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Bowl of Hygeia Award
Linda Garrelts MacLean, BPharm, RPh, FACA

Linda is a licensed pharmacist, a Clinical Professor, and serves as the Vice-Dean for the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  Linda is an active advocate for a future pharmacy practice where community pharmacists assess patients and are responsible for outcomes, communicating with other health care providers to assure continuity of care.  She is also the professor of two courses—Pharmacy Management and Entrepreneurial Pharmacy. Over the years, Linda has received several awards for her dedicated service and standard for excellence.  She is the past-president of the Washington State Pharmacists Association, is a past trustee for the American Pharmacists Association and serves as a board member and the vice-president for the Community Pharmacy Foundation, an organization dedicated to maximizing the community pharmacist’s role in improved patient care.   

Pharmacist of the Year Award
Ryan Oftebro, Pharm.D., FACA

Ryan Oftebro is a pharmacist and Principal/CEO of the Kelley-Ross Pharmacy Group, which consists of five divisions located in Seattle, WA, including a compounding pharmacy, a clinic based 
community pharmacy, long term care and a specialty contract pharmacy, and a clinical division dedicated to developing and implementing innovative pharmacy services. Ryan received his Pharm.D. from the University of Washington in 2003, and completed a Community Practice Residency in 2004.  Ryan has previously held a board position with the Washington State Pharmacy Association, is currently the Chairman of the American College of Apothecaries, Member of Polyclinic Community Health Foundation Board, the Virginia Mason Board of Governors, and co-chair of the UW School of Pharmacy’s Capital Campaign.  Ryan is also a member of the Seattle/King County Overdose Prevention Taskforce and Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. 

Bill Mueller Outstanding Mentor Award
Jeff Purcell, Lead Pharmacist, Investigational Drug Services, 
Harborview Medical Center

Jeff Purcell is currently Lead Pharmacist, Investigational Drug Service at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he has worked in many different pharmacist roles since 1980.  He graduated with a PharmD from the University of Southern California in 1978 but returned to his home state of Washington in 1980.   Jeff is also Clinical Associate Professor, University of  Washington School of Pharmacy.  He has been blessed to have worked alongside many amazing Pharmacists and has been preceptor for dozens of Pharmacy student interns and Pharmacy residents over the years.  The wonderful group of pharmacy staff at Harborview have helped make work much more enjoyable. 

Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award
Beverly Schaefer, R.Ph.

Beverly is a University of Washington graduate and has enjoyed working in one place for her entire pharmacy career, Katterman's Sand Point Pharmacy, Seattle Washington. Starting as the first delivery girl, working up to pharmacy intern, staff pharmacist, pharmacy manager and finally pharmacy owner since 1996 in partnership with Steve Cone R.Ph. another proud Husky. They reinvent their practice every few years to accommodate new patient care services. They were the first pharmacy to offer mass flus shots administered by a pharmacist and never looked back after that - bone density screening, cholesterol testing, and Hemoglobin A1C followed. In 2012 they developed Clinical Care Protocols, allowing them prescriptive authority for 30 drugs to treat acute minor ailments in a pharmacy. They are currently running a thriving pharmacy-based travel consulting business.

Friend of Pharmacy Award
Michael Loehr, Chief, Emergency Preparedness and Response, WA Department of Health

Michael Loehr has served as the Chief of Emergency Preparedness and Response for the Washington Department of Health since February 2014.  His responsibilities with the Department of Health include: Establishing and maintaining partnerships with healthcare facilities, tribes, local health jurisdictions, community-based organizations, businesses, state agencies, neighboring states, and Canadian provinces; Developing all hazards operational readiness within the Department of Health; and Implementing strategic initiatives that increase and sustain statewide disaster response capability. Prior to joining the Washington Department of Health, Mr. Loehr served for eleven years as the Preparedness Director with Public Health – Seattle & King County, and two years as the Operations Chief for the King County Office of Emergency Management. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina with a master’s degree in Regional Planning.

Health System Pharmacist of the Year Award
Kenneth W. Kenyon, Pharm.D, BCPS

Ken received his doctoral degree in pharmacy from the 
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and completed two years of post-graduate residency training in internal medicine with an emphasis in cardiology at the Medical University of South 
Carolina.  In 2003, Ken relocated to Washington to take a position as a cardiology clinical pharmacist at UW Medical Center.  Ken joined Valley Medical Center in 2011 as Pharmacy Clinical 
Coordinator and PGY1 Residency Director, transitioning to 
Director of Pharmacy in 2013, and VP of Pharmacy Services in 2018.  Ken is also a clinical associate professor at the UW School of Pharmacy, and in January of 2016 was appointed by the 
Governor to the WA State Pharmacy Quality Assurance 

David Almquist Award
Steve Singer, R.Ph.

Steve is an advocate for pharmacists’ working at the top of their licensure, improving patient care by providing direct patient care and prescribing in addition to dispensing.  Steve’s career includes long term care pharmacy, health system pharmacy, pharmacy benefits management, community 
pharmacy and currently hospice pharmacy. Steve graduated from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy in 1981 when dirt was new, and dinosaurs roamed the earth. Steve has been an active member of WSPA since 1984, serving on many committees and the Board of Directors.

Rodney D. Shafer Award
Ann K Wittkowsky Pharm.D, CACP, FASHP, FCCP

Ann recently retired as Director of Anticoagulation Services at UW Medicine Department of Pharmacy and Clinical Professor of Pharmacy at UW School of Pharmacy. During her 35 year career specializing in antithrombotic pharmacotherapy, she held leadership positions in multiple organizations including  the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, and the Anticoagulation Forum. Dr Wittkowsky published nearly 200 scientific papers, book chapters and abstracts, including international guidelines on thrombosis and antithrombotic therapy. She delivered hundreds of invited presentations throughout the US and Canada, mentored numerous professionals, fellows, residents and pharmacy students and provided care to thousands of patients at the UWMC Anticoagulation Clinic.   

Distinguished Leadership Service Award
Holly Whitcomb Henry, Pharmacist

Holly Whitcomb Henry is a 1978 graduate of the Washington State University College of Pharmacy.  After a year of employment with a chain pharmacy, she joined the WSPA for 5 & 1/2 years as the Executive Assistant Director.  In 1986, she purchased an independent pharmacy in northeast Seattle with business partner Donna Docker, and owned seven independent pharmacies over her career, closing the last in March 2016.  She is currently a part-time staff pharmacist at Friday Harbor Drug. She served on the WSPA Board of Directors and was the 1998-99 President of WSPA.  She served as an Officer of the National Community Pharmacists Association, then as a member of the NCPA Executive Committee, and served as the President in 2008-09.  She is currently the Chairman of the Board of NWPS and serves on the Board of Directors for Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company and Mirixa.  Her awards include the of the Bowl of Hygeia, Innovative Pharmacist of the Year, Don B. Katterman Award, WSU Preceptor of the Year, and WSU Alumni Achievement Award.

Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year Award
Dr. Kimberly McKeirnan, Pharm.D, BCACP

Kimberly is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  Dr. McKeirnan graduated from WSU in 2008 and joined the faculty at WSU in 2013 after five years working in community pharmacy practice.  She is passionate about research involving community pharmacy, public health, and improving patient access to quality care services.  Dr. McKeirnan has also received grants for improving immunization rates in rural areas, developing a model for implementing chronic disease-state management services in community pharmacies, and developing a pharmacy technician immunization training program.

Pharmacy Student of the Year Award
David Bunch, WSU Pharm.D. Candidate 2019 

A native of Oak Harbor, WA, David Bunch is a Final Year 
Student Pharmacist at Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. During his time as a student pharmacist he has served in many roles including: WSPA Junior & Senior Liaison to the  WSPA Board of Directors, APhA-ASP Chapter Policy Vice-President, APhA-ASP Regional Delegate, and as a member on multiple committees. David is currently serving on the APhA-ASP 
National Policy Standing Committee and is a student representative for the WSPA Ambulatory Care Academy. David is passionate about patient care and in advancing the profession through advocacy. After graduation he plans to pursue a residency and continue his involvement in pharmacy associations.

Outstanding Pharmacy Technician of the Year Award
Erika Anderson, CPhT, CSPT

Erika Anderson is the Pharmacy Compounding Program 
Coordinator for CHI Franciscan Health. Her role includes sterile, non-sterile and hazardous compounding program development and oversight for CHI Franciscan Health. Her oversight for compounding compliance includes 11 hospitals (WA & OR), three outpatient oncology clinics and an inpatient hospice center. Over the last three years, she has taken on sterile, hazardous, and non-sterile 
compounding program development at a regional level for CHI Franciscan Health.  She has also worked directly with the Washington State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission to assist in the development of their USP <797> self-assessment document, and has authored a similar tool for USP <800> and has been a speaker at several WSPA functions focusing on compounding regulations. She most recently attended CriticalPoint’s Best Practices for Handling Hazardous Drug training program.

Generation Rx  Champions Award
Cristina DuVall, Pharm.D.

Dr. DuVall received her BA in Communication Disorders from Eastern Washington University, an MS in Education of the Hearing Impaired from Idaho State University and her PharmD from Washington State University. She completed a residency at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee and a clinical research fellowship in geriatrics with Washington State University in Spokane. She was the Director of Continuing Professional Development for the Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA), Pharmacist Supervisor of the Washington State Penitentiary pharmacy in Walla Walla, and Pharmacy Manager of Friday Harbor Drug on San Juan Island. Currently she works as a clinical pharmacist for Rite Aid in Kelso and volunteers at Choice Wellness Centers in Vancouver counseling individuals recovering from chemical dependency. Recently she has been collaborating with WA State Department of Health representatives, legislators and WSPA to expedite the training of pharmacists seeking Chemical Dependency Professional certification. Dr. DuVall is an active member of the Longview Anti-Drug Coalition and Opioid Taskforce. She frequently presents locally and regionally on substance abuse topics for school, community and professional audiences.
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