Specialty Council on Geriatric Pharmacy

2023 Members

Christopher P. Alderman, PhD, BPharm, Dip Proj Manage, BCPP, BCGPFSHP, FASCP {Chair}
GER_AldermanAlderman has long-standing experience in hospital and community pharmacy, aged-care, and as Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice at the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre, University of South Australia. He holds certifications as a specialist clinical pharmacist in psychiatry and geriatrics with the US Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties. He is a past president of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia and is a frequently sought speaker at national and international conferences, educational seminars, and symposia. His research interests focus on achieving safe and effective use of psychotropic drugs, and the prevention of drug-related harm amongst vulnerable people.

Dennis Williams, PharmD, BCPS, AE-C, FCCP, FAPhA, FASHP {Vice Chair}
Dennis Williams is an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy and a Clinical Specialist at UNC Medical Center. His practice focuses in the areas of pulmonary and infectious diseases. Dennis obtained his B.S. in Pharmacy and Pharm.D. degrees from the University of Kentucky. He is recognized as a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Pharmacists Association and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He has been a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist since 1991 and served on the Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Specialty Council in the past.

Luigi Brunetti, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, BCGP
LBrunettiBrunetti is currently an Associate Professor at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and a Clinical Specialist in Internal Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. He received his PharmD at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 2006 and a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Brunetti is dual Board-Certified in Pharmacotherapy and Geriatric Pharmacy. His research interests include drug dosing in special populations and the influence of cardiometabolic disease on drug response.

Creaque Charles, PharmD, BCGP
CCharlesCharles has worked as a hospital clinical pharmacy specialist (Geriatrics) and is currently an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Health Sciences at Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (TSUCOPHS). She received her BS in Biology from Dillard University and earned her PharmD from TSUCOPHS. She completed her PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at St. Claire Medical Center in Morehead, KY. Her research and scholarly interests include inappropriate medication use in the elderly, management of geriatric syndromes and initiatives aimed at closing health disparity gaps in minority communities.

Emalee Collins, PharmD, BCGP
Collins is currently an acute care internal medicine pharmacist at Yale New Haven Hospital. There she serves as the PGY2 Residency Program Coordinator for Medication Use Safety and Policy and the Lead Pharmacy Safety Coach. Prior to joining YNHH she practiced as a long-term care consultant pharmacist for eight years. She earned her PharmD from Northeastern University and completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Eastern Maine Medical Center.

Jessica B. Emshoff, PharmD, BS, RPh, BCPS, BCGP

Emshoff is an Associate Professor in Pharmacy Practice for Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Pain Management and Palliative Care at University Hospitals Portage Medical Center. She received her BS in Biology and PharmD from Ohio Northern University and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. Dr. Emshoff maintains Board Certification in both Pharmacotherapy and Geriatric Pharmacy. Her practice focuses on optimizing quality of life through interprofessional symptom management for patients with chronic pain or life limiting illnesses.

Donna M. Lisi, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, BCACP, BCPP
Donna M. Lisi, PharmD, BS Pharmacy, BCPS, BCGP, BCACP, BCPP, BCMTMS completed her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from St. John’s University in New York and a post-doctoral fellowship in Geriatric Pharmacy at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Dr. Lisi has worked in academia, long term care, acute care, behavioral health, hospice, and medical communications. She has held faculty appointments both in the classroom and remotely and has taught medical and allied health disciplines. She is a preceptor for the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutger’s University and for St.John’s University. She is an accomplished medical writer and reviewer for numerous professional journals. She is an active member of numerous professional societies and serves on committees for the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Mimi Lo, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP 
Dr. Mimi Lo is a hematology/oncology/blood and marrow transplant (BMT) clinical pharmacist at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center and serves as an associate clinical professor at the UCSF School of Pharmacy. She is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy and Oncology Pharmacy. Dr. Lo received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Purdue University College of Pharmacy. She completed her pharmacy practice residency and a specialty residency in oncology at UW Medicine in Seattle, WA. Currently, she specializes in malignant hematologic diseases, blood and marrow transplantation, and immune effector cell (IEC) therapy. Her practice site includes both the acute and ambulatory care settings. Her areas of research interest include treatment outcomes in adult malignant hematology/BMT/IEC patients and geriatric oncology. Dr. Lo has previously served on the BPS Oncology Pharmacy Specialty Council.

Paige Mathew, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP
Dr. Paige Mathew oversees pain management and opioid safety programs for Veterans across Washington DC, Maryland, and West Virginia in her role as Clinical Program Manager in the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. She is regularly consulted to lead program implementation efforts throughout the VA, and is a frequent speaker on national presentations related to evidence-based and safe prescribing. She completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, and her PGY1 at the Carl T Hayden VA in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Mathew is dual Board-Certified in both Pharmacotherapy and Geriatric Pharmacy. Her practice focuses on optimizing medication regimens for patients living in rural areas with chronic pain and oncology diagnoses, and connecting them to appropriate non-pharmacologic resources. Her areas of interest include expanding access for opioid use disorder treatment, decreasing disparities in access to care for patients in rural areas, and safe opioid prescribing in elderly and palliative patient populations.

Teisha A. Robertson, PharmD, MBA, BCGP, CPH
Robertson is a Commander serving in the United States Public Health Service detailed to the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, Virginia as Deputy Chief of the Purchased Care Branch in the Pharmacy Operations Division. She completed her Doctor of Pharmacy at University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy and a managed care residency at Blue Cross Blue Shield. Her scholarly interests include health outcomes, pharmacoeconomics and appropriate medication use in the elderly.