Specialty Council on Geriatric Pharmacy

2019 Members

Crystal D. Burkhardt, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCGP {Chair}
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.

Jessica W. Merrey, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCACP, BCGP {Vice 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 PGY-1 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.

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.

Tara Bruneski, BPharm, PharmD, BCGP, BCPS
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.

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). 

Stephanie M. Crist, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP
Crist is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy (STLCOP). Dr. Crist provides direct patient care including comprehensive medication management in an outpatient private physician practice. After receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at STLCOP, she completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency and a PGY-2 geriatric pharmacy residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Her professional interests include geriatric and interprofessional education curriculum development, care transitions, immunizations, and management of geriatric syndromes.

Sunny Linnebur, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP 
Linnebur is a professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her clinical practice area is geriatrics at the University of Colorado Hospital Seniors Clinic, where she precepts pharmacy students and residents.  She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Kansas, and completed a PGY-1 residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Denver, Colorado and a PGY-2 primary care residency at the University of Colorado. Her areas of interest include transitions of care, cardiovascular disease, health promotion, osteoporosis, vitamin D, dementia, and urologic disorders.

Terrence E. O’Shea, PharmD, BCGP 
O’Shea is currently the Director of Consultant Performance for Omnicare, where he works with other team members to maintain and enhance Omnicare’s proprietary decision support consultant pharmacist software program, and other clinical programs. He also is responsible for oversight of Omnicare’s MTM program in long-term care facilities. Dr. O’Shea attended the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy, where he graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1987, and his Doctor of Pharmacy in 1992.

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, PGY-2 nutrition support pharmacy residency director, and preceptor for PGY-1 and PGY-2 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.