Meet the PLEI Board of Directors

John D. Grabenstein, PhD: Immunization Action Coalition, PLEI Chairman of the Board


Easton, MD

John is proprietor of Vaccine Dynamics and associate director for scientific communications for, where he helps edit IZ Express. 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.” John was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2021. He received the Remington Honor Medal (2020), 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


Biddeford, ME

Ron is a pharmaceutical industry executive, currently working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals where he has had several leadership roles in Global Development Operations. Ron served as founding Chief Operating Officer for Eboo Pharmaceuticals from 2012–13. He also served in a variety of executive roles with Asubio Pharmaceuticals, including vice president for clinical and project management. Earlier in his career, he held marketing and medical affair roles at Altana Pharma. Ron has additional management experience with Pharmacia & Upjohn, the Analytica Group, Omnicare, RiteAid, and Brooks Drugs. Ron currently serves as an ex-officio member of the Phi Delta Chi Executive Council. 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 the Inpatient Pharmacy Operations Manager at UW-Medicine Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. He completed at PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration & Leadership residency at UW Medicine in 2018, also 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 is currently serving on the Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA) Health-System Academy. He previously served on the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Executive Committee and the ASHP Council of Education and Workforce Development. Kevin’s professional interests include: utilization of strengths-based communication and collaboration both within pharmacy and throughout the health-system, facilitating pharmacist integration into the care team, and expanding healthcare operations to improve patient outcomes through cost-effective and patient-centered strategies.

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.

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, BSPharm., JD: CVSHealth


Columbus, OH

Michael is a Senior Legal Counsel for CVSHealth. He also serves on the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, of which he is in his second term as president of the Board. He also served on the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy for two terms. Michael was formerly with Cardinal Health, most recently as Vice-President and Associate General Counsel – Regulatory, having served in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility since 2006. From 1996 to 2004, he was Assistant Attorney General (Administrative Law Section) of the Florida Office of the Attorney General.  Michael received his pharmacy and law degrees from the University of Florida, where he was initiated into the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity and was the inaugural President of Phi Lambda Sigma. 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.

  Gary Redfeather, PhD: DeMontfort University


Nottingham, UK

Dr. Gary Redfeather received his pharmacy degree from the University of Wyoming (US) in 1990, his PhD in neuropharmacology from Oregon State University in 1995, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in neurophysiology at the University of Toronto in 1997. His 30+ year career has focused on the adaptive and maladaptive neuroplastic changes that happen in chronic pain states and, by extension, how individuals and organizations deal with stress and trauma. He has developed and facilitated leader-development programs in the US since the mid-1990’s, activities that continue to complement the Clinical Leadership, Educational & Research program he leads in the School of Pharmacy at DeMontfort University in Leicester, United Kingdom.

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 in the Neurosurgical ICU and pharmacy preceptor with Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. Previously, when she lived in Dallas, she worked in nephrology, internal medicine, cardiology, and liver transplant. Traci graduated from The University of Texas in Austin with her PharmD in 2005 and completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency in 2006 at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and Texas Tech University Health Science Center. Traci served as the Grand President of ΦΔΧ Pharmacy Fraternity from 2015 to 2019. She is currently serving ΦΔΧ as the Grand Past President since 2019.

  Amy D. Valdez, RPh, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest; PLEI Vice Chair


Tigard, OR

Amy’s current role is Manager, Clinical Pharmacy Services with a focus in anticoagulation management. She oversees a multidisciplinary team of Pharmacists, Registered Nurses, and Pharmacy Technicians who provide care to a patient population of over 7,000 health plan members. Prior to her current role, she worked in the community pharmacy setting implementing and providing clinical pharmacy services in a regional role. Amy is a Past President of Oregon State Pharmacy Association and Past Grand President of ΦΔΧ Pharmacy Fraternity.

  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.