I have been a licensed, Maine pharmacist for 38 years, and also hold a valid license in New Hampshire.
My career in pharmacy has truly been diversified:
1972: President of the Eta chapter of the Phi Delta Chi pharmacy fraternity. I remain active in the alumni chapter at the college.
1974: Obtained my BS Pharm. degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and returned to Maine to practice pharmacy.
1974 - 1994: Worked for LaVerdiereÕs Super Drug Stores, a family-owned regional drug chain of # 73 stores, in the following capacities:
- As a Staff Pharmacist in various stores...Õ74 - Ô82
- Pharmacist/Manager of their Action Mail Order Division...Õ82 - Ô85
- Supervised # 12 technicians...responsible for hiring/firing.
- Supervised a book-keeper and division financials.
- A cash/credit card only-based payment operation of 8 million dollars annually.
- Pharmacy Computer / 3rd Party Coordinator...Õ85 - Ô94
- Installed all # 73store computers and software.
- Trained # 150 plus pharmacists and over # 250 technicians.
- Wrote the training manuals for pharmacy staff operation of the systems.
- Set up the Central Site computer and all pharmacies to communicate storeÕs 3rd party billings to State medicaid and other insurance companies to HQ.
- Wrote the training manual for Central Site operations.
- Monitored all HQ computer functions...communications, back-up, data sales.
- Wrote RFPs for hardware support companies and awarded the bid.
- Coordinated/monitored hardware/software support to # 73 stores in # 3 state.
- Wrote Pharmacy Computer and 3rd Party news letters to stores almost daily.
- Represented LV at pharmacy computer conferences around the country.
- Set up and monitored procedures to sell de-identified data to IMS and Walsh.
I served in these capacities until the company was sold to Rite Aid in September 1994.
1994 - 2009: Pharmacy Group of New England (PGNE), a group purchasing organization (GPO) of over #150 independently-owned and operated pharmacies and have held the following positions in the company:
Executive Director of HealthPlus (1994 - 1997), PGNEÕs prescription benefit alternative (PBA) division.
PGNE Board member (1997 - Present). I organized and conducted five board meetings a year as well as our annual DirectorÕs and ShareholderÕs meetings with our nine directors.
As President, COO of PGNE (parent) and HealthPlus (1997 - 2009) I managed, along with three assistants, all company business, financials, building operations and negotiated over 40 drug wholesaler and vendor program contracts.
I currently serve (2009-present) as Vice President of the Pharmacy Group of New England (PGNE).
MEBOP - I attend all Maine Board of Pharmacy meetings and proceedings, on a monthly basis, representing and reporting to the Maine Pharmacy Association (MPA). I provide public comment when necessary and create a post-meeting summary report.
- Legislative - I monitor bills, attend "work sessions", write and present testimony to standing committees at the State legislature and attend legislative events around the State.
- Congressional Visits - For 9 years I made an annual trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the annual NCPA Legislative Conference and visit with our congressional delegation regarding national pharmacy issues.
- E-News / Newsletter - I write and publish pharmacy e-news to over #1500 pharmacists and student pharmacists on a weekly basis.
- Representation / Advocacy - I have spoken to groups about the recent demise of independent pharmacies in Maine and nationally during the last 4 years as well as the nation-wide pharmacist shortage.
- I was pleased to par
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy
Board Certifications and Licenses
Licensed Pharmacist: Maine & New Hampshire
Retail Pharmacy Management<br />Government Affairs<br />Prescription Benefit Managers (PBMs)<br />Pharmacy Group Purchasing Organizations<br />Maine Pharmacy Association Board<br />Association Management/Administration<br />Meeting Planning<br />Maine Boa