Upsher-Smith partners with NASPA to honor innovators in the pharmacy field

The NASPA Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes and honors a qualified pharmacist who has demonstrated significant innovation in his or her respective practice, method, or service directly or indirectly resulting in improved patient care and/or advancement of the profession of pharmacy. The award is presented annually by participating state pharmacist associations, including those in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

NASPA Excellence in Innovation Award Winners

State honorees received their award from participating state pharmacist associations during separate award ceremonies throughout 2016.

Click here to view the 2016 recipients

  • Alabama:  Valerie Albritton Oakley, PharmD
  • Alaska:  Christopher Chong, PharmD
  • Arizona:  Rebekah M. Jackowski, PharmD
  • Arkansas:  Nikki Scott, PharmD
  • California:  John Sykora, BS, MBA
  • Colorado:  Meghan N. Jeffres, PharmD
  • Connecticut:  Jennifer Dizney, PharmD
  • Delaware:  Hooshang Shanehsaz, RPh
  • Florida:  David Kazarian, RPh
  • Georgia:  Andrea L. McKeever, PharmD
  • Illinois:  Mike Minesinger, RPh
  • Indiana:  Traci Fritschle, PharmD
  • Iowa:  Christine Donner-Tiernan, PharmD
  • Kansas:  Brett Kappelmann, PharmD
  • Kentucky:  Christopher P. Harlow, PharmD
  • Louisiana:  Melissa A. Magee, RPh
  • Maine:  Bob Cattan, RPh
  • Maryland:  Yen Dang, PharmD
  • Massachusetts:  Paul Riendeau, PharmD
  • Michigan:  Detroit Medical Center Pharmacy Team
  • Minnesota:  CentraCare Health – Paynesville Pharmacy Services
  • Mississippi:  Kristi Phelps, RPh
  • Missouri:  Alicia B. Forinash, PharmD
  • Montana:  Carla J. Reicks, PharmD
  • Montana:  Ty Tyvand, PharmD
  • New Hampshire:  Margaret E. Hayes, RPh
  • New Jersey:  Loretta Brickman, RPh
  • New Mexico:  Allen Plymale, PharmD, RPh
  • New York:  Ron Del Gaudio, RPh
  • North Carolina:  Courtenay Gilmore Wilson, PharmD
  • North Dakota:  Jesse D. Rue, PharmD
  • Ohio:  Douglas C. Cornelius, RPh
  • Oklahoma:  Kyle Keith Whitehead, DPh
  • Oregon:  Juancho Ramirez, PharmD
  • Pennsylvania:  Holly Lassila, DrPH, MSEd, MPH, RPh
  • Puerto Rico:  Lilliana Ortiz-Acevedo, PharmD
  • Rhode Island:  Robert J. Iacobucci, RPh
  • South Carolina:  Tiffaney Threatt, BSPharm, PharmD
  • Tennessee:  Joe H. Delk, PharmD
  • Washington:  Joshua Akers, PharmD
  • Washington, DC:  Emmanuel O. Akala, PhD, RPh
  • Wisconsin:  Philip W. Brummond, PharmD
  • Wyoming:  Carol J. Hermansen-Kobulnicky, PhD, RPh

View a slideshow, developed in partnership with Drug Store News, which features photos and bios of a few recent Innovation award winners.


Upsher-Smith partners with NCPA to honor independent pharmacists


Each year, Upsher-Smith sponsors the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Willard B. Simmons Independent Pharmacy of the Year Award, recognizing an independent pharmacist who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and commitment to independent pharmacy and to their community.

NCPA’s Independent Pharmacist of the Year award is named in honor of Willard B. Simmons, a former executive secretary of NCPA and long-time trustee of its foundation. This marks the eighth year that Upsher-Smith has sponsored and been on hand to present the award.

The 2016 recipient was Iowa pharmacist Randy McDonough, RPh. He was presented with the award in October at NCPA’s 118th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition in New Orleans.

Click here for Randy McDonough’s Bio

McDonough, who is board-certified in geriatrics and as a pharmacotherapy specialist, is the co-owner of Towncrest Pharmacy, Solon Towncrest, Towncrest Compounding Pharmacies, and Innovative Pharmacy Solutions. He oversees Towncrest Pharmacy’s clinical services program, including Medication Therapy Management (MTM), nursing home consulting, wellness screening, immunizations, and adherence services. McDonough has developed, implemented and provided quality assurance for many clinical programs, and has also published and presented extensively on the subject of pharmaceutical care and MTM in the community pharmacy setting.


Upsher-Smith VP partners with NACDS as a member of its key advisory board

NACDSMembers of our Upsher-Smith Business Development team belong to various associations and trade groups in an effort to keep and sustain strong industry relationships. VP of Partner Relations Mike McBride, for example, is a member of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Retail Advisory Board.

As part of his membership, Mike regularly plans and participates in numerous educational and networking events. In May 2017, he and the board hosted its eighth and largest ever Market Immersion in Minneapolis, where 15 millennial professionals with careers in retail or consumer packaged goods shared their insights on what they find most interesting and exciting in stores. As members of the nation’s largest living generation, their opinions will help shape future retail and manufacturing decisions.