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National Advisory Council

The National Advisory Council is committed to the School of Pharmacy’s mission of excellence in teaching, research and service. The members of the National Advisory Council are:

Rick Baxter, MBA

Rick is the Manager of Pharmacy Operations at Optima Health.  Prior to joining Optima Health, Rick was the Director of Pharmacy Practice at Express Scripts where he served for nine years.  Rick is a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy where he earned his B.S. in Pharmacy.  Rick also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Richmond, Robins School of Business.  


John O. Beckner, B.S.

John is currently the Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives for the National Community Pharmacists Association. He has been a practicing pharmacist for 36 years, previously serving as Director of Pharmacy Operations for Standard Drug Company, Director of Pharmacy and Health Services for Ukrop’s Super Markets, and most recently Regional Pharmacy Manager for Martin’s Food Markets.  John received a B.A. in Biology from Wake Forest University and in 1978 received a B.S. in Pharmacy from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).  He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, and is active in several professional and community organizations including VPhA, the Board of the Virginia Health Quality Center, the Medical College of Virginia Foundation, the Health Practitioners Monitoring Program Committee, APhA, the Central Virginia Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and several industry advisory boards. 


Catherine Cary, B.S., Pharm.D.

Catherine is a second generation pharmacist and CEO at Bremo Pharmacy in Richmond, Virginia. She grew up a part of Bremo Pharmacy and has worked in most every position from delivery driver, to pharmacist, to CEO.   Catherine graduated from VCU School of Pharmacy with a Bachelors of Pharmacy in 1989, and a Doctorate of Pharmacy in 1994. She loves being a part of the Bremo team because everyone works together to provide caring and quality patient care.  In her spare time she enjoys cycling and serving as a Scout leader.


Marie A. Chisholm-Burns, R.Ph., Pharm.D., MPH, FCCP, FASHP

Marie is the Dean of the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy.  She formerly served as Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. She received her B.S. in Psychology and Biology from Georgia College, B.S. in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from The University of Georgia, and Masters in Public Health from Emory University. Marie is Founder and Executive Director of the Medication Access Program which increases medication access to transplant patients. 


Meredyth Coleman Nelson, Pharm.D., MSHA

Meredyth is the Director of Pharmacy at McGuire VA Medical Center.  She supervises a wide variety of clinical and distributive pharmacy services for inpatients and outpatients, including specialty areas like Spinal Cord Injury, Oncology, Polytrauma, Pain, and Psychiatry. She also oversees pharmacist-run clinics in Anticoagulation and Metabolic Syndrome as well as educational programs for Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE)/ Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) students and American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP)-accredited PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents. Meredyth is a two-time VCU/MCV graduate, with a B.S. in Pharmacy in 1980, and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration in 1994. She obtained a Doctor of Pharmacy from Shenandoah University in 2006.


Kerry Cormier, Pharm.D.

Kerry is the Manager of Professional and College Relations for the Mid-Atlantic at CVS.  She works as a liaison between Schools of Pharmacy and CVS Health to support intern development and training, rotations, and hiring.  Kerry started her career with CVS as an intern herself during her P4 year at Shenandoah University in 2007.  She went on to become a Staff Pharmacist, Pharmacy Manager, and Pharmacy Supervisor in Washington, DC and Southern Maryland before taking her current position in 2014, where she continues to precept students through an Advanced Business Leadership Rotation.


Gary Cupit, Pharm.D.

Gary is currently the CEO of a sleep medicine company, Somnus Therapeutics. He held similar positions at Enzo Therapeutics and Sapphire Therapeutics, a private biopharmaceutical company.  Prior to Sapphire, Gary was Vice President, Global Business Development and Licensing, Novartis. Gary has held senior positions at Knoll Pharmaceutical as well as The Medicines Company of Cambridge, MA. He entered the industry with SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals in a number of capacities in field sales, product management, and new product development where he led the launch of four products. He has more than 28 years of pharmaceutical and healthcare industry experience in addition to 14 years in university-based academics. Prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry, Gary held faculty positions at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, the University of California, San Francisco, the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and the University of Tennessee, Memphis. 


Ron Davis, R.Ph.

Ron received his B.S. in Pharmacy from the Medical College of Virginia in 1973.  He practiced at Revco, a community chain pharmacy, before opening his own store in 1975. In 1991, Ron bought and continues to operate Buford Road Pharmacy. He has precepted students for more than 30 years and is an instructor at the MCV/VCU School of Pharmacy. He serves on multiple boards and committees including the MCV/VCU School of Pharmacy National Advisory Council, Experiential Education Advisory Board and Curriculum Committee, National and Regional GNP Advisory Boards, Virginia Pharmacists Association, Richmond Pharmacists Association and the Virignia Academy of Independent Pharmacies and Bon Air Rotary. He has been recognized with the Innovative Pharmacy of the Year Award (2001), the MCV Preceptor Award, the MCV Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award, Disability Friendly Work Environment Award, Preceptor of the Month (September 2003) and Pharmacist of the Year (2004) by Good Neighbor Pharmacies. He received a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Silver Star for his military service in Vietnam.


L. Preston Hale, R.Ph.

Preston is the National Manager of Strategic Accounts for QS/1.  Preston graduated from MCV in 1972.  He owned several pharmacies in central Virginia and designed and developed the original Compute-Rx Pharmacy System (one of the first PC based Pharmacy automation systems) in 1979.  He is a past chairman of both the MCV Pharmacy Alumni Association and the Pharmacy National Advisory Council.  He is past president of the Virginia Pharmacists Association (VPhA) and serves on the boards of both the MCV Foundation and RxPartnership.  Preston has received many awards for his contributions to pharmacy including: VPhA Outstanding Pharmacist, the MCV Alumnus Service Award,  the VCU School of Pharmacy Alumni Star Award, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Pharmacy Leadership award and the Friends of the Virginia Academy of Student Pharmacists (VASP) award.


Keith Hodges, B.S.

Keith has served as a Delegate for the Commonwealth of Virginia House of Delegates representing the 98th district since 2012.  He is also the President of Gloucester Pharmacy and Vice President of Poqouson Pharmacy.  Keith is a 1989 graduate of the Medical College of Virginia with a B.S. in Pharmacy.  He is a member of the Research and Education Foundation Board and serves on the Board of Directors for EPIC Pharmacies, as well as the National Community Pharmacists Association.  Keith has been the recipient of many awards including Merck, Pharmacist Achievement Award, National Community Pharmacists Association, Leadership Award, Virginia Pharmacists Association, President’s Award, Virginia Retail Merchants Association, Retailer of the Year and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Bowl of Hygeia Award.  Keith is a resident of Urbanna, VA where he lives with his wife Shelley and daughters Chloe and Ella.

Douglas Hoey, R.Ph., MBA

Doug is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). He has spent 20+ years working in and representing community pharmacies.  In 2005, Doug was named COO and helped lead the NCPA team that scored legislative victories requiring prompt pay of Part D claims, winning a court injunction to delay AMP that saved community pharmacies over $2 billion dollars.  He is a licensed pharmacist in Oklahoma, Virginia, and Texas and practiced for 5 years in community and long-term care settings contributing to the development of expansions into durable medical equipment and home infusion. He is a member of the Board of Directors for SureScripts, Mirixa, Pharmacy e-Health Information Technology, the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board, and the Community Pharmacy Financial. Doug is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy and the Oklahoma City University business graduate school.

Susan Learned, Pharm.D., M.D., Ph.D.

Susan is the Vice President, Medicines Development Leader and Head, Psoriasis and Atopic Dermatitis Care Areas at Stiefel, a GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) company. Susan joined GSK in 1997 and spent 12 years leading various global neurosciences clinical divisions, including posts based in Europe and Asia-Pacific, before being named to her current position.

William Lee, D.Ph., MPA, FASCP

William is the Pharmacy System Director for ACO model (1200 bed) Carilion Clinic Health System in Roanoke, VA.  William has a background in acute care and all aspects of ambulatory settings, pharmacy automation, wholesaling, pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) and employee prescription strategies.  He is the 2012 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awardee for the Improving Health of At-risk Rural Patients (IHARP) grant ($4.2 M) for improving healthcare of rural patients utilizing pharmacists in medical home environment. William is a graduate of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists’ (ASHP) 2014 Leadership Institute and serves on the pharmacy advisory committees of various colleges of pharmacy. He also served as the Regional VP and Divisional VP for Comprehensive Pharmacy Services. William is a resident of Radford, VA. 

Charles “Rusty” Maney, B.S.

Charles has spent most of his career in community pharmacy for Revco Drug Stores and Walgreens.  As the Area Healthcare Supervisor of Walgreens he is responsible for the clinical program design and results, professional development, and operational consultant for the Central and Eastern Virginia area.  Prior to joining Walgreens in 1996 Charles held various management positions for Revco Drug Stores, Bon Secours Health Systems, and Caremark.  He is involved in several community associations and service organizations as well; serving as President of the Virginia Association of Chain Drug stores since 2010, President of Richmond Pharmacist Association in 2009-2010, and various leadership positions with the Virginia Pharmacist Association. Charles is a member of the Dean’s National Advisory Council for MCV/VCU School of Pharmacy, bringing over 30 years of pharmacy experience to the group.  He is a Virginia native and graduate of the MCV/VCU School of Pharmacy.  

Everett McAllister, R.Ph., MPA

Everett is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). He is responsible for the leadership of the nation’s leading certifying body for pharmacy technicians. With over 30 years of health care leadership experience, Colonel (USAF Retired) McAllister held senior pharmacy positions within the US Air Force and Department of Defense, as well as executive-level positions at teaching medical centers, ambulatory clinics, and health-systems across the country. Prior to joining PTCB, Colonel McAllister served as the Deputy Director of the Pharmaceutical Operations Directorate, TRICARE Management Activity, within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense in Washington, DC.  He also served as the senior Department of Defense's (DoD) military pharmacist and policy advisor, responsible for managing a complex, multi-venued, $7.6 billion pharmacy program, impacting over 9.6 million DoD beneficiaries worldwide.

Everett earned his Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of South Carolina and a Masters of Public Administration from Auburn University.

Ron McFarlane, R.Ph.

Ron is the Group President of Specialty Infusion Services at Diplomat.  He leads Diplomat’s efforts in providing a broad range of infusion therapies that require highly specialized service and care. Ron joined Diplomat when it acquired MedPro Rx in June 2014; he served for 11 years as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Previously, he helped lead companies in a number of executive roles, including as President and CEO of Sunrise Healthcare, President of Home Healthcare Solutions and Vice President of Sales and Operations at Biomedical Homecare. Ron has also served on the boards of local youth education programs, environmental and community advocacy groups, as well as the board of the National Myasthenia Gravis Association. Ron received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. He later completed an ASHP-accredited pharmacy residency at MCV Hospitals in Richmond, Virginia.

Tim Musselman, Pharm.D.

Tim Musselman, Pharm.D. is the Executive Director of the Virginia Pharmacists Association, a role that he assumed in April 2009.  He received his Pharm.D. from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy in 2005 and his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Juniata College in 2001.  In 2006, he completed an executive residency in association management with the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations.   He was honored in 2011 as the Preceptor of the Year for the VCU School of Pharmacy.  He resides in Midlothian with his wife Kerri, Director of Pharmacy for the Bon Secours Medical Group, and son Calum.

Peter Ramsey, Ph.D.

Peter leads the Pfizer Consumer Healthcare (PCH) site in Richmond, Virginia and also heads PCH’s Global R&D Pain Management Franchise.  He is responsible for continuing to build upon the Richmond site’s capabilities, as well as develop the global PCH R&D Pain Management portfolio. Peter has over 18 years of industry experience, with leadership responsibility in the areas of Pharmaceutical R&D, Global R&D, Operations, Business Operations, Strategy Development and diversity initiatives. He has a proven record of successful cross-functional team leadership across varied dosage forms, resulting in multiple prescription and consumer healthcare product launches. Peter is a member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, the American Chemical Society and the Dean’s National Advisory Council at the VCU School of Pharmacy. He serves Junior Achievement of Central Virginia as a member of the Board of Directors.  Peter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pharmaceutics / Pharmaceutical Chemistry. 

Alvin Schalow, Jr., B.S.

Alvin is a 1961 graduate of MCV/VCU School of Pharmacy and has generously given his time and talents to VCU and to the pharmaceutical field.  Alvin took an active role in local, state and national professional associations and was elected to top leadership positions in most.  Fascinated with the field of pharmacy and its long history, Alvin has created programs to present to both pharmacy students and civic groups and is playing an integral part in the development of a history of pharmacy museum at the VCU School of Pharmacy that will appeal to students and history buffs alike.  Alvin has served as a lecturer, adviser and preceptor for VCU pharmacy students.  He spearheaded the creation of the School of Pharmacy Scholarship Golf Tournament and serves on various local, state and national pharmacy associations.  He has also devoted time, energy and resources to support the MCV Alumni Association, including serving as its president and raising funds to restore the Maupin-Maury House, now home to the MCVAA.


Janet Silvester, MBA, FASHP

Janet received her B.S. in Pharmacy from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, a Doctor of Pharmacy from Creighton University and a Masters in Business Administration from James Madison University.  In 2013, Janet joined the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) as Vice President of Accreditation Services where she is responsible for providing strategic direction for all ASHP accreditation programs and services domestically and internationally. Previously, Janet spent 34 years in hospital pharmacy practice and was the Director of Pharmacy and Emergency Services at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, VA. Janet is a past president of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and past president of the Virginia Society of Health-System Pharmacists.  She is a past recipient of the Virginia Health-System Pharmacist of the Year award, the RD Anderson Distinguished Leadership Award, and the 2012 ASHP Award for Distinguished Leadership in Health-System Pharmacy Practice.

Jermaine Smith, R.Ph.

Jermaine is a 1996 graduate of the University of South Carolina. He currently holds the position of Director of College Relations and Professional Recruitment for Rite Aid Pharmacy. Throughout his tenure with Rite Aid, Jermaine has held various positions including staff pharmacist, pharmacy manager, and pharmacy district manager.  Jermaine currently serves on numerous professional societies and advisory boards including the Board of Visitors at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, National Advisory Council for Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, and Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Diversity Board. In affiliation with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation, Jermaine served as an Advisory Board member for the training program, “The Community Pharmacist Preceptor Education Program”. He also is an active member of the APhA, Past-President of the Maryland Pharmaceutical Association, and member of the Maryland Pharmacists Association.
Rebecca Snead, B.S.

Rebecca is the Executive Vice President and CEO of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA). Prior to assuming this position she was the Executive Director of the Virginia Pharmacists Association for over a decade.  She is also the Secretary/Treasurer for the Alliance for Patient Medication Safety Pharmacy (APMS), a non-profit supporting entity to NASPA whose mission is to foster a culture of quality within the profession of pharmacy.

Rebecca is recognized nationally for her leadership and service to the profession of pharmacy.  Most recently, the 2011 Medical College of Virginia Alumni Association’s Outstanding Alumnus Award and in 2008 the American Pharmacists Association Gloria Niemeyer Francke Leadership Mentor Award and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation’s UCB Leadership in Pharmacy Award.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the Medical College of Virginia.

Elizabeth Whalley Buono, B.S.N., MBA, JD

Liz received her BSN from Boston College and an MBA in Executive Management from St. John’s University.  She obtained a JD in Health Law and Economics from George Mason University. She practiced health law at Wiley, Rein LLP., joined Altria Client Services in pursuit of tobacco harm reduction, and MWV Healthcare in 2009 as V.P., Global Quality, Regulatory and External Affairs. Liz now heads a consultancy exploring novel health innovation opportunities including: Pay for Success Social Impact Financing, the treatment of drug-resistant TB and HIV in India, China and sub-Saharan Africa for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and new Virginia health care models with Virginia Center for Health Innovation.

William A. Zellmer, M.P.H.,

Williamis a consultant, writer, and speaker on professional and strategic issues in pharmacy practice and education. He directs the Pharmacy Forecast project of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation, which publishes an annual trends report to support strategic planning by pharmacy practice leaders in hospitals and health systems. He is the elected President of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy. He retired from the staff of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists at the end of 2009 after serving for many years in senior positions including: Deputy Executive Vice President and earlier, Editor of the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. He is a pharmacy graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University.