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Pharmacy Innovation Career Summit

KPIC/Pharmacy Innovation Career Summit

This summit is for anyone who is interested in pursuing a non-traditional pharmacist career pathway. Given the ever-changing health care landscape and pharmacist job market, it is important to be aware of innovative ways to practice pharmacy. During this 2-day event, participants will have the opportunity to connect with 9 pharmacists (and 2 family care physicians) who have largely been practicing 10 years or less. Each pharmacist (and physician) will share their unique story and subsequent career opportunity so that you can learn more information while gaining contacts for pursuing similar career opportunities in the future. If you have a curiosity as to how you can use your PharmD in innovative and creative ways, you will not want to miss the forum.

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2019 Career Summit will be January 4-5, 2019

January 4th - at Nephron Pharmaceuticals from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
January 5th - at the UofSC College of Pharmacy from 8:00 am to 4:15 pm

In addition to the opportunity to network and connect with innovative health care professionals, there will be 4 interactive breakout sessions with the presenters of your choice. Dinner will be provided on January 4th at Nephron Pharmaceuticals. A catered breakfast and lunch will be provided on January 5th at the UofSC College of Pharmacy

Exploration Opportunities:

  • Board of Pharmacy/Advocacy
  • Business Ownership
  • Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner (CPP)
  • Consulting
  • Drug industry
  • Fellowship Opportunities
  • Infectious Disease Stewardship
  • International Health Services
  • Medical Writing
  • Pharmacist/Physician Collaboration
  • Public Health
  • Software Development



Naomi Kozlowski, PharmD
Regulatory Affairs Lead, Amgen

Dr. Naomi Kozlowski, a native of Tulsa, obtained her Bachelor of Science with distinction from the University of Oklahoma in 2010 and graduated from the OU College of Pharmacy in 2014. While at the College of Pharmacy, she completed a selective leadership track and was on the national first place winning team of the NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition. She also helped devise new initiatives including an establishing an annual pharmacy leadership conference and a program for first year pharmacy students. Naomi held leadership roles and was actively involved in several organizations including American Pharmacist Association, Phi Lambda Sigma, Kappa Psi and Student National Pharmaceutical Association. Additionally, she served as chair for a large annual health fair at a local city rescue mission

Kozlowski was recognized with leadership, academic and service awards including the Independent Pharmacy Cooperative student scholarship, Roy Standford Award, Billy G. Wells Scholarship and Phi Lambda Sigma Award. Recently, she was honored by her alma mater with the E. Blanche Sommers Alumni Award for her contributions to the profession within 5 years of graduation.

Furthermore, she has served on the Board of Directors of Hillel International, is part of the Emerging Leaders of the Conejo Valley and has completed the Glass Leadership Institute program. Kozlowski, who is fluent in French and Hebrew, is a lifetime member of the Rotary Club International.

Upon graduation, she completed a two-year, post-doctoral fellowship at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in East Hanover, New Jersey through the Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program where she was also an adjunct professor.

Kozlowski currently works at Amgen as a US Regulatory Lead. Amgen, located in Thousand Oaks, California, is one of the world’s largest independent biotechnology companies. She strives to further the company’s mission of serving patients by liaising with the FDA to facilitate the development of both novel and approved oncology medications. Naomi is also the Associate Director of the Amgen Fellowship Program which is affiliated with Rutgers University. She resides in California and enjoys yoga, dancing, volunteering and traveling.


David George, PharmD, PhD
PhD Pharm Ad, Co-Owner of 4 Independent Community Pharmacies

David graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy (OUCOP) with a PharmD in 2011 and a PhD in Social and Administrative Sciences in 2016. He is the co-owner of three independent community pharmacies in Oklahoma and one in Washington. David serves OUCOP as a clinical assistant professor through teaching, research, and as one of the mentors of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) local and national business plan competitions. David’s passion for pharmacy is reflected in his research interests: pharmacy management, quality measures, value-added services, and leadership. David believes that thru collaboration, pharmacists can be innovative to keep the practice moving forward in the community setting. 

David has served as the Vice-President and President of the Oklahoma Pharmacists Association Oklahoma City District. He is also actively involved in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American Pharmacists Association, and NCPA by providing various presentations and networking for the advancement of the profession. David and his wife, Liz, have two boys, Gavin and Emory, who are continually providing them with a source of laughter and love. David is grateful to have the support of his family for their endless encouragement and inspiration.


Jillian Foster, PharmD, MBA, FACHE
Hospital Administrator, Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corporation (BMHCC)
Member; MS State Board of Pharmacy

Jillian Foster, Pharm. D, MBA, FACHE is currently the System Pharmacy Service Line Administrator for Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corporation (BMHCC). She provides strategic direction to the BMHCC pharmacy teams at all Baptist hospitals, infusion centers, retail pharmacies, home infusion, mail order and specialty pharmacy in MS, TN, and AR. Jillian graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy after completing a Health Policy Fellowship with United States Senator Thad Cochran. She also completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY1) and Specialty Residency (PGY2) with an emphasis in Pharmacy Management and Administration at North Mississippi Medical Center (NMMC) in Tupelo, MS. She has an MBA from the University of Mississippi. She worked in Tupelo as the Pharmacy Benefits Manager at NMMC before moving to Oxford, MS as the Director of Pharmacy for Baptist Memorial Hospital- North Mississippi.

Jillian has also held leadership positions at Baptist Medical Group and the Baptist Cancer Center. Jillian is the on the Phi Lambda Sigma National Executive Committee serving as Parliamentarian and is Past President of the Mississippi Pharmacists Association and Mississippi Society of Health System Pharmacy. Jillian is a current member of the Mississippi Board of Pharmacy.

She and her husband Doug live in Olive Branch, MS and enjoy many church and community activities with their three children-Autry (8), Jane Franklin (6), and MariLyle (8 months).


Emily Hawes, PharmD, BCPS, CPP
Associate Professor, UNC School of Medicine
Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner, Greenway Medical Associates

Emily Hawes, PharmD, BCPS, CPP has been practicing as a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner (CPP) since 2011. This designation from the North Carolina (NC) Boards of Medicine and Pharmacy enables pharmacists to provide collaborative drug therapy management, including ordering labs and prescribing medications, under the supervision of a licensed physician. She earned a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.  She then completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency and PGY2 pharmacotherapy residency at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Medical Center in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Hawes has experience caring for patients at the UNC Family Medicine Center, serving as a Residency Program Director at UNC Medical Center, leading various quality improvement and practice-based research initiatives, and teaching pharmacy and medical students and residents. She also spent a year living abroad and working as a Visiting Professor at Hacettepe University School of Pharmacy in Ankara, Turkey.

She is actively involved in research and teaching through her faculty positions at the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy (My Bibliography). Dr. Hawes, Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, is currently coordinating and overseeing the implementation of the Rural Residency Planning and Development Technical Assistance Center (RRPD-TAC) nationally, funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Her current role in Boone, NC, is to work alongside the Greenway Medical Associates clinic team to help ensure that patients are on the safest, most effective, affordable, and simple medication regimens. Her CPP clinic offers a broad range of services including patient education, annual wellness visits, chronic disease management, medication reconciliation after hospital discharge, and medication therapy management.  She is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist with a passion for primary care, global health, practice-based research, and pharmacy innovation. 

In her free time, you can find Emily adventuring outdoors and enjoying the beautiful mountains of NC with her husband, Sam, and two children, Caleb and Luke.


Kate Kupiec, PharmD
ID Pharmacist, OU Medical Center
Anti-Microbial Stewardship – Physician Collaboration

Kate Kupiec graduated pharmacy school in 2011 from the University of Oklahoma (OU) College of Pharmacy. She completed 2 years of residency, pharmacotherapy and infectious diseases, at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. During her second year of residency she married Craig who was at the time in medical school back in Oklahoma. Following residency, she landed her dream job in the ideal location (Oklahoma of course!). She was to be the first infectious diseases pharmacist at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma- her home state and most importantly where Craig was completing his final year of medical school.

In her first few years as an ID pharmacist she worked to develop policies and protocols to promote the appropriate use of antimicrobials while also rounding with the infectious diseases team. She also provided education and recommendations to physicians throughout the hospital related to antimicrobial use. She continues to practice ID pharmacy at OU Medical Center however her role has evolved into one that evaluates and monitors patients going home on antimicrobial therapy. The goal for her is to monitor and help manage issues that arise related to the outpatient therapy to ideally prevent further ED visits and readmissions.

Craig and Kate have 2 children, Tripp and Winston, and 2 dogs, Winnie and Wallie. When Kate is not playing with her kids and dogs she loves to sew, knit, play the piano, and read. 


Gibran Ameer, PharmD
CEO & Founding Partner VirtueRN
UofSC COP Alumni

Gibran is the Chief Executive Officer and founding partner of VirtueRN. He is responsible for driving the collective vision of the Virtue team from development through the commercial adoption of software tools utilized by post-acute healthcare providers. Virtue’s software development focuses on Pharmacy, Home Medical Equipment (HME), Home Health and Hospice. Prior to VirtueRN,

Gibran was the COO of Jaysec Technologies (now GoScripts), a provider of ePrescribing and Documentation software solutions serving the Home Health and HME markets. At Jaysec he led the operations and team through a successful exit to ResMed (NYSE: RMD). Before his leap into software, Gibran served as Corporate Director at Medical Services of America (MSA), a national comprehensive provider of Home Health, Hospice, HME, Pharmacy and post-acute ancillary services with operations in 14 states and the Philippines. There is where he saw the need to drive efficiencies so that clinicians can be clinicians and spend their valuable time taking care of patients not paperwork. Prior to his 4+ years at MSA, Gibran started Palmetto Long Term Care Pharmacy in 2004. By the end of his tenure, they were serving 3500 LTC beds, along with several major South Carolina state contracts, which included the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Mental Health for their prescription and consultative needs.

Gibran is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with his Doctor of Pharmacy and maintains his professional licenses in the states of South Carolina and Kentucky. 


Lauren Willis, PharmD, BCOP
Associate Director, Medscape CME

Lauren Willis is Board Certified in Oncology Pharmacy and currently works as an Associate Director of Clinical Strategy for Medscape Oncology (parent company WebMD). In her current role she has a variety of responsibilities including, ideation of topics for new education programs, assessing and publishing outcomes from educational activities, building relationships with key opinion leaders in the field, and staying up-to-date in her clinical area to serve her team as a therapeutic expert, to name a few.

She attended pharmacy school at the University of Kentucky, completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at the University of Chicago Medicine, and completed a PGY2 oncology pharmacy residency at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. After residency she worked at MD Anderson as a leukemia clinical pharmacy specialist before moving home to Lexington, KY to take a position as the clinical research pharmacist at the University of Kentucky cancer center. Over the years she has served at the local and national level for a variety of professional pharmacy organizations.

Her professional interests include: adult malignant hematology and bone marrow transplant, emerging anti-cancer agents, novel drug formulations, precepting pharmacy students and residents, and serving indigent patient populations locally and internationally. In her personal time, Lauren enjoys serving in her church on the prayer team, spending time with her new identical twin nieces and fraternal twin nephew (triplets), crafting, gardening, cooking, reading, having dinner with friends, and being around animals.


Lauren Linna, PharmD
Senior Consultant; Covington Healthcare Associates

Lauren Linna, PharmD is the Senior Consultant at Covington Healthcare Associates in Birmingham, AL. Lauren completed her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences (2014) at Auburn University and Doctor of Pharmacy at Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy (2016). In her role at Covington Healthcare Associates, Lauren is involved in performing individualized pharmacotherapy reviews, from a clinical and economic perspective, to provide evidence-based and guideline directed therapeutic modifications for patient care, with a concentration on the worker’s compensation patient population. Lauren serves on the pharmacy and therapeutics committee for two national long-term care pharmacies. Lauren also assists in precepting student pharmacists completing advanced pharmacy practice rotations with Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy.


Timmie Paslay, PharmD, MPH
Rural Clinical / Independent Pharmacist
Physician Collaboration

Timmellyn “Timmie” Paslay graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Pharmacy in June of 2011. She has worked in a variety of settings including both rural and inner city, inpatient, chain and independent retail, and has enjoyed teaching pharmacy students and patient education programs. After graduating in 2011, she earned her Master of Public Health in Healthcare Management and Policy with Global Health Certificate at UCLA while her husband was in his medical residency. 

Upon graduating with her MPH in 2013, the Paslays followed God’s lead to be a part of an intentional community of Christian healthcare workers committed to serving and living in the inner city of Memphis, Tennessee. For 5 years the Paslays learned about how to love and care for their neighbors holistically and were challenged and held accountable by other intentional Christian healthcare workers who lived and served alongside them.

The Paslays recently fulfilled a longtime dream of moving to McCurtain County, Oklahoma, a rural and very underserved part of the state. Her husband helped open a primary care clinic and she is looking forward to helping him manage patients’ chronic diseases and provide patient education programs. She has been plugging into their new community by working as needed at the local grocery store pharmacy, serving on the advisory board of the vocational tech school nursing program and on the Coalition for Change to help coordinate medical and social services throughout the county. 

Timmie loves spending every moment possible with her family including their children Bronson (4), Emerald (2) and their new daughter Tyesia (17), their three dogs and amazing friends.  In her free time, she enjoys hosting parties for family and friends, running, Crossfit, being outdoors, traveling the world, drinking coffee, trying a variety of foods and meeting new people. 

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