Board of Pharmacy Specialties Announces 2018 Officers and New Board Members
   Andrea Iannucci, PharmD, BCOP to Serve as 2018 BPS Chair
Peter G. Koval, PharmD, BCPS, CPP to Serve as BPS Chair-Elect


Washington, D.C. – The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS), is pleased to announce their officers and new Board members for 2018.

2018 Officers

Andrea Iannucci, PharmD, BCOP will serve as the 2018 BPS Chair. Dr. Iannucci is currently Assistant Chief Pharmacist, Oncology and Investigational Drugs Services at the University of California, Davis Medical Center and a Clinical Professor with the UCSF School of Pharmacy and UCDMC School of Medicine. She is the Director of the PGY2 Oncology Specialty Residency at UCDMC and Assistant Chief Pharmacist overseeing Oncology and Investigational Drugs Services.  Andrea completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of California in San Francisco. She completed her Pharmacy Practice Residency at UCSF, and an Oncology Pharmacy Specialty Residency at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She has served as an appointed member and chair of the Oncology Specialty Council of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties.


Peter G. Koval, PharmD, BCPS, CPP will serve as the 2018 BPS Chair-elect and will assume the BPS Chairmanship in 2019.  Prior to being voted as the 2018 Chair-elect Koval, was re-appointed to the BPS Board of Directors as a Specialist Member for a three-year term ending December 31, 2020.  Dr. Koval is currently the Associate Professor of Clinical Education, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy. His clinical pharmacy position is in collaboration with the Greensboro Area Health Education Center (AHEC), and the Moses Cone Family Practice Residency Program. Dr. Koval received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Campbell University School of Pharmacy. 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 previously served on the Board of Pharmacy Specialties Ambulatory Care Specialty Council.


New Board Members

Marianne F. Ivey, Pharm.D., M.P.H., FASHP was appointed to the BPS Board of Directors as the Non- Specialist Pharmacist Member for a term ending December 31, 2020. Dr. Ivey’s experiences include vice president, Pharmacy Services for the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, an integrated health care system. She is professor emerita in the Division of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences, College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati. Her practice, research, and teaching expertise are in patient care delivery, automation, clinical outcomes, pharmacy resident training, leadership and pharmacy resource management in hospitals and integrated health systems. She facilitates strategic planning for pharmacy departments and multi-hospital systems. She has directed the pharmacy portion of information integration for a computerized physician order entry program and bar code-facilitated medication administration. Ivey worked with primary care physicians and their administrative arm to provide a managed care prescription benefit and a mail order prescription service for health-system associates. She chaired the University Hospital total quality improvement steering committee and served on the Health Alliance Six Sigma Steering Committee. She also coordinated pharmacy department plans for a new hospital which opened in May 2009.

Dr. Ivey has served as ASHP president, chairman of the HOD, member of the Commission on Goals and the Commission on Credentialing and served as treasurer of ASHP and the ASHP Foundation. She received the Pharmacy Practice Award from the Federation of International Pharmaceutique (FIP) in September of 2011. She is President of the Hospital Pharmacy Section of FIP and serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, the External Advisory Board of the University of Kentucky School of Pharmacy and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy President’s Advisory Council. Dr. Ivey has a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin. She received her Pharm.D. and M.P.H. from the University of Washington. She completed the Wharton School’s hospital pharmacy executives program. Currently Dr. Ivey provides education and consulting in the areas of healthcare leadership and advocacy, safe medication management, post doctoral training development and resource management and she now resides in Seattle, Washington.


Marie Michnich, DrPH was appointed to the BPS Board of Directors as the Non-Pharmacist Health Professional Member for a term ending December 31, 2019. Dr. Michnich is a Senior Scholar at the National Academy of Medicine. Until September, 2017 she served as the Senior Director of Health Policy Education Programs and Fellowships for the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.  She currently serves as an Advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows, the NAM Anniversary Fellows, the Food and Drug Administration Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellows, and the Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence.

Prior to her current work at the NAM, Michnich served as a Senior Executive for both the Health Policy and the Clinical Practice and Scientific Services Divisions of the American College of Cardiology.  In 2007, Michnich served as the Executive Director of the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors, Co-chaired by Senator Robert Dole and Secretary Donna Shalala.  The Commission presented a landmark report to the President recommending fundamental changes to the disability determination and compensation systems of the DoD and VA, and expansion and improvement of coordination of benefits and services for service members and their families.

She has served on the American Pharmacists Association Foundation Board, the Board of Providence Hospital in Washington, DC, and Chaired the Quality and Patient Safety Committee.  She was selected as one of 15 Disruptive Women to Watch in 2015. She currently served on the Board of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership.


Hal E. Richards, PharmD, BCNSP was appointed to the BPS Board of Directors as a Specialist Member for a three-year term ending December 31, 2020. Dr. Richards serves as the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Critical Care Medicine at St. Joseph’s Candler Health System in Savannah, Georgia, where he has been Program Director for the PGY-2 residency in Critical Care Medicine since 2011. Dr. Richards also has a faculty appointment with The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy as Clinical Assistant Professor. He received his BS in Pharmacy degree and PharmD from The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. He completed a PGY-2 residency in Nutrition Support/Critical Care from The University of Arizona. Dr. Richards recently finished service as Chair of the BPS Critical Care Specialty Council where he was also an initial Council member.


Re-Appointed Board Members

Jerry McKee PharmD, MS, BCPP was re-appointed to the BPS Board of Directors as a Specialist Member for a three-year term ending December 31, 2020. McKee currently serves as Clinical Pharmacy Specialist –Psychiatry with Mission Health in Asheville, North Carolina. Previously, he was Medical Affairs Director of Pharmacy with Community Care of North Carolina and was also Regional Dean and Associate Professor of Pharmacy with Wingate University-Hendersonville. He is a past president of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists and past member and chair of the BPS Psychiatric Pharmacy Specialty Council. His professional interests include psychiatry, education directed at reducing stigma associated with mental illness, and mental health services.


Rebecca S. Miller, MS was re-appointed to the BPS Board of Directors as the Public Member for a three-year term ending December 31, 2020. 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 and Director of Operations and Data Analysis. 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. She has also served as 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. Miller serves as a public member of the Board.


Additional Board Members

Karen M. Gunning, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, FCCP
University of Utah College of Pharmacy and School of Medicine
Salt Lake City, UT


Terry McInnis, MD, MPH, CPE, FACOEM
Cary, NC


John A. Pieper, PharmD, FCCP. FAPhA
St. Louis College of Pharmacy
St. Louis, MO


James A. Ponto, MS, RPh, BCNP
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Iowa City, IA


Ex-Officio/ Non-Voting Members

Dennis K. Helling, PharmD, ScD (Hon), FCCP, FASHP, FAPhA
University of Colorado
Aurora, CO


William M. Ellis, RPh, MS
Executive Director, Board of Pharmacy Specialties


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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.

Board Certification through BPS has become recognized as the gold standard for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced practice levels. 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.  Currently over 35,000 pharmacists hold BPS Board Certification.


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