Auburn Representatives Win APA Awards

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July 19, 2017

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – The Harrison School of Pharmacy was well-represented with five major award winners at the 2017 Alabama Pharmacy Association Annual Convention, held at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, Florida.

Larry Presley (Class of 1965) won the Bowl of Hygeia, while Bobby Giles (’92) won the Lester White Good Government Award. Belinda Ballard (’82) won the NCPA Leadership Award with Derrell Massey (’81) taking the J. Wayne Staggs Distinguished Service Award. Rising fourth-year student Chris Squires rounded out the group by earning the second-ever R. Lee Evans Student Professionalism Award.

Larry Presley | Bobby Giles | Belinda Ballard | Derrell Massey | Chris Squires

Larry Presley and Buddy Bunch
Larry Presley (right) receives the 2017 Bowl of Hygeia Award from the 2016 recipient, Buddy Bunch.

Larry Presley
Larry Presley, R.Ph., a 1965 graduate of the Harrison School of Pharmacy, received the Bowl of Hygeia Award. The Bowl of Hygeia is considered one of pharmacy’s highest awards; it is presented annually by participating pharmacy associations in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The recipients are selected by their respective associations for their outstanding record of community service and have distinguished themselves through their actions.

“This award is about being a good humanitarian, not a good pharmacist,” said Louise Jones, APA Executive Director. “Although pharmacists are typically servant-hearted, there are a few that really stand out. Larry Presley is one of those people.”

Presley, a native of Opp, Alabama, has been involved in and served his community at First Baptist Church for over 40 years. Numerous roles in his church include deacon, committee member, Royal Ambassadors leader, Sunday school teacher, Joy Group leader, and member of the choir. He has also served his community as a member of the Trail Masters, a coach of Little League Baseball, and a member and former president of the Opp and Covington County Area Chamber of Commerce. He is the current president of the Covington County Pharmacy Association. Presley has been known to provide medications at no charge to men and women from Crossover Ministries, a faith-based addiction recovery program in Opp.

Bobby Giles and Cole Sandlin
Bobby Giles (right) receives the 2017 Lester White Good Government Pharmacist of the Year Award from APA member, Cole Sandlin.

Bobby Giles
Bobby Giles, R.Ph., a 1992 graduate of the Harrison School of Pharmacy, is the 2017 recipient of the Lester White Good Government Award. Established in 2000, the award recognizes individuals who actively contribute to the community through their involvement in the political process. Their efforts shall raise awareness, improve the pharmacy profession, improve service and education to the patients, and build effective relationships with elected officials.

Giles and his wife, Stacy, opened Rainsville Drugs in late 1992 where he continues to co-own and help manage the business operations. Giles has been the President of the Auburn Pharmacy Alumni Association for the past four years, APA Trustee at Large, a member of the Auburn HSOP Dean’s Advisory Council, and on the “Because This is Auburn” Campaign committee for Auburn University. He has worked to raise awareness of elected officials of the role of pharmacists and the challenges facing pharmacy owners.

“Bobby has a great understanding of the role politics plays in the practice of pharmacy and the healthcare system as a whole,” said Louise Jones, APA executive director. “He has campaigned for candidates who are supportive of issues that impact our profession and has spent countless hours lobbying for legislation that will recognize the value of community pharmacies. We are pleased to be able to recognize his dedication with this award.”

Belinda Ballard and Lea Wolsoncroft
Belinda Ballard (left) receives the 2017 NCPA Leadership Award from fellow APA member and pharmacist Lea Wolsoncroft.

Belinda Ballard
Belinda Ballard, R.Ph., a 1982 graduate of the Harrison School of Pharmacy, is the 2017 recipient of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Leadership Award. Each year, the NCPA joins with APA to recognize the incoming President and his or her dedication of time and energy to the profession of pharmacy.

Ballard, a native of Stevenson, Alabama, has resided in Jackson County for more than 30 years where she has practiced in a variety of pharmacy settings, including chain, rural hospital, independent, as well as nursing home consultant. She has co-owned two traditional community pharmacies and holds certification in diabetes and immunizations. Belinda is a life-time member of Auburn Alumni Association, and the Auburn Pharmacy Alumni Association. A career-long member of APA, she has served as a district trustee, vice-president, president-elect, and currently as president.

“Belinda’s service to APA has been extensive and we are lucky to have her serve as president this year,” said APA Executive Director Louise Jones. “Her dedication to the profession of pharmacy is commendable.”

Derrell Massey and Belinda Ballard
Derrell Massey accepts the 2017 J. Wayne Staggs Distinguished Service Award from APA President Belinda Ballard.

Derrell Massey
Derrell Massey, a 1981 graduate of the Harrison School of Pharmacy, is the recipient of the 2017 J. Wayne Staggs Distinguished Service Award. The Distinguished Service Award was established in 1993 and renamed in 2003 in memory of Wayne Staggs. This award recognizes an APA member who has provided exceptional leadership and devoted service to APA.

Massey, a native of Section, Alabama, began his career at Eckerd Drugs in Pelham, Alabama that year. Six years later he took a position with Kmart in Scottsboro and in 1991, he opened Section Pharmacy. He is an Experiential Preceptor for both Auburn and Samford’s pharmacy schools and is very active with APA. He has served as an APA Academy of Pharmacy Practice Chair, on numerous committees, and is an ever-present face at pharmacy events around the state. He and his wife, Gay, serve as student mentors in both academic and athletic programs.

“Derrell is always willing to lend a hand and share his knowledge for the betterment of the profession,” said Louise Jones, APA Executive Director.

Chris Squires and Richard Hansen
Chris Squires, left, receives the 2017 R. Lee Evans Student Professionalism Award from HSOP Dean Richard Hansen.

Chris Squires
Chris Squires, a member of the Harrison School of Pharmacy Class of 2018, is the 2017 recipient of the R. Lee Evans Student Professionalism Award. This award is presented annually to a student of HSOP who is an APA member. It recognizes a student leader who demonstrates a high level of professionalism in school and other pharmacy-related endeavors.

Squires, a native of Grove Hill, Alabama, has served numerous student and professional organizations at Auburn, including Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Christian Pharmacists Fellowship chapter, HSOP’s Admissions Committee, and the school’s ambassador group. Squires also served as the Auburn student representative on the APA Board of Trustees.

“Chris possesses both the passion and personality essential to becoming a role model in the pharmacy profession,” said Louise Jones, APA executive director. “He is recognized by his peers as a leader and takes that responsibility seriously. We are lucky to have people like Chris entering the profession. APA is pleased to recognize his accomplishments with this award.”


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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