Keynotes

November 9
Keynote
Randall Lipps
Chairman, President, CEO & Founder
Omnicell

Randall Lipps is Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer, and founder of Omnicell. Under his leadership, Omnicell has grown from offering a single product to delivering the most comprehensive portfolio of medication management solutions across the continuum of care. Mr. Lipps founded Omnicell in 1992 after observing how inefficiently medical supplies were managed when his daughter was hospitalized at birth. Inspired by his work in airline industry operations and logistics, he sought to enable better management of supplies and medications in order to improve patient care. In 2014 Mr. Lipps was elected to the Bellwether League Hall of Fame, an industry organization that honors healthcare supply chain innovators, pioneers, and visionaries. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Nurses Foundation. He previously served on the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing Board of Overseers and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Foundation Board of Directors. A longtime supporter of start-up enterprises, Mr. Lipps is on the Advisory Board of Launchpad Digital Health, an early stage investor and mentor in digital health, and RexPay, a company focused on simplifying medical bill payment. He previously served on the boards of Invuity and Candescent Health. Mr. Lipps holds bachelor’s degrees in both Economics and Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.

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November 9
Keynote
Carey Lohrenz
First Female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy & Leadership Expert

Carey Lohrenz is a Leadership expert and keynote speaker who inspires audiences around the world to Lead with Courage and Be Fearless! Her powerful messages of Leadership, Tenacity, Commitment to Excellence and Resilience challenge, inform, and inspire teams to achieve peak performance. In her inspirational keynotes and motivational programs, Carey shares the fundamentals that helped her win in the cockpit at Mach 2. A dynamic healthcare speaker, Carey's passion for improving patient and staff satisfaction in the fast-paced field of healthcare brings results. With her authentic, highly motivational personality, she has spoken on patient safety to medical and pharmaceutical professionals about her risk management solutions and “flight plan” for success.

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November 10
Keynote
Scott Seidelmann
EVP & Chief Commercial Officer
Omnicell

Scott Seidelmann is EVP & Chief Commercial Officer at Omnicell. Prior to joining Omnicell, Mr. Seidelmann was the founder and CEO of Candescent Health, a cloud-based radiology workflow and analytics provider. He was previously co-founder and CEO of Radisphere Inc., one of the largest radiology practices in the U.S., which leveraged technology and analytics to transform the radiology care delivery model to improve quality and lower costs. Earlier in his career, Mr. Seidelmann held positions with Merrill Lynch and Ericsson Venture Partners, a technology venture capital firm. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University.

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Speakers

November 9
CE-Accredited
Theresa A. Capodilupo, RN, MSN, NE-BC
Nursing Director
Massachusetts General Hospital

Theresa A. Capodilupo, RN, MSN, NE-BC, is a Nursing Director for the inpatient Surgical Trauma unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. Theresa is a nursing leader on the organization’s Drug Diversion Task Force. Her focus is on instructional preparedness for nursing leaders in controlled substance surveillance, and she also provides support and guidance to institutions on their drug diversion programs. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston College and a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from UMass Lowell.

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November 10
Population Health
Irfan Ali
Senior Director, Client Success
EnlivenHealth™, an Omnicell Innovation

Irfan Ali leads the Network Performance and Clinical organizations at EnlivenHealth,™ a division of Omnicell focused on population health solutions. He develops strategies that influence, communicate and impact outcomes for Omnicell's health plan and retail pharmacy customers. Since joining Omnicell in 2007, Irfan has held several leadership positions focused on building medication adherence solutions within the UK, European, and most recently global pharmacy markets. Prior to joining Omnicell, Irfan worked at a number of UK retail pharmacy companies, creating operational models to improve the delivery of medication adherence solutions. In addition, he spent five years launching and operating consulting services for the UK and European healthcare market. Irfan is a qualified pharmacist, holding a B.Sc. in Pharmacy from the University of Portsmouth, UK.

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November 10
Intelligence
Dima Awad
Chief Pharmacy Officer
Stormont Vail Regional Health

Dima Awad is the Administrative Director and Chief of Pharmacy Services at Stormont Vail Regional Health, a nonprofit integrated health care system serving northeast Kansas. She has held leadership roles in healthcare operations, clinical services, information technology, regulatory compliance, quality and safety. Dima graduated as a Doctor in Pharmacy and holds a Master of Science in Pharmacology from University of Montreal, Canada

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November 9
CE-Accredited
Lani Bertrand, RPh
Senior Director, Clinical Consulting
Omnicell

Lani Bertrand is Senior Director, Clinical Consulting at Omnicell. She leads the Solution Consulting team, which provides clinical and technical support throughout the customer journey. Lani has been influential with expanding the role of the clinical consultant to better serve the customer through complex solution design, workflow analysis, and technology adoption. Before joining Omnicell, she provided pharmacy consultation, business development, management, and implementation support services to health systems. Lani’s healthcare business and clinical practice experience foster her commitment to enable pharmacy & patient care transformation.

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November 12
User Group Success Clinic
Nataliya Bryant
Customer Experience Consultant
Omnicell

Nataliya Bryant is a Customer Experience Consultant at Omnicell. Nataliya is passionate about helping customers achieve their objectives using Omnicell solutions. In her role as a CEC, Nataliya engages with customers to enhance their success through workflow improvements, system optimization, and adoption recommendations, as well as delivers best practice recommendations to support compliance and consistency. Before joining Omnicell, Nataliya worked at Shriners Hospital for Children for 5 years in the OR. She also served three Medical Missions in Ecuador with Project Perfect World. Nataliya holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration from Stevens-Henager College and an Associate of Science in Nursing from Kharkov Medical College (#1 in Ukraine).

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November 10
Population Health
Mike Cantrell
Senior Director, Regional Operations
EnlivenHealth™, an Omnicell Innovation

Mike Cantrell is the Senior Director of Regional Operations at EnlivenHealth,™ a divison of Omnicell focused on population health solutions, where he oversees project management, quality assurance, product delivery, functional monitoring, and customer support. He is a registered pharmacist and licensed attorney, and is known for successfully driving retail pharmacy performance during his 30+ years in the industry. Prior to joining EnlivenHealth, Mike served in senior management positions at Shopko, Delhaize America, and Longs Drug Stores, and also held senior management roles at AmerisourceBergen, one of the world’s largest drug distribution and healthcare services companies. He earned his JD degree from Peninsula University, a BSin Pharmacy from the University of Utah, and a BA in Chemistry from the University of Northern Colorado.

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November 9
CE-Accredited
Michael Chen
Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesia, Peri-Operative Medicine, & Pain Management
Stanford University School of Medicine

Michael Chen is a Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesia, Peri-Operative Medicine, and Pain Management at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is Co-Chair of Pharmacy & Therapeutics and is the physician lead for the Narcotic Diversion Oversight Committee at Stanford Children's Hospital. His passion for narcotic diversion came from seeing his mentors and colleagues fall victim to the lure of substance abuse. He hopes that by using technology to identify diversion patterns, healthcare workers can receive intervention before it is too late.

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November 12
Business Justification Workshop
Jeff Cook, PharmD, MS, MBA
Chief Pharmacy Officer and Assistant Dean
UAMS

Jeffrey Cook is a Chief Pharmacy Officer and Assistant Dean at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), where he works to provide safe and efficient Pharmaceutical Care in the Health System. Jeffrey sees collaboration and caring as the primary tools for accomplishing the mission of UAMS. He has worked in leadership roles for over 25 years and has also served in the U.S. Army. After his military career, he worked as a Clinical Pharmacy Manager, a Hospital Pharmacy Director, and now Chief Pharmacy Officer. His strengths are pharmacy operations and business, and he is enthusiastic about project management and pharmacy technology. Jeffrey holds a Doctorate of Pharmacy and Dual Masters Degree in Pharmacy Economics and Business Administration from The Ohio State University, University of Florida, and Stetson University, respectively.

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November 10
Services
Denise Cox
Senior Vice President & Chief Customer Officer
Omnicell

Denise Cox is the Chief Customer Officer North America at Omnicell. In her most recent position as Cisco’s Vice President of the Americas Customer Experience (CX) Centers, Denise led over 3000+ individuals in delivering effortless support, architecture, and implementation services. In addition to her expertise and experience, she is also passionate about customer experience and customer success. She specializes in helping customers avoid downtime and views service offerings in healthcare as differentiators that can drive product sales and customer loyalty. Denise is a frequent speaker at Women in Technology events. She has a Master of Science in Information Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and currently resides in North Carolina.

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November 10
NAC Medication Adherence
Justin Craigie
Chief Operating Officer
PharmScript

Justin Craigie is Chief Operating Officer at PharmScript, where he is the “key voice” responsible for leading and managing the organization’s day-to-day direction, translating business priorities into operational tactics, and achieving strategic/financial goals.

He oversees pharmacy operations, distribution, customer service, floor operations, data entry teams, revenue cycle operations and collections, strategic technology and data integrity, business operations and continuous improvement teams, quality control teams, quality assurance teams, and customer success and implementation teams.

Justin communicates the organization's corporate vision and growth plans, promotes company culture, and is involved in crucial planning issues and long/short term objectives. He also hires, motivates, develops, and fosters talent. He graduated from Tufts University.

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November 10
Central Pharmacy Session
DeVere Day, PharmD
Pharmacy Automation and Technology Manager
Intermountain Healthcare

DeVere Day is a Pharmacy Automation and Technology Manager at Intermountain Healthcare. He graduated from the University of Utah College of Pharmacy and has worked for Intermountain Healthcare for 20 years. DeVere's first 14 years were spent practicing bedside care at LDS Hospital and Intermountain Medical Center with a focus on cardiology, where he loved the patient interaction and found great joy working with heart transplant and mechanical heart recipients. He is the proud father of six children, and when not at work, is gardening, fishing or coaching on a baseball field.

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November 10
Point of Care
Nilesh Desai, MBA, BS, RPh, CPPS
Chief Pharmacy Officer
Baptist Health System

Nilesh Desai is the Chief Pharmacy Officer at Baptist Health. In this newly created role, he is responsible for pharmacy enterprise operations across the nine-hospital system, including oversight of the system’s ambulatory pharmacies. Nilesh spent 21 years with Hackensack University Medical Center/Hackensack Meridian Health in New Jersey as administrator of pharmacy and clinical operations. During his tenure, he led an effort to centralize and integrate all decision-making on technology, training, educational materials, formulary standardization, medication management policies, workflows, and Epic build and standardization across the network. He also expanded the clinical pharmacist team and the pharmacy residency program, and established Transitions of Care, Med to Beds, and PGY2 Emergency Medicine programs.

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November 10
Population Health
Patrick Di Chiro
Senior Director, Marketing
EnlivenHealth™, an Omnicell Innovation

Patrick Di Chiro is the Senior Director of Marketing at EnlivenHealth™, a division of Omnicell focused on population health solutions. He leads all marketing activities, including brand development, product marketing, demand generation, and communications. As a veteran marketer and dedicated entrepreneur, Patrick’s career has spanned healthcare, technology, and consumer brand marketing. Prior to joining EnlivenHealth in 2020, Patrick served as Chief Marketing Officer of several technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also founded and led one of the nation’s leading integrated marketing firms. Earlier, Patrick was the Chief Communications Officer of Internet pioneer E*TRADE, VP of Global Technology Marketing for Visa International, and Partner with Ketchum, a global communications agency. A native of Napoli, Italy, Patrick earned his BS Degree from the University of Maryland.

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November 9
CE-Accredited
Chris Fortier
Chief Pharmacy Officer
Massachusetts General Hospital

Christopher Fortier, PharmD, FASHP. serves as the Chief Pharmacy Officer and Residency Director for the PGY-1/PGY-2 HSPA Residency Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Fortier received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut and completed both a PGY-1 Practice Residency and a PGY-2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center. Additionally, Chris serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, Northeastern University School of Pharmacy, and the MCPHS.

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November 10
Intelligence
Jim Garretson
Vice President, Product Management
Omnicell

Jim Garretson is the VP of Product, Omnicell One, and Platform at Omnicell. He leads Omnicell’s cloud-based analytics and workflow efforts, applying deep expertise in scalable software technology and product design for healthcare. Jim holds a master’s degree in human-computer interaction from Carnegie Mellon University and a dual bachelor’s degree in computer science and biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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November 9
CE-Accredited
Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FISMP, FASCP
Director of Error Reporting Programs
Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)

Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FISMP, FASCP is the Director of Error Reporting Programs at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). He first joined ISMP in 2000 as an ISMP Safe Medication Management Fellow. His responsibilities include working with healthcare practitioners and institutions to provide education on medication errors and prevention, as well as reviewing medication errors that have been voluntarily submitted by practitioners to ISMP’s National Medication Errors Reporting Programs (MERP). He is project leader for the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) Hospital Improvement Innovation Network’s (HIIN) Adverse Drug Event (ADE) Project, a collaborative project engaging healthcare organizations to reduce and prevent patient harm from the use of anticoagulants, insulins, and opioids. He has published numerous articles in the pharmacy literature, including regular columns in P&T, and is a journal reviewer for a number of publications including the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, Pharmacoepidemiology, Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy, BMJ Open Quality and Drug Safety, and Annals of Internal Medicine. He is a chapter contributor to a textbook published by McGraw-Hill entitled "Pharmacy Management: Essentials for All Practice Settings, Essentials of Nurse Informatics, Remington and Medication Errors." Prior to joining ISMP, he served as a home care and long-term care pharmacy surveyor for the Joint Commission. Mr. Grissinger serves as the Chair for the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCC MERP), and Vice Chair of the National Quality Form (NQF) Common Formats Expert Panel. He is also on the Editorial Board for P&T, the Faculty Advisory Board for the Pharmacy Learning Network (PLN) and the Publications Advisory Board for Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses. He also served on the WHO Focus Group on Measurement Tools for Medication Safety, United States Pharmacopeia’s (USP) Safe Medication Use Expert Committee from 2005-2010, the FDA Proprietary Name Review Concept Paper workshop panel in 2008, FDA Naming, Labeling, and Packaging Practices to Minimize Medication Errors workshop panel in 2010 and the Joint Commission Home Care Compounding Pharmacy Technical Advisory Panel in 2013. Matt is also an adjunct assistant professor for Temple University School of Pharmacy. He received a BS in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and is a fellow of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices as well as the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists

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November 10
Point of Care
Dr. Patrick Guffey
Pediatric Anesthesiologist, Associate Professor, Performance Improvement and Informatics Director for the Department of Anesthesiology, and Chief Medical Information Officer
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Dr. Patrick Guffey is the Chief Medical Information Officer at Children's Hospital Colorado. In addition to this role, he also serves as a pediatric anesthesiologist, associate professor, and performance improvement and informatics director for the hospital's department of Anesthesiology. Patrick serves as the medical director and chair of the American Society of Anesthesiologist’s Patient Safety Organization, and is a former member of the Children’s Hospital Association’s Patient Safety Team. He is also the past president of the Colorado Chapter of HIMSS and the secretary of the Board for the Colorado Regional Health Information Exchange. Dr. Guffey has delivered over 50 national presentations on the topics of quality and safety, informatics, and anesthesiology operations, and has also written numerous scholarly articles and book chapters on these topics.

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November 10
Intelligence
Lisa Gunther, PharmD, FASHP, FCSHP
Medication Safety Officer
Adventist Health Medical Center

Lisa Gunther, PharmD, FASHP, FCSHP, is currently the Medication Safety Officer at Adventist Health Medical Center in Glendale, California. Dr. Gunther has 34 years of service at Kaiser Permanente, where she held various positions including Director of Pharmacy Finance at the Corporate Pharmacy Offices in Downey, and Drug Education Coordinator and Inpatient Pharmacist Specialist at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in West Los Angeles. Dr. Gunther is the President of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) and the Immediate Past President of the CSHP Research and Education Foundation. She has served CSHP in the past on the Board of Directors and as CSHP Treasurer.

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November 10
Intelligence
Kim Hixson
Sr. Product Manager
Omnicell

Kim Hixson is a Senior Product Manager for Omnicell’s drug diversion and server platform products. Kim has been helping Omnicell customers solve drug diversion problems over 14 years, with an expertise in Omnicell’s portfolio of drug diversion software. During that time she has seen drug diversion technology evolve from basic statistical method reporting to advance analytics. Kim is part of the Omnicell/Kit Check partnership team that is integrating Kit Check’s Bluesight software into the Omnicell drug diversion portfolio. Kim is a contributor to a patent titled "System and method for managing inventory at dispensing units," USA20130144435A1. Kim is also a member of the NADDI, IHFDA and Elk’s Drug Awareness committee – Redwood City Chapter.

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November 12
User Group Success Clinic
Ganesh Katte
Technical Director, Software
Omnicell

Ganesh Katte is Technical Director, Engineering at Omnicell. He has been part of Omnicell's engineering department since 2001, where he has held various roles in eCommerce, Hosted Solutions and Professional Service, focusing on product, platform architecture, and security. With strong background in IT and regulatory requirements pertaining to information security, privacy and data security, Ganesh has successfully led Omnicell products through stringent cybersecurity certifications processes for high security customers such as the US Department of Defense. Ganesh is passionate about security and works closely with both internal Omnicell organizations and customers to securely implement Omnicell products. Ganesh has authored several technical white papers and holds a Bachelor of Technology from Mangalore University. Ganesh Katte is Technical Director, Engineering at Omnicell. He has been part of Omnicell's engineering department since 2001, where he has held various roles in eCommerce, Hosted Solutions and Professional Service, focusing on product, platform architecture, and security. With strong background in IT and regulatory requirements pertaining to information security, privacy and data security, Ganesh has successfully led Omnicell products through stringent cybersecurity certifications processes for high security customers such as the US Department of Defense. Ganesh is passionate about security and works closely with both internal Omnicell organizations and customers to securely implement Omnicell products. Ganesh has authored several technical white papers and holds a Bachelor of Technology from Mangalore University.

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November 10
Dennis Killian, PharmD, PhD
Vice President of Clinical Operations
TidalHealth

Dennis Killian, PharmD, PhD, graduated from the University of Maryland Maryland-Baltimore School of Pharmacy and was the first student to complete the PharmD (1999), PhD (2001) dual-degree pathway at this institution. He currently serves as the Vice President of Clinical Operations at TidalHealth System which includes oversight of pharmacy, medical imaging and laboratory operations. Key accomplishments include the creation of two ambulatory pharmacies, changing the medication distribution model from centralized to point point-of -care and initiating decentralized pharmacy services. Dennis also serves as an associate professor of pharmacy practice and administration at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) School of Pharmacy since 2010, where he teaches Pharmaceutical Calculations, Pharmacokinetics, Automation and Pharmacy Administration.

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November 10
Point of Care
David J. Klinger, RPh
System Director, Operations & Compliance, Enterprise Pharmacy
Geisinger Health

David J Klinger is the System Director, Operations & Compliance of Enterprise Pharmacy for Geisinger Health (GH) in Danville, Pennsylvania. David coordinates operations and compliance activities for Enterprise Pharmacy across all Geisinger pharmacy locations. David has been with Geisinger since 2004. During his tenure, he has led projects related to the opening of three Hematology/Oncology pharmacies and one Operating Room Pharmacy. He also led the implementation of automated dispensing cabinets (ADC) in the operating rooms, as well as the system-wide upgrades of existing ADCs. David currently serves on several hospital and health system committees including the GH Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee, Medication Safety Workgroups, and the GH Formulary Steering Committee. His primary areas of interests are pharmacy automation and pharmacy administration. David received his Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy from Temple University. He also completed the American Society of Health System Pharmacists’ Pharmacy Leadership Academy. Mr. Klinger is a member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, Pennsylvania Society of Hospital Pharmacists, and the International Health Facility Diversion Association.

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November 10
Intelligence
Michael Korthius
Vice President, Engineering
Omnicell

Michael Korthuis is Vice President, Engineering at Omnicell, where he leads the Omnicell One and platform engineering teams. Prior to Omnicell, Michael led engineering at Curation Health, an advanced clinical decision support platform, and at Candescent Health, a cloud-based radiology workflow/analytics provider. Earlier in his career, Michael was a part of several cloud hosted businesses ultimately acquired by Blackbaud, Tibco, and Richline, respectively. Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from McGill University.

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November 9
CE-Accredited
Desi Kotis
Chief Pharmacy Officer
UCSF

Dr. Desi Kotis is Chief Pharmacy Executive for UCSF Health System and Associate Dean for UCSF School of Pharmacy. Dr. Kotis received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at the University of Illinois, where she also received her Doctorate of Pharmacy. She was appointed as an ASHP fellow in 2013 and received the President’s award from the Illinois Council Health System Pharmacists in 2015. She was also the recipient of the 2017 Pharmacist of the Year Award from Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists. Dr. Kotis serves as Vice Chair of the Illinois State Board of Pharmacy and is a strategic academic medical center leader in hospital pharmacy management. She has played an integral part in expanding the role of the pharmacist and pharmacy technician into a comprehensive patient-centered model in line with the ASHP PAI. In addition to her many accomplishments, Dr. Kotis is also Vice Chair of the Vizient Academic Medical Center Pharmacy Network.

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November 10
NAC Medication Adherence
Jennifer Krusa RPh
Chief Compliance Officer
PharmScript

Jennifer Krusa has served as Chief Compliance Officer since 2017 at PharmScript, where she brings more than 20 years of experience in long-term care pharmacy operations and corporate compliance. Jennifer leads PharmScript’s Corporate Compliance Program and guides the organization’s commitment to compliance, ethical conduct, and integrity. Prior to joining PharmScript, Jennifer served as the Business Compliance Officer at Omnicare’s Corporate Compliance office for the Northeast Region. At Partners Pharmacy she was Director of Pharmacy Operations with lead responsibility for pharmacy workflow optimization. She earned a BS degree in pharmacy at Rutgers University, is certified in Healthcare Compliance by the Compliance Certification Board, and is a registered pharmacist in New Jersey.

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November 10
Point of Care
Juliana Linsdell, BSN, RN
Nursing Consultant
Omnicell

Juliana Linsdell, BSN, RN, serves as a Nursing Clinical Consultant at Omnicell. She is a Duke University School of Nursing Graduate and has a variety of Perioperative and Critical Care Nursing experience, mostly in the Boston area. Juliana has been a Clinical Consultant at Omnicell for nearly 8 years, and works with customers across the country to help them embrace and optimize Omnicell experiences with automation and medication management to improve safety, efficiency, security, and overall success in the acute care setting and patient care.

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November 12
User Group Success Clinic
Leigh Martin
Director, Customer Success
Omnicell

Leigh Martin is Director, Customer Success at Omnicell. She joined Omnicell in 2020, bringing more than 15 years of experience building and delivering analytical applications and services to customers in healthcare, retail and financial services. Leigh is responsible for ensuring the enthusiastic adoption of the Omnicell One tech-enabled service. Prior to Omnicell, Leigh spent five years as Senior Director, Science at Infor DynamicScience Labs, building a team that solved complex problems for customers, including inventory optimization solutions for health systems. Preceding her role at Infor, Leigh was Director, Client Services at FIS and Practice Manager–Pricing and Optimization at Oracle. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Brown University and an MBA and Masters in Information Systems from Boston University.

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November 9
CE-Accredited
Gee Mathen
Director Pharmacy Clinical Applications & Technical Services
Texas Children’s Hospital

Gee Mathen is the director of clinical applications and technical services in the pharmacy department at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where he manages a team of Epic Willow pharmacy experts that recently completed a 3-campus implementation of Epic and Omnicell. He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering at the University of Houston and holds Epic Willow, EpicCare Inpatient, and EpicCare Inpatient Decision Support master’s certifications. Mr. Mathen’s areas of expertise include decision support, best practice alerts, alternative alerts, and patient scoring.

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November 10
Services
Charles McCluskey III, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS
System Vice-President Pharmacy Services
OhioHealth Enterprise

Charles McCluskey, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, is currently the System Vice-President Pharmacy Services for the OhioHealth Enterprise. He earned his BS Pharm from Ohio Northern University and his Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from The Ohio State University. While completing his Executive MBA work at The Ohio State University, he engaged in learning from business practices outside of Ohio and the United States. In 2010 he was asked to unite pharmacy services under a single structure. Dr. McCluskey has leadership experience outside of pharmacy services as the Vice President and Epic Program Director, where he led system-wide teams overseeing the operational components of the health systems’ Epic EMR implementation. He later set the foundation and led the development of the medication management effort within the Population Health business unit of OhioHealth. In 2018, Dr. McCluskey was asked to oversee all pharmacy operations within the enterprise, including acute, non-acute, population health, and pharmacy services within OhioHealth’s joint venture insurance offering. He is well known for his strong interpersonal, negotiation, and diplomatic communication skills. He has a proven ability to motivate, develop, and lead teams to exceed goals, as well as to deliver high quality and safety. He is also skilled at reducing costs in challenging environments. Dr. McCluskey presently serves as the Residency Program Director for the Health-System Pharmacy and Leadership PGY1/2 residency programs for Riverside Methodist Hospital, Grant Medical Center, and Mansfield Hospital. He serves on the board for the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio, is a member of the Vizient Pharmacy Executive Council, and is also a member of the Hospital Advisory Board for Amerisource Bergen. Finally, he holds adjunct faculty appointments at Ohio Northern University and The Ohio State University.

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November 12
Business Justification Workshop
Arpit Mehta, PharmD, MPH
Director of Pharmacy
Allegheny General Hospital

Dr. Arpit Mehta is a director of pharmacy at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he also serves as a coordinator for the pharmacy administration residency program. He received a doctor of pharmacy degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy and completed a 24-month PGY1/PGY2 health-system pharmacy administration residency at Allegheny General Hospital (a member of Allegheny Health Network). He also received a master of public health degree from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Dr. Mehta’s professional interests include leadership development, advancement of health-system pharmacy administration, pharmacy informatics, and preceptorship/mentorship.

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November 9
CE-Accredited
Christina Michalek, BSc Pharm, RPh, FASHP
Medication Safety Specialist
Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)

Christina Michalek, BS, RPh, FASHP is a Medication Safety Specialist and Administrative Coordinator for the Medication Safety Officers Society at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). She began working with ISMP as an external consultant and advisor in 2001, and later joined the ISMP staff in 2010.

At ISMP, Chris works collaboratively with health-system leaders and clinical staff in order to define, design, and improve medication safety initiatives. She is passionate about empowering others to enhance medication safety efforts and enjoys collaborating with healthcare practitioners and sharing best practices through educational programing at national, international, state, and local-level professional conferences.

Chris also manages the update and analysis of ISMP’s Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals and is the ISMP lead for medication-related technology issues. Additionally, she has been serving as a Patient Safety Analyst to the ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization since 2013.

Chris is also the Chair of Leapfrog’s Barcode Medication Administration Expert Panel. She co-Chaired ECRI Institute’s Partnership for Patient Safety Health IT Clinical Decision Support for Drug-Allergy Interactions workgroup, and currently co-leads ECRI Institute’s Partnership for Patient Safety Health IT Safe Practices to Reduce CPOE Alert Fatigue through Monitoring, Analysisand Optimization workgroup. She represents ISMP on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Safe Injection Practices Coalition.

Chris has had clinical instructor and adjunct faculty appointments at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Temple University School of Pharmacy, and Wilkes University School of Pharmacy, and is also a lecturer at Jefferson College of Pharmacy. She has more than 20 years of acute care hospital pharmacy experience, during which she provided care to a variety of different patient populations before advancing into management and ultimately department leadership roles.

Her experience includes clinical practice and departmental management in a small community hospital, clinical support and management at a mid-sized community hospital, and pharmacy department leadership in a large integrated healthcare network. She served as Director of Pharmacy at Lehigh Valley Health Network and as Director of Pharmacy at Doylestown Hospital.

Chris is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists (PSHP), and the Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPA). She is a past presidential officer of the Bux-Mont chapter of PSHP and Pharmacist of the Year for PSHP. She currently serves on the Small and Rural Hospital Section Advisory Group for ASHP, the Special Interest Group on Medication Safety for PPA, and the Meeting Programming Committee for PSHP.

Chris earned her pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 residency at Suburban General Hospital. She is a fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

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November 10
Services
James Nelson, MBA
Manager of Pharmacy Informatics
OhioHealth Enterprise

James Nelson is the Informatics Manager of Pharmacy Services for OhioHealth in Columbus, Ohio, where he oversees informatics, data analytics, and technical services. James' areas of expertise include implementation of large-scale projects, application build, and data visualization. His certifications in Willow Inpatient and Clinical Decision Support Epic modules have further aided his success in executing projects such as the development of operational dashboards, implementation of central automation at multiple care sites, and the installation of a perpetual inventory system for seven hospitals. James also has technical experience in orthopedics, ambulatory, and e-commerce. He earned his BA in Sports Medicine from Denison University and his Masters in Business Administration at Ohio University.

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November 9
CE-Accredited
Kim New, JD, BSN, RN
Executive Director
International Health Facility Diversion Association

Kim New, JD, BSN, RN, is the cofounder and Executive Director of the International Health Facility Diversion Association. She specializes in controlled substance security and DEA regulatory compliance, and assists facilities across the country with diversion investigations, diversion program development, staff education, crisis management, and remote auditing. Kim is also a nurse and an attorney.

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November 11
NAC Medication Adherence
Bryan Okolowicz
Sr. Product Manager
Omnicell

Bryan Okolowicz is Sr. Product Manager, Medication Adherence Automation at Omnicell. He leads Omnicell’s portfolio of packaging automation solutions which enable pharmacies of all sizes to grow, scale, and maximize efficiency. Bryan is passionate about developing products that improve patient outcomes, decrease healthcare costs. Prior to Omnicell Bryan was Director of Product Management of eDiets.com. He was previously co-founder of several startups.

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November 9
CE-Accredited
Susan Paparella, MSN, RN
Vice President
Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)

Susan Paparella, MSN, RN is Vice President at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). Currently, Susan oversees the development and implementation of ISMP’s Consulting, Collaborative, and Educational Services, including Proactive Medication Safety Risk Assessments, Root Cause Analyses, the Practitioner in Residence Program,™ and ISMP’s International Experience. She is a key contributor to ISMP’s research agenda and has co-led several national safety summits resulting in the creation and revision of ISMP Safe Practice Guideline documents. Susan often participates in consultation engagements, including the investigation of adverse medication safety events in adult populations involving critical/emergency care and oncology infusion practices. She has developed and led a number of group collaboratives focusing on the adoption of a shared safety learning culture and strategies for advancing medication safety. Susan regularly presents on medication safety-related risks and challenges to national audiences across the US. Before joining ISMP, Susan spent 20 years in acute care practice as the Director for Critical Care and Emergency Services, followed by several years as the Director for Hospital-wide Quality Improvement, Risk Management, and Education. Since 2004, she has been the author and section editor of Danger Zone, a regular column on medication and patient safety in the Journal of Emergency Nursing. Susan is also the co-author and faculty for the ASHP/ISMP Medication Safety Certificate Program and a co-lead of ISMP’s Medication Safety Intensive program. Since 2002, she has been adjunct faculty at the Temple University School of Pharmacy. Susan is a member of the American Association of Hospital Risk Managers (ASHRM), Sigma Theta Tau International, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and was past chair of the Emergency Nurse’s Association (ENA’s) Patient Safety Committee. In 2012, Susan was awarded a Villanova University College of Nursing Medallion for Distinguished Contributions to Nursing Practice. In 2016, she was inducted into the Abington-Dixon School of Nursing Hall of Fame. Susan is a graduate of the Abington Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and received a BSN and MSN with honors from Villanova University.

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November 10
Point of Care
Nish Parekh
Vice President, Product Management, Point of Care
Omnicell

Nish Parekh currently leads the Point of Care product portfolio at Omnicell, including all hardware, software, and services that help clinicians at the point-of-care across acute, ambulatory, and non-acute care settings. Prior to Omnicell, she worked at IBM, where she led strategy and product management for Watson Oncology, and launched and developed two programs: the first Watson Client Success program and the first AI Digital Agency partnership program. Before IBM, Nish worked at several health companies including Epic, Alcon Pharmaceuticals, and Covidien. She led product management for pharmacy solutions at Epic where she managed global development, launch, and adoption of the pharmacy and inventory products Willow Ambulatory and Willow Inventory. Nish enjoys talking about all things product and health tech. She has spoken at SXSW about how to enable technology to reach low income populations, and has also been featured in Fast Company for her growth as a tech professional. Nish was a speaker for Brand Innovators at CES and has a degree in Finance and minor in Biology from Emory University.

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November 9
CE-Accredited
Ken Perez
Vice President, Healthcare Policy
Omnicell

Ken Perez is the VP of Healthcare Policy at Omnicell. He is a thought leader on various subjects, including health policy, healthcare economics, AI, data analytics, population health management, and the opioid crisis. Ken holds a bachelor's degree in international relations with an emphasis in economics from Stanford University, as well as an MBA with a concentration in finance from UCLA Anderson.

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November 10
Omnicell Services
Tanja Portman
Vice President, Professional Services
Omnicell

Tanja Portmann is Senior Director, Operations at Omnicell and has been driving results at the company for 19 years. Tanja is a results-oriented leader with hands-on experience and success in professional services, project, change, and strategic management. In addition to Omnicell, she served in senior implementation services roles at BD (formally CareFusion), a global medical technology company. Tanja holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Wilmington University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and an Associate of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She is also a certified Change Management Specialist.

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November 10
Services
Alex Pratt
Senior Director, Client Solutions
Omnicell

Alex Pratt is Senior Director, Client Solutions at Omnicell. Alex is an entrepreneurial leader who is passionate about helping customers achieve their objectives using Omnicell solutions. Prior to Omnicell, Alex served as VP of Services for Envision Healthcare’s Radiology business, where he drove adoption of technology and analytics to optimize quality and cost. He also led Customer Success for Candescent Health, a cloud-based radiology workflow and analytics provider, as well as served as Director, Professional Services for Radisphere Radiology Group. Earlier in his career, he was the first employee and Client Services leader for a healthcare analytics and services start-up called Pathways to Success. Alex holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Miami University.

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November 12
Workshop
Jeff Schlossnagle
Senior Vice President & Chief Growth Officer
Omnicell

Jeff Schlossnagle is the Senior Vice President and Chief Growth Officer, North America, at Omnicell, where he currently oversees Omnicell’s go-to-market sales strategy. He spearheads efforts to establish long-term customer partnerships, including initiatives related to the entire customer journey. Prior to joining Omnicell, Jeff gained commercial experience in both the pharmaceutical and financial industries. He holds a BA in Political Science from Elon University.

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November 10
Point of Care
Mary Selzo, RPh
Senior Clinical Product Manager
Omnicell

Mary Selzo, RPh, is currently a Senior Clinical Product Manager at Omnicell, where she works with customers on external validation of Omnicell innovations. In this role, Mary is able to apply her vast experience in health system pharmacy to ensure solutions meet the growing needs of customers and patients. Prior to joining Omnicell, Mary worked for over 30 years as a pharmacist at Shand’s Teaching Hospital at the University of Florida, where she led and managed operations of the Pharmacy Automation and Technology team. After retiring from the UF at Shands health system, she has continued to leverage her pharmacy expertise at Swisslog and Omnicell in various customer facing roles.

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November 9
CE-Accredited
James Stevenson, PharmD
Vice President of Medication Systems Strategy
Omnicell

James G. Stevenson, PharmD, FASHP, FFIP, is Vice President of Medication Systems Strategy at Omnicell. Previously, he served as president of hospitals and health systems services at Visante, Inc. Before joining Visante, Stevenson was chief pharmacy officer at the University of Michigan Health System and associate dean and department chair of clinical, social, and administrative sciences at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. He also served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

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November 9
CE-Accredited
Mark Sullivan, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, FASHP
Associate Chief Pharmacy Officer
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Mark Sullivan PharmD, MBA, BCPS, FASHP is Associate Chief PharmacyOfficer for Vanderbilt University Hospital and Clinics in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the Residency Program Director for the Administrative Residency at Vanderbilt. He has supported implementation of a number of medication-related systems, including automated medication cabinets, “Smart Pump” infusion systems, CPOE and BCMA systems. He has served as an invited member of the USP Safe Medication Use committee, vice chair of the ASHP Practice Managers Section Advisory group on communications, and chair of theASHP Practice Manager’s Section Advisory group on manager development. He served as the inaugural chair of the Tennessee Hospital Association Pharmacist Collaborative. He is Past President of the Tennessee Society of Health System Pharmacy. He holds faculty appointments to the University of Tennessee, Belmont University and Lipscomb University Colleges of Pharmacy and served on the Admissions Committee for the inaugural class of the Lipscomb College of Pharmacy.

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November 10
Central Pharmacy
David Webster, RPh, MSBA
Director of Acute Care Pharmacy Operations
University of Rochester Medical Center

David Webster, RPh, MSBA, is associate director of operations at the University of Rochester Medical Center/Strong Memorial Hospital, where his focus is operations management, strategic planning, and leadership in a large academic teaching environment. Achievements include implementation of dispensing, repackaging, and compounding automation and technology, development and implementation of pharmacist practice models, and support of ambulatory infusion centers with implementation of centralized sterile compounding services. He was also director of the PGY1 pharmacy resident program for eleven years and currently an assistant professor of public health sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center/Strong Memorial Hospital. Mr. Webster received a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from Saint Bonaventure University, a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a master of science in business administration degree in operations management from University of Rochester Simon School of Business. He is a member of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists and team member and leader in the Vizient Business of the Pharmacy Enterprise Committee.

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November 12
User Group Success Clinic
Linda Williams
Customer Experience Consultant
Omnicell

Linda Williams is Customer Experience Consultant at Omnicell, where she engages with customers to enhance their success during conversion to Omnicell solutions. She also provides workflow improvements, system optimization, and adoption recommendations to enhance their experience, and delivers best practice recommendations to ensure compliance and consistency. Before joining Omnicell, Linda was with Baylor Health Care System for 18 years, the final five of which were spent as Manager of Technical Operations at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She also spent three years serving as a communication specialist in the US Army. Linda holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Pharmacy Technology from Fayetteville Technical Institute.

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November 10
Central Pharmacy
Dennis Wright
Senior Director, Product Marketing
Omnicell

Dennis Wright is Senior Director, Central Pharmacy Product Marketing at Omnicell, where he is responsible for leading product marketing efforts for the Central Pharmacy portfolio, as well as delivering on the vision of the Autonomous Pharmacy. Mr. Wright holds a bachelor’s degree from Thiel College and an MBA focused on marketing from The University of Pittsburgh, Katz School of Business.

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November 9
CE-Accredited
Allen Zimmerman
Managing Director
Huron Consulting Group

Allen Zimmerman is the Managing Director at Huron Consulting Group. Allen has more than 25 years of hands-on experience in healthcare executive leadership, operations, retail, reimbursement, and technology in hospital, and specialty pharmacy settings. He has a track record of conceptualizing, developing, and implementing strategic plans that help healthcare organizations enhance care, as well as improve reimbursement and operational efficiency, while reducing costs

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