NCPA Elects New Officers and Executive Committee at 112th Annual Convention, Adopts Resolutions Related to Association's Policy Objectives


Alexandria, Va. - Nov. 9, 2010

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) installed new Officers and Executive Committee Members for 2010-2011 at its 112th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition, held Oct. 23-27, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are the association's governing body, who represent the voice of the members and direct the association's objectives. They serve one-year terms in their respective positions. All are practicing pharmacists.

The convention marked the beginning of Robert Greenwood's term as NCPA president. He began his pharmacy career in Waterloo, Iowa, where he purchased Hurdle Drug Company in 1987. He bought a second pharmacy in Denver, Iowa, in 2000 and two years later opened the Professional Compounding Center of Iowa also in Waterloo. He is a member of the Waterloo City Council and is a graduate of Creighton University School of Pharmacy in Omaha, Nebraska.

"We are excited to have Bob Greenwood as NCPA's president," said Kathleen Jaeger, NCPA executive vice president and CEO. "He has been a powerful advocate for independent community pharmacies in Iowa and at the national level for years. He will play a critical role in advancing NCPA's mission of ensuring patient access to the critical and cost-saving services of independent community pharmacies."

"I am excited to begin my tenure thanks, in no small part, to my fellow officers and Executive Committee colleagues, our outstanding staff at NCPA headquarters and, most importantly, the engaged independent community pharmacy community," said Greenwood. "By working collectively we can ensure a brighter future in which independent community pharmacies are indispensible to our health care system, creating better outcomes and reducing overall costs for patients. In particular, I will work to elevate the understanding, utilization and practice of medication therapy management and patient adherence, to make both a core competency of community pharmacists."

One new officer was inducted at the 112th NCPA House of Delegates. Jeff Carson, owner of Oakdell Pharmacy in San Antonio, Texas, was named the 5th Vice President. Oakdell Pharmacy has four locations in the San Antonio area and was founded by Jeff's father John, who served as NCPA president from 2000 to 2001. Carson received his pharmacy degree from the University of Texas.

NCPA's House of Delegates also passed nine resolutions to guide the association policy and initiatives. The resolutions covered areas such as:

  • Refining the 340B Drug Pricing Program to ensure that the limited taxpayer funds available are targeted to the truly needy
  • The need for federal legislation that would create a consistent set of standards for pharmacy benefit managers' audit of pharmacies, which would prevent abusive practices
  • Utilizing the nurse-as-agent so that all pain medications can be dispensed in long-term care facilities efficiently and on a timely basis
  • Avoiding duplicative accreditation requirements for already federal and state-regulated pharmacies
  • Maintaining patient access to diabetes supplies and management efforts provided by independent community pharmacies

NCPA OFFICERS
NCPA President—Robert Greenwood, Waterloo, IA
NCPA President-elect—Lonny Wilson, Oklahoma City, OK
NCPA Executive Committee Chair—Donnie Calhoun, Anniston, AL
NCPA Secretary-Treasurer—David Smith, Brookville, PA
NCPA First Vice President—Bill Osborn, Miami, OK
NCPA Second Vice President—Brian Caswell, Baxter Springs, KS
NCPA Third Vice President—Michele Belcher, Grants Pass, OR
NCPA Fourth Vice President—Hugh Chancy, Hahira, GA
NCPA Fifth Vice President—Jeff Carson, San Antonio, TX

NCPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Executive Committee Chair—Donnie Calhoun, Anniston, AL
Executive Committee Member—John Sherrer, Marietta, GA
Executive Committee Member—Bradley Arthur, Buffalo, NY
Executive Committee Member—Mark Riley, Little Rock, AR
Executive Committee Member—Keith Hodges, Gloucester, VA
Executive Committee Member—DeAnn Mullins, Lynn Haven, FL

President-elect, Lonny Wilson has 30 years of experience in retail community pharmacy and currently owns and operates three pharmacies in eastern Oklahoma County. He is CEO of the buying group PPOk, and a graduate of the Southwestern Oklahoma State University School of Pharmacy.
Secretary Treasurer, David Smith is the owner of Means-Lauf Super Drug in Brookville, Pennsylvania and partners with his daughter Stephanie Smith Cooney in Gatti Pharmacy located in Indiana, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.
First Vice President, Bill Osborn is president of Osborn Drugs, Inc. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy and received his PharmD from Oklahoma University.
Second Vice President, Brian Caswell is the owner of Wolkar Drug in Baxter Springs, in the far corner of Kansas that adjoins Oklahoma and Missouri. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas.
Third Vice President, Michele Belcher is the owner of Grants Pass Pharmacy, Inc., which offers specialty services such as compounding prescription drugs and hospice care with a variety of facilities. She is a graduate of the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy.
Fourth Vice President, Hugh Chancy is co-owner of Chancy drugs of Adel, Chancy Drugs of Hahira, and Chancy Drugs of Lake Park, Georgia. He also is President of the Council of Presidents of the Georgia Pharmacy Association, and a graduate of the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy.
Fifth Vice President, Jeff Carson is the owner of Oakdell Pharmacy, which has four locations in the San Antonio area. He is a graduate of the University of Texas.

Executive Committee Chair, Donnie Calhoun owns Golden Springs Pharmacy and is a member of the Alabama Board of Pharmacy. He is a graduate of Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy.
Executive Committee Member, John T. Sherrer is co-owner of Kenmar Pharmacy in Marietta, Georgia, and is a partner in nine other Georgia pharmacies. He also owns and operates First Aid of America, an industrial first aid and safety supply company. Sherrer graduated from the Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy.
Executive Committee Member, Bradley J. Arthur is the co-owner of two full-line independent pharmacies in Buffalo, New York. He is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.
Executive Committee Member, Mark Riley is the executive vice president of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association and an expert on pharmacy benefit managers. He owns East End Pharmacy near Little Rock, where he was pharmacist-in-charge for 20 years. Riley earned his bachelor of science in pharmacy and his doctor of pharmacy from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy.
Executive Committee Member, Keith Hodges is the owner of Gloucester Pharmacy in Virginia's historic Tidewater region and vice president of Poquoson Pharmacy. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy.
Executive Committee Member, DeAnn Mullins is a certified diabetes educator who owns and operates a family of health and wellness businesses including WeCare Mullins Pharmacy, WeCare Wellness and Medical Supplies, WeCare Diabetes Education Program, and PharmacyCare Solutions, a Florida corporation dedicated to advancing pharmacist care services. She is a graduate of Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

The 113th NCPA Annual Convention and Trade Exposition is scheduled for Oct. 8-12, 2011 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN.

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent a $93 billion health-care marketplace, have more than 315,000 employees including 62,400 pharmacists, and dispense over 41% of all retail prescriptions. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com.

Ask Your Family Pharmacist TM