UC Pharmacy Alumni Council
The James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy Alumni Council is a volunteer group that fosters fellowship among alumni, provides opportunities for continuing education, and serves as a liaison between alumni and the college, faculty, administration and the students.
Signature Events and Programs
- Annual Golf Outing
- Bearcats at the Ballpark
- Quarterly newsletters
- Student outreach and mentorship
- Graduating senior gift
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Pharmacy Alumni Council Members
Current Position: Pharmacy Manager, Kroger Pharmacy Montgomery Matt graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy in 2013. He has worked for The Kroger Co. since 2006, and has held many roles including staff pharmacist, clinical care manager, and is currently the pharmacy manager at the Montgomery location. He is Co-GCD of the Beta Phi chapter of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity for the college and works to help new graduates transition into their roles as pharmacists and UC alumni.
What motivates you to be involved with the Pharmacy Alumni Council? “It’s important to me to serve as a resource to current pharmacy students evaluating their career options, and to newly graduated pharmacists looking to stay involved at the college.”
Aaron Dershak, PharmD ’04
Current Position: Specialty Pharmacist for the Accredo Rheumatoid Arthritis and Inflammatory Therapeutic Resource Center in Mason, Ohio. Aaron is currently licensed to practice pharmacy in four states and serves as a consult pharmacist for the Mason site. Prior to joining Accredo in October 2015, Aaron served as a staff pharmacist at Walgreen’s and at Wellpoint NextRx. In 2009, Aaron started with Express Scripts, initially as a consult pharmacist, and eventually transitioned to the front-end pharmacist staff. Aaron has served on the Alumni Board since 2012 and is currently the communications co-chair.
What motivates you to be involved with the Pharmacy Alumni Council? “I believe that it is crucial for me to stay involved with the current students, for personal, professional and philanthropic reasons. Involvement with the college and the students allows me the personal satisfaction of giving back to something bigger than yourself.”
Current Position: Retired. Peter is currently retired and no longer practices pharmacy, but is an active volunteer in Cincinnati. For St. Vincent de Paul, Peter volunteers as a pharmacist to pick up drug samples from various physician offices and hospitals as donations to the charitable pharmacy they operate. He also volunteers at the Walnut Hills Kitchen and Pantry, providing meal service and picking up food donations from area businesses. Peter has also been a long-time volunteer at Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio serving the local medical committee. Peter is a member of the Veterans Apothecary Association of Cincinnati.
What motivates you to be involved with the Pharmacy Alumni Council? “My motivation in participating in the Pharmacy Alumni Council is to give back to the college that has provided me with my professional career.”
Current Position: HealthSouth Northern Kentucky Rehabilitation Hospital. Bill has been a practicing pharmacist for 44 years. He started working in an independent pharmacy in the 8th grade. He has owned his own pharmacy, practiced in retail chains, and currently works part time at HealthSouth in Northern Kentucky.
What motivates you to be involved with the Pharmacy Alumni Council? “I believe you need to be involved in the profession, both locally, in your state association, and national groups, and be politically active.”
Current Position: Director of Pharmacy Services at Margaret Mary Health, a critical access hospital in Batesville, Indiana. Herb’s background includes experience as a district manager for Cardinal Health, a regional manager for Pharmacy Systems, Inc., and as a pharmacist in a variety of hospital and retail settings. In his current practice, he precepts students from Butler University, Purdue University and the University of Cincinnati. He has been active in ASHP for many years, and currently chairs the Membership Council of the Indiana Pharmacist’s Alliance, and is an appointed member of the Indiana State Medicaid Advisory Committee. A lifetime member of the UC Alumni Association, he has been a member of the Tower of Strength Society for over twenty years. Herb resides in Greensburg, Indiana with his wife, Julia, and their daughter, Clare.
What motivates you to be involved with the Pharmacy Alumni Council? "I am excited to serve on the Pharmacy Alumni Council as a means of thanking my alma mater for my very rewarding career, to further the goal of inspiring future pharmacists, and to provide a mechanism for networking."
Current Position: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. Kathy graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy in 2005, then went on to complete a PGY1 residency and a PGY2 specialty residency in Ambulatory Care at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (formerly University Hospital). Her current role is a clinical pharmacy specialist at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center working in the ambulatory care specialty clinics. Her areas of interest are endocrinology and HIV.
What motivates you to be involved with the Pharmacy Alumni Council? “I get to work with a tremendous network of experienced pharmacists from many generations that have graduated from UC’s program.”
Current Position: Health Source of Ohio. After graduation from UC in 1980 Jim continued his education with a master’s degree in 1985 and embarked on a career in teaching. He taught chemistry and pharmacology for 32 years at the high school and college level. His practice of pharmacy has mostly been in the independent retail setting. He currently works for Health Source of Ohio and does contract work for other pharmacies as needed. In the past two years, he has been a preceptor in the UC College of Pharmacy Skills Lab. Additionally, Jim is the Director of Member Services for VAAC (Veteran Apothecaries Association of Cincinnati).
What motivates you to be involved with the Pharmacy Alumni Council? “I have joined the Alumni Council to further our efforts with our current alumni as well as to encourage our present students to join the Alumni Association upon graduation.”
Current Position: Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator and PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director at UC Health – West Chester Hospital. Dr. Malone is very active with the College of Pharmacy and has a faculty appointment as assistant professor of clinical pharmacy. On a national level, she serves as a PGY1 Residency Program Accreditation Practitioner Surveyor with ASHP. Dr. Malone is past-president of the Greater Cincinnati Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GCSHP) and is active with the communications division of the Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists (OSHP).
What motivates you to be involved with the Pharmacy Alumni Council? “My motivation to be involved initially stems from my appreciation of what the college has done for me. I also like the collaboration with members of the council to get alumni more involved and engaged with all of the great things going on at the College of Pharmacy!”
Current Position: Pharmacy Manager, The Kroger Company. Dr. Marable has two years of clinical practice experience as a patient care pharmacist leading the diabetes and hypertension coaching program for Kroger Pharmacy in Cincinnati, OH. Dr. Marable has committed his professional career to serving underrepresented community populations through service leadership. He currently serves on the national executive board of the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA), and as President of the Cincinnati Pharmaceutical Association (CinPhA).
What motivates you to be involved with the Pharmacy Alumni Council? “The foundation of my career was built at the Winkle College of Pharmacy, and I am driven to pay it forward by creating & connecting alumni to engaging opportunities with the college & the profession.”
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Current Position: District Leader for CVS/Health in the Dayton, Ohio market. In addition to working for CVS, Jennifer is currently serving her second year as a State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy member and is truly grateful for the experience and development she received while attending pharmacy school at the University of Cincinnati.
What motivates you to be involved with the Pharmacy Alumni Council? “Being a part of the Alumni Council allows me a chance to not only stay in touch with fellow alumni and college faculty, but allows me to show the pride I feel about UC to current students. I loved the years I spent at UC and could not be happier with all of the new changes that have taken place within the building from the actual structure itself, to the addition of top-notch faculty, and the development and offering of new coursework.”
Current Position: Director of Pharmacy Acute Operations - Mercy Health; Cincinnati, Ohio. Jed Tuten started his career with Mercy Health in 2009 as a pharmacy intern completing admission medication reconciliation within the emergency department at Mt. Airy Hospital. Following graduation, he moved to Mercy Anderson Hospital and eventually shifted to their home office where as an application coordinator, he supported the implementation of their electronic health record, Epic. In his current role as the director of pharmacy acute operations, Jed is responsible for the standardization and optimization of acute care pharmacy services across the Mercy Health System.
What motivates you to be involved with the Pharmacy Alumni Council? "Simply to be involved, this is my opportunity at a re-do. I was not what one would define as an academically involved student during my time spent on campus. I likely, and somewhat unknowingly, balked at opportunities to simply engage with an alumnus at various junctures of my education. It is of course only when reflecting back that I realize that having a mentor available, a voice of insight, would have been welcomed and not just during my time in school. I know now that there are numerous alumni that were, and still are, willing to make themselves available. Are you one of those? Let us know! Sponsor a white coat, attend an alumni event, catch up with a classmate."