Primary Specialty: Association Management; Other Specialties: Pharmacy Association Management, Governmental Affairs, Speakers' Bureau
Education and Advanced Training
B.S. (Pharmacy) Duquesne University, M.S. (Hospital Pharmacy Administration) The Ohio State University, ASHP Residency (PGY-1) Hospital Pharmacy The Ohio State University
Type of Patient Population Served
Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacy membership includes primarily pharmacists serving in hospitals and health-systems, ambulatory (outpatient) clinics, home infusion services, hospices, correctional facilities and governmental agencies. FSHP membership also includes pharmacy faculty, pharmacy students, pharmacy residents, pharmacy technicians and associate members in the healthcare industry. In addition, FSHP has a multi-year contract to provide professional pharmacy association management services to the South Carolina Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SCSHP).
Roles and Responsibilities
The Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer (EVP/CEO) is a salaried position responsible for all management functions of the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc. (FSHP), the FSHP Research and Education Foundation, Inc. (Foundation) and the FSHP Political Action Committee (FSHP-PAC)collectively referred to as the “Society,” and the direction of all activities of the Society as directed by the FSHP Board of Directors (BOD), including day-to-day operations, directing staff, executing contracts, budgetary and financial management, planning and new business development, coordinating with and assisting officers and members, and ensuring that continuity is maintained from year to year. This position also acts serves as a spokesperson for the Society and is responsible for developing and maintaining communications within the membership, legislative, regulatory and professional contacts as required for the success of the Society.
How I Got to Where I Am Today
I was extremely fortunate to have been given several inspiring role models throughout my career. Although they did not know each other, each of these fine individuals, in their own way, provided me with the encouragement, guidance and courage to advance beyond the norm and to push myself beyond my “comfort zone.”
Like many of you, I became active in the profession of pharmacy as a student, then as a resident and ultimately into my first position as an Assistant Director of Pharmacy at Yale-New Haven Hospital. My primary area of interest was (and remains) legal and regulatory affairs. I made frequent presentations at the State Capitol / the Legislature or the Board of Pharmacy advocating on behalf of health-system pharmacy issues.
In 2006, after nearly 35 years in health-system pharmacy administration, I bravely moved into the position as a professional pharmacy association executive with FSHP. In many ways it was a natural transition, a merger of sorts, between my two professional loves: pharmacy administration and governmental affairs. It is a personal and professional honor and privilege to serve my colleagues in this capacity.
Advice for Students Pursuing This Career Path
There will always be a need for professional associations to represent pharmacy. Health-system pharmacy, in particular, will continue to need strong leaders who will be able to represent this very special area of practice. My advice for students would be to remain “active” in your local, regional, state, and national health-system pharmacy organizations. There is much that you can contribute and even more that you will receive.
Professional Organizations Outside Daily Job Responsibilities
Pharmacy Associations / Organizations: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP); Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP); Capital Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP); Florida Pharmacy Association (FPA)
Non-Pharmacy Associations / Organizations: American Society of Association Executives (ASAE); Florida Society of Association Executives (FSAE); Tallahassee Society of Association Executives (TSAE);
*Serve as a Director -at-Large for the Florida Society of Association Executives (FSAE)
*Serve as the Co-Chair of the CEO/Executive Director Roundtable for the Tallahassee Society of Association Executives (TSAE)
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital: Director of Pharmacy 1985-2003; Pharmacist 2003-2006
University Hospitals of Cleveland: Director of Pharmacy 1975-1985
Yale-New Haven Hospital: Assistant Director of Pharmacy and Central Supply 1971-1975
You can reach me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.