Buckeyes Recognized at OPA Annual Conference

Shannon Reed

The Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) recently honored a number of individuals from The Ohio State University at its 135th Annual Conference held April 12-14 in Columbus, Ohio. Kenneth Hale, Joseph Dula, Ralph Foster, Larry Schieber, Robert Schmoll, Jerry Liliestedt and Cathy Kuhn were all recognized at the conference.

Ken Hale

Kenneth Hale (BS ’76, MA ’87, PhD ’95), was the recipient of the Beal Award for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of the pharmacy profession. Dr. Hale has made significant contributions not only to pharmacy but to our community throughout his entire career.


Joseph Dula

Joseph Dula (PharmD ’05), was awarded the Upsher-Smith Excellence in Innovation Award. The award is given to honor a pharmacist who has demonstrated innovative pharmacy practice resulting in improved patient care providing effective patient counseling.


Ralph Foster

Ralph Foster (BS ’56), received the Keys Award  for his longstanding commitment to the Association. Over the past 57 years, Foster has been a faithful member of the OPA and has served a number of terms on the Board of Trustees.


Larry Schieber

Larry Schieber (BS ’81), was installed as President of the OPA and also received the Pharmacy Leadership Award atthe annual meeting.


Robert Schmoll

Robert Schmoll (BS ’72), was installed as President-Elect for the OPA.


Jerry Liliestedt

Jerry Liliestedt (BS ’00), was installed to a second term as a trustee, representing District 12. (Pictured below: far right, middle row.)


Cathy Kuhn

Cathy Kuhn, who completed her Community Care Residency at Ohio State in 2007, was installed as Executive Committee Member-At-Large. Kuhn was also the recipient of the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award, which recognizes a pharmacist who has graduated in the last 10 years and has made a significant contribution to the profession.


Congratulations to all of our alumni, faculty and former residents who continue to make an impression on the community, as well as on the pharmacy profession as a whole.

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