lambda Sigma,
and the American Society for Health-System
“We are very proud of Jordan’s achievement,”
said Timothy S. Tracy, Dean of the UK College
of Pharmacy. “And her research focus is a
perfect example of the type of scholarly
activity that is taking place within the UK
College of Pharmacy. Jordan is leveraging this
international opportunity to learn more about
a significant issue that is facing Kentucky, the
nation, and the world.”
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Leading by Example
My life as a pharmacist has been filled with many people
that have impacted me and those that I have impacted
along the way.
Early in my educational career at the University
of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, I learned
that involvement and knowing what was
happening in the profession was an important
component of a quality pharmacy education.
The College offered many opportunities for
involvement. Through activities that began
as a student, I have been able to network and
make pharmacist friends across the country.
These are colleagues that I can contact at any
time for professional advice, innovative ideas,
or simply to visit. Without encouragement from
the UK College of Pharmacy to get involved in
my profession, I would not be the pharmacist I
Leadership skills also were stressed during
my student days. Those skills, coupled with
the College’s encouragement to get involved,
helped shape my professional life as a
pharmacist. As a self-proclaimed “association
junkie,” I have been able to take on leadership
roles in many organizations. From my local
pharmacy association to state associations to
the largest national pharmacist association,
I have been fortunate to be part of many
deliberations and decisions that have helped
shape pharmacy practice. This experience
also provided me the chance to interact with
countless students. It is a pleasure to watch
young, eager pharmacy students become
the movers and shakers of our profession as
The leadership skills did not merely come in
handy for association work. Those skills have
been very beneficial in my career. From my start
as the first clinical pharmacist at The Medical
Center in Bowling Green to my current position
as Vice President for Corporate Support
Services of a five-facility organization, those
leadership skills, along with an outstanding
pharmacy education, have been critical for the
care of patients in south-central Kentucky.
Over 25 years, it has been very gratifying to
watch a pharmacy department grow and
flourish and to become a true member of the
healthcare team. The impact of this pharmacy
team on patients, physicians, nurses, and other
hospital staff is seen daily. Due to others in
my corporation, who made an impact on me,
my professional road has taken a new turn
outside of daily pharmacy activities. One of
my responsibilities is for the oversight of the
quality initiatives of our hospital corporation.
My pharmacy education – the attention to
detail, the use of evidence-based literature,
and a patient-centric approach to care – has
me well positioned for this new endeavor in
my career. Pharmacy will always be my first
and foremost passion, but now I have the
opportunity to bring the pharmacy perspective
to a new audience.
I recently heard someone talk about what is
written on your tombstone. It shows the year
you were born, the year you died, and a dash
in between. Your life is summed up in that
dash. This made me think about my life as a
pharmacist and what has happened in that
dash so far – and I hope there is much more
time to add to that dash! My dash has been
filled with influences from so many people. I
believe that I also have had the opportunity to
influence and impact others as well. We may
be aware of the big things that happen in our
life and the impact that has, but we may never
know the impact of the little things that we
take for granted and do every day. Those may
be the things that make the greatest difference.
Melinda Joyce, PharmD
Class of 1983
Vice President, Corporate Support Services
Commonwealth Health Corporation
Bowling Green, Kentucky
As the UK College of Pharmacy made its trek around the state this spring as part of the
Partners in Pharmacy Tour, two clear trends emerged from community pharmacies across the
Innovation is alive and well in Kentucky’s community pharmacies. And much of that
innovative practice is being driven by women entrepreneurs.
Such news will probably not come as a surprise to
anyone who has followed graduation data at colleges of
pharmacy across the nation. Two-thirds (66.6 percent) of
students who received PharmD degrees in 2001-02 were
female. That number has remained remarkably steady
over the past decade as 62.6 percent of 2009-10 PharmD
graduates were women.
Those national trends closely aligned to what we were
seeing at the UK College of Pharmacy as well – with no
signs of slowing down. As of May 2011, 63 percent of
current UK students were female and nearly 60 percent
of the entering 2015 PharmD class are women.
The good news for our female students is that Kentucky
is home to some great female pharmacists who can serve
as role models to the new generation. In this article, we
share the stories of two women entrepreneurs that we
encountered on the Partners in Pharmacy Tour that are
quite literally changing the face of community pharmacy
in the Commonwealth.
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Kentucky is home to some great female pharmacists
who can serve as role models to the new generation.
Growing up in tiny Larkslane (population, 100) in Knott
County, Kentucky, Alicia Dawson knew from an early
age that she wanted to be a health care professional.
However, she did not know what career path she would
After three years at Alice Lloyd College in her native
eastern Kentucky, Dawson applied at the UK College of
Pharmacy. She was always a “people person” and a career
in pharmacy just felt right,
Having worked in a
community pharmacy the
summer before coming
to UK, Dawson knew that
was the setting for her
even before taking her first pharmacy course. Make no
mistake, however, she never believed she would actually
own and operate her own business.
“I remember sitting in Dwaine Green’s pharmacy
administration class and I said to myself, ‘Why am I in
this class because I am never going to own a pharmacy,’”
After graduating from UK in 1992, she began her
pharmacy career. A fellow employee, Steve Dawson,
asked her if she would be his business partner and open
a store in McDowell, Kentucky, his hometown. The pair
went to their respective banks, borrowed $25,000, and
in January 1993, they opened McDowell Professional
Pharmacy in McDowell, Ky.
The young woman, who never thought she would
be an entrepreneur a couple years earlier, was now a
Having worked in a community pharmacy the summer
before coming to UK, Dawson knew that was the setting
for her even before taking her first pharmacy course.
And just nine months later, she would marry Steve.
“We didn’t take a salary from the store initially,” Dawson
recalls. “We worked relief at other stores to keep us going
and worked to build the business.”
Today, McDowell Professional Pharmacy employs five
full-time pharmacists and they plan to add a sixth
pharmacist this summer.
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Her entrepreneurial spirit continues to grow. In February
2011, Dawson and her sister, Cheryl Little, a 1997 UK
College of Pharmacy alumnus, opened the Harold Clinic
Pharmacy in Floyd County, Ky.
To think that two members of the family would be
entrepreneurs would please Dawson’s father to no end,
“My mother was a stay-at-home mom. My dad was a
cable lineman and he worked very, very hard,” Dawson
said. “He always wanted us to do better than he did, and
he was always proud of what we had accomplished.
Though my dad passed away five years ago, he would
have loved that we started a pharmacy together.”
That small business mindset was natural for Horn-Barker.
Growing up in Inez in Martin County, Kentucky, her
parents owned three convenience stores and a truck
stop. After starting her undergraduate career at UK, she
became homesick and returned home and managed
the family businesses. It was during that period of her
life where she developed a passion for people and
Horn-Barker had always promised her parents that she
would return to school to fulfill her dream of earning a
pharmacy degree. At about age 30, she returned to UK to
continue taking undergraduate courses, before enrolling
in the College of Pharmacy.
“I also like the small business aspect of owning an independent pharmacy. I like
knowing the names of all my patients – I like knowing their families.”
When it comes to finding a pharmacy on the leadingedge
of the practice, look no further than Corner Drug
in Winchester, Kentucky. Nancy Horn-Barker, owner and
operator of the store, has adopted a simple mantra, “If it
improves patient care, we’ll give it a try.”
Corner Drug patients can receive their immunizations,
purchase diabetic shoes, or receive Medication Therapy
Management, in addition to receiving their prescription
with a smile from someone who knows them.
“If you are going to stay viable in the community
pharmacy market, you have to try new things,” said Horn-
Barker. “I also like the small business aspect of owning an
independent pharmacy. I like knowing the names of all
my patients – I like knowing their families.”
After earning her PharmD, Horn-Barker accepted a
postdoctoral fellowship that was a joint venture between
UK and the American Pharmacy Services Corporation
(APSC). She became APSC’s first director of government
affairs following her fellowship in 2003, a position she
held for one year.
An opportunity to purchase Corner Drug presented itself
in 2004 and Horn-Barker decided to dive back into the
business world. She partnered with UK alumni Harold
Cooley and Alicia Dawson in the new business, two fellow
entrepreneurs that she still considers mentors.
“I could not have done all of this without the two of them,”
Horn-Barker said. “That’s the thing about independent
pharmacists in Kentucky – we don’t see each other as
competition. We want to see everyone survive and thrive.”
Women & Philanthropy brings together women of
diverse talents and experiences who share the ambition
of building a better UK and a better Kentucky.
To learn more about how you can join this philanthropic
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A Passion for People
Linda Dwoskin responds to any number of titles. She is a
mom, a daughter, a prolific researcher, an entrepreneur, and
a higher education administrator.
But, at her very core, Dwoskin is a teacher. And
the way she approaches all her interactions in
life makes her style both unique and effective.
“I treat everyone I come in contact with as
family,” said Dwoskin. “I like to connect with
them on a personal level. I hope to have an
impact on their lives because my mentors had
an impact on my life.”
Dwoskin was born in Columbia, S.C. and grew up
in Atlanta, Ga. She attended Georgia Tech for her
senior year of high school, before pursuing her
undergraduate degree at Syracuse University.
After receiving her PhD in pharmacology at the
University of Minnesota, Dwoskin spent a year
at the University of Oregon Health Sciences and
five years at the University of Colorado before
coming to UK in 1988.
Over the past two decades, Dwoskin has
grown her research portfolio within the
College. She grew from having one lab in
the former College of Pharmacy building on
Rose Street to needing four labs to house her
work. She outgrew that space and moved into
the Biomedical/Biological Sciences Research
Building (BBSRB) a few years ago. With about
10 graduate students and postdocs in her
laboratory, Dwoskin values that opportunity
to teach the importance of discovery to a new
generation of young scientists.
Dwoskin’s penchant for disseminating
knowledge has come in handy in the newest
challenge she has tackled. In April 2010, she
was named Associate Dean for Research at the
UK College of Pharmacy, a leadership position
for which she has been training for the past two
She admits that she may not have been ready
for such a post several years ago. But after
taking part in the American Association of
Colleges of Pharmacy Academic Leadership
Fellows Program, Dwoskin knew it was time to
tackle a new leadership opportunity – and yet
another opportunity to teach.
“Writing grant proposals and receiving
consistent funding for more than 20 years has
provided me with a pretty good feel about the
research process,” said Dwoskin. “I appreciate
having the opportunity to share some of that
knowledge with fellow faculty members,
particularly our new faculty members.”
For faculty members looking to take their
discoveries to the marketplace, Dwoskin
can provide a great education in economic
development as well. She and former UK
faculty member Peter Crooks started Yaupon
Therapeutics in 2002. Yaupon is a specialty
pharmaceutical company based on their
research that develops small molecule
pharmaceuticals licensed from academic
laboratories. In 2005, Yaupon was named Life
Sciences Start-up Company of the Year at the
Eastern Technology Council’s Annual Enterprise
Maybe the most important lesson she can
provide is showing people how to find balance
in their lives.
“People need to take time for themselves,” said
Dwoskin. “I didn’t always do that. But now I do.
It fuels you and provides you with the ability to
handle the difficult issues that you face. That
was a profound realization for me.”
Linda Dwoskin, PhD
Associate Dean for Research,
Endowed Professor in
Thank You for your generous support of the UK College of Pharmacy! Your commitment to the College
helps us advance pharmacy practice, and your gifts have helped us become one of the nation’s top five
colleges of pharmacy.
The College of Pharmacy is dedicated to serving students by providing a vibrant educational atmosphere
where they can achieve their academic and career goals. Because of your gifts and donations we are
able to equip our students with the skills they need to compete with graduates from any other college or
university in the nation.
Each and every day, you can find our students, alumni, and friends providing the type of compassionate
care that our communities deserve. The College of Pharmacy has a long history of graduating the best
and brightest pharmacists, and your past support has made that possible. Most important, your support
makes a critical difference in our ability shape the minds and lives of generations of students.
Our students not only earn degrees, they find themselves immersed in a career-shaping educational
experience at the College of Pharmacy.
Your continued support will ensure that we are able to provide the finest educational program to every
student that dares to live their dreams here at the UK College of Pharmacy.
Larry Spears Endows the College’s First Chair
Larry Spears, a UK College of
Pharmacy alumnus from Crittenden,
Kentucky, has been a proud supporter
of the College of Pharmacy for years.
He has been consistently engaged in
the College, attending alumni events
and, as a UK Fellow, donating to
various pharmacy-related causes.
Spears had planned to make a
major gift to the College recently
and was trying to determine where
his investment would best serve
pharmacy of tomorrow. He found his inspiration after
visiting with Dean Tim Tracy last fall and attending a
Partners in Pharmacy Tour event in Northern Kentucky
earlier this spring. Dean Tracy delivered his Continuing
Education course, talking about how personalized medicine
is going to change the face of pharmacy. Dean Tracy’s talk
concentrated on pharmacogenetics, a field of science that
shows how an individual’s genetic code triggers unique
responses to medication use.
Spears later contacted the College and announced
he was creating the Larry H. Spears Endowed Chair in
Pharmacogenetics. His $1 million gift created the first
Endowed Chair for the UK College of Pharmacy.
Pharmacists and patients alike will be hearing more
about the emerging role of pharmacogenetics or, as it is
sometimes called, personalized medicine. Just as your
parents provided you with the genes that indicate your eye
and hair color, your genetic code has a profound impact on
how the medicines you take are broken down by or act on
This is not new information. For years, pharmacists have
known that different patients require different doses of the
same drug. But the only tool we had to discover the correct
dose was through trial and error. Pharmacists typically
gave patients the same amount of a prescribed medication
and checked back with them after some time to see how
effectively it was working – or not working. From there, a
pharmacist would adjust the dose. Now, with the advent of
more accessible genetic testing related to drug therapy, we
are discovering some of the reasons for these differences
“The future of pharmacy is in the personalized approach,”
said Spears. “Pharmacists have known for generations
that different people have different responses to the
same drugs. In the years ahead, the emerging field of
pharmacogenetics will provide pharmacists with the proper
tools to predict those responses. By knowing a person’s
genetics, pharmacists can provide the proper medicine to
their patients in safe and effective doses. As pharmacists,
that’s always been our ultimate goal.”
Spears’ gift was committed in June 2011, prior to the University changing its endowment levels.
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The University of Kentucky Fellows Society
was created to encourage ever greater private
support for the University and to recognize those
who have dedicated themselves to advancing
the institution’s mission of education, research
and service. The Fellows Society honors those
alumni, friends, corporations, foundations
and organizations that provide enduring and
generous support for the University. For the first
time since 1966, the Fellows levels have been
changed. Below are the new giving levels. This
change is consistent with the new minimum
endowment level of $25,000.
Frank LeRond McVey Fellows give $25,000 - $49,999
Henry Stites Barker Fellows give$50,000 - $99,999
Frank G. Dickey Fellows give $100,000 - $249,999
John Bryan Bowman Fellows give $250,000 - $499,999
James Kennedy Patterson Fellows give $500,000 - $999,999
Presidential Fellows give $1,000,000 - $4,999,999
Commonwealth Fellows give $5,000,000
You may apply the total of past gifts made to the University of Kentucky toward membership in the
You may designate future gifts and pledges to the UK college or program of your choice, or make
unrestricted gifts to the University to be used where the need is greatest.
Spouses may be recognized as joint Fellows with no additional commitment.
Your Fellows Society pledge may be fulfilled over a five-year period.
Through your gift, you may confer the honor of Fellows Society membership upon another person.
Similarly, you may also name a deceased person as a Fellows Society member in memoriam.
You may designate your gift for immediate use or as an endowment for any college or program within
Gifts earmarked for immediate use give the University maximum flexibility to respond to pressing needs
and special educational opportunities.
Leaving a Legacy
Many individuals have a desire to support
the College of Pharmacy but are unable to
help as much as they would like. Are you one
of these people? You might be surprised
to learn that there are ways in which you
can help the College of Pharmacy while
minimizing your taxes and still being able to
leave an inheritance to your loved ones.
Have you named the UK College of Pharmacy
in your estate plans? Let us know.
For more information about ways
you can leave a legacy and or make
an annual gift, please contact :
Director of Development
Society of 1865
Since its founding in 1865, the University of Kentucky has relied on private
gifts to supplement state and federal support and achieve its reputation
for educational excellence.
The University of Kentucky will honor your preferences regarding the
details of your bequest. All information that you share with the University
will be held in the utmost confidence.
By including the University in your estate and financial plans, you are
eligible for membership in the UK Society of 1865. An intended gift of any
amount will qualify you for membership as long as the gift is in the form of:
A bequest in your will or testamentary trust to the University of
A life income agreement, such as a charitable trust or gift annuity.
Designating the University of Kentucky as a beneficiary of an IRA or
other retirement plan.
A life estate in a residence or farm with the University of Kentucky as
the ultimate recipient.
UK Hosts 2 nd Annual Collaborative Preceptor Workshop
More than 100 preceptors and pharmacy faculty
members from across the Commonwealth were
on hand for the second annual collaborative
preceptor development workshop sponsored
by the University of Kentucky College of
Pharmacy and Sullivan University College of
Pharmacy. The event was held at the UK College
of Pharmacy on Friday, February 18th.
UK Dean Tim Tracy welcomed those in
attendance, while sharing a glimpse into the
future of the College. Vanita K. Pindolia, Vice
President of Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy
Program with the Henry Ford Health System,
and Steven T. Simenson, President and
Managing Partner of Goodrich Pharmacy, also
spoke at the event.
APPE Rotation Moves to 6-Week Model
Students are getting to know their preceptors a little
bit better beginning this summer. Our current 4thyear
students are taking part in 6-week Advanced
Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) rotations, a
shift from the former 4-week models.
The move allows students to receive a more fully
developed education from their APPE setting, while
providing them more opportunity to get to know
their preceptors who serve as mentors in helping our
students guide their careers.
All rotations have been reviewed and placed into new
categories. There are four required types of rotations:
Advanced Community Practice (ACP), Advanced
Community Hospital (ACH), Ambulatory Care Practice
(AMP), and Acute Care/Inpatient Practice (ACI).
Students will take three elective rotations in addition
to the four required types. Any of the required
rotations may be taken as an elective, as well as those
classified as Patient Care Practice Electives (EPC) and
Non-Patient Care Practice Electives (ENP).
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Traylor Named Preceptor of the Year
Mike Traylor from Princeton, Kentucky has been named the 2011 UK
College of Pharmacy Preceptor of the Year. He was formally recognized for
this honor at the College’s Graduation Recognition ceremony on Friday,
“Being around Dr. Traylor for one short month made me want to be
a better pharmacist and a better person,” a pharmacy student said in
Traylor’s nomination letter. “There is no one I can think of who is a better
example of how to live a life in service to others. Dr. Traylor truly lives the
Oath of a Pharmacist: He certainly has devoted himself to a lifetime of
service to others through the profession of pharmacy.”
Traylor is a UK College of Pharmacy alumnus (BS and PharmD, 1985) who
has served in a variety of pharmacy settings since receiving his UK degree.
Traylor has served as a preceptor for the College of Pharmacy for more
than 20 years, serving as a mentor and confidant for numerous pharmacy
“To help the students learn the practice of pharmacy and realize they can
be outstanding young pharmacists is very rewarding,” Traylor says.
Since 1997, Traylor has been the Director of Pharmacy Services for Corner
Homecare, which serves patients in Western Kentucky and Southern
Indiana. Their primary practice is home infusion, though he also oversees a
community pharmacy and a consulting pharmacy practice.
He was named Pharmacist of the Year by the Kentucky Society of Health System Pharmacists in 1997 and is an active member of
the Kentucky Pharmacists Association and American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.
Traylor and his wife, Kim, reside in Princeton, Kentucky. Their daughter, Shelley, just completed her sophomore year at UK. He
volunteers and serves as Pharmacist-in-Charge for the Caldwell County Free Clinic Pharmacy and serves on the Caldwell County
Board of Education. He also serves in various positions in their church.
Outstanding CEC Preceptors Named
Chris Miller with Pheli Roberts
Two pharmacists were
Preceptors for the
College’s two Clinical
(CEC) for 2010-11.
Pheli Roberts of
Kroger was named
for the Louisville CEC
and Sandy Berger of
Health System was
Preceptor for the
Daviess County CEC.
Sandy Berger with Anne Policastri
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Even though she is far away from home,
Tsakalozou has enjoyed her time in the
Bluegrass. She also has enjoyed her work in
Leggas’ lab, who she says is an inspiring mentor
for a young scientist, and her time in the
classroom as a teaching assistant (TA), where
she has worked alongside UK PharmD students,
“I am very happy with the choice I made,” said
Tsakalozou, who hopes to remain in the United
States to pursue her academic career. “If I had to
go back and choose a graduate program again, I
would still choose UK.”
Nicole Brogden found her way to UK thanks to
some faculty connections at her alma mater,
the University of Iowa, where she received her
Bachelor’s degree in biology and her Doctor
of Pharmacy. While former UK College of
Pharmacy Dean Jordan Cohen was serving
as Dean of the University of Iowa College
of Pharmacy, Brogden learned about UK’s
renowned pharmacy residency program.
She came to UK to take part in the residency
program in 2007 (her “R number” is 341) and
has yet to leave, as she began pursuing her
PhD in Audra Stinchcomb’s immediately after
completing her residency.
The transition for this small town Iowa woman
could not have been smoother.
“This is the best place to implant a Midwestern
girl,” said Brogden, who is beginning the fourth
year of her PhD program. “I am from a place
where people are friendly and have a good work
ethic, and it is very much the same here.”
Brodgen’s research focuses on micro-needle
assisted transdermal delivery. She is working to
keep skin pores open longer so drugs can pass
through the skin and into the bloodstream.
Her work is not just being acknowledged on
campus; it has drawn national recognition. In
2010, Brogden received a prestigious Ruth L.
Kirschstein National Research Service Award
from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She
also has been accepted to the NIH Clinical Loan
Repayment Program, a program that is aimed
at recruiting and retaining some of the nation’s
best and brightest health professionals into
She, too, plans to leverage her passion for
teaching and research into an academic career.
Graduate Student Delivers
UK College of Pharmacy graduate student Mo Dan was one of six
researchers invited to deliver a presentation at the Xi’an International
Neurotoxicology Conference. The conference was held in Xi’an, China in
Twenty-two students were provided an opportunity to submit their
abstract for consideration of a platform presentation during the student
symposium. Dan, who is a student in Robert Yokel’s laboratory, was one
of only six students who had their abstract selected. The title of her
presentation was: “Ceria engineered nanoparticle association with the
blood-brain barrier using in situ brain perfusion.”
This event was a joint conference of the 13th International
Neurotoxicology Association Meeting and the 11th International
Symposium on Neurobehavioral Methods and Effects in Occupational
and Environmental Health (NEUREOH).
Harold D. Frankel
Class of 1950, died January 2, 2011
Joseph I. Rouben
Class of 1951, died March 31, 2011
Robert L. Kimbrell
Class of 1952, died February 18, 2011
William B. Clark
Class of 1961, died January 23, 2011
Richard L. Ravencraf
Class of 1969, died February 5, 2011
Katheryn A. Patterson
Class of 1971, died April 8, 2011
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A Long, Winding Road Back to the Commonwealth
You could say that the route Brenda Motheral traveled
to find her way back to her alma mater was circuitous.
The UK College of Pharmacy, however, thinks it was
Motheral’s academic career came full circle this
past year when she became the first full-time
faculty member hired for the College’s new
Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy
(iPOP) in August 2010.
In 1991, Motheral received her BS degree
in pharmacy followed by her MBA from the
Gatton College of Business and Economics
in 1993 focusing on Health Administration.
In 1995, she graduated with honors from the
University of South Carolina with her PhD
focusing on Pharmaceutical Economics and
Policy. She has previously served on the faculty
of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and the
University of Arizona College of Pharmacy.
Most of her professional experience, however, is
in industry. She worked for Express Scripts, the
Pharmacy Benefit Management organization,
designing programs for the company. She was
also president and co-founder of CareScientific,
a research and consulting company focused on
improving the efficiency and effectiveness of
disease management, health and wellness, and
pharmaceutical care programs.
Not surprisingly, Motheral’s industry
experience will greatly influence her academic
research. Her research interests include
pharmacoeconomics and pharmaceutical
policy, with an emphasis on the use of large
medical claims datasets.
Specifically, she is currently analyzing the
effectiveness and cost benefit of disease
management programs, which have become
increasingly popular in the health care world
over the past 15 years.
It is work that is both rewarding and
relevant to leaders throughout health
care – something she learns more and
more every day thanks to her blog,
“I receive a lot of feedback from my blog,”
said Motheral. “It has created many exciting
opportunities. The blog has been very
popular with the decision-makers who
are designing health care plans as well as
academic collaborators. And it has helped me
get the word out about my work and what is
happening at the UK College of Pharmacy.”
The media has been paying attention as well.
Over the years, Motheral’s work has been
covered by the national press, including
The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times,
USA Today, and National Public Radio. She
has more than 50 peer-reviewed and invited
publications in clinical and policy-oriented
healthcare journals, including Health Affairs,
Medical Care, and JAMA, the Journal of the
American Medical Association.
Motheral has already made her mark on student
life within the College. She worked with student
leaders to create the UK College of Pharmacy's
Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)
chapter. The UK AMCP chapter officially became
the organization’s 38th Student Pharmacist
Chapter on January 20, 2011. The Academy
of Managed Care Pharmacy is a national
professional organization for individual
pharmacists, health care practitioners (nonpharmacist),
and associates who practice in
managed care settings.
Brenda Motheral, BPharm, MBA, PhD
Alumni & Friends
A Day at the Races
See more photos on flickr
UK Wins Big at APhA 2011
UK College of Pharmacy students, faculty and alumni were saluted and honored for their
dedication to advancing pharmacy practice at the 2011 American Pharmacists Association
(APhA) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Seattle, Wash. March 25-28, 2011.
Student honors earned by the College include:
• The UK College of Pharmacy’s Rho Chi Honor Society received the Chapter Achievement
Award in Seattle, an honor bestowed by the national Rho Cho Society. The award
recognizes “the full scope of chapter activities as documented in the Annual Chapter
Report.” UK’s Alpha Xi chapter also received the Program Project Award for the fourth
• UKCOP students received $10,000 in Project Chance grant funding from APhA for their
outreach at Bluegrass Care HIV Clinic and Moveable Feast. The College was only one of five
schools to receive Project Chance funding.
• The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation announced that the UK College
of Pharmacy is one of 25 institutions to be named a Project IMPACT: Diabetes partner. As a
partner, UK will join the APhA Foundation’s national multi-year initiative to improve care for
people disproportionately affected by diabetes across the United States.
• UK’s Phi Lambda Sigma chapter received second place recognition in the Charlie Thomas
Leadership Challenge for their C.L.A.S.S. (Comprehensive Leadership Advancement Skills
Seminar) entry. The chapter received $500 for their project. Phi Lambda Sigma is the
national pharmacy leadership society.
College of Pharmacy students, alumni, faculty and staff gather for a game watch party in Seattle, Wash.
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UK’s faculty and alumni also were recognized
at the APhA Annual Meeting. Twenty-five
percent of the 2011 American Pharmacists
Association (APhA) Fellows class are members
of the UK College of Pharmacy family. APhA
named 12 Fellows at this year’s conference,
with three UK alumni being recognized,
• Holly Divine, a 1998 UKCOP alumna, is Clinical
Associate Professor in the Department of
Pharmacy Practice and Science at the UK
College of Pharmacy.
• David D. Allen, a 1986 UKCOP alumnus, is the
founding Dean of Pharmacy and Professor of
Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Northeastern
Ohio Universities College of Pharmacy.
• Melody Ryan, a 1993 UKCOP alumna, is
Associate Professor in Pharmacy Practice and
Science Department at the UK College of
Dean Tracy Visits
Alumni, Friends on
The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy took to the
highways and byways of the Commonwealth this spring
as part of the Partners in Pharmacy Tour. Dean Tim Tracy
and other members of the UK College of Pharmacy family
embarked on the 11-city tour across the state in March and
April to meet alumni and friends and learn more about trends
and issues facing the practice of pharmacy in Kentucky.
“It was an eye-opening experience,” said Dean Tracy. “It is
always refreshing to learn from pharmacists in the field – to
learn how our profession is evolving. And this tour provided
me a great education about pharmacy practice in Kentucky
that will help shape the College’s direction in the months and
The tour stopped in Paducah, Owensboro, Louisville, Bowling
Green, Ashland, Hazard, Pikeville, Lexington, Morehead,
Northern Kentucky, and London. Each stop featured a
reception and a complimentary continuing education course
conducted by Dean Tracy, with several stops at community
pharmacies, hospitals, and clinics along the way.
“As I said at every stop on the tour, the UK College of
Pharmacy is not merely a building on South Limestone
in Lexington, Kentucky,” Tracy said. “The heart and soul of
the College is alive and well in communities across the
Commonwealth. This tour showed that to us, and it showed
us just how vital pharmacy remains to health care in
Feola Receives ASPIRE Award
David Feola, a UK faculty member and alumnus (PharmD
and PhD), was presented with the Advancing Science
through Pfizer - Investigator Research Exchange (ASPIRE)
Award by Dr. Kimbal Ford on May 4. The ASPIRE program
is a competitive grants program sponsored by Pfizer. Ford,
a 1993 UK alumnus, presented Feola with the award at a
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science meeting.
Feola and Ford
Pharmacy Resident and
Faculty Named Walmart
Clark D. Kebodeaux, a 2010-11 UK College of
Pharmacy Community Pharmacy Resident
with Kroger Pharmacy and Patient Care Center,
and Holly Divine, a 1998 UKCOP alumna and a
Clinical Associate Professor in the Department
of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the
UK College of Pharmacy, were named 2011
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
(AACP) Walmart Scholars.
“AACP and Walmart share the commitment to
help colleges and schools of pharmacy ensure
there is an adequate number of well-prepared
individuals who aspire to join the faculties
at our expanding number of institutions
across the country,” the organizations said
in a statement. “The goal of the scholarship
program is to strengthen the recipient’s skills
and commitment to a career in academic
pharmacy through their participation at the
AACP Annual Meeting and Seminars.”
The program provides $1,000 travel scholarships
to 75 student-faculty pairs from AACP member
institutions to attend the AACP Annual Meeting
and the AACP Teachers Seminar in San Antonio,
Texas from July 9-13, 2011.
Romanelli Runs Boston Marathon
Frank Romanelli, Professor in the Department
of Pharmacy Practice and Science and Associate
Dean of the Office of Education, completed the
Boston Marathon, the nation’s most prestigious
marathon, in three hours and four minutes on
April 18, 2011.
Fink Named Outstanding Eagle Scout
Joseph L. Fink III, the popular Professor of Pharmacy
Law and Policy at the University of Kentucky College of
Pharmacy, received the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award by
the Boy Scouts of America’s Blue Grass Council on March 12.
The award is presented “in recognition of his outstanding
leadership in his professional or community service.”
Fink has worked in the past with the Eagles’ Nest, a UK student
organization comprised of Eagle Scouts. During 2009, he worked with
a College of Pharmacy student who was an Eagle Scout to formulate a
proposal to create a pharmacy merit badge for scouting.
Martin Elected KSHP President
Craig Martin, a UK College of Pharmacy alumnus and
adjunct faculty member, was elected President of the
Kentucky Society of Health System Pharmacists on April
29. Martin, who is a clinical pharmacist for UK Chandler
Hospital’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and serves
Martin as Pharmacy Education and Scholarship Coordinator
for UK HealthCare, was elected to fill an unexpired
term. He will assume the position of President at KSHP’s Fall Meeting in
UK Professors Collaborate
A pair of UK Professors received a
United States patent on April 26, 2011
for their collaborative work with fellow
researchers from St. Louis, Mo. Robert
Yokel and Chang-Guo Zhan, professors
in UK’s Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Wesley R. Harris
and Christopher D. Spilling, both of St. Louis, received a patent for their
work on “chelating compounds and immobilized tethered chelators.” The
patent was assigned to the UK Research Foundation.
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Several faculty members were
recognized for their excellence at
the College’s annual Graduation
Recognition Ceremony in May.
Karen Blumenschein, Associate
Professor in the Department of
Pharmacy Practice and Science,
received the Michael J. Lach
Faculty Award for Innovative
Teaching Practices. Kimberly
Nixon, Assistant Professor in the
Department of Pharmaceutical
Sciences, was presented with
the William T. Miles Award Jim
Pauly, Associate Professor in the
Department of Pharmaceutical
Sciences, and Frank Romanelli,
Professor in the Department of
Pharmacy Practice and Science,
were honored with Senior Class
Awards for Teaching Excellence
by the 2011 graduating PharmD
Nixon, Van Lanen Receive
Drug Discovery Award
Kimberly Nixon and Steven Van Lanen,
faculty members in the Department
of Pharmaceutical Sciences, were both
honored with the Junior Research/
Scholarly Activity Award from their
Department’s Division of Drug Discovery.
Yokel Honored for Being a
Robert Yokel, Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical
Sciences, was recognized by the UK College of Education’s
Teachers Who Made a Difference Program on April 30. The
program, which was launched in 1998 as part of the College’s
75th anniversary celebration, recognizes educators for their
significant influence in the lives of their students.
Music, Wurth Earn Staff
Tina Music, Pharmaceutical Care Lab
Technician in the Department of Pharmacy
Practice and Science, and Stephanie
Wurth, Director of Admissions and Student
Diversity, were named employees of the
year at the College’s Staff Retreat in May. Music was named the College’s
Technical Employee of the Year and Wurth received the Administrative
Employee of the Year award.
Students Recognize Faculty for
Three UK College of Pharmacy faculty members were
honored for their excellence in the classroom during
the College’s annual Honors and Recognition program
on Thursday, April 14. Carrie Lifshitz, a part-time faculty
member in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences,
received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the firstyear
PharmD class; Jim Pauly, Associate Professor in
the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, received
the Outstanding Faculty Award from the second-year
PharmD class; and Tracy Macaulay, Adjunct Assistant
Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and
Science, received the Outstanding Faculty Award from
the third-year PharmD class.
Macauly, Pauly and Lifshitz
Annual Symposium on
OCTOBER 13, 2011
Kathleen Giacomini, PhD
Professor, Departments of Biopharmaceutical Sciences
and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California at San Francisco
“Pharmacogenomics of Transporters”
F. Ivy Carroll, PhD
Research Triangle Institute
Research Triangle Park, NC
“Development of Selective Kappa Opioid
Phil Mayer, PhD
2011 University of Kentucky Outstanding Graduate
Program Alumni for the Pharmaceutical Sciences
“In Vitro/In Vivo Correlations (IVIVC) as a Tool
in Drug Development”
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“We look forward to seeing you at one
of these upcoming events. The College is
particularly excited for Alumni and Friends
Fall Weekend, as we invite all alumni,
students, faculty and staff to join us for our
all-College Tailgate Party. Come cheer on the
Cats with the College of Pharmacy.”
-Dean Tim Tracy
Alumni and Friends Golf Outing
September 19 – University Club of Kentucky
2nd annual Symposium on
Drug Discovery and Development
October 13 – UK College of Pharmacy
Classes of 1961, 1971, 1986, PharmD 1987, 2001 and 2006
Alumni and Friends Fall Weekend
Pharmacy Tailgate – An All-College Event
Homecoming Football Game
AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition
October 23-27 – Washington, D.C.
ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
December 4-8 – New Orleans, La.
For more information about alumni events,
please contact Amber Bowling at (859) 218-1305,
SAVE THE DATE
Dr. William Lubawy is retiring!
Join generations of pharmacy
alumni, faculty, and friends in
celebrating his special career.
November 18, 2011 - 6:30 p.m.
The Carrick House, Lexington
get details at: www.ukalumni.net/pharmlubawy
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