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2017-2018 OSHP Annual Report
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Office of President 

This year has passed so quickly, and I am honored to have been extended the opportunity to serve this organization as President for 2017-2018.  I would like to thank the Board members Debbie Poland, Brian Hughes, Tiffany Kessler, Alice Kirkpatrick, Richard Wheeler, and Kaili Donahue for the hours of their time given to help run this organization.  Lisa Slaton, our administrative secretary, was such a joy to work with – she is a tremendous asset for the Board and we are grateful for her service.  Also, a big thank you to the committee chairs and members who dedicated so much effort to serve our members.  I was overwhelmed by the number of members who volunteered to serve on one of our many committees this year! 

The Board was busy this year with some organizational maintenance tasks.  We consulted with ASHP to have our bylaws, policies, and guidelines reviewed.  We received helpful recommendations from ASHP and have been drafting revisions that will be shared with the membership to consider in 2018.   In addition, we held a strategic planning retreat to thoroughly review our roots and goals, and plan for the future.  This meeting also helped us kickstart the process for seeking reaffiliation with ASHP in 2018. 

It was certainly exciting to launch our first Oklahoma Pharmacy Resident Research Conference in 2017 to further support our residency programs.  We had great support from across the state while the residents showcased the fantastic projects they successfully completed at their respective medical facilities.  The preceptor development session was also very popular.  Thank you to Jamie Miller and Pete Johnson who helped me make this dream a reality for our state!  As a residency program director, I am looking forward to many years of participating in this annual conference. 

The Programming Committee again provided two state-wide educational programs.  The topics, speakers, and food were all terrific.  Special thanks to Kelly Murray and Janice Tsui, Committee Chairs for their efforts and all the Program committee members.  Kim Whitley, Debbie Poland and Lisa Slaton did an outstanding job of organizing the Vendor Showcase this year – we even had several new vendors support OSHP!  Mark Gales, Residency Showcase Chair, continued his excellent work with the residency programs in our state in promoting their programs to interested students.  Barry Gales, the Scholarship and Awards Committee Chair, organized another successful award’s ceremony and plans to make some changes to award applications in the coming year.  Jamie Miller and Teresa Lewis, Nominations Committee Chairs, successfully secured candidates for delegate and board member positions. 

Both district chairpersons, Kaili and Richard, showcased an excellent line-up of district meetings with interesting and varied topics.  I want to thank all our members for supporting the local district meetings.  This lets the Board know these learning activities and networking opportunities are valued. 

Jacyntha Herbers, Social Media and Communications Chair; along with Beth Resman-Targoff and Kristen Montarella, Newsletter Committee Chairs, did an excellent job of keeping our members informed across the state.  Melanie Claborn and Nancy Williams, Membership Committee Chairs, led successful efforts at securing new members and have made plans for new outreach efforts.   

It has been a busy and rewarding year!  I want to encourage each of you to remain active and supportive of our organization because you are the reason this organization exists – without you, there would not be an OSHP.   I look forward to continuing my involvement with OSHP in the coming year as Immediate Past-President.


Jennifer Bird, Pharm.D., BCPS, CACP

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Office of President-Elect 

It has been a rewarding year serving you as 2017-18 President-Elect along with my other very engaged Board members.  I have continued to learn the “nuts and bolts” of how this great organization runs, and I feel very confident in our future.  Our outgoing president, Jennifer Bird, was energetic and innovative during her tenure, and I hope to continue leading OSHP in a positive direction, as she did.

This was the second year wherein the President-Elect planned the Oklahoma Reception at the ASHP Midyear Meeting.  This year the Oklahoma Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, FL and, as in prior years, was co-sponsored by OSHP, the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, and Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy.    Although I was not able to attend, I received feedback from both Jennifer and Debbie Poland, our outgoing Past President, that it was an enjoyable and successful reception.

During this tenure, I served on the Finance Committee, the Social Media Communications Committee as member and liaison, and as liaison to the Newsletter Committee.  All three committees had productive years, resulting in increased social media and website traffic, publication of informative and interesting Winter and Spring newsletters, some new approaches to the finances of OSHP, and allotment of additional funds for continuing education at District Meetings as well as for our ASHP delegates.

In November, I was fortunate to be able to attend the ASHP State Affiliate Presidential Officer Retreat in Dallas, TX, where 28 officers from 19 different states networked and collaborated with staff from ASHP on various topics such as diversity and inclusion; strategic planning, utilization of technicians, advocacy, leadership development, and membership recruitment, retention, and engagement among many other topics.  I found this retreat to be incredibly rewarding, inspiring, and informative, and I fully intend to attend again next year, if my schedule allows.  Due to these interactions with ASHP staff and other state affiliates, we have discovered many resources and networking avenues which can help OSHP continue our growth and evolution.

I truly enjoyed my term as President Elect, and am excited (although a bit trepidatious) to continue my service as OSHP President for 2018-19.  My primary goals for the year are to update our bylaws, renew our ASHP affiliation, and increase membership and membership engagement, especially with regards to our students.  Thank you for the opportunity to help grow OSHP!


Brian Hughes, PharmD, BCPS

President-Elect, 2017-2018

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Office of Immediate Past-President  

I would like to express my gratitude and delight with the experience of serving as a member of the OSHP Board during the previous five years.  The opportunity to work with pharmacists who dedicate their time and skills for the advancement of our professional organization reaffirmed my belief in the continued growth of OSHP.

I would also like to thank those who serve on our committees.  These committees are essential in the operation of our organization and every person who contributes makes a difference.  Thank you for dedicating a portion of your busy life to OSHP.  You are appreciated.

Lastly, I would like to thank our entire membership and encourage everyone to become more involved in OSHP.  The experience gained and the friendships formed more than compensate for the time required.  Although I will not be serving as a Board Member going forward, I will always be exploring ways to participate in the many professional activities sponsored by our organization.

Once again, thank you very much for the opportunity to serve and I look forward to seeing OSHP grow to meet the needs of our members in the future.


Debbie Poland, Pharm.D., BCPS

Immediate Past President 2017-2018

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Office of Secretary

OSHP held eight (8) Board Meetings during the 2017-2018 term.  The Board meetings were held via telephone conferencing using a telephone conferencing line coordinated by Jennifer Bird through Skype. The available communications technologies allowed flexibility and reduced commute time for the Board members, committee chairs, and guests.  

The Board also held a planning retreat in January 2018.  This was held at the education center at Mercy Hospital in OKC.  The Board and committee heads discussed goals for the organization.  The Board worked on a strategic plan for the organization.  The Board also began review of the self-study documents for continued affiliation with ASHP.

The Board and Society have received tremendous support for our day-to-day activities and member communication from our staff secretary, Lisa Slaton.    If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet her, please introduce yourself to her at one of our Annual or Fall Meetings.  She can also be contacted at:  

Database reports have documented the following for the Society membership:






Eastern District




Western District




Total Members*





*Total members include Pharmacists, Students, Technicians and Residents. This may include and Out of State members.

The membership database remains updated throughout the year and updated reports are provided to the Board at each Board meeting and are listed within the Board meeting minutes.  The minutes for each Board meeting are posted on the OSHP website.  We encourage all members to provide us with a current e-mail address to facilitate communication and keep membership updated on current issues and available programs. 

Another great online source for the Society is the OSHP webpage (  The website continues to evolve into an indispensable tool for OSHP.  Special thanks again to our staff secretary, Lisa Slaton, for keeping the webpage updated.      

I would like to thank the members of the Board and our staff secretary, Lisa Slaton, for their assistance over the past two years.  It has been a pleasure to work with such a dedicated and talented group of individuals.


Alice Kirkpatrick, Pharm.D., MS.

OSHP Secretary

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Office of the Treasurer

This first year of my two-year term has been associated with a learning curve as I learned to navigate both our desktop version of Quickbooks and then transitioned our account to the online version. I appreciate the assistance of past-treasurer, Mark Mills, who taught me the duties of the treasurer and the Board of Directors (BOD) and Lisa Slaton for their patience and help as I learned the ropes. Thanks to the work of the Finance committee from last year we had a budget in place for 2017 and have been better able to evaluate our finances.

As with many prior treasurer reports I’d just like to comment that again, historically, the pharmaceutical industry had been a significant source of support for offsetting costs associated with events our organization offer, but changes in regulations over the past several years have limited support that can be offered. We are still seeing those effects. In addition to the reduced income we have experienced, we are also faced with rising costs of goods and services and trying to keep up with the information age.  Starting in 2015 we have the added cost of our website and now have the monthly cost of Quickbooks Online. We also anticipate the BOD needing to get an account with an online meeting platform in the upcoming year. Due to limits of industry support we have also budgeted in money for each chapter to assist with monthly meetings so that they may still be offered at the same frequency. Since rising business costs have not been offset by revenue increases for many years, we had a financial deficit for 2017 and are anticipating one in 2018.  While we do have money in savings that will be used to offset the difference for now, it is not a long-term solution. This was the rationale for the dues increase that you saw at the beginning of 2018.   The board met in January and discussed additional new ways to try generate income and hope to implement some in the upcoming year.

FD, Thompson & Co., P.L.C. remains our certified public accounting firm and does an excellent job of preparing our tax returns and conducting our bi-annual audits. We need to move money out of our deposit account; however, I’ve been attempting to get access to the investment account since early January and despite several follow-ups, have not yet been successful. This will be a focus for the upcoming year.

The income, expenses, and net revenue for each of the meetings are listed below:

OSHP Meeting

Total Income

Total Expenses

Net Revenue

2017 Annual Meeting




2017 Fall Meeting





As of March 31, 2018, the total current assets are as follows:



Bank of Oklahoma checking account (interest-bearing)

$ 218,224.17

Bank of Oklahoma CD

$ 67,589.95

Total Current Assets

$ 285,814.12

In closing I just want to say that I appreciate the opportunity to serve our great organization. I hope you benefit from your membership and will continue to support OSHP.  Please let me know if you have any specific questions about our finances please contact me.


Thank you,

Tiffany Kessler

OSHP Treasurer


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Office of the Eastern District Chair


OSHP Eastern District Meetings





Advancements In Lipid Emulsions by Dr. Phil Ayers/Fresenius Kabi

Representative: Alec Carlos

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse in Utica, Tulsa, OK


**OSBP live CE**

"Trust, but Validate: Minimizing Risk of Drug Diversion"

by Sheila St. Cyr, MS, RN-BC

St. John Medical Center , Tulsa, OK


A Closer Look at the treatment and Toxicity Management for ALL by Anthony Perissinotti, PharmD/Shire

Representative: Emily Ethen

Tallgrass, Tulsa, OK


The Choice is Yours: An Exploration into Patients with Type 2 Diabetes by Dr. Donald Aspenson/Novo Nordisk

Representative: Josh Diesselhorst

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse in Utica, Tulsa, OK


Xarelto Pivotal Trials and Recently Published Real-World Evidence in NVAF and DVT/PE by Dr. Frank Gaffney/Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc

Representative: Jason Day

Villa Ravenna, Tulsa, OK


VONVENDI: A Treatment Made Specifically for von Willebrand Disease by Sarah Hawk (PA-C)/Shire

Representative: Josh Lukefahr

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse in Utica, Tulsa, OK


Repatha and Corlanor Product Overviews by Dr. Erich Anerbach/Amgen

Representative: Chrissie Cleghorn

Bodean Restaurant and Mark, Tulsa, OK


Snakebite Management with CroFab By Dr.Banner with the Oklahoma Poison Control Center/BTG International

Representative: Clarisha Cummins

Ted's Cafe Escondido, Broken Arrow, OK


Treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE) and Reduction in the Risk of Stroke and Systemic Embolism in Patients with Non-valvular Atrial Fibrillation by Marissa Quiniones, PharmD/Bristol-Myers Squibb

Representative: Leanna Wyatt

Ti Amo South, Tulsa, OK


The Eastern District of OSHP had another great year! In 2017, Eastern District members have gathered a total of 12 times to network and attend educational programs. Our membership continues to show diversity, consisting of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, residents, and supporting members. A live continuing-education program was offered in the summer of 2017 on the topic of drug diversion. Also, pharmacy residents and residency directors were highlighted and acknowledged in the fall of 2017.

I would like to thank the members of the Eastern District for their support, the members of the Board for their guidance and assistance, and the industry sponsors for their unwavering encouragement.

Kaili (Melton) Donahue, PharmD, BCPS
OSHP Eastern District Chair, 2016-2018

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Western District Chair Report


2017 OSHP Western District Meetings






January 30

o Attendees: 38


cUTI and cIAI Caused by Current Common Gram-negative Pathogens

Gerry Barber RPH


Diane Pearson



No meeting – Cancellation due to weather

March 29

o Attendees: 38


The Impact of Skin Infestions on U.S. Healthcare and the Role of Single Dose ORBACTIV (Oritavancin)

Martin D. McBee, DO, FAOCEP, MBA


The Medicines Company


April 3

o Attendees: 28



Trust, but Validate: Minimizing Risk of Drug Diversion

Sheila St. Cyr, MS, RN-BC

Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy – John A. Foust

1 Hour

May 25

o Attendees: 50

The Choice is Yours: An Exploration into Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

Ralph Duda, MD, FACP, FACE

Novo Nordisk, Inc


June 25

o Attendees: 45


VONVENDI (von Willebrand Factor [Recombinant]): A Treatment Made Specifically for von Willebrand Disease

Steven Kang, MD


Josh Lukefahr


July 25

o Attendees: 45


An Infliximab Therapy Option for Patients with Select Inflammatory Disorders



Andy Brant



August 24

o Attendees: 43



Reviewing the Innovative, 4-Oil Emulsion Through Patient Case Studies

Todd Canada, Pharm D

Fresenius Kabi

Alec Carlos


September 14

o Attendees: 46



NVAF Patients with Diabetes

Sean Halleran, MD

Janssen / Johnson & Johnson

Michelle Brown & Brent Karning


October 12

o Attendees: 45


Ocrevus (Ocrelizumab) for the Treatment of Relapsing or Primary Progressive Forms of Multiple Sclerosis

Gabriel Pardo, MD

Genentech, Inc

Rodney A. Brown


November 9

o Attendees: 49


Opioid Therapy at a Time of Crisis

Steven D. Passik, Ph.D

Collegium Pharmaceuticals, Inc

Denise Stooksberry



No meeting – Winter break


In 2017, The OSHP Western District held ten meetings, which were well attended, with an average of over 40 attendees per meeting.  Topics were wide-ranging given by presenters with significant qualifications.  The Western District was introduced to a new biosimilar for select inflammatory disorders last July.  Oklahoma’s Dr. Pardo shared his work from OMRF regarding a new monoclonal antibody, giving patients the first disease-modifying therapy for primary progressive multiple sclerosis.  The year ended with a wonderful presentation by Dr. Steven Passik focusing on how to balance the two epidemics in the US: pain management and opioid use disorder. 

One of the highlights of the year was that we were able to once again offer our members continuing education (CE) credit at one of the Spring meetings.  Brian Hughes, along with the leadership of the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy, made possible another excellent educational program presented by Sheila St. Cyr, “Trust, but Validate: Minimizing Risk of Drug Diversion in the Hospital”, last April. 

At the September meeting, we recognized fifteen PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents and one fellow from the Western District with a PowerPoint presentation.  All residents in attendance provided background information including a “fun fact”.  We discovered that we had two residents who were skydivers, a past homecoming queen, and a resident who was a nationally ranked junior tennis player.  We look forward to their ongoing participation in OSHP. 

Again, the Western District had another great year, and not only did we have outstanding educational programs, but our OSHP pharmacists, students, and residents had the opportunity at each meeting to socialize and reconnect. 

I want to thank Brian Hughes for providing a smooth transition when I took this office last year.  He scheduled meetings in May and June before leaving his post as WD Chair to provide me the time to acclimate to the new position.  Thank you for your leadership Brian, and we look forward to your term as OSHP President.



Richard Wheeler, PharmD, BCPS

OSHP Western District Chair, 2017-2019

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Program Committee

Program Committee Members and Distinctions


Kelly Murray (Eastern District) and Janice Tsui (Western District)


Alice Kirkpatrick, Anjly Kunapuli, Bryan White, Debbie Poland, Edna Patatanian, Julia Mathew, Kari McCracken, Kate Newman, Mark Gales, Tad Autry

Residency Showcase

Mark Gales

Vendor Showcase

Kim Whitley

Board Liaison:

Jennifer Bird


The Program Committee is proud to report a very productive year, and the committee chairs would like to thank the wonderful committee members for their hard work in planning the 2017 Fall Meeting and the 2018 Annual Meeting.  Between these two meetings, the committee was able to offer 12 hours of continuing education programming to the OSHP members. American Council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) accreditation was provided in cooperation with the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, Office of Continuing Professional Development for both meetings (12 hours). 

2017 Fall Meeting Summary

The 2017 OSHP Fall Meeting was held Friday, October 27, 2017 at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, Oklahoma.   Fall meeting attendees were eligible for up to 6 ACPE-accredited hours on the topics listed in table 1. There were a total of 72 registrants for the meeting, and these registrations are broken down in table 3.  A vendor showcase was held during the morning and lunch breaks featuring 12 vendors.   A Residency Showcase followed the meeting, highlighting 14 residency programs from across the state.

Table 1: Continuing Education Program Topics, Speakers, and Hours Available




CE Hrs


Acute Kidney Injury and Chronic Kidney Disease: Classifications and Interventions for Children and Adult

Teresa V. Lewis



Medication Safety 2017

Timothy Lesar



Law Update

Jeremy Davis



Clinical Pearls:

New Gram Negative Antibiotics

Penicillin Skin Testing

Push Dose Pressors

Pediatric ICU Delirium


Anjly Kunapuli

Bryan White

Janice Tsui

Peter Johnson



Management of Perioperative Pain

Richard Wheeler


2018 Annual Meeting Summary

The 2018 OSHP Annual Meeting was held Friday April 13, 2018 at Saint Anthony Hospital, Saints Medical Plaza RAPP Foundation Conference Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Annual meeting attendees were eligible for up to 6 ACPE-accredited hours on the topics listed in table 2. There were a total of 77 registrants for the meeting, and these registrations are broken down in Table 3.  A vendor showcase was held throughout the day during lunch and breaks that featured 20 vendors. The 2nd Annual Resident Research Conference on Monday, May 21, 2018 will take the place at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Table 2: Continuing Education Program Topics, Speakers, and Hours Available




CE Hrs


Mental Health Literacy in the Community Pharmacy

Tammy Lambert



Updates in stress-ulcer prophylaxis: Is pharmacological prophylaxis still indicated?

Ruben Villanueva



A Review of the CDC Guidelines for Safe Opioid Prescribing: When Does a Guideline Become a Rule

Ernest J Dole

Andrea Hamor-Edmondson



Clinical Pearls:


Update on Antiretroviral Therapies

New Antibiotics in the Pipeline

What’s New in Pediatric Asthma


Katherine O’Neal,

Michelle Liedtke,

Jennifer Tieu,

Brooke Gildon



Update on the pharmacologic treatment of Clostridium difficile infection

Chris Gentry



Table 3: Meeting Registration Totals per Category


Fall 2017

Spring 2018

Member Full Day



Member Complimentary



Member Half-Day



Non-member Full Day



Non-member Half Day










Finance Committee 2017-2018 

The duty of the Finance committee is to prepare and report a proposed budget for the Society to the OSHP Board for final approval and discuss financial issues of the organization.  The committee met in August 2017 to discuss delegate reimbursement and other financial requests that had been brought forward. We met again in November to create the budget for 2018. 

A focus for the upcoming year, in addition to the budget, will be moving some of our money out of the checking account and into investments.


Tiffany Kessler (Treasurer)


Ann Ketelsleger

Michele Splinter

Jennifer Bird (President)

 Brian Hughes (President-Elect)


Scholarship and Awards Committee 2017-2018 

The OSHP scholarships consisting of $1000 each will be presented this year to one student from each college at the annual meeting.  The recipients of the scholarships are Katy Stephens from the University of Oklahoma and Meenu Thomas from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Application forms for the Continuing Excellence Award were sent to all pharmacist members.  There was one recipient, Dr. Bryan White, this year.

The committee sent application forms for the Sylvia J. Martin Outstanding Technician Award to all technician and pharmacist members.  The recipient this year was Elizabeth Scott from Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa.

Recipients of the OSHP Senior Student Awards were selected by faculty committees at The University of Oklahoma and Southwestern Oklahoma State University.  These awards will be presented at the awards ceremony of each respective college.


Barry J. Gales


Katie Brooks


Tiffany Kessler


Alice Kirkpatrick


Michele Splinter

Ryan Varghese

Board Liaison

Alice Kirkpatrick


Newsletter Committee 

The purpose of the Newsletter Committee is to disseminate information to the membership that is pertinent to OSHP and the practice of pharmacy.  The 2017-18 Committee was charged to produce three newsletters during the year. 1) the Winter Newsletter 2018 introduced the Oklahoma pharmacy residents; 2) the Spring Newsletter 2018 featured end of year reports; 3) the Summer Newsletter 2018 will include Clinical Pearls written by pharmacy residents. 

A popular feature of each newsletter continues to be the “President’s Podium” which allows communication to the membership from the OSHP President.  Also included in each issue is a Legislative Report.”  The Winter issue featured biographies and pictures of the Oklahoma pharmacy residents, the ASHP House of Delegates report from the OSHP delegates, and summaries of Spring 2017 activities from the College Chapters.  The Spring issue provided updates from the Eastern and Western District Chairs plus the College Chapters reflecting on their Fall 2017 activities.  The Summer newsletter will feature the “Clinical Pearls” section. Residents from Oklahoma pharmacy residency programs will gain experience in submitting peer-reviewed “Clinical Pearls” on the topics of their choice for publication in the newsletter. 

Since the Spring 2013 edition, the newsletter has been distributed as a series of article links at the OSHP website rather than the traditional newsletter format.  This allows readers the option of quickly perusing the table of contents with a brief description of each piece, then reading select articles of interest. 

The Newsletter Committee greatly appreciates those who have contributed articles, photographs, and other information.  The Committee co-chairs would also like to acknowledge the following individuals: 1) Brian Hughes as our Board liaison and 2) Lisa Slaton for her assistance with formatting and distributing each edition.  Thank you to the OSHP membership for allowing us to provide this service to the organization! 


Kristin Montarella


Beth Resman-Targoff


Nicole Correll


Teresa Lewis


Kristi Rice


Dumitru Sirbu


Darla Spears


Brian Stamile

Board Liaison:

Brian Hughes


Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee was responsible for solicitation of names for consideration in the election of two Oklahoma State Board Selection Process nominees, one ASHP Delegate, and the OSHP offices of President-Elect and Secretary, and Eastern District Chairperson.  All nominations and elections were conducted via electronic ballots.  The Nominations Committee is pleased to announce the results of elections for various offices and positions for the coming year(s).     

Oklahoma State Board Nominees:

 Yvette Morrison

 Ann Lloyd

ASHP Delegates:

Ann Lloyd (Continuing Delegate, 2017-2018)

Edna Patatanian (Continuing Delegate, 2017-2018)

 Kari McCracken (New Delegate, 2018-2019) 

ASHP Alternate Delegate:

Randall Sharp

OSHP Officer Positions:


Jeremy Johnson (3-year term)


Kiya Harrison (2-year term)

 Eastern District Chair:

Allyson Oyler (2-year term)                               

It has been a pleasure serving as the Nominations Committee Chairs this past year.   The Committee would like to thank all of the members for their participation in the nomination process and the candidates for their willingness to serve.  Additionally, we thank the Board for their continuing support.     

Nominations Committee Co-Chairs:  Jamie Miller, Teresa Lewis

Members: Jennifer Hollister, Shannan Wideman

Board Liaison: Debbie Poland


Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee is responsible for keeping abreast of both state and national legislation that may impact the pharmacy profession. Locally, the Second session of the 56th Oklahoma Legislature convened on February 5, 2018. Shortly thereafter, OSHP members were called upon to launch a grassroots effort against HB 3091 (Rep. Cockroft-R) which would have removed the requirement of physician oversight of advanced practice registered nurses’ (APRN) prescriptive authority and would have also allowed APRNs to dispense medications. The bill was referred to the Rules Committee, but there was no action taken on it. Subsequently, most of the pharmacy-related legislation focused on HB 3228 (Rep. Moore-R and Sen. Standridge-R), known as the “Patient Protection Act” allowing for patient choice rather than having to utilize “preferred” healthcare services, including pharmacy, as established by some insurance companies and pharmacy benefits managers. Despite pharmacy advocacy efforts, HB 3228 was defeated. Implementation of managed care in Oklahoma has been another focal point during this Legislative session. The four bills on the docket included SB 1331 (Sen. David-R and Rep. Mulready-R), SB 1320 (Sen. Bergstrom-R and Rep. Mulready-R), SB 1310 (Sen. Bergstrom-R and Rep. Mulready-R), SB 1285 (Sen. Bergstrom-R). All four bills were defeated in the Senate Appropriations Committee. At the national level, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists advocates on behalf of pharmacists in the arenas of drug shortages, drug pricing and healthcare reform.

Throughout the year, the Legislative Committee strives to maintain open communication with the Oklahoma Pharmacists Association (OPhA) via personal communications with the Executive Director and attendance at the annual OPhA-sponsored Pharmacy Legislative Day and OPhA Legislative Committee meetings. Since OPhA retains a lobbyist and OSHP doesn’t, partnering with OPhA remains a vital strategy for staying up to date during fast-paced legislative sessions.

Health-system pharmacists are an integral part of the pharmacy profession and we should actively participate in advocacy efforts. When a “Call to Action” is sent to OSHP members to contact their legislators, unfortunately, there is little notice and one needs to respond quickly. However, EVERY phone call made and email sent to a legislator DOES matter. It is paramount to present a unified voice in order to defend against legislation that may threaten the pharmacy profession. If you have not been involved to date and aren’t sure where to start, begin by taking the following steps:

1) become familiar with the names and contact information of your federal and state legislators (; and

2)  donate to the Oklahoma Pharmacy Political Action Committee (OK Pharm PAC) at Be assured that your donation to the OK Pharm PAC supports legislative initiatives affecting ALL Oklahoma pharmacists and are NOT used to fund any one organization’s activities.

The success and sustainability of Oklahoma Pharmacy needs YOU! Thank you for the opportunity to represent OSHP!


Chair:  Yvette Morrison

Members:  Jessica Easterwood, Dorothy Gourley, Riley Williams, Butch Williams, and Jonathan Willett

Board Liaison:  Richard Wheeler


 Membership Committee 2017-2018

During the last year the membership committee continued to develop and propose activities to the board.  The committee suggested ways to potentially recruit and provide retention of past members.  Proposals were made regarding potential discounts to membership dues, raffling gift cards, and raffling free membership. 

The board met and had decided to increase annual dues for 2018.  There was an incentive to renew membership early at the 2017 prices (e.g. $85 to $75 which equated to a $10 discount for pharmacists).

An email was sent through the national organization (ASHP) to help promote state membership. 

A renewal letter was sent out by the OSHP secretary to all active members.  Renewals were offered online or by mail.  Letters were also sent by the OSHP secretary to members that had not renewed recently (all past members).  This renewal letter may be modified in the future to include personalization for the current month. 

New members were welcomed in a section of the OSHP website.  There was discussion at the OSHP workshop to send a personal welcome email/phone call by the membership committee and/or a board member.  There is a drafted membership committee letter for this purpose.  This letter includes benefits of new membership, volunteer opportunities, as well as upcoming events.  This will be initiated after the turnover of the new leadership of OSHP. 

There was discussion of a mixer to help recruit new membership.  The discussion was to wait until next and plan in earlier in the year (right around the being of the year renewal period).

Membership figures:

    Years        Members

2017                            324

2016-2017                   244

2015-2016                   392

2014-2015                   414

2013-2014                   334

2012-2013                   283

The Committee would like to thank the OSHP Board of Directors and members who continue to support OSHP with their active membership.  The Committee urges members for the upcoming year to get involved in the active recruitment of members to OSHP.


Co-Chairs:  Melanie Claborn, Nancy Williams

Committee Members:  Marlene Hall, Victoria Lam, Susan Rourke-Webb, Marsha Sauer, Anna Wallis

Board Liaison: Kaili Melton


Renewal letter for 2017 is on following page: 

Dear OSHP Member:

Thank you for your continued interest in OSHP! We don’t want you to miss out on the many benefits of OSHP membership as we enter the new year!  As you will notice, this membership renewal reflects some changes in dues for next year.  This decision did not come lightly and was necessary due to rising business costs that have not been offset by revenue increases for many years.  We have been very fortunate to enjoy our organization’s benefits without experiencing any dues increases in over 10 years! 

We want to assure you that we are working diligently to identify alternative revenue sources for our organization to reconcile the future budget.  We will be holding a planning retreat for our Board Members and Committee Chairs in January, and encourage you to consider volunteering on a committee or running for one of our upcoming Board positions this Spring (President-Elect, Secretary, and Eastern District Chair).  Please contact any of your OSHP Board members or Lisa Slaton, OSHP Secretary, if you have any questions. 

The below specified due changes will go into effect starting February 1, 2018. Any renewals BEFORE January 31st, 2018 at 11:59 pm will remain at the 2017 prices. Renew early and take advantage of the lower pricing!

2017 OSHP Membership Dues thru 1/31/17

2018 OSHP Membership Dues effective 2/1/18

Active – Pharmacist $75

Active – Pharmacist $85

Active – 1st Year Pharmacist/Resident $50

Active – 1st Year Pharmacist/Resident $55

Associate – Supporting $50

Associate – Supporting $55

Associate – Technician$20

Associate – Technician $24

Associate – Student $10

Associate – Student $12

Checks can be made payable to OSHP and mailed to:

Oklahoma Society of Health-System Pharmacists

P.O. Box 2371

Oklahoma City, OK 73101

Alternatively, you may join or renew at The web site provides the opportunity to keep up with the latest meeting announcements and other activities of the organization.

OSHP will strive to continue to provide outstanding professional development opportunities, including statewide Fall and Annual Meetings, district meetings, a resident research conference, and other networking opportunities. OSHP also serves as an advocate and collective voice for health-system pharmacy issues such as collaborative medication therapy management. We value you as a member and look forward to seeing you involved in OSHP. Please renew today!


OSHP Board


The Ad Hoc Social Media and Communications Committee

The Committee continues to address engagement, enhance communication and collaboration, and evaluate content/format of social media and communications with membership. Student committee members have worked to promote OSHP social media among other pharmacy students at state pharmacy colleges.

 Improvements were implemented from a website review to identify opportunities for update and development; the review was submitted to the Board for consideration. Website forum development remains a desired area of future focus. Changes have been implemented to permit social media posts of interest to be added to the OSHP web page.

Statistics are available for Facebook, but not Twitter. Facebook page likes have increased from 300 in July 2017 to 333 in August 2018. The posts that tend to have greater reach include photos of OSHP members or discuss advancement of pharmacy practice. It is unusual for members to share posts to the OSHP page. 


Student Affiliate Chapters


SWOSU Student OSHP Chapter Activity Report, 2017-2018 Academic Year

Faculty Advisors: Tiffany Kessler, Pharm.D. and Nancy Williams, Pharm.D.

The OSHP student chapter at Southwestern Oklahoma State University had a great spring semester full of delightful and educational activities. Under new vision the OSHP 2017/2018 chapter surpassed the successes of the previous years.

Keeping with tradition, our first meeting in August was a membership drive where lunch and information about OSHP was provided to any student interested in attending. We had a fantastic turnout and signed up quite a few new members. We also hosted several speaker meetings over the semester. Dr. Mark Mills is a medical Science Liaison with Veloxis Pharmaceuticals who was invited to speak about organ donation at one of the guest speaker sessions. He discussed the importance of organ donation as well as some of the common myths that prevent people from becoming an organ donor. In October, Dr. Mark Gales gave a tutorial about the annual Clinical Skills Competition. We had 24 members (12 teams) compete in the local competition this year. Our first place team, Josh Joseph and Jerron Lartey, travelled to Orlando, FL, to represent the SWOSU OSHP student chapter in the national competition. They were placed in the top 10 which has only happened twice in the last ten years. In addition to our local winners, we sent David Nguyen to present a poster of our chapter’s professional development project at the Student Society Showcase. Current OSHP President Debbie Poland spoke to our group about the ASHP Practice Advancement Initiative.

The fall chapter of SWOSU OSHP also organized a few impressive fundraising events. The “Glow in the dark Silipints” was a major success among the students and the faculty and was sold out in less than a week. We also held a holiday charity event for the patients at AGAPE free clinic where toiletries were collected and donated to the clinic.

This spring semester started with our membership drive and we received a great turnout. The meeting was led by the president Kyle Klish who explained the goals and vision of SWOSU OSHP to the prospective members. We also collaborated with NCPA and APhA to invite Deborah Billingsley to talk to the students about the importance of pharmacy legislation and communicating with our state representatives. The session introduced a lot of political aspects of pharmacy that most students were unaware of. The chapter next hosted our annual residency panel in which five residents from all across the state came and spoke to students about the details in pursuing a residency program. The panel had the biggest turnout this chapter has ever recorded (more than 80 students attended). This goes to show how well our chapter is raising awareness of the health-system pharmacy field. In addition, we invited a SWOSU faculty member, Dr. Erin Callen, to our last meeting. Dr. Callen reinforced the residency subject by talking about her personal experiences as a resident and what made her decide to choose a health-system pharmacy career. We enjoy giving back to our community here in Weatherford.  This semester we made a visit to our local nursing home and hosted bingo night for the residents.  We had a blast with them and we intend to volunteer there again next semester. Finally, for our professional development project, we chose to raise awareness for the HPV vaccine/disease. We developed custom koozies that displayed on one side how people can find out more about the vaccine/disease and on the other side we displayed our organization. Our members handed out these free koozies and informational flyers to all SWOSU students in an effort to raise awareness.

The spring chapter continued having great fundraising success. We brought back the successful Silipints from the previous semester. Additionally, we introduced a shirt sale to further our fundraising success.

The organization will continue to excel next semester with our newly elected officers.


PRESIDENT - Caroline O’Hare

PRESIDENT-ELECT - Brooke Lizotte

SECRETARY - Laura Payne

TREASURER - Emit Leniger

HISTORIAN - Lana Spandley

FUNDRAISING CO-CHAIRS - Chloe Williams, Robert Hartwell

The successes our chapter has had over the last year should serve as an excellent template for the future of this organization.

Respectfully submitted,

Kyle Klish



PRESIDENT - Cassie Shaw


SECRETARY - Jared Barnett

TREASURER - Meenu Thomas

HISTORIAN - Darby Ballestero

FUNDRAISING CO-CHAIRS - Mackensey Davison Pascha Brim Diana Ngo


PRESIDENT - Kyle Klish

PRESIDENT- ELECT - Caroline O’Hare

SECRETARY - Elaney Schmidt

TREASURER - Meenu Thomas

HISTORIAN -Tashrique Rahman

FUNDRAISING CO-CHAIRS - Chloe Williams Laura Payne


University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

Advisors:  Teresa Lewis, Pharm.D., BCPS and Peter Johnson, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS, FPPAG, FCCM



In September, the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy’s (OUCOP) student chapter of the Oklahoma Society of Health-System Pharmacists (sOSHP) had its first meeting of the year. In this meeting, we introduced sOSHP, OSHP, and ASHP to all new members and incoming P1’s. The chapter president, MaryBeth Acosta, also went over the schedule of upcoming meetings and events during the Fall semester. 

In October, the chapter paired with the Pharmacy Month Committee and had Daniela Erickson from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) educate the students on what the society is, what they do, and how people can become involved if interested. Students were encouraged to wear yellow on this day in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and those who are battling cancer. 

In November, the chapter invited current OUCOP PGY1 and PGY2 residents and clinical fellows to speak to the members about post-graduate training opportunities. The members had a chance to ask the panel questions about being in a residency program, the interview process, and about the daily activities of a resident or clinical fellow in various settings. This provided valuable insight and information that can help pharmacy students who wish to pursue a residency or fellowship position upon graduation. 

In January, the chapter paired with NCPA/APhA/NCPA/PLS to sponsor a meeting about Legislative Day. Senator Rob Standridge met with the students and talked about the global objectives and activities of Legislative Day. He also discussed various bills that were being put through the Oklahoma House and Senate that have an impact on the pharmacy profession. Several students from the OUCOP went on to attend Legislative Day at the capitol on February 13th to participate in and observe discussion centered on healthcare policy. 

In March, our chapter held elections for upcoming officer positions as well as voted to create a new officer position (Fundraising Chair) within the chapter that will be of benefit for years to come. During this meeting, we also discussed opportunities for further college and community involvement in pharmacy and healthcare service and education as well as fundraising opportunities for the upcoming academic year, 2018-2019.


During our October meeting, we recognized the winners of our Clinical Skills Competition, Kajal Bhakta and Stephen Parker, who went on to represent OUCOP in the National Clinical Skills Competition at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Orlando, Florida in December. A number of other OUCOP sOSHP members also attended the meeting to represent our college.


The OUCOP sOSHP chapter members have been involved in numerous service projects and health-related community events throughout the year, which highlight the community-oriented goals of the organization. OUCOP sOSHP chapter members have continued to provide hands-on learning activities and workshops on healthcare related topics at Millwood School of Arts and Academy throughout the school year. Members met with a class of eighth grade students three times per semester. Lessons covered included health topics such as influenza vaccination, hypertension and physical activity. They also educated the students about medication safety and storage of self-care products. These visits lasted about an hour and included a brief lesson to the whole class followed by a small group activity. The students and the teacher at Millwood had many questions. We enjoyed this opportunity to interact with students at a critical point in their lives. OUCOP sOSHP members also volunteered at the Mid-Del Community Health Clinic on Thursday evenings, providing intern services to the pharmacist on duty, counseling patients on their medications, and educating patients on smoking cessation. In October, OUCOP sOSHP members participated in the annual City Rescue Mission health fair for the homeless population in Oklahoma City. Members provided information to the attendees on smoking cessation and handed out pamphlets with tips on how to stop smoking. In February, a group of chapter members collaborated with OUCOP Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) members and staffed a booth at the Tulakes Elementary School Health Fair educating elementary school students and their parents about general health and nutrition. In March, a small group of students represented our chapter in the first annual OUHSC Good Neighbor Safety Fair where they had a booth set up to provide information on smoking cessation. It was a great experience practicing patient intervention, counseling, and interacting with the community as a pharmacy student intern. 


The outgoing and incoming officers are as follows:


Outgoing officers:
Spring 2017-Spring 2018

Incoming officers:
Spring 2018-Spring 2019


Mary Beth Acosta

Huy Nhan


Katy Stephens

Zach Dunn


Megan Lenkov

Megan Lenkov


Huy Nhan

Monica Colpitt


Beatrice Atoyebi

Leith Prise

Service Chair

Joy Woods

Laura Fritze

Smoking Cessation


Zach Dunn

Loc Ngo

Fundraising Chair


Clark Moehlenbrock

*All officers are located on the OKC campus


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