Board of Directors 2017-2018

Executive Committee

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.


David Hoff, PharmD, FPPAG
Immediate Past- President

​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. 

Hanna Phan, PharmD, FPPAG, FCCP

​Dr. Hanna Phan is Assistant Department Head and Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. She is also Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the UA College of Medicine. She is also an Associate Research Scientist for the UA Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center and Faculty for the UA Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC). Dr. Phan practices as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine at Banner University Medical Center-Tucson. She developed and practices in a variety of Pediatric Pulmonary Clinics (cystic fibrosis (CF), severe asthma, sleep) as well as the Adult CF clinic. She established the Post-Graduate Year 2 (PGY-2) Pediatric Pharmacy Residency at Banner University Medical Center–Tucson, Diamond Children’s in 2009 and served as Residency Program Director through 2015. Dr. Phan earned her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Michigan and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Pharmacotherapy at The Ohio State University. Dr. Phan has received state and national recognition for her clinical practice, professional service, and research from organizations such as the Arizona Pharmacy Association, Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Foundation. She served as a Director-at-Large on the PPAG board from 2014-2017, previously chaired the PPAG Research Committee (2013-2014), and currently serves as a Co-Chair for the PPAG Recertification Advisory Committee. Dr. Phan has been recognized by PPAG with the Spirit of PPAG Award (2012) for her efforts in creating student chapters and the Presidential Citation Award (2015) for her contributions in developing the PPAG BCPPS Recertification Program. She has given lectures nationally and internationally, and authored various book chapters and peer-reviewed publications in the area of pediatric pharmacotherapy. Her current research interests include patient-caregiver education and medication adherence, medication use in schools, and interprofessional care of children with chronic illnesses such as cystic fibrosis and asthma.

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.

Cathy Poon, PharmD, FPPAG
​Treasurer-Elect (ex-officio member) 

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 Advocacy Group (FPPAG) 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.

Michael Chicella, PharmD, FPPAG

​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 PPAG, 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 PPAG. In 2016 Mike was named a Fellow of PPAG.


At-Large Board of Directors 

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.

Kelly Matson, PharmD
Term Ends 2021

​Kelly L. Matson is a Clinical Professor at the University of Rhode Island (URI), College of Pharmacy with more than 15 years of clinical pediatric pharmacy experience. She currently is a preceptor for introductory and advanced pharmacy practice, as well as, PGY-1 residency experiences at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. At URI, she coordinates an advanced pediatric pharmacotherapy elective course and teaches pediatrics within other required and elective pharmacy practice courses. Dr. Matson has clinical and scholarly interests including judicious antimicrobial use, pediatric immunizations, as well as, adolescent substance misuse, medication safety, childhood obesity, and education of pharmacy students. Dr. Matson has been a member of Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPAG) since 2001. She currently is active in the Academic Special Interest Group (SIG) and Infectious Diseases SIG, and has served on the Education and Webinar Committee from 2008 to 2015. In 2015, Dr. Matson joined the Advocacy Committee and currently serves as chair. She also has authored newsletters for the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocate and contributed to the Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics, both as author and reviewer. Additionally, Dr. Matson serves as faculty advisor for the PediRAMS, URI College of Pharmacy PPAG student chapter. Dr. Matson also is an active member of other professional organizations including American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), and American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). She served as Education Committee Chair in 2015-2016 for the ACCP Pediatric PRN. Dr. Matson earned her baccalaureate degree in nutritional sciences from the University of Florida and a doctorate of pharmacy degree from Purdue University. She further completed a pediatric specialty residency at Children's Hospital Colorado in Denver.

Eloise Woodruff, PharmD
Term Ends 2021

​Dr. Eloise Woodruff is currently the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD) in Norfolk, Virginia. She is responsible for covering one of two teams in the level IV NICU. Dr. Woodruff is also the Experiential Site Coordinator for all IPPE and APPE students that have a clinical rotation at CHKD. She has been a residency preceptor for all 18 CHKD-trained PGY1 residents and has served as an advisor for several pharmacy resident research projects. Dr. Woodruff is the Co-Investigator for the IRB-approved Compassionate Use Study of Omegaven for parenteral nutrition associated liver dysfunction at CHKD. Dr. Woodruff received her Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences-Boston and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. Prior to CHKD, she was the Director of Student Development, Liaison to the Academy of Students of Pharmacy and Coordinator of the Pharmacist Recovery Network at the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA) in Washington DC. Dr. Woodruff is a BPS Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist (BCPPS). Throughout her career, Dr. Woodruff has been an active member and leader in professional pharmacy organizations on the local, state, and national levels including the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and Virginia Society of Health System Pharmacists (VSHP). She has been a longstanding member of the PPAG Education Committee since 2006, contributes to the Webinar Committee, reviews manuscripts for JPPT routinely, served as the PPAG Neonatal Special Interest Group Chair for 2 ½ years and is currently the PPAG Annual Meeting NICU Section Programming Chair. Dr. Woodruff has presented on the local, regional and national levels, has provided a number of poster presentations and has published on research done in collaboration with clinical staff and residents at CHKD. Her research and practice interests include medication safety, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), NAS, gastroschisis and parenteral nutrition associated liver dysfunction


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 *
​Jeffrey Cies, PharmD
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, FPPAG *
​Kristin Klein, PharmD, FPPAG *
David Knoppert, MScPharm *
Donna Kraus, PharmD, FPPAG
Karl Kubitz
Robert Kuhn, PharmD, FPPAG *
Kay Kyllonen, PharmD, FPPAG *
Carlton Lee, PharmD,  FPPAG
Ann Lesko, PharmD, FPPAG *
Stuart Levine, PharmD
Christine Lindsay
Christopher Lomax, PharmD
Jeffrey Low, PharmD *
​Lisa Lubsch, 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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