New Award Highlights HSOP Representation at APA Awards

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September 30, 2016

AUBURN, Alabama – Harrison School of Pharmacy students, staff and alumni took home several from the Alabama Pharmacy Association 135th Annual Convention held at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, Florida, this summer. Among the award recipients were Lauren Smith, Hamp Russell, Valerie Oakley, Charlie Thomas, Darrell Craven, Jared Johnson, Charles Woosley, Joshua Hollingsworth. Among them was a new award named for Dean R. Lee Evans.

Lauren Smith
Lauren Smith with Dean R. Lee Evans

Lauren Smith - R. Lee Evans Student Professionalism Award
Smith, a current HSOP student and a member of the Class of 2017, received the inaugural R. Lee Evans Student Professionalism award, named for retiring HSOP Dean R. Lee Evans. This new award will be presented annually to a HSOP student 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.

Named for Evans, HSOP’s dean for the last 22 years, it recognizes the tremendous strides in raising Auburn’s level of recognition as a national leader in pharmacy. “APA is pleased to honor Dean Evans’ legacy and commitment to professionalism with the establishment of this award,” said APA Executive Director, Louise Jones.

Smith, a Birmingham native, has served as the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Community Health Chair, NCPA Chapter President, APA’s 2015 Student Representative for HSOP, member of the Kappa Psi Pledge Committee, Script Your Future Committee, 5k Training Program Leader, and the HSOP 5k Committee. Her other community activities include service at the Christian Care Ministries Health Fair and being a Camp Smile-A-Mile Counselor where the mission is to provide young cancer patients, their families, and survivors with avenues for fellowship, to help them cope with their disease, and to prepare them for life after cancer.

“Lauren is a wonderful example of a servant leader,” said Jones. “She not only excels academically and maintains involvement in several organizations, but she also practices great care and compassion for others. We are thrilled to have presented the first ever R. Lee Evans award to such an outstanding student.”

Hamp Russell
Hamp Russell with Louise Jones

Hamp Russell – Lester White Good Government Award
Richard Hampton (Hamp) Russell, R.Ph. of Montgomery and graduate of HSOP Class of 1974 is the 2016 recipient of the Lester White Good Government Award. Established in 2000, this award recognizes individuals who actively contribute to the community through their involvement in the political process. Russell currently owns and operates City Drugs, an independent pharmacy in Montgomery.

“When you talk about pharmacists, you don’t naturally think of politics, but these days, it’s crucial that healthcare providers get involved,” Jones said. “I wish there were more pharmacists like Hamp Russell, who took the time to educate lawmakers on how legislation impacts patient care. We are pleased to recognize his efforts to keep decision makers informed."

Valerie Oakley
Valerie Oakley (center) with Becky Sorrell and Teresa Vice

Valerie Oakley – Excellence in Innovation Award
Valerie Albritton Oakley, Pharm.D. of Florence, a 2008 graduate of HSOP, was awarded the 2016 Excellence in Innovation Award. The Excellence in Innovation Award is a national award coordinated by the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, and is sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. to recognize and honor a qualified pharmacist who has demonstrated significant innovation in their respective practice, method or service directly or indirectly resulting in improved patient care and/or advancement of the profession of pharmacy.

“Valerie is a dedicated member of APA and we are proud to honor her accomplishments with this award,” Jones said.

Oakley holds a bachelor of science degree in biological sciences from Ole Miss and a Pharm.D. from HSOP. She lives in Florence where she is the owner of Three Oaks Pharmacy. Oakley 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.

Charlie Thomas
Charlie Thomas with Becky Sorrell

Charlie Thomas – J. Wayne Staggs Distinguished Service Award
Charles Clifford Thomas, F.APhA, R.Ph. of Montgomery, a 1965 graduate of HSOP, received the J. Wayne Staggs Distinguished Service Award. While at Auburn, Thomas saw the need for a leadership society and set about creating one.

“Fifty-one years later, we join the rest of the country in recognizing his foresight in the organization of what would later become Phi Lambda Sigma, a national pharmacy leadership society,” Jones said.

Thomas has had multiple careers in both community pharmacy and government service. For over 18 years he served to protect the public health through his work at the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Darrel Craven and Jonny Brooklere
Darrell Craven (left) with Johnny Brooklere

Darrell Craven – Mitchel C. Rothholz’ President’s Award
Darrell Craven, R.Ph. of Birmingham, a 1982 graduate of HSOP, received the Mitchel C. Rothholz’ President’s Award. This award is presented to recognize outstanding voluntary contributions to both the Alabama Pharmacy Association and the profession of pharmacy.

“The recipient of this award is selected by the APA president,” Jones said. “President Johnny Brooklere recognizes the important contributions Derrell Makes and the association is better because of his commitment to pharmacy.”

Craven is currently serving his second term as chair of the APA membership committee.

Jared Johnson and Lea Wolsoncroft
Jared Johnson with Lea Wolsoncroft

Jared Johnson – NCPA Leadership Award
Jared Johnson, Pharm.D. of Sylacauga, a 2001 HSOP graduate, was recognized for his service with the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Leadership Award.

After working for a large national chain for one year and managing an independent pharmacy for three years, Johnson spent six years on the faculty at Auburn University. He returned to Sylacauga in June 2011 to work with his father and brother at Marble City Pharmacy. Johnson has been a member of APA since 2007, and was installed as President at the convention. Each year, NCPA joins with APA to recognize the incoming President and his or her dedication of time and energy to the profession of pharmacy.

“Jared’s commitment to APA is evidenced in his many years of service in various roles,” Jones said. “The pharmacy profession is lucky to have someone as passionate as Jared leading the charge for recognition of the important role pharmacists play in patient care.”

Charles Woosley
Charles Woosley (left) with Mike Walden

Charles Woosley – Faculty Member of the Year Award
Charles Woosley, Pharm.D., Director of Recruiting for HSOP, received the APA Faculty Member of the Year Award. This award is given in recognition of academic achievement and exceptional leadership of student pharmacists at the local, state and national level.

Woosley has served as the Director of Recruiting since May, 2007. He received his bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from Samford in 1970. After completion of his pharmacy internship at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tennessee, he returned to school to earn his Pharm.D. at Tennessee in 1971. In 1979, he completed the requirements for the masters of administrative science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

“Charles has a great relationship with potential candidates for AU HSOP and has been a driving force in recruiting top candidates to the state. However, his relationship with them doesn’t stop there,” Jones said. “Charles continues to interact with students throughout their pharmacy academic career and helps to mentor them into future leaders of our profession, organization and society. APA is pleased to recognize Charles for his leadership and service.”

Josh Hollingsworth
Josh Hollingsworth

Josh Hollingsworth – Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award
Joshua Hollingsworth, Pharm.D., Ph.D. received the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award. Hollingsworth received his Pharm.D., from HSOP in 2001 and went on to complete his Ph.D. with the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy in 2016. This 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.

Hollingsworth was involved as a student pharmacist while attending HSOP and was named to the APA Leadership Class of 2013, which recognizes outstanding young pharmacists who will become leaders in the profession. He serves on APA’s Research and Education Foundation Board and on APA’s Public Relations Committee, for which he helped produce a public service message which demonstrates the importance of a patient getting to know their pharmacist. He is currently on faculty at HSOP and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine.

“Josh is dedicated to raising the level of awareness of others about the important role pharmacists play in healthcare,” Jones said. “His service to pharmacy is remarkable and we look for great things from him in the future.”


About the Harrison School of Pharmacy
Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy is ranked among the top 20 percent of all pharmacy schools in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the School offers doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and pharmaceutical sciences (Ph.D.) while also offering a master’s in pharmaceutical sciences. For more information about the School, please call 334.844.8348 or visit

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