Meet the KPhA Board of Directors!
President: Jonalan Smith, PharmD
Jonalan joined Sunflower Health Plan, a subsidiary of Centene Corporation, as Director of Pharmacy Services in January 2014. In August 2015 he accepted the role of Vice President of Pharmacy Services and continues to be charged with overseeing the Pharmacy Benefit and Pharmacy Department for Sunflower Health Plan. Sunflower Health Plan is one of three Managed Care Organizations that administer Medicaid Benefits to Kansans enrolled in the Kansas Medicaid program.
Previously Jonalan worked for Genoa Healthcare in July 2007 as a Pharmacy Manager, and held several different roles including Regional Operations Manager and National Sales Manager for nearly seven years with Genoa. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Kansas in 2006, then went on to complete an Executive Residency at the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.
President-Elect: 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, North Carolina. She then completed a second year Drug Information specialty residency at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas. 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, Kansas, and is the site preceptor for the PGY1 Community Pharmacy residency based at Hen House in Olathe, Kansas. 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.
Immediate Past-President President: Mike Bellesine, RPh
Mike Bellesine has been a member of KPhA for 36 years. He served as the Owners Academy Chair before stepping into the leadership position of President-Elect. Mike graduated from KU School of Pharmacy in 1978 and in 1982 he became the owner of McCartney Rx Shop in El Dorado, KS. Now, 33 years later, Mike still owns and operates this pharmacy which changed its name to TrueCare Pharmacy in 2000. TrueCare Pharmacy offers many services such as compounding and home medical equipment. Mike has a lot of pride and devotion in his work and yet manages to find time to dedicate to his former hometown, Anthony, KS, to his current hometown El Dorado and to his church. He and his wife have five children and eight grandchildren.
Secretary-Treasurer: Nate Rockers, PharmD
Nate owns Rockers Pharmacy is Paola, Kansas. He graduated from KU School of Pharmacy in 2002.
District 1 Director: Sloane Freeman, PharmD
Sloane and her husband, Lance, own four independent pharmacies in south central Kansas. They live in Medicine Lodge and have two girls, Bella and Kathryn. They both graduated from KU School of Pharmacy in 2011 and have opened a new storefront as well as purchased existing pharmacies. The pharmacies have a variety of niches, including gift stores and a soda fountain, a dedicated compounding room, and service retail patients as well as nursing home and hospice. Sloane's interests outside of pharmacy include spending time with her family, the Royals, KU basketball, playing golf, and snow skiing.
District 2 Director: 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.
District 3 Director: Virgil Stinson, RPh
Virgil Stinson graduated pharmacy school from the University of Wyoming. He served as Vice President of the Phi Delta Chi fraternity and was awarded the Rexall award for academic excellence and community service. He returned to Wichita, KS to practice in retail pharmacy and purchased Parklane Pharmacy in 1984. He sold the store and retired in 2014. During those years he was active in and served on committees and as officers in South-central Kansas Pharmaceutical Society and Wichita Academy of Pharmacists. He is currently serving on the Medical Service Bureau of Wichita and volunteers at Gaudalupe Clinic. He is also active in All Saints Catholic Church and at the Botanical Gardens of Wichita.
District 4 Director: Amanda Applegate, PharmD, BCACP
Amanda Applegate is the pharmacy clinical services coordinator for Balls Food Stores in Kansas City, KS. Dr. Applegate 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.
Managed Care Adademy Director: Brandi Kelly, PharmD
Brandi Kelly is Vice President of Clinical Services at MedTrak Services, a pharmacy benefit management company in Overland Park, KS. Brandi oversees MedTrak’s Clinical Care Center and manages the development and integration of all clinical initiatives and cost containment strategies for MedTrak’s clients.
Before moving to MedTrak in early 2010, Brandi served as the programs manager for a division of the University Health System (UHS). She directed formulary activities, developed drug use policies, and led UHS efforts in 340B and Medicare Part D program participation. She also held various Board positions for the Central Texas Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists.
In 1998 Dr. Kelly received her B.S. in Biology and Psychology from Missouri State University and in 2002 her Pharm.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). She completed a drug information specialty residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center the following year. Dr. Kelly is currently a preceptor for UMKC and Kansas Schools of Pharmacy. She also precepts non-traditional doctor of pharmacy candidates online for the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.
Chain Academy Director: Tina Sarber, PharmD
Tina graduated from pharmacy school in 2007 from the KU School of Pharmacy and began working for Dillons Pharmacy as a staff pharmacist. She continues to work for Dillons as a pharmacy manager in one of the Topeka store locations. She helps provide immunizations at the pharmacy and off-site clinics, MTM services, and biometric health screenings for employees. Tina resides in her home in Eudora with her husband, Ken, two daughters, Emma and Ava, and our dog, Nelson. When not working, Tina enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, baking, fixer upper projects, and watching sports.
Community Academy Director: Sandie Kueker, RPh
Sandie graduated from the University of Kansas in 1998. Her husband Adam is also a pharmacist and they have three beautiful children, Joey (13), Kate (11) and Jacob (7). They own Hesston Pharmacy in Hesston, KS, where Sandie is also the PIC. Sandie has served on the KPhA Medication Therapy Management Workgroup and presented during the 2015 KPhA MTM Roadshow. She was recently selected as 1 of 25 pharmacists from across the country to serve as a speaker for the McKesson Townhall Series in 2015-2016 and also won the Sunflower Health Plan MTM Award last year. As the Community Academy Director, Sandie would like to, "Work with other community pharmacists in Kansas to improve patient care services, encourage more community pharmacists to play an active role in KPhA and work to foster communication with the other academies to improve cohesiveness of all members in our profession."
She is an active member of the Hesston United Methodist Church where she serves on the Staff Parish Committee and started a women's bible study last year. Sandie also volunteers with their local senior center during their annual Health Fair and presents in their Health Luncheon series. She is also a member of the Hesston Chamber of Commerce Board.
"Overall, I love being active within my community and finding new ways to connect with family, friends and of course our patients!"
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.
Owners/Managers Academy Director: Jody Reel, PharmD
Jody co-owns the Sabetha Health Mart in Sabeth, KS with her husband Adam. She works with an incredible team to provide excellent patient care and focuses on serving as a clinical resource to her patients and healthcare team, as well as incorporates her pharmaceutical knowledge into the dispensing functions of a retail pharmacy. Additionally, she consults long-term care facilities, providing 24-hour access to clinical pharmacy information, chart review, and quality assurance measurements for medication passes, psychoactive monitoring, and policies. Starting in February of this year, she also became the Director of Operations for PMA in Kansas City where she manages an innovative "electronic pharmacy," which connects patients with their providers and pharmacy team. They focus on medication adherence, optimization of pharmacy work flow, and medication management of special populations.
KNPN Director: Ashley Shogren, PharmD
Ashley graduated from KU School of Pharmacy in 2014. She is a community pharmacist at El Dorado TrueCare Pharmacy in El Dorado, KS where they specialize in compounding, immunizations, MTM, and long term care consulting. Ashley currently serves as a New Practitioner Mentor to the Academy of Student Pharmacists APhA Chapter on the Wichita campus.
Kansas Pharmacy Foundation President: Larry Courtney, RPh
Larry is the Past Presient/CEO of Miller Pharmacy, Inc. in Bonner Springs, KS. He is now semi-retired working at DeGoler Pharmacy in Bonner Springs. He was KPhA president in 1986 and is the current KPF President. He has been married to Carol Courtney for 50 years. They have three grown children and 5 grandchildren. His interests are exercising, golf, fishing, traveling, reading, grandchildren and KU sports. He graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University in 1966 and the KU School of Pharmacy in 1969.
Student Academy Director: John Rosa, PharmD Candidate 2019
John earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Kansas State University in 2015 and went on to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy, expected graduation in May 2019. His ideal career is in an ambulatory care clinic working with cholesterol and/or diabetes; maybe becoming an Associate Dean with a school of pharmacy. In what little free time he has, John enjoys spending time with his fiancé, friends, his dog, playing recreational sports, and cheering on his favorite sports teams: Sporting Kansas City (MLS), Swope Park Rangers (USL), St. Louis Blues (NHL), New England Patriots (NFL), K-State, and KU.
Technician Academy Director: Morgan Mellinger
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!"