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Pharmacy Advisory Board


The Pharmacy Advisory Board consists of representatives from all pharmacy disciplines as well as other key health sciences areas. Membership is for two years. The purpose is to help move the College of Pharmacy to the forefront of education, research, and professional development by anticipating trends, being innovative in our response to challenges and opportunities, and being in close communication with various stakeholders.

Current Members of the Pharmacy Advisory Board:

  • Congressman Buddy Carter
  • Mr. David Chen
  • Mr. Karl F. Gumpper
  • Dr. Eric Toby Herfindal
  • Dr. Marie W. Jackson
  • Dr. Leslie Dotson Jaggers
  • Dr. Bonnie Levin
  • Dr. John Mauger
  • Dr. Scott McClelland
  • Dr. Valerie L. Ng
  • Dr. Phil L. Samples
  • Mr. Fred Sharpe
  • Mr. Jim Smeeding
  • Mr. Robert I. Thompson

Pharmacy Advisory Board Member Bios

Congressman Buddy Carter
Earl L. “Buddy” Carter is an experienced businessman, healthcare professional and faithful public servant. As the owner of Carter’s Pharmacy, Inc., South Georgians have trusted Buddy with their most valuable assets: their health, lives and families for more than thirty years. While running his business, he learned how to balance a budget and create jobs. He also saw firsthand the devastating impacts of government overregulation which drives his commitment to ensuring that the federal government creates policies to empower business instead of increasing burdens on America’s job creators.

A committed public servant, Buddy previously served as the Mayor of Pooler, Georgia, and in the Georgia General Assembly where he used his business experience to make government more efficient and responsive to the people. Buddy is serving his first term in the United States House of Representatives and is a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee as well as the Committees on Homeland Security and Oversight and Government Reform. As the only pharmacist serving in Congress, Buddy is the co-chair of the Community Pharmacy Caucus and is dedicated to working towards a healthcare system that provides more choices, less costs and better services.

A lifelong resident of the First District, Buddy was born and raised in Port Wentworth, Georgia and is a proud graduate of Young Harris College and the University of Georgia where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. Buddy married his college sweetheart, Amy, 36 years ago. Buddy and Amy now reside in Pooler, Georgia and have three sons, two daughters-in-law and two grandchildren.

Mr. David Chen
David Chen is the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' (ASHP) Senior Director, Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers. ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s more than 40,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. For over 70 years, ASHP has been on the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety.

David has published and made multiple presentations on health care trends and strategic planning, quality, practice models, leadership, and methods of reimbursement for medication therapy management. Additionally, he has coordinated efforts of ASHP members in publications, advocacy, and education on pharmacy leadership, continuity of care, manager development, reimbursement rules & regulations for medications, and ambulatory care.

He has been with ASHP starting 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, regional leadership positions with Owen Healthcare (now part of Cardinal Healty), and central operations supervisor for the University of Maryland Medical Center Pharmacy.

David was recognized as the Washington Metropolitan Society of Health System Pharmacist of the Year is 2001 and the Order of the Silver Mortar from Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity in 2015. He has spent 2010-2015 as an active certified volunteer EMT for the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department.

Mr. Karl F. Gumpper
Karl F. Gumpper is employed by Boston Children’s Hospital and is the Pharmacy Informatics Manager. He has been in this role for over a year. He leads a team of 3 pharmacists and 3 pharmacy technicians, who are responsible for all aspects of pharmacy informatics, technology, and automation for the institution.

Mr. Gumpper received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1991 from Northeastern University and a Masters in Medical Informatics (MMI) from Northwestern University in 2015. He is a Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) and a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS). He completed a pharmacy practice residency a Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC in 1992. He began his career at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, MD as a clinical pharmacist in neonatology and nutrition support. In 1997, he returned to Children’s National Medical Center as a clinical manager and residency program director. He left Children’s National Medical Center in 2006 to become the first Director of the Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology (SOPIT) at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Mr. Gumpper was an active member of many of the local pharmacy organizations in the DC metropolitan area. He is a former president of the Washington Metropolitan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (WMSHP) and the Maryland Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (MSPEN). He has presented on various pediatric, nutrition, and technology topics regionally, nationally, and internationally. He is an active member of the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS). He is a participating on the American Informatics Medical Association (AMIA) work group on Advanced Interprofessional Informatics Certification (AIIC). He was recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Health‐System Pharmacists (FASHP) in 2003.

Mr. Gumpper has been a member of ASHP since he was a pharmacy student. He volunteered on a variety of committees at ASHP prior to his employment on staff. For SOPIT, he guided the strategic planning and coordinated all activities of this membership component group. He was responsible for facilitating the active participation and involvement of pharmacists involved in informatics, technology, and automation within ASHP. He established volunteer opportunities for members on the Section’s committees and advisory groups. He was involved in many aspects of ASHP’s Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI) to ensure that technology improves the medication use process and enables pharmacists to practice directly with their patients. He continues to participate on the SOPIT Section Advisory Group on Professional Development.

Dr. Eric Toby Herfindal
Toby served for 25 years on the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center College of Pharmacy, where he is currently Professor Emeritus. He was Chair of the Division of Clinical Pharmacy from 1972-1992. He holds a Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of California, San Francisco, and a Masters of Public Health from the University of California, Berkley. After leaving the University in 1992, he held a number of executive level positions in start-up companies. Toby was Co-Founder, President and CEO of National Oncology Alliance, Inc. (NOA), a company that provides business, clinical, technology and management services to community-based oncology practices. NOA is now a part of McKesson Corporation. He has authored numerous articles in professional journals, and is the editor of a number of books in the field of pharmacy and therapeutics, including the Textbook of Therapeutics: Drug and Disease Management, currently in its eighth edition. Toby has been active in various professional organizations, served on a number of editorial and advisory boards, and was a frequent lecturer at national and international healthcare meetings.

Dr. Marie W. Jackson
Marie received her Bachelor of Sciences in Chemistry in 1982 from Centre College of Kentucky, her BS/PharmD from the University of Kentucky in 1988, after which she completed a two year general clinical residency at the University of Kentucky AB Chandler Medical Center. From 1990-1992, she worked a joint position as Assistant Professor at Mercer University School of Pharmacy and Area Health Education Coordinator at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, Georgia. Marie served as Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, and then as Manager of Pharmaceutical Care Services at University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, before being promoted to Assistant Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services. In April of 2012, Marie was appointed to her current position as Director of Pharmacy at University Hospital in Augusta. She was awarded GSHP Pharmacist of the Year in 1999, and University Health Care System Employee of the Year in 2007. Marie currently serves as chairman of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee.

Dr. Leslie Dotson Jaggers
Leslie Jaggers is the Cardiovascular Clinical Pharmacist at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital where she has practiced for the past 15 years. In this role, she has been extensively involved in evidence-based drug policy and protocol development for cardiovascular services. She is the pharmacist team member of a comprehensive heart failure disease management program that includes an outpatient heart failure clinic, a ventricular assist device program and most recently, a heart transplant program.

Leslie obtained her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Georgia and completed a two-year clinical pharmacy residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. She obtained board certification as a pharmacotherapy specialist in 1996. Prior to moving to Atlanta, she was a Clinical Supervisor for Adult Medicine at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida where she also served as the Pharmacy Practice Residency Director and adjunct Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Leslie has also worked for ASHP in the role of Clinical Affairs Associate where her responsibilities included coordinating the development of ASHP Therapeutic Guidelines and Therapeutic Position Statements.

Leslie is a member of the Atlanta Academy of Institutional Pharmacy (AAIP), Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GSHP), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. She recently completed 8 years of service on the board of directors for AAIP, having served as President and Chairman of the Board. In 2009, she was recognized as AAIP Pharmacist of the Year. For GSHP, she previously served as District Director and Co-Chairman for the Organizational Affairs Committee. On the national front, she served three terms as a member of the ASHP Council on Therapeutics. Leslie is an active preceptor for students and pharmacy practice residents. She is a past chairman and steering committee member of the Southeastern Residency Conference.

Dr. Bonnie Levin
Bonnie Levin, Pharm.D., MBA, is Assistant VP, Pharmacy Services for MedStar Health, an integrated health system in Maryland and DC that includes ten hospitals (academic and community), nine outpatient pharmacies, a centralized distribution/IV admixture service, ambulatory care and home infusion.

Bonnie leads the pharmacy enterprise’s strategy, technology and supply chain. She co-chairs the system Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee and Antibiotic Subcommittee, and oversees networks of leaders, clinicians, buyers, informaticists, oncology practitioners and medication safety pharmacists.

Previously, Bonnie served as Director of Pharmacy and Behavioral Health and in clinical and administrative roles in community hospitals in Maryland and California. Interests include medication safety, informatics and mentoring students and emerging leaders.

Bonnie received a Pharm.D. from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Johns Hopkins. She chaired the SAG on Multi-Hospital Health System Pharmacy Leaders, served on the Section of Pharmacy and Technology and in leadership positions in state chapters.

Dr. John Mauger
John is Professor of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Utah College of Pharmacy. He served as Dean of the University of Utah College of Pharmacy from 1994-2009 and currently serves as Associate Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of Utah. He received his pharmacy degree from Union University, Albany College of Pharmacy (B.S., 1965), and his graduate degrees from the University of Rhode Island (M.S., 1967; Ph.D., 1971). He is board examined to practice pharmacy in New York and Vermont. John’s professional interests include: 1) pharmacy education, 2) pharmaceutical research related to the physic-chemical characteristics of dosage forms, 3) service to organizations that address the world-wide need for quality medicines and foods, and 4) contributions of the arts and sciences to society. He has served on the USP Biopharmaceutics Expert Committee, as Chair of the USP Board of Trustees, and as Vice President and President of the Board of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. He is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal, Pharmaceutical Development and Technology and is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. John’s avocation is water coloring.

Dr. Scott McClelland
Dr. Scott McClelland is Florida Blue’s (BCBSF) Vice President of Pharmacy for Commercial Programs and Specialty Pharmacy Management. In his role, he is responsible for leading the pharmacy unit as well as the oversight and development of the clinical and operational strategy for the traditional, specialty, and medical pharmacy areas, to ensure members have access to clinically sound and affordable pharmacy benefits and programs.

Dr. McClelland has been with BCBSF since 2006. Prior to joining Florida Blue, he held a leadership position within the HCA Hospital System as the Manager of Pharmacy Operations. He has over 20 years of experience as a clinical pharmacist specializing in critical care hospital based medicine and pharmacy benefit management. Throughout his career, Dr. McClelland has been active in community and professional organizations. He is a member of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP); America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP); American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP); and has served as adjunct professor to several University systems. Dr. McClelland received his Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Georgia. In addition he completed an ASHP Pharmacy Practice Residency, received his Health Information Certification from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and was certified as a health insurance executive through America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) leadership program. His family includes a wife and two daughters and his hobbies include flying (certified pilot) and surfing.

Dr. Valerie L. Ng
Valerie is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Laboratory Medicine, UCSF, and is currently Chair, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology; Director, Clinical Laboratory; and Director, Transfusion Service at Alameda Health System/Highland Hospital in Oakland, California. Prior to this she had a 17-year academic career in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at UCSF. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI, formerly known as NCCLS; 2006-2012) and completed a seven-year stint on the National Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC, 2000-2007). She remains a member of the external advisory board for the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy (2001-present), is the Chair of the Laboratory Medicine Editorial Review group for Doody Enterprises (1999-present), was appointed to the California Hospital Association's Hospital Laboratory Workforce Initiative (09/15 - now), and remains a consultant for the Hematology and Microbiology Devices Panel in the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health. She consults for Mbio, BioRad and Abbott Hematology.

Dr. Phil L. Samples
Phil currently serves as Vice President, Professional and Government Services for Innovation Associates, Johnson City, NY. He is responsible for developing and managing professional services for development and deployment of pharmacy dispensing automation from independent pharmacies to large central fill pharmacies across the country. He also maintains the business relations with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and other Federal agencies ensuring that Innovation pharmacy automation and dispensing solutions are optimally responsive to clinical, patient, and management needs to include decision support tools resident in the Innovation workflow management software. Previous to joining Innovation, Colonel Samples served in numerous executive leadership roles in the Department of Defense to include the Pharmacy Consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General and Chief Pharmacist for the United States Air Force. He was the senior advisor to the USAF Surgeon General for pharmacy policy and direction encompassing a $5 billion DoD benefit for 8.9 million beneficiaries. He established Air Force policy and coordinated matters with DoD and civilian leaders. He directed career development and served as senior mentor for 283 Air Force pharmacists. He successfully executed a $25M pharmacy automation project reducing risk of medication errors across the USAF leading to recognition with the APhA Pinnacle Award in 2004. He is a highly sought after speaker at numerous national and international conventions.

Mr. Fred Sharpe
Fred Sharpe graduated from the University of Georgia, School of Pharmacy, in June, 1974, and began practicing at a pharmacy in Dublin, Georgia. In 1979, after working for others for 5 years, he purchased U-Save-It Pharmacy in Albany, Georgia. He now owns all or part of more than 35 pharmacies in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, North and South Carolina. Along with over-seeing those who run the day-to-day operation of the businesses and working behind the counter as a pharmacist, Sharpe spends most of his time these days evaluating prospective locations for pharmacies – either purchasing existing stores or establishing new ones.

Mr. Sharpe has been and continues to be active in the Georgia Pharmacy Association - as a member, a committee member and a former district officer - and is on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Independent Pharmacists. He has also served on the Board of Directors for a buying co-op based in Alabama known as API. At the University of Georgia, Sharpe is a part of the College of Pharmacy Advisory Board and is on the Comprehensive Campaign Board for the Pharmacy School.

For 2004-2005, Sharpe was selected as the University of Georgia’s School of Pharmacy’s Distinguished Alumnus. He was also named the 2005 Pharmacist of the Year for AIP – the Academy of Independent Pharmacists.

In the community, Fred was on the Board of Directors of Heritage Bank of the South which was recently purchased by the Renasant Bank based in Mississippi. He has been selected to continue to serve on that bank’s Board as well. He formerly served on the Board of The Anchorage (a facility for men with addiction problems), and on the Vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Albany. He has served in the past on the Board of Directors of SunTrust Bank, the Albany Chamber of Commerce Board and several of its committees, the ADICA Board (Albany/Dougherty Inner City Authority), the Board of Directors of Graceway (a facility for women with addiction problems), the Vestry of Christ Episcopal Church in Dublin Georgia (including being its Senior Warden), and in several capacities with various youth sports teams. He is also a Rotarian.

Sharpe has been married to the former Bonnie Bullock since 1973. They live in Albany, Georgia, and have three adult sons and four grandchildren.

Mr. Jim Smeeding, Chair of the Board
Jim is a founding member of the Center for Pharmacoeconomic Studies at the University of Texas College of Pharmacy. His research interests are in applied pharmacoeconomics, systems integration and managed care. He received his Pharmacy Degree from the University of Buffalo and his MBA from the University of Texas. Over the last 36 years, his practice orientation has been in hospital pharmacy, clinical services, design, home infusion therapy, managed care services, and disease management. Jim is the President of four companies. The Jestarx Group is a data and educational resources company that works with pharmaceutical manufacturers. Project Rx is a service company that works with hospital pharmacies to assess, evaluate and improve quality, safety and efficiency of service delivery. National Managed Care Roundtable is an educational company that brings products and service offerings to managed care decision makers. Digital Health Dialog/One2One Health Media is a personalized digital patient contact company that assists patients in resolving prescription related benefit issues through the use of digital media. Within ASHP, Jim has chaired the Nominations Committee and the Committee on Professional Affairs. Jim has been nominated for ASHP Board of Director and President. He currently serves on the Communications Committee for the Section of Pharmacy Practice Management within ASHP. Jim is the past president of the Texas Society of Hospital Pharmacists (TSHP), and past board member of the TSHP R&E Foundation. He has many notable accomplishments within TSHP, including innovation programs for the R&E Foundation, formational support for three TSHP chapters, hiring of their management team, and the identification and hiring of their lobbyist, Brad Shields. He has served as an ASHP delegate in the past and is dedicated to improving the leadership and management support for health systems pharmacists with ASHP. He is active in legislative affairs and has presented at numerous state and national meetings. Jim is also a founding member of ISPOR and served as President in 1997-1998. In mid-2013, Jim accepted the position of Executive Director of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASPrx.org). The specialty pharmacy marketplace is expected to represent by 2019 better than 50% of established pharmacy benefit spending in the US and worldwide.

Mr. Robert I. Thompson
Robert is the former Executive Vice President of Pharmacy at Rite Aid Corporation, having retired from this position in September 2015. Rite Aid is the third largest drug chain in the United States and currently operates over 4,600 pharmacies in 31 states and the District of Columbia. In his role at Rite Aid, Robert is the senior pharmacy executive responsible for developing and implementing the company’s pharmacy strategy. This includes pharmaceutical purchasing, managed care, government affairs, direction and oversight of day-to-day pharmacy operations, regulatory compliance, pharmacy technology, standards of practice, and quality assurance. Robert is a native of Georgia and a 1976 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. After graduating from the College of Pharmacy, Robert practiced pharmacy in an independent pharmacy setting before joining Revco Drug Stores, a large pharmacy chain, in 1978. After moving into operations management in 1984, Robert held a number of executive field and corporate management positions, including Vice President of Pharmacy Operations for the 2,500 store chain. After a 20 year career at Revco, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of DentalCare Partners, the fourth largest dental practice management company in the US. For five years prior to joining Rite Aid, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Complient Corporation, a health and safety services company.

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