NPhA / SNPhA 2020 VIRTUAL CONVENTION

Speaker Lineup


Meagan A. Brown, PharmD, BCACP 

Saturday, November 7 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Session Title: Diabetes Update 2020 (CE – 1 hour)


Alftan Dyson, PharmD, BCACP, AAHIVP

About Dr. Dyson

Alftan Dyson, PharmD, BCACP, AAHIVP is a Medical Science Liaison at ViiV Healthcare. In this role, she identified and interacts with healthcare professionals to gain an understanding of their views and provide information about medications used to treat HIV/AIDS and diseases of interest. She also serves as a scientific speaker for ViiV-sponsored programs and advisory boards. Prior to joining ViiV Healthcare in 2019, Alftan served as the Director of Pharmacy Services for 2 years with Medical Advocacy and Outreach (formerly Medical AIDS Outreach of Alabama) located in Montgomery, AL. In this role, she had oversight of all pharmacy services available to patients and assisted in overseeing the Medical Advocacy and Outreach 340B operations to ensure compliance with contract and in-house pharmacy operations. This oversight resulted in savings that allowed development of new clinical programs to improve patient outcomes. She previously worked as a Registered Store Manager with Walgreens Local Specialty Pharmacy in Montgomery, AL prior to joining MAO to open Copeland Care Pharmacy. Dr. Dyson received a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2008 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN), and then traveled to Memphis, TN, where she completed her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2013 from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. In June 2014, she completed a community pharmacy residency with the University of Missouri- Kansas City (UMKC) College of Pharmacy where her practice site was a Walgreens Local Specialty Pharmacy located on the campus of Truman Medical Center-Hospital Hill. During this time, Dr. Dyson also received specialized HIV/AIDS training at the Kansas City Care Clinic and was selected to participate in the Midwest AIDS Education and Training Center (MAETC) Scholars Program. She completed the program in September of 2014 and attributes her passion for the work AETCs do throughout the country to her participation as a MATEC scholar. Dr. Dyson continues to be actively involved with AETCs and often serves as an invited speaker for the Southeast AETC on behalf of the Alabama division for regional webinars and conferences. An active member of the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA), Dr. Dyson has served as the national Zone II Director for the organization (2015-2019) and Zone III Director (2013-2015). During her tenure, she assisted in establishing the Alabama and Memphis chapters of NPhA. She also worked closely with the Gates City Chapter (Atlanta, GA) to re-establish chapter operations. Alftan has also often provided yearly HIV/AIDS updates to pharmacist members of NPhA during the annual convention. Dr. Dyson’s major areas of interest include the treatment of diabetes, hypertension, Hepatitis C, specifically in PLWH and HIV/AIDS treatment. She is equally passionate about increasing knowledge about and the uptake of HIV prevention strategies. Dr. Dyson serves as a preceptor to student pharmacists for the McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University and the Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn University and as an Online Adjunct Instructor of Pharmacology for aspiring Nurse Practitioner students at Walden University.

Sunday, November 8 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Session Title: Health and Health Disparities in the US in HIV (CE – 1 hour)


Dr. Vincent Ekenga

About Dr. Ekenga

Dr. Ekenga is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Xavier University College of Pharmacy and practices as Primary Care Clinical Pharmacist at EXCELth Family Health Centers, a federally qualified health center. In his role as Clinical Pharmacist, he provides education and population management to patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and tobacco dependence. Dr. Ekenga has experience in both community pharmacy management and ambulatory care. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and he is an alumnus of the Xavier University and Duquesne University residency programs. Additionally, he holds certifications in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy, diabetes education and tobacco treatment. His interests include team-based care and collaborative chronic care management within indigent communities.

Saturday, November 7 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Session Title: Pharmacy Deserts and Minority Communities (CE – 1 hour)

Heather Fields, PharmD, MPH, BCACP

About Dr. Fields

Dr. Heather Fields, PharmD, MPH, BCACP is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy since 2011. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health from the University of Illinois, in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois (2002), Masters of Public Health from University of Illinois, in Chicago, Illinois (2005), and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Illinois College of Pharmacy, in Chicago, Illinois (2009). She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency in Community Care with The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and the Clinical Partners Program, in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Fields has practiced as an ambulatory care pharmacist at Access Community Health Network in Chicago for the past 6 years. She helps manage patients with chronic disease states such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and opioid use disorder. Located at the Ashland Family Health Center in the Englewood community, her patients are predominately from minority and underserved backgrounds. Interests include substance abuse, public health, health disparities, and community outreach. Also, she has recently participated in 3 medical mission trips to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. She is President-Elect of the Chicago Pharmacists Association and the faculty advisor for Phi Lambda Sigma.

Sunday, November 8 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Session TitleThe Role of a Pharmacist in a Suboxone Program (CE – 1 hour)


Damien R. Fisher, PharmD, AE-C

About Dr. Fisher

Dr. Fisher graduated from Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy with Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2004. He prolonged his studies and completed an ASHP Accredited Residency with an Emphasis on Community and Ambulatory Care at University of Tennessee. He became intrigued in academia and accepted a position at Hampton University School of Pharmacy as Clinical Assistant Professor. During his four years in academia he served as a Clinical Preceptor in various indigent clinics with a focus on diabetes and asthma. During his tenure he was heavily involved with student organization in an advisory capacity. He developed multiple volunteer activities such as brown bag events, blood pressure screenings, and diabetes education for students in American Pharmacist Association (APhA), Rho Chi, Kappa Psi, and Phi Lambda Sigma.

For 10 years Dr. Fisher served as a Pharmacy Clinical Practice Specialist at University of Texas Medical Branch Correctional Managed Care and precepted students and residents. He has been very influential on the P/T committee in the areas of respiratory and cancer pain. He also has delivered presentations to nurses, students, and other staff pharmacists in various areas of disease state management. His heart has always stayed on the path of academia. When the opportunity presents itself in a guiding or advising role to students Dr. Fisher is knocking at the door. He has been involved in mock interviews, curriculum vitae seminars, and promoting the stepping stone of residency as an option after graduation. He believes in the idea of lifelong learning as a principal to success whether it’s in residency training or obtaining a certificate in specific specialty of pharmacy. He is certified as an APhA instructor for immunizations and is very active member within American Lung Association. He is also a certified asthma educator, where he uses his skills to aid the indigent population. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice department at South University.

Friday, November 6 | 11:15 am - Noon
Session Title: Update On Asthma Guidelines (NHLBI/NAEPP) The Differences Between 2007 Vs 2019 (CE – 1.0 hour)


Dr. Nikkina Hankins

About Dr. Hankins

Dr. Nikkina Hankins is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Hopkinsville VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Hopkinsville, KY. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Howard University, the only College of Pharmacy in the Nation’s Capital, in 2018. In 2019, she completed a Community Pharmacy Practice Residency at Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN) and Marcrom’s Pharmacy (Manchester, TN). During her residency, Dr. Hankins was a recipient of the 2019 APhA Foundation Incentive Grant for “Analyzing the Effects of the Community Pharmacist’s Intervention to Promote Pneumococcal Vaccinations Among At-Risk Populations within the Age of 19-64 Years at an Independent Pharmacy.” At the Hopkinsville VA CBOC, she works in Primary Care and Anticoagulation. Her clinical practice focuses are diabetes and comorbid disease states, warfarin and DOAC management, and tobacco cessation in the rural setting.

Dr. Hankins currently serves on the National Grand Council of Kappa Epsilon Professional Pharmacy Fraternity. She is proud alumnae of the Alpha Pi chapter. Dr. Hankins has a long record of service to Kappa Epsilon and the profession of pharmacy. She has served as Vice President, and President in her collegiate chapter, the National Grand Council as VP Membership Recruitment during the 2017-2019 biennium, and currently as the VP of Communications for the 2019-2021 biennium.

When Dr. Hankins is not concentrating on the practice of pharmacy, she loves finding new crafts, reading books, and special cuddles with her cat. She is an avid crocheter, knitter, and painter.

Recorded Session: Interventions For Opioid Prescribing Trends In Community Pharmacy Setting


Raven Jackson

Friday, November 6 | 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Session Title: Career Opportunities for Pharmacy Technicians - Panel Discussion (Moderator)

Saturday, November 7 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Session Title: Diabetes Update 2020 (CE – 1 hour)


Charisse Johnson MS, PharmD

About Dr. Johnson

Charisse Johnson MS, PharmD, is the Assistant Dean of Experiential & Continuing Professional Education and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU COP).  Dr. Johnson received both her Doctor of Pharmacy degree (1998) and Master of Science degree in Pharmacy Administration (2003) from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy (UIC COP). Possessing formal teaching experiences in both didactic and experiential arenas with student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, Dr. Johnson has served in various capacities as a guest speaker, course instructor, and graduate teaching assistant lecturing on topics such as regulatory policy, patient safety, and the pharmacist’s role in community health. In February 2018 Dr. Johnson received her teacher certification from the Center for KORU Mindfulness; subsequently in August 2020 she became a certified facilitator with the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute.  Prior to joining Chicago State University, Dr. Johnson was the Professional Affairs Manager at the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. She has also practice experience in community and health-systems pharmacy.  Dr. Johnson has served as a board member for both the National Pharmaceutical Association and Chicago Pharmacists Association. She is also a member of Rho Chi Honor Society, Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Fraternity, and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. She has received a number of awards and accolades, including the UIC COP Sister Margaret Wright Graduate Award, the UIC COP Urban Health Program Distinguished Alumni Award, the CSU COP Dean’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Service, and the CSU Academic & Student Affairs Excellence Award.

Friday, November 6 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Session Title: Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness-What is the Connection? (CE – 1.0 hour)


Debrina Johnson

Friday, November 6 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Session Title: Polypharmacy And Deprescribing: A Landscape For Engaging Patients And Providers In Conversations To Improve Outcomes (CE – 1.0 hour)


Kalyann Kauv, PharmD

Friday, November 6 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Session Title: Managed Care Pharmacy 101 (CE - 1.5 hours)


Dr. Lauren Latten, PharmD, MPH(c)

About Dr. Latten

Dr. Lauren Latten, PharmD, MPH(c) is originally from Charleston, DC. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she majored in International Studies with minors in Business Administration and Spanish. Afterward, she obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy from Howard University College of Pharmacy. Lauren joined Cigna July 2019 through the Managed Care Rotational Program as a Senior Analyst. In this role, she works on a multitude of projects within the Government Business Unit. Currently, she works specifically with the Competitive Intelligence team in order to deliver insight to senior leadership. Also, Lauren is pursuing a MPH with a concentration in Health Policy at UNC.

Lauren was held multiple leadership roles throughout pharmacy school, including serving as the National Legislative and Membership Benefits Chair of SNPhA. She has an array of experience within the pharmaceutical industry and managed care. As a second year pharmacy student, she was selected to attend Genentech’s Campus Engagement Day. This experience provided insight on a multitude of functional areas within industry. Throughout pharmacy school, she continuously sought opportunities that would expand her knowledge of non-conventional pharmacy roles. Lauren completed a summer internship at Eli Lilly in Market Access. Additionally, she completed a Health Economics and Outcome Research rotation at Novartis and a Healthcare Reimbursement & Policy rotation at Baxter. She is passionate about helping others to maximize their potential and to learn about new opportunities. Lauren enjoys traveling and networking. She looks forward to attending the conference and to seeing where the field of pharmacy takes her.

Friday, November 6 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Session Title: Managed Care Pharmacy 101 (CE - 1.5 hours)


Kevan Lee-Steele 

About Dr. Lee-Steele

LCDR Kevan Lee-Steele graduated from the West Virginia University School of pharmacy in 2009. In March 2010 she received her commission as an officer in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS), and started working as a staff pharmacist within the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Currently, she is the chief pharmacist at FCI Morgantown, a Federal Prison Camp, in Morgantown, WV. The pharmacy within the institution provides pharmaceutical care for approximately 1000 inmates, filling more than 120 prescriptions per day. As a clinical pharmacist, LCDR Lee-Steele manages patients in multiple clinics such as: diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, Hepatitis C, and medication-assisted treatment. LCDR Lee-Steele is involved in the Nicotine Cessation Services Access Workgroup, whose mission is to support the implementation of cessation services in federal and private health systems. She participates as the Lead of the recognition program and as a member of the communications/outreach committee. She has received certifications in RX for Change, Tobacco Cessation Behavioral Counseling and Pharmacotherapy, and a Tobacco Cessation Train the Trainer course. Additionally, she is BPS certified in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy and is a National Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. Her commitment to protecting, promoting, and advancing the safety of our Nation is why LCDR Lee-Steele has the honor of co-presenting this training today.


Eric Manuel Balmir

Sunday, November 8 | 9:00 am - Noon
Session Title: Thriving As A Pharmacy Professional in 2020 and Beyond (CE - 3 hour) (Moderator)


Janene Marshall

Friday, November 6 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Session Title: Is a Shorter Duration Better? An Update on Dual Antiplatelet Therapy for Ischemic Stroke (CE – 1.0 hour)


Dr. Aisha Morris Moultry

About Dr. Moultry

Dr. Aisha Morris Moultry is a Professor and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Texas Southern University. She attained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Texas Southern University and completed a two-year pharmacy practice management residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital, while simultaneously receiving her Masters degree in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from The Ohio State University.

At Texas Southern University, Dr. Moultry teaches students in the areas of Pharmacy Management, Professional Development, and Women’s Health. She has previously conducted over $1 million in grant-funded research and published peer-reviewed articles in the areas of women’s health, elderly medication management, academic success of underrepresented pharmacy students, hospital pharmacy clinical practices, health profession pathway programs, advocacy in pharmacy, and ways to educate pharmacy students in establishing medication therapy management services. She has also served on multiple panels to provide insight on the impact of pharmacists on the healthcare system. She most recently led the acquisition of a $3.25 million Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students grant from HRSA to support the pharmacy education of underrepresented students.

Dr. Moultry has served in multiple leadership roles at TSU in addition to her current role, including the Assistant Dean for Student Services, Interim Assistant Dean of Practice Programs, and the Associate Dean of Clinical and Administrative Services. She is committed to the success of underrepresented pharmacy students from admission as a freshman to graduation, and actively pursues research and programs to support this effort.

Dr. Moultry remains active with professional organizations, including the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the National Pharmaceutical Association, the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and previously served as the President for the American Society of Black Health-System Pharmacists.

Friday, November 6 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Session Title: The Mission of HBCUs in a Changing Environment (CE – 1.0 hour)


Nkem P. Nonyel, PharmD, MPH, BCPS

About Dr. Nonyel

Dr. Nonyel is an Assistant Professor at University of Maryland School Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy (UMES-SOP), with a clinical pharmacy practice with the Clinically Integrated Network and Population Health at Peninsula Regional Medical Center at Salisbury, Maryland. She developed, implemented and managed an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy services at Peninsula Regional Family Practice. She is also a clinical pharmacist at Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, Maryland where she completed ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency. As faculty, she is the Student Organization Director, advisor for UMES chapter of Student Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), liaison to Maryland Pharmaceutical Society (MPhS), co-liaison to American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and liaison to District of Columbia College of Clinical Pharmacy. In the PharmD program, she teaches the pharmacotherapy of Sickle Cell Disease/Anemias and Rheumatologic disorders. In the Public Health for Pharmacists course, she teaches Cultural Competency, Determinants of Health, and Medication Safety/Errors. She also developed a Medication Safety Elective course, which she also teaches. Dr. Nonyel is also a faculty within the UMES Physician Assistant program and the UMES Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Rural Health Disparities and Social Inequity. Her scholarship interests include Cultural Competency, Diversity, Equity, Health Disparities, Public/Global/Population Health, and Professional/Leadership Development. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

Friday, November 6 | 11:15 am - Noon
Session Title: Breaking the Droughts: Therapeutic Advances in the Management of Sickle Cell Disease (CE – 1.0 hour) 

Saturday, November 7 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Session Title: Managing the Dynamics of Difference: Medication Safety and Culture (CE -1 hour)


Maria M. Perez, PharmD, AAHIVP

Friday, November 6 | 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Session Title: Pharmacist Role In Ending The HIV Epidemic (CE – 1.0 hour)


M. Keith Rawlings, MD

About Dr. Rawlings

M. Keith Rawlings, MD is Senior Medical Director at ViiV Healthcare, has over 30 years of HIV clinical, research and administrative experience. Prior to ViiV, he was Director, HIV Medical Sciences at Gilead Sciences, where he oversaw education and implementation of Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis. Dr. Rawlings was Medical and Clinical Research Director at AIDS Arms, Inc in Dallas, TX. He was previous: Chair of Internal Medicine Section and Co-Chair of the Infectious Diseases/ HIV program of the National Medical Association (NMA); BOD member American Academy of HIV Medicine. He has over 100 publications and co-edited one of the few books on HIV/AIDS in U.S. Communities of Color.

Sunday, November 8 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Session Title: Health and Health Disparities in the US in HIV (CE – 1 hour)


Chandler D. Schexnayder, PharmD, BCPS, CDE

Recorded Session: Burnt-Out? The Phenomenon of Diabetes Mellitus In End-Stage Renal Disease
Recorded Session: Too Low or No-Show? The Effects of Lipid-Lowering Therapies on Cognitive Function


Starr T. Shands, Pharm.D, R.Ph

About Dr. Shands

Dr. Starr Shands is a native of Stony Creek, Virginia, a small town 45 min outside of Richmond, VA. She is currently an ambulatory care Clinical Pharmacist at Gallup Indian Medical Center under Indian Health Services (IHS) in Gallup, New Mexico. She serves the Native American population for different tribes such as the Navajo, Zuni, and Hopi. Dr. Shands graduated with her Pharm.D from Hampton University in May 2018. She is a mentor/resource to pharmacy students in different spaces like Pharmacy Initiative Leaders (PILs), Inc., [a non-profit corporation which seeks to establish quality connections within the pharmacy profession and serve as a premier resource for the success of aspiring pharmacists]; and the Pharmacy Student Mentorship Program under NPhA/SNPhA. She works with the National Pharmaceutical Association’s executive board under various committees such as the New Practitioners Network and the publicity committee. Dr. Shands currently has experience in mail order pharmacy, behavioral health, family medicine, internal medicine and medication reconciliation. In her spare time, she loves to mentor students, get involved in pharmacy organization work initiatives, and work on ways to live a healthier lifestyle. Her goals in her career is to impact the lives of her patients in a positive way and make a difference in the communities she serves.

Friday, November 6 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Session Title: How To Shift Careers In Pharmacy 101 (CE – 1.0 hour)



Trishia E. Shaw, PharmD, BCPS

About Dr. Shaw

Trishia E. Shaw, PharmD, BCPS is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP). A native Chicagoan, Dr. Shaw earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from Loyola University Chicago in 2004 and her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy in 2009.

In 2017, Dr. Shaw completed the Non-Traditional PGY-1 Residency Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. Prior to completing the residency program, Dr. Shaw practiced as a Clinical Pharmacist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in several capacities, including neonatal, women’s health, psychiatry specialties as well as staffing as an overnight pharmacist. In her current role as a Clinical Assistant Professor, Dr. Shaw currently practices as a Family Medicine Clinical Pharmacist at Cook County Health (CCH) Englewood Health Center. She became a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist in 2013.

Dr. Shaw has been a member of the NPhA since 2009, and currently serves as the Zone 3 Director. She has previously served NPhA in several capacities including Secretary and Exhibits Co-Coordinator. In 2013, she was awarded NPhA’s Young Pharmacist Award. She is also currently the president of the Chicago Pharmacists Association, the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, the American Pharmacists Association, Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Fraternity, and the Illinois Council of Health-Systems Pharmacists.

Saturday, November 7 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Session Title: Pharmacogenomic Basics – Utilizing Pharmacogenomics to Optimize Medication Therapy (CE – 1 hour)


Gayle Tuckett

Friday, November 6 | 9 am - 11 am
Session Title: USPHS-Rx for Change: Tobacco Cessation Intervention Training (CE - 2.0 hours)


Cheryl Wisseh

Saturday, November 7 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Session Title: Pharmacy Deserts and Minority Communities (CE – 1 hour)

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