The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) is the only international professional society devoted to optimal medication management and improved health outcomes for all older adults. Founded in 1969, ASCP is a non-profit membership organization currently based in Alexandria, VA.
ASCP represents over 9,000 pharmacy professionals, including students, serving the unique medication needs of the senior population. Our members range in the services they provide and serve seniors in a variety of settings.
The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Foundation (ASCP Foundation) is dedicated to educating older adults and caregivers about principles and practices associated with safe and appropriate use of medicines. Our unique focus is the development, integration, and application of knowledge regarding medication use in the older adult population and the practice of senior care pharmacy to optimize health outcomes.
Joan Baird, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP, monitors federal regulations that affect members and evaluates and develops responses, when appropriate. She serves as primary liaison between the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, representing members’ concerns. In addition to addressing members’ questions regarding pharmacy practice, Joan assists the education department in developing content and educational information for presentation in continuing education courses, webinars, educational forums, and regional and national association meetings. A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, she has expertise in geriatric pharmacotherapy and psychiatric disorders and has practiced as both a clinical psychiatric pharmacist and consultant pharmacist. Joan has a degree in music and sang as part of the Olympic Chorus at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.
Kavon Beckford, CPhT, a certified pharmacy technician, provides support to the director of education for online geriatric pharmacy review courses, works within the educational department on learning projects and events, and provides member support for continuing education courses. Kavon has more than seven years in retail pharmacy, assisting an average of 120 customers each day. She also trained new pharmacy technicians and students from the pharmacy’s preceptor program. Kavon has a strong background in retail, including marketing and staff training. She is a certified fitness dance instructor and used to be a Girl Scout troop leader.
Briana Berkley works closely with the chief executive officer and the Board of Directors. Before coming to ASCP she worked in a supporting role in the nonprofit sector, including the American Physical Therapy Association. Outside of work Briana bakes with recipes that have been handed down from her grandmother: Her specialties are brown butter sugar cookies and sweet potato pie.
Marlene Z. Bloom is managing editor of The Consultant Pharmacist. A graduate of Boston University, she has held editorial positions at both the American Pharmacists Association and the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. As managing editor she works with editor-in-chief H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH, editing manuscripts, working with authors, and participating in production of the journal. Marlene has worked for several other health associations, including the American Hospital Association and the Autism Society, and she has been a reporter for a statewide daily newspaper in Delaware. She volunteers as a docent for the Kreeger Museum, a contemporary art museum in Washington, D.C.
Michael A. Castanon manages ASCP’s website; maintains ASCP’s presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media sites; and manages advertising campaigns on social media. Previously, Michael worked in the office of career services at Longwood University, in Virginia, from which he graduated, and was the catalyst for introducing the Snapchat program to recent alumni. He volunteered at the 2016 vice presidential debate as a social media coordinator for Twitter and Instagram. Michael once met Lady Gaga at her concert in Washington, D.C.
Arnold Clayman, PD, FASCP, serves as a resource to ASCP members and staff on practice-related issues. He oversees all activities relating to professional and clinical affairs and is responsible for the Society’s product development. Arnie manages ASCP’s policy and advocacy efforts, including working with regulatory agencies. A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, he has worked in hospital, community, home infusion, and long-term care pharmacy practice. Arnie has served on the ASCP Board of Directors and is the recipient of both the George F. Archambault Award and the Richard S. Berman Service Award. He has been active in community and dinner theater and has played major roles in shows such as My Fair Lady, Funny Girl, and Fiddler on the Roof.
Jessilyn Collado manages continuing education functions for all activities accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). She serves as the primary contact for internal and external partners seeking ACPE accreditation, creates and tracks speaker contracts for national conferences, and also manages submissions for all continuing pharmacy education activities. One of the longest-serving employees, Jessilyn has worked at ASCP since 1991. She was named Cadet of the Year in her high school ROTC class.
Debbie Furman directs membership affairs and coordinates the participation of business and corporate clients in the Society’s activities. Her responsibilities include organizing the major meetings and functions and sales of the display and booth areas. Debbie was also project manager for ASCP’s data management systems. She has more than 28 years of experience in managing professional associations and charitable volunteer organizations. She previously worked as a civilian for the Department of the Army and was repeatedly decorated for her work with volunteer organizations. Debbie also ran her own picture-framing business for 15 years.
Nghi Giang has worked for ASCP since 1996 and is now the Society’s accountant. She reconciles all incoming and outgoing revenues, works with the chief financial officer to prepare documents for outside auditors, and prepares monthly and year-end financial reports. Nghi assisted in the implementation of a new accounting system, reconciles all bank and investment account statements, and prepares financial statements for ASCP and its chapters. She was born in Vietnam and came to the United States in 1991 with refugees leaving the country. In addition to being ASCP’s account, Nghi has a cosmetology license.
Kelly Jennings is ASCP’s chief financial officer responsible for financial reporting and operations. She is the founder of Quincy CFO LLC, a company providing financial resources to associations and businesses. A graduate of the University of Delaware, Kelly was vice president of finance and administration at RCLCO, a nationwide team of real estate consultants. She also served as controller for Gene Logic, Inc., establishing and leading the accounting team, which resulted in an expansion of employees and revenue. Though most often seen with her computer, Kelly would prefer to spend her weekends off the grid with no internet access, sleeping outside in a tent.
Alex Litwack is the Society’s director of technology in charge of the Society’s information technology. He oversees network infrastructure; provides audiovisual support for meetings; and manages the IT budget, consultants, and vendors. Alex maintains all computer-related products and upgrades and is who we call when our computers are on the fritz. He is a weekend rock climber.
Brianna Palowitch, PharmD, BCGP, a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, leads the educational department in the strategic planning for more than 100 educational activities a year. She is the coordinator for board certification training workshops, monthly webinars, and ASCP’s national annual conferences, and also collaborates with clinicians and subject-matter experts to create programs on clinical updates, business opportunities, and professional development. To keep her hand in clinical practice, Brianna works part-time at Virginia Hospital Center, in Arlington, in the outpatient pharmacy. An accomplished seamstress, she made her own wedding dress.
Christine Polite oversees the Society’s operations in the areas of marketing, media relations, and communications. She creates comprehensive marketing plans via print and digital media, including e-newsletters, brochures, social media, and the web. Previously, Christine was manager of product development and marketing for the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and corresponding author for the AGS Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults. At AGS, she managed updates of all clinical tools, including pocket cards and mobile applications, and developed and launched a social media strategy. A graduate of New York University, Christine was the owner and cake artist for Tiney’s Bakeshop, a custom cake shop in the New York City area.
Cindy Porter, RPh, a former consultant pharmacist, oversees ASCP’s education department and the ASCP Foundation. She implemented a new learning management system to improve members’ learning experience and led the team that developed the first online geriatric pharmacotherapy review program. When working with the Alzheimer’s Association, Cindy developed the first mobile application for physicians to help improve care of dementia patients at the point of care. While on a sabbatical, she lived in Vietnam and taught English.
Amber Robinson is the staff liaison between chapters and ASCP departments, responds to requests for membership and general ASCP information, and serves as main point of contact for all student chapters. Before coming to ASCP she was outreach coordinator for the Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging and membership manager for the National Council for Behavioral Health and The Vision Council. A graduate of James Madison University, Amber teaches group fitness classes.
Jenn Sharkey is responsible for the daily operations for the membership department, including marketing and customer service. She supervises and directs membership acquisition campaigns, benefits, promotional programs and member services. Jenn also oversees ASCP Chapter relationships. She once went skydiving out of the same plane as President George H.W. Bush on one of the president’s birthday skydiving jumps.
Carol Sirianni, RPH, assists ASCP with project management, focusing on pharmacy practice. She collaborates with the ASCP team to coordinate SenioRx Solutions, including the Virtual Pharmacy Network, Senior Care Pharmacist Directory, and practice setting focus groups. Carol has served as editor of the Senior Care Resource Manual and Medication Management in the Elderly Handbook. A graduate of Duquesne University, Carol has been a member of ASCP for over 20 years and an industry partner for nine years. Carol is an avid Pittsburgh Steeler, Penguin, and Pirate fan and enjoys playing pickle ball.
Patti Thompson oversees the production of The Consultant Pharmacist and is responsible for maintaining print and production schedules. She also manages the production of the Annual Meeting program book and other promotional materials. Patti, who has worked for ASCP since 1997, is responsible for development, design, production, inventory, and distribution of the organization’s printed collateral materials. She lived in St. Thomas, V.I., for 10 years, from age 5 to 15. In high school, Patti spent three weeks camping along the C&O canal, repairing a rock wall through the Student Conservation Association.
Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP, has been named executive director and chief operating officer of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP). He began his new position on April 2, 2018, taking over from Frank Grosso, RPh, who is retiring.
Worz says ASCP’s highest priority is to provide pharmacists practicing in the older adult population the highest-quality resources and education, vigorous advocacy to solidify the pharmacist’s place in the health system, and innovative experiences to unlock opportunities for members to participate where their experienced medication management skills are needed.
A graduate of the University of Cincinnati School of Pharmacy, Worz developed an innovative clinical practice in a long-term care setting in Ohio and directed the pharmacy practice of a regional, independent pharmacy serving 10,000 long-term care residents. Worz established his geriatric-based practice, Medication Managers, LLC, to educate and serve nursing facility residents, nursing facility administration, long-term care pharmacies, and the public through a comprehensive knowledge of medication use. It has expanded to provide consulting services to more than 600 nursing centers and more than 35,000 skilled nursing, assisted living, and developmentally disabled clients in 30 states. Worz was also chief executive officer of RxConcile, a telepharmacy application that connects nursing facility discharge patients with a live pharmacist for education and consultation on their medications.
In 2016, he was awarded the Arthur C. Glasser Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy, where he is an adjunct assistant professor of pharmacy practice and a member of the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board. A member of ASCP since 1998, he formerly served as a member of the ASCP Board of Directors and was elected as the Society’s 2017-2018 president. He also served as a member of Humana’s National Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee representing pharmacists practicing with older adults. In addition, he helped host ASCP’s podcast, SenioRx.
Medication Managers and RxConcile will continue to provide services under the leadership of its managing partners, Lyndsi White, PharmD, BCGP, and Craig Stiens, PharmD.
The ASCP Bylaws (PDF) provide for 14 members on the Board of Directors: 4 officers (president, chairman of the board, president-elect, and secretary-treasurer) and 10 additional directors (2 elected from each of ASCP’s 5 regions listed below). In addition, the Executive Director/CEO serves as an ex officio, non-voting member of the Board. Each officer serves a one-year term. Each officer must have been a director-member of the Board for a minimum of one 2-year term before running for an officer position. Each director serves a 2-year term and elections are staggered, such that only 5 of the 10 director positions are elected annually. Each director may be re-elected to no more than two consecutive terms as director. Directors are strongly encouraged to run for an officer position, since being a director is a prerequisite for being an officer.
The Council of Presidents consists of all past and present presidential officers of ASCP and serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Directors and the Society. The Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors serves as the Chair of the Council of Presidents.
The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) has an immediate opening for an Educational Affairs Program Manager in its Alexandria, VA office.
General Responsibility: Provides support to the Educational Affairs Department in the development and coordination of educational initiatives.
Development and execution of educational initiatives (80%)
Collaborate with staff, committees and speakers in the development and execution of educational activities (Annual Meeting, Forum, Boot Camp, webinars and others as needed).
Organize peer review process for Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist educational activities.
Copy-edit, format and post materials for program-related products (e.g., handouts, recordings, post-tests, etc.).
Partner with the Communications Department on the development of outreach and marketing strategies to support educational activities.
Coordinate speaker logistics for live webinars and conference presentations.
Conduct and review evaluations to identify ways to improve programs and products.
Maintain up-to-date and accurate information on education websites.
Participate in committee meetings to execute initiatives.
Manage call for proposal process.
Track participants’ continuing education assignments for pre- and post-conference workshop events.
Input data and provide reports relating to speaker and education session information.
Serve as ACPE Administrator and ensure compliance with ACPE criteria.
Travel to meetings as required.
Represent ASCP at external association meetings as needed.
Maintain knowledge of learning management system usage and updates.
Provide customer service support for educational initiative inquiries.
Other duties as assigned.
Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree and 2-3 years of adult learning required. Membership association management experience preferred.
Computer Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications. Experience utilizing and troubleshooting a learning management system.
Communication Skills: Clear verbal and written communications skills, including the ability to write session descriptions, learning objectives, and speaker correspondence.
Mathematical Skills: Knowledge of business math principles.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to logically plan and schedule activities and tasks to meet established timelines. Ability to manage numerous concurrent projects.
Other Skills and Abilities: Strong interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills. Attention to detail essential.
Work Environment: Fast paced and interactive.
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Chapter & Leadership Manager
The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) has an immediate opening for Chapter & Leadership Manager in its Alexandria, VA office.
General Responsibility: Key point of contact for ASCP Chapters and national leaders. Runs yearly elections and maintains rosters of national and chapter officer/liaison positions. Provides full support to ensure successful and beneficial ASCP Chapters. Has a working knowledge of the basic new member and existing member renewal processes as well as how to conduct mass member communications utilizing the existing association management system. Serves as backup to Director of Membership and Chapter Relations.
Essential duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Manages chapter nominations and election of chapter officers (in conjunction with ASCP national elections).
Receives and reviews chapter financial transactions and processes through A.P.
Reviews and distributes monthly financials to Chapter officers. Handles inquiries from chapters regarding their monthly statements.
Manages coordination of chapter meeting information including email announcements, website postings, and meeting creation in AMS.
With ASCP meetings department, schedules and coordinates chapter breakfasts and lunches at ASCP national conferences.
Serves as main point of contact for all student chapters
Acts as staff liaison between chapters and all ASCP departments
Maintains and updates ASCP chapter webpages
Creates and coordinates sending of chapter emails (requires ability to learn and understand list generation in association’s database and email system).
Manage annual elections (in conjunction with chapter elections) to include drafting, editing materials, collecting nominations, corresponding with nominees, and working with the independent elections company to ensure accuracy of ballots.
Support call for nominations process and maintain leadership information in ASCP’s database.
Manage annual awards process to include drafting/editing e-blasts, communicating nominee information to awards committee, and ordering awards.
Craft messages to include in the ASCP Now enewsletter.
Prepare leadership pins for award ceremony at ASCP’s Annual Meeting.
Manage rooming lists for appropriate leadership groups to attend ASCP’s national and regional meetings.
Responsible with Director of Membership for development of chapter, general membership and AMS in-house training manuals
Develop a working knowledge of new member and existing member renewal processes as well as how to conduct mass member communications utilizing the existing AMS system.
Shares daily administrative/customer service duties with other membership staff as needed.
Education/Experience: College Degree required. Association and chapter experience required.
Language Skills: Must be customer service oriented, have a pleasant telephone voice, and good enunciation skills. Must effectively and efficiently handle multiple calls. Must be able to respond to complaints and inquiries in a courteous and friendly manner at all times. Ability to read and comprehend instructions required. Ability to write correspondence and memos.
Communication Skills: Ability to present information effectively to customers, members/subscribers, vendors and the general public using good oral and written communications.
Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure. Basic understanding of financials and accounting practices.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written or oral form. Ability to deal with problems involving several variables in standard situations.
Other Skills and Abilities: Ability to prioritize assignments, work on a variety of tasks simultaneously and independently, take direction from a variety of people and work as a team player. Be detail oriented. Computer knowledge with word processing, spreadsheet and database knowledge helpful. Familiarity with automated office equipment. Possess strong interpersonal, organizational and time management skills.
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and some lifting. The employee frequently is required to talk or listen. The employee is occasionally required to move from one area of the office to another. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
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Empowering pharmacists to promote healthy aging through the appropriate use of medications.
Achieving safe, effective, and appropriate use of medications by all older adults.
In their role as medication therapy experts, consultant and senior care pharmacists:
Hold their patients' interest above all others
Take responsibility for their patients’ medication-related needs
Ensure that their patients’ medications are the most appropriate, the most effective, the safest possible, and are used correctly
Identify, resolve, and prevent medication-related problems that may interfere with the goals of therapy
The ASCP Board of Directors has established three strategic priority areas and goals for the Society from 2016-2018: