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Following Sam Johnson stepping down from his position as Associate Executive Director on March 3rd. Brian Lawson, PharmD, assumed the role of Associate Executive Director, effective March 4, 2021. In this position, Brian will serve as the #2 administrative leader reporting to the BPS Executive Director and will be responsible for all aspects of professional affairs activities as well as expanded external affairs initiatives. He will develop and maintain active engagement with pharmacy and healthcare stakeholders that promote the value of pharmacist board certification.


As part of this transition, the BPS Professional Affairs Department will be renamed as the BPS Professional Affairs, Communications and Engagement (PACE) Department. In addition, the department will begin actively recruiting for a pharmacist to serve as Director, Professional Affairs and will welcome Trey Melazzo, MBA, PharmD Candidate, from Samford University as the BPS Executive Resident in July 2021.


William Ellis, BPS Executive Director commented “I am grateful for Dr. Sam Johnson’s contributions to BPS over the past three years. His work to build out BPS research activities, particularly his role in helping establish the BPS Research Committee, administer the BPS PGY2 Resident Grants Program, and facilitate the BPS Employer Advisory Council will have a lasting and positive impact on our work. In addition, he also served as a liaison for BPS with other health professional organizations. I am also very excited for Brian Lawson in his new role. For the past nine years, Brian has served in various program management and administrative roles within the BPS Professional Affairs Department as Director and most recently as Senior Director where he has been an ambassador promoting BPS certification and recertification programs”.


In other BPS staffing news, Tim Muckle, PhD, expands his role as the Senior Director of Psychometrics and Testing; Lead Psychometrician to include managerial and administrative oversight of the Psychometrics and Testing Department, in addition to his existing responsibilities, which include the development and execution of psychometric operational activities to support BPS certification programs, and the alignment of BPS examination development processes with standards and best practices. Tim will also be responsible for providing the leadership and coordination of psychometric and exam development activities to support the BPS operating plan and the strategic goals of the BPS Board. Tim will also liaise with the Research Advisory Committee for the foreseeable future.


In addition, Shandee Trevino, MA, PMP has been promoted to the position of Manager, Certification Projects and Content Development and will manage the test development projects and staff for 14 BPS certification programs, including supervision of multiple exam developers, coordination with managers of other BPS functional teams to ensure the secure maintenance of item banks, development and delivery of final test forms, and ensuring adherence to rigorous quality control processes required for ongoing NCCA/ISO accreditation.  Previously Shandee served as the BPS Certification Project Manager and will report to Tim Muckle in this newly expanded role.


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 BPS is to improve patient care by positioning BPS Board-Certified Pharmacist Specialists as integral members of interprofessional healthcare teams, through recognition and promotion of specialized training, knowledge, and skills for pharmacists in the United States and internationally. Board certification is a recognized credential for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced practice levels given the rigorous standards mandated by BPS board certification and recertification. BPS currently recognizes more than 50,000 active pharmacist certifications across 14 specialties.