Nine From HSOP Receive APA Recognition

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July 26, 2019

AUBURN, Alabama – The Harrison School of Pharmacy was well-represented with nine major award winners at the 2019 Alabama Pharmacy Association 138th Annual Convention, held at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Florida.

Anne Daniels (Class of 1980) won the Bowl of Hygeia, while Dan McConaghy (’79) won the Mitchel C. Rothholz President’s Award. Rebecca Sorrell (’83) won the J. Wayne Staggs Distinguished Service Award with HSOP faculty member Dave Brackett taking the NCPA Pharmacy Leadership Award.

Garrett Aikens (’11) received the Excellence in Innovation Award while Class of 2020 member Sarah Vines won the R. Lee Evans Student Professionalism Award. Bobby Giles (’92) was named the APA Legislative Champion while Gary Mount (’90) was one of three recipients of the newly-created APA Advocate Award. Outgoing APA President Jim Davis (’78) received the President’s Pin, Jacket and Goblet.

Anne Daniels | Dan McConaghy | Rebecca Sorrell | Dave Brackett | Garrett Aikens | Sarah Vines | Gary Mount | Bobby Giles | Jim Davis

Anne Daniels and Ronda Lacey hold the award
Ronda Lacey (right) presents the 2019 Bowl of Hygeia Award to Anne Daniels.

Anne Daniels
Anne Daniels, a 1980 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.

"We would be hard pressed to find many people who give as much to their community as Ms. Daniels,” said Louise Jones, APA executive director. “She is a wonderful example of what it means to put others before yourself. We are incredibly proud to honor her contributions with this award.”

Daniels serves her community through Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that provides prescription assistance to low income and uninsured patients in Mobile, Baldwin, and Escambia Counties in southern Alabama. She has been with the organization since 2001 and is credited with setting the pharmacy on solid and sustainable ground.

During a serious illness in 2017, her love for her patients drove her to keep working, keeping the doors of the pharmacy open. She manages the volunteer pharmacy staff, tracks statistics for grants and reports, and works with an average of 1,100 visits per month to the free pharmacy.

Dan McConaghy and Jim Davis hold the award
Dan McConaghy (left) receives the 2019 Mitchel C. Rothholz President’s Award from Jim Davis.

Dan McConaghy
Dan McConaghy, a 1979 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. “In APA’s 138 years of existence, there aren’t many pharmacists who have contributed as much as Mr. McConaghy. He sets a shining example of service to his profession, and we couldn’t be prouder to recognize his efforts with this award.”

McConaghy owns several pharmacies in south Alabama and serves on the Board of Directors of APA as Treasurer. In 2015, he received the Bowl of Hygeia Award, the highest honor a pharmacist can receive.

Rebecca Sorrell and Louise Jones hold the award
Rebecca Sorrell (left) receives the 2019 J. Wayne Staggs Distinguished Service Award from Louise Jones.

Rebecca Sorrell
Rebecca Sorrell, a 1983 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.

“Mrs. Sorrell’s passion for serving others is evident,” said Jones. “Her contributions to pharmacy are outstanding and we are proud to recognize her service with this award.”

Sorrell and her husband Ralph own Ritch’s Pharmacy in Mountain Brook. A career-long member of APA, she has served the association as Academy of Institutional Practice, Chair; Chair for the Education and Professional Affairs Committee; Vice-Speaker and Speaker of the House of Delegates; Vice-President, President-Elect, and as President of the association in 2014-15. Honors include Distinguished Young Pharmacist and Auburn Pharmacy Alumni Service Award.

Dave Brackett and Louise Jones hold the award
Dave Brackett (right) accepts the 2019 NCPA Leadership Award from Louise Jones.

Dave Brackett
Dave Brackett, a faculty member with 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.

“Dr. Brackett has served in leadership roles within APA for many years,” said Jones. “We are excited to have him serve as President of the Association this year.”

Brackett is a 1995 graduate of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. He then completed an ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residency at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. He is a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. He has extensive clinical experience in several patient care settings, and currently serves as the Clinical Coordinator of Clinical Health Services at HSOP.

Garrett Aikens and Greg Peden hold the award
Garrett Aikens (right) accepts the 2019 Excellence in Innovation Award from Greg Peden.

Garrett Aikens
Garrett Aikens, a 2011 graduate of the Harrison School of Pharmacy, received the Excellence in Innovation Award. The award is a national award coordinated by the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, and is sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. to honor a pharmacist who has demonstrated significant innovation in their practice, method or service directly or indirectly resulting in improved patient care and/or advancement of the profession of pharmacy.

“Dr. Aikens is a shining example of how pharmacists can positively impact their patients’ lives,” said Jones. “We are proud to recognize him for his work serving our nation’s veterans.”

Aikens serves as the Associate Chief of Pharmacy for Clinical Services at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Administration. In this role, he identifies patients who would benefit from direct care provided by a pharmacist: patients who have had recent hospital admissions due to worsening of a chronic disease and are at risk of being readmitted within 30 days; diabetics who have uncontrolled blood glucose; those with elevated blood pressure, untreated dyslipidemia, or missing immunizations; and patients who have unaddressed preventative care needs such as smoking cessation.

Patients are referred to a pharmacist-managed pharmacotherapy clinic for evaluation and management. Aikens is credentialed through the VA with a broad scope of practice, and can adjust, initiate or discontinue medications to achieve desired therapeutic goals. He uses telemedicine connections to provide care for veterans living in rural areas served by the Tuscaloosa VA.

Sarah Vines and Dean Hansen hold the award
Sarah Vines (left) receives the 2019 R. Lee Evans Student Professionalism Award from Dean Richard Hansen.

Sarah Vines
Sarah Vines, a member of the Harrison School of Pharmacy Class of 2020, 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.

“In addition to her rigorous studies, Ms. Vines has excelled as a leader on campus and beyond,” said Jones. “We are proud to recognize her contributions with this award.”

Vines has held numerous leadership positions. She is a member of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists organization, where she is co-chair of the Substance Abuse Outreach Committee. In addition, she is a member of the National Community Pharmacists Association and the Auburn University Student Society of Health Systems Pharmacists. She has attended multiple local, state and national events to further the agenda of the profession of pharmacy and has participated in numerous community service events sponsored by HSOP. Vines has co-authored an article for The Pharmacy Times titled “A Pharmacist’s Role in HIV/AIDS Awareness.” She has been an active member of APA since 2016, and this past year served on the APA Board of Trustees as the Auburn Student Representative.

Three people stand with awards
Gary Mount (left) receives the 2019 APA Advocate Award.

Gary Mount
Gary Mount, a 1990 graduate of the Harrison School of Pharmacy, received the APA Advocate Award. This annual award recognizes members who are strong advocates for APA and consistently participate in its programs, events, and activities.

“Dr. Mount’s outstanding engagement in APA began the day he joined,” said Jones. “His enthusiasm is contagious, and we are lucky to have members like him involved. We are proud to recognize his contributions with this award.”

Mount worked as a clinical pharmacist at East Alabama Medical Center, and then moved to Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery as Director of Pharmacy Services. He currently serves as a Professor of Pharmacology at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine at Auburn.

Bobby Giles holds up the award
Bobby Giles (left) holds up the 2019 Legislative Champion Award with Louise Jones speaking.

Bobby Giles
Bobby Giles, a 1992 graduate of the Harrison School of Pharmacy, received the APA Legislative Champion Award. This special award recognizes an individual who has successfully worked through the state political system to benefit the profession of pharmacy, and the patients it serves.

“As a long-term member of APA, Mr. Giles has been a strong advocate for pharmacy at the state level,” said Jones. “When we decided to bring him in as APA’s government affairs director last year, we knew it would be a good thing. As it has turned out, he has gone above and beyond, building relationships, coordinating efforts with pharmacy professionals across the state, and has done an exceptional job of representing the interests of pharmacy at the Statehouse. We are so proud to honor him in this way.”

A woman applies a pin to a man
Jim Davis (left) is pinned by Belinda Ballard.

Jim Davis
Jim Davis, a 1978 graduate of the Harrison School of Pharmacy, served as president of the APA Board of Trustees for the 2018-19 year. In recognition of his service, he received the President’s Pin, Jacket and Goblet . Upon graduation from Auburn, Davis returned to Columbiana and joined his father, James Davis, at Davis Drug where he has practiced ever since.


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. The School’s commitment to world-class scholarship and interdisciplinary research speaks to Auburn’s overarching Carnegie R1 designation that places Auburn among the top 100 doctoral research universities in the nation. For more information about the School, please call 334.844.8348 or visit

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