ASHP Board of Directors
Dr. Linda Tyler is professor (clinical) of pharmacotherapy, University of Utah College of Pharmacy. Previously, she was the chief pharmacy officer for University of Utah Health; and associate dean for pharmacy practice, University of Utah College of Pharmacy. Dr. Tyler received her B.S. in Pharmacy and Pharm.D. degrees from the University of Utah. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at University of Nebraska Medical Center. She was a faculty member and critical care practitioner at the University of Wisconsin and a poison control center specialist at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She returned to the University of Utah as director of drug information services. She served in that role for many years before becoming the senior pharmacy leader for University of Utah Health. Dr. Tyler is a tireless advocate for progressive and innovative pharmacy services in health systems. She was the residency program director for the HSPAL program and prior to that for the Drug Information residency. Dr. Tyler has served ASHP in many capacities. She previously served as a Board Member, Chair of the Council on Pharmacy Management and as Director-at-Large of the Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists Executive Committee. She has also served on the Councils on Organizational Affairs, Therapeutics, Education and Workforce Development, and Pharmacy Practice; the Committee on Nominations; Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners; New Practitioner and Student Forums; and a delegate to the House of Delegates for many years. She is a Past President of USHP. Dr. Tyler was the 2015 recipient of the John Webb Award, given by ASHP in recognition of outstanding leadership. Dr. Tyler serves as President of the ASHP Board of Directors.
Dr. Paul Walker is clinical professor and assistant dean of experiential education and community engagement, College of Pharmacy, and manager, department of pharmacy, Michigan Medicine. Dr. Walker received his B.S. in pharmacy and Pharm.D. from Wayne State University. He completed an ASHP-accredited residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and specialty residency in pediatric pharmacy practice at the University of Tennessee. He has served in clinical practice and leadership roles at the Detroit Medical Center and Henry Ford Health System and held faculty appointments at Wayne State University. He is passionate about advancing pharmacy practice by innovating pharmacist services, evaluating pharmacists’ impact on patient care, and especially by integrating student pharmacists into practice models and interprofessional teams through work in experiential education. Dr. Walker has served ASHP in many capacities, most recently as a member of the Board of Directors. He chaired ASHP’s recent Task Force on Racial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He also served as chair of the Committee on Nominations; as a member of the Commission on Affiliate Relations and the ASHP Foundation Donor Retention Subcommittee; and as a delegate to the House of Delegates for many years. Dr. Walker served on the board of directors of the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) and the Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP). He received the 2008 MSHP Professional Practice Award, the 2010 MSHP Pharmacist of the Year Award, and the 2017 MSHP Joseph A. Odis Leadership Award. He has been inducted into the MPA Hall of Honor and is recognized as a Fellow by ASHP and MPA. Dr. Walker serves as President-elect of the ASHP Board of Directors.
Dr. Thomas Johnson is vice president of hospital pharmacy at Avera Health, in Sioux Falls, S.D. He has consistently championed advancing optimal patient outcomes through the progressive use of pharmacy staff within healthcare teams. Dr. Johnson earned his Pharm.D. from North Dakota State University (NDSU) and completed an ASHP-accredited residency at St. Alexius Medical Center/NDSU in Bismarck, N.D. He has served in multiple roles over his professional career including clinical practice, academia, research, and leadership. Dr. Johnson has served ASHP in multiple roles including Treasurer (2016–2019); Board of Directors (2011–2014); Council on Education and Workforce Development; Council on Therapeutics; Committee on Nominations; Task Force on Organizational Structure; Practitioner Recognition Committee; and as a state delegate for many years. Johnson is a Past President of the South Dakota Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SDSHP) and 2005 SDSHP Pharmacist of the Year. Dr. Johnson serves as Immediate Past President of the ASHP Board of Directors.
Ms. Christene Jolowsky is senior director of pharmacy, Hennepin Healthcare System, Minneapolis. She completed her B.S.Pharm. and M.S. in Pharmacy Administration at the University of Minnesota, along with an ASHP-accredited administrative residency at the University of Minnesota Hospital. She is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Ms. Jolowsky has led teams around patient safety and clinical service initiatives. Her expertise is in clinical and operational performance improvement. Key accomplishments include promoting technicians, student and residency training, and expanding the roles and scope of pharmacy practice. Ms. Jolowsky’s service to ASHP includes serving as President and on the Board of Directors, in addition to chairing several councils, committees and task forces for ASHP and local and state health-system chapters, including serving as president of MSHP. She received the 2009 Distinguished Service Award for ASHP’s Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers and Minnesota’s Hallie Bruce Award in 2005. Ms. Jolowsky serves as ASHP Treasurer.
Dr. Melanie Dodd is associate dean for clinical affairs and professor, department of pharmacy practice and administrative sciences, The University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Pharmacy, Albuquerque, NM. A Purdue University, UNM and Presbyterian Healthcare Services residency program graduate, she began her career with the NM Medicaid DUR Program. She is now a pharmacist clinician with prescriptive authority at the UNM Senior Health Clinic, a consultant hospice pharmacist, and responsible for geriatric teaching activities with Pharm.D. and interprofessional students and residents. She plays an active role in development of and oversees new pharmacist clinical practice models, credentialing processes, and pharmacist reimbursement at UNM, including advocating for passage of and implementing NM House Bill 42, reimbursement parity to physicians for pharmacists with prescriptive authority. Dr. Dodd’s ASHP service includes vice-chair and chair of the Council on Public Policy, chair of the Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners, PPMI delegate, and NM delegate to the House of Delegates for 13 years. She is past-president of NMSHP and faculty advisor for the UNM SSHP. Dr. Dodd serves as Chair of ASHP House of Delegates.
Dr. Kristina (Kristy) Butler is the manager for primary care clinical pharmacy services for Providence Medical Group, Oregon Region, part of Providence St. Joseph Health. She earned her B.S.Pharm. and Pharm.D. from Oregon State University/Oregon Health & Sciences University and completed an ASHP-accredited primary care residency through Providence Health & Services in Portland. Prior to her current position, Dr. Butler practiced as an ambulatory care clinical pharmacy specialist for 13 years, and has held academic appointments as affiliate/adjunct clinical faculty at Oregon State University College of Pharmacy and Pacific University Oregon School of Pharmacy, and an assistant professor of medicine at OHSU. Her service to ASHP includes Chair, Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners; Chair, Council on Public Policy; Consensus Recommendations Panel Member, Ambulatory Care Conference & Summit; and Delegate, House of Delegates. Butler has also held several leadership positions with the Oregon Society of Health-System Pharmacists (OSHP), including Annual Seminar co-Chair, Secretary and President. She is a Fellow of ASHP and OSHP, and a recipient of OSHP Pharmacist of the Year, OSHP Pharmacy Practitioner of the Year, and OSU College of Pharmacy’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Dr. Butler serves as a member of the ASHP Board of Directors.
Dr. Nishaminy (Nish) Kasbekar is the chief pharmacy officer at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Kasbekar earned her B.S.Pharm. and Pharm.D. from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and completed ASHP residencies in pharmacy practice and infectious diseases at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. She began her career providing direct patient care as an infectious diseases clinical specialist and later in health system leadership positions focused on creating and expanding the role of the pharmacists in patient centered initiatives in both inpatient and ambulatory settings. Her passion for advancing pharmacy practice is evident in her daily interactions with providers, pharmacy personnel and students. Her ASHP service includes SAG Chair for Multi-Hospital Health System Pharmacy Executives, Chair of the Council of Pharmacy Practice, Women in Pharmacy Leadership Steering Committee, AJHP Editorial Board and an ASHP Delegate for the last 10 years.
Additionally, previous leadership roles include Chair - Vizient Practice Advancement Committee, President-Pennsylvania Society of Health Systems Pharmacists and President- Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Educational Foundation. Dr. Kasbekar serves as a member of the ASHP Board of Directors.
Dr. Leigh Briscoe-Dwyer is the system director of pharmacy for United Health Services Hospitals based in Johnson City, NY. She has spent the majority of her career in leadership positions across New York State and is a passionate advocate for expanding the role of the pharmacist in health care. She received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from St. John’s University. Dr. Briscoe-Dwyer is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, and has been named a Fellow of ASHP. She maintains Adjunct Clinical Faculty positions at Albany College of Pharmacy, St. John’s University, and Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and is a Past President of both the Long Island Society of Health-system Pharmacists and New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists. She has served ASHP in a number of capacities, including the FASHP Recognition Committee, Council on Public Policy, Committee on Nominations, including a term as Chair, and the PAC Advisory Committee. She has served as a Member of the House of Delegates for 15 years. Dr. Briscoe-Dwyer serves as a member of the ASHP Board of Directors.
Ms. Jamie Sinclair is director, pharmacy services for Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and adjunct assistant professor at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Sinclair earned her B.S.Pharm. from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and M.S. from the University of Minnesota. She completed an ASHP-accredited residency at Methodist Hospitals of Memphis. Ms. Sinclair has practiced in academic and community-based settings, beginning as a critical care pharmacist, and has held health-system leadership positions for over 20 years. Her passions include developing technicians, pharmacist practitioners, and leaders; implementing/optimizing technologies; and fostering interprofessional relationships. Ms. Sinclair’s service to ASHP includes: Council on Pharmacy Practice; Chair, Commission on Affiliate Relations; Committee on Nominations; Women in Pharmacy Leadership Steering Committee; ASHP/ISMP Medication Safety Certificate Faculty; and state delegate (Iowa and Minnesota). She is a member of the Iowa Pharmacy Association and past Treasurer and President of the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Ms. Sinclair serves as a member of the ASHP Board of Directors.
Dr. Kim Benner is professor of pharmacy practice at Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy and pediatric specialist at Children’s of Alabama. After earning her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Samford, Dr. Benner completed an ASHP-accredited residency at Children’s of Alabama. Areas of specialty include pediatrics (specific experience in critical care and pulmonary), dermatology, translational research, and simulation education. Teaching is directed towards students, residents, fellow pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals both at Samford University and Children’s Hospital; other teaching-related duties include coordination of a teaching and learning certificate program for local pharmacy residents. She serves as the faculty advisor for the Samford SSHP chapter, the same one she chartered over 20 years ago. ASHP related activities include Past Chair of the Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists (SCSS), Committee on Nominations, and Council on Therapeutics. Dr. Benner has also served as an ASHP Clinical Skills Competition (CSC) coordinator and judge, Alabama delegate (6 years), CV and meeting proposal/abstract reviewer, and on the SCSS Pediatrics SAG as well various Section/ad hoc committees. Alabama ASHP state affiliate work includes past Council Director, President and Student Activities Committee Chair. She was appointed and served three years on the inaugural Board of Pharmacy Specialties Pediatric Council. Dr. Benner serves as a member of the ASHP Board of Directors.
Dr. Pamela Phelps is system director of acute care clinical pharmacy services at M Health Fairview, a 10-hospital health system in Minneapolis, MN. She is clinical associate professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. A Minnesota alum, she began her career as a staff pharmacist, followed by pharmacy specialist in critical care, before moving into formal leadership roles. Dr. Phelps is chief executive for M Health Fairview’s residency programs and HSPAL residency program director at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. She has 35 peer-reviewed articles and has given 61 invited presentations. Dr. Phelps’ service to ASHP includes Chair of the Council on Therapeutics, ASHP Advisory Committee for the Pharmacy Forecast, chapter author for the Pharmacy Forecast, editor for the ASHP book, Smart Infusion Pumps, member of the ASHP Task Force on Accountable Care Organizations, Minnesota State Delegate, and ASHP Council on Educational Affairs. She has served as a Chair and Executive Board Member for the Vizient Pharmacy Council. Phelps has served in many state affiliation roles, including President and Board Member of the Minnesota Society. She has served as Public Policy Co-Chair for MSHP for three years. Dr. Phelps serves as a member of the ASHP Board of Directors.
Mr. Samuel Calabrese is the executive chief pharmacy officer for the Cleveland Clinic Enterprise in Cleveland, Ohio and holds an academic appointment at Northeast Ohio Medical University. He obtained his pharmacy degree from The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, his M.B.A. from Cleveland State University, and also obtained a certification in executive coaching from The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. In his current role, he leads a pharmacy enterprise that encompasses a 1.5 billion dollar drug budget and 1,700 FTEs in 19 hospitals and clinics in Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Canada, England and Abu Dhabi. He is passionate about leadership development and has given several invited presentations and serves as the residency program director for Cleveland Clinic’s health-system pharmacy administration and leadership residency. Mr. Calabrese’s ASHP service includes serving on the Commission on Affiliate Relations, the Council of Pharmacy Management, and as an ASHP delegate for Ohio. He has been an active member of the Section of Pharmacy Practice Leaders (SPPL) where he chaired the Section Advisory Group for Quality and Compliance and completed terms as director-at-large and chair for the SPPL. He is an active faculty with ASHP’s Pharmacy Leadership Academy and with ASHP’s Australia leadership boot camp. He is past president for both the Cleveland Society of Health System Pharmacists (CSHP) and the Ohio Society of Health System Pharmacists (OSHP). He received CSHP’s Evlyn Gray Scott Award in 2018 and OSHPs Walter M. Frazier Award in 2020. Mr. Calabrese will begin his 3-year term on the ASHP Board of Directors in June 2022.
Dr. Vivian Bradley Johnson is the senior vice president of clinical services at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, Texas. She oversees pharmacy, radiology, respiratory, clinical dietary, physical medicine & rehabilitation and laboratory services. She has spent over 35 years providing healthcare services to the underserved in Dallas County. Under Dr. Johnson’s leadership, many pharmacy programs have been developed including a 340B program. She is a member of the Parkland COVID-19 Response Team and provides oversight of the COVID-19 vaccines. She serves as a subject matter expert on COVID-19 vaccines for the Dallas community and congressional constituents. She is originally from Lake City, Florida. Johnson attended Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, School of Pharmacy. She attained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia and an M.B.A. from University of Dallas. Dr. Johnson has been the recipient of many awards, including the 2010 Texas Pharmacy Leadership Award. She has served on the TSHP Professional Affairs Council and the Leadership Section. Dr. Johnson is a long-term member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. She is a fellow of ASHP. Dr. Johnson has served on the ASHP Residency Excellence Awards Committee, the Council on Pharmacy Management, and the ASHP Racial Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. She was appointed to the Pharmacy Executive Leadership Alliance Advisory Panel and the ASHP Forecast 2022 Advisory Committee. She continues to be an advocate and active member in the pharmacy profession. Dr. Johnson will begin her 3-year term on the ASHP Board of Directors in June 2022.