WHO WE ARE: Empowering Pharmacists. Transforming Aging.
ASCP is a membership association that represents pharmacy professionals and students serving the unique medication needs of older adults. ASCP is an international organization with members located in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and 12 countries. The society’s mission is to promote healthy aging by empowering pharmacists with education, resources, and innovative opportunities.
Founded in 1969, ASCP is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization based in Alexandria, Virginia.
The ASCP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; its purpose is to carry out the charitable – including scientific, literary, and educational – purposes of ASCP.
Kavon Beckford, CPhT, is one of ASCP’s education coordinators. She supports the educational affairs department in the development and coordination of educational initiatives with a focus on online products. She serves as point-of-contact for system users, prepares and provides monthly recertification credit, continuing education credit, and reports as needed. She provides staff support to appropriate ASCP leadership groups and to the senior director of education. Kavon has more than seven years in retail pharmacy experience, assisting an average of 120 customers each day. She also helped train new pharmacy technicians and students from the pharmacy’s preceptor program. Kavon has over 20 years of customer service, including marketing and staff training. Kavon enjoys spending time with her family and dancing.
Marlene Z. Bloom is managing editor of The Senior Care 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, 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 Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.
Michael Castanon manages ASCP’s website including digital advertising; maintains ASCP’s presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites; and manages ASCP’s email marketing campaigns. Previously, Michael worked in the office of career services at Longwood University, in Virginia, from which he graduated, and was the catalyst for producing creative content for the Longwood alumni website that evoked nostalgia, helped coordinate podcasts interviews, and more. He also volunteered at the 2016 vice presidential debate hosted at Longwood University as a social media coordinator for Twitter and Instagram. He once met his favorite artist, Charli XCX, at her concert in Washington, D.C.
Veronica Charles serves as ASCP’s director of policy and advocacy. She directs the Society’s policy portfolio and represents the Society before legislative and regulatory bodies. In her role, Veronica acts as a federal lobbyist and develops policy positions on federal legislation and regulations that impact pharmacists’ clinical and professional practice. Prior to coming to ASCP, Veronica worked on a national drug pricing campaign and spent time on Capitol Hill working for Senator Dean Heller. Veronica holds a Bachelor of Science in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Master of Public Administration in health policy from American University. Veronica volunteers her time as a board member of the Nevada State Society and as the Southeast Legislative Director for the National Association of Graduate Professional Students. Veronica is a Nevada enthusiast and loves spending time back in her home state whenever Congress is out of session.
Arnold Clayman, PD, FASCP, serves as a resource to ASCP members and staff on practice-related issues. He oversees activities relating to professional and clinical affairs, product development, as well as managing 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, Lost in Yonkers 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.
Kristen Cox is ASCP’s chapter and leadership manager. She works directly with the Society’s chapter leaders and members to help coordinate and advertise chapter events and assist with their financials and annual elections. She came to ASCP from the DiLorenzo TriCare Heath Clinic, which is located inside of the Pentagon, where she served as a schedule coordinator and administrative assistant. She is currently working on her master’s degree in information technology with a specialization in Homeland Security. Kristen has recently become certified to teach English as a second language.
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 1992. In addition to being ASCP’s account, Nghi attended 2 years at Northern Virginia Community College pursuing an Associate’s degree in accounting. She also has a cosmetology license in Virginia and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Christine Holder is ASCP’s senior director of strategic relationships. She is responsible for the society’s sales strategies and corporate relationships. She brings nearly 30 years of experience working in the pharmaceutical industry as an account manager, including more than 15 years specializing in long-term care. As a sales representative, she sat in waiting rooms with Rodney Dangerfield, Candice Bergen, Mary Tyler Moore, and Madonna, among others. She and her husband love to travel.
Kelly Jennings is ASCP’s chief financial officer responsible for financial reporting. 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.
Erik Koster is ASCP’s senior director of meetings, responsible for the Society’s events and meetings, and he has worked in corporate events for more than 15 years. Erik has a Bachelor of Science in the culinary arts and food service management and is self-taught in sound engineering. Erik enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, and cooking.
Alex Litwack is the Society’s senior 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.
Bri Palowitch is ASCP's senior director of professional development. A graduate of VCU School of Pharmacy, she has clinical experience in community, ambulatory care, outpatient hospital, and transitions of care settings. Bri enjoys pharmacy for the artistry of medication management in each individual patient. Using the other side of her brain, Bri has been sewing since she was 15 and even made her own wedding dress!
Christine Polite oversees the Society’s operations in the areas of marketing, media relations, membership, and communications. Christine has been in geriatrics for nearly 15 years and was the corresponding author for the AGS Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults. 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.
Lynn Poore is one of ASCP’s education coordinators responsible for providing support to the senior director of education and the education department. She has worked in higher education for nearly two decades with more than half of that time devoted to pharmacy education. Lynn authenticated compliance for 550+ professional practice students through collaborative strategies in preparation for rotations. She executed continuous education programs for 100+ pharmacists from registration through assessment. Lynn is recognized as an expert in project management and she is most proud of her practicing gratitude in the workplace endeavor. She has a Master of Science in Education with a focus on wellness. Lynn was a first chair violinist in elementary school.
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.
Ricardo Spencer, PharmD, serves as ASCP’s inaugural executive fellow in association leadership and management. Originally from the south Florida area, he is a 2019 graduate of the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy. During his career as a student pharmacist, he was highly active in advocating for the pharmacy profession at the state and federal levels, and he was involved in many organizations with which ASCP works today. His responsibilities as the executive fellow include supporting the Society’s government affairs portfolio, managing all communications to members, and serving as the primary liaison between the ASCP home office in Virginia and the Society’s student chapters. Ricardo is an avid traveler, and he completed a pharmacy student exchange program in which he worked in a community pharmacy in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Krista Spivey is a part of the information technology and meetings team as their meetings & technology coordinator. In her meetings role, she supports the development and planning for meetings including annual meeting, regional meetings, bootcamp, and more. For the information technology department, Krista assists the senior director of technology by supporting the recording of live and pre-recorded webinars, the set-up and break-down of equipment for live meetings, and the organization of equipment. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies from Longwood University. Krista has one pet which is an all-black cat named Ollie.
Patti Thompson oversees the production and design of The Senior Care Pharmacist and is responsible for the design of ASCP’s Annual Meeting signage. 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, Virgin Islands, for ten years, from age 5 to 15. Patti loves to travel and has spent many vacations exploring the world. Her favorite destination is Edinburgh, Scotland.
Eleanor (Ellie) Tipton is ASCP’s creative editor, editing the vital research published in ASCP’s flagship journal, The Senior Care Pharmacist, writing for the Society’s communications department, and managing the journal’s social media accounts. She has been an editorial assistant for the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and an editor for several literary journals. Ellie has a foundation in grassroots organizing from working with groups like Environment America and the State Public Interest Research Groups on campaigns to lower prescription drug prices, among others. A former adjunct professor at the University of Maryland at College Park, she taught academic writing and writing for the health sciences; Ellie received a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing for poetry from George Mason University. She has written two published books of poetry and hosts a poetry series in Washington, D.C. When she isn’t working or parenting, she practices thai-chi, laugha yoga, and mindfulness.
Chad Worz, PharmD, BCGP, is the chief executive of ASCP. A board-certified geriatric pharmacist and graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy, his career has focused on the medication management of older adults. He 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. He established a nation-wide, geriatric-based consulting company to educate and serve nursing facility residents, nursing facility administration, long-term care pharmacies, and the public through a comprehensive knowledge of medication use. He is a national thought leader presenting on pharmacy and medication related topics and has served on a number of national boards related to pharmacy and medication utilization. Chad’s hobbies include making furniture (sometimes for the ASCP office!), and the Star Wars movies are his favorite entertainment.
The ASCP Bylaws provide for 13 members on the Board of Directors: 4 officers (president, chairman of the board, president-elect, and secretary-treasurer) and 9 additional directors (1 elected from each of ASCP’s 8 regions listed below, and 1 at-large director). 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 3-year term before running for an officer position. Each director serves a 3-year term and elections are staggered, such that 3 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.
Region A - Northeast
Region B – Mid Atlantic
Region C – Midwest
Region D – Southeast
Region E – North Central
Region F – South Central
Region G – Southwest
Region H – Northwest
Canada (east of the Manitoba border)
Canada (west of the Manitoba border)
All other countries not listed in regions A, G, or H
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.
Development and execution of educational initiatives (80%)
Collaborate with staff, committees and speakers in the development and execution of educational activities (Annual Meeting, Boot Camp, webinars and others as needed).
Liaison between leadership and the education team keeping the team informed
Valuing input, and managing with transparency, flexibility and effectively empowering the education team in accord with the organizational philosophy
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 and negotiate speaker contracts and 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 standards.
Serve as BPS Administrator and ensure compliance with BCGP standards.
Travel to meetings as required.
Represent ASCP at external association meetings as needed.
Maintain knowledge of learning management system usage and updates.
Provide strong customer service skills
Educational grant writing support
Other duties as assigned.
Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of adult learning required. Membership association management experience preferred. Experience in senior care.
Computer Skills: Leveraging and applying technology software solutions to educational activities. 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. Knowledge in Clifton StrengthsFinder a plus.
Work Environment: Fast paced and interactive.
To apply for this position, please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information Technology Coordinator
Reports to: Senior Director of Technology
System administrator for 20 staff Apple Mac laptops
Train and support staff on efficient use of ASCP technology
Research technology to streamline staff productivity
Maintain high level of knowledge to support ASCP systems
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Respond to staff's problems with hardware and/or software and find and implement solutions.
Respond to staff's various questions about any sort of technical issue and provide efficient, cost-effective, beneficial solutions.
Maintain, update, upgrade staff laptops, printers and all other networked peripherals.
Overall resource for ASCP technology including our different member software
Support Office 365
Provide support to staff with the Microsoft Office 365 suite (Skype, Teams, Office, & SharePoint) and escalate when needed.
Maintain Distribution Lists within Exchange Online.
Administer and monitor Mimecast email flow.
Train staff on efficient use of Office 365 suite of tools.
Work with Senior Director of Technology to deploy and maintain all in-house services, such as web, database, and backup servers.
Maintain Azure Cloud configurations and other administrative functionality.
Work with Senior Director of Technology on special projects through the year.
Examples of future projects: Transition staff to Microsoft Teams, deploy a remote management solution, evaluate departmental SAAS solutions, install conference room AV, and more
Education/Experience: BA/BS Degree in Information Technology. Experience required with Apple Mac OS. Preferred Skills: HTML, Bash, Microsoft Azure, SharePoint, Exchange, Outlook, Teams, and Skype.
Communication Skills: Excellent oral and written skills necessary. Ability to communicate with individuals at many different levels. Strong customer service skills. Strong interpersonal, organizational, time management and telephone skills.
To apply for this position, please send your resume to email@example.com.
Promote healthy aging by empowering pharmacists with education, resources, and innovative opportunities.
Recognized expert providers of medication management. Improving the lives of 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
ASCP's Board of Directors and staff have established three strategic priority areas and goals for the Society from 2019-2021.