Advisory Board

John Jones, R.Ph., J.D. - Chair

Senior Vice President, Professional Practice and Pharmacy Policy, OptumRx

John Jones, R.Ph., J.D., has more than 35 years of experience in the pharmacy practice. He is the senior vice president of professional practice and pharmacy policy at OptumRx. He also teaches law and ethics at the University of California San Diego, School of Pharmacy. Mr. Jones previously served as the director of Pharmacy for Blue Shield of California and held multiple positions at the University of California San Francisco, including director of home infusion therapy.

Mr. Jones is both a licensed pharmacist and attorney in California. He is an active member of numerous state and national pharmacy and law professional organizations, including the California State Board of Pharmacy, and is the treasurer of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP). He received his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from Idaho State University and earned his Juris Doctor degree at the University of San Francisco.

Jennifer Adams, Pharm.D. 

Director of Student Affairs, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Jennifer Adams, Pharm.D., is a graduate of Boise State University and Idaho State University and currently is employed as Director of Student Affairs at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) where she coordinates national student affairs activities and programs, including issues related to diversity, student recruitment, professionalism, standardized tests, financial aid, student privacy and international students’ interest in US pharmacy programs. Dr. Adams also provides direction and oversight as well as marketing activities for the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS), the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT), and the Career Information Clearinghouse for pharmacy careers.

She has previous experience working in both hospital and community pharmacy settings and at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) with student pharmacists, helping them to develop as professionals and as leaders in the pharmacy profession. Dr. Adams’ experience at APhA includes developing and managing several national patient care programs, as well as the National Patient Counseling Competition.  She has received national awards in recognition of her leadership skills.

Janice Anderson, R.Ph.

Director of Pharmacy Programs, URAC

Janice Anderson, R. Ph., is the director of Pharmacy Programs at URAC. She joined the organization in 2007. Ms. Anderson is a registered pharmacist with experience in diverse settings of pharmacy. She has held positions as a practicing pharmacist in both retail and hospital settings, and has also worked in the regulatory arena with Medicaid and Medicare programs. Prior to joining URAC, Ms. Anderson worked for a pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) and served as director of Pharmacy Programs at Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. She received her pharmacy degree from Howard University.

Sheela Andrews, Pharm.D.

Vice President, Client Services Government Programs, OptumRx

Sheela Andrews, Pharm.D., has practiced pharmacy for over 24 years, with extensive experience in clinical and administrative settings, including the pharmaceutical industry with Eli Lilly and Company. She currently serves as vice president of Client Management at OptumRx. Dr. Andrews previously worked at PacifiCare. She began in 1995 as a field pharmacist and went on to hold multiple titles at the company, including regional pharmacy director for PacifiCare of Oregon and Washington and director of client management.

Madeline Ritchie, Pharm. D.

Regional Pharmacy Director, Altius Health Plans/Coventry Health Care

Madeline Ritchie, Pharm.D., has been a pharmacist for five years. She currently serves as the regional pharmacy director at Altius Health Plans (a Coventry Health Care Plan), where she was previously a clinical pharmacist for three years. She is an active member of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) and serves as a managed care representative for the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) adherence workgroup.

Ms. Ritchie earned her Pharm.D. at Idaho State University in 2006 and completed a managed care pharmacy practice residency at Select Health in 2007.

Kenneth Schell, Pharm.D., CHC, CIPP

Pharmacist-in-Chief, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego
Assistant Dean for Pediatric Clinical Affairs and Health Sciences Clinical Associate Professor
UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Kenneth Schell, Pharm.D., is the pharmacist-in-chief with the Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, California. He also serves as the Assistant Dean for Pediatric Clinical Affairs and Health Sciences and Clinical Associate Professor at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Schell previously was chief compliance and privacy officer and vice president of Quality Assurance for OptumRx. He has also worked for the Sharp HealthCare community care division and as an administrator for the Kaiser Permanente national compliance office.

Dr. Schell serves as an assistant clinical professor and mentor for student pharmacists at universities across California. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from the University of California San Diego, and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of California San Francisco. He is currently serving a second term as a member of the California State Board of Pharmacy.

Elliott M. Sogol, Ph.D., R.Ph.,FAPhA

Group Manager, Professional Services,Target Corporation

Elliott M. Sogol, Ph.D., R.Ph., FAPhA is group manager of Professional Services for Target, overseeing clinical pharmacy services, pharmacist and technician education programs and professional development. He is also the science officer for the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and a researcher and trainer for the APhA Pathway Evaluation Program, a career planning program for student pharmacists. Dr. Sogol spent 14 years in the pharmaceutical industry, most recently serving as the director of strategic operations for the regional medical scientist group at Glaxo Smith Kline. He also worked at the University of Illinois and Campbell University as a faculty member for six years.

Dr. Sogol serves as Target’s liaison for schools of pharmacy and pharmacy associations across the US, and has sat on boards for multiple pharmacy and science organizations, including the National Council on Patient Information and Education. Dr. Sogol became a Fellow in the APhA in 2003 and has been honored with multiple awards for his work in pharmacy education, including the Linwood F. Tice Friend of American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists Award and the University of Wisconsin Graduate Excellence in Teaching Award. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy, MS, and Ph.D. in pharmacy with a minor in business from the School of Pharmacy of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Suzanne Tschida, Pharm.D., BCPS

Vice President, Client Clinical Programs and Outcomes, OptumRx

Suzanne Tschida, Pharm.D., BCPS, has over 20 years of experience practicing pharmacy. She is the vice president of client clinical programs and outcomes for OptumRx. She previously served as the senior director and then vice president of specialty pharmacy of UnitedHealthcare Pharmacy. She has also worked in clinical pharmacy management at Regions Hospital, as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota, and in specialty leadership with BioScrip.

Dr. Tschida received a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Connecticut and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota. She is also a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS).

Dennis B. Worthen, Ph.D.

Lloyd Scholar, Lloyd Library and Museum
Adjunct Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Admin Sciences
University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy

Dennis B. Worthen, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati, College of Pharmacy, where he teaches the history of pharmacy. He also serves as the current Lloyd Scholar at the Lloyd Library and Museum. Dr. Worthen previously worked with Procter & Gamble Health Care for 23 years, most recently as Director of Pharmacy Affairs.

Dr. Worthen has written several pharmacy books and was elected to the Académie Internationale d’ Histoire de la Pharmacie in 2006, an organization which recognizes professionals who have made particularly outstanding contributions to the history of pharmacy. In 1998, he won both the Linwood F. Tice Friend of American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists Award and the Phi Lambda Sigma National Pharmacy Leadership Award. Dr. Worthen earned a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science at Case Western Reserve University.

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