Board of Directors 2017-2018

Executive Committee

David Hoff, PharmD, FPPAG

​David Hoff, PharmD, FPPAG is Clinical Leader at Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota. He holds clinical faculty appointments at the University of Minnesota and Drake University and is an intermittent pharmacist on the Minnesota-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team, National Disaster Medical System. Dr. Hoff has been a pediatric pharmacy practitioner, leader, and preceptor for nearly 25 years since graduating from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of PPAG and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). In service to PPAG, Dr. Hoff was a member of the Board of Directors, pediatric critical care section lead for the board preparatory course, member of the Advocacy Committee, reviewer for the Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and has presented at national meetings. More recently, Dr. Hoff was a participant in the standard setting study for the Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist examination, Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties. Dr. Hoff is a fellow of ACCP. He served on the Community Advisory Panel of the ACCP Practice Based Research Network, is a past Chair of the ACCP Pediatrics Practice and Research Network, and is a past President of the Minnesota College of Clinical Pharmacy. At Children’s Minnesota, he served as a member of the Board Quality Committee, Clinical Excellence Strategic Work Group, and Quality and Efficiency Strategic Work Group, and manager of the Medication Safety Value Stream. Dr. Hoff has consulted in pediatric pharmacy to the pharmaceutical industry, Children’s HeartLink (Bangalore, India), and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Health Care Hero Award by Twin Cities Business magazine. He has published book chapters, original research, and abstracts and presented lectures locally, nationally, and internationally on a variety of pediatric drug topics. He also served as a reviewer of pediatric manuscripts in several medical journals. His main areas of professional interest are pediatric and neonatal critical care and drug safety.

Miranda Nelson, PharmD

Miranda Nelson is the Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist and Pediatric Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Clinical Pharmacist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Dr. Nelson received her doctor of pharmacy degree from Auburn University in 2005 and subsequently completed a pharmacy practice residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to her current position Dr. Nelson was a Clinical Associate Professor with the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) and a Pediatric Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist.

Dr. Nelson has served as an At-Large member of the PPAG Board, and as Chair of the Education, Home-study, and Annual Meeting Committees. 

Lisa Lubsch, PharmD

Lisa Lubsch, PharmD is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Pharmacy Practice Department at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. 
Dr. Lusch has served on the Board since 2012. In addition to her Board service, Dr. Lubsch is the Chair of the PPAG-U Board Preparation Review Course. Prior to her service on the Board, she served as the Chair of the Education Committee. Prior to that she served as the Chair of the 2010 Annual Conference Planning Committee.


Jeffrey Low, PharmD

Jeff Low is Clinical Pharmacist Specialist-Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth and Director of the Pharmacy Practice Residency Program at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Low received his PharmD from the University of Kentucky in 1996. He completed an ASHP Accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Jeff has been an active member of PPAG for over 10 years, and he has participated on the research & member services committees. Jeff has served as the Vice-President/Chair for Member Services, where he has worked on projects such as the PPAG website upgrades, membership survey, PPAG newsletter, and launching online CE. Jeff has served on the PPAG Board from 2007-11, and on the Executive Committee as Treasuer since 2012.

Kimberly Novak, PharmD

Kimberly J. Novak, PharmD, BCPS is Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist-Cystic Fibrosis, and Director, PGY2 Pharmacy Residency-Pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from West Virginia University, and completed her PGY1 and PGY1 pediatric pharmacy residencies at the University of Kentucky. 


At-Large Board of Directors 


Jeffrey Cies, PharmD
Term Ends 2018

Jeff Cies most recently served as the Chair of Education at PPAG. In the past he has served as Chair of two Annual Conferences. 

Jeff graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy in Richmond, Virginia and completed his PGY-2 in pediatrics at the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. Dr. Cies also received a Masters in Public Health from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Currently, he is the Critical Care and Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacist, the Director of the Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Service in addition to being the Clinical Coordinator at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in North Philadelphia, PA.

Kristin Klein, PharmD, FPPAG
Term Ends 2018

Kristin Klein is an active member of PPAG, where she served as co-chair of the Advocacy Committee from 2009 to 2014, and is currently a section editor for PPAG’s much anticipated pediatric pharmacotherapy textbook for advanced pediatric pharmacy practitioners. She was inducted as a fellow of PPAG in 2012. Dr. Klein has also served as an invited reviewer for professional journals, including Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics and Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Kristin Klein is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Michigan (UM) College of Pharmacy, and is the pediatric infectious diseases clinical pharmacist specialist at the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS). 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. Following her residency, Dr. Klein joined the faculty of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she practiced in a neonatal intensive care unit until she joined the faculty at UM. Dr. Klein is especially interested in training future pharmacists. She spent four years serving on the UMHS pharmacy residency advisory committee, including two years as the committee’s co-chair, and she is currently the co-advisor of the APhA-ASP chapter at UM.

Shannon Manzi, PharmD, FPPAG
Term Ends 2019

Shannon Manzi is a regular speaker at PPAG 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.

Chad Knoderer, PharmD, FPPAG
Term Ends 2019

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 PPAG Research Committee and Co-Chair and contributor for the PPAG Preparation Program for the Pediatric Pharmacy Specialty Certification Exam.  He was recognized as a PPAG Fellow in 2016.  

Tara Higgins, PharmD
Term Ends 2020

Tara Higgins is an active member of PPAG, where she has served PPAG through numerous leadership positions. Tara was membership committee chair elect and chair (2013-2015) and chair of PPAG Fall Specialty Conference- Hematology/Oncology Planning Committee (2016). Currently, Tara serves PPAG as chair of hematology/oncology Special Interest Group (SIG) (2012-present), section lead for hematology/oncology section of PPAG board prep (2016- present), member of PPAG membership committee (2009-present) and member of PPAG BCPPS Recertification Committee (2016- present). Tara also helped start the PPAG student group at the University of Florida and continues to serve as the faculty advisor for PediaGators. Tara is Co-Director of the PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency and is a clinical specialist in pediatric hematology/oncology/BMT at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. 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.

Bob John, PharmD
Term Ends 2020

Dr. Bob John, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS is currently a NICU Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis and the Residency Program Director for his institution’s PGY1. He completed a PGY1 residency at Saint Francis Hospital and a PGY2 residency at The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy. He spent his first two years after residency working as the Pediatric Pulmonology Specialist at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics, after which he worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatric Pharmacotherapy, Department of Pharmacy at The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy. Dr. John has been involved with the development of a pharmacy-driven pharmacokinetic monitoring service, NICU dosing weight protocol, and served on the evidence-based medicine committee, in which he has helped develop clinical practice guidelines at his institutions. Dr. John has been an active member of PPAG since 2007. In addition to being a member of the education committee, he has served as the chair of the webinar committee, and the education committee where he organized the educational content provided at the 2016 PPAG annual meeting. In 2015, he and his colleagues were recognized by PPAG with a Best Practice Award for their development of an outpatient on call service. He was awarded the Presidential Citation from PPAG in 2014 and 2016. He currently chairs the web-based competency committee, working to provide additional educational content in new ways to PPAG members. In addition to his work in PPAG, he served as Chair of the Pediatric PRN for ACCP.


Past Board Members

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

Steven Allen*
Darlene Anderson
Nicholas Blanchard, PharmD
Leslie Briars, PharmD
Bruce Carleton, PharmD
​Jared Cash, PharmD*
Michael Chicella, PharmD, FPPAG
Michael Christensen, PharmD, FPPAG *
Edress Darsey, PharmD, FPPAG
James Dice, PharmD, FPPAG *
Cindy Dusik, PharmD *
Lea Eiland, PharmD, FPPAG
Andrew Fariello, PharmD
Elizabeth Farrington, PharmD, FPPAG
Helen Fiechtner, PharmD, FPPAG
Tim Fuller, PharmD
Heather (Vandenbussche) Girand, PharmD
Gary Greiner, PharmD
David Gregory, PharmD *
David Grinder, PharmD *
Kathleen Gura, PharmD, FPPAG
Karen Gurwitch
Tracy Hagemann, PharmD, FPPAG
Don Hamilton
Richard Helms, PharmD, FPPAG
David Hoff, PharmD
David Knoppert, MScPharm *
Donna Kraus, PharmD, FPPAG
Karl Kubitz
Robert Kuhn, PharmD, FPPAG *
Kay Kyllonen, PharmD, FPPAG *
Carlton Lee, PharmD
Ann Lesko, PharmD, FPPAG *
Stuart Levine, PharmD
Christine Lindsay
Christopher Lomax, PharmD
Jeffrey Low, PharmD*
Sarah Lucas, PharmD
Sherry Luedtke, PharmD, FPPAG*
Ralph Lugo, PharmD
Merrell Magelli*
William Maish, PharmD, FPPAG*
Jerrod Milton, PharmD
Brady Moffett, PharmD
Miranda Nelson, PharmD
​Hanna Phan, PharmD
Stephanie Phelps, PharmD, FPPAG
Robert Poole, PharmD, FPPAG
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, FPPAG
John VanEeckhout
Bob Warren
Hank Wedemeyer, MS, FASHP
Mary Worthington, PharmD

* denotes Past President/Chair of the Board

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