2014 Next-Generation Pharmacist Finalists Announced

Please join us in congratulating this year’s finalists! Each one represents the best and brightest of their category—an impressive feat as the program attracted more than 500 entries this year.

Representing a true cross-section of the industry, the 2014 finalists include:

Civic Leader:

Chris Geronsin, RPh, Beverly Hills Pharmacy and Gateway Apothecary, St. Louis, Mo.
Amy Gutierrez, PharmD, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Los Angeles, Calif.
Danny R. Johnson, RPh, Marble City Pharmacy, Sylacauga, Ala. 

Entrepreneur:

Barry S. Bryant, RPh, CDM, CFTs, Barney’s Pharmacy, Augusta, Ga.
Chris Geronsin, RPh, Beverly Hills Pharmacy and Gateway Apothecary, St. Louis, Mo.
Bretton C. Walberg, RPh, Walberg Family Pharmacies, Jamestown, Pa. 

Future Pharmacist:

Saswat Kabisatpathy, PharmD, South Carolina College of Pharmacy, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C.
Megan E. Saunders, PharmD, University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy, Laramie, Wyo.
Laura Vollmer, PharmD Candidate 2015, Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa 

Lifetime Leadership:

Michel Disco, BSPharm, RPh, MBA, University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy, Albuquerque, N.M.
Albert Garcia, BSPharm, RPh, MHL, Navarro Discount Pharmacy and Navarro Health Services, Medley, FL.
Col. Keith A. Wagner, PharmD, RPh, U.S. Army, Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Ga.

Military Pharmacist:

Lt. Cmdr. Vince Deguzman, PharmD, MBA, MSC, FACHE, U.S. Navy, Naval Hospital Lemoore Pharmacy, Lemoore, Calif.
Capt. Rohin N. Kasudia, PharmD, BCACP, BSC, U.S. Air Force, 6th Medical Group, MacDill AFB, Fla.
Col. Keith Wagner, PharmD, RPh, U.S. Army, Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Ga. 

Patient Care Provider:

Andrew Dum, RPh, FAPhA, Ahold USA, Inc., Carlisle, Pa.
Jennifer Feig, PharmD, Duane Reade, New York
Julienne Tran, PharmD, Ahold USA, Inc., Quincy, Mass. 

Rising Star:

Michael W. Crowe, PharmD, MBA, CSP, FMPA, Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, Flint, Mich.
Capt. Rohin N. Kasudia, PharmD, BCACP, BSC, U.S. Air Force, 6th Medical Group, MacDill AFB, Fla.
Samuel Stolpe, PharmD, Pharmacy Quality Alliance, Inc., Springfield, Va.

Specialty Pharmacist:

Michael W. Crowe, PharmD, MBA, CSP, FMPA, Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, Flint, Mich.
Greg Fox, RPh, Altius Heathcare/Fox Infusion, Tucson, Ariz.
Jennifer Powers, PharmD, Walgreens, Lawrenceville, Ga.

Technician:

Colleen Jenkins, CPhT, St. Luke’s Health System, Boise, Idaho
Mary Jane Magno, CPhT, Naval Hospital Lemoore Pharmacy, Lemoore, Calif.
Brenton Michales, CPhT, CVS Pharmacy, Cortland, N.Y. 

Technology Innovator:

Stephen F. Eckel, PharmD, MHA, BCPS, FASHP, FAPhA, FCCP, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and UNC Hospitals Department of Pharmacy, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Chris Geronsin, RPh, Beverly Hills Pharmacy and Gateway Apothecary, St. Louis, Mo.
Jannette Soto, PharmD, Farmacia Del Pozo, Manati, Puerto Rico

“The tenacity and passion that each of these pharmacists brings to their roles within the larger health care system is inspiring,” said Tom Rhoads, CEO, Parata Systems. “They represent the epitome of excellence and leadership in the pharmaceutical industry. We are proud to have them represent the Next-Generation Pharmacist program and look forward to honoring each finalist as we recognize the category winners.”

Finalists were chosen by an independent panel of esteemed judges, chaired by Pharmacy Times Editor-in-Chief, Fred M. Eckel, RPh, MS, ScD (Hon). Be on the lookout for a profile on each finalist in the July 2014 issue of Pharmacy Times and on http://www.pharmacytimes.com/

Winners will be announced at the 2014 Next-Generation Pharmacist awards event on Aug. 24 at The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston. For more information on the event, visit http://nextgenerationpharmacist.com/

For more details, read the full press release here.