Board of Directors 2019-2020

Executive Committee


Kristin Klein, PharmD, BCPPS, FPPA
President (2021-2022)

Kristin Klein is a Clinical Professor at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, and is a pediatric infectious diseases clinical pharmacist specialist at Michigan Medicine. Dr. Klein received her B.S. in Pharmacy from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Oklahoma.  She then completed a specialty residency in Pediatric Pharmacotherapy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Dr. Klein is especially interested in training future pharmacists. She spent four years serving on the Michigan Medicine pharmacy residency advisory committee, including two years as the committee’s co-chair. She was also the advisor for UM’s APhA-ASP chapter for 13 years. Dr. Klein is an active member of the Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPA), where she served as co-chair of the Advocacy Committee from 2009 to 2014, and section editor for a pharmacotherapy textbook for advanced pediatric pharmacy practitioners. Dr. Klein has been PPA’s infectious diseases section leader for the BCPPS BoardPrep course since 2013, and she served as the Infectious Diseases Chair for PPA’s 2017 fall meeting. Dr. Klein also served on the PPA Board of Directors for three years (2015-2018). Dr. Klein is currently a section editor for PPA’s second edition of Advanced Pediatric Pharmacotherapy and is working with members of the Advocacy Committee to revise the Minimum Requirements for Competencies in Pediatric Pharmacy Practice position statement. Dr. Klein was inducted as a fellow of PPA in 2012 and achieved board certification in pediatric pharmacy in 2016.

Michael Chicella, PharmD, BCPPS, FPPA
President-Elect (2021-2022)

​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 LeBonheur/ 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 eighteen residents. With regard to his involvement in PPA, Mike has been both a member and the chair of the research committee. He was a member of the Board of Directors from 2011-2014. 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.

Shannon Manzi, PharmD, BCPPS, FPPA
Immediate Past-President (2021-2022)

Shannon Manzi is a regular speaker at PPA Conference. She has practiced pediatric pharmacy for more than 17 years and is currently the Director of the Clinical Pharmacogenomics Service at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Team Leader for Emergency Services. She is an NR-EMT and has served as a pediatric expert for the Strategic National Stockpile, the National Advisory Committee on Children and Terrorism, the CDC and MADPH. In addition, she is also the Chief Pharmacist for the Massachusetts–1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team and has deployed eleven times, including responses to major hurricanes, the Haitian earthquake and the Unaccompanied Minor Border Crossing mission. She has been a simulation instructor at BCH for 5 years and runs several unique programs related to disaster, emergency and pre-hospital pediatric medicine. She holds clinical adjunct faculty positions at Northeastern University, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, and the University of Connecticut. She has authored numerous articles and book chapters, as well as presented many national and local workshops and lectures on pediatrics, simulation, emergency medicine and disaster related topics.

Cathy Poon, PharmD, FPPA
​Treasurer (2019-2022)

Dr. Poon joined the faculty at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy-University of the Sciences (PCP- USciences) in 1992 and is currently Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Chair of Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration and Associate Dean for Interprofessional Education. She also holds adjunct faculty appointments at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Dr. Poon is an appointed member of the Advisory Board to the Secretary of Health in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 2006. Recently, she served on the Advisory Board, Center for Innovation of the National Board of Medical Examiners Conference – Strategic Futures Conference. Dr. Poon was inducted as a Fellow of Pediatric Pharmacy Association (FPPA) in 2013 and a Fellow of College of Physicians in Philadelphia (FCPP) in 2016. Dr. Poon’s practice focuses included neonatology, general pediatrics and pediatric critical care. Since 2005, Dr. Poon held a number of administrative positions at USciences including: Vice Chair of Didactic Education, Interim Department Chair, Executive Department Chair, Vice Dean of PCP, and Associate Provost of USciences before rejoining PCP as Department Chair and Associate Dean for Interprofessional Education. During her early years in practice and academia, Dr. Poon taught over 4,500 students and mentored eleven pediatric residents and one pediatric fellow. In the past eight years, Dr. Poon’s focuses evolved and include, developing and implementing interprofessional education programs and establishing mentorship/leadership programs for emerging leaders. Dr. Poon received her Bachelor of Science degrees, toxicology and pharmacy, from College of Pharmacy and Allied Health, St. John’s University and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from College of Pharmacy, Medical University of South Carolina. She completed a post-baccalaureate ASHP-accredited Residency in Hospital Pharmacy from Medical University of South Carolina and an ASHP-accredited Residency in Pediatric Pharmacy Practice from University of Oklahoma Health Science Center. Dr. Poon also completed several leadership development programs including, Linkage’s Global Institute for Leadership Development (GILD) and Management Development Program (MDP) at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Brian Gardner, PharmD
Treasurer-Elect (2021-2022) 

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.

Tara Higgins, PharmD, BCPPS, FPPA
Secretary (2021-2024)

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.



At-Large Board of Directors 

Chad Knoderer, PharmD, FPPA
Term Ends 2022

Chad Knoderer is currently Associate Professor and Director for Clinical and Health Outcomes Research of Pharmacy Practice at Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  He graduated with his PharmD from Butler University in 1999.  Upon graduation, he completed 2 years of residency training specializing in pediatrics. Dr. Knoderer practiced with the pediatric cardiovascular surgery and cardiology sections at Riley Hospital for Children as well as the pediatric infectious diseases and nephrology sections.  Upon joining the Butler University faculty as a co-funded faculty member, Dr. Knoderer established the Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Riley Hospital for Children and served as program director until moving to his current campus-based faculty role. Knoderer currently teaches pediatric pharmacotherapy as well as biostatistics and research design and oversees pharmacy student clinical research.  Knoderer is currently Chair of the PPA Research Committee and Co-Chair and contributor for the PPA Preparation Program for the Pediatric Pharmacy Specialty Certification Exam.  He was recognized as a PPA Fellow in 2016.

Lizbeth Hansen, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS
Term Ends 2022

Lizbeth Hansen is currently the Pediatric Acute Care Supervisor and PGY2 Pediatric Residency Director at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. She is also responsible for the Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship program. Lizbeth received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin in 2006 and completed a PGY1 Residency and a PGY2 Pediatric Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). After completing residency, Lizbeth was the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) clinical specialist at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital before moving to Minnesota in 2011 to take a clinical pharmacist position working mainly in the PICU. Lizbeth has contributed to pediatric pharmacy practice in a number of ways including multiple publications on various PICU topics and a number of presentations and posters at state and national conferences. She currently holds a clinical appointment as a preceptor for the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and has taken an active role in precepting students and residents at every stage of their education. Lizbeth achieved her BCPS certification in 2008 and her BCPPS certification in 2015. Lizbeth has been a member of PPAG since 2008. Her first leadership role was as coordinator of the Critical Care Specialty Interest Group which she led from 2011 until 2016. In 2016 she took over as the co-chair of the Board Preparation Subcommittee and helped to create and maintain the PICU section of the board preparatory materials. In 2018 Lizbeth took over as Chair of the Education Committee and is currently serving as the 2019 PPA Annual Meeting PICU Section Programming Co-chair

M. Petrea Cober, PharmD, BCNSP, BCPPS, FASPEN
Term Ends 2023

Dr. Petrea Cober attended the University of Tennessee, College of Pharmacy in Memphis, Tennessee. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and her PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health System in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is currently the Clinical Coordinator - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and PGY1 Residency Program Director at Akron Children's Hospital where she provides clinical services and precepts pharmacy students, PGY1 pharmacy residents, and PGY3 medical pediatric residents. She is also the Section Lead for Specialty Care and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). Her didactic teaching is in the areas of pediatrics, women’s health, and nutrition. Dr. Cober's expertise is in pediatric pharmacotherapy, nutrition, ethanol lock therapy, and management of patients with intestinal failure.

Dr. Cober served as the Chair of the Webinar Education Committee from 2017-2019 and is the current Chair of the Education Committee.  She is active in the Academia, GI/Nutrition, Neonatology, and Residency Program Directors SIGs.

Jeremy Stultz, PharmD
Term Ends 2023

Dr. Stultz is an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and practices as an Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN. He received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and completed a PGY-1 Residency at Le Bonheur and a 2-year Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Fellowship at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He was a faculty member at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy before returning to Tennessee. He has authored over 20 peer-reviewed journal publications focused primarily on pediatric infectious diseases, computerized clinical decision support, and medication safety.Dr. Stultz attended his first PPA Annual Meeting as a student. Since that time, he has presented multiple times PPA meetings. Dr. Stultz has served as PPA Research Committee Chair, and helped form the Pediatric Pharmacy Association Practice Based Research Network.

Norm Fenn, PharmD, BCPS
Term Ends 2024

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.

Kalen B. Manasco, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS, FCCP, FPPA
Term Ends 2024

Kalen Manasco 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.




Past Board Members

PPA recognizes the service of those who served on the Board of Directors. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their voluntary service to PPA.

Steven Allen*
Darlene Anderson
Nicholas Blanchard, PharmD
Leslie Briars, PharmD
Bruce Carleton, PharmD
​Jared Cash, PharmD*
Michael Chicella, PharmD, FPPA
Michael Christensen, PharmD, FPPA *
​Jeffrey Cies, PharmD, FPPA
Edress Darsey, PharmD, FPPA
James Dice, PharmD, FPPA *
Cindy Dusik, PharmD *
Lea Eiland, PharmD, FPPA
Andrew Fariello, PharmD
Elizabeth Farrington, PharmD, FPPA
Helen Fiechtner, PharmD, FPPA
Tim Fuller, PharmD
Heather (Vandenbussche) Girand, PharmD
Gary Greiner, PharmD
David Gregory, PharmD *
David Grinder, PharmD *
Kathleen Gura, PharmD, FPPA
Karen Gurwitch
Tracy Hagemann, PharmD, FPPA
Don Hamilton
Richard Helms, PharmD, FPPA
Tara (McCabe) Higgins, PharmD, BCPPS
David Hoff, PharmD, FPPA *
Barnabas (Bob) John, PharmD, BCPPS
​Kristin Klein, PharmD, FPPA 
David Knoppert, MScPharm *
Donna Kraus, PharmD, FPPA
Karl Kubitz
Robert Kuhn, PharmD, FPPA *
Kay Kyllonen, PharmD, FPPA *
Carlton Lee, PharmD,  FPPA
Ann Lesko, PharmD, FPPA *
Stuart Levine, PharmD
Christine Lindsay
Christopher Lomax, PharmD
Jeffrey Low, PharmD *
​Lisa Lubsch, PharmD, FPPA *
Sarah Lucas, PharmD, FPPA
Sherry Luedtke, PharmD, FPPA *
Ralph Lugo, PharmD
Merrell Magelli*
Kelly Matson, PharmD
Jerrod Milton, PharmD
Brady Moffett, PharmD
Miranda Nelson, PharmD *
Kathy Pham, PharmD, FPPA
​Hanna Phan, PharmD, FPPA *
Stephanie Phelps, PharmD, FPPA
Robert Poole, PharmD, FPPA
Amy Potts, PharmD*
Bert Price, RPh
Jeffrey Primovic
Joseph Sceppa
Christy Scott *
Doug Smith *
Pam Smith, PharmD
Cindy Stowe, PharmD
Julie Till
Timothy Todd, PharmD, FPPA
John VanEeckhout
Bob Warren
Eloise Woodruff, PharmD
Mary Worthington, PharmD, FPPA

* denotes Past President/Chair of the Board


In Memoriam

PPA recognizes the service of past Board members no longer with us. 

William Maish, PharmD, FPPA *
Hank Wedemeyer, MS, FASHP

* denotes Past President/Chair of the Board

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