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SCSS Leadership

Executive Committee

The role of the Section Executive Committee is to provide leadership, guidance, and advice to ASHP on ways to better meet the day to day practice needs of members.

Chair (2019-2020)

Aaron L. Steffenhagen, Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP

Aaron SteffenhagenAaron Steffenhagen is a Clinical Pharmacy Manager at the University of Wisconsin (UW) Health in Madison, Wis., where he oversees pharmacy practice and services in critical care, emergency medicine, neurosciences, and transitions of care technicians while maintaining his own clinical practice and precepting. He is also a clinical instructor with the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy.

Steffenhagen earned his Pharm.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, followed by a pharmacy practice residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Initial years of experience focused on establishing ED pharmacy services, which transitioned into his current role. At the state level, Steffenhagen served on the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW) Board of Directors, Editorial Advisory Board for the PSW Journal, and the Health-System Pharmacy Advisory Board. Within ASHP he has served as a member of both the Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists (SCSS) Advisory Groups on Emergency Care and Clinical Leadership. He is currently Director-at-Large for the SCSS Executive Committee.

Aaron Steffenhagen can be e-mailed at

Immediate Past Chair (2019-2020)

Audrey R. Kennedy, Pharm.D., BCPS

Audrey KennedyAudrey R. Kennedy, is a Clinical Safety Officer at Children’s Mercy Hospital (CMH) in Kansas City, Missouri. Previously, she was the Clinical Specialist in Cardiology at CMH for six years. She holds Adjunct Clinical Faculty appointments at the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Kennedy received her Pharm.D. from the University of Kansas and completed a PGY1 residency at CMH and a PGY2 in pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Kennedy is professionally active at both the national and state levels. At the state level, she has served on the Education Committee for the Kansas Council of Health-System Pharmacy. She currently serves ASHP as Chair of the SCSS Educational Steering Committee. Additionally, she serves as faculty for ASHP’s Pediatric Board Certification Preparatory Course and was the local case writer for the 2012 ASHP Clinical Skills Competition.

Audrey Kennedy can be e-mailed at

Chair Elect (2019-2020)

Joel C. Marrs, Pharm.D., ASH-CHC, BCACP, BCCP, BCPS (AQ-Cardiology), CLS, FAHA, FASHP, FCCP, FNLA

Joel MarrsJoel C. Marrs, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Denver Health Medical Center in outpatient internal medicine, focusing on prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Marrs graduated from Butler University with a Pharm.D. and then completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Mount Carmel Medical Center and a PGY2 ambulatory care residency at the University of Colorado. His service to ASHP includes Colorado delegate, ASHP House of Delegates; member of the Council on Therapeutics; and Vice Chair, Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists Educational Steering Committee, of which he is currently a member. He is a seasoned presenter at ASHP meetings and faculty for Board Certification Review Courses for Pharmacotherapy and Ambulatory Care. He serves on the NQF Cardiovascular Measures Committee, NLA Board of Directors, and ACCL Board of Governors, which speak to his promotion of interprofessional practice and collaboration.

Joel Marrs can be e-mailed at

Director-at-Large (2018-2020)

Katelyn R. Dervay, Pharm.D., M.P.H., BCPS, FASHP

Katelyn DervayKatelyn R. Dervay is the Emergency Medicine Pharmacotherapy Specialist and PGY2 Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida. She received her Pharm.D. from the University of Florida and an M.P.H. in disaster management and humanitarian relief from the University of South Florida. She completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at UF Health Jacksonville and a PGY2 emergency medicine residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital.

Dervay is active at both the national and state levels. She served on the SCSS Educational Steering Committee and the SAG on Emergency Care, and she has held leadership roles on the SAG including Vice Chair and Chair. She has led and contributed to various initiatives including educational sessions and pharmacy advocacy initiatives. Dervay has been involved as a reviewer for the ASHP Best Practice Awards and AJHP, a member of the ASHP Foundation’s Pharmacy Forecast Survey Panel, and recently as a guest practitioner surveyor for residencies.

Katelyn Dervay can be e-mailed at

Director-at-Large (2019-2021)

Jodi L. Taylor, Pharm.D., BCCCP, BCPS

Jodi TaylorJodi Taylor is Associate Professor and Chair of Pharmacy Practice at Union University College of Pharmacy and practices in the Surgical ICU at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn., where she precepts pharmacy students and PGY1 residents.

Taylor earned her Pharm.D. from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and completed a PGY1 residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn.

Taylor is active at both the state and national levels. She has served as President and Secretary/Treasurer of the Tennessee Society of Health-System Pharmacists as well as on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Pharmacists Association. Her ASHP involvement includes serving on the ASHP Council on Therapeutics for the last three years and as a Tennessee delegate to the House of Delegates. Taylor is a multicycle reviewer for the ASHP CV Review Program and serves as Union University’s SSHP faculty advisor.

Jodi Taylor can be e-mailed at

Director-at-Large Elect (2019-2020)

Karen Berger, Pharm.D., BCCCP, BCPS

Karen BergerKaren Berger is a Neurocritical Care Clinical Pharmacist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center. She received her Pharm.D. from the University of Florida and went on to complete her PGY1 pharmacy residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and her PGY2 critical care residency at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago, where she acted as chief resident. Berger currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists Year-Round Educational Steering Committee. She has previously served on the New Practitioners Forum (NPF) Science and Research Advisory Group, the NPF Executive Committee, and the Council on Therapeutics. She has also been an active member of the New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists, currently serving as the Director of Education and Professional Development and Chair of the Grassroots Advocacy Committee. She is also a Past President of the NYC chapter and current delegate for NYC.

Karen Berger can be emailed at

ASHP Staff

Vicki Basalyga, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS
Director, Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists

Vicki BasalygaVicki Basalyga is the Director for the Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists. In this role Vicki serves as an information resource and provides guidance to ASHP members regarding science and scientific developments affecting pharmacy practice in health systems. She serves as secretary to the Section executive committee and coordinates activities to accomplish the objectives established by the Section. Additionally, Vicki has assumed the position of Council Secretary for the ASHP's Council on Therapeutics. 

Vicki received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Duquesne University and completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Vicki is also a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and a Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Specialist.  

Prior to her current position at ASHP, Vicki practiced as critical care pharmacist in both the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Other activities Vicki performed included drafting policies and procedures, co-chairing the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, creating and drafting order sets for CPOE conversion and precepting residents and students.

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