Meet the PLEI Board of Directors

John D. Grabenstein, PhD: Merck Vaccines, PLEI Chairman of the Board

Collegeville, PA 

John is executive director for Global Vaccines Medical Affairs for Merck Vaccines, a global enterprise of > 150 million vaccine doses annually.  He has published over 300 articles and eight books. As a Colonel in the U.S. Army, John directed the Military Vaccine Agency, where he organized “Immunization University.”  In 1996, he wrote the curriculum for “Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery.”  He received the ΦΛΣ National Leadership Award (2003, 2017), Rho Chi Society Lecture Award (2011), Gloria Francke Leadership Mentor Award (2006), ASHP Award for Sustained Contributions to the Literature (2006), AMSUS Andrew Craigie Award (2004), and the APhA/HCQA Pinnacle Award (1998).

Ron Corey, PhD, MBA, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, PLEI Executive Director

East Hanover, NJ

Ron is global head of process & technology operations for Novartis Pharmaceuticals, after serving as head of operations for cardiovascular-metabolism from 2013-17. Ron served as founding chief operating officer for Eboo Pharmaceuticals from 2012–13. He served in a variety of executive roles with Asubio Pharmaceuticals from 2006–2012, including vice president for clinical and project management. From 2003-05, he led medical affairs for the respiratory franchise of Altana Pharma. Ron has additional management experience with Pharmacia & Upjohn, the Analytica Group, Omnicare, RiteAid, and Brooks Drugs. Ron is a long-time contributor to the Rainbow Summer Theatre of Torrington, CT. He was elected national president of ΦΛΣ in 1985.

Nancy Alvarez, PharmD, BCPS, The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy

Mesa, AZ

Nancy is the Associate Dean of Academic and Professional Affairs and serves as an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. Nancy served as the 162nd president of the American Pharmacists Association and has been named a fellow for the organization. She has also served as the national president of the Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society and as the Grand Vice President of of Collegiate Affairs for the Phi Delta Chi Fraternity. Nancy has a strong interest in Leader Development and serves as a facilitator, content developer and program director for PLEI.

  Kevin C. Anderson, PharmD, MBA, University of Washington Medical Center

Seattle, WA

Kevin is currently completing the 2nd year of a PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency at UW Medicine in Seattle, Washington. He is concurrently earning an Executive Masters of Health Administration from the University of Washington School of Public Health. He graduated with honors from Wingate University School of Pharmacy in 2016 upon completing a PharmD/MBA dual degree program.  Kevin has previously served on the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Executive Committee and the ASHP Council on Education and Workforce Development. He is actively involved with Phi Delta Chi as Chair of the Grand Council Review Committee, Washington State Pharmacists Association (WSPA) as the Resident member of the Health Systems Academy Leadership team, and the ASHP Membership and Outreach Advisory Group.  Kevin’s professional interests include: utilization of strengths-based communication and collaboration within pharmacy, facilitating pharmacist integration into the care team, and expanding healthcare operations to improve patient outcomes through cost-effective strategies.

  Jo Bonasso, PharmD, Dexter Pharmacy

Dexter, MI

Jo is a pharmacist, educator, and vaccinator at Dexter Pharmacy, in Dexter, MI. From 1994 to 2015, she was employed by the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor. She rose through successive positions of responsibility in information-technology administration and software development to become UMHS’s enterprise health record implementation manager. In 1989-90, Jo served as the executive resident in association management at the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists in Bethesda. Jo was one of the first facilitators of the first Leader-Development Seminar in 1989 and PLEI’s executive director from 1997-99.

Andrea Bourque, PharmD, Rayne Medicine Shoppe

Lafayette, LA

Andrea currently serves as the Grand President of the Phi Delta Chi Fraternity. Prior to her term as Grand President, she was active in the Southcentral Region as the Regional Director for Alumni Affairs and she served two terms as the Grand Vice President of Alumni Affairs. She attended the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center and graduated in 2011. Andrea’s career began as a clinical pharmacist focusing on hospice and palliative care. She now works as the Pharmacy Manager for a local independent pharmacy in Louisiana.


Mike Heath, BS Pharm, MBA, FAPhA

Lexington, KY

Mike is a senior partner and CEO of Heath Healthcare Consulting, Inc. Mike served on active duty in the United States Army for 31 years, culminating in his final active duty senior leadership position as Chief Pharmacist for the Army and the Pharmacy Consultant to the Army Surgeon General. He is the 2002 recipient of the Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S. (AMSUS) Andrew Craigie Award, the 2005 recipient of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Distinguished Federal Pharmacist Award, the 2006 recipient of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumni of the Year. Additionally, he was selected as the 2006 recipient of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Honorary Lifetime Membership Award, and in 2011 he was honored as the Phi Lambda Sigma National Alumnus of the Year. In 2103 he was selected as an APhA Fellow. He is a member of the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation Board and the MUSC College of Pharmacy Dean’s Advisory Council. He now serves as Co-Chair of the Beaumont YMCA  Board in Lexington, KY and is a member of the University of Cincinnati (James L. Winkle) College of Pharmacy Leadership Advisory Board. Since 2015 Mike has served as a moderator on the University of Kentucky PharmD candidate interview committee.

  Gary J. Keil, II, PhD:

Nottingham, UK

Gary is co-founder and director of, which helps business leaders grow themselves and create a growth culture in their organizations. He also helped found, an online global network of entrepreneurs. Gary recently joined the Leadership Institute for Development, Education & Research (, a non-profit that provides training, resources, and mentoring to students, women, and entrepreneurs, aimed initially at helping relevant groups in Nicaragua.  He is a motivational speaker, positive psychology coach, and holistic wellness advocate. Earlier in his career, Gary was a global pharmaceutical strategic planning and competitive intelligence executive and a long-standing chronic pain researcher for AstraZeneca.

  Macary Marciniak, PharmD: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

Macary is assistant dean of experiential programs and a clinical associate professor of pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She focuses on community pharmacy practice, specifically immunizations, medication therapy management, and self-care. She directs the PGY1 and PGY2 community pharmacy/academia residency programs. Macary advises the Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students. Previously, Macary was a community pharmacy faculty member at Albany College of Pharmacy. In 2011, she served as the expert pharmacist in a year-long series of episodes for WebMD’s “Ask the Pharmacist.” Macary received the Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award in 2008.

Michael A. Moné, JD: Cardinal Health

Columbus, OH

Michael is vice president and associate general counsel–regulatory for Cardinal Health in Cincinnati. He also serves on the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, of which he was president in 2014-15 and 2016-17. With Cardinal Health, Michael’s various positions of responsibility have included anti-diversion and supply chain integrity.  From 2007 until 2012, he served as Director of Regulatory Compliance for Medicine Shoppe International. From 2006 to 2007, he was Executive Director of the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy. From 1996 to 2004, he was Assistant Attorney General (Administrative Law Section) of the Florida Office of the Attorney General. From 1993 to 1996, Michael was a staff attorney with the U.S. Pharmacopeia. Michael received his pharmacy and law degrees from the University of Florida, where he was initiated into the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. In 2016, he received the Gloria N Francke Leadership Mentor Award.

  Michael Negrete, PharmD: Samuel Merritt University

Danville, CA

Michael is assistant academic vice president at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA. Previously, he served as vice president for clinical & educational affairs for the California Pharmacists Association (2012-2013) and chief executive officer for Pharmacy Foundation of California (2006-2011). Michael received the Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award in 2006. He led the effort for the Leader-Development Institute offered by CPhA and APhA’s Lead360 leadership curriculum.

Ralph L. Saroyan, Founding Chairman of the Board, Chief Financial Officer

Stockton, CA

Ralph Saroyan was initiated into the Alpha Psi Chapter of Phi Delta Chi Fraternity at the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in May 1960. He practiced independent community pharmacy in California’s Central Valley before returning to his alma mater in 1970 as its first student affairs officer & internship coordinator. When Ralph retired in 2002, he was serving as Director of Pre-Health Programs at the University of the Pacific. While on faculty, Ralph taught and advised over 3000 pre-pharmacy and pharmacy students. Ralph’s leadership within Pharmacy is exemplified by his 25 years as a regional and national office of Phi Delta Chi Fraternity, presidency of the California Pharmacists Association, and the Inaugural Chairman of the Board of the Pharmacy Leadership & Education Institute. The 2010 CPhA Pharmacist of the Year, Ralph was inducted into the California Pharmacists Hall of Fame in 2013.  Also known as the “Grand Poobah”, Ralph’s most cherished recognitions are the 1997 Linwood F. Tice Friend of APhA ASP Award and the 2014 APhA Gloria Niemeyer Francke Leadership Mentor Award.

  Traci K. Thompson, PharmD, BCPS: Covenant Medical Center

Lubbock, TX

Traci is a clinical pharmacist with experience across of variety of Texas institutions. Presently, she is a clinical pharmacist and pharmacy preceptor with Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. From 2011-16, she practiced clinical pharmacy at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, where she served on the liver-transplant team, Code Blue Committee, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency committee, and the P&T Committee. From 2007-11, she practiced at Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton (formerly Trinity Medical Center), serving as interim pharmacist in charge. She received additional experience at Baylor Medical Center at Garland, Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, and Texas Tech University Health Science Center. Traci is the current Grand President of ΦΔΧ Pharmacy Fraternity, first elected in 2015.

  Amy D. Valdez, PharmD: Fred Meyer Pharmacies

Tigard, OR

Amy is an award-winning and meticulous clinical pharmacy manager with significant experience developing highly productive teams and implementing programs that deliver exceptional patient care. She is the 2017 president of the Oregon State Pharmacy Association and received OSPA’s Pharmacist of the Year Award and OSU Distinguished Young Alumnus Award in 2015. Currently, Amy is a clinical pharmacist with Fred Meyer Pharmacies in Portland, OR. In 2015-16, she managed specialty-pharmacy accreditation and served as corporate patient care services manager for the Albertsons Companies. From 2009-15, she was manager of patient care services for Safeway’s Portland/Northwest Division. Amy was Grand President of ΦΔΧ Pharmacy Fraternity from 2011-15.

  Kenny Walkup: Jorwalk Management

South Lyon, MI

Kenny has led a varied career as a community pharmacist, manager, small-business owner, association manager, and now a Methodist minister. A 1992 graduate of Ohio Northern University, he served with Meijer Pharmacy as a manager from 1992-99. Kenny then owned two pharmacies in South Lyon, Michigan, between 2002 and 2014. He lectured for and precepted students from Ohio Northern and the University of Michigan. Kenny formed his own association-management company, Jorwalk Management. From that base, he was PLEI’s executive manager from 2008-14 and has served as Phi Delta Chi’s executive director from 2008 to the present. In 2015, Kenny graduated from the Methodist Theological School of Ohio and now serves as the Pastor at Walled Lake United Methodist Church in Walled Lake, Michigan.

  Dennis B Worthen, PhD: University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

Dennis is a recognized chronicler of the history of American pharmacy. He spent over two decades with Procter & Gamble Health Care, until his retirement as director of pharmacy affairs. He served at the Lloyd Library and Museum in Cincinnati. In 2010 his work on the history of pharmacy in World War II was recognized by AIHP with its Kremers Award for outstanding writing. Dennis is adjunct professor at the Winkle College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Worthen is well known for his series of biographical sketches on “Heroes of Pharmacy” in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. In 1998 Dr. Worthen received the Linwood F. Tice Friend of ASP Award and the Phi Lambda Sigma National Leadership Award. In 2010, APhA honored Dennis by selecting him as its Honorary President.