Specialty Council on Geriatric Pharmacy

2021 Members

Jessica W. Merrey, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCACP, BCGP {Chair}
Merrey is a clinical pharmacy specialist in ambulatory care and anticoagulation at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She completed her Doctor of Pharmacy at the Medical University of South Carolina and a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency with emphasis in ambulatory care at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina. Her practice interests include geriatric wellness and preventive health, diabetes, and hypertension.

Tara Bruneski, BPharm, PharmD, BCGP, BCPS {VIce Chair}
Bruneski currently works at her full scope of practice with a multidisciplinary Geriatric Consult Team, providing comprehensive pharmaceutical care for older adults in an acute care setting in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Alberta and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Idaho State University. She enjoys precepting students and educating colleagues and other healthcare professionals in geriatric pharmacotherapy.

Christopher P. Alderman, BPharm, PhD, BCPP, BCGP
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.

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.

Crystal D. Burkhardt, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCGP 
Burkhardt is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy, and serves as the geriatric clinical pharmacist at the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Geriatric Clinics. She earned her PharmD and MBA from Drake University, and completed a geriatric pharmacy practice residency at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). Her research interests include interprofessional teaching and practice models centering on the care of the geriatric patient.

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.

Lawrence J. Cohen, PharmD, BCPP
Cohen is Coordinator of Interprofessional Education and Professor of Pharmacotherapy (tenured) at the University of North Texas and Emeritus Professor of Pharmacotherapy at Washington State University College of Pharmacy. He received his BA in Biology from UCLA, PharmD from the University of Southern California, and complete a Psychiatric Pharmacy residency at the LA County/USC Medical Center. Dr. Cohen’s scholarly interests include pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of psychotropic medications, geriatric psychopharmacology, pharmacoeconomics and health outcomes, pharmacoepidemiology, and emergency preparedness (specifically, access to healthcare during times of crisis). 

Jeanne Manzi, PharmD, BCGP 
ManziManzi has been a licensed pharmacist since 1990 and a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist since 1998 and was a peer reviewer and exam item writer for the Geriatric Certification exam for several years. She is an active and contributing member of the Editorial Advisory Boards for both The Senior Care Pharmacist and Caring for the Ages journals. Dr. Manzi has extensive experience in the field of geriatrics and her current position is Director of Long Term Care Clinical Services for Managed Health Care Associates, Inc . She finds ways to improve medication outcomes for geriatric patients in whatever capacity she is employed.

Carol J. Rollins, MS, PharmD, BCNSP 
Rollins is a Clinical Professor at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. Her practice experience includes development of home infusion clinical pharmacy services, coordinator for nutrition support, PGY2 nutrition support pharmacy residency director, and preceptor for PGY1 and PGY2 residencies. She received her BS in Pharmacy and PharmD from the University of Arizona. She completed a Nutrition Support Pharmacy Practice Residency at University Medical Center (UMC) in Tucson, Arizona. Carol received her MS in Food Science and Nutrition from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, and her initial Bachelor’s degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota.