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Liability Insurance: What Technicians Need to Know | Kristen Jones, PharmD
Kristen Jones graduated from the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy in 2003 with a Doctorate of Pharmacy. Kristen has practiced in both retail and hospital pharmacy prior to joining Pharmacists Mutual in 2014. She is a member of ASHP, APhA, NCPA and A4PC. In her time at Pharmacists Mutual, she has provided presentations to pharmacy schools and state associations across the country about professional liability and many other organizations about risk management and disaster planning in pharmacies, compounding, and pharmacy errors. Kristen lives in Wheatland, WY, and enjoys life with her husband and four children.

CBD for the Pharmacy | Meroe Rabieifar, PharmD
Meroe Rabieifar graduated with a PharmD degree from St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 2004. In 2008, having had experience in both retail and hospital settings, she founded My Community Pharmacy in Wellington, FL. At the same time, she acquired Southwest Florida Infusion Care Sterile Compounding Pharmacy and became an expert in compounding sterile medications. In 2012, she became the chief pharmacist at Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment Center where she takes part in administering studies in search for a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. In 2016, she co-founded PharmaCanna, LLC, where she serves as chief formulator and head of research and development.

Telepharmacy: A Patient’s Perspective | Jessica Adams, PharmD
Jessica Adams graduated with a PharmD from the University of Texas at Austin, and has been practicing pharmacy for almost 10 years. She has experience as a staff pharmacist, pharmacy manager and has held positions at district and corporate level as an immunization trainer and MTM community lead. Through her immunization and MTM experience, Jessica has grown to have a passion for expanding the scope of the pharmacist in order to practice at the top of their license. About two years ago, she transitioned to a role in regulatory affairs with Telepharm, a Cardinal Health Company. In her free time, Jessica enjoys reading, spending time with friends and being outdoors.

Beyond the Statehouse: Working with Your Legislator | Mitch DePriest, BA
Mitch DePriest began working in the Kansas politics in 2013 interning at the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas as well as interning for Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins. In 2016, he went to work for Hein Governmental Consulting, one of the premier lobbying groups in Kansas. Building on these experiences, in late 2019 he started 1861 Consulting, LLC alongside Derek Hein, John Monroe, and Holli Schletzbaum. Over the years Mitch has represented more than 30 business and trade organizations providing a diversity of expertise covering the gamut of the policy and political spectrum from tax to government regulation.

Genomics and Clinical Application to Cancer Patients | Diana Tamer, PharmD
Diana Tamer a clinical assistant professor for the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Pharmacy. She is a Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist (BCOP) and practices as a hematology/oncology pharmacy specialist at the Advent Health Shawnee Mission Cancer Center. Her clinical research interests include targeted therapy directed by genetic testing in treating cancer patients, clinically challenging and resistant tumors, and oncology pharmacist’s role in improving cancer patient outcomes and addressing cancer disparities. Her scholarship of teaching and learning interests include equity in clinical rotations through innovative personalized tracks, and preventing burnout in the classroom and on rotation through unique interventions.

Educating Patients on Prior Authorizations, Denials, Appeals | Nicole Ellermeier, PharmD
Nicole Ellermeier is a healthcare leader with 12 years of experience in managed care pharmacy. She started her career as a Clinical Account Manager for Kansas Medicaid working for Health Information Designs (HID) where she focused on developing coverage criteria and Drug Utilization Review support for Kansas Medicaid recipients. She has worked for Elixir Solutions since March 2015. Nicole’s responsibilities include oversight of Clinical Account Executives, formulary, clinical programs, and utilization management operations. She received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Kansas in 2009 and her Master’s of Business Administration with a focus on management from Rockhurst University in 2020.

Antibiotic Resistance Veterinary and Human | Michael Apley, DVM, PhD, DACVCP
Michael Apley is a veterinarian with a PhD in physiology (pharmacology). He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology. His practice background includes general practice in central Kansas and a feedlot consulting/contract research practice based in Colorado. Dr. Apley works with veterinarians and producers throughout the United States concerning the use of drugs in food animals and also in the area of beef cattle health with an emphasis on feedlots. He was appointed as a voting member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria. In 2019, he was reappointed to another 3 year term.

Healthcare Unscripted | Cory Jenks, PharmD
Cory Jenks is a native of Tucson, AZ, and earned his PharmD from the University of South Carolina in 2011. He completed a PGY1 residency at the Tucson VA where he practices in Ambulatory Care. Cory also is an accomplished improv comedian. Since 2013, he has coached, taught, and performed improv for thousands. Today, Cory teaches other healthcare professionals how to apply the valuable skills of improv comedy. Cory also enjoys playing racquetball and golf, harvesting rainwater, and is currently earning his Master’s Degree in Dad Jokes with the help of his sons, Jacob and Henry.

¿Hablas Español? Basic Spanish for Pharmacists and Techs | Stephanie Langston, MEd
Stephanie Langston is a Senior Lecturer of Spanish at Georgia State University Perimeter College and President of Hands on Spanish, Inc., a provider of nationally accredited legal and medical Spanish programs. The University of Georgia, California Health Sciences University, The University of Tennessee’s Health Science Center, Capella University, and The University of Missouri Kansas City’s School of Medicine all use her programs. She has received an “Excellence in Course Design & Teaching” Award from UGA’s Institute of Continuing Judicial Education and the college-wide “Excellence in Service Award” from GSU. She and her husband, Chris, are avid travelers (49 countries), and have adopted two children (Emery and Maya) from Colombia.

Immunization Update | Clark Kebodeaux, PharmD, BCACP
Clark Kebodeaux is a clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice and science at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. He is an adjunct faculty member at the School of Nursing at St. Louis University and coordinator of the advanced pharmacology course for advanced practice nurse practitioners. He currently practices in an interprofessional ambulatory clinic at the Bluegrass Community Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that is an accredited Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) with a focus on diabetes, substance use disorders and underserved populations. He has completed two separate immunization certifications and is a faculty trainer for the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Certificate program. In his current role, Dr. Kebodeaux serves as the Residency Program Director for the PGY1 University of Kentucky Community-Based Residency Program and preceptor for APPE and IPPE student pharmacist rotations.

Team Development and Managing Workplace Conflicts | Tessa Schnelle, PharmD
A native of Center Point, IA, Tessa Schnelle earned a BA in Psychology from MidAmerica Nazarene University and then spent a decade working in Human Resources for Target Corporation, where she met her husband, Deric. She graduated with her PharmD from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy in 2020. Following graduation she began working as a clinical pharmacist for Western Missouri Medical Center and continued her education at George Washington University as a Master's of Public Health Candidate studying health policy and community based health interventions. As a new practitioner Tessa has been dedicated to service to the profession. She currently serves as the Director of the Kansas New Practitioners Network, New Practitioner Mentor for the University of Kansas APhA-ASP Chapter, National Phi Lambda Sigma - Pharmacy Leadership Society Programming Committee Member and has most recently been appointed by the American Pharmacists Association to serve as a Member Engagement Standing Committee Member for the New Practitioners Network. Tessa and her husband Deric live in Louisburg, KS, with their three sons - Dayton (12), Denver (11), and Dallas (9).

Specialty Drug Impacts on Health Plan Budgets | Ken Mishler, PharmD, MBA
Kenneth Mishler has held the position of Chief Pharmacist for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas since 2015. In this capacity, he is responsible for development of competitive pharmacy clinical programs and innovative formulary management. He also is the organization's point person to coordinate activities with Prime Therapeutics, BCBSKS' pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company. Ken participates in the PBM Client Advisory committee, Prime Business Committee, product councils and other vendor-sponsored committee and teams. Dr. Mishler has a wide variety of pharmacy practice experiences. Much of his professional experience has been spent in health-systems pharmacy as a critical care pharmacist, pharmacy department clinical coordinator and in pharmacy management. He lives in Lawrence, KS, with his wife, Debbie, who also is a pharmacist. They have three grown children, all of whom pursued careers in the nursing profession.

Roundtable: Expectations vs. Realities of Giving Immunizations | Morgan Moellinger, CPhT; Chanze Chaput, CPhT; Kristen Powell, PharmD; Alexandra Blasi, JD, MBA
Morgan Moellinger is the lead technician at El Dorado True Care Pharmacy in El Dorado, KS. She was certified in vaccine administration in January 2021 through KPhA. Chanze Chaput began his career in pharmacy at CVS in 2016 and has worked at Genoa Healthcare since 2018. He then became a regional operations assistant, overseeing operations at 19 pharmacies in his region, 12 of which are located in Kansas. He was certified in vaccine administration in January 2021 through KPhA. Kristen Powell is a site manager for Genoa Healthcare. She has worked in community pharmacy for over 15 years and has specialized in the area of mental and behavioral health for the last 8 years as part of an interdisciplinary team of providers. Alexandra Blasi is the Executive Secretary of the Kansas Board of Pharmacy. She is an attorney licensed in Kansas and worked for the state in such capacity for several years before joining the Board of Pharmacy in November 2015.

The Future of Pharmacy | Scott Knoer, MS, PharmD, FASHP
Scott Knoer is the 13th Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Pharmacists Association. He received his BA in psychology from Creighton University in 1988 and his PharmD from the University of Nebraska in 1996. He completed a 2-year administrative residency with a concurrent MS degree in hospital pharmacy from the University of Kansas in 1998. Before his current leadership role at APhA, Dr. Knoer was the Chief Pharmacy Officer at the Cleveland Clinic from 2011 to 2020, where he led an international pharmacy enterprise with a $1.4 billion dollar drug budget and 1,558 FTEs in 18 hospitals with facilities in Ohio, Florida, and Nevada; Toronto; London; and Abu Dhabi.

Regulatory Guidelines and Pain Management Standards | Katie Foster, PharmD
Katie Foster received her PharmD from Creighton University and pursued a residency program at the University of Kansas Medical Center specializing in hospital pharmacy, where she received a Masters of Hospital Pharmacy. Dr. Foster has worked for over 20 years to help improve pharmacy practice in both the hospital and outpatient settings including but not limiting to develop clinical services, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Director, and helped develope the Opioid Stewardship Committee.

Front-End Profit Building Strategies | Gabe Trahan
Gabe Trahan is the Senior Director of Store Operations and Marketing for the National Community Pharmacy Association. He has worked with hundreds of community pharmacies of all sizes to help them improve their images and ultimately boost front-end profits. From conducting in-store and virtual consultations to presenting at educational workshops and writing extensively on front-end retailing, Gabe has established himself as the leading expert in effective and innovative front-end design and merchandising. Before joining NCPA in 2011, Gabe gained retail and wholesale experience in the drug store industry, working for Burlington Drug Company, a regional wholesaler, as the Director of Retail Services. Before that, for City Drug Stores, a 14-store, independently-owned chain of pharmacies. During that time, Gabe also worked as an independent consultant.

Addiction Treatment Update | Karen Moeller, PharmD
Karen E. Moeller is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. She earned her PharmD from Virginia Commonwealth University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and mathematics from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She completed her hospital pharmacy practice residency and psychiatric pharmacy practice residency at West Virginia University. She is board certified in psychiatric pharmacy and provides clinical services in the adult inpatient psychiatry unit at The University of Kansas Health Systems. Dr. Moeller is active in teaching, service, and research. She provides both didactic and experiential education for pharmacy students, medical students and psychiatry residents. She has authored and co-authored many peer-reviewed publications and has presented her work locally, statewide and nationally. She is very active in the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists and recently served on the Board of Directors. Her research interests are in the areas of substance abuse, schizophrenia and pharmacy education.

Narrowing the Pharmacy-Provider Gap in Diabetic Care | Bradley Newell, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP, FASCP; Justin Moore, MD, FACP; Reagan Nguyen, PharmD
Bradley Newell is a Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. Practicing currently in ambulatory care, he has a vast amount of experience in community-based pharmacy, giving him a unique perspective from both sides of the aisle to help bridge the gap on multiple questions that arise in both the provider setting as well as the community-based pharmacy setting. Justin Moore is a Physician Consultant at Kansas Business Group on Health. He is a board-certified endocrinologist who, since 2015, has worked extensively on CDC-funded projects to further integrate non-physician team members into the routine care of metabolic diseases. I have a long history of speaking on this and other topics. Reagan Nguyen began his PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency training this summer, with a focus in Ambulatory Care. He has completed numerous advanced pharmacy practice experiences, in the community, ambulatory care, and hospital settings. This allows him to identify needs of all three disciplines that can cause barriers for diabetes care.

Kansas Board of Pharmacy Law Update | Alexandra Blasi, JD, MBA
Alexandra Blasi is the Executive Secretary of the Kansas Board of Pharmacy. She is a graduate of Washburn University in Topeka, where she also earned undergraduate degrees in Business and in Vocal Music Performance. She is an attorney licensed in Kansas and worked for the state in such capacity for several years before joining the Board of Pharmacy in November 2015. Blasi has provided assistance and legal counsel to the Kansas Real Estate Commission, Board of Cosmetology, Department of Commerce, Athletic Commission, State Workforce Board, and Creative Arts Industries Commission. Blasi is currently appointed to the Kansas Information Technology Council, the Employee Advisory Committee to the Kansas Healthcare Commission, and is a founding member of Kansas WISE – Women in State Employment. She regularly volunteers to assist the Washburn Law Trial Team, serves on the Washburn Young Alumni Council, and teaches private voice lessons.

Self Care Challenge | hosted by Kristen Powell, PharmD
Kristen Powell is a site manager for Genoa Healthcare. She has worked in community pharmacy for over 15 years and has specialized in the area of mental and behavioral health for the last 8 years as part of an interdisciplinary team of providers.

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