John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, President and Professor of the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy to serve as BPS Chair

Washington, D.C. – The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS), is pleased to announce their officers and new Board members for 2015.

2015 Officers

 John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA will serve as the 2015 Chair of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. John A. Pieper is President and Professor at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Prior to his appointment in 2010, Dr. Pieper served as Dean and Professor of the College of Pharmacy and Vice President for Research at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. He has also served as Chairman of the Division of Pharmacotherapy, School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and as Associate Dean for Clinical Programs and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the School of Pharmacy, University of Colorado. Dr. Pieper received a B.A. degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Colorado, a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Wyoming and a Pharm.D. and post-doctoral fellowship training at the School of Pharmacy, State University of New York at Buffalo.  He is a past president of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, past Speaker of the House of Delegates of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and was recognized by the American Pharmacists Association as the Outstanding Pharmacy Dean in the United States in 2006.  He is a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the American Pharmacists Association.

William E. Evans, Pharm.D. will serve as the 2015 BPS Chair-elect and will assume the BPS Chairmanship in 2016. Dr. Evans is a faculty member at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He joined St. Jude as a University of Tennessee pharmacy student in 1972, where he most recently served as President and CEO (2004-2014). For the past 38 years, his research has focused on the pharmacogenomics of anticancer agents in children, for which he has received three consecutive NIH MERIT Awards. The major disease focus of his research is acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common cancer in children. Dr. Evans has authored over 350 articles and numerous book chapters and has received several national awards, including the 2009 ASCO Pediatric Oncology Award (shared with Mary V. Relling), the 2009 AACR Team Science Prize (shared with SJCRH colleagues), the 2012 APhA Remington Honor Medal and the 2013 ASCPT Hunter Award. He is recognized as an ISI “Highly Cited Scientist” and was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2002. During his tenure as CEO, St. Jude was ranked annually in the top 10 best places to work in academia by The Scientist magazine, ranked #1 children’s cancer hospital by Parents Magazine and US News and World Report, and listed by FORTUNE magazine among the top 100 companies to work for in the US annually since 2011. St. Jude is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center devoted solely to children, and received the top rating of “exceptional” during its 2013 site visit by NCI.


Sharon M. Durfee, RPh, BCNSP will serve as the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties in 2015. Sharon Durfee is currently an infusion therapy consultant and a national speaker on the topics of Total Parenteral Nutrition and Nutrition in Wound Healing. Prior to joining the Board of Directors in 2009, she was active in the BPS leadership including two terms of service on the Nutrition Support Specialty Council from 2004-2007 and 2007-2009. During her Council service, Ms. Durfee was elected Council Vice-Chair from 2006 through 2007 and was also elected to two terms as Council Chair in 2008 and 2009. Ms. Durfee is active in the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition where she chaired the task force to revise and update the A.S.P.E.N. Standards for Specialized Nutrition Support for Home Care Patients and Adult Residents of Long Term Care Facilities. She is also 2015 Vice Chair of the Public Policy Committee and has been appointed to A.S.P.E.N.’s PN Indications Task Force.

Ms. Durfee earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Wyoming, is board certified in nutrition support pharmacy and is an adjunct clinical faculty member at the University of Wyoming, School of Pharmacy.


New Board Members

The following individuals were appointed to three-year terms on the BPS Board of Directors, beginning January 1, 2015:

Harold N. Godwin, R.Ph., M.S. was re-appointed to a three-year term as a non-specialist pharmacist member of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. Harold Godwin is Associate Dean for Medical Affairs and Professor at the University of Kansas, School of Pharmacy. He earned a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Kansas, School of Pharmacy, M.S. in Hospital Pharmacy from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, and completed a two- year residency in pharmacy administration at The Ohio State University Hospitals. Godwin served 34 years as director of pharmacy at the KU Medical Center and 20 years as chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice. He has been involved in pharmacy organizations throughout his career and has served as president of the Kansas Pharmacists Association, president of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), president of Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and president of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

Godwin’s research has included the development of innovative services in health-system practice and community practice. He has been interested in aspects of leadership development in the profession. From a patient-care standpoint, he has been interested in medication therapy management (MTM), health literacy, and patient medication adherence or compliance

Peter G. Koval, Pharm.D., BCPS, CPP will serve as a Board Certified Pharmacist member of the BPS Board of Directors. Dr. Koval is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) since 1998 and received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Campbell University School of Pharmacy in May 1994. Following graduation he completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Cone Health System in Greensboro, North Carolina then completed a second year of Primary Care Residency training in St. Louis, Missouri. He returned to Greensboro in 1996. His current title is Associate Professor of Clinical Education, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Eshelman School of Pharmacy. His clinical pharmacy position is in collaboration with the Cone Health System and his practice involves chronic disease management, including tobacco cessation.  Dr. Koval has recently completed service on the Board of Pharmacy Specialties Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Specialty Council, where he served as the first Chair of the Specialty from 2009 -2011. Ambulatory Care is now the second largest BPS specialty.

Jerry McKee Pharm.D., M.S., BCPP, will serve as a Board Certified Pharmacist member of the BPS Board of Directors. Dr. McKee has been a Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP) since 1999 and is currently Regional Dean and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice for the Wingate University School of Pharmacy-Hendersonville, NC campus.  As part of this appointment, he has a clinical practice at Park Ridge Hospital in Fletcher, N.C.

Dr. McKee has spent a significant portion of his career within the public mental health sector in North Carolina, serving six years as Director of Pharmacy Services at a regional state inpatient psychiatric facility (Broughton Hospital), as well as 12 years as the Pharmacy Director and Assistant Medical Director at a facility for persons with severe to profound intellectual disabilities. He maintained a leadership position within the North Carolina public mental health pharmacy system, serving as chairperson of the group for four years and as Medicare Part D pharmacy liaison to the state Division of Mental Health. He has also served as Associate Director of Behavioral Health Pharmacy Programs with Community Care of North Carolina, leading and supporting the Behavioral Health Integration Initiative. From 2009 through 2011 he served as the psychiatric clinical pharmacy specialist for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, focused on supporting and improving the psychiatric care of acutely and chronically mentally ill adults in a large corrections environment.

Dr. McKee received his B.S. Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy and M.S. Hospital Pharmacy degrees from the UNC School of Pharmacy – Chapel Hill, N.C. He has also served on and chaired the BPS Specialty Council for Psychiatric Pharmacy from 2005 through 2010.

Rebecca Miller, M.S. joins the BPS Board of Directors as the Public Member. Ms. Miller is currently the Senior Vice President of Applications and Data Analysis at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). She previously held the positions of Vice President of Applications and Data Analysis (2007-2009) and Director of Operations and Data Analysis (1999-2007). In her role at the ACGME, Ms. Miller is responsible for developing and supporting data collection systems, conducting data analysis, and designing reporting systems that deal with residency program accreditation and outcomes. Under Ms. Miller’s supervision and leadership, the department manages the Accreditation Data System, the Resident Case Log System, the Resident and Faculty Surveys, as well as the Milestone Reporting System. Most recently, Ms. Miller’s team created the infrastructure and fully implemented the Next Accreditation System for the ACGME, including the creation of an Annual Work-up System for Review Committee teams.  Ms. Miller has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a graduate degree in applied statistics and research methods. She has over 30 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, and has extensive experience working with graduate medical education data.

Prior to her work at the ACGME, Ms. Miller was the Director of Research and Data Analysis in the Division of Graduate Medical Education at the American Medical Association (1993-1999). Prior to 1994, Ms. Miller was the Assistant Director of Research for the Ambulatory Sentinel Practice Network and an Instructor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine. From 2004 to 2007 Ms. Miller served as a public member on the Commission on Credentialing for the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.


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