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    One of the most important aspects of the College of Health Sciences is without question, our faculty and staff. Our people are enthusiastic, motivated professionals who are, themselves, answering the calling of their own lives. They bring extensive professional experiences into the classroom, making your educational experience deeper and richer.

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    Ilaina Andrews 

    Assistant to the Dean and Manager of Operations
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 116
    (205) 726-2820

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    Ilaina S. Andrews has found working in the dean’s office of McWhorter School of Pharmacy a rewarding experience. Andrews, a native of Andalusia, Ala., worked as a sales representative for Armstrong World Industries, marketing commercial insulation to contractors in territories from St. Charles, La., to Tallahassee, Fla. She has lived in New Orleans, La., and Houston, Texas, but has called Homewood home for the past 28 years. Married with three daughters and a grandson, Andrews enjoys gardening. She strives to hold true to the teachings of Hebrew 12:1–3. "[It] is a Scripture that speaks to me on how I should meet life’s challenges by persevering in running the race God has marked out for me. I’m not a runner, but I know it takes perseverance to finish the race."

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.S., business, University of New Orleans

    Involvement

    Member of Shades Mountain Independent Church
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    John Arnold  Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 203
    (205) 726-4040

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    When John Arnold joined the faculty of McWhorter School of Pharmacy six years ago, it was like coming home. "My mother and father both graduated from Samford University. My mother graduated from the school of education and was an elementary school teacher for 30 years. My father graduated from the school of pharmacy," said Arnold who worked as a clinical and staff pharmacist at various locations, including Children’s Hospital of Alabama. "I am just pleased and honored to be faculty member at this wonderful school and university," he said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., pharmacology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S., pharmacy, Auburn University

    Awards and Honors

    Excellence in Teaching, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Class of 2012
    Health-System Pharmacist of the Year, Alabama Society of Health System Pharmacists

    Involvement

    Alabama Society of Health System Pharmacists, president

    Research

    Pediatric pharmacy, novel dosage forms and stability of compounded dosage forms
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    Jennifer Beall  Pharm.D., B.S.

    Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 242
    (205) 726-2534

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    Jennifer Beall has learned there is no place like home. As part of a military family, Beall grew up living overseas. Before joining the military, both her parents attended Samford. "My dad went during the day, and my mom went at night. They would trade me off in the caf at dinner," she said. After graduating from McWhorter School of Pharmacy in 1996, Beall moved to Abilene, Texas, and worked in a hospital pharmacy before returning home to Samford and joining the faculty in 2000. The opportunity has allowed her to live out her favorite scripture, Colossians 3:23, "Whatever work you do, put yourself into it, as those who are serving not merely other people, but the Lord." She witnesses the fruits of her labor every time she gets an email from a former student. "It’s so rewarding for me to watch them grow as a pharmacist and even get to see some of my students become teachers. To be able to share experiences on that level is very fulfilling."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., Samford University
    B.S., pharmacy, Samford University
    Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (Board of Pharmacy Specialties)

    Awards and Honors

    Faculty Preceptor of the Year, 2010
    Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society

    Involvement

    NAPLEX Review Committee
    Southeastern Pharmacy Experiential Education Consortium, chair-elect (2013), chair (2014)
    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
    American College of Clinical Pharmacy
    Alabama Pharmacy Association

    Research

    Experiential education
    Teaching
    Learning
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    Kim Benner  Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP, FPPAG

    Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Interim Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Director, Community Pharmacy Residency Program
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 251A
    (205) 726-2076

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    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University
    B.S., pharmacy, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University
    B.S., biology/chemistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Expertise

    Clinical pharmacy specialist and adjunct faculty, Pediatric Simulation Center: Children’s of Alabama, Birmingham, Ala., Pediatrics, critical care, dermatology and simulation education
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    Sandra Boyken 

    Global Drug Information Center
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 306
    (205) 726-2891

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    Sandra Boyken’s relationship with Samford University began in 1997 after many years in the accounting department at a communications company. As senior program coordinator for the drug information service center, she is constantly developing her office and computer skills, as well as learning new programs. Boyken began taking evening classes at Samford in 2002 in what was then known as Metro College in order to complete her degree. She still counts receiving her diploma as one of her greatest accomplishments. She believes she would not have fulfilled her dream without the support of her family and the McWhorter School of Pharmacy family. In her spare time, Boyken enjoys spending time with her husband, son, daughter-in-law and large extended family. Her hobbies include crafts, movies, reading and camping.

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.S, administrative services with a paralegal certificate, Samford University
    A.A., secretarial administration, Western Kentucky University

    Awards and Honors

    Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
    Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society

    Involvement

    St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
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    Amy Broeseker  Pharm.D., Ph.D.

    Professor
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 223
    (205) 726-2226

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    Amy Broeseker believes her faculty position at Samford University is a vivid example of God's plan for her life. "It is very clear to me that God wanted me at Samford," she said. "By seeing the joy of helping others through the work of my father (a teacher) and my mother (a nurse), I thought I might enjoy the combination of those two vocations by teaching in the health-care field someday. During the last year of my fellowship, I prayed for God's direction for my next steps. Over the next several months, many people and situations pointed me to this special place." During her spare time, she enjoys her passions for music—she sings in her church choir—mountains and college sports. Her life verse is Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., University of Alabama
    Pharm.D., University of Florida
    B.S.N., University of Florida
    Fellowship, DuBow Family Center for Research in Pharmaceutical Care, University of Florida
    Certificate in Thanatology, University of Alabama

    Awards and Honors

    Commitment to Student Success Award, 2013
    Best Motivator Award, 2009
    Speaker at the McWhorter White Coat Ceremony, 2005
    Teacher of the Year Award, 1996
    Hoechst-Roussel Excellence in Clinical Pharmacy Award, 1992

    Involvement

    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
    American Educational Research Association
    American Pharmacists Association
    Phi Delta Kappa International (professional organization for education)
    Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International
    Trinity United Methodist Church

    Expertise

    Practice: critical care, hospital, Scholarship and research: interprofessional education, education, spirituality, end-of-life care, moral development
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    Angela Brooks  M.B.A.

    Administrative Assistant, Experiential Program
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 252
    (205) 726-2555

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    Degrees and Certifications

    M.B.A.
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    Gary Bumgarner  Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 211
    (205) 726-2981
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    Deborah Burks  Ph.D.

    Professor
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 217
    (205) 726-4170
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    Marc Calhoun 

    Adjunct Faculty
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 220
    (205) 726-2876
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    Robin Cameron 

    Administrative Assistant to Faculty, Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 251
    (205) 726-2791

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    Robin Cameron spent 13 years as a stay at home mom before reentering the workforce. She is honored to be a part of the McWhorter School of Pharmacy and Samford family. Cameron is a native of Mobile; she and her husband Clark have three children and they live in Vestavia.

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.S., psychology, University of Mobile
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    Marshall Cates  Pharm.D., BCPP, FASHP

    Professor of Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 216
    (205) 726-2457

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    Many would be surprised to know that Marshall Cates considered other career options. "Early in my pharmacy career, I almost joined the Air Force Reserve. I was already working with veterans who were dealing with various mental illnesses, and I seriously considered joining the reserves in order to have an impact on the mental health of military personnel." Cates has been on faculty at McWhorter School of Pharmacy since 1995 after working as a clinical pharmacy specialist in psychiatry in a veterans affairs medical center. Since joining Samford University's faculty, he has worked tirelessly to get pharmacy students and pharmacists to look at mental illness, mentally ill patients and psychopharmacotherapy in a more positive way. Cates believes the truth of Aristotle's words, "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." He looks forward to continuing his career at Samford and to his daughter attending in fall 2015.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy
    B.S., biology, Rhodes College
    Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency, University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy
    Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist, Board of Pharmacy Specialties

    Awards and Honors

    Mylan Pharmaceuticals Excellence in Pharmacy Award
    Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmacy Leadership Award
    Pfizer Health-System Pharmacist of the Year Award
    Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
    Three McWhorter School of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year Awards

    Involvement

    American College of Clinical Pharmacy, faculty liaison
    Alabama Pharmacy Association, committee member in past and present
    College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists, member and/or chair of various committees in the past
    Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists, past president
    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, member of various committees in past
    American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, committee member and state delegate in past
    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Alabama Chapter, president of board of directors
    Reviewer for many scientific journals
    Editorial board of The Annals of Pharmacotherapy

    Expertise

    Psychiatric pharmacotherapy, Mental illness attitudes of pharmacists and pharmacy students, Pharmacy education
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    Jongwha Chang  Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Social & Administrative Sciences
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 221
    (205) 726-4079

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    Dr. Chang has a strong interest in quantitative methodology in health services research. His research generally focuses on application of statistical/econometrics methodology in examining issues related to health care utilization, physician decision making, hospital management, health policy evaluation, effectiveness of medical care delivery (pharmaceutical care), and pharmaceutical outcomes in diseases. In particular, he has a strong disease-specific research interest in outcomes evaluation in chronic diseases (i.e. asthma, diabetes, and cancer), and the study of economic outcomes (healthcare cost analysis) related with pharmacotherapy. Dr. Chang has led and participated in several research projects in the areas of health outcomes, healthcare management, patient-centered medical home, physician-prescribing behaviors and pharmaceutical health services research.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., social and administrative sciences, University of Michigan
    M.S.P.H., health services research, Texas A&M University
    M.A., statistics, Columbia University
    B.S., finance, Ohio State University

    Involvement

    International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
    American Managed Care Pharmacy
    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
    AcademyHealth
    American Public Health Association

    Expertise

    Health outcomes, healthcare management, quantitative health services research, patient-centered medical home, integrated delivery system
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    Eva Click  B.B.A.

    Senior Program Coordinator, Experiential Program Compliance
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 248
    (205) 726-2089

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    When Eva Click returned to the workforce in 2005 after many years of raising her family, Samford University was her first experience with academia. Click had previously worked as a cost accountant for a bank holding company, a heavy manufacturing company and a transportation company. She was also active with the Hoover Beautification Board, Hoover Comprehensive Policy Plan Committee, and fund-raising for public schools when her children attended. "The pharmacy school has provided many opportunities for growth and many wonderful people to work with. I feel very blessed," she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.B.A., accounting, University of Memphis

    Awards and Honors

    Magna Cum Laude in accounting, 1976

    Involvement

    Member of Bluff Park United Methodist Church
    Hoover Beautification Board, 2000–2002
    Hoover Comprehensive Policy Plan Committee, 2002
    Hoover City Schools PTO Boards, 1997–2002
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    Lori Coward 

    Research Associate, Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Institute
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 210A
    (205) 726-4469
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    Erika Cretton-Scott  Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical, Social, and Administrative Sciences
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 236
    (205) 726-4370

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    Erika Cretton-Scott was drawn to Samford five years ago because of its focus in and dedication to teaching. Cretton-Scott for whom English is not her first language, believes Albert Einstein's words, "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., pharmacology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S., chemistry, Saint Mary's College

    Involvement

    Community of Hope Health Clinic, interpreter
    Service language: Spanish
    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

    Expertise

    Pharmacology and biochemistry instruction, Exploring ways to integrate the basic sciences within the pharmacy curriculum through the development of laboratory exercises/elective courses , Educational research
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    Michael Crouch  Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP

    Fred E. McWhorter Dean and Professor
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 116
    (205) 726-2820

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    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., Medical University of South Carolina
    B.S., pharmacy, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

    Awards and Honors

    American Society of Health System Pharmacists, Fellow
    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
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    Danielle Cruthirds  Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 213
    (205) 726-2267

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    Danielle Cruthirds arrived at Samford University six years ago after spending a few years performing pharmacology research at various institutions of higher learning. "My position at McWhorter School of Pharmacy allows me to spend my time primarily educating future pharmacists, but also to continue to foster my interest in research," she said. Along with a fellow faculty member, Cruthirds has developed and implemented aseptic technique pharmacy practice experiences into the pharmacy curriculum. In her spare time, she enjoys Cross-Fit workouts.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., pharmacology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S., biology, Spring Hill College

    Expertise

    Investigating the role of oxidants in cardiovascular and renal disease, and the possible role that medications play in the disease process, Educational research focused on increasing the emphasis on aseptic technique in pharmacy curriculum
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    Bernadette D'Souza  Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical, Social & Administrative Sciences
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 234
    (205) 726-2780
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    Renee Dehart  Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP

    Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Continuing Pharmacy Education
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 111B
    (205) 726-4276

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    Renee DeHart loves the opportunities she has received at Samford University. "I came to Samford after growing up in New Jersey and living in Florida because of the 'family' environment I felt here. I wouldn't trade it for anything. There are just so many opportunities here for both student and faculty members' professional and personal growth," she said. DeHart worked in McWhorter School of Pharmacy for 15 years before leaving and returning in 2012. She loves collecting frogs because it reminds her to Fully Rely on God.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., University of Florida
    Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist

    Awards and Honors

    American College of Clinical Pharmacy, fellow, 2008
    Academic Leadership Fellows' Program, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Alexandria, Va., 2007–08
    Service Award of Recognition: Presented by the Medical Center East Family Medicine Residents, 2005
    Phi Lambda Sigma, 2003

    Expertise

    Student affairs, continuing education and ambulatory care
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    B. DeeAnn Dugan  Pharm.D., BCACP

    Associate Professor, PGY1 Residency Director
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 204
    (205) 726-2635

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    B. DeeAnn Dugan came to Samford University five years ago to further her professional growth, but has discovered much more. "What I have found here is not only mentors to help foster the growth I was looking for, but also an intellectual community based upon faith, respect and family," she said. Dugan has worked with the Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative, the American Pharmacist Association Foundation and Project IMPACT: Diabetes to consistently demonstrate the value of pharmacists working with providers to care for high-risk, low-income patients with diabetes.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., University of Florida
    B.A., public administration, University of Central Florida
    Residency: Pharmacy practice with an emphasis in community practice with Walgreens and University of Florida College of Pharmacy Shands Eastside Family Practice
    Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist, Board of Pharmacy Specialties

    Awards and Honors

    Faculty Preceptor of the Year Award, 2013
    Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Contributed Research Presentation Merit Award, American Pharmacist Association, 2013
    Outstanding Team Performance Award, 2012
    Quality Leadership Award, 2012
    Pharmacy Practice Faculty Member of the Year, 2011

    Involvement

    Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative [PSPC], regional cluster coach (2012–present), team leader (2010–11, 2013)
    American Association of Diabetes Educators, 2011–present
    Alabama Pharmacy Association, 2009–present
    Educational Affairs Committee, 2010–11
    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, member, delegate (2007), Global Education Task Force chair (2009), Section of Pharmacy Practice Resolutions Committee (2012–2014), 2003–present
    American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Educational Affairs Committee (2004), 2001–present
    American Pharmacists Association, member, delegate (2011–14), Policy Review Committee (2011, 2014), Academy of Student Pharmacists Chapter Adviser (2004–08, 2009–present)
    American Heart Association Get to Goal initiative
    American Diabetes Association Step Out Walk
    Perry County Health Initiative (Alabama Rural Health Student Initiative)
    Health screening initiatives throughout the city of Birmingham

    Expertise

    Practice area: ambulatory care, Scholarship and Research: diabetes, professionalism, spirituality in healthcare, quality improvement to care in high risk, low income patients, active learning and pharmacist impact in public health populations
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    Kim Eckert 

    Assistant to the Pharmacy Practice Chair
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 251A
    (205) 726-2914

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    Kim Eckert sees being hired in August 2012 for a position in McWhorter School of Pharmacy as a huge accomplishment. She also believes it is reflective of her favorite scripture, Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." "When the full-time position opened up, I jumped at the opportunity. I love working with the pharmacy school and enjoy working with everyone here. It is nice to look forward to coming to work."

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.S., early childhood/elementary education, University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Involvement

    Member of Third Presbyterian Church, PCA
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    C. Bruce Foster 

    Director of Pharmacy Admissions
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 103B
    (205) 726-2982

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    C. Bruce Foster has been on the Samford University staff for more than 30 years. Foster was working at another university when he was contacted by Joe Dean, who later became dean of McWhorter School of Pharmacy, about an admission position. "When I was hired in 1981, I never imagined I would still be working at Samford 30-plus years later," he said. When he is not overseeing the admission process, Foster enjoys traveling in the American West, especially to national parks.

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.A., University of Montevallo
    B.A., Mississippi College

    Involvement

    Alabama Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers
    Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers
    First Baptist Church of Helena
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    Maisha Kelly Freeman  Pharm.D., BCPS, FASCP

    Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Director, Samford University Global Drug Information Service
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 301A
    (205) 726-4175

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    Since deciding to come to Samford University 10 years ago, Maisha Freeman has no regrets. "When I was searching for a position in academia, I wanted to pursue a service-oriented institution," she said. "Due to Samford’s commitment to pursing me and their interest in my development, I chose to come here. Since making that decision, I have not looked back and found that it has been one of the best decisions that I ever made. My presence at Samford has allowed me to give back in areas that I would not have dreamed of before." Since joining the McWhorter School of Pharmacy faculty, Freeman has secured a grant for the school. In her free time, she loves to do science experiments with her children.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., with honors, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Drug Information Practice Residency (ASHP-Accredited), University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
    M.S., pharmacy, applied pharmacoeconomics track, University of Florida
    B.S., chemistry, Winston-Salem State University
    Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist

    Awards and Honors

    American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, fellow, 2011–present
    Alumni Achiever Award, Winston-Salem State University, 2012
    Winston-Salem State University 40 Under 40 Award, 2013
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy Scholar Award, 2011
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy Distinguished Scholar Award, 2013

    Involvement

    American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, 2011-present
    International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, 2010-present
    American Medical Writer’s Association, 2008-present
    American College of Clinical Pharmacists, 2002-present
    American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, 2011-present
    American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 2000-present

    Expertise

    Pharmacoeconomics, outcomes research, cultural competence, and drug information
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    Greg Gorman  Ph.D.

    Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences, Director of Research, Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Institute
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 210A
    (205) 726-4452

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    Greg Gorman joined McWhorter School of Pharmacy staff three years ago, and has given students lots of new opportunities. "I came to Samford University…to establish a research program in the pharmacy school to allow students the opportunity to conduct laboratory research with faculty members in the pharmaceutical sciences," he said. Gorman also established the Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Institute, giving students the chance to conduct research and be authors on posters and peer-reviewed publications.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., chemistry, The University of Georgia
    B.S., chemistry, Armstrong State College

    Involvement

    American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences
    American Society of Mass Spectrometry
    Journal of Bioequvalence and Bioavailability, editorial board member
    Outlook on Developing Drugs, editorial board member

    Expertise

    My research interests focus on the application of in-vitro metabolism to study drug-drug and drug-herbal interactions of new and existing chemotherapeutic agents. My laboratory uses liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry to analyze in-vitro metabolic reaction samples to explore and understand the reaction kinetics as well as the impact such interactions could have on the pharmacokinetics and efficacy of the chemotherapeutic agents. Other areas of interest include developing bioanalytical methods for analysis of biological tissues and fluids in support of ADME/PK and biodistribution studies of small drug molecules, metabolite structure elucidation and CYP450 phenotyping.
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    Eilani Grayson 

    Administrative Assistant to Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences Faculty
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 220B
    (205) 726-4059
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    Bob Henderson  Pharm.D., BCPS

    Professor
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 209
    (205) 726-2043
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    J. M. Hogewood  CFRE

    Director of Development and Alumni Relations
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 021
    (205) 726-2792

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    Monty Hogewood believes he has found his niche at Samford University—especially after quickly discovering what he did not want to do. "I attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for nine days," he revealed. Hogewood started his Samford journey 21 years ago as director of alumni affairs. Over the years, he has served in several capacities in university advancement, including his current position as director of development and alumni relations. He has also had the honor of seeing his wife and three adult children become Samford alums. Hogewood, a certified fund raising executive, works diligently to raise funds for Samford by focusing on customer service and relationship building. His years at the school have helped him value "being accepted and allowed to represent Samford as an employee and parent even though I’m not an alumnus of the university."

    Degrees and Certifications

    CFRE, certified fund raising executive
    B.A., political science, Wake Forest University

    Awards and Honors

    William S. Roth Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year, Alabama chapter, Association of Fundraising Professionals [AFP], National Philanthropy Day, 2009

    Involvement

    Association of Fundraising Professionals, past president and board member
    Council for the Advancement of Education III in the Southeast USA, active member and past annual convention co-chairman

    Expertise

    Alumni relations; Annual giving fundraising; major and capital gifts fundraising; gift and estate planning and donor stewardship
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    Michael D. Hogue  Pharm.D., FAPhA, FNAP

    Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 251A
    (205) 726-4472

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    McWhorter School of Pharmacy Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice Michael D. Hogue sees his position at Samford as a huge honor. Hogue, a native of rural southern Illinois, was initially drawn to Samford as an undergraduate because of its Christian mission and values. He ultimately met his wife, Heather, and thanks to professors who mentored him, he discovered his professional path while a student. When he was given the opportunity to come back to the faculty at Samford after years of being a community pharmacy owner and clinical pharmacist in ambulatory care, Hogue agreed. He believes the pharmacy school faculty and staff have accomplished a lot of great things during his time there, including a revamp of the curriculum. "The Lord has called me to serve here at Samford to help shape the lives of aspiring pharmacists just as my professors did for me. It is my hope that God will use me in some small way to accomplish His purpose at Samford."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University
    B.S., pharmacy, Samford University

    Awards and Honors

    American Pharmacists Association fellow
    Fellow and Distinguished Practitioner, National Academies of Practice, 2012
    Alabama Pharmacy Association, 2010 honorary member
    Faculty Member of the Year Award, 2010 and 1995
    President’s Award, Alabama Pharmacy Association, 2009
    Pharmaceutical Society of Israel, 2001

    Involvement

    American Pharmacists Association, Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management, president, 2011–2013
    American Pharmacists Association, board of trustees, 2011–13
    Board of Pharmacy Specialties, board of directors, 2012–2013
    Alabama Pharmacy Association, board of trustees, 2008–2010

    Expertise

    Immunizations and pharmacy practice management , Recognized as one of the nation’s leading pharmacy experts on vaccines and immunization practices
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    Peter J. Hughes  Pharm.D., BCPS

    Assistant Professor
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 303
    (205) 726-2519

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    Peter J. Hughes’ passion for his work seems to be in his blood. "My great-grandfather was a successful community pharmacist. He was the son of immigrant parents from Switzerland who traveled to the U.S. from France on the same ship with the unassembled Statue of Liberty," he said. Hughes, an alumnus of McWhorter School of Pharmacy, values the relationships he has built over the years. "What started out as a place to come for pharmacy school has become so much more. I entered school at the pharmacy school and went through the program, I made so many lasting, positive relationships with my classmates and faculty members. These same faculty members who gave me the gift of mentorship have inspired me to pass that gift forward to the students with whom I interact. It is an honor to work here."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., Samford University drug information specialty residency, Samford University
    B.S., biology, University of Alabama
    Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Board of Pharmacy Specialties
    Preceptor, Alabama Board of Pharmacy
    Parenteral Pharmacist, Alabama Board of Pharmacy
    Consultant Pharmacist, Alabama Board of Pharmacy

    Awards and Honors

    Phi Lambda Sigma
    Excellence in Pharmacy Award, Mylan Pharmaceuticals

    Involvement

    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
    American College of Clinical Pharmacy
    American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
    American Pharmacists Association
    Reviewer for Journal of the American Pharmacists Association and The Annals of Pharmacotherapy
    Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School, board member, Ensley, Ala.

    Expertise

    Area of Practice: Drug information, Scholarship/Research: Drug information, pharmacy education, professionalism, medication safety, drug development, long-term care pharmacy, medication use
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    Maryam Iranikhah  Pharm.D.

    Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 106
    (205) 726-2086

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    Maryam Iranikhah joined the Samford University faculty five years ago. A 2002 graduate of McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Iranikhah did her residency at a joint Samford University/Jefferson County health department residency. She was honored for her hard work in 2011 when she received the Margaret Self Propst Pharmacy Teacher of the Year award. Iranikhah believes the truth of Romans 12:10, "Be devoted to each other like a loving family. Excel in showing respect for each other."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., Samford University
    B.Sc., Ryerson University
    PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency, Jefferson County Health Department/Samford University
    Teaching/learning certificate, Samford University
    Consultant pharmacist, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
    Medication Therapy Management from APhA
    UAB Geriatric education faculty scholars program certificate, University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Awards and Honors

    Margaret Self Propst Pharmacy Teacher of the Year, 2011
    Samford University Faculty Preceptor of the Year, 2012
    American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, fellow
    Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society, honorary membership

    Involvement

    Faculty adviser for women’s health
    ASP/APhA
    Alabama Society of Health Systems Pharmacists
    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
    American Society of Consultant Pharmacists

    Expertise

    Osteoporosis and bone health, geriatrics, public health and medication therapy management
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    Jaime Ivie 

    Program Coordinator, Experiential Program
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 250
    (205) 726-4391
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    Joan Jackson 

    Manager, Continuing Education
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 110
    (205) 726-2722

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    Joan Jackson owes much of longevity at Samford University to her son. As he was entering his senior year of high school in 1993, she decided she wanted to work at Samford because he wanted to attend. Her son eventually went on to graduate from McWhorter School of Pharmacy. In 1996, Jackson began taking classes through the adult studies program, ultimately receiving her undergraduate degree in 2005. "I have worked my entire 19 years at Samford in the pharmacy school and feel so blessed to have been a part of both the employee and student aspect of the university," she said. "As an employee, I feel the people with whom I work/serve through my position in continuing education have been an amazing blessing. I have made forever friends through this job."

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.G.S., Samford University

    Awards and Honors

    Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
    Alpha Sigma Lambda
    Phi Lambda Sigma, honorary member

    Involvement

    Hunter Street Baptist Church
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    Mike Kendrach  Pharm.D.

    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor, Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 113
    (205) 726-2526
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    Linda Killingsworth 

    Manager, Student Affairs and Events
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 111B
    (205) 726-2387
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    Jeffrey Kyle  Pharm.D., BCPS

    Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 111D
    (205) 726-2559

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    Jeffrey Kyle has seen Samford University from a number of perspectives—as a student, alumni and faculty member. "As a student I was drawn to Samford by quality of education, the relatively small class size, the relationships with classmates and faculty, and the opportunity to learn in a faith-based environment. After graduation, I found that Samford prepared me well for the challenges of my profession. As alumni, I kept close ties with Samford both with classmates and faculty alike. In 2008, I had the opportunity to come back and be a part of something very special, something I always believed in. Now as a current faculty member in the school of pharmacy, just as I was invested in, now I have the opportunity to invest in others and repay the university and the school for what they gave me," said Kyle who has been honored with the Margaret Self Propst Teacher of the Year award.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University
    Pharmacy Practice Residency, Mayo Clinic, Florida
    Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist

    Awards and Honors

    Pharmacy Practice Faculty of the Year, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, 2012
    Margaret Self Propst Pharmacy Teacher of the Year, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, 2012
    Faculty Preceptor of the Year, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, 2011
    New Faculty Member of the Year, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, 2010

    Involvement

    Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists
    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
    American College of Clinical Pharmacy
    American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
    Shades Mountain Baptist Church

    Expertise

    Practice: internal medicine, Scholarship and research: internal medicine, infectious diseases, and teaching effectiveness and learning
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    Ronda Lacey  RPh, J.D.

    Adjunct Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 234
    (205) 726-2787

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    When Ronda Lacey was asked by the dean of McWhorter School of Pharmacy to present a continuing education program on pharmacy law for the faculty, she didn't think much of it. "After presenting the seminar and answering a number of questions, the dean said that he felt my interview went well," she said. Lacey has been with the department of pharmaceutical, social and administrative sciences for eight years. During that time, she has taught the pharmacy school class that had a 100 percent pass rate on the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination. "It is an honor to work with students in a Christian university and help them through their educational journey," said Lacey who holds a black belt in aikido and is a competitive sporting clays shooter.

    Degrees and Certifications

    J.D., Birmingham School of Law
    B.S., pharmacy, Auburn University
    B.S., business administration, University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Awards and Honors

    Family Court Service Award
    Service Award, Haiti Earthquake
    Service Award, Hurricane Katrina
    Leadership Award, Phi Lambda Sigma
    Leadership Award, Kappa Psi

    Involvement

    Commander, AL-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team
    Alabama Pharmacist Emergency Response Team
    Alabama Pharmacy Association
    Pharmacy Law Society
    Auburn University School of Pharmacy Alumni Association
    Academy of Managed Care

    Expertise

    Pharmacy law and emergency preparedness
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    Roger Lander  Pharm.D., FASHP, FCCP, BCACP

    Professor of Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 202
    (205) 726-2399

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    Since he arrived at McWhorter School of Pharmacy in 1986, Roger Lander has worked hard to make a difference. "I came here because of a desire to become more involved in pharmacy education and to develop a research program in the college of pharmacy," he said. "I worked within the schools Pharmacokinetics Center for three years, but then went back into pharmacy practice." Lander has helped to expand the international involvement at the pharmacy school, including student rotations in the United Kingdom, Indonesia and Vietnam as well as offering studying/training opportunities at Samford University for foreign pharmacists. During his free time, he enjoys woodworking.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., University of Missouri
    B.S., pharmacy, University of Missouri
    FASHP, American Society of Health System Pharmacists
    FCCP, American College of Clinical Pharmacy
    BCACP, Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties

    Awards and Honors

    School of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year, 1994
    Who's Who Chair Award, Pharmacy Practice Section, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

    Involvement

    American College of Clinical Pharmacy
    Asian College of Clinical Pharmacy
    American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
    American Pharmacists Association
    Dawson Baptist Church

    Expertise

    Ambulatory care, health outcomes in underserved populations, pharmacokinetics, smoking cessation, and diabetes management
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    David Luthin  Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 205
    (205) 726-4223

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    David R. Luthin first set foot on Samford University's campus seven years ago when he interviewed for his current position as associate professor, and he didn't waste any time blazing trails. "I had spent 11 years in drug discovery for a large pharmaceutical company and realized there was something missing in my life," he said. "I felt completely at home here at Samford and have found what was missing: service to others." Luthin's hard work was rewarded in 2012 when he was named Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences Faculty Member of the Year at McWhorter School of Pharmacy. He has also found that his passion for serving others extends beyond the Samford campus--he serves as cubmaster for Pack 367 and assistant scoutmaster for Troop 367 at Riverchase United Methodist Church. People would be surprised at "how much time I spend in a scout uniform," he said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., pharmacology, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
    B.A., zoology, Southern Illinois University

    Awards and Honors

    Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
    Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society
    Cross and Flame Award, Riverchase United Methodist Church
    Scholar Award, McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    PSAS Faculty Member of the Year, McWhorter School of Pharmacy

    Involvement

    Cubmaster, Pack 367, Riverchase United Methodist Church
    Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 367, Riverchase United Methodist Church
    American Diabetes Association Community Board Member
    Wellness Board Member, American Diabetes Association

    Expertise

    Teaching Expertise: cardiovascular, thyroid, gastrointestinal, diabetes, endocrine, autonomic nervous system, neuropharmacology of psychiatric illness, Scholarship: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, diabetes, endocrine disrupting agents in our water supply, metabolic syndrome
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    Betty McCullough 

    Senior Manager, Experiential Program
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 252A
    (205) 726-2210

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    When Betty McCullough came to Samford University in 1999, she never anticipated the doors of opportunity that would open for her. McCullough originally worked in Cumberland School of Law before transferring to McWhorter School of Pharmacy in 2002. She decided to go back to college and received her bachelor’s degree in 2007 on the same day as her youngest son. "Upon completion of my degree, I have had opportunities open up for me that I never dreamed possible. I have now co-authored numerous posters for presentation at national organizational meetings, co-authored several manuscripts, presented several posters at national organization conferences and was asked to be a presenter/speaker at two different national organizations' conferences. I never thought as a staff member I would have these wonderful learning and research opportunities and am so thankful for these wonderful learning experiences," she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.G.S., Samford University

    Awards and Honors

    Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society
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    Anna Meador  Pharm. D., BCACP

    Assistant Professor
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 311
    (205) 726-2583

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    Anna Meador knows the power of patience. Thanks to a Samford University pharmacy residency at Christ Health Center, Meador learned how to trust all things would get done in the perfect time. This skill, coupled with assistance from Samford employees and faith in her favorite scripture, Philippians 4:6-7—"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus"—helped Meador start and manage a nonprofit Christian pharmacy in an inner-city Birmingham community.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., Auburn University
    American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Postgraduate Year One Pharmacy Residency Program, Samford University
    B.S., chemistry, Louisiana State University
    Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist

    Involvement

    American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American Pharmacists Association, American College of Clinical Pharmacy
    M-Power ministry clinic, volunteer
    Church of the Highlands
    International Society of Travel Medicine

    Expertise

    community pharmacy, ambulatory care, travel medicine and adult medicine Areas of Scholarship and Research: pharmacist run clinics, patient adherence, diabetes management, manufacturer medication assistance programs, travel medicine
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    Cheryl Miller  Ed.S.

    Lab Manager and Instructor, Department of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 107
    (205) 726-4195

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    Cheryl Miller joined McWhorter School of Pharmacy five years ago after 25 years of teaching chemistry, AP chemistry and physics at Chelsea High School. In her current position as lab manager, Miller instructs first-year pharmacy students. Her hobbies include making earrings and other types of casual jewelry.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ed.S., education and chemistry, UAB
    M.A., secondary education in biology, chemistry and physics, UAB
    B.S., computer science, UAB
    B.S., biology/chemistry, University of Montevallo

    Expertise

    Non-sterile and sterile compounding labs
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    Katrina Mintz  Ed.D.

    Associate Dean of Assessment and Associate Professor of Pharmacy
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 222
    (205) 726-2896

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    Katrina Mintz recently joined the Samford University family, and she is ready to share her dreams. "While I’m new to Samford, I continue to see a vision for pharmacy education that is based on serving Christ and others," she said. Mintz’s career has lead her through the ranks of professional education. She started as an English/reading teacher in K–12 and has worked at several colleges where she has gained perspective on the changing marketplace of higher education and its global reach. "I am excited about where Samford University will emerge as a leader in innovative higher education in the years to come," said Mintz, who has completed eight marathons.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ed.D., curriculum, instruction and assessment, University of Alabama
    Ed.S., English education, University Alabama
    M.A., English education, University of Alabama
    B.S., education, Jacksonville State University
    National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification

    Involvement

    National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation Board of Examiners
    National Council for Teachers of English Program Reviewer

    Expertise

    Higher education assessment and accreditation; innovative technologies in higher education teaching and learning; online teaching and learning
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    Pilar Z. Murphy  Pharm. D.

    Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 311
    (205) 726-2240

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    Pilar Murphy came back to Samford University to finish what she started. As a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice resident, Murphy was a part of the Sowing Seeds of Hope program in Perry County, Ala., which worked with the less fortunate and provided a cardiovascular risk reduction clinic. "When looking for a place to start my career, I compared every job opportunity to the work I was able to do at McWhorter School of Pharmacy," she said. "I came back to the pharmacy school to complete the work I had begun as a resident. I am not only enjoying precepting students, but making contact with other Black Belt preceptors to make sure they are having a good experience working with our students and acting as a liaison between them and the school of pharmacy." Murphy was recognized on the cover of the August 2013 edition of Pharmacy Today and one day hopes to do foreign missions.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
    PGY-2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency, Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center
    PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University
    B.S., environmental science, University of Oklahoma

    Awards and Honors

    Featured on cover of Pharmacy Today Journal, August 2013
    Lilly-Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Award, 2009
    Rural Health Journalists Conference, speaker

    Involvement

    American Pharmacist Association, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Arkansas Pharmacists Association
    Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Million Hearts
    Collaborative Core Planning Team Member
    Alabama Diabetes Network
    Perry County Stop Childhood Obesity, parade coordinator
    Provewell Baptist Church, youth choir director and choir president
    Marion chapter of American Association of University Women, health fair coordinator
    Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

    Expertise

    Practice: ambulatory care with a focus on hypertension and diabetes management, and public health , Scholarship/Research: Health disparities, rural health initiatives, diabetes and hypertension monitoring effects on meeting clinical goals, interdisciplinary education among health-care professions
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    Patricia Naro  Pharm. D., CGP, FASCP

    Director, Experiential Program and Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 246
    (205) 726-4193

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    Patricia Naro is part of a legacy. "Three generations of my family attended or are attending Samford," she said. Naro has been employed at Samford for 13 years and has helped implement and execute the introductory pharmacy practice experience program, which was a significant curricular change from the early practice experience. She believes the truths of Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Him with strengthens me." "My mother always quoted this, and I live by this verse," she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., Auburn University
    B.S., pharmacy, Samford University
    Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist

    Awards and Honors

    American Society of Consultant Pharmacist, fellow
    Jefferson County Pharmaceutical Association, past president

    Involvement

    Jefferson County Pharmaceutical Association
    Alabama Pharmacist Association
    Alabama Society of Health Systems Pharmacists
    American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists
    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
    Legacy League, Samford University
    Sustainer of the Junior League of Birmingham

    Expertise

    Experiential learning and geriatric pharmacy
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    Jonathan Parker  Ed.S.

    Assistant Director of Admission
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 103B
    (205) 726-4242

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    Jonathan Parker spends a lot of time traveling to different colleges and universities to meet potential applicants to McWhorter School of Pharmacy, and when he returns home, he has plenty to keep him busy and help him unwind. "I own and live on a farm in Cullman, Ala.," he said. "Until December 2005, it was a commercial poultry farm with approximately 48,000 chickens. Now it is a cattle farm with about 50 cattle." A member of the pharmacy school staff since 2002, Parker counts himself fortunate to work at Samford. "I truly believe I have the best job in the world . . . I get to meet some very interesting and nice people, and along the way, I am blessed to make some really great friends. This is where I plan to be until I retire or the Lord calls me home."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ed.S., counseling, administration, public relations, The University of Alabama, 2000
    M.A., counselor education, student personnel, The University of Alabama, 1992
    B.S., psychology, The University of Alabama, 1990

    Involvement

    PharmCAS/PharmAdMIT/WebAdMIT (National Centralized Pharmacy Application and Records Service) Advisory Panel Member, 2004–present
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    Roger Parker  Ph. D.

    Part-time Pharmacist, Christ Health Center and Retired Professor
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 
    (205) 726-2914

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    Roger Parker has been employed by Samford University for 33 years. "I left Samford one time for University of Cincinnati in the late 1970s, but returned in 1980 because I felt like a stranger in a foreign land," said Parker who served as faculty chairman of the values council for 17 years. He loves Ephesians 2:8, "For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., pharmacology, University of Tennessee
    B.S., pharmacy, University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy
    Postdoctoral fellowship, cardiovascular physiology, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University

    Awards and Honors

    Eli Lilly Medal Golden Apple Teaching Award, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University Teacher of the Year, McWhorter School of Pharmacy

    Involvement

    Christ Church United MethodistThe Alabama Emmaus Community Baptist Medical and Dental Missions International Red Bird Missions, Beverly, Ky.

    Expertise

    Community/ambulatory care pharmacy and geriatric pharmacy
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    Valerie Prince  Pharm.D., BCPS, FAPHA

    Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 212
    (205) 726-2117

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    When Valerie Prince signed up for a Samford University interview during her residency, she was so sure she was underqualified, she was going to scratch her name off the list. "The McWhorter School of Pharmacy administrator who was conducting interviews saw me and told me she had just had a cancellation and she persuaded me to come in and talk to her. I was contacted a month later for an on-campus interview and was hired by Samford into my first professional position post residency," she said. Now, almost 20 years later, Prince is still hard at work. "I’ve had the privilege to work one on one with 15 to 18 students a year precepting them at clinical practice sites, which is the type of teaching I love best," said Prince. Prince is proud of the students she has influenced to believe in themselves when they thought they weren’t capable of assuming leadership positions or performing in a clinical environment.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., Southern School of Pharmacy, Mercer University
    Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties

    Awards and Honors

    American Pharmacists Association
    Linwood F. Tice Friend of APhA, Academy of Students of Pharmacy Award
    Phi Lambda Sigma National Outstanding Advisor Award
    American Pharmacists Association
    Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Distinguised
    Achievement Award in Clinical/Pharmacotherapeutic Practice Award
    American Pharmacist Association, fellow
    Alabama Pharmacist Association Distinguished Service Award

    Involvement

    American Pharmacists Association, numerous elected national leadership positions such as speaker of the APhA House of Delegates
    APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management, presidentAPhA Board of Trustees, two terms
    Alabama Pharmacist Association, numerous leadership postitions
    Girl Scouts of America troop leader

    Expertise

    Current practice: adult medicine acute care specialist with the St. Vincent’s East Family Practice Residency program, Past practice experience: outpatient anticoagulation clinics, long-term care and other adult medicine positions, Research and publication interests: substance use disorders and pain management
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    Bobby Riggs  Ph. D.

    Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Biochemistry
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 215
    (205) 726-2097

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    Robert Riggs once considered himself to be a modern-day Jonah. Riggs was not looking to move back to Birmingham more than 20 years ago when he and his wife attended a church homecoming. “The associate dean at that time at McWhorter School of Pharmacy stopped as we were getting ready to leave and told us about a faculty opening. At lunch a few miles down the road, my wife informed me that the Lord wanted us back in Birmingham,” he said. Riggs, who has worked in several capacities, successfully chaired the promotion and tenure document revision committee for the pharmacy school.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., medicinal chemistry, Purdue University
    B.S., pharmacy, Purdue University
    Post-doctoral fellowship, Southern Research Institute

    Awards and Honors

    Rho Chi Honor Society
    Phi Lambda Upsilon Honor Society
    Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
    Commitment to Teaching Award, McWhorter School of Pharmacy class of 2012
    Sunday School teacher for adults
    Rho Chi Society Southeast Region III, councilor
    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Chemistry Section Chair (2007–2008), numerous committees and taskforces

    Expertise

    Teaching: medicinal chemistry in the pharmaceutical sciences core courses in McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Research: design of novel anti-cancer agents. Ongoing work includes a series of agents to determine how they work. Design and evaluation of novel anti-bacterial agents. Most of the big pharmaceutical companies have abandoned their efforts in this area. Work is needed because of an increasing resistance of bacteria to currently used agents.
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    Charlie Sands  Pharm. D.

    Professor
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 013A
    (205) 726-2986
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    Ami Shell  Pharm.D., BCPS

    Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 111A
    (205) 726-4367

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    Biography

    Ami Teague Shell officially joined Samford University’s faculty in 2008, but she has been a familiar face at McWhorter School of Pharmacy since 2004. Shell served as an external preceptor for fourth-year Samford pharmacy students while working in an indigent care HIV clinic in Birmingham. She recently switched practice sites from a specialized HIV indigent care environment to a private primary care type clinic. She looks forward to continuing to uphold I Thessalonians 5:16–18, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist [BCPS], Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties
    HIV pharmacist, American Academy of HIV Medicine

    Involvement

    M-POWER Ministries Health Center, coordinate scheduling of dispensary volunteers for all evening clinics and staff the dispensary monthly

    Expertise

    Practice in ambulatory care , Specialties include HIV, women’s health, immunizations, anticoagulation, complementary and alternative medicine
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    Pamela J. Sims  Pharm.D., Ph.D.

    Professor of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 232
    (205) 726-2864

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    Biography

    Pamela Sims came to Samford University in 1989 and likes teaching in a variety of health professions including pharmacy, dentistry and nurse anesthesia and learning from students while teaching them. Sims enjoys snow skiing and wake boarding and does Olympic weightlifting and a form of CrossFit for workouts.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., pharmaceutical sciences, University of Colorado
    Pharm.D., Mercer University
    B.S., pharmacy, University of Florida

    Awards and Honors

    Superior Scholar Award, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, 2013
    Scholar Award, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, 2011
    Honorary Member, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, National Dental Honor Society, 2002
    Teacher of the Year, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, 1997–1998
    John H. Buchanan Award, 1994
    Samford University Outstanding Professor Award, 1992–1993, Samford University School of Pharmacy

    Involvement

    Godspeed I Timothy 4:8 Ministry, board of directors
    Church at Brook Hills
    AACP

    Expertise

    Clinical Pharmacokinetics, dental pharmacology, and pediatric and geriatric pharmacokinetics
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    Jessica Skelley  Pharm. D., BCACP

    Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 214
    (205) 726-4338

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    Jessica Skelley has had a longstanding relationship with Samford University since 2004. “I met my husband here as a student, found my profession, took my first ‘real’ job here, started my family here. I’ve actually never left Samford since arriving as a freshman and can’t imagine anywhere I would rather be.” Skelley was rewarded for her commitment to Samford in 2013 when she received the Margaret Self Propst Pharmacy Teacher of the Year award, which is presented annually to a faculty member who is elected by the student body as exemplifying exceptional teaching and mentoring. “It was a very significant honor and the most rewarding one I have received both professionally and personally,” she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University

    Awards and Honors

    Margaret Self Propst Pharmacy Teacher of the Year Award, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, 2013
    Phi Lambda Sigma, 2013
    Contributed Research Presentation Merit Award, 2013, Project IMPACT: Diabetes American Pharmacist Association/Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management
    Change Package Implementation Award, Safe Medication Use, 2013, Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Initiative: Health Resources and Services Administration
    Outstanding Performance Team Award, 2012, Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Initiative: Health Resources and Services Administration

    Involvement

    Compensation and Practice Sustainability, advisory group member, (section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners, American Society of Health System Pharmacists)
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy NCPA Student Chapter, student adviserOperation Self Care, McWhorter School of Pharmacy APhA-ASP chapter, chapter faculty liaison
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy SSHP Chapter, student mentor
    St. Vincent’s East Family Medicine Residency Program, Birmingham, Ala., adjunct faculty

    Expertise

    Family medicine, ambulatory care, patient safety and interprofessional education
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    Rachel Slaton  Pharm.D., BCPS

    Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 301A
    (205) 726-2729

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    Biography

    After practicing in a hospital pharmacy for many years, Rachel Slaton decided to join McWhorter School of Pharmacy in 2009. Slaton was charged with developing the skills labs and seminars for a course series in integrated pharmacy applications, and she successfully redesigned the drug literature evaluation course. In 2011, she was appointed to a tenure-track faculty position in drug information where she currently practices.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University
    ASHP accredited Drug Information Specialty Residency, DCH Regional Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
    Board Certification Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties

    Involvement

    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
    American College of Clinical Pharmacists
    Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists
    Alabama Pharmacists Association
    Vestavia Church of Christ

    Expertise

    Drug information specialist, Primary research interests: teaching students and residents appropriate evaluation techniques for reviewing the medical literature; responding to drug information requests from health-care professionals; working collaboratively with pharmacists and the medical staff to improve medication management and safety, Enjoys medical writing and evaluating drug information databases, Primary interests: medication safety, hospital pharmacy and comparative effectiveness research
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    Dee Thomason  Pharm.D., BCPS

    Associate Professor
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 111B
    (205) 726-4476
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    Paula Thompson  PHARM.D., M.S., BCPS

    Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 111C
    (205) 726-2102

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    Paula Thompson takes her commitment to students very seriously. “Any time a student seeks me out for advice or support, I know I have an opportunity to have an impact on their lives,” she said. While teaching at another pharmacy school, Thompson had an epiphany. “I decided I would be a better teacher of clinicians if I had clinical training myself. I looked at schools of pharmacy all over the country, but I was most impressed with Samford and came here to earn my Pharm.D.” Thompson eventually accepted a faculty position in McWhorter School of Pharmacy where she has worked in various positions for 19 years. “I feel blessed to work with wonderful faculty and staff colleagues in the education of exceptional students.”

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University
    Residency in Adult Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina
    M.S., physiology and pharmacology, Duke University
    B.S., Mississippi University for Women
    Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties

    Awards and Honors

    Margaret Self Propst Pharmacy Teacher of the Year, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University
    Teacher of the Year, Campbell University School of Pharmacy
    Visiting scholar, Japan
    President’s Cup, Samford University
    National Science Foundation Fellowship

    Involvement

    Alabama Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board, chair

    Expertise

    Geriatrics, heart failure and dementias
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    Diane Vakakes 

    Program Coordinator, Pharmacy Admission Office
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 103D
    (205) 726-2008
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    Glenda Valdmanis 

    Administrative Assistant to the Chair, Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 220B
    (205) 726-2876
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    Bruce Waldrop  Ph.D.

    Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences and Associate Professor of Pharmacology
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 220C
    (205) 726-2984

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    When Bruce Waldrop took a job to make some money, he didn’t realize it would lead to a career.“Originally being a hotel and restaurant management major at UAB, I got a job as a pharmacy technician to help pay the bills. I became fascinated with pharmacy and decided to change majors. I applied only to Samford and was fortunate to be admitted to the program. Part-time work as a tutor in my pharmacology course prompted me to consider pharmacy academia,” he said. In 2003, Waldrop received the opportunity to come back to Samford and teach at McWhorter School of Pharmacy. He has been honored with teacher of the year, most effective lecturer and best lecturer awards for his hard work. “I couldn’t be happier with my Samford education and all the great students that I am able to interact with everyday,” he said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., pharmaceutical sciences, University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
    B.S., pharmacy, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University

    Awards and Honors

    Teacher of the Year, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, 2010
    Most Effective Lecturer, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, 2008
    Best Lecturer, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, 2007
    Teacher of the Year, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, 2006
    Phi Lambda Sigma, National Pharmacy Leadership Society

    Involvement

    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

    Expertise

    Social and Administrative Sciences, Cardiovascular pharmacology, signal transduction mechanisms and pharmacy education
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    Robert Wang  Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 219
    (205) 726-2997

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    Robert Wang brings significant experience to McWhorter School of Pharmacy. Wang, who joined the faculty in 2012, recently received his first grant from the National Institutes of Health. He has also received research grants from Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the American Heart Association. Wang enjoys teaching and interacting with students, and during his career, he has trained three Ph.D. students, two post-doctoral fellows and numerous undergraduate students in their research. He has significant experience in reviewing grant proposals for funding agencies such as the Italian Telethon Foundation, reviewing manuscripts for leading scientific journals such as Nature Chemical Biology, chairing sessions in international scientific conferences, and serving on admissions committee. He loves Samford University’s Christian environment and looks forward to integrating his teaching with scientific discovery.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., cell regulation, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
    M.S., biochemistry, Baylor University
    B.S., medical biology, Nankai University

    Awards and Honors

    Scientist Development Award, American Heart Association
    Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
    ASCB/Worthington Pre-doctoral Travel Award, American Society for Cell Biology

    Involvement

    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
    American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Association of Biochemistry Course Directors
    American Society for Cell Biology

    Expertise

    Cystic Fibrosis, drug discovery, protein misfolding, molecular chaperones, and pharmacy education, 
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    Muriel Warren 

    Assistant to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Program Coordinator for Academic Affairs
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 113
    (205) 726-2721
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    Terri Wensel  PHARM.D., BCPS

    Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 104
    (205) 726-2650

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    Terri Wensel knows the importance of home and family. After the birth of her daughter while living in North Carolina, Wensel and her husband, Brian, desperately wanted to return to Birmingham. “This job opened up at the precise right time for us. I feel fortunate that I was able to stay in academia within a faith-based, private school. This setting allows me to interact with students on a more personal level than I would be able to do elsewhere.” Wensel has been involved with the development of end-of-year exams within McWhorter School of Pharmacy. “This is a positive step forward in ensuring what we already know, that we have the best students around,” she said. Wensel, who loves anything craft related, has a daughter, Claire; son, Ethan; and dog, Lynx.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn University
    Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Board of Pharmacy Specialties

    Awards and Honors

    McWhorter School of Pharmacy Scholar Award, 2013

    Involvement

    National Community Pharmacists Association, member and student chapter adviser
    American Institute of the History of Pharmacy
    American Pharmacists Association
    Phi Lambda Sigma
    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
    Women Faculty Special Interest Group, secretary, 2011–2013
    Pharmacy Practice Section Communication Committee, chair, 2011–2014
    Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Hoover, Ala., Sunday school teacher

    Expertise

    Practice: community practice, Scholarship and research interests: community practice, women’s health and the scholarship of teaching and learning
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    Peggy West 

    Administrative Assistant, Student Affairs
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 111
    (205) 726-2053

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    Biography

    After working in the undergraduate admissions office for almost five years, Peggy West transferred to McWhorter School of Pharmacy. West, a native of Rhode Island, lives by Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

    Degrees and Certifications

    A.D., executive secretarial sciences, Bryant University
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    Whitney White  PHARM.D., BCPS

    Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 108
    (205) 726-2275

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    Whitney White believes her presence at Samford University is a direct result of God’s plan for her life. McWhorter School of Pharmacy was the only school to which White applied after changing her career pursuits from medicine to pharmacy, a change that was aligned better with her personal and professional goals. “I entered pharmacy school confident in my knowledge from prior education, and I walked away with exemplary training from some of the most intelligent, compassionate and supportive faculty anywhere.” White returned to Samford after her residency to pursue a career in academia and is now going into her fifth year of teaching. “I feel so blessed for the opportunity to share with students my experience as a practitioner and to hopefully instill in them a love for learning and a true heart for patient care,” she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University
    PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, Huntsville Hospital
    B.S., Mississippi College
    Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, American College of Clinical PharmacyBoard Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, American College of Clinical Pharmacy

    Awards and Honors

    Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists New Practitioner of the Year, 2013
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy Faculty Preceptor the Year, 2012
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy Faculty Preceptor of the Year, 2011
    Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists Service Award, 2012
    Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists Service Award, 2011

    Involvement

    American Academy of Colleges of Pharmacy, delegate 2012–2013
    American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
    American College of Clinical Pharmacy, board certified
    Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists, delegate 2013–2015,council director for educational affairs, 2010–2012
    APhA-ASP Student Chapter Co-Advisor
    MPOWER Dispensary Volunteer

    Expertise

    Adult medicine (current), ambulatory care (previous), and anticoagulation
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    Mary Worthington  PHARM.D.

    Professor, Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 206
    (205) 726-2533