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SSPP 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 (2021-2022)

Tara Kelley, Pharm.D., M.M.H.C., CSP

Tara KelleyTara Kelley is Executive Director of Specialty Pharmacy Services at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. In this role, she is responsible for providing leadership and determining strategy for the department as well as continually advancing the specialty pharmacy care model.

Tara earned her Pharm.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 residency at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. Her career started in retail pharmacy and, after completing her residency, she gained experience in inpatient pharmacy operations. The combined knowledge in these areas led her to find her passion in health-system specialty pharmacy.

Tara is an active member of ASHP and was chosen to sit on the inaugural Executive Committee for the Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners.

Tara Kelley can be e-mailed at [email protected].

Chair Elect (2021-2022)

Scott CanfieldScott L. Canfield, Pharm.D., CSP

Scott Canfield is the assistant director for clinical program development at Johns Hopkins Home Care Group. He earned his Pharm.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed two years of residency training in specialty pharmacy at UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin. Canfield began working at Johns Hopkins Home Care Group in July 2015 as clinical programs manager for specialty pharmacy services. In his current role, Canfield is responsible for leading program development with a focus on specialty pharmacy services across outpatient and home infusion services. Canfield also oversees pharmaceutical pipeline and specialty channel management, manufacturer engagement, and expansion of internal and external partnerships opportunities within research and patient outcomes. Canfield’s leadership in ASHP includes service as director-at-large for the Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners Executive Committee. He also serves as preceptor for multiple ASHP accredited residency programs and was co-guest editor for the 2021 AJHP specialty pharmacy themed issue.

Immediate Past Chair (2021-2022)

Matthew H. Rim, Pharm.D., M.S.

Matthew RimMatthew Rim is the Associate Director of Specialty Pharmacy and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Pharmacy. Rim earned his Pharm.D. from the Western University of Health Sciences and M.S. from University of Utah while completing the two-year health-system pharmacy administration residency at University of Utah Health.

Rim’s ASHP involvement includes the Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners (SSPP) Executive Committee, SSPP Section Advisory Group on Business Development, author of several articles published by AJHP including national trends in prescription expenditures (2019-2020), recipient of the 2015 ASHP Best Practices Award, and chapter President, ASHP-SSHP (2009).    

Matthew Rim can be e-mailed at [email protected].

Director-at-Large (2020-2022)

Sheena F. Babin, Pharm.D., CSP

Sheena BabinSheena Babin is a Manager of Clinical Services and Business Development, and PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency Program Director at Ochsner Specialty Pharmacy. In this role, she is involved in creating, developing, and expanding clinical services provided by the specialty pharmacy and working with pharmacy manufacturers to develop partnerships. She has experience in clinical, quality, safety, regulatory, and operations.

Babin earned her Pharm.D. from Xavier University of Louisiana and completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Ochsner Medical Center. She is a certified specialty pharmacist, member of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) Clinical Outcomes Committee, and previous Co-Chair of the Excelera Clinical Committee.

Within ASHP she has served as a member of the Sections of Clinical Specialists and Scientists, Pharmacy Practice Managers, and Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners. She also served as a member of the ASHP Safe Insulin Project.

Sheena Babin can be e-mailed at [email protected].

Director-at-Large (2021-2023)

Erica Diamantides, Pharm.D., M.H.A., BCPS

Erica DiamantidesErica Diamantides is the Specialty Pharmacy Manager for the University of Washington (UW) Medicine in Seattle, Washington where she oversees the Specialty Pharmacy program (SPP) and medication access services across two academic medical centers. She is also a clinical instructor with the University of Washington School of Pharmacy and precepts students and residents.

Diamantides earned her Pharm.D. from Northeastern University, followed by a health- system pharmacy administration two-year residency at UW Medicine combined with her M.H.A. from the University of Washington. Initial years of experience focused on expansion of specialty pharmacy services into new disease states, URAC specialty pharmacy accreditation, and growth of other medication access services.

Diamantides’s ASHP involvement includes serving as a member of the Section of Pharmacy Practice Leaders SAG on Leadership Development for four years and Chair of the Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners SAG on Outcomes and Values.

Erica Diamantides can be e-mailed at [email protected].

Director-at-Large Elect (2021-2022)

Ashley RytherAshley M.K. (Kappenman) Ryther, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS

Ashley M.K. (Kappenman) Ryther is a pharmacy supervisor at the University of Utah Health Pharmacy Ambulatory Clinical Care Center (PAC3), as well as an adjunct instructor at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. Additionally, Ashley is residency program co-coordinator for the University of Utah health-system pharmacy administration and leadership residency program. Ashley received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. She completed a post-graduate year one and two (PGY1/PGY2) health-system pharmacy administration residency at the University of Utah Health and received an M.S. in health-system pharmacy administration from the University of Utah College of Pharmacy.

In her current role, Ashley manages a team of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy interns as they provide centralized pharmacy services in ambulatory care, including prior authorization and refill authorization services. The University of Utah Health is an URAC and ACHC accredited specialty pharmacy, and the PAC3 team supports specialty patients through all steps of the process in gaining access to the medications they need. Ashley currently serves as chair of the ASHP Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners Section Advisory Group (SAG) on workforce development, and previously served as vice-chair for this SAG. She also serves as treasurer for the Utah Society of Health-System Pharmacists (USHP) as well as alternate to the ASHP House of Delegates for the state of Utah. She previously served USHP as treasurer-elect and as director-at-large.

Ashley Ryther can be e-mailed at [email protected].

ASHP Staff

David Chen, B.S.Pharm., M.B.A. 

David ChenDavid Chen is the Assistant Vice President for Pharmacy Leadership and Planning and the ASHP Staff Liaison for the Section's Executive Committee and member groups.

Chen joined ASHP in September 2004, and had previously served the role as Director of Pharmacy at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, MD, including the Kessler/Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital. Prior experience includes different Director of Pharmacy roles in Texas and Florida and central operations supervisor for the University of Maryland Medical Center Pharmacy. Additionally, he was a Regional Marketing Manager for the west coast and Regional Recruiter for the northeast with Owen Healthcare, Inc. (now part of Cardinal Health).

Chen received his B.S.Pharm. from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and completed the Director-in-Training program for Owen Healthcare, Inc in Texas. He earned his M.B.A. from the Loyola University Maryland.

His responsibilities with ASHP include working with pharmacy leaders in multi-hospital health systems, coordinating pharmacy leadership and management resources with Section members, developing ASHP’s annual Conference for Pharmacy Leaders, assisting with the ASHP Foundation’s Pharmacy Forecast, and supporting achievement of the Practice Advancement Initiative (PAI).