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Honoring Innovators in the Pharmacy Field

Each year, Upsher-Smith partners with the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) and state pharmacy associations to honor innovators in the pharmacy field. State honorees receive their award from participating state pharmacist associations during separate award ceremonies throughout the year. Not all pharmacist associations present awards. Read more about some of the Excellence in Innovation winners by clicking on any of the red icons below. Click here to view the entire list of winners, or scroll down. If you’re an award recipient and would like to add your bio to the map, click here.

Recent Excellence in Innovation Award Winners

2020 Recipients

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  • Alabama:  Ross Woods, PharmD
  • Alaska:  ANTHC Pharmacy Compliance Team
  • Arizona:  Darren Clonts, PharmD
  • Arkansas:  Anne Pace, PharmD
  • California:  Nathan A. Painter, PharmD, CDCES, FADCES
  • Colorado:  Rachael W. Duncan, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
  • Connecticut:  Nathaniel M. Rickles, PharmD, PhD, BCPP, FAPhA
  • Delaware:  Jaqueline C. Tanzer, RPh
  • Florida:  Timothy Rogers, RPh
  • Georgia:  Nikki Adams Bryant, PharmD
  • Hawaii:  Brian White, PharmD
  • Illinois:  Lisa Florence-Ray, RPh, MBA
  • Indiana:  Matthew Covert, RPh, BCSCP
  • Iowa:  Michael Daly, PharmD, MSCI, BCPS
  • Kansas:  Emily Prohaska, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP 
  • Kentucky:  Sarah Vickey, PharmD, BCACP 
  • Louisiana:  LaKeisha G. Williams, PharmD, MSPH 
  • Maine:  Joe Lorello, RPh  
  • Maryland:  Megan Ehret, PharmD, MS, BCPP 
  • Massachusetts:  Christine Do, PharmD, BCPPS 
  • Michigan:  David R. Bright 
  • Minnesota:  Alison Kingsbury, PharmD 
  • Mississippi:
    • Jeffrey Clark
    • Jeffery M. King, PharmD 
  • Missouri:  Laura Challen, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCACP
  • Montana:  Kristi Monson, PharmD
  • New Hampshire:  Namone S. Pike, PharmD
  • New Mexico:  Amy Bachyrycz, PharmD
  • North Carolina:
    • Gregory J. Vassie, PharmD
    • Franklin Roye, PharmD
  • North Dakota:  Ramona Sorenson, PharmD
  • Ohio:  Sue Paul, RPh
  • Oregon:  Pharmacy Artifact Sorting Team (PAST)
  • Pennsylvania:  Kyle McCormick, PharmD
  • Rhode Island:  Joseph Bizier, PharmD, BCACP
  • South Carolina:  Amelia Milejczak, PharmD
  • Tennessee:  Amanda R. Gillion, PharmD, BCPS
  • Texas:  Benjamin McNabb, PharmD
  • Utah:  Roxanne Thacker, PharmD
  • Washington:  Chuck Paulsen, RPh
  • Wisconsin:  Theresa Frey, PharmD, BCPP
  • Wyoming:  Nathon Parker, PharmD, BCPS AQ-ID
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2021 Recipients through June

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  • Alabama:  Jessica Hung, PharmD
  • Alaska:  Erin Narus, PharmD
  • Arizona:  Nicole Scovis, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, CMWA
  • California:  Danielle C. Colayco, PharmD, MS
  • Colorado:  Michelle L. Izor, PharmD
  • Georgia:  Lindsay J. McCoy, PharmD, BCPP
  • Kentucky:  Hope Maniyar, PharmD
  • Maryland:  Arnold J. Honkofsky, RPh, SCC
  • Michigan:  Meijer Pharmacy Team
  • Mississippi:  Anna Kathryn Ward
  • Montana:  JoEllen Maurer, BSPh, MHA, BCPS
  • New Mexico:  Rebecca DeMoss, PharmD
  • New York:  Mayank Parikh, PharmD
  • North Carolina:  Claire Austin, PharmD
  • North Dakota:  Brody Maack, PharmD
  • Ohio:  Alexa S. Valentino, PharmD, BCACP, TTS
  • South Carolina:  Ranarda Jones, PharmD, MBA
  • Tennessee:  Jason Vinson, PharmD
  • Wyoming:  Matt Meyer, PharmD
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