Meet the 2018-19 APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM) Executive Committee

Sarah Ray, PharmD, BCPS, APhA-APPM President (2017-19), is assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. She also serves as a clinical pharmacist at Milwaukee Health Services, a federally qualified health center. She is a graduate of Creighton University and completed a postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) pharmacy practice residency at Aurora Health Care. Her past service to APhA includes a term as Member-at-large of the APhA-APPM Executive APhA-APPM Clinical/Pharmacotherapeutic Section and the Community Pharmacy Residency Program Advisory Panel. She is the section advisor for Focus on Anticoagulation Care for the APhA


Catherine Kuhn, PharmD, FAPhA, APhA-APPM President-elect (2018-19), is a managed care clinical pharmacist at Partners for Kids (PFK), a pediatric accountable care organization affiliated with Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. In her position, she is responsible for improving quality and outcomes of medication-related care as well as managing pharmacy expenditures. She earned her PharmD from Ohio Northern University and completed a community practice residency at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and Kroger Pharmacy. Prior to her current role at PFK, she spent time in academia as a community pharmacy shared faculty member and at two community pharmacy chains as a clinical coordinator. Kuhn is an active member of the APhA and the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA). She is OPA President-elect (2016–2017) and Vice Chair of OPA’s MTM committee. She has served in leadership positions for APhA including APhA-APPM Executive Member-At-Large, New Practitioner Officer for APhA-APPM’s Community & Ambulatory section, Chair of APhA-APPM Education Committee, and Chair of House of Delegates Policy Review Committee. She was the 2011 recipient of APhA’s Distinguished New Practitioner Award and the 2013 recipient of OPA’s Young Pharmacist Award.
David Barnes, RPh, BCNP, APhA-APPM Member-at-large (2017-19) began his career as a pharmacist at USA Medical Center in Mobile, AL, and moved into nuclear pharmacy practice. He has held positions as a radiation safety officer, as a manager, and currently as regional director. In his current position, he has the opportunity to do so much more than dispensing and compounding regularly. He has 114 employees in his region and is responsible for hiring practices, HR issues, sales attainment, and regulatory and facility compliance. Working for GE Healthcare has given Barnes access to training and resources from a worldwide company that operates many types of businesses with consumer, industrial, and government implications. He is most proud of his time as a member of the Board of Pharmacy Specialities (BPS) Specialty Council on Nuclear Pharmacy and his current term as council chair. Through this position, he has been able to interact with the BPS Board of Directors and other council chairs; all are top leaders in their field. APhA membership and participation in numerous committees and moderating sessions have been a particularly rewarding part of his personal development, and he hopes to continue it as a Member-at-large of the APhA-APPM Executive Committee.


Andrea Brookhart, PharmD, APhA-APPM Member-at-Large (2018-20), says her passion for pharmacy began when pursuing entry into pharmacy school at the University of Toledo (UT) as an undergraduate. At UT, Andrea became involved in APhA-ASP as a pre-pharmacy student, and turned her attention to community pharmacy and the impact pharmacists have on their patients. Her desire to pursue a community pharmacy residency evolved from her experience as a researcher in the Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research Laboratory at UT, evaluating the impact Medication Therapy Management (MTM) can have on economic, clinical and humanistic outcomes. Andrea graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2012, and moved to Virginia to continue her education as a community pharmacy resident at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and Kroger Pharmacy. After completion of her residency, Andrea stayed with Kroger Pharmacy as a pharmacist and Patient Care Coordinator (PCC), transitioning to full time PCC in 2014. Since then, Andrea’s focus has been on the coordination of, pharmacist training for, and implementation of clinical services in 16 pharmacies in central Virginia. She performs goal setting and support of MTM and immunization efforts, delivers performance updates, and serves as a clinical subject matter expert to those pharmacies. Within The Kroger Company, Andrea acts as the enterprise Chair for the Medication Therapy Management Workgroup and is a member of Women’s EDGE, a group dedicated to supporting and advancing women personally and professionally. She also serves as the site coordinator and primary preceptor for a community pharmacy resident affiliated with VCU, as well as a preceptor to student pharmacists. Andrea has remained involved in APhA since her time as a student pharmacist, participating as a chapter leader, transitioning to involvement as a new practitioner on the Transitions Editorial and Advisory Board, and now as an active member of the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management.


Denise Clayton, BSPharm, APhA-APPM Member-at-Large (2018-20), is a clinical pharmacist for AR Blue Cross Blue Shield for Commercial Pharmacy operations. Over the past two years, Denise has served as the Coordinator-elect and Coordinator for the Medication Management Special Interest Group. She has coordinated the work of four committees of the MM SIG focusing on projects to provide tools and resources for all APhA members interested in providing MTM and patient care services. Denise’s previous experiences have included working as the Manager of Clinical Initiatives and MTM for a pharmacy risk management company, providing MTM services for patients in community pharmacies, serving as a Clinical Consultant Pharmacist and practicing as a hospital pharmacist at a large hospital in Little Rock, AR. Denise has completed the APhA certificate training programs, Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services, Pharmacist and Patient-Centered Diabetes Care and Pharmacy Based Immunization Delivery. As a faculty trainer, Denise teaches the Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services program to other pharmacists in Arkansas. She is a member of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association where she is the District 1 President and is a preceptor for UAMS College of Pharmacy.


Lt Col Ann D. McManis, BSPharm, MPA, Member-at-large (2017-19), currently serves on active duty and is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. She is assigned to the Defense Health Agency (DHA) as Deputy Chief, Pharmacy Purchased Care Operations Branch, of the Pharmacy Operations Division. She is responsible for managing all aspects of the current U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) pharmacy purchased care contract estimated at $65 billion. In addition, she contributes to the development of policies and programs to ensure a uniform, consistent, and equitable pharmacy benefit for more than 9.5 million beneficiaries in the Military Health System. Before her current assignment, McManis completed a Medical Education with Industry Executive Fellowship in Pharmacy Practice Advancement and Policy with APhA. She has served in a variety of capacities including Pharmacy Director, Ancillary Services Director, and Medical Support Services Director while deployed to Kirkuk, Iraq, in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Additionally, she served as the Chief, Emergency Staff Function (ESF) #8, coordinating medical response during contingency and disaster operations at the base Emergency Operations Center.


Brent Thompson, PharmD, APhA-APPM Member-at-Large (2018-20), is Pharmacy Director at FirstLight Health System in Mora, Minnesota, starting in 2000 as the only Clinical Pharmacist. During this time with FirstLight, the practice has grown to nine pharmacists and nine certified technicians practicing in acute, ambulatory, and community caring for patients in a small rural hospital, three rural clinics and a community pharmacy. Brent earned his PharmD at North Dakota State University and has been active in professional associations since his early college years. He finished a term as President of the Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA) in 201 In addition to serving and chairing many committees and the board of Directors for MPhA since 2001, he served on the 2012–13 APhA Policy and Reference Committees and six years in the APhA House of Delegates. His most notable honors include having his FirstLight pharmacy team receive the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Association (NASPA) Excellence in Innovation Award in 2013 and he was the recipient of the 2014 APhA Foundation Bowl of Hygeia Award. In addition to his professional work, he is passionate about our future. He introduces high school students to pharmacy through a Careers Exploration class, maintains a full schedule of interns, and co-coordinates a pharmacy residency. As a community leader, Brent is a Director on the Pine County Agricultural Society, bringing thousands of kids to the Pine County Fair each year. In 2015, he was Chair for the Substance Abuse Coalition of Kanabec County, working toward the reduction of alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse among youth and young adults.


Wendy Mobley-Bukstein, PharmD, BCACP, CDE, Member-at-large (2017-19), is assistant professor of pharmacy practice in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Drake University. She is APhA certificate trained in Diabetes Care, Immunization Delivery, and Medication Therapy Management. Her teaching responsibilities include a Medication Therapy Management elective and various topics in the Pharmacy Skills and Applications course series. She is the course coordinator and teaches topics in the Self Care & Nonprescription Products course. She maintains a clinical practice at Primary Health Care East Side Clinic, a federally qualified health center, where she precepts third-year introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPE) student pharmacists. Her specialty areas of practice and scholarship are diabetes care, medication therapy management, and community health education. She also serves as a legislative liaison for the Iowa Coordinating Body of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and as an active member of the Iowa Pharmacy Association, and served as coordinator for the APhA-APPM Diabetes Management SIG.


After Stephanie Gernant, PharmD, New Officer Practitioner (2017-19), graduated from Missouri with a BS in Biology, she worked research and development at a drug manufacturer, until entering the PharmD program at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy in 2008. During this time, she did an internship at a 340B community pharmacy - her first encounters with patients, who more often than not were economically depressed and underserved. Serving the underserved drove her to a community PGY1 in Bangor, ME, at a federally qualified health center called Penobscot Community Health Care. This was a newly formed program at a patient-centered medical home health center and an accountable care organization pioneer. The unique opportunities with Penobscot’s transition of care program assisted her in landing a 2-year research fellowship at Purdue University. Gernant also served as the coordinator for the APhA-APPM Transitions of Care SIG. Currently, she is an assistant professor at Nova Southeastern University and has partnered with several of her colleagues to develop the very first Practice-Based Research Network comprising ACOs: the ACO Research Network, Services and Education (ACORN-SEED). The network serves as a vessel for scholarship, postgraduate training, advanced pharmacy practice experiences, and pharmacist-provided clinical services.


APhA-APPM staff contacts:

Margaret Tomecki
APhA-APPM Liaison
Director, Practice and Science Academies
630-312-8864 (voicemail)

Stacie Maass
Senior Vice President, Pharmacy Practice and Government Affairs

James Owen
Vice President, Practice and Science Affairs