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Pharmacist of the Year

Amanda Locke


Dr. Locke is the Ambulatory Pharmacy Manager for the Clinic 
pharmacist team and medication use management projects at Virginia Mason Medical Center. She is a graduate of Purdue University, completed a general PGY1 residency program with Providence Health and Service in Portland, OR and a Health Administration PGY2 program with Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA. Amanda and her team of 20 clinic pharmacist providers support six departments at eight different locations with clinical pharmacy services. She currently practices within the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation clinic in downtown Seattle.  In addition to her clinical work, Amanda is part of the organizational group responsible for ambulatory quality metrics and partners with contracted payer groups on process improvement. She is currently serving a three year leadership term in the Ambulatory Care Academy, which she helped to initiate, and is an Associate Professor with the University of Washington. Dr. Locke has set the stage for improved and advanced pharmacy practice in the Ambulatory Setting. She has led in development of quality metrics modeled after those used in medicine, and openly shared these techniques with colleagues in Washington State. She also was fundamental to our profession understanding how to bill as providers of patient care services. Her drive and passion for advancing our practice is a model for us all. 



Health System Pharmacist of the Year

Craig Pedersen

Dr. Craig Pedersen has been a catalyst for understanding of USP 797 and USP 800 applications to our state pharmacy inspections and rules. His collaborative style has engaged WSPA members in surveys and development of professional understanding to meet this regulatory challenge for our patients. As a member of the Health System Academy Leadership team, Dr. Pedersen was a part of the leadership restructuring, the development of the Health System Academy quarterly newsletter, and greater engagement of members. Craig received his Bachelors in Pharmacy from the University of Washington in 1989 and his Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacy Administration from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 1995. Dr. Pedersen blends a strong understanding of academia, systems and the regulatory system to develop pharmacy practice. 


Pharmacy Student of the Year

Amanda Lyion

Amanda Lyon is an outstanding student pharmacist from the University of Washington. As a WSPA Board Member, Ms. Lyon had a passion for increasing student involvement in the WSPA. She demonstrated this by starting a wine auction during her first year on the board to raise money to support first year student attendance at the WSPA Annual Meeting. She also engaged her Washington State University peers in the auction so that both WSU and UW students could benefit from the funds raised. Under Amanda’s leadership, a record number of UW students have participated in the WSPA Legislative Day, an integral event for the success of our profession. Recently, Ms. Lyon was asked to give the Student Address at the UW Welcome to the Profession Ceremony, and WSPA staff enjoyed her October rotation at the office. 


Evan Sainsbury
Evan Sainsbury has traveled an incredible path to become a 
student pharmacist at Washington State University. He has stood out for his ability to collaborate across student organizations at WSU, as well as across the state by partnering with peers at the University of Washington. Through the WSU Legislative Affairs class, Mr. Sainsbury taught students about how to advocate for their profession, and learn about the legislative process. Also, while serving as a WSPA Board Member, Evan brought record numbers of pharmacy students to WSPA Legislative Day to educate a record number of legislators. He also was a leader of the Spokane Pharmacy Association and PPSO. On top of all of this, Evan prioritized volunteering at homeless shelters, and senior centers to provide immunizations and medication reviews.


Outstanding Pharmacy Technician of the Year Award

Cathy McDonald

Cathy McDonald has worked at Harborview Medical Center for most of her 21 years as a pharmacy technician, in a variety of roles.  Cathy has always demonstrated intrinsic motivation to learn new things.  Over many years, Ms. McDonald, on her own volition, became an expert on sterile compounding and USP 797.  For the last five years, Cathy has been responsible for ensuring completion of training of all sterile compounding staff, as well as the multitude of tasks required to manage the compounding environment daily. She has played an integral role in the various planning stages for new compounding facilities at Harborview.  She is a stand-out trainer to new and seasoned pharmacy technicians.  Her goal is to provide countless tools and techniques to ensure their success in their career.  Cathy takes pride and ownership in all she does and is devoted to ensuring outstanding patient care.

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

Miichael Sieg

Dr. Michael Sieg has clearly distinguished himself in his years since he graduated with his PharmD at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in St. Louis, Missouri in 2007. He completed his PGY-1 residency at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital (YVMH), where he then worked in the Emergency Department. He has since risen in the leadership at Confluence Health in Wenatchee, Washington. Michael is now the Director of Pharmacy Services, where he is responsible for two hospitals, three infusion centers and multiple ambulatory services. He has completed the ASHP Pharmacy Leadership Academy and received his MBA from New England College. Recently, Dr. Sieg has taken on the extra challenge of serving our profession by being appointed to the Washington Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission, and being on Epic’s Pharmacy Steering Board.

Bill Mueller Outstanding Mentor Award of the Year

Roy Mock

A 1981 graduate of the University of Arizona, Roy has spent much of his career specializing in oncology pharmacotherapy.  Since 2006, Roy has worked in the UW Medicine system, holding the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor with the UW School of Pharmacy.  Roy has precepted 
numerous undergraduates and PGY1 and PGY2 residents in oncology rotations.  He has also precepted multiple PGY2 oncology resident seminars and research projects. UW Medicine residency classes have honored Roy as their choice for “Preceptor of the Year” several times, including this past year.  Dr. Mock is quiet leader, and demonstrates outstanding practice through his wealth of knowledge and thoughtful approach to mentoring new practitioners.  He has a gentle and compassionate demeanor with everyone he encounters.  Roy is devoted to educating his patients, and helping them to make informed choices that meet their goals as they undergo treatment.  Roy has positively impacted countless patients, pharmacy students, pharmacy residents, and other health care providers.  His contributions over many years make him and outstanding candidate for this award.


David Almquist Award

Jenny Arnold

Dr. Jenny Arnold’s commitment to the WSPA stretches far beyond her 
employment. She supports pharmacy professionals as they meet the needs of their patients through continuing education, development of collaborative drug therapy agreements, and building links between patients, communities and pharmacists. Indeed, her work has focused on improving immunization practices in pharmacies, pharmacists as providers of patient care, advances in community practice, emergency response and public health. She continually goes above and beyond her job description. Graciously giving personal time pushing for advancement of pharmacists’ recognition in our state and federal legislatures, Jenny served on Representative Dave Reichart’s Healthcare Advisory Committee which prompted him to cosponsor the federal provider status bill last year. She is a dedicated mentor, supportive colleague, and passionate advocate for the profession and the WSPA. Dr. Arnold is also a Clinical Assistant Professor with the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. The profession is extremely lucky to have such a tireless and hardworking advocate fighting for us every day.


Distinguished Leadership Service Award

Jim Ramseth

Jim Ramseth has had an illustrious career as a successful pharmacy owner, community servant and leader of the profession. In addition to the commitment to his patients, he has generously dedicated time to the WSPA, his church and his family. Over the years, he has served as WSPA President, won numerous awards including the Bowl of Hygeia, and helped lead the infamous Washington chapter of the Norwegian Pharmacists Association. After retirement, Jim continued to lead by serving as Washington State Pharmacy Foundation Secretary for several years. Alongside John Oftebro, Stan Bye and the WSPF Board of Directors, he helped lead the relocation of the WSPA offices and build out our WSPA Conference Building. And if that wasn’t enough, he has been instrumental in the stewardship of the Washington Pharmacy Museum. Jim’s tireless commitment to those around him has made him one of our finest and most distinguished leaders.


Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award

Monica Graybeal

Dr. Graybeal identified a need to streamline the prior authorization process for hepatitis C medications, and a partnership with Project ECHO could meet that need for her Medicaid patients, while with Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic.  Furthermore, Project ECHO accepted pharmacists as providers. As local specialists were becoming busier, Dr. Graybeal saw this partnership as an opportunity for pharmacists to fill a need in their community as providers practicing at the top of their license. Through collaborative drug therapy agreements, she is able to manage Hepatitis C patients, by initiating and adjusting medications and interpreting labs and imaging in collaboration with specialists and other members of the healthcare team. This model has also fostered 
integration of the entire healthcare team, allowing hepatitis C patients to receive related care including smoking cessation, mental health counseling, dietary counseling and 
compliance monitoring. Not only was Monica able to improve the prior authorization 
process for Hepatitis C medications, her innovative utilization of collaborative drug 
therapy agreements and interdisciplinary partnerships has significantly lowered the barriers to access for under-served patients and improved outcomes.


Rodney D. Shafer Award

Don Williams

Don Williams’ impact on the profession has truly shaped pharmacy practice in the state of Washington. Prior to moving to Washington, Don served the Public Health Service, retiring in 2006 after 22 dedicated years. As the Executive Director of the Washington State Board of Pharmacy for 23 years, Don enhanced the quality of patient safety and lead the advancement of pharmacy practice. Over his career, he has demonstrated tremendous fortitude when called upon to defend our profession from threats, insight and diplomacy when faced with challenges and incredible resolve in 
pushing for tough changes. After retirement, Don has continued to share his expertise through teaching pharmacy law and serving as a Washington State Delegate to the American Pharmacists Association House of Delegates. Our profession owes Don Williams a big debt of gratitude for his leadership that has paved the way for our pharmacy 
practice that leads the nation.  


Generations Rx  Champions Award  ~ Sponsored by Cardinal Health

Jane Jacobson and Kelvin Lee, Tulalip Tribal Clinic

In 2013 Dr. Jane Jacobson started working for Tulalip clinical pharmacy as a staff pharmacist, and Dr. Kelvin Lee joined as Director of Pharmacy in 2014. The Tulalip Clinical Pharmacy is a tribally-owned independent pharmacy that services both tribal and non-tribal customers. In April 2015, Tulalip
Clinical Pharmacy established a new collaborative drug therapy agreement (CDTA) to enable Naloxone distribution and training both on-site and at outreach events. The Tribal Pharmacy, in conjunction with the Tulalip Chemical Dependency/Behavioral Health teams, organized outreach events to educate and train on the proper usage of naloxone kit in the event of an opioid overdose.  Realizing Naloxone costs could be a hindrance to the distribution effort, the pharmacy began charging Naloxone kits at or below cost, billed insurances whenever available and uses subsidies from the Tulalip Prescription Fund.  On the prevention side, the pharmacy team has been working very closely with the family services chemical dependency team of doctors and counselors to establish 
Suboxone therapy for opioid dependent tribal members these past 10 years.  


Friend of Pharmacy Award

Caleb Banta-Green

Dr. Banta-Green is the Principal Research Scientist at the University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, conducting research on opioid use disorder and overdose interventions. He is also an Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health and works at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center. He has been an advocate for the role of pharmacists in preventing opioid overdoses and deaths. He has spent endless hours understanding pharmacy practice, regulations and opportunities. Caleb is also giving of his time and expertise to 
educate and expand pharmacists understanding of opioid safety and overdose prevention. Through his work to help develop the first take-home naloxone collaborative drug therapy agreement in Washington State, he has emerged as one of the driving forces enabling Washington pharmacists to lead the nation in take home naloxone access. Furthermore, Caleb has actively involved the pharmacy profession in this topic by including pharmacists in the Seattle/King-County Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force. This task force, with input from pharmacy, was responsible for making 
recommendations to address the epidemic of heroin and prescription opioid addiction and overdose in King County through opiate abuse prevention, expanded treatment resources and opiate user health services and overdose prevention. 




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