September 27, 2016

BPS Employer Advisory Committee Formed


Washington, DC – As part of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties’ Value of Certification Initiative (VoC), BPS has created an Employer Advisory Committee.  The VoC Initiative is a comprehensive, multi-year, multi-faceted effort to promote the value of BPS Board Certification to important stakeholders such as the public, professional colleagues, employers, payers and government agencies.

The Employer Advisory Committee was formed to collaborate with employers in exploring the contributions of board certified pharmacists to healthcare and their value to their employers, medical staff, other health professionals and patients. The committee held their first meeting on September 21 and 22 in Alexandria, VA.

BPS has appointed the former Chair of the Specialty Council on Pharmacotherapy, Beth Chester, PharmD, MPH, FCCP, BCPS, Manager, Clinical Pharmacy Programs & Residency Program Director

from Group Health Cooperative, to lead this group. Dr. Chester commented that her goal for this committee is that “ BPS and employers will reach further understanding of the kind of support and engagement they need from one another.” Dr. Chester further commented that, “Board Certified Pharmacists are serving as integral members of multidisciplinary health care teams and are increasingly recognized for their specialized training, knowledge, and skills in pharmacy and healthcare. Through the work of this Committee I am confident that BPS will continue to increase the recognition of the valuable contributions to health care that are made by this highly committed group of professionals who practice on the leading edge of patient care.”

Dr. Virginia Bianco-Mathis, BA, MS, Ed.D, Director, HRM Program, Professor, HRM, MBA, and Management at Marymount University and Partner, Strategic Performance Group in Arlington, VA will serve as the facilitator for the committee. Bianco-Mathis has held positions in human resources, strategy and organization development at C&P Telephone, AT&T, Lockheed Martin and the Artery Organization. She teaches courses in organization development, team and group dynamics, leadership and strategy. Her current consulting engagements include leadership development, executive coaching, strategic planning, team-building and organizational change.

Dr. Bianco-Mathis commented that the work and service that BPS provides to the pharmacy profession is “indicative of the focused skill set that society and healthcare are demanding in today’s world. Community outreach, specialized care, and medical costs require a coordinated and multi-level approach which certified pharmacists are positioned to play.”


BPS is pleased to announce the members of the inaugural Employer Advisory Committee:    


Beth Chester, PharmD, MPH, FCCP, BCPS – BPS Employer Advisory Committee Chair

Manager, Clinical Pharmacy Programs & Residency Program Director

Group Health Cooperative

Seattle, Washington


L. Hayley Burgess, PharmD

Senior Director, Clinical Pharmacy Program and Medication Safety

Residency Program Director – PGY-2 Medication Safety

HCA Clinical Services Group

Nashville, Tennessee


Lawrence J Cohen, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP, FCCP, FCP, FNAP

Professor of Pharmacotherapy

Coordinator of Interprofessional Education

Coordinator of Continuing Professional Education

University of North Texas System College of Pharmacy

Fort Worth, TX


Kevin Colgan, MA, FASHP

Vice President, Chief Pharmacy Officer

The University of Chicago Medicine

Chicago, Illinois


M. Lynn Crismon, PharmD, FCCP, BCCP


James T. Doluisio Regents Chair and Behren’s Centennial Professor

The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy

Austin, Texas


David Hager, PharmD, BCPS

Manager – Patient Care Services (Transplant Service Line) and Professional Development

Residency Program Director – PGY-1 Pharmacy

University of Wisconsin Health – University Hospital

Madison, Wisconsin


Jeffrey J. Neigh, PharmD, MBA, MHA, BCPS, LTC, MS

Federal Fellow

American Pharmacists Association

Washington, DC


Richard H. Parrish II, PhD, FCCP, BCPS

Chief Pharmacist and Director, Pharmacy Services

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Rear Admiral (RADM) Pamela Schweitzer, PharmD, BCACP

Assistant Surgeon General

Chief Professional Officer (CPO), Pharmacy

U.S. Public Health Service

Baltimore, Maryland


Elaine Lindsay Twedt, PharmD, MS, BCPS

Program Manager, Pharmacy Recruitment and Retention Office (PBM-PRRO)

Pharmacy Benefits Management Services (10P4P), VACO

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Washington, DC


Harold N. Godwin, MS – 2017 BPS Chair-Elect (Board Liaison)                           

Professor & Associate Dean for Clinical And Medical Center Affairs (Retired)

University of Kansas Medical Center

Kansas City, Kansas



About the Board of Pharmacy Specialties

The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) was established in 1976 as an autonomous division of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).  The mission of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties is to improve patient care and increase awareness of the need for BPS Board Certified Pharmacists as integral members of multidisciplinary healthcare teams through recognition and promotion of specialized training, knowledge, and skills in pharmacy and specialty board certification and recertification of pharmacists throughout the world. Through the rigorous standards mandated by BPS board certification and recertification, the BPS board certified pharmacist stands out as the most qualified to accept today’s expanding professional expectations.  Today, more than 26,000 pharmacists are BPS board certified in eight specialty areas.



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