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Board of Pharmacy Specialties Announces

2022 Specialty Council Leadership and New Members


Washington, D.C. – The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) is pleased to announce the new Specialty Council Chairs, Vice Chairs, and members for each of the 14 BPS specialties. These appointments and re-appointments are effective January 1, 2022. For the full roster of each BPS Specialty Council visit


A BPS Specialty Council serves the following purposes:

  • To develop standards and eligibility requirements for board certification in the specialty area for approval by the BPS Board of Directors;
  • To develop examinations and set the passing standard for initial and continuing certification of pharmacist specialists; and
  • To approve and review professional development programs for recertification of pharmacist specialists.


Ambulatory Care Pharmacy (BCACP)

Christie Schumacher, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, BCCP, BC-ADM, CDCES, FCCP

Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy
Downers Grove, IL
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2022

Vice Chair:
Lauren Pamulapati, PharmD, BCACP

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy
Richmond, VA


Council Member Appointments:

Katie E. Cardone, PharmD, BCACP, FNKF, FASN, FCCP

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Albany, NY
Appointed to a one-year, unexpired term beginning in 2022

McKenzie C. Ferguson, PharmD, BCPS 

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 
Edwardsville, IL 

Clark Kebodeaux, PharmD, BCACP

University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Lexington, KY


Cardiology Pharmacy (BCCP)

Kristen Pogue, PharmD, BCPS-AQ Cardiology, BCCP

Michigan Medicine/University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, MI
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2022

Vice Chair:
Craig J. Beavers, PharmD, BCCP, BCPS-AQ Cardiology, AACC, CACP, FAHA, FACC, FCCP

University of Kentucky Healthcare
Lexington, KY
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2022


Council Member Appointments:

Candice L. Garwood, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, FCCP

Wayne State University and Detroit Medical Center
Detroit, MI

Rhynn Soderstrom, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP

Children’s Hospital Colorado
Aurora, CO


Compounded Sterile Preparations Pharmacy (BCSCP)

Barbara A. Knightly, PharmD, RPh

Pentec Health, Inc.
Boothwyn, PA

Vice Chair:
Binh Nguyen, PharmD, MS Reg Sci, BCSCP

Huntington Beach, CA


Council Member Appointments:
Mike Carroll, BSPharm, RPh, BCSCP

Option Care Health
Rutland, VT

Sarrah Hein, PharmD, BCPPS

Akron Children’s Hospital
Akron, OH

Kathleen J. Kane, PharmD, BCSCP, DPLA

University of Chicago Medical Center
Chicago, IL


Critical Care Pharmacy (BCCCP)

Jennifer Cole, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, FCCP, FCCM

Veterans’ Healthcare System of the Ozarks
Fort Smith, AR

Vice Chair:
Carrie Griffiths, PharmD, MA, BCCCP, FCCM

Wingate University
Wingate, NC


Council Member Appointments:
Christy Forehand, PharmD, BCCCP, FCCM

AU Medical Center/University of Georgia College of Pharmacy
Augusta, GA

Thaddaus Hellwig, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP

South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions
Sioux Falls, SD
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2022

Sarah Miller, PharmD, MS, BCNSP

University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy
Missoula, MT
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2022

Debbie Zock, PharmD, MBA, MHA, BCPS, BCCCP, BCIDP

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center
Aventura, FL
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2022


Emergency Medicine Pharmacy (BCEMP)

Christopher Edwards, PharmD, BCPS

University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
Tucson, AZ

Vice Chair:
Michael Thomas, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP

Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy
Birmingham, AL


Geriatric Pharmacy (BCGP)

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

University of North Texas
Washington State University (Professor Emeritus)
Edmond, OK

Vice Chair:
Christopher P. Alderman, PhD, BPharm, Dip Proj Manage, BCPP, BCGP, FSHP, FASCP

Australian Medication Safety Services
Leabrook, SA, Australia
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2022


Council Member Appointments:
Jessica B. Emshoff, PharmD, BS, BCPS, BCGP

University Hospitals Portage Medical Center
Ravenna, OH

Donna M. Lisi, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, BCPP, BCACP

Hackensack Meridian Health
Somerset, NJ

Dennis M. Williams, PharmD, BCPS, AE-C, FCCP, FAPhA, FASHP

University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC


Infectious Diseases Pharmacy (BCIDP)

Jennifer E. Girotto, PharmD, BCPPS, BCIDP

University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy
Hartford, CT
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2022

Vice Chair:
Curtis Collins, PharmD, MS, BCPS-AQ ID, BCIDP, FASHP

St. Joseph Mercy Health System
Ann Arbor, MI


Council Member Appointments:
Melissa E. Badowski, PharmD, MPH, BCIDP, BCPS, AAHIVP, FCCP, FIDSA

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy
Chicago, IL

Fiona Doukas, BPharm, MPH, BCGP, FSHP

Concord Repatriation General Hospital
Ashbury, NSW, Australia

Kathryn G. Merkel, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, BCIDP

College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2022


Nuclear Pharmacy (BCNP)

Garcia Simon-Clarke, PharmD, MS, BCNP, CCP

AHS-Morristown Medical Center
Morristown, NJ

Vice Chair:
Melissa Foster, PharmD, BCNP

Cardinal Health NPHS
Chattanooga, TN


Council Member Appointments:
Leana Gebo, PharmD, BCNP

Cardinal Health
North Bethesda, MD

Steve Mattmuller, MS, RPh, BCNP

Kettering Medical Center
Kettering, OH
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2022

Shunsuke Toyoda, PharmD, BCPS, BCNSP, BCSCP, CPHQ

PIH Health Hospital Whittier
Whittier, CA


Nutrition Support Pharmacy (BCNSP)


Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
Philadelphia, PA

Vice Chair:

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX


Council Member Appointments:
Taylor Barnes, PharmD, BCPPS

Wake Forest Baptist Health
Charlotte, NC

Johanna D. Bezjak, PharmD, BCNSP

Pittsburgh, PA

Carol J. Rollins, PharmD, MS, BCNSP, FASHP, FASPEN

University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
Tuscon, AZ


Oncology Pharmacy (BCOP)

Deborah A. Ward, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Memphis, TN

Vice Chair:
Thu Oanh T. Dang, PharmD, BCOP

Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA


Council Member Appointments:
Rabia S. Atayee, PharmD, APh, BCPS

UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
La Jolla, CA
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2022

Cindy L. O’Bryant, PharmD, BCOP, FCCP, FHOPA

University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Aurora, CO
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2022

Janelle Perkins, PharmD, BCOP

University of South Florida Taneja College of Pharmacy
Tampa, FL
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2022


Pediatric Pharmacy (BCPPS)

Beth Deen, PharmD, BCNSP, BCPPS

Cook Children’s Medical Center
Fort Worth, TX

Vice Chair:
Elizabeth Beckman, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, BCCCP

University of Kentucky HealthCare
Lexington, KY


Council Member Appointments:
Sabrina Boehme, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCPPS

Intermountain Healthcare Primary Children’s Hospital
Salt Lake City, UT
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2022

Michael P. Gabay, PharmD, JD, BCPS, FCCP

University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2022

John “Brock” Harris, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, FCCP

Wingate University School of Pharmacy
Wingate, NC
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2022

Patty Taddei-Allen, PharmD, MBA, BCACP, BCGP

Tampa, FL
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2022


Pharmacotherapy (BCPS)

Felix K. Yam, PharmD, MAS, BCCP, BCPS-AQ Cardiology

UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
La Jolla, CA

Vice Chair:
Jacqueline L. Olin, PharmD, MS, BCPS, CPP, CDCES, FASHP, FCCP

Clinical Education Alliance
Monroe, NC


Council Member Appointments:
Lindsay M. Arnold, PharmD, BCPS

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
Boston, MA
Re-appointed to a three-year Council term beginning in 2022

Nicole T. Reardon, PharmD, BCPS, FCCM

Ocala Regional Medical Center
Ocala, FL

Shawn Griffin, PharmD, BCOP

Indiana University Health
Indianapolis, IN


Psychiatric Pharmacy (BCPP)

Kelly Gable, PharmD, BCPP

Southern Illinois University School of Pharmacy
Edwardsville, IL

Vice Chair:
Emma Palmer, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy
Cincinnati, OH


Council Member Appointments:
Elayne D. Ansara, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

Veterans Health Indiana
Indianapolis, IN

Michelle Chu, PharmD, APh, BCACP

USC School of Pharmacy
Irvine, CA

Amber R. Douglass, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

Department of Veterans Affairs
Franklin, TN


Solid Organ Transplantation Pharmacy (BCTXP)

Matt Harris, PharmD, MHS, BCPS

Duke University Hospitals
Durham, NC

Vice Chair:
Emily Benefield, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS

Intermountain Healthcare Primary Children’s Hospital
Salt Lake City, UT


Council Member Appointments:
Linda Fitzgerald, PharmD, BCPS, BCTXP

Michigan Medicine
Novi, MI

Mary Leick, PharmD, BCPS, BCTXP

Nebraska Medicine
Omaha, NE


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 multidisciplinary 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 54,400 pharmacist certifications across 14 specialties.


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