PPA News



Posted by: Matthew Helms on Apr 24, 2021

PPA is pleased to announce the results of the 2021 Board election. The new members will join Kristin Klein (President), Shannon Manzi (Immediate Past President), Cathy Poon (Treasurer), Chad Knoderer (Director), Lizbeth Hansen (Director), Petrea Cober (Director), and Jeremy Stultz (Director) on the Board. 

PPA thanks Hanna Phan (President), Kelly Matson (Director), and Eloise Woodruff (Director) for their three years of service on the Executive Committee and Board, respectively. 

“I have always been excited to be a member of PPA! From my first day as a member, PPA has provided a unique opportunity for a specialized group of practitioners to come together to network, learn and collaborate! It has been exciting to be a part of the growth of PPA and it is exciting to think about where our members will take us in the future!” -Michael Chicella, PharmD, BCPPS, FPPA

Mike Chicella is the Clinical Manager for the Department of Pharmacy, and he is the pharmacist for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD) in Norfolk, Virginia. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1991 with his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. After working at Duke University Children’s Hospital, Mike returned to Campbell University where he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree. After graduation, he completed a residency at Le Bonheur/ University of Tennessee. Mike was then on faculty at Auburn University School of Pharmacy before moving to CHKD in 2003. Mike has published a number of book chapters and peer-reviewed manuscripts. He has also had numerous presentations at national meetings. Mike is extensively involved in the education of both students and residents during their rotations at CHKD. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Additionally, he serves as the Residency Program Director at CHKD. To date he has trained more than twenty five residents. With regard to his involvement in PPA, Mike has been both a member and the chair of the research committee. He has served two terms on the Board of Directors. One term from 2011-2014, and the second term as Board of Directors Secretary from 2018-2021. Additionally, he is currently the critical care section chair for the board preparation and recertification course. Mike also oversees the John B. Dice Memorial Scholarship at PPA. In 2016 Mike was named a Fellow of PPA.

“I am very honored and appreciative for the PPA members to show their trust and support and elect me Treasurer-Elect.  For the next three years, I  plan to work closely with the Board of Directors and Executive Director to try to assure continued financial success and stewardship of the organization’s valued resources." - Brian Gardner, PharmD

Brian Gardner is the Pediatric Team Clinical Coordinator and primary pharmacist for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. He was a graduate of the inaugural all PharmD class from the University of Kentucky and completed a pharmacy practice residency at the University of Louisville. Over the course of a decade, he was fortunately given the opportunity to specialize in pediatric pharmacy practice at Mayo Eugenio Litta Children’s Hospital, begin precepting students and residents, help start a PGY-1 residency program, and serve as the residency program director for two years prior to returning to his alma mater. In 2015, he succeeded Dr. Robert Kuhn and became the second University of Kentucky PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program Director, and has graduated ten residents to date. Brian is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and co-advisor of the PediaKATS, PPA student organization.  His research and publications encompass such topics as pediatric pharmacokinetics, pediatric critical care, antimicrobials, and medication reconciliation. He has been a proud member of PPA since 2003, core member of the PPA Finance Committee since 2016, two-time winner of the PPA Best Practice Award, co-planner for the 2019 PPA Fall Conference, member of the local Midwest Pediatric Pharmacy Association Group, and active recruiter of numerous PPA members through the years.  

“I am extremely honored to be able to serve PPA members as an executive committee. I hope to help PPA grow and move forward as we hopefully enter the post-pandemic world.” - Tara Higgins, PharmD, FPPA

Tara is a clinical specialist in pediatric hematology/oncology/BMT at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. She serves as residency program director of PGY2 pediatric pharmacy residency. In addition, Tara serves as clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island. Tara completed her PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a PGY2 pediatric pharmacy residency at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. Tara’s previous leadership experience includes Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPA) membership council chair, PPA recertification and board prep hematology/oncology section lead, PPA hematology/oncology SIG chair and elected member of board of directors 2017-2020. 

"Honored, humbled, grateful. I am excited to serve the people and PPA for the next three years in this incredible role!" - Norm Fenn, PharmD, BCPS

Norm Fenn is a Clinical Pharmacist at the Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey, PA, and holds an adjunct faculty role with the UT Tyler Fisch College of Pharmacy. He completed his PharmD degree with Honors from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2014. He subsequently completed a PGY-1 residency at Children’s National Medical Center in 2015 and continued as a clinical pharmacist the following year. He then completed a two-year Academia & Ambulatory Care Fellowship at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy (2016-18) prior to a clinical assistant professor appointment in pediatrics at UT FCOP (2018-21). Dr. Fenn has served as the Webinar co-Chair (2018-20) and Education Committee Chair (2020-21) within the Education Committee in PPA, in addition to being an active member in the Academia Special Interest Group and Research Committee. He has volunteered as a moderator, poster judge, content reviewer, and JPPT reviewer, and has presented at the PPA Annual Meeting and Fall Conference. He is active in other pharmacy organizations including the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the American Academy of Colleges of Pharmacy. He enjoys sharing his unbridled enthusiasm for pediatric pharmacotherapy with his students and colleagues alike, and spends his limited spare time with his growing family.


“I am honored to serve PPA on the Board of Directors and give back to the organization that has given me so much over the past 20 years…friends, mentors, mentees, leadership and research opportunities, professional growth, advocacy for children and our profession and especially many fun memories. As Dave Matthews says, “it’s not where but who you’re with that really matters” and I’m so happy to be on this journey with all of you as we plan the future of PPA!” Kalen Manasco, PharmD, BCPPS, FPPA

Kalen B. Manasco, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS, FCCP, FPPA is a Clinical Professor and Division Head at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. She obtained a B.S. degree in microbiology from the University of Georgia in 1993 and a Pharm.D. degree from University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in 2001. Following graduation, she completed a pharmacy practice residency at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida and a pediatric specialty residency at Medical University of South Carolina. From 2003-2007, she served as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Administrative Sciences at Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. From 2007-March 2017, Dr. Manasco served as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, Augusta campus where she also served as the PGY2 pediatric pharmacy residency director for the Augusta University Medical Center/University of Georgia College of Pharmacy residency program. She maintains an active practice site in pediatric critical care and pediatric cystic fibrosis at UF Health Shands Hospital where she precepts students, PGY1 and PGY2 residents. Dr. Manasco is an active member of PPA, ACCP, ASHP, and AACP. She also serves as the faculty advisor for the PPA student chapter (Pediagators) at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Her research interests include pediatric infectious disease, pediatric cystic fibrosis, and increasing education and awareness among pharmacists and pharmacy students regarding the appropriate use of medications in pediatric patients.