Elliott M. Sogol, PhD, RPh, FAPhA is the Director of Postgraduate Education for the School of Pharmacy at the University of Wyoming and is also the President of EMSogol Consulting Services. His previous roles include serving as the SVP Strategy for Pharmacy Quality Solutions, Group Manager in the Healthcare Professional Service group for Target Corporation, as well as, serving as he pharmacy manager at a Target Pharmacy. He has also held positions in academia at Campbell University School of Pharmacy and the University of Illinois-Chicago. In addition, he held leadership positions in corporate and R&D divisions within Glaxo Smith Kline.
He holds adjunct faculty appointments at Campbell University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of North Carolina. Mr. Sogol served as the Science Officer for the American Pharmacists Association from 2003-2010.
Mr. Sogol co-authored the book, “The Good Pharmacist; Characteristics, Virtues and Habits.”
He received professional and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin – School of Pharmacy.
Dr. Armstrong is track director of the Health Economics & Outcomes track at the University of Wyoming. He is also president of Strategic Therapeutics, LLC, and professor emeritus in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Arizona. He obtained his B.S. in pharmacy from the University of Arizona and his Pharm.D. degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Armstrong has written many articles and given numerous presentations on disease management and pharmacoeconomic applications. Dr. Armstrong serves as a scientific reviewer for publications submitted to the Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association, Pharmacotherapy, American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, Disease Management, Archives of Internal Medicine, Clinical Therapeutics, and Disease Management & Health Outcomes. Dr. Armstrong served as a visiting professor for Kobe-Gakuin University in Japan and has consulted with health systems in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. He has been involved in a number of managed care database evaluations of disease areas including asthma, depression, prostate disease, infectious diseases, community-acquired pneumonia, heart failure, diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, Sickle cell disease, and hypertension.
David W. Bobb is a pharmacist, attorney, and retired United States Air Force Colonel with experience in both the civilian and federal healthcare management sectors. His widely varied career has placed him in such practice settings as independent pharmacies, large retail chain pharmacies, United States Air Force pharmacies, industry, and more recently, positions within the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense. Currently, he leads, manages, and shapes the $9.7 billion Department of Defense TRICARE Pharmacy Program to provide exceptional pharmacy services for 9.4 million beneficiaries worldwide. Serves as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Health Affairs, and Director, Defense Health Agency (DHA) on all aspects of policy and priority development related to Military Health System (MHS) pharmacy benefits and operations.
He has had the opportunity to integrate and consolidate diverse healthcare systems, build cohesive high-performing teams, and develop effective medication safety and quality assurance programs across the spectrum of pharmacy operations to optimize patient care.
In addition, he provides sound legal advice to federal pharmacists in respect to changing Food and Drug Administration policies, Drug Enforcement Administration laws, and federal and state legislative initiatives. Working with Congressional delegations and staffers, he provides Department of Defense pharmacy program updates to both the Senate and House Armed Services Committees. He has been an integral member of several Boards of Directors, including the American Society for Pharmacy Law, Department of Defense Pharmacy Advisory Board, and the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium. Lastly, Mr. Bobb has provided over 30 CE-accredited pharmacy law presentations and authored over 20 publications for federal pharmacists and technicians.
David Brushwood is a pharmacist and attorney who retired from the University of Florida faculty in 2014 after serving 24 years at the University. He joined the University of Wyoming in 2015. He founded and directed the online Master of Science in Health Services Administration program until he stepped down from that role in 2018. David’s interests are in regulatory aspects of opioid use, extemporaneous compounding, and patient safety. He enjoys fishing, kayaking, walking on the beach, and anything with his wife, kids, and grandkids who want him to join in with them. He also appreciates a very nice bottle of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.
I am the Chief of Pharmacy at the VA Medical Center in Lebanon, PA. I have been in this position for nearly 20 years. Professionally I am very passionate about passing on my experience and knowledge (good and bad) to others so that they can become better professionals without making some of the same mistakes I did. I’m also very passionate about taking care of our Veterans!
Personally, I love my family. I have a wife, Michelle, and 3 daughters, Katelyn, Presley, and Lyndsay. Presley and Lyndsay are twins and just entered High School last fall. They are keeping Michelle and I very busy! Katelyn graduated from Gettysburg College last spring. She is still sorting out her options as she works in temporary positions.
I graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1993 with my BS in Pharmacy. After a few years, I went back to school and earned my Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2000. My last educational foray was with the University of Florida where I earned a Master of Science Degree in Pharmacy Policy and Regulation. I would count my success in school as some of my greatest accomplishments.
I have been a pharmacist since 1993. I served in the US Navy as a Pharmacy Officer for 7 years before moving “back home” to be near family. I currently live in Middletown, PA with my wife, daughters, our cat (Chowder), and our mini-golden doodle (Piper).
As always, I look forward to working with the students in the program each year and am excited to see the energy they bring to the class this year.
Kristin Khalaf Gillard
Kristin Khalaf Gillard, PharmD, PhD, is an Executive Director at Dermira, a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to bringing biotech ingenuity to medical dermatology. In this role she leads the Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) function within Medical Affairs, supporting evidence generation activities to support product payer value propositions and endpoint strategies to optimize clinical trial design. Kristin previously worked in other HEOR roles, both as a researcher for a consulting firm and for a midsize biopharmaceutical company. Her research interest lies in instrument development to optimize the measurement properties of clinical outcome assessments in clinical trials and outcomes research studies. Kristin received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, her PharmD from the University of Southern California, and her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Economics, Policy, and Outcomes Research at the University of Arizona. Kristin resides in Long Beach, CA with her husband Patrick and their playful and adorable cat, Zombie. They enjoy traveling and their vacations range from luxurious getaways in Hawaii to rugged backpacking trips in Glacier National Park – but Jackson, WY is their favorite place to visit, no matter the season.
Cynthia Hall is an Assistant Professor at Florida A & M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She teaches pharmacy jurisprudence and ethics. Her areas of interest include advocacy for the pharmacy profession, health care policy, research ethics, social justice, and end-of-life care. Prior to her academic career, she practiced pharmacy for over 20 years.
Erica D. Lindsay
Erica D. Lindsay, PharmD, MBA, Esq., is a licensed pharmacist and healthcare attorney practicing in the greater Chicagoland area. She has worked in pharmacy management and healthcare compliance for over 20 years. Dr. Lindsay is the managing attorney at Lindsay Law Chicago where she provides counsel in healthcare malpractice, contract, HIPAA, and fraud disclosure cases. She is also a practicing hospital pharmacist providing support in Code Blue, neonatal and pediatric pharmacy which is critical in emergent healthcare events.
Dr. Lindsay is active in various organizations including the American Bar Association, where she serves as vice-chair of the` Distant Learning Committee, Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys, Illinois State Bar Association, and the Chicago Bar Association. She is a PharmD graduate of Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy, MBA from Purdue University Krannert School of Business, JD from North Carolina Central University School of Law, and Master of Laws, LLM in Healthcare Law from Loyola University, Chicago.
Helen E. McKnight
Helen McKnight graduated from the University of Florida with a PharmD degree and completed a Pharmacy Practice (now called PGY-1) Residency at the University of Maryland Medical System. She has been a pharmacist for 22+ years. Prior to moving to Alabama, She practiced pharmacy in South Florida, then Upstate New York. Over the years, she’s been fortunate to be part of the ASHP “Leading Edge” and ASHP Foundation “Pharmacy Leadership Academy” programs. In 2016, she completed her MBA with an emphasis in Healthcare Management from New England College.
Currently, she is the Director of Pharmacy Services at Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. The hospital has an average census of 250 patients. The pharmacy department has 44 employees including a Pharmacy Manager, 6 Clinical Pharmacy Specialists, 3 PGY-1 residents, 15 staff pharmacists, 13 pharmacy technicians, some part-time staff, and inventory management specialists plus 2 Auburn faculty members. Last year, the pharmacy department welcomed over 50 students from Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy and Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy for APPE/IPPE rotations and Virginia College for pharmacy technician externships. She is involved in inpatient care in a different manner than those in clinical or staff roles. Her job is to ensure medication safety and regulatory compliance for all patients in the hospital.
As a leader and professor, she enjoys being able to move pharmacy forward from a leadership perspective including mentoring excellence. Over the course of 22+ years, she has had the pleasure of watching people move from shadowing high school students to pharmacy school graduates to accomplished clinicians. She states that it’s always a thrill to open an industry journal and see a former student’s name as the primary author.
Alex Mutebi, Ph.D., currently works as a Director in the Center for Outcomes Research, Real World Evidence, and Epidemiology team at Genmab, an international biotechnology company with a core purpose to improve the lives of patients with cancer. In this role, Alex leads HEOR and RWE strategies and tactics to support the value proposition of products being developed for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Alex previously worked in the RWE team at Vertex Pharmaceuticals and HEOR teams at Novartis and Amgen. Prior to that, he worked in frontline patient care delivery in the UK. Alex received his bachelor’s degree in managing in health and social care organizations from the Leeds Metropolitan University (UK), a Master of Science degree in health economics and management from the University of Sheffield (UK), and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Economics, Policy, and Outcomes Research from the University of Arizona.
Dr. David Nau is a Lecturer at the University of Wyoming and also a Professor at Ohio Northern University. He was the founding President of Pharmacy Quality Solutions and also served as a senior staff member of PQA from 2006 to 2012 where he was responsible for the development of quality measures related to medications (many of which have been adopted in the Medicare Part D Star Ratings.) He also held tenured faculty appointments at the University of Michigan and University of Kentucky in addition to serving as Manager of Research Strategies for Humana Pharmacy Solutions. He is also the President of APhA’s Academy of Pharmaceutical Research & Science and a recipient of the APhA Foundation’s Pinnacle Award for outstanding lifetime contributions to medication-use quality.
Casey L. Nelson
Casey L. Nelson serves as the instructor for Prescription Benefit Management Decisions. He is the CEO of Ideal Health Strategies where he is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the company, its subsidiaries, and partnerships.
Dr. Nelson received his Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy. He also has post-doctorate managed care pharmacy residency and pharmacoeconomic and outcomes research fellowship training. Dr. Nelson’s career includes administrative positions in health insurance, pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), PBM consulting, and employer group pharmacy benefit consulting. Dr. Nelson’s companies currently provide pharmacy benefit consulting services and are developing new pharmacy benefit solutions.
Dr. Nelson is a long-term member of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) and has served on various AMCP committees. Dr. Nelson and his family reside in southwest Florida.
Dr. Phillips is a licensed Pharmacist and Attorney who joined Cardinal Health in June 2014. He currently serves as Vice-President for Insights & Engagement within Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions where he is responsible for the strategy, growth, and financial performance of the business unit. The business provides a wide range of services for the pharmaceutical industry, including health economics and outcomes research, synthesis and analysis of real-world evidence, and commercial marketing through provider engagement.
He has previously held a variety of leadership positions, most recently serving as the head of Quality and Regulatory Affairs for each of the enterprise’s Specialty Businesses. Prior to joining Cardinal Health, Dr. Phillips served as a professor in both pharmacy and law school settings and served as Managing Member of Healthcare Advising, LLC; a private regulatory consulting and data analytics firm.
Dr. Phillips completed his pharmacy studies at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and legal studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA where he earned certificates in Health Law and Intellectual Property Law. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Adaptive Sports Connection, a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower children, adults, and veterans with physical and cognitive challenges through sports and therapeutic outdoor recreation. He currently resides in Columbus, OH with his wife Vanessa and two children, Eli III (6) and Alyssa (4).
Dr. Phillips currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for Havasu Regional Medical Center in Western Arizona. Prior to that, he spent 10 years in executive leadership for a not-for-profit, integrated health system operating in southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. Additionally, he had nearly 10 years of experience in various pharmacy leadership roles at a multi-state, Catholic healthcare organization.
He is a graduate with the highest distinction from Ferris State University College of Pharmacy and Honors Program. He completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon, MI. He also completed intensive research training in pharmacology and holds an MBA in integrated management from Michigan State University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Eric Schlidt works in healthcare administration and entrepreneurship in Casper Wyoming and specializes in rural healthcare management. Eric is a graduate of the Master of Science inaugural class at the University of Wyoming where he focused on Health Institution Leadership. He was the operations manager for a women’s health clinic located in Laramie, Wyoming; a position which he held while enrolled in his masters. He started his own company and manage a placer gold mine in the Yukon Territory. He has had experience working in privately owned hospitals and clinics. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience and a Bachelor’s of Arts in the Honor’s Program with a minor in economics from the University of Wyoming.
Mr. Schlidt currently lives in Casper, Wyoming where he enjoys the vast wilderness that is Wyoming with any activity possible. He enjoys world travel and has made it to six out of the seven continents.
Troy Shirley serves as an instructor for Financial Planning for Health Institution Leaders. He is the System Director of Pharmacy for Bronson Healthcare Group where he oversees the strategic direction and operations of Bronson’s pharmacy services, which includes hospital departments, infusion clinics, retail and specialty pharmacy, and the ambulatory program.
Dr. Shirley is a graduate of The Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy. He went on to complete a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Ohio Health Grant Medical Center, in Columbus, Ohio. After his residency, Dr. Shirley worked as an ambulatory care pharmacist, before establishing his practice in healthcare administration. He has led departments both internal and external to the pharmacy and has specialized in growing and developing new departments and services. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Ohio University. Dr. Shirley also completed a certificate in pharmacy leadership from Boston University School of Management and is a graduate of the Pharmacy Leadership Institute with ASHP.
Dr. Shirley is the proud father of 3 children. He and his wife reside in West Michigan after spending the majority of their lives in the great state of Ohio.
Cody Wiberg, the Executive Director of the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy, received a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota in 1985. He has worked as a clinical pharmacist, community pharmacist, and nursing home consultant. From 1999, until he joined the Board in September of 2005, he was the Pharmacy Program Manager for the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Dr. Wiberg is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and an Instructor and Course Director for the University of Florida Graduate School. (From which he received a Master of Science in Pharmacy Policy and Outcomes in 2009). He is also a course director for the University of Wyoming Graduate School. Dr. Wiberg was named to the Minnesota Physician’s quadrennial list of the state’s 100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders in 2008, 2012, and 2016. He received the 2017 Century Mortar Club Friend of the College Award from the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy.