HSOP Well-Represented at APA Awards

APA Winners 2015 APA Award winners, pictured (L-R) Dan McConaghy, Ronda Lacey, Dave Brackett, Erin McCreary, Valerie Oakley, and Johnny Brooklere.

July 27, 2015

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – The Harrison School of Pharmacy had a strong presence in the awards given out by the Alabama Pharmacy Association at its 134th Annual Convention and Trade Show in Sandestin, Florida.

Dan McConaghy received the Bowl of Hygeia, the association’s highest award while Ronda Lacey received the J. Wayne Staggs Distinguished Service Award. Dave Brackett received the Faculty Member of the Year Award with Class of 2015 member Erin McCreary taking the Joseph O. Dean, Jr. Student Professionalism Award. Valerie Oakley is the Distinguished Young Pharmacist while Johnny Brooklere rounded out the award winners with the NCPA Leadership Award.

“We are very proud of our alums and faculty that won awards at the APA Convention,” said Harrison School of Pharmacy Dean R. Lee Evans. “We have great leaders in the pharmacy profession, particularly on the state level, and we are excited to see them honored for their hard work.”

Additionally, the APA swore in its new officers at the meeting. Brooklere was installed as APA President for 2015-16, replacing HSOP Class of 1983 member Becky Sorrell. HSOP graduate Jared Johnson is the President-Elect for the year while Belinda Ballard (HSOP Class of 1982) was installed as Vice President. McConaghy, the Bowl of Hygeia winner, was elected Treasurer while Faculty Member of the Year Brackett was installed as Speaker of the House. Stacey Sharp Giles (HSOP Class of 1992) is Speaker-Elect of the House.


Dan McConaghy

Dan McConaghy – Bowl of Hygeia
The Bowl of Hygeia Award is given to an Alabama pharmacist who has made outstanding professional contributions and has participated in community or governmental activities that reflect well on the pharmacy profession. McConaghy grew up in his father’s pharmacy in Satsuma, Alabama and graduated from the Harrison School of Pharmacy in 1979.  He has practiced for more than 35 years in a variety of pharmacy settings including independent, rural hospital, nursing home, consultant, chain, DME, oxygen, and home infusion. He currently works in the family-owned McConaghy Drug Store, Inc.  He also operates C&M Vital Care, a home infusion pharmacy that he co-founded in 1990. A few of his community service activities include working as a volunteer EMT for 10 years, serving on the board of the Satsuma Public Library, and coaching a Little League All-Star team that placed third in the Cal Ripken World Series.  

Throughout his professional career, Dan has been active in the Alabama Pharmacy Association holding numerous leadership positions.  In 2013, he was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Alabama Medicaid Pharmacy Study Commission and has served on the Alabama Council on Health Costs, Administration and Organization.  He currently serves as President of the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy as well as serving on Alabama Medicaid’s DUR Board and Mostellar Medical Clinics Board of Trustees.  He is a current member of APhA, NCPA and NACDS.  Of course, none of the accomplishments listed above take into account all the causes and people that Dan has worked for, donated to, and encouraged behind the scenes.


Ronda lacey

Ronda Lacey – J. Wayne Staggs Distinguished Service Award
The J. Wayne Staggs Distinguished Service Award is given in recognition of exceptional leadership and devoted service to APA, it recognizes active participation in APA activities and outstanding service to the association. Lacey is a graduate of Auburn's Harrison School of Pharmacy. She also has a B.S. in Business Administration, a Juris Doctorate degree, and she has been a member of the Alabama Bar Association since 1980. Lacey is employed by Lakeshore Pharmacy and also serves as Adjunct Faculty for Samford’s Pharmacy program where she teaches Pharmacy Law. Dr. Lacey serves as Commander of the AL-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team with the National Disaster Medical System where she coordinates pharmaceutical needs during times of emergency in addition to management of an emergency medical unit.


David Brackett

Dave Brackett – Faculty Member of the Year Award
The Faculty Member of the Year Award is given in recognition of academic achievement and exceptional leadership of student pharmacists at the local, state and national level. The recipient has provided long-term service and contributions that have benefited APA, has promoted the advancement of student pharmacists within their profession, and has mentored students on the importance of professional development.

Brackett received a B.S. in Biology from Jacksonville University in 1990 and his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida in 1995. He joined APA in 2010 and has served on multiple committees and is currently serving as Speaker of the House of Delegates. Brackett was one of three faculty members that led the first initiative to bring pharmacists in as service providers in the State Employee Insurance Wellness program. He now helps to equip pharmacists with the tools and support to participate in this network and “do what they went to school to do.”


Erin McCreary

Erin McCreary – Joseph O. Dean, Jr. Student Professionalism Award
The Joseph O. Dean, Jr. Student Professionalism Award is presented annually to a pharmacy student in Alabama who is an APA member. It recognizes a student leader who demonstrates a high level of professionalism in school and other pharmacy-related endeavors. The vision of the recipient for future pharmacist functions and health care programs is an important factor for consideration for this award.

McCreary held numerous leadership roles while in school at Auburn’s Harrison School of Pharmacy and recently addressed her fellow HSOP Class of 2015 members at commencement. Erin challenged everyone to be “unapologetically who they are and to strive not to have their presence noted but their absence felt.” The Class of 2015 member is currently doing a PGY-1 residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin with a focus on infectious diseases, oncology, and solid organ transplant.


Valerie Oakley

Valerie Oakley – Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award
The Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award is presented to young pharmacists who have been practicing for 10 years or less, have been actively involved in APA, and participate in pharmacy and/or community service on both a state and national level.

Valerie holds a bachelor of science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Mississippi and a Pharm.D. from Auburn’s Harrison School of Pharmacy. She lives in Florence where she is the Supervising Pharmacist at Hibbett Patient Care, a compounding pharmacy specializing in health and wellness. Valerie completed an extensive fellowship in Functional Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and now serves as a Diplomat in this field.


Johnny Brooklere

Johnny Brooklere – NCPA Leadership Award
Each year, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) joins with the Alabama Pharmacy Association to recognize the incoming President for their dedication of time and energy to the profession of pharmacy.

Brooklere is a 1985 graduate of the Auburn’s Harrison School of Pharmacy with a bachelor of science degree in Pharmacy. He currently owns and operates Adamsville Pharmacy and Brooklere Home Pharmacy Services in Adamsville, Alabama with his family. He and his wife, Jill are the proud parents of two sons. When Brooklere was sworn-in as the 2015-16 President of the Alabama Pharmacy Association on June 23, 2015, he made history as the first member to hold the presidency twice in non-consecutive terms.

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