Board of Visitors

2016 Board of Visitors

2016 Board of Visitors

The mission of the school’s Board of Visitors is to serve in an advisory and consultative capacity and to report the results of its studies and efforts to the Dean of the School of Pharmacy. The board provides advice to the dean on matters such as long-range planning and alumni relations, establishes a link between the practice and industrial sectors of pharmacy and the school, forms an advocacy network for the school, and assists in major fund-raising efforts.

Board members represent a wide range of pharmaceutical concerns–from large and international companies and national associations to smaller, entrepreneurial-driven firms and community pharmacies. Each member serves a three-year term. Below is a list of current members.


Board of Visitor members:

Arash Bashirullah, BS, PhD (faculty liaison)
Associate Professor
UW-Madison School of Pharmacy

Arash BashirullahArash Bashirullah received a BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Winnipeg and a PhD in Biology from the California Institute of Technology. He did his postdoctoral research at Yale University and at the University of Utah before joining the Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty at UW-Madison in August 2007. He is also a member of the Genetics and Cellular and Molecular Biology PhD programs on campus. Arash’s laboratory uses the fruit fly to obtain new insights into how cells decide to die—failure to properly regulate cell death is at the root of many human disorders including degenerative diseases and cancer. Arash also teaches pharmacology to undergraduate, nursing and pharmacy students.

Cynthia A. Benning, RPh
Belgium, WI

Cynthia BenningCynthia Benning received her Pharmacy degree from UW Madison in 1977. She spent the first five years of her career at Good Samaritan Hospital in Milwaukee. She then transitioned to Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee as a staff pharmacist. In 1998 she became the Operations Manager for the pharmacy department. In 2005 Benning became the Operations Manager for both the Columbia and St. Mary’s campuses in preparation for the merger to create Columbia- St. Mary’s Hospital. In 2010 she was part of the team that combined two pharmacy departments into one location at the new Hospital campus. She retired in December 2013 after 31 years with Columbia-St. Mary’s.

Benning has held offices with the Wisconsin Society of Hospital Pharmacists and the Wisconsin Pharmacy Alumni Association as well as being a member and chair of the Wisconsin Pharmacy Examining Board for 11 years. She was active with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy serving on the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination review committee for 10 years. Benning has been a member of the School of Pharmacy Board of Visitors since 1994. She has participated under several deans and has enjoyed being more closely aligned with the workings and successes of the school as well as sharing ideas with some of the school’s best alumni. She lives on a farm north of Milwaukee with two horses, various cats and dogs and many chickens. She enjoys the outdoors including golfing and camping and loves being an amateur photographer.

Greeta G. Cherayil, RPh, PharmD
Regional Scientific Associate Director
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Brookfield, WI

Greeta CherayilDr. Greeta Cherayil received her BS in Pharmacy in 1984 from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She received her PharmD with honors from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1994. She originally worked as a clinical pharmacist in Oncology and Critical Care. More recently she has worked in the pharmaceutical industry. Originally with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, in local outcome research, she has published extensively in cardiology and pharmacoeconomics. Now she works as a Regional Scientific Director with Novartis Pharmaceuticals specializing in Critical Care. She recently was certified by the American College of Cardiology as a cardiovascular master. She is also certified as a Professional of the Academy of Health Care Management. Dr. Cherayil has been on the board of visitors for over 10 years and loved her days in Madison.

The love of Madison is a real family affair as her husband (Thomas Hofbauer), brother-in-law, and father-in-law are all graduates of the College of Pharmacy. In fact with the recent passing away of her father-in-law, the family has established a perpetual scholarship for future pharmacy graduates.

Michelle Farrell, PharmD, BCACP
President, Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin
Owner, Boscobel Pharmacy
Boscobel, WI


Michelle Farrell is the current President of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin. Dr. Farrell is a preceptor for both University of Iowa and UW-Madison students. Michelle is a UW School of Pharmacy alumnus (BS’99, PharmD’00).  She holds certification in compounding, immunization delivery, injectable medication administration, and is a Wisconsin Pharmacy Quality Collaborative(WPQC) certified pharmacist. Michelle is a past participantin the PSW leadership conference and winner of the PSW Young Pharmacist Award. She is a member of the American Society of Healthy Systems Pharmacy, the National Community Pharmacists Association, and the American Pharmacists Association.


Nancy Gilbride, BS, MS CEO and Senior Vice President
envolveHealth and Centene Corporation
St. Louis, MO

Nancy Gilbride

Nancy Gilbride is CEO of Envolve, a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) based in
St Louis, MO. Envolve, through its family of companies, provides flexible and affordable healthcare solutions including access to the most comprehensive suite of supplemental health benefits, wellness and back-office support solutions for partners nationwide. Nancy joined Envolve in September 2016 and leads the strategic direction, business development efforts, customer management, product growth and operations for the $11 billion unit comprised of 4,500 employees across the country.

Nancy is an experienced leader with 27 years of healthcare experience, including 22 years in the Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) industry. She spent 19 years at Express Scripts (ESI), the nation’s largest PBM and a Fortune 22 company, where she was involved in the dramatic growth of the company through key leadership roles in acquisitions/integration and organic growth opportunities. In her last role at ESI, Nancy was the President of the Federal Pharmacy Services Division, responsible for client retention, client satisfaction and P&L for the $10 billion business division, and oversight of a 3000 member federal unit. She successfully led the enterprise-wide effort to win the next generation Department of Defense contract in 2014, valued at $63.2 billion over a 7 year term, as well as leading the successful installation of the contract in 2015.

Prior to that Nancy served as the Vice President and General Manager of ESI’s TRICARE Pharmacy Division (2009-2012); Vice President, TRICARE Pharmacy Division (2007-2009); Vice President, Account Management of the Public Sector Division (2002-2007); Vice President of Clinical Program Management in the National Employer Division (2000-2002); and Senior Director, Clinical Program Management (1998-2000).

Before Express Scripts, Nancy held progressively responsible clinical leadership roles within pharmaceutical, managed healthcare and hospital settings including ValueRx, SmithKline Beecham, Diversified Pharmaceutical Services, and the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics.

Nancy is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and a master’s degree and residency training in Hospital Pharmacy Administration. She is an active member of AMCP and ASHP and has served in multiple leadership roles with military support organizations including the USO MO Board of Directors. She is presently on the Board of Visitors for the University of Wisconsin where she advises the Dean of the School of Pharmacy on strategy, curriculum and policy matters. 

Marianne F. Ivey, RPh, PharmD, MPH, FASHP
Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH

Marianne IveyMarianne F. Ivey has a BS from the University of Wisconsin; her PharmD and MPH are from the University of Washington. She completed the Wharton School’s hospital pharmacy executive leadership program.

She is currently Professor Emerita in the Division of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences, College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati. She is chairman of the Board of Advisors of the University of Cincinnati Center for the History of the Health Professions. She is a partner in Safe Medication Management Associates. Her experiences include Vice President, Pharmacy Services for the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, an integrated health care system.

Her practice, research and teaching expertise are in patient care delivery, automation, clinical outcomes, pharmacy resident training, leadership and pharmacy resource management in hospitals and integrated health systems. She has directed the pharmacy portion of information integration for a computerized physician order entry program and bar code-facilitated medication administration. Marianne worked with primary care physicians and their administrative arm to provide a managed care prescription benefit and a mail order prescription service for health system associates.  She chaired The University Hospital total quality improvement steering committee and served on the Health Alliance Six Sigma Steering Committee. She coordinated pharmacy department plans for a new hospital which opened in May 2009.

Ivey is currently a national speaker in the ASHP Foundation Visiting Leaders program.  Ivey has served ASHP as President, Chairman of the HOD, member of the Commission on Goals and the Commission on Credentialing and has served as Treasurer of ASHP and the ASHP Research and Education Foundation. She received the 1993 ASHP Whitney Lecture Award, the 2005 Ohio Society of Health System Pharmacists Walter Frazier Leadership Award and the 2007 Webb Lecture Award for pharmacy leadership. She received the Pharmacy Practice award from the Federation of Internationale Pharmaceutique in September of 2011. She was a faculty member of the ASHP Research and Education Foundation Pharmacy Leadership Academy from 2007-2013. Dr. Ivey is a member of the United States Pharmacopeial Convention. She is President of the Federation Internationale Pharmaceutique (FIP) Hospital Pharmacy Section and has hosted several pharmacists from Africa through the FIP Pharmabridge program. She is on the Board of Visitors for the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy and the External Advisory Board of the University of Kentucky School of Pharmacy. Dr. Ivey serves on the Accreditation Process Oversight Committee of the Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation.

Ivey has served her community as a member and chair of the annual fund raising activities for the local chapter of the American Heart Association and the Coalition for a Drug Free Greater Cincinnati for which she serves on the development committee. She was a board member of Cincinnati Dress for Success, an organization that assists disadvantaged women who are entering the workplace and has served on the Annual Fund Committee for the Cincinnati Country Day School. She completed the Leadership Cincinnati program.

Brian C. Jensen, RPh, FACA
President, Lakeshore Apothacare, Inc.
Partner, Pharmacy Solutions, Inc.
Two Rivers, WI

Brian JensenBrian Jensen is founder and past-president of Lakeshore Apothacare Inc located in Two Rivers, WI. The three practices developed – clinic, community and office-based, served to pioneer sustainable patient-focused care programs participating on the front lines of practice transformation. Notable practice accomplishments include the implementation of formal medication management service products such as the Concept Pharmacy Project, the APhA Foundation Patient Self-Management Program (Asheville Project) and the development of the first immunizing pharmacy in Wisconsin. A founding member of the Wisconsin Pharmacy Quality Collaborative, this practice continues to drive opportunity through the testing and expansion of roles for the pharmacist to include increased accountability for drug therapy outcomes. Jensen developed the first Community Practice Residency Program in Wisconsin and continues to support advanced training of students and residents. The constant in these practices has been a commitment to patient care recognized on a state and national level for innovation.

A 1980 graduate of the UW School of Pharmacy, his current activities focus on defining and investing in practice excellence with the measuring, reporting, comparing and rewarding of its achievement as a force for change. To this end, Jensen serves as an active board member of the Community Pharmacy Foundation, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, Pharmacy Quality Solutions and the CPPA Accreditation Standards Development Committee. His involvement with a medical mission clinic in Guatemala over the past five years has borne witness to the power of collaborative care and provided insight into improvement strategies for American health care.

Jensen has been a member of the Board of Visitors since 2008. Issues of interest involve measuring the impact of community pharmacy…then creating structures that recognize and reward the achievement of practice excellence. In so doing, sustainable patient focused practices would expand, thereby providing improved training and research opportunities for the School of Pharmacy. From payer to pharmacy to patient, comparative practice reporting will drive this process. Continued support for and expansion of community pharmacy practice residencies remains critical to train agents of change.

From entering the profession in the late 70’s to the present, Jensen has actively participated in the evolution of a caring profession.

Duane M. Kirking, PharmD, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Social and Administrative Sciences, College of Pharmacy
Research Scientist Emeritus, School of Public Health
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Duane KirkingDuane Kirking received his BS in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In addition, he has a PharmD from the University of Kentucky where he also completed a clinical pharmacy residency, and a master’s degree in public administration plus a PhD in administrative and social sciences in pharmacy from The Ohio State University.

Kirking has over 35 years of research, service and teaching related to assessing and improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of medication use. Although he spent his entire academic career on the faculties of the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy and School of Public Health, Kirking still much prefers Badgers to Wolverines. Among his administrative duties, he co-founded and later directed the University’s Center for Medication Use, Policy, and Economics.

Kirking has been selected for service with numerous organizations including the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Board of Trustees of the American Pharmacists Association. He recently completed his tenure as Chairman of the Board of the United States Pharmacopeia capping a 25-year career volunteering for this global, not-for-profit, drug quality standards setting organization. Kirking also enjoys genealogy, choral singing, and mission projects through his church. Among the honors he is most proud of is his Citation of Merit from UW-Madison.

Kirking has been on the Board of Visitors since 2007. As one of eight family members who graduated from UW-Madison – the first over 100 years ago – Kirking’s love for UW was part of his life long before he matriculated. Kirking’s goal as a board member is to assure continued support for the breadth of opportunities that pharmacy education and research make available and which provided him a successful career and life.

Daniel F. Luce, RPh, MBA
National Director, Pharmacy Affairs
Government Relations Department
Walgreens Corporate Office
Deerfield, IL

Daniel LuceDaniel F. Luce is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Pharmacy and is currently the National Director of Pharmacy Affairs in the Government and Community Relations department with the Walgreen Company. He is the primary Walgreen liaison with Boards of Pharmacy and interacts with many state legislatures. Dan’s activities are centered on advancing the practice of pharmacy by utilizing new technologies that allow pharmacists to focus on patient care.

Dan completed his MBA degree in 1994 with an emphasis in Finance and Strategic Management.  He practiced in hospital, long-term care, and independent community pharmacy, and spent eleven years as a pharmacy supervisor with the Vons Companies and Walgreens.

Dan is a former member of the Wisconsin Board of Pharmacy (1996 to 2004) and served two terms as Chairman. He is active in the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and served on the Committee on Law enforcement and Legislation and three times on the Nominating Committee.  He was also elected by the membership of the American Pharmacists Association to a 3 three-year term (2004 to 2007) on the APhA Board of Trustees. He served on the APhA Government Affairs Committee (2006 to 2011) and was the Chair for three years.  He was appointed to a four-year term on the APhA Foundation Board of Directors for a term which began March 2010. He served the last two years of his term as the president of the Foundation.

Dan serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA) (2012 to present).  He is also a founding member of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW) and serves on the PSW Chain Advisory Board (2008 to present) as Chair.

Dan is a member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy Board of Visitors (2003 to present). He enjoys serving on the board because it allows him to give back to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Michael C. Makoid, PhD
Professor Emeritus
Creighton University (retired)
Santa Fe, NM

Michael MakoidMichael Makoid is president of the United States Martial Arts Association which represents all martial arts and is the co-founder and board of directors member of Pharmaceutical Technologies, Inc., a pharmacy benefits management company, based in Omaha, Nebraska. He is also Professor Emeritus at Creighton University School of Pharmacy where he served as Professor, Department Chair, Faculty President, Chairman of Faculty Grievance and Chairman of the University Committee on Rank and Tenure during his thirty years at Creighton University. Makoid received his BS (Pharmacy 1968), MS (Pharmaceutics 1972), and PhD(Pharmaceutics 1976) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research areas included polymeric prodrugs, clinical pharmacokinetics, physical stability of pharmaceuticals, sustained release delivery system design, fetal alcohol syndrome, pedagogy, and pharmacy benefits management. He is the author of over 75 research and teaching publications and over 500 national and international presentations, including publication of “Basic Pharmacokinetcs” a text-book used in many schools of Pharmacy around the world and translated into several different languages. Dr. Makoid’s contributions were recently recognized by the University of Wisconsin as he was honored with the Wisconsin Citation. He and his wife, Bette Evans, also Professor Emeritus at Creighton University, split their time between homes in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA and San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico.

Thomas A. McCourt, MS
Chief Commercial Officer
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales
Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Cambridge, MA

thomas McCourtTom McCourt joined Ironwood as chief commercial officer and senior vice president of marketing and sales in 2009. Tom has designed and implemented Ironwood’s commercial strategy, lead the hiring of a sales force and bringing LINESS (linaclotide) and ZURAMPIC (lusinurad) to patients. Prior to joining Ironwood, Tom led the U.S. Commercial Team for PROLIA (denasumab) at Amgen Inc. Before that, he held a number of senior commercial roles with Novartis AG, where he directed the launch and growth of Zelnorm® (tegaserod maleate) for the treatment of patients with IBS‐C and chronic constipation and held a number of senior commercial roles, including vice president of strategic marketing and operations. Tom was also part of the founding team at Astra Merck Inc., leading the development of the medical affairs and science liaison group and serving as brand manager for Prilosec® (omeprazole). He serves on the Board of Directors for Acceleron Pharmaceuticals, My Total Health Inc and the Board of Trustees for American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.  Tom has a degree in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin.

“As a member of the UW-School of Pharmacy Board of Visitors, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute back to the school and profession that enabled me to seek and realize my own professional dreams. I am flattered to be a member of this highly skilled and accomplished board of industry experts with a shared vision and desire to assist the Dean and leadership team to critically evaluate opportunities, chart a course and enable the school to relentlessly strive to raise its academic leadership in the profession of pharmacy through innovative education and research that will serve and advance patient care.”

Ryan Miller, PharmD, BCPS
Pharmacy Alumni Association President and Liaison to BOV
Clinical Pharmacist Informaticist
Gundersen Health System
LaCrosse, WI

Ryan Miller is a clinical pharmacist informaticist at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI. He is a 2007 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy and the current president of the Wisconsin Pharmacy Alumni Association. Ryan completed a PGY-1 residency in 2007 at Gundersen Health System and served as the pharmacy clinical coordinator for critical and emergency care and infectious diseases services prior to assuming his current role. Ryan previously served on the PSW Health System Pharmacy Advisory Board and is a current member of the PSW Board of Directors. Miller is an active member of ASHP, serving in the House of Delegates in various capacities since 2013. He lives in Onalaska, WI. with his wife, Katy, and two children, Jackson and Grace. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, playing piano and guitar and is also involved in various boards and committees at his church.  As the president of the Pharmacy Alumni Association, this is his first year serving as liaison to the Board of Visitors. He looks forward to gaining a unique perspective on the state of the school and assessing its current state and future direction as part of the Board of Visitors given this very broad experiences and viewpoints of fellow board members.

Nita Pandit, MS, PhD
Emerita Professor
Drake University
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Des Moines, IA

Nita PanditNita Pandit is Emerita Professor of Pharmaceutics at the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences of Drake University after her retirement in July 2015. She has a BS in Pharmacy (1975; Bombay University) and an MS (1978) and PhD (1980) in Pharmaceutics (University of Wisconsin, Madison). Nita joined Drake University in 1992, where she taught courses in pharmaceutical sciences, and in the university Honors program. She was recognized as the College as Teacher of the Year, and Drake University as Mentor of the Year. From 1981-1990, she worked at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals R&D as Senior Scientist, Senior Principal Scientist and Group Leader.

Nita is the author of several research publications and of a Pharmaceutical Sciences textbook. She has served on committees for AAPS and AACP.

Pamela A. Ploetz, RPh
Clinical Associate Professor Emerita
University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy
Associate Director of Pharmacy, Practice, Education & Research (retired)
UW Hospital & Clinics
Madison, WI

Pam PloetzYou “only” control your choices.

If you know Pam you know that she cares about you. Pam is a life-long learner who sees the “whole picture” of life and has a unique ability to put it in perspective for you. She is a great coach and mentor of many individuals focusing not only on successful careers but also on success in life. Pam summarizes a few lessons of life in this publication. She draws from her personal life lessons, shares her thoughts on the situations life hands you and assures you that you are only in control of your decisions. And in Pam’s words: “Just how important is that!”

Pam spent most of her career at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics in various roles progressing from staff pharmacist to Associate Director of Pharmacy Practice, Education, and Research, and Director of Pharmacy Practice Residency. She was also Clinical Associate Professor for the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. She served her profession as President of the Wisconsin Society of Hospital and of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin. Additionally she was the Chairperson of the Wisconsin State Pharmacy Examining Board. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy where she would eventually become chairperson of the Pharmacy Alumni Association.

Pam shares life lessons of taking time to ponder, making core decisions, “check your expectations”, and do a few things well and make sure they are the ones that are important to you.

Richard A. Pyter, MS, PhD
Abbott Laboratories (retired)
Independent Consultant
Adjunct Professor
Libertyville, IL

Rick PyterRichard A. Pyter earned a BS in Pharmacy and an MS, and PhD in Pharmaceutics at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Pyter started his industrial career at Abbott Laboratories and spent 27 years working across a broad spectrum of functional areas within the Pharmaceutical Product Research and Development arena. Responsibilities at the laboratory and/or supervisory level included: preformulation and discovery support, design of novel drug delivery systems, solid dosage form design and scale-up, technical support for production facilities, GMP analytical laboratory activities, GMP pilot plant oversight including clinical supply manufacture, and CMC program management.

Rick has been appointed an Adjunct Professor at the School of Pharmacy for over 15 years where his primary responsibilities have been teaching various topics in physical pharmacy as part of the Drug Delivery Systems curriculum and consulting on a number of academic initiatives. In 2008, he joined the faculty of the Applied Drug Development short course sequence co-sponsored by the Extension Services in Pharmacy and the Lenor Zeeh Pharmaceutical Experiment Station at the UW School of Pharmacy. Rick is presently a pharmaceutical product development consultant and educator, currently serving as a member of the School of Pharmacy Board of Visitors, and has been a member and past Chairman of the Lenor Zeeh Pharmaceutical Experiment Station Advisory Board. He recently led the development of the new “CMC Project Management – Principles and Practices for Successful Technical Leadership” short course jointly offered by the University of Wisconsin Extension Services in Pharmacy and the Lenor Zeeh Pharmaceutical Experiment Station. He is also a contributing member of the faculty of the recently reformatted “Preclinical and Drug Product Design Strategies” webinar and the “CMC Project Management – Principles and Practices for Successful Technical Leadership” on-site short course. In 2012, Dr. Pyter was awarded a Citation of Merit by the University of Wisconsin for his “substantial contributions to pharmaceutical research and teaching, and for his commitment to, and support of the School of Pharmacy”.

Azita Saleki-Gerhardt, BS, MS, PhD
President, AbbVie Operations

Azita Salkeki-GerhardtDr. Saleki-Gerhardt earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in pharmaceutics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and has published in a number of scientific publications and has been awarded several patents related to pharmaceutical sciences. She joined Abbott in 1993 as a Research Scientist. Over her 20-year career with Abbott, she worked in key positions in science and technology, manufacturing, and quality assurance. Her roles included Director of Technical Operations for international pharmaceutical and hospital products and Divisional Vice President, Manufacturing Science and Technology, where she led technical support for commercially marketed pharmaceutical products. She was Divisional Vice President, Quality, Global Pharmaceutical Operations, responsible for the quality of Abbott’s portfolio of global biological, chemical and pharmaceutical products prior to being named President, Global Pharmaceutical Operations for Abbott, where she held responsibility for the supply chain, quality, manufacturing and distribution of Abbott’s proprietary pharmaceutical products. Following the separation of Abbott and AbbVie, Dr. Saleki-Gerhardt became President, AbbVie Operations, leading a team of scientific, engineering, business, quality, supply chain, security, purchasing and manufacturing professionals responsible for supply and distribution of all AbbVie products, as well as a number of corporate services.

Dr. Saleki-Gerhardt chairs the Technical & Development (TDoc) Committee for PhRMA. She is AbbVie’s executive sponsor for the University of Wisconsin at Madison, is a member of the advisory board for the Division of International Studies, and a member of the board of directors for the United Way of Lake County, IL.

Greg A. Schuenke, BS
President (retired)
Pharmacy Data Systems, Inc.
Eagle River, WI

Greg Schuenke, Board of VisitorsGreg Schuenke is a 1973 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. After graduation, he worked as a pharmacy consultant, served as a Drug information and Poison Control specialist at UW Hospitals, and was appointed Director of Pharmacy at Howard Young Medical Center in Minocqua, Wisconsin. In 1985, he founded Pharmacy Data Systems Inc. (PDS) and served as CEO until 2002. For over 17 years, PDS was a leading pharmacy informatics company that developed software for the healthcare industry. The company installed turnkey systems in the US and Caribbean. Schuenke served as VP of Pharmacy Operations for the Quadra Med Corporation until his retirement in 2003.

Schuenke was a founding member of Vision of Hope Ministries, Inc., in 1998 a holistic church-planting ministry serving Northern Haiti. He currently serves as President of Vision of Hope Ministries, Inc., overseeing operations in Haiti that include a microenterprise business venture, solar water systems, Christian education for 900 K-12 students, an orphanage, and several churches in Northern Haiti. He is the chairman of the University Internationale en Haiti Steering Committee, overseeing the development of an international university in Northern Haiti.

Greg has three children and seven grandchildren. His son Christopher and daughter-in-law (Emily) are both UW-Madison Pharmacy School graduates. Greg has served on the UW School of Pharmacy Board of Visitors for 10 years (four as chair), and enjoys using his varied experience as both a practicing pharmacist and as an entrepreneur to advise the dean and the school on current challenges in the field of pharmacy. He is an avid UW alumni fan and supporter of UW-Madison. Greg loves Wisconsin outdoor life, biking, kayaking and managing his Northern Wisconsin acreage. He divides his time between Eagle River, WI and Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Bruce E. Scott, MS, FASHP
Past President, Accredo Infusion Services, Medco Health Solutions
Past President, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Eden Prairie, MN

Roger Tung, PhD
CEO and President
Concert Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Lexington, MA

Roger Tung, Board of Visitors

Roger Tung, PhD, is President and CEO of Concert Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company developing innovative medicines targeting pulmonary diseases, including cystic fibrosis, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases and central nervous systems (CNS) disorders.  Roger was Concert’s scientific founder and led the company through its IPO in 2014.

Prior to Concert, Roger worked in venture-backed start-up and major pharmaceutical companies including Merck and Vertex Pharmaceuticals, in the later case as a founding scientist and most recently as Vice President of Drug Discovery. Roger has overseen the discovery of five drugs approved in the US for the treatment of cystic fibrosis, hepatitis C, and HIV infection. He is co-inventor of two approved HIV drugs and has been issued over 100 US patents.  He has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific papers, book chapters, and abstracts.

Roger received a BA in Chemistry from Reed College in Portland, OR, and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from UW-Madison. Roger serves as a scientific advisor to biotechnology companies, is a faculty mentor in MIT’s IMPACT program, and serves as a member of the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy’s Board of Visitors.  He and his wife Jillian live in Lexington, MA with their two children.

Lynn Van Campen, PhD
Managing Member, LVC LLC
Consultant, Zeeh Pharmaceutical Experiment Station
Fitchburg, WI

Lynn Van Campen

Lynn Van Campen was inspired through her work as a formulation chemist at Pfizer to attend graduate school in pharmaceutics here at the School of Pharmacy. Completing her doctoral research on the hygroscopicity of solids and the nature of deliquescence, she rejoined industry with Boehringer Ingelheim in Connecticut and over time took on a leadership position in the development organization there. More recently she served as VP of Pharmaceutical Development for, and later consultant to, Nektar Therapeutics (formerly Inhale Therapeutic Systems). Having worked during her industry career at both large and small drug companies, traditional and biotech, she was excited to return to campus and to lead the new Zeeh Pharmaceutical Experiment Station from 2003 to 2007. The Zeeh Station continues today to fulfill its exemplary mission of educating students and practioners in the process and science of drug development, and of providing related laboratory services and consultation to University labs, area start-up companies, and the established pharmaceutical industry.  Lynn’s attempt to retire has been thwarted more than once by interesting consulting assignments, including service as an expert witness in patent litigation cases.

Robert J. Wills, PhD
Vice President, Alliance Management (retired)
Pharmaceuticals Group 
Johnson & Johnson
New Brunswick, NJ

Robert Willis

Robert Wills, PhD has over three decades of experience as a leader in the pharmaceutical industry. Dr Wills is currently serves as the Executive Chairman of GTx, Inc, Chairman of the Board of CymaBay Therapeutics, Board member at Parion Sciences, Inc, and a member of the Emerging Companies Section Governing Board of Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). Prior to these roles, Rob spent over 25 years at Johnson & Johnson. Most recently he was Vice President, Alliance Management, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. He also served as Senior Vice President Global Development, where he was responsible for the R&D pipeline and a member of the R&D Board of Directors. In addition he served on several of the commercial Operating Company Boards and key pharmaceutical group decision-making committees. Rob began his career at Hoffmann-LaRoche where he spent 10 years in several roles of scientific responsibility. He holds a BS in Biochemistry and an MS in Pharmaceutics from the University of Wisconsin and a PhD in Pharmaceutics from the University of Texas.

David P. Zgarrick, RPh, PhD, FAPhA
Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice
School of Pharmacy
Northeastern University
Boston, MA

Dave ZgarrickDavid Zgarrick is Acting Dean of the School of Pharmacy at Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences, having served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice from 2009-14. Prior to joining Northeastern he was The John R. Ellis Distinguished Chair of Pharmacy Practice at Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Vice-chair of Pharmacy Practice at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy. He received a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin and a MS and PhD in Pharmaceutical Administration from The Ohio State University. His scholarly interests include pharmacy management, pharmacy workforce planning, pharmacy education, and the development of post-graduate training programs. He is co-editor of the textbook Pharmacy Management (3rd Ed) and author of the book Getting Started as a Pharmacy Faculty Member. Dr. Zgarrick is active in many professional associations. He has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) from 2007-09 and from 2011-14. He also serves on the Pharmacist Workforce Assessment Workgroup for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. He is a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association. David and his wife Michelle (who completed a pharmacy practice residency at UW Health) are residents of Brookline, MA, where they enjoy skiing, ice hockey and cooking. They travel back to Wisconsin frequently to visit family and are proud season ticket holders for Wisconsin Badger football!

David A. Zilz, RPh, MS, FASHP
Chair, Board of Visitors
Clinical Professor Emeritus
Director of Pharmacy (retired)
UW Hospital & Clinics
Iola, WI

David ZilzA. Zilz, RPh, MS, FASHP is Senior Consultant, Corporate Pharmacy Programs UW Health Systems and Hospital & Clinics, Clinical Professor Emeritus- UW-Madison School of Pharmacy, Madison, Wisconsin and maintains an active independent consulting practice.

His professional career at UW Hospital and Clinics was devoted to identifying and implementing innovative contemporary pharmacy practices services, training of pharmacy residents, and developing new hospital administrative services. In addition to serving as the Director of Pharmacy Services for over two decades, he was involved in other hospital administrative responsibilities including Central Services, Materials Management and Respiratory Care/Pulmonary Function. He was instrumental in establishing a number of key hospital programs including: Home Care and Infusion Services, a UWHC Technology Identification and Assessment organization, and the Office of Clinical Research for the UW Medical School and Center for Health Sciences.

His organization and association leadership roles included: Board of Directors Apexus-340B, two-three year term as Treasurer of ASHP; Chair, Novation Pharmacy Executive Committee; Chair, Steering Committee of Pharmacy Executive Committee -University Health Systems Consortium; Coordinator of programs, Directors of Pharmacy of the Wisconsin HMO Association; Chair, Wisconsin Pharmacy Forum (Triad of PSW, UW School of Pharmacy, State Examining Board); Board of Visitors, UW School of Pharmacy.  He is the Past President of ASHP; ASHP Research and Education Foundation and WSHP; Recipient of Harvey H K Whitney Lecture Award; ASHP Award for Distinguished Leadership in Health-System Pharmacy Practice; ASHP Honorary Member; ASHP R&E named fund (David A Zilz Leaders of the Future Fund); John Webb Visiting Lecture Award;  Donald C. Brodie Pan Pacific Award;  John McKesson Inaugural Fellow; 2016 Pharmacy School Alumnae of the Year Award; named twice as the WSHP Pharmacist of the Year and 2013 recipient of 2013 Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin Distinguishing Service Award. He has an extensive list of publications related to pharmacy, hospital administrative and other health-related topics.  He continues to lecture on trends that impact the research, production, distribution and utilization and management implications of pharmaceuticals in the United States.

He has consulted on pharmacy related issues including governmental and related agencies (VA – DOD & Apexus Inc), several hospitals and integrated health networks, large and small companies of the pharmaceutical industry as well as state health-system pharmacy societies and colleges of pharmacy. His primary focus is on strategic planning, forecasting likely future scenarios and directions in health care provision as well as operational efficiency related to pharmacy service programs. His experience and expertise includes financial management, clinical and distribution logistics assessments, organizational and operational improvement and residency training. He has also consulted for several pharmaceutically related corporations, companies and organizations.

He is semi-retired and continues to be involved in numerous leadership roles in numerous pharmacy and health related entities, colleges of pharmacy, associations and foundations, as well as his church and local community organizations.

His pharmacy training includes a BS & MS University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy and Residency Training at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.  Advanced training includes certificate on “Health Care Finance” from the University of Wisconsin Health Care Administration Program.

George Zorich, BS
President, Bioniche Pharma (now Mylan) (retired)
Lake Forest, IL

George ZorichGeorge Zorich has been in pharmaceutical fields for over 30 years, including Big Pharma, Biotech, Generics, Distribution companies and Start-ups—the last 15 years focused on building up and selling companies while CEO or president, oftentimes working with private equity to develop the best exit strategy for each company.

Most recently, Mr. Zorich was CEO of Agilis Biotherapeutics, a company focused on developing a cure for Friedreich’s ataxia using DNA based therapies. Prior to that Mr. Zorich was president of Bioniche Pharmaceuticals, a manufacturer of branded and generic injectable products, leading to the sale to Mylan Pharmaceuticals for $550MM in late 2010. Before that, Mr. Zorich was president of Sabex-USA leading to its sale to Sandoz for $480MM in 2004, where he then headed up the Sandoz US injectable business. Before that, he was president of GIV, which at that time was the largest distributor of vaccines to physician offices, leading to the sale to Henry Schein, the multibillion-dollar distributor. Mr. Zorich has also held executive positions at Fujisawa (now Astellas), Akorn Pharmaceuticals, Roxane Laboratories and Eli Lilly and Company.

Mr. Zorich’s goal has been to strive for policy changes that provide affordable medications to American consumers and to also provide a consistent and reliable supply of injectable pharmaceuticals to the U.S. hospital marketplace.

Mr. Zorich is currently a board member of the American Society of HealthSystem Pharmacists (ASHP) Foundation; Custopharm, a developer of injectable products; and serves on the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy Board of Visitors. He is a past board member of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPHA) and the American College of Phlebology (ACP).

Mr. Zorich received his pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin.