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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 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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Kentucky: MeLeigha Milby & Nelda Eads
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

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
  • Delaware:  Dr. TaQuina M. Warren
  • Florida:  Lorraine M. Mobley, RPh
  • Georgia:  Ben Ross
  • Kentucky:
    • MeLeigha Milby, PharmD
    • Nelda Eads, PharmD
  • Louisiana:  Robert “Butch” Ray, RPh
  • Maryland:  Emily Heil, PharmD, MS, BCIDP, BCPS, AAHIVP
  • Massachusetts:  David DeiCicchi, PharmD, CACP
  • Michigan:  Maria Young, BSPharm
  • Mississippi:  Carly Brown, PharmD
  • Montana:  Keaten LaBrel, PharmD
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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