Board of Directors

William P. Owad Jr., Chair
Dublin, OH
William P. Owad, Jr. (Bill), senior vice president of Operational Excellence with Cardinal Health, is responsible for the development and implementation of an enterprise approach to operational excellence and the pursuit of becoming a “lean” enterprise. Mr. Owad also supports the extension of Operational Excellence external to Cardinal Health as the executive sponsor for the company’s relationships with the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) Partner’s Program, the Healthcare Value Network (ThedaCare Center / LEI partnership), the Ohio State University Fisher College Center for Operational Excellence and the Conference Board Quality Council.

During his tenure, Mr. Owad served as the primary architect of the company’s enterprise-wide deployment of Lean Six Sigma, which, in three years, yielded significant improvements in customer loyalty, employee engagement, operational performance and working capital utilization. This platform is now in the ninth year and is focused on fulfilling Cardinal's vision of being a sustainable LEAN enterprise.

Currently, Mr. Owad also serves as a board member for The Partnership for Excellence and the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

Jack Tighe, Vice Chair
Merion, PA

John T. Tighe III, is the founder, and former president and CEO of TMG Health, the leading national provider of expert solutions for Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D and Managed Medicaid plans. Tighe is the former senior vice president of Government Programs for Independence Blue Cross (IBC), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was responsible for the development and operation of IBC's Medicare and Medicaid HMO businesses in six states, having developed the nation's first Medicare PPO health plan under a CMS demonstration program. 

Prior to that, he served in Pennsylvania Governor Robert Casey's administration as the youngest ever secretary of administration at that time. He soon transitioned to Governor Casey's deputy chief of staff and became the prime staff architect of Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which served as a model for the popular federal program. He began his career working for a number of pharmaceutical associations, including ASHP, National Association of Retail Druggists (NARD) and the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA). Tighe received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and earned his master's degree in business from Villanova University.

Paul W. Abramowitz, President
Bethesda, MD
Prior to joining ASHP in September 2011, Dr. Abramowitz worked in hospitals and health-systems for 34 years. He served as Associate Hospital Director for Professional Services and Chief Pharmacy Officer at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and Professor at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. He also held prior positions as Director of Pharmacy and Associate Professor at the Medical College of Virginia and the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Abramowitz received a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry and Biology from Indiana University, a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Toledo, a Pharm.D. from the University of Michigan, and completed his residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

In addition to serving as Treasurer of ASHP from 2007-10 and as ASHP President in 1993-94, he chaired the Board of: the ASHP Research and Education Foundation, the Iowa Board of Pharmacy, and the Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center.

Dr. Abramowitz has actively combined practice, teaching, and research throughout his career.  He has lectured and published extensively focusing on the effect that quality pharmacy care can have on improving outcomes of care and reducing costs, developing new care models, reducing adverse drug events, and expanding comprehensive pharmacy care to the ambulatory setting.

He was a recipient of the John W. Webb Lecture Award in 2000 and the Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award in 2009, health-system pharmacy’s highest honor.  In 1990, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy, in 2010, the Alumni Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, and in 2013 the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Toledo. In 2015, he was recognized as one of Washington’s Trending Association Leaders by Bisnow.

Currently, Dr. Abramowitz serves on the Boards of the American Nurses Foundation, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, the Council for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation, and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, and is a Professor-Emeritus at the University of Iowa.

Thomas J. Johnson, Treasurer
Sioux Falls, SD
Thomas J. Johnson, Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCPS, BCCCP, FASHP, FCCM, is assistant vice president of hospital pharmacy for Avera Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is responsible for the financial, clinical and operational performance of pharmacy services for the more than 30 Avera hospitals. Johnson has served in multiple areas during his career, including academia, research and leadership. He also continues to maintain a part-time clinical practice in critical care. Johnson received his Pharm.D. from North Dakota State University and completed an accredited residency at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck, North Dakota. He has served ASHP as a member of the Board of Directors (2011–2014), Council on Education and Workforce Development, Council on Therapeutics, Committee on Nominations, Task Force on Organizational Structure, Practitioner Recognition Committee and as a multiyear South Dakota delegate. Johnson is a past president of South Dakota Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SDSHP) and the 2005 SDSHP Pharmacist of the Year.
  Stephen J. Allen, Secretary
Bethesda, MD
Stephen J. Allen, R.Ph., M.S., FASHP, has served as the ASHP Foundation's executive vice president since 2000. He has extensive health-system pharmacy management experience, having served as director of pharmacy at Children's Hospital National Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, and Georgetown University Hospital. Mr. Allen received his bachelor's degree in pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island, and his master's degree in hospital pharmacy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where he also completed a residency in hospital pharmacy practice.
  John A. Armitstead, Director at Large
Fort Myers, FL
John A. Armitstead, M.S., R.Ph., FASHP, is system director of pharmacy services for the Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers and Cape Coral, Florida. John obtained a master of science degree in hospital/clinical pharmacy at Ohio State University and completed a pharmacy residency at Riverside Methodist Hospitals. He received a bachelor of science degree. in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University.

John leads pharmacy care and serves Southwest Florida in a four-hospital health system complete with a cancer center, pediatric hospital, infusion center, ambulatory practice, home infusion, health plan and community pharmacies. A continuum of services is provided with a mission of “Optimizing Patient Outcomes through Interdisciplinary Medication Management.”

Previously serving patients through advancing practice in Ohio and Kentucky, John served as President of the Kentucky Society of Health-System Pharmacists (KSHP) and Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He is a 2005 Clifton J. Latiolais Award recipient, 2015 Jack L. Beal Post-Baccalaureate Award winner, the 2004 KSHP Pharmacist of the Year and the 2010 KSHP Special Achievement Award winner. John is also a Fellow of  ASHP and KSHP. He has served as president of ASHP Board of Directors. John has served on numerous ASHP councils and committees, is active in the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and was a founding member of the Florida Residency Conference.
  Renato Cataldo, Director at Large
Chesterfield, MO

Renato Cataldo, Pharm.D., is currently a consultant and founder of CrazyForEducation LLC. Dr. Cataldo has worked with health-system pharmacists for over 30 years. His career started as an ASHP staff member then as a professor at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Dr. Cataldo developed HealthTech Solution (his first corporation in 1993) to service the needs of a growing healthcare informatics market. He has also been a division President at the Publics Group, the CEO of a $400M NASDAQ company, and has developed and sold several medial informatics companies.

During Dr. Cataldo’s healthcare career he has pioneered a number of pharmacy/medical software products.   Examples include PharmNet, the first national telecommunications system in the pharmacy profession developed at ASHP; HELIX (Health Education Learning Information eXchange), which was developed at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, connecting pharmacists and physicians to a worldwide network of healthcare information services; JournalToGo, the first mobile drug information service for pharmaceutical medical liaisons and physicians; and patents filed for mobile applications servicing patients. During Dr. Cataldo’s career, he has developed software for ASCP, PTCB, BPS, ACCP, ACPE, Glaxo, Merck, Pfizer, BMS, Abbott, BD, bioMérieux, AstraZeneca and Amgen.

Dr. Cataldo serves as an Executive Board Member of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, lead mentor for Capital Innovators, Inc., and serves many other nonprofit organizations. 
  J. Keith Hanchey, Director at Large
Dallas, TX

J. Keith Hanchey, B.S.Pharm, R.Ph., is a managing director at Navigant Consulting, Inc., where he is responsible for pharmacy services in health care practice.

Mr. Hanchey has more than 40 years of health care operations experience as a hospital pharmacy director, a business owner who managed hospital pharmacies, and later as a principal in a company that managed hospitals. Prior to joining Navigant, he was an executive director at a Big Four accounting firm.

He leads a service line that serves three distinct industry segments, including health systems and physician services; pharmacy operations, which has focused on the business of pharmacy; supply chain; revenue cycle; compliance; managed care; and technology deployment.

R. Edward Howell, Director at Large
Charlottesville, VA
R. Edward Howell began his working life as a high school biology teacher and coach, but a desire for a job in which no two days are alike led him into hospital administration. After 25 years of service at academic medical centers in Minnesota, Georgia and Iowa, Mr. Howell is the University of Virginia Health-System’s vice president and chief executive officer, a position he has held since 2002. Howell has management responsibility for the operation of  UVA’s hospital and clinics, in addition to all financial and information technology functions.  Prior to joining UVA, Howell was director and CEO of the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics from 1995 to 2002.

  Christene M. Jolowsky, Director at Large
Minneapolis, MN

Christene M. Jolowsky, M.S., R.Ph., FASHP, is Executive Director for Applied and Experiential Education and assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy in Minneapolis.

She served ASHP as a member of the Board of Directors, a member of the Council for Educational Affairs, and chair of the Council for Administrative Affairs. Ms. Jolowsky is a past president of the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists and was recipient of the affiliate’s Hugh F. Kabat, Preceptor of the Year and Hallie Bruce awards.

She is a University of Minnesota graduate, where she completed a hospital pharmacy administrative residency.
Randall A. Lipps, Director at Large
Mountain View, CA
Randall A. Lipps is the founder of Omnicell, a leading provider of systems to enable health care facilities to increase operational efficiency, enhance patient safety and allow clinicians to spend more time with their patients. He provides the leadership for the company's growth as its president and chief executive officer, and has been chairman of the board of directors since its founding in 1992.

Omnicell was born from Mr. Lipps' direct personal experience. While spending weeks at his newborn and seriously ill daughter's bedside, Mr. Lipps observed the inefficiencies, redundancies and safety risks in how care was administered, and he determined there must be a better way. Within a year, his vision and passion to create automated solutions that would safely and effectively shepherd medications and supplies along their journey from hospital receiving dock to patient bedside led to the creation of Omnicell.

Since 2003, Omnicell has been recognized as one of the top Silicon Valley companies, as measured by market capitalization, by the San Jose Mercury News. Today, the company has more than 750 employees and annual revenues over $200 million. Omnicell solutions are found in more than 1,300 hospitals worldwide, including 9 of the top 14 “America's Best Hospitals” on the U.S. News and World Report honor roll.

Recently, Omnicell's industry‐leading innovation was recognized by the prestigious health care research firm, KLAS, receiving the 2010 Best in KLAS award for automated medication dispensing systems — the fifth consecutive year Omnicell received the top award in this market segment. Omnicell's pharmacy carousel as well as its medication order management system also received KLAS category leader distinction awards in 2010.

Prior to founding Omnicell, Mr. Lipps served in senior leadership roles in the travel industry. He holds bachelor's degrees in both economics and business administration from Southern Methodist University.

Mr. Lipps' entrepreneurial approach to innovating health care automation has been highlighted in major publications numerous times over the years, including Fast Company magazine, Smart Money, and the San Jose Business Journal.

Because of his passion for increasing efficiency in health care and improving patient safety, in 2009, Mr. Lipps joined the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing Board of Overseers. From 1998‐2001, he served on the board of the Foundation for the Future, for the Menlo‐Atherton (CA) school district.

Gerry Meyer, Director at Large
Philadelphia, PA
Gerald E. Meyer, M.B.A., Pharm.D., FASHP, is director of experiential education at the Jefferson School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia. He is the immediate past president of ASHP.
Dr. Meyer served three terms as chair of the ASHP House of Delegates and the ASHP Board of Directors. A past president of both the Pennsylvania and Delaware Valley Societies of Health-System Pharmacists (PSHP and DVSHP), Dr. Meyer is integral to the coordination of the Eastern States Residency Conference and has received several awards recognizing teaching and precepting excellence.

Dr. Meyer was named “Pharmacist of the Year" by both PSHP and DVSHP.
He received his bachelor's and doctorate of pharmacy degrees from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science and his M.B.A. from Drexel University. He completed his residency at Rhode Island Hospital.
  Janet L. Mighty, Director at Large
Baltimore, MD

Janet L. Mighty, B.S., M.B.A., is Assistant Director of the Investigational Drug Service (IDS) at Johns Hopkins Hospital. As a member of the Department of Pharmacy leadership team, she oversees comprehensive pharmacy services that support clinical research. The IDS Pharmacies manage approximately 300 oncology protocols and 280 non-oncology protocols. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the IDS, Ms. Mighty also serves as pharmacist to the Johns Hopkins University Brain Injury Outcomes Coordinating Center to support international stroke trials. As the Coordinating Center pharmacist, she is responsible for inventory distribution and monitoring, providing education to site pharmacists, and the development of study-specific documents and reports.  

In support of another major institutional initiative, she is a member of the Executive Committee to the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network and serves as a resource to the network affiliate sites located in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The goal of the clinical research network is to strengthen the research infrastructure of community hospital affiliates, and in the process, extend to patients the opportunity to participate in Johns Hopkins studies conducted in their own communities by their own physicians.

Ms. Mighty received her pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and her master’s degree in business administration from Loyola College in Baltimore.

She completed service as a member of the ASHP Board of Directors in 2011, during which she was liaison to the Commission on Affiliate Relations, several Councils and Sections, and to the Pharmacy Student Forum. She proudly served as a member of the ASHP Executive Vice President Search and Screen Committee and was an invited participant to the Pharmacy Practice Model Summit. At the state level, she served as President of the Maryland Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
  Scott M. Samson, Director at Large
Cherry Hill, NJ

Scott Samson is Vice President of Samson Medical Technologies, L.L.C., a company specializing in injectable drug delivery systems for hospital and alternate site pharmacists.

Mr. Samson received a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Curry College in Milton, MA, where he currently serves as a member of its Advisory Council, and has completed graduate courses in project management, leadership and time management at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.  

Following receipt of his bachelor's degree, he owned and operated S&S Ace Hardware, Inc., in Westampton, NJ. In 1999, he was recruited by Ace to provide a variety of training and technologic services to its retailers throughout the U.S. with concentration in New England. During his tenure with Ace, Mr. Samson received several awards for individual and team excellence.

Having been brought up in a pharmaceutical family, in 2008, Mr. Samson turned his efforts to the pharmaceutical industry as a territory account manager in New England for Baxa Corporation and moved up to pharmacy operations sales specialist following Baxa’s acquisition by Baxter International Inc., where he remained until joining Samson Medical Technologies as Director of Sales in 2013.

Mr. Samson is a strong supporter of community activities, having served as a volunteer, trustee and president of the Westampton Fire Department and Emergency Unit and member of the Westampton Township Economic Development Committee in New Jersey.  Currently a resident of Westminster, MA, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Baseball for Westminster Little League and was a director of the Greater Gardner Youth Hockey. He also has been coach and assistant coach for the former and coach, president and treasurer of the latter. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the ASHP Foundation.

Mr. Samson and his wife Kimberly are the proud parents of two amazing sons, Evan and Brendan.
  Gordon J. Vanscoy, Director at Large
Pittsburgh, PA

Gordon J. Vanscoy, Pharm.D., CACP, M.B.A., is Chairman and CEO of PANTHERx Specialty Pharmacy, Managing Partner of Relentless Capital, and Associate Dean for Business Innovation and Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics, School of Pharmacy, University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Vanscoy possesses three decades of executive experience in the healthcare industry creating and leading successful medical/pharmaceutical service business ventures. He is the founding Chairman and CEO of PANTHERx Specialty Pharmacy and Managing Partner of Relentless Capital. Gordon has been with the University of Pittsburgh for 29 years, where he serves as the Associate Dean for Business Innovation and Associate Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics. There he recently launched the Master of Science in Pharmacy Business Administration degree program.

Historically, Dr. Vanscoy was the Chairman and CEO of WellCo Medical Solutions, a wellness company, and University Pharmacotherapy Associates, a nationally accredited continuing education and pharmacy benefits consulting firm. While he was Assistant Dean for Managed Care, he rose in the private sector to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for CVS ProCare, Bergen Brunswig Specialty, and Stadtlander Operating Company. As Vice-Chair of the Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics, he founded the UPMC’s Drug Information and Pharmacoepidemiology Center. He was an active member of the University Biomedical Institutional Review Board, serving as Vice Chairman. Prior to that, as director, he developed one of the country’s first Anticoagulation Clinic Services and obtained medication prescribing privileges at the Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs Health System.

His primary scholarly interests include pharmacoeconomic modeling of high-risk, high-cost disease states. Dr. Vanscoy received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Duquesne University. He has completed an ASHP-accredited clinical residency at The Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh and a faculty fellowship in advanced geriatrics at the University of Pittsburgh Geriatric Education Center.               

Dr. Vanscoy has published a number of textbook chapters, more than 200 scientific papers and abstracts, received dozens of research and educational awards and grants, provided in excess of 700 invited lectures, and served on many national and international committees. He is a past member of the ACPE National CE Provider Committee, the International Society of Pharmaceutical Outcomes (ISPOR) Board of Directors, and the United States Pharmacopoeia’s (USP) Therapeutic Information Management Advisory Panel. Dr. Vanscoy founded the credentialing entity titled the National Certified Anticoagulation Care Providers (CACP). He currently serves on the Board of Directors at the ASHP Foundation.

  Bruce C. Vladeck, Director at Large
New York, NY

Dr. Vladeck currently serves as Senior Advisor for Nexera Inc., a leading healthcare consulting firm with roots in operations improvement and supply chain management. Vladeck has served in numerous healthcare leadership positions in his distinguished career, having served as the administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Senior Vice President for policy at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Vladeck has served on boards for a host of non-profit, health-related organizations including 12 years on the New York City Board of Health. He received his B.A. in Government Studies from Harvard and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from the University of Michigan.