Speakers

Jeff Cain, Holly Divine, Patricia Freeman, Rodney Guy, James Nash, Mary Piascik, Frank Romanelli, Stacy Taylor, Marietta Watts

Jeff Cain, EdD

Associate Professor
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Lexington, Kentucky

Jeff Cain, EdD, MS, is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice & Science at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. He teaches a pharmacy management course and a creative thinking for innovation elective, directs the University of Kentucky Teaching Certificate Program and mentors pharmacy residents through an academia rotation. He is actively involved in social and behavioral sciences research. His primary research interests are social media, student wellness, & higher education. Dr. Cain has numerous publications and presentations related to social media, teaching and learning, and student wellness. He was a 2013 AACP Academic Leadership Fellow and winner of the 2013 Michael J. Lach Faculty Award for Innovative Teaching. He was also named in 2017 as an AACP Distinguished Teaching Scholar. Dr. Cain currently serves as the associate editor of Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning and is the editor for Pulses scholarly blog.

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Holly Divine, PharmD, CGP, CDE

Clinical Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Science
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Divine coordinates the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences and is the Residency Program Director for the UK College of Pharmacy PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Residency Program. In addition to her role in experiential education, she teaches and coordinates endocrine course in the curriculum. She is a 2015 recipient of the UK Provost’s Outstanding Teaching Award and a 2010 recipient of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Community Pharmacy Residency Excellence in Precepting Award.

Dr. Divine has practiced in ambulatory care for over 15 years and currently provides medication therapy management focusing on diabetes care at Bluegrass Community Health Center, a Federally-Qualified Health Center and accredited Patient-Centered Medical Home, in Lexington, Kentucky. Previously, she was the co-founder of the PharmacistCARE program, a recipient of the 2008 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Best Practices Award and 2005 APhA Foundation Pinnacle Award.

Dr. Divine serves as the Chair of the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties Ambulatory Care Specialty Council. In addition to being a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist, she is also a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist and a Certified Diabetes Educator.

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Patricia Freeman, RPh, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Science
Director, Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Practice
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Freeman holds several positions in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky, including Director of the Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Practice (CAPP); Clinical Associate Professor in the Pharmacy Practice and Science Department, and Faculty Associate in the Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy (IPOP).

Dr. Freeman’s research interests include drug abuse policy, including evaluating prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) and their impact and effectiveness at preventing prescription drug abuse and diversion. She is principal investigator on a two-year study funded by the National Institute of Justice to evaluate the features and practices of PDMPs and identify those that have the greatest utility for law enforcement investigations and prosecution, and is a co-investigator on a project aimed at understanding the consumer perspective of the chilling effect of PDMPs. Recently, she served as the principal investigator on an evaluation of the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting (KASPER) program, conducting stakeholder interviews with medical licensing boards and collecting qualitative data via surveys of KASPER users, including prescribers, pharmacists and law enforcement officers. She also served as principal investigator on a project identifying the advantages, disadvantages and barriers to implementation of real-time transmission of data from dispensers of controlled substances to the KASPER program, and a project to assess the impact of current policy controlling access to methamphetamine precursors (pseudoephedrine) on methamphetamine abuse.

She earned a bachelor of pharmacy degree and a PhD degree from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

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Rodney Guy, PhD

Dean and Professor
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Guy is Dean and Professor at the UK College of Pharmacy. He earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Reed College in Portland. He earned a doctorate in organic chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in cellular biology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. His research focus is chemical biology and preclinical drug discovery and development for neglected diseases, especially those that affect children.

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James Nash, PharmD, MPG, BCPS

Associate Dean, Experiential Education
Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences
Sullivan University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Louisville, Kentucky

Dr. James Nash studied pharmacy and earned his Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia and a Master of Public Health at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He completed a general pharmacy practice residency at the University of Colorado and a specialized residency in primary care at the University of Texas. Dr. Nash is board certified as a pharmacotherapy specialist (BCPS) by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties and licensed as a pharmacist in Colorado, Florida and Kentucky. He has practiced in a variety of settings to include Kaiser Permanente, Humana, Total Therapeutic Management, The Ohio State University, Regis University and Sullivan University. Currently, Dr. Nash is a professor of Clinical & Administrative Sciences, as well as the Associate Dean of Experiential and Interprofessional Education at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. He also is a commissioned officer in the Medical Service Corp of the US Navy Reserves. Jamie is married to Jennifer and has four children. In his spare time, he enjoys running, working out, and spending time with his family.

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Mary Piascik, PhD, RPh

Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Lexington, Kentucky

Peggy Piascik, Ph.D, is Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. She received her B.S. in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Piascik served as president of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in 2013-2014. She is a two-time recipient of the AACP Innovations in Teaching Award, completed the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows program in 2006, and was named the AACP Donald Brodie Scholar-in-Residence for 2009-2010. Dr. Piascik collaboratively developed the Nontraditional Pharm.D. Option, one of the first distance education Pharm.D. programs offered to practitioners. Dr. Piascik has received the University of Kentucky Alumni Association Great Teacher Award, College of Pharmacy Senior Class Teaching Award four times and the Michael J. Lach Innovations in Teaching Award.

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Frank Romanelli, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA, BCPS, AAHIVP

Paul F. Parker Endowed Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Science
Associate Dean, Educational Advancement
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Associate Professor, Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine Associate Professor
University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Romanelli, originally from Waterbury, Connecticut, earned both a BS and a PharmD degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston. He completed both a Pharmacy Practice and Critical Care residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, serving as Chief Resident. Subsequently, he earned an MPH from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Romanelli has received several commendations by various groups for outstanding teaching. In 2003, he was selected by the University of Kentucky Alumni Association as a ‘Great Teacher’, this is the oldest continuous award presented by UK. In 2004, he received the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Innovations in Teaching Award and in 2008 the UK Provosts Award for Outstanding teaching by a Tenured Faculty member. Dr. Romanelli has also been recognized as an Outstanding Professor of the Year by both the UK College of Pharmacy and College of Health Sciences. From student nominations, Dr. Romanelli has been recognized by the UK College of Education as a “Teacher Who Made a Difference.” In 2012, he was inducted as an honorary member of Pi Alpha, the National Physician Assistant Academic Honor Society and in 2013 he was inducted into Delta Omega, the honorary society for Public Health.

Dr. Romanelli is board certified in pharmacotherapy and recognized by the American Association of HIV Medicine as an HIV Pharmacist. In 2009, he was elected a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association. Dr. Romanelli currently serves as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. Additionally, he is the section editor for HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections for the Annals of Pharmacotherapy.

He maintains an active practice in the area of HIV/AIDS and his research interests include pharmacy education and pedagogy.

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Stacy Taylor, PharmD, MHA, BCPS

Clinical Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice & Science
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Taylor, a native of Booneville, Kentucky, is a graduate of the UK College of Pharmacy. She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency and an Internal Medicine and Pediatric Specialty Residency at Shands at the University of Florida. In addition, she completed a Master of Health Administration degree at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health.

She serves as the UK College of Pharmacy’s liaison for inter-professional education and has collaborated inter-professionally to design, implement, and assess novel inter-professional educational activities. She has served as the Pharmacy Clinical Manager for Cardinal Health at St. Joseph Health System in Bryan, Texas, and as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. She previously was the Director of Pharmacy, Specialty and Rehabilitation Hospitals and a cardiology clinical pharmacist at the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, Texas.

Dr. Taylor is a member of the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists and served on the Board of Directors as chair and co-chair of the Educational Affairs Council. She received the 2008 Dean's Award for Excellence in Public Health at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health and the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists New Pharmacist Award.

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Marietta Watts

Executive Diversity Liaison
University of Kentucky Office of Institutional Diversity
Lexington, Kentucky

Marietta served fifteen years as is a senior training specialist and performance consultant at the University of Kentucky before her new position leading the Unconscious Bias Initiative for UK which touches all members of the UK community. Faculty, staff and students participate in workshops and presentations designed to mitigate unconscious thoughts that impact the ultimate goal of maintaining a culture where every individual is recognized and valued. She also provides invigorating programs in leadership development, team effectiveness, diversity, and personal and professional development. Her inspiring facilitation style helps clients and participants to maintain enthusiasm and to effectively apply their learning to meet the personal and practical challenges they face every day. She is also the creator and facilitator for UK’s outstanding Humanity Academy.

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Marietta is a graduate of the Paul Brown Business School and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is a certified mediator and facilitator and is certified in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Crucial Confrontations, QAT Facilitation Train-the-Trainer, QPR Suicide Prevention, and many other business and professional programs.

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