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Upsher-Smith in 2024: Statement on What We’re Committed to, and Capable of, Doing in the New Year

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 featured Excellence in Innovation winners by clicking on any of the red icons below. Scroll down to the bottom to view the full list of all winners, by year. If you’re an award recipient and would like your bio to be featured on the map, click here.

Excellence in Innovation Award Winners

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Alabama: Lexi Watson, Pharm D, IFMCP, ReCODE 2.0 CP
Missouri: Jordan Rowe, PharmD, BCACP, BC-ADM
North Dakota: Elizabeth Skoy, Pharm D
Texas: Jobby John, PharmD, FACA
Wisconsin: William Peppard, Pharm D, BCPS, FCCM
Georgia: Ben Ross, PharmD
Illinois: Eric Bandy, RPh
Iowa: Deanna McDanel, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
Kentucky: MeLeigha Milby & Nelda Eads
New Mexico: Uri Bassan, RPh
Pennsylvania: Shawn Nairn, RPh
Puerto Rico: Carlos Torrado-Delgado, PharmD, JD
Rhode Island: Kenny Correia, PharmD, BCACP, CVDOE
Tennessee: Katie Vandenberg, PharmD
Texas: Saba Syed, PharmD, MS, EMBA, BCACP, BCGP
Wisconsin: Thad Schumacher, PharmD
Alabama: Jessica Hung, PharmD
Arizona: Nicole Scovis, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, CMWA
Connecticut: Amy Ricupero, PharmD, MEd
Georgia: Lindsay McCoy, PharmD, BCPP
Iowa: Casey Villhauer
Mississippi: Anna Ward
Missouri: Lisa Cillessen, PharmD, BCACP
New Mexico: Rebecca DeMoss, PharmD, BS
South Carolina: Ranarda Jones, PharmD, MBA
Tennessee: Jason Vinson, PharmD
Wyoming: Matthew Meyer
California: Nathan Painter, PharmD, CDCES, FADCES
Connecticut: Nathaniel (Nate) Rickles, PharmD, PhD, BCPP, FAPhA
Florida: Tim Rogers, RPh
Georgia: Nikki Adams Bryant
Illinois: Lisa Florence-Ray, RPh, MBA
Maryland: Megan Ehret, PharmD, MS, BCPP
Massachusetts: Christine Do, PharmD, BCPPS
Missouri: Laura Challen, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS, BCACP
North Carolina: Franklin Roye & Gregory Vassie
Ohio: Sue Paul
Pennsylvania: Kyle McCormick, PharmD
South Carolina: Amelia Milejczak
Wisconsin: Theresa Frey
Wyoming: Nathon Parker

Complete List of Winners

2023

  • Alabama: Lexi Watson, PharmD
  • Alaska: Theresa Castellanos, PharmD
  • Arizona: Jenny Bingham, PharmD, BCACP, FAzPA, FNAP
  • Arkansas: Megan G. Smith, PharmD
  • California: Shawn Smith, PharmD
  • Colorado: Holly Rabideau, PharmD, BCPS
  • Connecticut: Christopher Yuen, PharmD
  • Delaware: Pradeep Chilakapati, RPh
  • Florida: Soheyla Mahdavian, PharmD, BCGP
  • Georgia: Annette Duncan, PharmD
  • Hawaii: Crystal TK Tsuda, RPh, PharmD, BCACP, CPHQ
  • Illinois: Jill R. Woodward, PharmD
  • Indiana: Nathan Riecke, PharmD
  • Iowa: Ben Miskle, PharmD
  • Kansas: Jacob Hadley, PharmD
  • Kentucky: Easton Bryant, PharmD
  • Louisiana: Lishunda M. Franklin, PharmD
  • Maryland: Alison P. Duffy, PharmD, BCOP
  • Massachusetts: Denise Summers, PharmD
  • Michigan: The Collaboration to Harmonize Antimicrobial Registry Measures (CHARM)
  • Minnesota: Tiana Butler, PharmD
  • Mississippi: Meagan Brown, PharmD, BCACP
  • Missouri: Jordan M. Rowe, PharmD, BCACP, BC-ADM
  • Montana: Leanna Schwend, PharmD
  • Nebraska: Nicole D. White, PharmD, CDE
  • Nevada: C. Leiana Oswald, PharmD, BCGP
  • New Hampshire: Suzanne Stevens, PharmD, BCOP
  • New Mexico: Jeffrey Tyler Stewart, PharmD
  • North Carolina: Cornelius Toliver, PharmD
  • North Dakota: Elizabeth Skoy, PharmD
  • Ohio: Jacquelyn Kissel, PharmD, AAHIVP
  • Oklahoma: Troy Simons, PharmD
  • Oregon: Tara Pfund, PharmD
  • Rhode Island: Kelley Doherty Sanzen, PharmD, PAHM, CDOE
  • South Carolina: Brandi Johnson, PharmD
  • Tennessee:
    • Ted Lyons, PharmD
    • Merica Lyons, PharmD
  • Texas: Jobby John, PharmD
  • Utah: Zachary Merrill, PharmD
  • Virginia: Lura Thompson, PharmD
  • Washington: Sirena Kalinski
  • West Virginia: Mary Beth Wade
  • Wisconsin: William Peppard, PharmD, BCPS, FCCM
  • Wyoming: David Ahlstrom, PharmD
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2022

  • Alabama:
    • Jared Johnson, PharmD
    • Jacob Johnson, PharmD
  • Alaska: Justin Ruffridge, PharmD
  • Arizona: Christopher Edwards
  • Arkansas: Chester Barber, PD
  • California: Crystal Zhou, PharmD
  • Colorado: Melissa Rodgers, PharmD, BCACP
  • Connecticut: Richard Kiley, PharmD
  • Delaware: Dr. TaQuina M. Warren
  • Florida: Lorraine M. Mobley, RPh
  • Georgia: Ben Ross
  • Illinois: Eric S. Bandy, RPh
  • Iowa: Deanna L. McDanel, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
  • Kansas: Mary Beth Dameron, PharmD
  • Kentucky:
    • MeLeigha Milby, PharmD
    • Nelda Eads, PharmD
  • Louisiana: Robert “Butch” Ray, RPh
  • Maine: Sara Couture, PharmD
  • Maryland: Emily Heil, PharmD, MS, BCIDP, BCPS, AAHIVP
  • Massachusetts: David DeiCicchi, PharmD, CACP
  • Michigan: Maria Young, BSPharm
  • Minnesota: Paria Sanaty Zadeh, PharmD
  • Mississippi: Carly Brown, PharmD
  • Missouri: Dr. Bianca Daisy-Bell
  • Montana: Keaten LaBrel, PharmD
  • Nebraska: Dr. Nathan L. Suck, PharmD
  • Nevada: KayLynn Bowman, PharmD, MS, MEd
  • New Hampshire: Matthew J. Maughan, PharmD
  • New Jersey: Antonia Carbone, PharmD, BCACP
  • New Mexico: Uri Bassan, RPh
  • New York: Steven Pardi, RPh
  • North Carolina: Tracey Simmons-Kornegay, PharmD
  • North Dakota: Kevin Martian, PharmD
  • Ohio: Dustin Carneal, PharmD
  • Oklahoma: Brant Alexander, PharmD
  • Oregon: Gregg Wendland, RPh
  • Pennsylvania: Shawn Nairn, RPh
  • Puerto Rico: Carlos A. Torrado Delgado, PharmD, JD
  • Rhode Island: Kenny Correia, PharmD, BCACP
  • South Carolina: Jarrod B. Tippins, PharmD
  • Tennessee: Katie Vandenberg, PharmD
  • Texas: Saba Syed, PharmD, MS, BCACP, BCGP
  • Virginia: Alexis Page, PharmD, BCACP
  • Washington: Kathleen Pierce, PharmD
  • West Virginia: Amber Conrad, PharmD
  • Wisconsin: Thad Schumacher, PharmD
  • Wyoming: Eric Saul, PharmD
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2021

  • Alabama:  Jessica Hung, PharmD
  • Alaska:  Erin Narus, PharmD
  • Arizona:  Nicole Scovis, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, CMWA
  • Arkansas:  Blake Torres, PharmD
  • California:  Danielle C. Colayco, PharmD, MS
  • Colorado:  Michelle L. Izor, PharmD
  • Connecticut:  Amy Ricupero, PharmD, MEd
  • Delaware:  Chaitanya Gadde
  • Florida:  Jade D. Montejo, PharmD
  • Georgia:  Lindsay J. McCoy, PharmD, BCPP
  • Illinois:  Harry M. Zollars, PharmD
  • Indiana:  Patrick Sorgen, PharmD, CSP
  • Iowa:  Casey Villhauer, PharmD, BCGP
  • Kansas:  Lawrence Davidow, RPh
  • Kentucky:  Hope Maniyar, PharmD
  • Louisiana:  Carl J. Savoie, RPh
  • Maryland:  Arnold J. Honkofsky, RPh, SCC
  • Michigan:  Meijer Pharmacy Team
  • Mississippi:  Anna Kathryn Ward
  • Missouri:  Lisa M. Cillessen, PharmD, BCACP
  • Montana:  JoEllen Maurer, BSPh, MHA, BCPS
  • New Hampshire:  Bethany A. Francis, PharmD
  • New Jersey:  Antonio V. Minniti, RPh, FACA
  • 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
  • Oklahoma:  Chris Schiller, PharmD
  • Oregon:  Julie Dewsnup, RPh, CDE
  • Pennsylvania:   John DeJames, RPh
  • Rhode Island:  Kerry LaPlante, PharmD, FCCP, FIDSA
  • South Carolina:  Ranarda Jones, PharmD, MBA
  • Tennessee:  Jason Vinson, PharmD
  • Texas:  Aaron Gibson, PharmD, MS
  • Virginia:  Kristi R. Fowler, RPh
  • Washington:  Ahmed Ali, PharmD
  • Washington, DC:  Samir Balile, PharmD
  • West Virginia:  Matthew Rafa, PharmD
  • Wisconsin:  Trisha Seys Ranola, PharmD, CDCES, BCGP, FAIHM
  • Wyoming:  Matt Meyer, PharmD
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2020

  • 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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