Auburn Has Big Showing at APA Awards

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July 3, 2018

AUBURN, Alabama – The Harrison School of Pharmacy was well-represented with nine major award winners at the 2018 Alabama Pharmacy Association 137th Annual Convention held at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort in Point Clear, Alabama.

Ronda Lacey (Class of 1995) won the Bowl of Hygeia, while Susan L. Boyles (’87) won the Mitchel C. Rothholz President’s Award. Jim Davis (’78) won the NCPA Leadership Award with Darrell Craven (’82) taking the J. Wayne Staggs Distinguished Service Award.

Jessica Jackson (’11) received the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award while HSOP faculty members Paul Jungnickel and Kimberly Braxton Lloyd won the APA Faculty Member of the Year Award and Cardinal Health Generation Rx Award, respectively. Rising fourth-year students Anne Saunders and Morgan Sellars rounded out the group by earning the R. Lee Evans Student Professionalism Award.


Ronda Lacey | Susan Boyles | Jim Davis | Darrell Craven | Jessica Jackson | Paul Jungnickel | Kimberly Braxton Lloyd | Anne Saunders | Morgan Sellers


Ronda Lacey and Larry Presley hold the award
Larry Presley (right) presents the 2018 Bowl of Hygeia Award to Ronda Lacey.

Ronda Lacey
Ronda Lacey, a 1995 graduate of the Harrison School of Pharmacy, received the Bowl of Hygeia Award. One of pharmacy’s highest awards, it is presented annually by participating pharmacy associations in each of the fifty 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 not about being a good pharmacist, it is more about being a humanitarian,” said Louise Jones, APA Executive Director. “Although pharmacists are typically servant-hearted, there are a few that really stand out. Ronda Lacy is certainly one of those people.”

Lacey has the rare distinction of being both a pharmacist and an attorney, having received her Juris Doctor from Birmingham School of Law in 1980. She is also commander of a Disaster Medical Assistance Team (AL-1 DMAT) located in Birmingham, with the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS).

After Hurricane Maria in 2017, Lacey deployed to Puerto Rico to lead a team of medical and support personnel stationed on Pier III in San Juan. The team partnered with the hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, and in a twelve-day period, were able to see and treat the needs of over 4,300 patients ranging from those needing prescription refills, having ailments such as severe respiratory infections, or with injuries like gunshot wounds.


Susan Boyles and Belinda Ballard hold the award
Susan Boyles (left) receives the 2018 Mitchel C. Rothholz President’s Award from Belinda Ballard.

Susan Boyles
Susan Boyles, a 1987 graduate of the Harrison School of Pharmacy, received the Mitchel C. Rothholz President’s Award. The 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 and recognizes outstanding voluntary contributions to both the Alabama Pharmacy Association and the profession of pharmacy,” said Jones. “Ms. Boyles has demonstrated her dedication to this profession and to APA time and time again. She goes out of her way to serve others and is an integral part of this organization. We are extremely lucky to have members like her.”

Boyles currently practices at Walmart in Bay Minette, where she serves as a preceptor for pharmacy students.


Jim Davis and Louise Jones hold the award
Jim Davis (left) receives the 2018 NCPA Leadership Award from Louise Jones.

Jim Davis
Jim Davis, a 1978 graduate of the Harrison School of Pharmacy, received the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Leadership Award. Each year, NCPA joins with APA to recognize the incoming APA President and his or her dedication of time and energy to the profession of pharmacy.

“Jim has been a member of APA since he was a student in pharmacy school,” said Jones. “His dedication to the profession of pharmacy is commendable, and we are happy to have him providing leadership for the organization.”

After graduation, Davis returned to Columbiana and joined his father, James Davis, at Davis Drug where he has practiced ever since.


Darrell Craven and Bobby Giles hold the award
Darrell Craven (left) accepts the 2018 J. Wayne Staggs Distinguished Service Award from Bobby Giles.

Darrell Craven
Darrell Craven, a 1982 graduate of the Harrison School of Pharmacy, received the J. Wayne Staggs Distinguished Service Award. The award was established in 1993 and renamed in 2003 in memory of Wayne Staggs. It recognizes an APA member who has provided exceptional leadership and devoted service to APA.

“Darrell’s dedication to APA is undeniable,” said Jones. “He is always willing to lend a helping hand and to share his time for the betterment of pharmacy.”

Craven currently serves as president of the Auburn Pharmacy Alumni Association. An APA member since 1998, he has served the association in multiple ways and is currently serving as chair of the Membership Committee for the fourth year.


Jessica Jackson and Rebecca Sorrell hold the award
Jessica Jackson (left) accepts the 2018 Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award from Rebecca Sorrell.

Jessica Jackson
Jessica Jackson, a 2001 graduate of the Harrison School of Pharmacy, received the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award. The award is presented each year to a young pharmacist who has been practicing for 10 years or less, has been actively involved in APA, and participates in pharmacy and/or community service on both a state and national level.

“Dr. Jackson continues to shine a positive light on the profession of pharmacy through her leadership and mentor roles,” said Jones. “We are extremely pleased to honor her achievements.”

Jackson has practiced as both a community and hospital pharmacist in Montgomery. She is currently completing a public health policy internship with the Alabama Department of Mental Health Commissioner’s Office. She holds certifications as an American Pharmacists Association Pharmacist Immunizer and as an Alabama Preceptor. Jackson has served on the APA Legislative Affairs Committee, and was selected as a member of the APA Leadership Class of 2016.


Paul Jungnickel head shot
Paul Jungnickel

Paul Jungnickel
Paul Jungnickel, Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs and Professor with the Harrison School of Pharmacy, received the APA 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.

“Through his work, he demonstrates a sincere concern for every student at HSOP and is dedicated to making their education and professional experience the best it can be. He serves as an example of leadership and professionalism to HSOP’s students and promotes their involvement in professional organizations,” said Jones

Jungnickel joined the faculty of Auburn University in 1997. He is responsible for oversight and organization of HSOP’s Professional Seminar Series (PSS), which allows students to hear speakers from various aspects of healthcare each week. He has been a member of Alabama Pharmacy Association since 1999.


Kimberly Braxton Lloyd head shot
Kimberly Braxton Lloyd

Kimberly Braxton Lloyd
Kimberly Braxton Lloyd, a 1995 graduate of the Harrison School of Pharmacy, received the 2018 Cardinal Health Generation Rx Champions Award. The annual award recognizes a pharmacist who has demonstrated excellence in community-based prescription drug abuse prevention. The award recognizes efforts within the pharmacy community to raise awareness of this serious public health problem. Unintentional prescription drug poisonings are now the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States.

“The opioid epidemic is an issue that impacts everyone,” said Jones. “Dr. Braxton Lloyd’s efforts have made an impact and have no doubt saved lives. We are proud to honor her work.”

Braxton Lloyd is HSOP’s Assistant Dean of Health Services. She serves as the Clinical Director of the Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Center and Pharmacy Officer for the university’s Department of Employee Benefits. In October 2017, she started an initiative to expand Naloxone awareness, training and access to the Lee County community. Naloxone is a medication used to counter the effects of opioid overdose. She developed Auburn University’s Naloxone Rapid Response Program (AUNRRP) Consortium when she learned the local police weren’t equipped with the medication. Thus far, more than 100 police and firefighters have been equipped with and trained to use Naloxone devices as a result of this program. Braxton Lloyd has been a member of APA since 2003.


Anne Saunders and Dean Richard Hansen hold the award
Anne Saunders (left) receives the 2018 R. Lee Evans Student Professionalism Award from HSOP Dean Richard Hansen.

Anne Saunders
Anne Saunders, a member of the Harrison School of Pharmacy Class of 2019, received the R. Lee Evans Student Professionalism Award. The 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.

Saunders has been very involved at HSOP, including Pharmacy Student Ambassador, Phi Lambda Sigma treasurer, National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Student Leadership Council, NCPA student chapter president, Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity/Delta Gamma Chapter treasurer, and Auburn’s Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International. She has been an active member of APA since 2015. She has been involved in the United States Drug Enforcement Agency’s Drug Take-Back Day, Christian Care Ministries Soup Kitchen, Medicare Outreach Program, American Red Cross Blood Drive, American Pharmacists Association (APhA) – Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP) Health Fair, and serves on the Harrison School of Pharmacy Admissions Committee. She has participated in multiple NCPA Congressional events in Washington to advocate for legislation benefiting community pharmacy.


Morgan Sellers and Dean Richard Hansen hold the award
Morgan Sellers (left) receives the 2018 R. Lee Evans Student Professionalism Award from HSOP Dean Richard Hansen.

Morgan Sellers
Morgan Sellers, a member of the Harrison School of Pharmacy Class of 2019, received the R. Lee Evans Student Professionalism Award. The 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.

Sellars has held numerous leadership positions including Alumni Affairs Coordinator for the school’s Pharmacy Student Ambassadors and often works with the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at donor and alumni events. She is a member of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and has served as Co-President. In addition, she is a member of NCPA, Auburn’s Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and the Rho Chi National Honor Society. She has attended multiple local, state and national events to further the agenda of the profession of pharmacy. She has been an active member of APA since 2015, and this past year she served on the APA Board of Trustees as the Auburn Student Representative.


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