Meet the 2019 KPhA Board of Directors!
President: Amanda Applegate, PharmD, BCACP
Amanda Applegate is the pharmacy clinical services coordinator for Balls Food Stores in Kansas City, KS. She manages immunizations, MTM, and biometric screenings for the company. She also works with patients with diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease through the “Start Now” disease management program. She completed a Community Practice Residency with Balls and the University of Kansas and has earned a Board Certification in Ambulatory Care. Amanda makes her home in Lenexa with her husband, two lazy cats, and an energetic puppy. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, and trying new foods.
President-Elect: Matt Morrison, PharmD
Matt is the owner of Gibson's Pharmacy in Dodge City, KS.
Immediate Past-President: Emily Prohaska, PharmD, BCACP
Emily Prohaska received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy in 2010 and went on to complete a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency with Campbell University and the Wilson Community Health Center in Wilson, NC. She then completed a second year Drug Information specialty residency at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, KS. She is currently a member of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Awards Committee, the chair of the Education Committee for the Diabetes Special Interest Group, and a member of the Pharmacy Today Editorial Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Kansas Pharmacists Association Membership Committee and has previously served on the KPhA Board as the chair of the New Practitioners Network. She is a board certified ambulatory care pharmacist, certified immunizer and has also completed the APhA certificate course in Medication Therapy Management. Emily is currently employed as a clinical services coordinator with Balls Food Stores in Kansas City, KS, and is the site preceptor for the PGY1 Community Pharmacy residency based at Hen House in Olathe, KS. She is an adjunct clinical assistant professor with the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and serves as an advanced experiential clerkship preceptor for the KU and UMKC Schools of Pharmacy.
Secretary-Treasurer: Nate Rockers, PharmD
Nate Rockers received his Pharm D. degree from the University of Kansas in 2002. Since graduation he has practiced in Miami County Kansas. In 2009 Nate purchased an independent pharmacy in Paola. He expanded in 2012 with another store in Miami County, and in 2016 opened a third location in Linn County. Nate currently sits on various community, national and professional boards and committees. Nate enjoys spending time with his family and friends at the lake, on his farm managing his cattle operation, as well as golfing.
Academy and Affiliated Directors
Voting Board Members
Community/Chain Academy Director: Kristen Powell, PharmD
Kristen Powell earned a BA in Psychology from Washburn University and a PharmD from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. She is the site manager at Genoa Healthcare, located within Family Service and Guidance Center in Topeka. She previously worked for 10 years at Dillons. She sits on the Rural Nursing/Rx Technician Task Force with the Kansas Board of Pharmacy. She is married and has two girls ages 3 and 7. Kristin volunteers with Christian Challenge at Washburn University, New Hope Food Pantry in Topeka and various events for Kansas Ballet Company and her church.
Health-System Academy Director: Ashley Crowl, PharmD, BCACP
Ashley Crowl received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy. She completed a two-year ambulatory care leadership residency at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. After her residency, she became a clinical assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy on the Wichita Campus where she teaches within the Pharmacotherapy course, specifically chronic kidney disease. She is board-certified in ambulatory care. Her practice site is at Via Christi Family Medicine Clinic where she primarily works with patients who are obese and have type-2 diabetes and some with chronic kidney disease. She enjoys meeting with these patients and developing care plans to help make lifestyle changes.
Managed Care Academy Director: Nicole Ellermeier, PharmD
Nicole Ellermeier oversees the management of drug policies and clinical program implementations for MedTrakRx in Overland Park, KS. Prior to joining MedTrakRx in 2015, Nicole spent six years with Health Information Designs working as the Drug Utilization Review (DUR) coordinator for Kansas Medicaid. Nicole received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2009 from the University of Kansas. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys traveling with her husband, Eddie. They share a home with their pets, a dog and a cat, Milo and Peanut.
Owners Academy Director: Tyson Mullen, PharmD
Tyson Mullen received his PharmD from the University of Kansas in 2009 and has worked in independent retail since. He and his wife, Emily, purchased Grant County Drug in Ulysses, KS, in 2013. They currently are opening a second location in Lakin, KS. He served as the KU Pharmacy Class President from 2005-2009, served on both the NCPA Student Leadership Council and Student Regional Council from 2007-2009, and is the current treasurer for Extreme Fowl, a local nonprofit hunting and conservation management organization. He is passionate about independent pharmacy, being a patient advocate in his community, and being a dad to his 2 beautiful daughters. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors hunting and fishing and helping his kids with their 4-H livestock.
Kansas Pharmacy Foundation President: Doug Funk, RPh
At-Large 1 Board Member: Heidi Tuttle, PharmD
Heidi Tuttle graduated from the University of Missouri in 2003 with a BS in biology, then attended KU School of Pharmacy and graduated in 2008. She works for Walgreens in Prairie Village, KS, where she has been the pharmacy manager since 2013. Her pharmacy career started as a technician at a small, independent D&H Drugstore in Columbia, MO, before being accepted to pharmacy school. Tuttle started with Walgreens in October 2004 as an intern and continues to grow with the company. She currently is the district MTM leader for her area, where she has a passion for geriatrics and promoting immunizations in the community. Her husband also is a pharmacist and the pair has an 8-year-old daughter together. She also have a 13-year-old stepson. She enjoys traveling, exercising, and above all, reading and learning. She also volunteers for Meals on Wheels.
At-Large 2 Board Member: Scott Smith, PharmD
Scott Smith earned his Doctor of Pharmacy and a minor in business from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and School of Business in 2012. He currently is the information technology pharmacist for the ambulatory pharmacy support team at the University of Kansas Health System. He serves as the clinical support person for both the retail pharmacies as well as the ambulatory clinics and is responsible for combining his knowledge of medications and technology to advance the quality of patient care within the health system. He previously worked for 5 years for Safeway Pharmacy in Colorado before moving back to Kansas City. Scott got his start in pharmacy at the age of 14 when he started working as a clerk for his local independent pharmacy. Scott is a member of the University of Kansas Health System Pharmacy Informatics residency review committee and is preceptor for KU and UMKC Schools of Pharmacy.
Nonvoting Board Members
KNPN Director: Abby Boeselager, PharmD
Abby Boeselager is a home delivery pharmacist for Optum RX in Overland Park, KS. She is a member of the employee engagement committee and coordinates fun events for her coworkers and supervisors. Abby began her work with KPhA while on rotation with the staff during her last year of school. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy in 2017 and has 6 years total experience in retail pharmacy with Kroger, working as a clerk, technician, intern, and, finally, pharmacist.
Technician Academy Director: Morgan Moellinger
Morgan Moellinger is a nationally certified technician at El Dorado TrueCare Pharmacy. Where she has worked for almost four years. She started out as a clerk originally and fell in love with everything about pharmacy. Shortly after starting at TrueCare she was promoted to a technician, then to co-lead for technicians at her store. She said, "I enjoy my job, and that is a pretty lucky thing to say. I can't wait to see the way pharmacy, as a whole, continues to grow, and for me to grow with it!"
KU School of Pharmacy: Ken Audus, Dean
After completing postdoctoral work in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Kansas, Ken Audus joined the faculty of that department in 1986 and worked his way up through the academic ranks to become a full professor in 1996 and chair of the department in 1998. Audus became Dean of the School of Pharmacy in April of 2004.
Student Academy Director: Melanie Sharpnack, PharmD Candidate 2021
Government Affairs Chair: Terica Gatewood, PharmD
Terica Gatewood is a site manager for Genoa, a QoL located within Valeo Behavioral Healthcare in Topeka, Kansas. She graduated from KU School of Pharmacy in 2007.