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Sterile Compounding Instructors

Nancy Roberts, PharmD, MS
KPIC Sterile Compounding Training, Program Director

Dr. Nancy Roberts received her B.S. in Pharmacy from University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 1982.  She did an ASHP accredited Administrative/Clinical Hospital Pharmacy Residency at Richland Memorial Hospital in 1986-1987.  She attended graduate school at the University of South Carolina where she received her M.S. in Pharmacy Administration in 1991.  From 1988 – 1995 she was on the faculty of University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice where she developed, coordinated and taught hospital pharmacy practice labs. She returned to graduate school at the University of South Carolina and received her Pharm D. degree in 2000. 

Throughout her career she has been involved in sterile compounding.  She has practiced hospital pharmacy in two large teaching hospitals, a large VA hospital, both large and small community hospitals and an oncology hospital.  In addition, she has worked in home infusion, GMP outsourcing facility for TPN/cardioplegia and ambulatory infusion

Presently, Dr. Roberts is Program Director and instructor for Sterile Compounding Training with Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy. She is a registered pharmacist in the state of South Carolina and Georgia.

Email: robertn3@kennedycenter.sc.edu

Richard Capps, PharmD
KPIC Master Instructor

Dr. Richard Capps is a Master Instructor for the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center sterile compounding training programs. He has over twenty-five years’ experience in pharmacy management and has been a Pharmacy Manager with the Greenville Health System since 2000. Richard is currently the Pharmacy Manager of Oconee Memorial Hospital, a 160 bed community hospital. Before transferring to Oconee, Richard designed and opened an off-site compounding pharmacy to support seven GHS hospitals. The compounding pharmacy is registered with the FDA and DEA as a manufacturer and employs two RIVA robots for sterile compounding. The compounding pharmacy has an extensive environmental monitoring plan and performs its own end product sterility testing in compliance with USP <71>. The compounding pharmacy also repackages oral medications to support the health system. Before opening the compounding pharmacy, Richard was the Pharmacy Manager of the Greenville Memorial Hospital Pharmacy. In that role, he transitioned the pharmacy from a completely manual distribution system to a fully automated barcode assisted dispensing system. Richard was also responsible for overseeing Omnicell medication cabinets; the Alaris drug library, corporate compliance, and controlled substance diversion monitoring.

Richard is a graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He received his Doctorate of Pharmacy from Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy in Atlanta and completed an American Society of Health-system Pharmacy accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency at Emory University Hospital. In 2010, Richard graduated from the ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Leadership Academy and the ASHP Foundation Leaders Innovation Masters Series in 2013. Richard is an active member with ASHP’s Section on Pharmacy Informatics and Technology and the Regulatory Committee for the South Carolina Society of Health-system Pharmacy. Richard authored the chapter Primary Engineering Controls in ASHP’s Compounding Sterile Preparations, 4th ed.

Carl Dunn, RPh
KPIC Master Instructor

Carl Dunn is a Master Instructor for the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center sterile compounding training programs. He graduated from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 1985 with a B.S. in Pharmacy. Of his 30-year pharmacy career, 25 have been focused on hospital pharmacy including work at four major local hospitals (Dorn VA Medical Center, Palmetto Health Baptist, Orangeburg Regional Medical Center, Providence Hospital, and Lexington Medical Center). As a hospital pharmacist, he has extensive experience in IV admixture and chemotherapy preparation. Carl has spent 20 years training new pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

Shay Garrison, RPh, MPH
KPIC Master Instructor

Shay Garrison is a Master Instructor for the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center sterile compounding training programs. He received a B.S. in Microbiology from Clemson University in 1978 and a B.S. in Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina School of Pharmacy in 1981. In addition, Shay received a Masters in Public Health Administration from the University of South Carolina in 1992. Shay has more than 30 years of experience in hospital pharmacy practice, the majority at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital. As a pharmacy administrator, he has worked in the field of oncology and sterile products extensively. Currently, Shay also works in an advisory role on various committees related to sterile products and technology for the South Carolina Board of Pharmacy.

William Mixon, MS, BS
KPIC Master Instructor

William (Bill) Mixon is a Master Instructor for the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center sterile compounding training programs.  He is the former owner of The Compounding Pharmacy in Hickory, North Carolina.  He received his BS degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1977, and his MS degree from UNC Chapel Hill in 1983.  He has completed two hospital pharmacy residencies, has been a Certified Diabetes Educator and a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist.

Mr. Mixon is a Fellow of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists and the American College of Apothecaries.   He has served on the USP Expert Committee for Compounding since 2010.  He also serves as the non-voting industry representative to the FDA Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee.  Mr. Mixon is a member of the NC Board of Pharmacy, is a pharmacy surveyor for the Accreditation Commission for Healthcare, and a senior associate with Gates Healthcare Associates.

Memberships include APhA, NABP, ASPL and ACA. He and his wife Jan live in Hickory, NC.

Herman William Watson, Jr., RPh
KPIC Master Instructor

Herman Watson is a Master Instructor for the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center sterile compounding training programs.  He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1978 and a Masters of Business in 1987 from the University of South Carolina.  Herman has 40 years of experience in hospital pharmacy practice.  A majority of this experience comes from working at Dorn VA Medical Center where he retired.  

Eric Sparks
KPIC Master Instructor

Eric Sparks is a Master Instructor for the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center sterile compounding training programs.  He is the President of Bio Tech Balancing.  Eric is a United States Air Force veteran and certified meteorologist with more than 20 years of experience in the certification, calibration and quality field. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Thomas Edison State University with a background in electrical engineering technology.  His current certifications include; CETA/CNBT Certified Professional for Testing USP <797> Sterile Compounding Facilities, NSF Accredited for Testing and Certification of Class II Biosafety Cabinet, and NEBB (TAB) Testing, Adjusting and Balancing Technician.

Eric has a vast knowledge of every aspect of a sterile environment in relation to certification and air balancing. Throughout his career, he has managed many projects for major pharmaceutical manufacturers and sterile pharmacies. These projects include construction, air balancing, microbial sampling, calibration and certification within cleanrooms. He has also managed several software development projects which handles the throughput of data collected during the cleanroom certification process.