We are now accepting votes for eight members to join the College of Pharmacy Alumni Society Board of Governors. The election winners will serve a three year term beginning August 2020.  

Click "Expand All" below for information on each of the candidates running for a position on the board. 

Please vote for no more than eight candidates. 

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Monday, March 31, 2014
Monday, March 31, 2014
  • C. Brett Benfield, PharmD'14

    C. Brett Benfield


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    U-M Pharmacy Degree and Year: PharmD '14

    Residence: Minneapolis, MN

    Employer: MHealth Fairview Health System - Fairview Pharmacy Services

    Position: Regional Manager of Home Infusion and Compounding

    Brief Career History: After graduation with my PharmD in 2014, I completed a two-year Health System Pharmacy Administration residency focused in ambulatory pharmacy services at MHealth Fairview Health System and completed a Masters in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. I stayed with MHealth Fairview after residency, managing a pharmacy in the specialty building including pharmacy services to an ambulatory surgery department. I was in this role for 3 years until taking a new job within MHealth Fairview as Regional Manager of Home Infusion and Compounding pharmacies. I have been in this role for a little over a year and taken the opportunity to be Residency Program Director of a PGY1 Ambulatory Clinical Residency for MHealth Fairview Pharmacy Services. Additionally, all of my pharmacies have rotations for IPPE and APPE students for many Colleges of Pharmacy around the country.

    Professional Memberships and Associations: MPHA, MSHP, ASHP, NHIA, NPhA, and NASP


  • Sandra Chase, PharmD'84

    Sandra Chase


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    U-M Pharmacy Degree and Year: PharmD '84

    Residence: Three Rivers, MI

    Employer: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.

    Position: Nephrology Region Director, Midwest and North Field Medical Affairs

    Brief Career History: Prior to starting with Otsuka in April 2010 she was a Cardiopulmonary Clinical Specialist in independent practice. Dr. Chase was consulting for a large medical group in the Grand Rapids area where see managed patients' medication therapy (Medication Therapy Management). She also worked as a Clinical Pharmacy Consultant doing consultant lecturing and writing out of her home for various Pharmacy and Nursing organizations and journals, and pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Chase maintained a clinical practice at the Heart Failure, Transplant, and Pulmonary Hypertesion Services Clinic at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She also coordinated all cardiology services and served as a member of the AMI and Heart Failure quality teams.
    Prior to returning to Michigan she held various positions at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and worked at a major pharmaceutical company on the East Coast. Dr. Chase has had faculty appointmets with Ferris State University College of Pharmacy in Big Rapids, Michigan, Philadelphia College of the Sciences and Temple Universities in Philadelphia. She was awarded a Fellow of the Michigan Pharmacists Association (FMPA) in February 2001, honored as Preceptor of the Year for Spectrum Health's residency program in June 2002, and named Pharmacist of the Year for the Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) in November of 2005. Dr. Chase received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from the University of Michigan in June 2006, the American Heart Association Great Lakes Region Health Initiatives Leadership Award in September 2006, and the MSHP President's Award in 2007. In addition, she received the Bowl of Hygeia Award for the State of Michigan in 2011 and became a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy in 2013. She received her B.S. in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Michigan and completed an ASHP-accredited residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Chase served on the Michigan Pharmacists Association's (MPA) Executive Board from 2002 to 2007 and served as President-elect, President, and Chairman of the Board and was also a member of the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation Executive Board. She is a member of the MPA PAC Board. She served on the Board of Directors of the Western Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Dr. Chase was Director-at-Large of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Section of Home, Ambulatory and Chronic Care and Secretary/Treasurer and Chair of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Industry PRN. Dr. Chase was co-chair of the State of Michigan Cardiovascular Alliance. She has been a member of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan Board of Directors. She is an active member of several Pharmacy and Cardiology Associations.

    Professional Memberships and Associations: Academy of Managed Care Pharmacists, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Society of Nephrology, American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, Michigan Pharmacists Association, Michigan Society of Health System Pharmacists


  • S. Albert Edwards, PharmD'71

    S. Albert Edwards


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    U-M Pharmacy Degree and Year: PharmD '71

    Residence: Lincolnshire, IL

    Employer: Semi-retired, doing FDA Consulting & fostering the development of eSubmissions University

    Position: President, S. Albert Edwards, PharmD, LTD  and Founder/President, eSubmissions University

    Brief Career History: An internationally known expert with board certification in FDA regulatory processes. In depth experience in human/clinical research, scientific literature evaluation and retrieval systems, and published and unpublished drug and food databases. Previous experience has encompassed assignments in corporate, academic and government regulatory environments.

    Professional Memberships and Associations: Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, and Food and Drug Alumni Association (founding member)

  • Kevin Fantich, PharmD'08

    Kevin Fantich


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    U-M Pharmacy Degree and Year: PharmD '08

    Residence: Southfield, MI 

    Employer: EHIM

    Position: Director of Clinical Services

    Brief Career History: I am responsible for day-to-day clinical operations at EHIM, formulary management and development, and implementation of clinical programs.  Shortly after joining EHIM I also pursued membership in the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) and serve as a member of EHIMs Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee.

    Professional Memberships and Associations: American Pharmacist’s Association (APhA), Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP), American Society of Pain Educators (ASPE)

  • Jody Gembarski, PharmD'11

    Jody Gembarski


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    U-M Pharmacy Degree and Year: PharmD'11

    Residence: Madison Height, MI



    Employer: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

    Position: Director, Pharmacy Quality Programs

    Brief Career History: Dr. Jody Gembarski is currently the Director of Pharmacy Quality Programs for Medicare at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. As Director, she executes clinical programs aimed at improving Medicare star measures. Dr. Gembarski builds partnerships with stakeholders to manage a complex system to bring services to Medicare beneficiaries. Her role also includes oversight of the Medicare PGY1 Managed Care Residency and internship programs.

    Prior to her current role, Dr. Gembarski has held several dynamic roles including formulary and utilization management, quality improvement and value-based program development including deployment of numerous programs to target overall health outcomes. She has served as subject matter expert on opioids for the Michigan Blues’ Opioid Abuse Task Force and was invited to speak at the National Opioid Crisis Management Congress in Washington, D.C. In her most recent role, she led medical oncology management and strategic design of biosimilars. Dr. Gembarski is the former Chair of the AMCP and AMCP Foundation Joint Research Committee and she has completed a PGY1 residency program at Vidant Medical Center and PGY2 pediatric residency program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

    Professional Memberships and Associations: Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy



  • John Andrew Lee, PharmD'13

    John Andrew Lee


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    U-M Pharmacy Degree and Year: PharmD'13

    Residence: Chicago, IL

    Employer: Bristol Myers Squibb

    Position: Regional Field Medical MSL Director, Immuno-Oncology (Central Region)

    Brief Career History: After graduating from the College for his PharmD in 2013, John Andrew Lee went on to the University of North Carolina (UNC) for his Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Research and Oncology Drug Development (2013-2015), where he also served as a short-term ORISE Clinical Pharmacology Fellow at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   While at UNC, John Andrew released several scientific publications in cardiovascular pharmacogenomics, most recently in the American Heart Association’s Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine journal.   Subsequently, John Andrew began his journey at Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) Immuno-Oncology in 2015 as a Medical Science Liaison (MSL) and has been there since, launching 10 different immunotherapy FDA approvals with Opdivo (nivolumab) and Yervoy (ipilimumab).  John Andrew has conducted scientific exchange with therapeutic experts to advance the science of oncology through pre-clinical/clinical trials and strategic collaborations within the Greater Chicago Area.  As a Senior MSL, John Andrew served as the National Therapeutic Area Co-Lead for Lung Cancer at BMS and has mentored numerous MSLs over the years by guiding new hires in understanding Lung, Head and Neck, Breast, and Glioblastoma malignancies.  Most recently, John Andrew has been promoted as the Regional Field Medical MSL Director, Immuno-Oncology (Central Region) at BMS in managing 6 MSLs as direct reports through coaching and peer-mentoring.

    Professional Memberships and Associations: International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO)

  • Alexandra Tungol Lin, PharmD'11

    Alexandra Tungol Lin


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    U-M Pharmacy Degree and Year: PharmD '11

    Residence: West Bloomfield, MI

    Employer: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

    Position: Manager - Pharmacy Clinical Programs & Customer Support; Director - PGY-1 Managed Care Pharmacy Residency Program in Collaboration with the University of Michigan

    Brief Career History: Alex Lin, PharmD is  a manager of Pharmacy Clinical Programs & Customer Support for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) and the residency program director for the Managed Care Pharmacy Residency Program at BCBSM in collaboration with the University of Michigan. She currently manages the development of clinical programs, provider education, clinical quality and outcomes research. Alex joined BCBSM as a clinical pharmacist and served as the clinical lead for development and implementation of BCBSM's Health Care Reform offerings, including Marketplace formulary, utilization management programs, and preventive drug coverage.  She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan in 2011 and completed her PGY-1 managed care pharmacy residency at Prime Therapeutics in Bloomington, Minnesota.

    Professional Memberships and Associations: Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)

  • Millie Mo, PharmD'17

    Millie Mo


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    U-M Pharmacy Degree and Year: PharmD'17

    Residence: Howell, MI



    Employer: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

    Position: Clinical Pharmacist, Health Outcomes and Provider Partnerships

    Brief Career History: Millie Mo is currently a Clinical Pharmacist focused on Health Outcomes and Provider Partnerships on the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) Pharmacy Services team. In her role, she supports provider consultations, works closely with the analytics team to model for high cost disease states, provides clinical insights to other teams in the organization, and serves as a preceptor for the Managed Care pharmacy residency program. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, and completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency focused in specialty pharmacy at Diplomat in Flint, Michigan. After completing her PGY1, she worked as a Clinical Pharmacist on Diplomat's Clinical Services team, designing, implementing, and evaluating clinical programs for specialty medications and providing clinical insights to support partnerships with various stakeholders. Millie is board-certified in pharmacotherapy (BCPS).

    Professional Memberships and Associations: Genesee County Pharmacists Association Board Member at Large, American Society of Health System Pharmacists Member, Michigan Pharmacist Association Member


  • James O'Donnell, PharmD'71

    James O'Donnell


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    U-M Pharmacy Degree and Year: PharmD'71

    Residence: Barrington, IL


    Employer: Pharmaconsultant Inc.

    Position: Associate Professor

    Brief Career History: 20 years clinical hospital pharmacy at 2 university hospitals in Chicago;  medical school faculty appointment; author/editor of several hundred articles and 7 books on Drug Development as well as Drug Injury; Forensic consultant pharmacologist / pharmacist in legal cases involving drug injury and drug testing.  UM COP BOG 4 previous terms (2 in the 90s; 2014 - 2020).

    Active teaching editing, and consulting continues.

    Professional Memberships and Associations: American College of Clinical Pharmacology, American College of Nutrition, American Society of Pharmacy Law, American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, Illinois Pharmacists Association


  • Uzoma Okeagu, PharmD'13

    Uzoma Okeagu


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    U-M Pharmacy Degree and Year: PharmD'13

    Residence: Chicago, IL


    Employer: Novo Nordisk

    Position: Medical Science Liaison

    Brief Career History: I am a Medical Science Liaison at Novo Nordisk with over 7 years of experience in clinical and pharmaceutical industry settings. As a native of the Metro Detroit area, I completed my undergraduate and graduate training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Upon graduation, I finished a clinical pharmacy residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, IL, where I remained as a general medicine clinical pharmacist for the following two year. I was an active member of several multi-disciplinary committees (e.g. code stroke team focused on optimizing needle-to-door strategy), and was responsible for the formulation and implementation of a variety of procedures and guidelines - both intra-departmental and hospital wide. 

    In 2016, I pursued a research pharmacist position at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago due to my interest in investigational drugs. At Lurie Children’s, I served as a lead pharmacist of record on several clinical trials being conducted at the institution. The therapeutic focus of these studies included but was not limited to: endocrinology, cardiovascular, neuromuscular, epilepsy, neonatal intensive care, dermatology, hematology, and oncology. I supported several aspects of each clinical trial from conversing with physicians about appropriate dosing, over discussing administration with nurses, to sorting out logistics with clinical research associates and medical monitors which allowed me to gain insights into a broad variety of clinical trial experience. 

    Since mid-2019, I am employed as an Obesity Medical Liaison in the field of obesity and weight management at Novo Nordisk. My territory includes the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana. As part of my work, I partner with key hospital systems such as University of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial, Rush University Health System and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Some of the strategic focus areas for 2020 are providing weight management education to health care practitioners and mid-level providers, supporting development of HER pathways for triaging obese patients, engaging with academic training programs regarding current obesity management curriculum, and standardizing obesity management throughout health systems. In addition, I am part of the training committee supporting the development of the curriculum used for new hire training.

    While I am a man of many hats professionally, I also have several personal interests outside of the workplace. I love music - I grew up playing both the violin and piano and recently, began teaching myself how to DJ. I am also a big sports fan having played soccer and basketball since the 1st grade. Aside from that, I enjoy fitness, video games and literature.

    Professional Memberships and Associations: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American Diabetes Association, The Obesity Society

  • Nabeel Qureshi, PharmD'13

    Nabeel Qureshi


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    U-M Pharmacy Degree and Year: PharmD'13

    Residence: Falls Church, VA


    Employer: Novo Nordisk

    Position: Medical Account Associate Director

    Brief Career History:  2013-2018: I entered the PharmD program at Michigan, seeking a career with a population health focus.  After graduating, I completed a managed care pharmacy residency, and then worked as a clinical pharmacist, at BCBS of Michigan, where I had a focus on clinical programs, value partnerships, supporting clinical epidemiology and biostatistics, and physician group partnerships, forming partnerships with providers to help contain drug costs and improve pharmacy quality measures.  I also supported the development of programs resulting in new roles for pharmacists in ambulatory care practice settings (Michigan Pharmacists Transforming Care and Quality).  

    2018-Current: For the last two years, I have been working as a medical liaison for Novo Nordisk, focused on providing current scientific evidence and clinical education on cardio-metabolic topics to regional payers and employer groups across a four state territory.  

    Also since graduating, I have: provided relief pharmacist work in an acute-care hospital setting and became board certified in pharmacotherapy services (BCPS), was the lead preceptor in a non-profit student-run multidisciplinary diabetes clinic in Detroit, MI, for two years, taught PharmD students in a patient care lab, became licensed to practice in Ontario, Canada, and completed the Michigan Pharmacists Association Health Professional Leadership Academy and the Detroit Economic Club Young Leaders Academy.

    Pre-2009: Prior to pharmacy, I worked as an epidemiology research assistant on an NIH-funded project at Karmanos Cancer Institute and completed an MPH degree at Wayne State University.   

    The College of Pharmacy has now allows student pharmacists to pursue dual degrees and training to augment their pharmacy careers.  How pharmaceutical care is delivered will look very different in the coming years; I hope to continue to be able to be a resource to the COP so I can help alumni and future students prepare for these changes.

    Professional Memberships and Associations: Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties, Michigan Pharmacists Association, Diabetes Partners in Action Coalition, Ontario College of Pharmacy, Detroit Economic Club.

  • Sheldon Rich, BSPharm '81

    Sheldon Rich


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    U-M Pharmacy Degree and Year: BSPharm'81

    Residence: Sarasota, FL


    Employer: SJR Associates, LLC.

    Position: President/Owner

    Brief Career History: I have run my healthcare consulting company for over 20 years.  Prior to starting my business I was  pharmacy director for SelectCare in Troy, MI.  Previous to that I was a pharmacist owner of Maple Drug Stores with 9 locations in SE Michigan and I started my career as a hospital clinical pharmacist at Providence Hospital in Southfield, MI. I also served as a Member and Chair of the Michigan Board of Pharmacy for eight years.  I have moderated over 300 advisory board meetings, presented in excess of 800  lectures and have had numerous publications.

    Professional Memberships and Associations: Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.

  • Janis Rood, PharmD'13

    Janis Rood


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    U-M Pharmacy Degree and Year: PharmD'13

    Residence: Ypsilanti, MI


    Employer: PACE Southeast Michigan

    Position: Clinical Pharmacy Manager

    Brief Career History: Following graduation, I completed a PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency with the University of Iowa and Osterhaus Pharmacy. I then went on to work with Plymouth Pharmacy and Urgent Care, coordinating clinical and medication services. In 2015 I accepted a position with the Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) of Southeast Michigan as Clinical Pharmacist, providing ambulatory care medication management for geriatric patients in a managed care, interdisciplinary setting. I am now Clinical Pharmacy Manager for PACE, where I’ve been able to shape clinical practice and impact the quality of care we provide . I expanded our team, integrating pharmacists in each clinic under collaborative practice models. I also developed transitions of care programs with major Metro Detroit health systems, and as a result significantly reduced medication errors. I coordinate Part D plan management, embedding targeted medication reviews for high risk patients within our organization’s quality improvement program. I currently serve Adjunct Faculty for both the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Colleges of Pharmacy.

    Professional Memberships and Associations: Michigan Pharmacists Association, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American Pharmacists Association, Inforum HealthcareNEXT, National PACE Association.

  • Lenore Tominna, PharmD'06

    Lenore Tominna


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    U-M Pharmacy Degree and Year: PharmD'06

    Residence: Troy, MI


    Employer: Genentech

    Position: Medical Science Director

    Brief Career History: Registered pharmacist with 15 years of combined expertise in retail pharmacy, pharmaceutical industry, clinical hospital pharmacy and managed care. Currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health and Population Health Sciences. I am passionate about giving back to the college, learning about the current pharmacy landscape in Michigan and contributing in any way possible to improve patient care. 

    Professional Memberships and Associations: AMCP, ASHP, ACR

  • Kiran Vangipuram, PharmD'19

    Kiran Vangipuram


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    U-M Pharmacy Degree and Year: PharmD'19

    Residence: Detroit, MI


    Employer: Pharmacyclics, an Abbvie Company

    Position: Medical Science Liaison, Hematology/Oncology

    Brief Career History: From 2015-2019 I attended the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, during which time I worked as Clinical Study Coordinator at Michigan Medicine Cancer Center. While in pharmacy school, I was also elected as the student government President, helped create a Michigan chapter of the Industry Pharmacist Organization (IPhO), and co-authored 10+ peer-reviewed publications. For the past year, I worked as an MSL/Medical Affairs fellow with Takeda Oncology, serving as chief fellow for my company. Recently, I have moved back to Michigan to work as a Medical Science Liaison for Pharmacyclics. 

    Professional Memberships and Associations:  Hematology/Oncology Pharmacist Association (HOPA), Medical Science Liaison Society , Industry Pharmacist Organization (IPhO)