Summer 2011 [pdf] - University of Kentucky - College of Pharmacy

Summer 2011 [pdf] - University of Kentucky - College of Pharmacy

Focus on Pharmacy Summer 2011



in Pharmacy

University of Kentucky

College of Pharmacy

789 S. Limestone

Lexington, KY 40536-0596

Timothy S. Tracy, RPh, PhD


Dean’s Office

Phone: (859) 323-7601

Fax: (859) 257-2128

PharmD Admissions

(859) 323-2755

Graduate Program Information

(859) 257-1998


(859) 218-1305


Karl Lawrence


David Melanson

Ann Blackford


Karl Lawrence

Tim Collins

Lee Thomas

Tim Webb




8 Graduation


Giltner Gallagher

The Making of a Serial Entrepreneur


Deluca Wins Lyons Award




All Roads Lead to Kentucky

16 Women in Pharmacy


2 Message from the Dean

3 Administrative Changes

7 Incoming Class

12 Student Honors

14 Alumni Honors

15 Alumni Perspective

19 Faculty Spotlight: Dwoskin

20 Development

22 Experiential Education

24 In Memoriam

25 Faculty Spotlight: Motheral

26 Alumni Photo Gallery

28 College Briefs

33 Upcoming Events

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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

Nancy Horn-Barker.

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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Administrative Changes

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.

Tawanda Lewis

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

that exist.

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.

Judy Pistilli

Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Pistilli will manage our financial and budgeting

functions on behalf of the College, helping us chart our

financial future.

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Carol Giltner Gallagher


Making of a



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Alumni Profile

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

Kentucky tale.

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

the College.

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

her future.

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

the nation.

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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Alumni Profile


continued from page 5

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

clinical trials.

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

up shop.

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

the Wildcats.

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.

Summer 2011


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

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Faculty Honors

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

charitable pharmacy.”

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.

Eleftheria Tsakalozou

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

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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

Leadership Award.

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

the profession.”

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

April 14.

Student Honors

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

Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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,

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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.

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Alumni Honors

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

NHS Scotland.

“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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Melinda Joyce

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

am today.

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

Alumni Perspective

Summer 2011



Alicia Dawson

Nancy Horn-Barker

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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in Pharmacy

Kentucky is home to some great female pharmacists

who can serve as role models to the new generation.

Alicia Dawson

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,

she says.

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,’”

Dawson recalled.

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

business owner.

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,

she says.

“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.”

Nancy Horn-Barker

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

network, contact:

Tawanda Lewis

(859) 323-7111

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Linda Dwoskin

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

Awards ceremony.

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

Pharmaceutical Education

Faculty Spotlight

Summer 2011



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.

Thank You

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

your body.

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

among patients.

“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

Membership Considerations

You may apply the total of past gifts made to the University of Kentucky toward membership in the

Fellows Society.

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.

Membership Levels

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

the University.

Gifts earmarked for immediate use give the University maximum flexibility to respond to pressing needs

and special educational opportunities.

Planned Giving

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 :

Tawanda Lewis

Director of Development

(859) 323-7111

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.

Summer 2011


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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Experiential Education

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,

May 6.

“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

named Outstanding

Preceptors for the

College’s two Clinical

Education Centers

(CEC) for 2010-11.

Pheli Roberts of

Kroger was named

Outstanding Preceptor

for the Louisville CEC

and Sandy Berger of

Owensboro Medical

Health System was

named Outstanding

Preceptor for the


Daviess County CEC.

Sandy Berger with Anne Policastri

Summer 2011


All Roads

continued from page 11

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,

as well.

“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

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

clinical research.

She, too, plans to leverage her passion for

teaching and research into an academic career.

Graduate Student Delivers

Presentation at

International Conference

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).

In Memoriam


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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Brenda Motheral

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

rather fortuitous.

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

Associate Professor

Faculty Spotlight

Summer 2011


Green Suite


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

consecutive year.

• 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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College Briefs

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

Partners in

Pharmacy Tour

Partners in



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

years ahead.”

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


Summer 2011


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

September 2011.

UK Professors Collaborate

on Patent



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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College Briefs





Faculty Receive

Honors at



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



Van Lanen

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

‘Difference Maker’

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

Classroom Excellence

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

Summer 2011


Annual Symposium on

Drug Discovery

& Development

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

Receptor Antagonists”

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


October 21

Classes of 1961, 1971, 1986, PharmD 1987, 2001 and 2006

Alumni and Friends Fall Weekend

October 21-23

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,


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alumni, faculty, and friends in

celebrating his special career.

November 18, 2011 - 6:30 p.m.

The Carrick House, Lexington

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