Alumna of the Year – 2008

Kathleen Skibinksi, 2008 Alumna of the Year, is congratulated by Phil Berce, PAA immediate past president.

(left) Kathleen Skibinksi, 2008 Alumna of the Year, is congratulated by Phil Berce (right), PAA immediate past president.

The UW Pharmacy Alumni Association Executive Committee selected Kathy Skibinski (BS ’86, MS ’88) as the Alumna of the Year for 2008. This distinction was presented November 14, 2008 at the Friday evening reception of Reunion Weekend.

Skibinski graduated in 1986 from the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy with a BS and subsequently completed the Administrative Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC), earning her MS degree in Hospital Pharmacy in 1988. Currently, she is the clinical pharmacy supervisor and serves as the pharmacy residency program director at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, where she is responsible for personnel management and professional development of staff and residents.

Many alumni and students have met Skibinski and had contact with her during her tenure at the UW School of Pharmacy as the associate dean for student affairs from 2004-2007 or in her role as clinical assistant professor, UW Extension Services in Pharmacy. She developed many great relationships with alumni and students in these roles and earned the respect of health care professionals across the state of Wisconsin.

Skibinski also served as facilitator and consultant for Visante, Inc., and the Enright Group, sharing her expertise in preparation for Joint Commission surveys, medication use safety, automation and pharmacy operations. This expertise was gained in part during her role as assistant director, Acute Care Pharmacy Services at UWHC, and as coordinator, Ambulatory Pharmacy Services at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Skibinski has served as faculty for numerous presentations at national and local pharmacy and healthcare meetings and is well published in the pharmacy literature. She is a member of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin and the American Society of Health-System.