Board of Directors

Jack Tighe, 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.

R. Edward Howell, Vice Chair
Charlottesville, VA

R. Edward Howell is a professor of public health sciences at University of Virginia. He 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 served as the University of Virginia Health-System’s vice president and chief executive officer for 15 years. Prior to joining UVA, Howell was director and CEO of the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics from 1995 to 2002.

Paul W. Abramowitz, President
Bethesda, MD

Paul W. Abramowitz is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

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 Technician Certification Board, and the National Steering Committee for Patient Safety of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He is a Professor-Emeritus at the University of Iowa.

Roger Anderson, Dr.P.H., FASHP
The Woodlands, TX

Dr. Anderson serves on the Pharmacy Advisory Boards at the University of Houston, The Ohio State University Latiolais Leadership Program, and the Board of Advisors for the Houston PGY1-PGY2 M.S. Program. He was Vice President and Head of the Division of Pharmacy at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas from 1978 through 2004. Following his retirement, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Pharmacist at Medco Health Solutions from 2004 to 2009 and Chief Pharmacy Officer for US.. Oncology from 2009 to 2012. 

Dr. Anderson received his undergraduate pharmacy degree from Ferris State University in 1964, obtained a M.S. in Hospital Pharmacy from The Ohio State University in 1968, and completed an accredited residency in hospital pharmacy at Grant Hospital in 1967. He earned a Doctorate in Public Health from The University of Texas School of Public Health in 1997. 

Dr. Anderson has been active with professional organizations throughout his career. He served as President of the Central Ohio Society of Hospital Pharmacists in 1970, President of the Ohio Society of Hospital Pharmacists in 1973, member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists from 1983-86, and President of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists in 1987. He was President of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy in 2002. 

He has received distinguished alumnus awards from Ferris State University and Ohio State University. In 1988, he received the Clifton J. Latiolais Award from The Ohio State University. He received the Harvey A.K. Whitney Award in 1992. He was appointed to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy in 1999 and served through 2006. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Ohio State University in 2014 and was granted Honorary Membership in ASHP in 2015.

Dr. Anderson has authored over 60 publications in the field of health-system pharmacy. His research interests include the safe handling of antineoplastic agents, drug delivery technology, and health-system pharmacy leadership. He lives in The Woodlands, TX, with his wife, Betty, of 54 years, has two children and four grandchildren. 
  Paul W. Bush, Pharm.D., MBA, FASHP
Durham, NC 

Paul W. Bush, Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCPS, FASHP is Chief Pharmacy Officer and HSPA/MS Residency Program Director at Duke University Hospital. Previously, he served as Director of Pharmacy at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), St. John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit) and Detroit Osteopathic Hospital. Bush holds faculty appointments at UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and Campbell University College of Pharmacy. Additionally, he has held appointments at MUSC and Wayne State University.

Bush has focused his career on improving the scope and quality of patient-centered pharmacy services; implementing and expanding residency programs; and mentoring staff, residents and students.

Bush completed his B.S. in Pharmacy at the University of Michigan and Pharm.D. and M.B.A. at Wayne State University.

His ASHP service includes Board of Directors, Chair of the Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers, Commission on Credentialing, Commission on Goals, multiyear ASHP Delegate, and the Practice Model Summit Advisory Committee.

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.

Steven A. Rubloff, Secretary
Bethesda, MD

Steven A. Rubloff is the CEO of the ASHP Foundation. He has nearly 20 years of successful executive leadership of foundations with a focus on building and growing comprehensive development programs. He comes to the Foundation after serving as the Vice President for Development at Virginia Hospital Center and President of the VHC Foundation for 11 years. He has also served as Executive Director of the American Psychiatric Foundation, which is the foundation affiliate of the American Psychiatric Association. Mr. Rubloff earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Maryland.

Minnie Baylor-Henry, Director at Large
Boston, MA

Minnie Baylor-Henry is president of B-Henry and Associates.  Prior to this consulting role she was the former Worldwide Vice President of Regulatory Affairs-Medical Devices at Johnson & Johnson and was responsible for regulatory affairs, strategy, and promotion for medical devices, pharmaceuticals and OTC products. Preceding her leadership role in industry, Minnie led the FDA’s Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising and Communications (DDMAC) where she coordinated the FDA’s position on health fraud cases across pharmaceutical, consumer, and medical devices. Minnie received her B.S. in Pharmacy from Howard University and her J.D. from The Catholic University of America.

Lisa M. Gersema, Director at Large
St. Paul, MN

Lisa M. Gersema, Pharm.D., M.H.A., BCPS, FASHP, is the Director of Pharmacy and Residency Program at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. Previously, she was a decentral pharmacist, clinical specialist, and assistant director of clinical pharmacy at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City and a clinical manager at United Hospital. She completed her bachelor’s degree, doctorate of pharmacy, and a fellowship in clinical pharmacology at the University of Iowa and her master’s degree in health administration from Simmons College.

Gersema has focused her career on advancing a decentralized and integrated pharmacy practice model emphasizing accountability, collaboration, and team-based care.

Her ASHP service includes Board of Directors, Chair of the Council on Pharmacy Practice, Commission on Therapeutics member, state delegate, and PPMI Planning Committee member. She served as President and Treasurer of the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP). Gersema was honored with MSHP’s Hugh Kabat Award (leadership/innovation) and the Hallie Bruce Lecture Award (MSHP’s highest honor).

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.

Ken Perez, Director at Large
Menlo Park, CA

Ken Perez, M.B.A., serves as Vice President of Healthcare Policy in the Strategy and Business Development Group of Omnicell, a leading provider of medication and supply management solutions and adherence tools for healthcare systems and pharmacies.

Mr. Perez’s role places him at the intersection of the practice of medicine, health policy, marketing, and information technology. Previously, he served as the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Director of Healthcare Policy for MedeAnalytics, a leading provider of data analytics for healthcare providers and payer organizations.

For several years, Mr. Perez has written a column on health reform for him, the monthly journal of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and he is a regular contributor to a number of other healthcare publications.

Mr. Perez holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University and a master’s degree in business administration with concentrations in finance and accounting from UCLA Anderson.
Since September 2015, Mr. Perez has served on the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing Dean’s Advisory Council as well as the board of directors of The Lowell Berry Foundation. In addition, for over 25 years, he has served as chair of the board for the Lincoln Heights Tutorial Program, which provides educational assistance and leadership development programs for over 1,000 underprivileged youth in Los Angeles, CA.

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.
  Kelly M. Smith, Pharm.D., FASHP, FCCP
Lexington, KY
ASHP President

Kelly M. Smith, Pharm.D., FASHP, FCCP is Dean and Professor, University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. A University of Georgia and UF Health Jacksonville residency program graduate, she began her career as a drug information pharmacist and board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist, was a long-time PGY1 program director, and developed Kentucky’s statewide residency network. During her decades long-tenure at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, she focused on projecting the profession’s needs to shape workforce capacity, postgraduate training, and practice innovations.

Smith’s ASHP service includes Board of Directors; Chair, Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists; Chair, Commission on Credentialing; Council on Therapeutics; Council on Education and Workforce Development; Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission; House of Delegates; PPMI delegate; Task Force on Organizational Structure; Task Force on Science; and AJHP Editorial Board. Others include UHC/Vizient Executive Committee; Chair, ACCP Drug Information PRN and Residency Task Force; and Chair, AACP Deans’ Task Force. She has received awards from ASHP, KSHP, KPhA, ACCP, and AACP.
  Kathleen Pawlicki, M.S., B.S.Pharm., R.Ph., FASHP
ASHP President-Elect 

Kathleen Pawlicki,M.S., B.S.Pharm., R.Ph., FASHP is Vice President and Chief Pharmacist at Beaumont Health in Michigan. After earning her B.S.Pharm. (Ferris State University), she completed an ASHP-accredited residency and an M.S. in Pharmacy Administration (Wayne State University [WSU]). Pawlicki has championed improved medication management by advancing pharmacist and technician roles at small, medium, and large hospitals. She values continual advocacy for regulatory issues surrounding pharmacy practice through leadership in state associations and as a member of the Michigan Board of Pharmacy.

Pawlicki’s ASHP service includes Board of Directors; Chair, Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers; Council on Pharmacy Management; House of Delegates, Committee on Nominations; Task Force on Organizational Structure; and Chair, Task Force on Caring for Patients Served by Specialty Suppliers. In 2018 she was awarded the Michigan Pharmacist of the Year award. Previous accolades include the MSHP Joseph A. Oddis Leadership Award and WSU College Excellence in Teaching Award.