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2016 IACP Board of Directors | Candidate Profiles
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Vice President

Jake Beckel, RPh, PD, FIACP
Pharmacy name: Past owner of 10+ compounding pharmacies
Years Served on IACP Board: 6

Provide a brief bio of your career.

Graduated North Dakota State University 1978 BS Pharm moved to Florida to work retail after a few years with Shoppers Drug Mart. I started opening 5 independent pharmacies called My Pharmacist, which included IV, Oxygen, DME and then learned in 1989 to compound respiratory medications and started MP TotalCare. I have served as Chairman of the Board of International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding since its inception. I founded AnazaoHealth in 1997 (which I just sold in 2015). In my career I have owned more than 10 compounding pharmacies and numerous retail pharmacies. 

Please provide a statement of why you want to serve.

Pharmacists have always been the most trusted profession by the American public. This has been shaken by people that have influence on our profession but are not compounding pharmacists. We understand how important compounding is to our patients and I am uniquely qualified to lead the organization during the next few years. I have extensive experience in many aspects of compounding, the leadership experience and the courage to face the fight whether it be with the FDA, Congress, Pharma, or PBMs. We can take the right message to the people: we are here to serve.

 

 

Eddie Glover, PharmD
Pharmacy name: US Compounding
Years Served on IACP Board: 3

Provide a brief bio of your career.

Eddie Glover is a pharmacist and CEO of US Compounding in Conway Arkansas.  He has been active in pharmacy compounding for 22 years.   He has experience in all areas of compounding including Sterile, Non-Sterile, Human and Veterinarian. Glover is a member of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) and National Community of Pharmacist Association (NCPA), Pharmacy Compliant Alliance and the Arkansas Pharmacist Association. 

Please provide a statement of why you want to serve.

I love the profession of compounding and the art of compounding. I want to do everything I can to make sure our profession thrives and grows. I want to make sure future generations of Pharmacists have the same or better opportunities then we have had in the past. I will give all of my abilities and effort to ensure that our profession flourishes. We have many challenges and I believe I have the experience to meet those challenges.

 

District II

 

Erika Fallon, RPh, PharmD
Pharmacy name: Fallon Wellness Compounding
Years Served on IACP Board: N/A

Provide a brief bio of your career.

I grew up in a family of independent pharmacists, which sparked an interest in the career. During college I interned at Fallon Wellness Pharmacy. After graduating from ACPHS in 2008, I worked at Fireside Pharmacy in Palm Springs, CA. In October 2009, I was hired as Supervising Pharmacist at Fallon Wellness Pharmacy. In this role I have developed a love for quality improvement, regulatory analysis, and the unique kinship I have found with compounding colleagues.

Please provide a statement of why you want to serve.

It would be my pleasure to serve the compounding community as a member of the Board. I hope to work with board members to protect, promote and advance compounding by developing strategies that strike a balance between patient safety and patient access to compounded medications. Daily, I review state and federal legislation with a critical eye and communicate with colleagues about the potential impact on our practice and patients. Thank you for your consideration!


Anthony Grzib, RPh
Pharmacy name: Wedgewood Pharmacy
Years Served on IACP Board: N/A

Provide a brief bio of your career.

Anthony Grzib, RPh, is director of Pharmacy Compliance for PCAB-accredited Wedgewood Pharmacy, which serves more than 30,000 human- and animal-health prescribers nationwide. A 15-year employee, Anthony leads the company’s quality-assurance and regulatory-affairs strategies, ensuring that patients have access to innovative and high-quality preparations. He is a member of the American Pharmacist Association, the New Jersey Pharmacist Association and the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists. A pharmacist since 1996, he is registered in 11 states.

Please provide a statement of why you want to serve.

We sustain the lives of countless people and animals who otherwise would suffer needlessly. But because of misinformation, fear and greed, our profession is under constant attack. In my role with one of the nation’s largest veterinary compounding pharmacy, I have been intimately involved with the legislators, regulators and stakeholders that can constrain or protect our rights. I have the desire, knowledge, passion and experience to stand with IACP to protect our profession and patients.


Charlene Vernak, RPh, FACA, FACVP, FAARM
Pharmacy name: Vernak Farms Country Store
Years Served on IACP Board: N/A

Provide a brief bio of your career.
I graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1997. I worked in retail until I opened a hybrid pharmacy in 2010.

Our pharmacy is PCAB Accredited, triad based pharmacy whose primary goal is to improve patient care by making the process of personalized medicine easier on the provider. We compound patient specific prescriptions based on the scientific and diagnostic needs of our patients and providers.

Please provide a statement of why you want to serve.
I love pharmacy. I love compounding. Compounding is at the heart of our profession and we need to protect this professional right.

I would like to represent the independent pharmacist who is compassionately and innovatively serving the needs of the individual patient. I would like to know that if my children decide to become pharmacists one day that compounding will still be here and that patient access will be protected.

 

District III

Jennifer Burch, PharmD, CDE, CPP
Pharmacy name: Central Compounding Center
Years Served on IACP Board: 3

Provide a brief bio of your career.

Jennifer Burch received her PharmD from Campbell University School of Pharmacy in 1993. She returned to Durham, NC after pharmacy school to work at the family owned independent pharmacy, Central Pharmacy. She was integral in growing the compounding portion of the business. This led to her opening Central Compounding Center South, a PCAB Accredited compounding only pharmacy.

Jennifer also serves on the Board for North Carolina Association of Pharmacists and the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association.

Please provide a statement of why you want to serve.

I am honored to be considered for a second term on the Board of Directors. I believe after serving my first term, I will be a more effective Director because I have a much better understanding of how the organization functions. I have devoted many hours over the last 3 years to Board and committee meetings in order to help make this organization the best it can be and would like to continue my work!

 

Linda McElhiney, PharmD, MSP, RPh, FIACP, FACA, FASHP
Pharmacy name: Indiana University Health
Years Served on IACP Board: 6

Provide a brief bio of your career.

Dr. McElhiney is the Compounding Pharmacist-in-Charge for Indiana University Health in Indianapolis. She oversees the entire compounding and repackaging operations for hospitals and the outpatient clinics within the IU Health system throughout Indiana.

In addition to her responsibilities with IU Health, Dr. McElhiney writes articles for the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding, author and contributing author in several pharmacy and medical textbooks. She also served 7 years on the USP Committee of Experts for Compounding.

Please provide a statement of why you want to serve.

Compounding is going through a lot of changes right now and IACP is the key to ensuring that compounding can be done by qualified pharmacists for patients who need compounded medications.

I enjoyed being on the Board of Directors and working behind-the-scenes to make IACP a better, professional organization. Since I am now out of school and have fewer obligations, I have more time to dedicate myself to IACP and represent all of you in my district.

 

Alexander Pytlarz, PharmD
Pharmacy name: The Compounding Center
Years Served on IACP Board: N/A

Provide a brief bio of your career.
Alexander is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy. Upon graduation, Alexander moved to Florida to start his pharmacy career in LTC pharmacy, managing an ALF only pharmacy. He finally found his profession passion when he began working at a compounding pharmacy. He has never looked back!  After 4 years of working in the compounding industry in Florida, Alexander moved to northern Virginia and joined the team at The Compounding Center.

Please provide a statement of why you want to serve.

My previous involvements serving on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, the Florida Pharmacy Association, along with chairing the Special Interest Group on Compounding for the Virginia Pharmacists Association have prepared me to serve as an active member of the IACP Board of Directors. These previous board and committee involvements along with actively practicing at The Compounding Center in Leesburg, VA will allow me to share my passion for growing the IACP organization and the compounding profession. I humbly ask for your consideration and your vote. Thank you.

 

District VI

Cheri Kraemer, RPh
Pharmacy name: Pharmacy Specialties & Clinic, Inc
Years Served on IACP Board:

Provide a brief bio of your career.

I have been a pharmacist for 30 years, business owner 18 years and I started my compounding pharmacy from scratch in 2001. I have held all the local and state association positions, being President of SDPhA in 2000. I have been awarded Pharmacist of the Year for SD, Women Breaking Barriers Business Award and SDSU Outstanding Alumni. While complying with the strictest standards, I work to always improve my facility and patient outcomes.

Please provide a statement of why you want to serve.

My nationally recognized commitment and support of compounding makes me the ideal candidate for the IACP Board. I started my compounding pharmacy in 2001, achieved PCAB accreditation in 2011 and was actively recruited to serve on the PCCA Advisory Committee. In 2014, my dedication and achievements were recognized when I received the Evelyn Timmons award for advocacy. I regularly attend Compounders on Capitol Hill, resulting in Congressional requests for input on the recent compounding legislation.

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