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SPPL Advisory Groups

Section Advisory Groups

In response to member feedback from both broader member needs and a satisfaction survey conducted by ASHP and the Section, the SPPL Advisory Groups are being re-structured and re-named. The new Advisory Groups for the 2019-2020 cycle are listed below.

SAG on Business Development and System Integration


  • Develop resources for creating, measuring, and marketing pharmacy services.
  • Develop resources to effectively manage economic and financial performance.

  • Develop resources for evolving reimbursement and payment systems.

  • Develop resources for successful vertical and horizontal health system integration (e.g. system-ness).

  • Develop resources to assist leaders in optimizing department structure & function to meet enterprise needs.

  • Serve as a resource for ASHP advocacy efforts as it relates to pharmacy practice advancement in hospitals and health systems.



Jeff ThielJeff Thiel, Pharm.D., M.S.
AVP, Pharmacy
NorthShore University HealthSystem
Evanston, IL

Vice Chair

Brian LathamBrian Latham, Pharm.D.
Executive Director, Great Lakes Group
BonSecours Mercy Health
Lima, OH

View current SAG on Business Development and System Integration Roster

SAG on Frontline Leaders



  • Advise pharmacy leaders on how to start new strategic initiatives, lead effective change management, optimize staff empowerment, and leverage market place opportunities.
  • Develop resources for creating and advancing innovative pharmacy practice models.

  • Develop resources for advancements in pharmacy operations utilizing technology, new products, and new applications

  • Develop resources for the training and development of the next generation of frontline pharmacy employees through mentorship and experiential learning.



William Kernan, Pharm.D., M.B.A.
Director of Pharmacy Services
Cleveland Clinic Florida
Weston, FL

Vice Chair

Travis DickTravis Dick, Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCPS
Associate Director of Pharmacy, Clinical Services; Director, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, NY

View current SAG on Frontline Leaders Roster

SAG on New and Emerging Leaders



  • Advance the effectiveness of new pharmacy leaders through leadership development.
  • Generate ideas and resources on specific educational programming (e.g. Student Leadership Workshop & Student Pharmacy Forecast Workshop).

  • Develop resources to advance the roles for new and emerging leaders.



Heather JonesHeather Jones, Pharm.D., M.S.
Pharmacy Manager, Oncology Services
UW Health
Madison, WI

Vice Chair

Thomas AcheyThomas Achey, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS
Assistant Director of Pharmacy
Princeton Baptist Medical Center
Birmingham, AL

View current SAG on New and Emerging Leaders Roster

SAG on Strategy and Industry Disrupters



  • Advise on trends that will influence the future of pharmacy practice in hospitals and health systems.
  • Develop resources that help members address unique multiple-hospital leadership challenges.

  • Develop resources for contemporary topics including the industry forecast reports.

  • Advise on advocacy, education, and health system leadership needs to successfully navigate the macro health care market issues impacting patient care in the United States.



Tara VlasimskyTara Vlasimsky, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP
Assistant Director, Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy
Denver Health
Denver, CO

Vice Chair

Anthony BoydAnthony Boyd, Pharm.D.
Inpatient Pharmacy Manager
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Heights, OH

View current SAG on Strategy and Industry Disrupters Roster

SAG on Value, Quality, and Compliance



  • Develop resources to assist members to excel in regulatory compliance and evolving best practices.
  • Advise and affect positive change on quality measures and other standards affecting the medication use process.

  • Develop resources that assists members to excel in evolving quality reporting initiatives.

  • Develop resources (educational content, tools) to assist members justify changes to standards affecting the medication use process.

  • Develop resources that support members’ success in influencing and aligning with the organizations’ initiatives on defining and achieving value and quality goals.



Jordan Rush, Pharm.D., M.S.
Assistant Director, Retail and Outpatient Pharmacy
UNC Health Care
Chapel Hill, NC

Vice Chair

Dave HagerDavid Hager, Pharm.D., BCPS
Director, Clinical Pharmacy Services
UW Health
Madison, WI

View current SAG on Value, Quality and Compliance Roster


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