Fourth annual Pharmacy Gala highlights the outstanding achievements of pharmacy buckeyes


April 16, 2019

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The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy is proud to congratulate our alumni, faculty and students who received awards at the fourth annual Pharmacy Gala.

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holly faheyHolly Fahey, BS 2008, PharmD 2012, received The Josephine Sitterle Failer Alumni Award. Named in honor of Josephine Sitterle Failer, BS 1939, the award recognizes an alumnus who has received a professional degree or completed post-graduate training from the College of Pharmacy within the past ten years and has made an outstanding contribution to community or professional service.

Fahey is the manager of Clinical Operations and Experiential Education at the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio. In her role, she has made a direct impact on patients and the community through education and support in chronic disease state management. Fahey also helps precept rotating pharmacy students via coaching through patient care and leading various discussion topics.

karen kier

Karen Kier, MS 1984, PhD 2000, and Shridhar Narayanan, PhD 1996, received The Jack L. Beal Post-Baccalaureate Award. Named in honor of the late Jack L. Beal, PhD 1952, professor emeritus of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, the award recipient must have a post-baccalaureate degree from the College of Pharmacy and have contributed significantly to research and scholarship in the pharmaceutical sciences and/or contributed outstanding service to the professional practice of pharmacy.

Kier is a professor of clinical pharmacy and director of assessment at Ohio Northern University (ONU) Raabe College of Pharmacy. She also maintains her practice as an ambulatory care preventative medicine specialist with the ONU HealthWise Clinic. Kier has authored or edited 12 textbooks in the area of drug information and pharmacy practice as well as 30 peer-reviewed publications. She has been nationally recognized for her contributions to educating student pharmacists and for her involvement in professional organizations.

Shridhar Narayanan

Narayanan has 17 years of pharmaceutical industry experience in various therapeutic areas. He has overseen the discovery and development of 18 clinical candidates, out-licensing some to companies such as Lilly, Merck, Serono and Sanofi to generate revenues in excess of $180 million. Narayanan is also the founder, director and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Neglected Disease Research (FNDR), a charitable company that discovers and develops drugs and diagnostics for tuberculosis, malaria, leishmania and dengue which affect the developing world.

phil parsons

Phil Parsons, BSP 1967, received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Recipients of this award must have a degree from the College of Pharmacy or completed post-graduate training, made distinguished contributions in the fields of public health and public service, performed outstanding activities in the interest of the college and its students, and have an outstanding record in the profession of pharmacy.

Parsons has a distinguished career both as an independent community pharmacy owner and with CVS Pharmacy, helping to serve the prescription needs of people with intellectual disabilities. As part of his work with CVS, he created and managed “Parsons’ Project,” a specialty unit filling 80,000 scripts a year for intellectually impaired clients. Parsons currently works with the iRxReminder system to assist in strategies for improving patient medication adherence, modifying for different patient populations and stemming the national opioid crisis.

Michelle Maguire

Michelle Maguire, BSPS 2007, PharmD 2011, received the Outstanding Community Engagement Award. This award recognizes an alumnus from any training or academic program of the College of Pharmacy for outstanding accomplishments in the community. Recipients have been involved in outreach and engagement that includes collaboration with one or more community partners who may be public and/or private sector, local to global and external to the university. This work must have provided valuable learning experiences for students and/or demonstrated impact that addresses an important community need.

Maguire is a clinical pharmacist at Southeast, Inc. Healthcare Services, a community mental health center and federally qualified health center. In her role, she manages the naloxone distribution program and provides medical management services for patients with serious mental illness within the primary care clinic.

Phillip Schnieder

Philip J. Schneider, MS 1975, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. This award was established for outstanding lifelong accomplishments in pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences or public service. The award is not given in any regular repeating time period, but only when truly outstanding candidates are identified. The impact of the candidate’s stellar contributions to the professional, scientific and/or educational communities is judged by biographical data, including published work and previous honors.

Schneider is founder and principal of MediHealthInsight, which provides consultation to industry and others on matters relating to improving the use of medicines, including the application of new technologies in healthcare. He is an alumnus of Ohio State, and previously held a variety of positions at the college as well as at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for 33 years. While working at the medical center, he developed a nationally-recognized program for the reporting and analysis of adverse drug events whose resources are widely used in the healthcare industry.

Schneider has also served as the Associate Dean for Academic and Professional Affairs at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, Phoenix Biomedical Campus, helping to launch its new pharmacy program. He has been past president and vice-president of several professional organizations, and a board member of many more. He has received numerous awards for his vision, contributed heavily to scientific literature and given more than 500 presentations nationally and internationally. Schneider recently rejoined the faculty at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy as a professor.

To view photos from the event, visit our College of Pharmacy photo gallery.