APhA Foundation E-Newsletter


Vol. 12 Issue 2
  February 2012



From the Desk of Mindy Smith... 

As the APhA2012 Annual Meeting approaches, the Foundation is eagerly anticipating the opportunity to meet with and celebrate our donors. Our team is humbled by your longstanding dedication to our mission.

New this year at our annual Contributors' Breakfast, we'll be recognizing donors who have been investing in our mission for many years, our Decade Donors and Lifetime Givers. We know each of you has the option to give, or not to give, so this year we're paying tribute to all of you who continue to support the Foundation, even during times when many nonprofits are seeing donors fade away. We want you to know we appreciate your continued loyalty to the Foundation. Your donations allow us to continue the Foundation's work to improve patient care.

Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.

- Anthony Robbins


We hope to see you at our Contributors' Breakfast:


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Versailles Ballroom

7:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.    

In the interest of healthcare progress I am sincerely,

Mindy Smith Signature 

Mindy D. Smith, BSPharm, R.Ph.

Executive Director, APhA Foundation

Also In This Issue
Unique Recognition for Pharmacy's Women Pioneers
Whose Heels are You Going to Fill?
Unique Recognition for Pharmacy's Women Pioneers

Over the years, women have played a pivotal role in shaping and advancing the pharmacy profession. They are the heart of the APhA Foundation's Women in Pharmacy Campaign, which recognizes the contributions of all female trailblazers, colleagues, wives, sisters, and daughters who have made significant contributions on behalf of their profession or supported others who are making pharmacy a career. A central component of the campaign is establishing the Women in Pharmacy Conference Room overlooking the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall at APhA headquarters in Washington, D.C. This prominent space will include a permanent exhibit that will serve as a visible reminder of women's significant role in pharmacy yesterday, today, and tomorrow. 

Two recent honorees and Founders of the Women in Pharmacy Conference Room are Jacque Butler, Ph.D., and Sandra Sheppard, R.Ph., of MedQuest Compounding Pharmacy in North Salt Lake, Utah. Jacque, an entrepreneur who has founded six companies dedicated to improving the health of individuals and families worldwide, created MedQuest in 1996 after identifying a need to provide physicians and patients with quality compounded preparations and services. Recognizing a leader, Jacque hired Sandra Sheppard, one of the first women pharmacists to graduate from the University of Utah, to play a pivotal role in furthering MedQuest's mission. For Sandra, this opportunity reflected a significant change from the job market she had initially encountered upon graduation from pharmacy school in the 1950's, when some companies did not want to hire women pharmacists and women who did enter the field were often unable to earn equal pay to their male colleagues.


Both Jacque and Sandra have mentored hundreds of pharmacists and technicians in the pharmacy profession over their careers, and are receiving their founding honor from their colleagues. Sharing their advice to women starting out in the pharmacy field, Jacque comments, "Make sure to know your worth and let others know it too. Don't take a backseat. Know your strength and pursue it." And Sandra agrees, "Go in and do your job, and do it well."                   

In their positions as pharmacy owner and pharmacist-in-charge, respectively, Jacque and Sandra uniquely exemplify the Women in Pharmacy Campaign's core philosophy and are examples of the invaluable contributions women have made and are continuing to make to the advancement of pharmacy. To learn more about the campaign or share the story of a woman who has made a difference in your life, click here. You can also join in as a founding member of the Women in Pharmacy Campaign or honor a female colleague by contributing to this unique recognition program.

Whose Heels are You Going to Fill?
APhA Foundation Women in Pharmacy Reception
Friday, March 9, 5:30pm-7:30pm 
Convention Center Room 267 
Supported by a grant from McKesson and RxOwnership

In conjunction with the Women in Pharmacy Campaign, the APhA Foundation is hosting a FREE Women in Pharmacy Reception at APhA2012 Annual Meeting, immediately prior to the APhA Opening Reception. We hope you'll join us for food, friends, a silent auction, and networking as we raise a glass to celebrate our progress and recognize women of influence in our profession. No ticket is required to attend.  

There is still an opportunity for you to become a Founder of the Women in Pharmacy Conference Room or honor a colleague with a Founder's contribution!
Click here for more information. 

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Thank you for your support!
The APhA Foundation would like to thank its Annual Fund contributors for the month of January.

Nancy Alvarez

Charles Barr

R. Paul Baumgartner

Allan Bell

Timothy Chrisney

Yvonne Dietrich

Donna Dockter

William Dudewicz, Jr.

David Franke

Maureen Glassberg

Mark Gravdal

Belma Hernandez

Thomas Hodel

Marshall Hollis

Joseph Janela

LTC Michael Johnson

Thomas Menighan

Michael Mon´┐Ż

Jacqueline Murphy

Leslie Neatrour

Alfred Notter

PACE Alliance

Michael Schwartz

Sean Stiffler

Charles Thomas

Farah Towfic

Peter Vlasses

Ralph Wilkie