The Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center hosts an annual Pharmacy Innovation Career
Summit to introduce students to innovative ways of practicing pharmacy and connect
them with professionals in non-traditional career pathways.
Given the ever-changing health care landscape and job market, it is important to consider
and be aware of new and innovative ways to practice in the field. The annual KPIC
Pharmacy Innovation Career Summit is for students and young professionals interested
in pursuing a non-traditional career pathway in pharmacy.
During this half-day event, participants have the opportunity to connect with pharmacists
who share their unique story and ways they have utilized their pharmacy degree. Through
this forum, participants gain exposure to new ideas and make connections for pursuing
similar career opportunities in the future.
Pharmacy Innovation Career Summit
Registration has closed for the 2022 KPIC Pharmacy Innovation Career Summit. Details for the next event will
be posted in the fall.
2022 Pharmacy Innovation Career Summit
Saturday, November 5, 2022 Virtual Event (Zoom) 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST
Register by November 2.
2022 Pharmacy Innovation Career Summit
Cody Clifton, Pharm.D.
Cody Clifton is the director of Practice Transformation and Clinical Programs at CPESN
Networks. He is passionate about leveraging the value of community-based pharmacies.
In his role with CPESN® USA, he leads pharmacy practice transformation initiatives
and national payer program implementation within Flip the Pharmacy and CPESN USA.
Donald Ellis, Pharm.D., MBA
Donald Ellis retired as a managing director in investment banking. He practiced clinical
pharmacy for 10 years at Kaiser Permanente and VAMC before completing an MBA and transitioning
to a >25-year career on Wall Street. Donald worked at various New York and San Francisco
based investment banks as a partner and managing director conducting investment research
targeting biotechnology and pharma public and private companies.
Ranarda Jones, Pharm.D.
Ranarda Jones is a true entrepreneur with having over eight established businesses
under her belt. She is the founder and CEO of the pharmacy benefits management consulting
company Pharmacy Synergistics (PSyn, Inc.) She has over two decades of pharmacy practice
experience and is an expert in pharmacy benefit management services.
Brenden O’Hara, R.Ph., BCACP
Brenden O'Hara works in Provider Engagement Pharmacy Initiatives for BlueCross/Blue
Shield North Carolina. He works with Blue Cross NC in value-based relationships with
major health systems and provider groups. He helps them achieve quality and cost of
care improvements in their mutual patients. He has worked with PQA on AMM Technical
Expert Panel, Measure Update Panel, and presented at their annual meeting in 2021
Chloe LeBegue-Polley, Pharm.D.
Chloe LeBegue-Polley is an investigational drug service pharmacist with an oncology
focus at University of Virginia Health Systems. In this role, Chloe assists physician
investigators in conducting Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3 clinical trials of novel
oncology agents. In pharmacy school, she was involved in live biotherapeutic research
which yielded a US patent and was presented at an international pharmabiotic industry
Elizabeth A. Van Dyke, Pharm.D., R.Ph.
Liz Van Dyke is a senior drug information specialist in the Brandsymbol Regulatory
Division. She joined SafeMark Regulatory Consulting (SafeMark) in 2016, where she
evaluated proposed proprietary names for pharmaceutical products being considered
for regulatory approval by global agencies. In September 2022, SafeMark merged with
Brandsymbol to become their new regulatory division.
Past Career Summit Speakers
Amanda Isac, Pharm.D., MPH
Amanda Isac serves as a pharmacist for the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch at
the North Carolina Division of Public Health. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy
and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of South Carolina and completed
a postgraduate community pharmacy residency with the University of Georgia and Barney's
Nimit Jindal, Pharm.D.
Nimit Jindal is the current American College of Clinical Pharmacy – American Society
of Health System Pharmacy – Virginia Commonwealth University Congressional Health
Care Policy Fellow. His current placement is with the U.S. Senate Health, Education,
Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.
Samuel C. McCallum, Pharm.D., MHIT
Sam McCallum is an Associate Director of Clinical Safety at Genentech, Inc., where
he leads and contributes to global pharmacovigilance, regulatory, and clinical development
activities in the company's oncology portfolio. Sam is an alumnus of the South Carolina
College of Pharmacy and also holds a Master of Health Information Technology degree
from the University of South Carolina.
Mark Pilkington, M.S., R.Ph.
Mark Pilkington is Vice President of Managed Care for AmerisourceBergen, where he
oversees AmerisourceBergen’s Pharmacy Benefit Administrator programs. Mark received
a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, College
of Pharmacy and a Master of Science in Pharmacy Administration for the University
of Illinois at Chicago, Graduate College.
Sally Rafie, Pharm.D.
Sally Rafie is a pharmacy specialist at UC San Diego Health, assistant clinical professor
at UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, and founder at
Birth Control Pharmacist. She provides contraception care in her private practice,
The Pharmacists Clinic, presently and has provided clinical services in a variety
of other practice settings. The scope of her work ranges from advocacy to implementation
to research and focuses on increasing access to reproductive health services and products,
particularly in pharmacies and via pharmacists.
Helen Sairany, Pharm.D., MBA
Helen Sairany is the CEO of the South Carolina Pharmacy Association and former Director
of Content Development and Partnership at the American Pharmacist Association. She
has 11 years of serving the profession as a Director of Content Development and Partnership
at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), Director of Quality Assurance at the
University of Duhok College of Pharmacy, and as a trauma-informed provider serving
the needs of underserved communities at the frontline in Northern Iraq.
If you are a non-traditional pharmacy professional interested in speaking at our next
Career Summit, please contact Pamela Hite.
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