Dr. David Nau is the CEO of RX Quality Consultants and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wyoming. He was the founding President of Pharmacy Quality Solutions and also served as a senior staff member of PQA from 2006 to 2012 where he was responsible for development of quality measures related to medications (many of which have been adopted in the Medicare Part D Star Ratings.) He also held tenured faculty appointments at the University of Michigan and University of Kentucky in addition to serving as Manager of Research Strategies for Humana Pharmacy Solutions. He is also the President-Elect of APhA’s Academy of Pharmaceutical Research & Science.
Eric Schildt serves as the Associate Director for the Master of Science in Health Services Administration at the University of Wyoming and is the track director of Health Institution Leadership. He works in healthcare administration in Casper, Wyoming and specializes in rural healthcare management.
Eric is a graduate of the Master of Science inaugural class at the University of Wyoming where he focused on Health Institution Leadership. He was the operations manager for a women’s health clinic located in Laramie, Wyoming; a position which he held while enrolled in his masters. He started his own company and manage a placer gold mine in the Yukon Territory. He has had experience working in privately owned hospitals and clinics. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience and a Bachelor’s of Arts in the Honor’s Program with a minor in economics from the University of Wyoming.
Mr. Schlidt currently lives in Casper, Wyoming where he enjoys the vast wilderness that is Wyoming with any activity possible. He enjoys world travel and has made it to six out of the seven continents.
Kristin Khalaf Gillard
Kristin Khalaf Gillard, PharmD, PhD, is an Executive Director at Dermira, a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to bringing biotech ingenuity to medical dermatology. In this role she leads the Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) function within Medical Affairs, supporting evidence generation activities to support product payer value propositions and endpoint strategies to optimize clinical trial design. Kristin previously worked in other HEOR roles, both as a researcher for a consulting firm and for a midsize biopharmaceutical company. Her research interest lies in instrument development to optimize measurement properties of clinical outcome assessments in clinical trials and outcomes research studies. Kristin received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, her PharmD from the University of Southern California, and her PhD in Pharmaceutical Economics, Policy, and Outcomes Research at the University of Arizona. Kristin resides in Long Beach, CA with her husband Patrick and their playful and adorable cat, Zombie. They enjoy traveling and their vacations range from luxurious getaways in Hawaii to rugged backpacking trips in Glacier National Park – but Jackson, WY is their favorite place to visit, no matter the season.
Scott has an undergraduate degree in math from SUU, a Masters in statistics from BYU, and a PhD in statistics from Texas A&M. His statistical emphasis focuses on practical applications of using the program R in multiple regression and consulting experience, although his research has dipped more into proteomics, biomarkers, and asymptotic theory. The main goal of the statistics courses Scott teaches is to prepare students for a realistic scenario where a client brings you a huge data set and says “I really don’t know what to do with this, can you help me understand what it means?” If experimentation is the queen of science, then statisticians are the guardians of the royal virtue. His specialty is online courses, so building commaraderie among students is extra important. Given how applicable statistics is in every facet of science Scott loves teaching the students who assume they are going to hate the course and showing them its usefulness.
Scott was born in southern Utah with a cleft palette. He’s now married with four kids, and they love computer games and Marvel movies. His board game collection is pretty hard to beat, although his chess game isn’t. He’s been in Laramie since 2012, and assumes he’ll be here for a very long time.
Helen E. McKnight
Helen McKnight graduated from University of Florida with a PharmD degree and completed a Pharmacy Practice (now called PGY-1) Residency at University of Maryland Medical System. She has been a pharmacist for 22+ years. Prior to moving to Alabama, She practiced pharmacy in South Florida, then Upstate New York. Over the years, she’s been fortunate to be part of the ASHP “Leading Edge” and ASHP Foundation “Pharmacy Leadership Academy” programs. In 2016, she completed her MBA with an emphasis in Healthcare Management from New England College.
Currently, she is the Director of Pharmacy Services at Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. The hospital has an average census of 250 patients. The pharmacy department has 44 employees including a Pharmacy Manager, 6 Clinical Pharmacy Specialists, 3 PGY-1 residents, 15 staff pharmacists, 13 pharmacy technicians, some part-time staff, an inventory management specialist plus 2 Auburn faculty members. Last year, the pharmacy department welcomed over 50 students from Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy and Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy for APPE/IPPE rotations and Virginia College for pharmacy technician externships. She is involved in patient care in a different manner than those in clinical or staff roles. Her job is to ensure medication safety and regulatory compliance for all patients in the hospital.
As a leader and professor, she enjoys being able to move pharmacy forward from a leadership perspective including mentoring excellence. Over the course of 22+ years, she has had the pleasure of watching people move from shadowing high school student to pharmacy school graduate to accomplished clinician. She states that it’s always a thrill to open an industry journal and see a former student’s name as the primary author.
Troy Shirley serves as an instructor for Financial Planning for Health Institution Leaders. He is the System Director of Pharmacy for Bronson Healthcare Group where he oversees the strategic direction and operations of Bronson’s pharmacy services, which includes hospital departments, infusion clinics, retail and specialty pharmacy, and the ambulatory program.
Dr. Shirley is a graduate of The Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy. He went on to complete a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Ohio Health Grant Medical Center, in Columbus, Ohio. After his residency, Dr. Shirley worked as an ambulatory care pharmacist, before establishing his practice in healthcare administration. He has led departments both within and external to pharmacy, and has specialized in growing and developing new departments and services. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Ohio University. Dr. Shirley also completed a certificate in pharmacy leadership from Boston University School of Management and is a graduate of the Pharmacy Leadership Institute with ASHP.
Dr. Shirley is the proud father of 3 children. He and his wife reside in West Michigan after spending the majority of their lives in the great state of Ohio.
Cody Wiberg, the Executive Director of the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy, received a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota in 1985. He has worked as a clinical pharmacist, community pharmacist and nursing home consultant. From 1999, until he joined the Board in September of 2005, he was the Pharmacy Program Manager for the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Dr. Wiberg is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and an Instructor and Course Director for the University of Florida Graduate School. (From which he received a Master of Science in Pharmacy Policy and Outcomes in 2009). He is also a course director for the University of Wyoming Graduate School. Dr. Wiberg was named to Minnesota Physician’s quadrennial list of the state’s 100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders in 2008, 2012 and 2016. He received the 2017 Century Mortar Club Friend of the College Award from the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy.
Erica D. Lindsay
Erica D. Lindsay, PharmD, MBA, Esq., is a licensed pharmacist and healthcare attorney practicing in the greater Chicagoland area. She has worked in pharmacy management and healthcare compliance for over 20 years. Dr. Lindsay is the managing attorney at Lindsay Law Chicago where she provides counsel in healthcare malpractice, contract, HIPAA and fraud disclosure cases. She is also a practicing hospital pharmacist providing support in Code Blue, neonatal and pediatric pharmacy which is critical in emergent healthcare events.
Dr. Lindsay is active in various organizations including the American Bar Association, where she serves as vice chair of the` Distant Learning Committee, Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys, Illinois State Bar Association, and the Chicago Bar Association. She is a PharmD graduate of Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy, MBA from Purdue University Krannert School of Business, JD from North Carolina Central University School of Law and Master of Laws, LLM in Healthcare Law from Loyola University, Chicago.
Casey L. Nelson
Casey L. Nelson serves as the instructor for Prescription Benefit Management Decisions. He is the CEO of Ideal Health Strategies where he is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the company, its subsidiaries, and partnerships.
Dr. Nelson received his Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy. He also has post-doctorate managed care pharmacy residency and pharmacoeconomic and outcomes research fellowship training. Dr. Nelson’s career includes administrative positions in health insurance, pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), PBM consulting, and employer group pharmacy benefit consulting. Dr. Nelson’s companies currently provide pharmacy benefit consulting services and are developing new pharmacy benefit solutions.
Dr. Nelson is a long-term member of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) and has served on various AMCP committees. Dr. Nelson and his family reside in south west Florida.
Cynthia Hall is an Assistant Professor at Florida A & M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She teaches pharmacy jurisprudence and ethics. Her areas of interest include advocacy for the pharmacy profession, health care policy, research ethics, social justice, and end-of-life care. Prior to her academic career, she practiced pharmacy for over 20 years.
Dr. Phillips is a licensed Pharmacist and Attorney who joined Cardinal Health in June 2014. He currently serves as Vice-President for Insights & Engagement within Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions where he is responsible for the strategy, growth, and financial performance of the business unit. The business provides a wide range of services for the pharmaceutical industry, including: health economics and outcomes research, synthesis and analysis of real world evidence, and commercial marketing through provider engagement.
He has previously held a variety of leadership positions, most recently serving as the head of Quality and Regulatory Affairs for each of the enterprise’s Specialty Businesses. Prior to joining Cardinal Health, Dr. Phillips served as a professor in both pharmacy and law school settings, and served as Managing Member of Healthcare Advising, LLC; a private regulatory consulting and data analytics firm.
Dr. Phillips completed his pharmacy studies at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA and legal studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA where he earned certificates in Health Law and Intellectual Property Law. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Adaptive Sports Connection, a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower children, adults, and veterans with physical and cognitive challenges through sports and therapeutic outdoor recreation. He currently resides in Columbus, OH with his wife Vanessa and two children, Eli III (6) and Alyssa (4).
David W. Bobb is a pharmacist, attorney, and retired United States Air Force Colonel with experience in both the civilian and federal healthcare management sectors. His widely varied career has placed him in such practice settings as independent pharmacies, large retail chain pharmacies, United States Air Force pharmacies, industry, and more recently, positions within the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense. Currently, he leads, manages, and shapes the $9.7 billion Department of Defense TRICARE Pharmacy Program to provide exceptional pharmacy services for 9.4 million beneficiaries worldwide. Serves as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Health Affairs, and Director, Defense Health Agency (DHA) on all aspects of policy and priority development related to Military Health System (MHS) pharmacy benefits and operations.
He has had the opportunity to integrate and consolidate diverse healthcare systems, build cohesive high-performing teams, and develop effective medication safety and quality assurance programs across the spectrum of pharmacy operations to optimize patient care.
In addition, he provides sound legal advice to federal pharmacists in respect to changing Food and Drug Administration policies, Drug Enforcement Administration laws, and federal and state legislative initiatives. Working with Congressional delegations and staffers, he provides Department of Defense pharmacy program updates to both the Senate and House Armed Services Committees. He has been an integral member of several Boards of Directors, including the American Society for Pharmacy Law, Department of Defense Pharmacy Advisory Board, and the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium. Lastly, Mr. Bobb has provided over 30 CE-accredited pharmacy law presentations and authored over 20 publications for federal pharmacists and technicians.
I am the Chief of Pharmacy at the VA Medical Center in Lebanon, PA. I have been in this position for nearly 20 years. Professionally I am very passionate about passing on my experience and knowledge (good and bad) to others so that they can become better professionals without making some of the same mistakes I did. I’m also very passionate about taking care of our Veterans!
Personally, I love my family. I have a wife, Michelle, and 3 daughters, Katelyn, Presley, and Lyndsay. Presley and Lyndsay are twins and just entered High School last fall. They are keeping Michelle and I very busy! Katelyn graduated from Gettysburg College last spring. She is still sorting out her options as she works in temporary positions.
I graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1993 with my BS in Pharmacy. After a few years, I went back to school and earned my Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2000. My last educational foray was with the University of Florida where I earned a Master of Science Degree in Pharmacy Policy and Regulation. I would count my success in school as some of my greatest accomplishments.
I have been a pharmacist since 1993. I served in the US Navy as a Pharmacy Officer for 7 years before moving “back home” to be near family. I currently live in Middletown, PA with my wife, daughters, our cat (Chowder) and our mini-golden doodle (Piper).
As always, I look forward to working with the students in the program each year and am excited to see the energy they bring to the class this year.
Jason Scott, MSc, MPH, MBA is Vice President of Health Informatics, Strategic Analytics, and Insights at Anthem. In this role, Mr. Scott is responsible for contributing as an externally focused producer of proof-points for the analytics, insights, and value that IngenioRx and Anthem brings to market. This includes delivering pharmacy strategic insights & analytics for the enterprise to include professional and institutional unit cost analytics, provider operations, pharmacoeconomics, clinical outcomes support and healthcare informatics. In terms of primary duties and responsibilities, this includes designing, implementing, and managing best practice reimbursement models, provides on-going analytical and consultative support to produce external communications & studies, providing strategic analysis and competitive intelligence to identify key trend drivers and facilitate disciplined and holistic management of cost of care trend, and communicates quarterly pharmacy/medical trend drivers to support quarterly publications. This also includes overseeing initiatives designed to improve claims payment processes and optimizing cost of care to include the development and implementation of standardized practices, developing and enhancing client facing tools and other external reporting. providing strategic direction for thought leadership, developing, recommending and tracking appropriate metrics pertaining to industry trends and competition’s utilization management programs, serving as representative on initiatives related to product development and transparency, ensuring that internal account interfaces are in place and operating as intended, and hiring, training, coaching, counseling, and evaluating performance of direct reports.
Mr. Scott also currently holds academic appointments as adjunct faculty in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Florida, adjunct faculty in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Wyoming, adjunct faculty in the College of Public Health at the University of Illinois, adjunct faculty in the College of Business at the University of Cincinnati, and adjunct faculty in the new Applied Data Analytics program in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Virginia. In these teaching roles, Mr. Scott primarily lectures in coursework in health outcomes research, health economic modeling, data analytics and informatics, and statistical methods . Mr. Scott graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, completed his Master of Public Health degree with an emphasis in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Illinois, completed his Master of Business Administration degree at Texas A&M University, completed his Master of Science degree in Pharmacy with an emphasis in Applied Pharmacoeconomics at the University of Florida, and is completing his Doctor of Philosophy (ABD) in Biomedical Informatics at Rutgers University. Mr. Scott is a member of the American Statistical Association, the American Medical Informatics Association, the American Public Health Association, the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, and the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.