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Bowl of Hygeia Award

Nanci Murphy, Pharm D, RPh
Nanci has consistently worked locally and nationally to build bridges between pharmacists and other health professionals, to establish and develop leadership initiatives for students and practitioners, and to support the development of leaders in the profession. She exemplifies the definition of servant leader, always letting those around her benefit from the extraordinary work that she accomplishes herself and encourages others to achieve. Nanci is respected as an expert in leadership and inter-professional collaboration within the UW School of Pharmacy, the state, and nationally. Nanci’s reputation as an expert in these fields preceded her. Nanci is unfailingly supportive of any student or practitioner. She has helped countless individuals (even in the wee hours of the morning as deadlines approach). By making herself so available and being such a strong resource and advocate for the uncountable numbers of students and practitioners that she has worked with over her career, her influence reaches far beyond her list of personal accomplishments provided. Nanci’s drive to advance the pharmacy profession through innovation and collaboration lives on in the daily lives of so many that she has mentored.


Pharmacist of the Year

Kari VanderHouwen
Kari has been a powerful voice for the profession and a tireless supporter of WSPA legislative efforts for several years.  As the owner of Duvall Family Drugs, Kari’s passion for her patients, her community and her employees motivated her to stand up for truth and fairness in Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) practices. Over the course of more than a decade, Kari has been serving as a leader in efforts to legislate regulation of PBM’s. This year, we successfully passed SB 5857. The passage of this legislation was a major step in the regulation of prescription drug benefits in Washington State. Her open and honest testimony during Health Committee hearings punctuated the urgent need for PBM legislation. In addition to her advocacy, Kari served as a Director for the WSPA for six years, the WA State Prior Authorization Admin Simplification Task Force and currently serves a Director for the Independent Pharmacy Cooperative (IPC).   


Health System Pharmacist of the Year

Andrea Corona, PharmD, BCACP, CDE

Andrea has been very influential in the last year. She has been a driver of the WSPA Ambulatory Academy, and influential in WSPA’s development of documents to support pharmacists billing as medical professionals. She has been driving adoption of pharmacists as providers within her region of Providence, and a resource throughout the system. She has engaged the billing and compliance departments and connected WSPA staff to these knowledgeable individuals. She has also created a second-year Ambulatory Care Residency Program in southwest Washington, and has consulted many sites that are considering doing the same She is a well-regarded speaker at WSPA meetings. Andrea has been a driver for development of the WSPA Ambulatory Academy and resources, in addition to supporting the Health System Academy within WSPA. Andrea sat as a Washington State Delegate to the ASHP House of Delegates. She was a Speaker at the 2016 ASHP National Pharmacy Preceptors Conference. She is a board member for the South Puget Sound Pharmacy Association.


Pharmacy Student of the Year

Stephanie Heeney (UW)

Stephanie is unmatched among her peers in the development of pharmacy student participation at both a local and state levels. She enjoys mentoring students and comes up with creative ways to engage students from different pharmacy schools and health disciplines. This is evident in the new student programming created at WSPA conferences, collaborating with the Washington Patient Safety Coalition to lead a group of students to write a Medication Safety Week proclamation signed by Gov. Inslee, high turnout at UW Pharmacy Legislative Days and working a multidisciplinary team to gain national attention as a finalist for UW’s “Script Your Future” campaign.
At University of Washington School of Pharmacy, she coordinated and hosted an orientation for 95 first-year students to familiarize and encourage involvement with the 17 pharmacy student organizations on campus. Stephanie also patient data on falling at Virginia Mason Medical Center to implement new policies in an effort to increase rate of medication regimens reviewed by pharmacists and to reduce future patient falls. This data was later presented on a national level at ASHP Midyear.

Outstanding Pharmacy Technician of the Year Award

Jackie Gardner, MPH PhD

Jackie’s research on Pharmacist Prescribed Oral Contraception was ground breaking. She used her knowledge as an MPH, and PhD in Epidemiology to educate pharmacy students on issues of public health and women’s health. She wanted to better understand pharmacy practice and obtained her pharmacy technician license and certification so that she could staff part time in a community pharmacy. She was a strong voice for women’s health and public health at the University of Washington. Jackie’s desire to learn more about the “real world” of community pharmacy motivated her to become a pharmacy technician and she continues to work one day a week as a technician.  She is an advocate for pharmacists by promoting the pharmacist’s role as immunization provider and as prescriber of oral contraceptives, including emergency contraceptives.  Jackie has been the driving force behind the formation of the I2P2 Program by formulating the vision and goal of the Institute.

Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year Award ~ Sponsored by Pharmacist Mutual

Cris DuVall, PharmD

 Cris is an exemplary pharmacist with a dedication to serving her community. This service comes in many forms, from her leadership of a community pharmacy; to her WSPA activities which include presentations at meetings, and developing new pharmacy programs; to her dedication to Camp Stix, a summer camp for children with diabetes. Cris excels ensuring an environment of safety in the  pharmacy while still providing great patient care and customer service. She is also constantly looking for ways to improve all of those areas as well as pursuing opportunities to provider new programs and services to our community.
Cris has also developed a Pharmacy Technician training program, which is the first of its kind in the state of WA. Partnering with Peace Health, Cris lead development of a program that will allow students pursing a Pharmacy Technician license to have access to education in both community and in-patient settings. This program has been supported by the WAPAQ and Cris received great encouraging feedback on the program itself as well as the potential to use the template she created in other locations to provide this wider educational opportunity to a larger group of students.  

Bill Mueller Outstanding Mentor Award of the Year

R. Keith Campbell, Bachelor of Pharmacy, MBA

 Professor Keith Campbell has been a member of the faculty since 1968 (retiring in 2013). He is an active diabetes educator and is involved in numerous diabetes-related activities. He is a past associate dean. He was also director of continuing education for the College of Pharmacy for 28 years, and during that tenure developed numerous unique live and self-study programs. His primarily academic focus on diabetes but he has also pioneered programs that enhance the role of the pharmacist in the care of patients with chronic diseases and the ability of pharmacists to improve patient medication compliance. He has authored over 700 publications and serves on the editorial boards of pharmacy, nursing, medical and lay journals. Keith is distinguished as being one of the first pharmacists to become a CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator) and has encouraged hundreds of pharmacists to become certified as CDE’s. Keith has truly changed the way pharmacists practice pharmacy with his superb guidance.
Over his 40+ years as a pharmacy educator Keith has mentored hundreds of pharmacy students and pharmacists throughout their career.  He was known by many students as the “campus dad” supporting both their professional growth as well as being there when life got hard.


David Almquist Award

Julie Akers, PharmD

 Julie teaches on the topics of health care systems and pathophysiology, and serves as a preceptor for introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs)and is currently working on developing research grants for reducing hospital readmission due to an adverse drug event, Human Papilloma Virus education and prevention, and how pharmacists can contribute to care for patients with minor illnesses in the State of Washington. She began her clinical practice in pharmacy as a pharmacy technician and intern at Shopko. She then moved up from pharmacist at Bartell Drugs to pharmacy manager, and then pharmacy district manager over a span of about 10 years. She also worked for the Everett Clinic in Everett, WA, as the retail pharmacies manager. Akers served on the WSU College of Pharmacy Dean’s Advisory Board from 2009 to 2013, at which time she joined the College faculty. She is a past president of the
Washington State Pharmacy Association, and has twice been selected as a Washington State delegate to APhA House of Deligates.


Distinguished Leadership Service Award

Roger Woolf, PharmD

Roger is an experienced healthcare leader with extensive knowledge on the use of pharmaceuticals and a progressive vision for pharmacy practice. He is recognized for his application of system based thinking to improve the medication use process and the overall delivery of patient care.
Roger is an active teacher as an associate professor at the University of Washington, serves on the Dean’s Pharmacy Practice Board and provides regular lectures at the Virginia Mason Institute. He is also active at the state and national level with leadership roles on healthcare boards, WSPA Board of Directors, liaison to the Health System Academy and an ASHP National Delegate. In his current role at Virginia Mason he provides direction and oversight to pharmacists and technicians in many practice setting including the hospital and acute care roles, clinic based primary care and specialty roles. He routinely takes a leadership role in a self-insured health plan and at retail practices at 3 outpatient pharmacies.  Roger has a strong desire for advancing pharmacy practice in all settings with a focus on improving healthcare through the use of team-based care. 

Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award

Josh Akers, PharmD

As manager of the Kelley-Ross Clinical Pharmacy Institute, Josh oversees the division of the company dedicated to innovation and creating the future practice models for the organization. Josh has pioneered or helped develop a number of unique programs at Kelley-Ross. He has been instrumental in the delivery of out Take-Home Naloxone program, the first of its kind in the country. This has included overdose-response training to over 1,000 individuals, and the development of a provider toolkit to help other pharmacists implement their own program. Josh has transformed Kelley-Ross in-home medication management program into a ground-breaking Transitions of Care partnership with Virginia Mason that is demonstrating incredible outcomes, reducing CHF readmission rates from 22% to 6.5%. 


Rodney D. Shafer Award

Teri Ferreira, RPh

 By leading the group of Long Term Care (LTC) Pharmacy owners and operators in the creation and passage of SB6203, Teri pulled in WHCA and WSPA in addition to financial backers to get this done.  This was an incredible effort that involved a lot of people, resources and personal time.  SB6203 recognized that the current statutes and rules were outdated and did not reflect the current standard of practice in LTC as well as into the future. The bill paved the way for rulemaking to ensure our LTC patients receive safe and timely access to medication services. Without this legislative effort, the LTC Pharmacies would have been forced to  conform to rules that did not reflect LTC pharmacy practice, and while causing unnecessary delay in care to our seniors.  
Teri is Past President of the WSPA (2005/2006) and continues to be active in the Association as well as ASCP, WSPA and Leading Age of Washington.  She is currently General Manager for Consonus Healthcare which services over 5,000 nursing home and assisted living residents in the state.  Besides being responsible for day-to-day management of pharmacy operations, she helps customers implement electronic medical records technology and strategize opportunities to reduce costs associated with medications.  


Generations Rx  Champions Award  ~ Sponsored by Cardinal Health

Liz Rankos, PharmD

Liz brings a wealth of intelligence, knowledge, energy, and commitment as the general manager of her family’s pharmacy. She is skilled communicator and is committed to helping customers and the community. She is the third generation pharmacist to graduate from WSU and practice at Rankos’ Pharmacy. Liz was inspired by a pharmacist speaker while in pharmacy school in 2014. When she returned to Ranko’s Pharmacy she spearheaded their Opioid Overdose Reversal (Naloxone) program. Liz has taught workers the Tacoma Methadone (MAT) Program and the Tacoma Needle Exchange on the use of intranasal naloxone. She has attended and presented at a number of Opioid Addiction Awareness programs in Tacoma and the surrounding area. Liz provides a great example of a pharmacist impacting community and public-health issues. 

Friend of Pharmacy Award

Senator Steve Conway

Senator Conway has been a staunch advocate for the pharmacy profession for many years. He is our faithful  ”go to guy” in the legislature.  Senator Conway introduced the first pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) bill aimed at regulating the “middle man” whose business practices are harming the pharmacy profession and patients in Washington State. The Senator soon realized this wasn’t going to be easy. The PBM lobby was aggressive and recruited partners in the insurance and business lobby to assist in the battle. Senator Conway did not waiver. He held strong to his belief that PBM’s must be held accountable for their actions. It took a few years but Senator Conway never gave up. Each year the issue was introduced he was the first legislator to step up and help pharmacy. Finally, after many attempts, the Senator was able to partner with other legislators who, over the years, became interested in the issue.  In 2016, he assisted in the successful passage of 5ESSB 5857, registration and regulation of PBM’s in WA State. The first step in regulating PBM’s in WA State.




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