MAPLE GUY, Minn., February 22, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Upsher-Smith Laboratories, LLC (Upsher-Smith) and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) are pleased to honor the winners of the NASPA Award for Excellence in Innovation 2021. Forty-one pharmacists from across the country have been honored for their outstanding contributions to the pharmaceutical profession. The annual award is coordinated by NASPA and sponsored by Upsher-Smith.

“Upsher-Smith is proud to partner with the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations to recognize honored pharmacists from across the country who have managed to shine brightly for their patients, even in the shadow of a global pandemic,” he said. Rusty field, President and CEO of Upsher-Smith. “These men and women have worked tirelessly to improve patient care in their communities, and it is an honor to honor them for their exemplary service.”

Johnny coverVice President of Strategic Initiatives and Acting Director General of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations added: “Throughout the pandemic, pharmacists have worked tirelessly to protect the health of patients. NASPA is pleased to continue its tradition of covering dedicated pharmacists who are advancing the profession. are grateful to our longtime partner Upsher-Smith and the participating state pharmacy associations for their continued support of the Innovation Award. ”

Among the winners of the “Outstanding Innovation Award” in 2021:

  • Alabama: Jessica HungPharmD
  • Alaska: Erin NarusPharmD
  • Arizona: Nicole Skovis, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, CMWA
  • Arkansas: Blake TorresPharmD
  • California: Daniel S. Kolayko, pharmacist, master
  • Colorado: Michelle L. IzorPharmD
  • Connecticut: Amy RickupperPharmD, med.
  • Delaware: Caitanya Gade
  • Florida: Jade D. MontechoPharmD
  • Georgia: Lindsay J. McCoyPharmD, BCPP
  • Illinois: Harry M. ZolarsPharmD
  • Indiana: Patrick SorgenPharmD, CSP
  • Iowa: Casey WillhauerPharmD, BCGP
  • Kansas: Lawrence of DavidRPh
  • Kentucky: Hope ManiacPharmD
  • Louisiana: Carl J. SavoyRPh
  • Maryland: Arnold J. Hong KongRF, SCC
  • Michigan: Meijer Pharmacy Team
  • Mississippi: Anna Catherine WardPharmD
  • Missouri: Lisa M. SilesenPharmD, BCACP
  • Montana: JoElen MaurerBSPh, MHA, BCPS
  • New Hampshire: Bethany A. FranciszekPharmD
  • New Jersey: Antonio V. MiniciRPh, FACA
  • New Mexico: Rebecca DeMosPharmD
  • New York: Mayan ParishPharmD
  • North Carolina: Claire AustinPharmD
  • North Dakota: Brody MaakPharmD
  • Ohio: Alex S. ValentinePharmD, BCACP, TTS
  • Oklahoma: Chris SchillerPharmD
  • Oregon: Julie DunesupRPh, CDE
  • Pennsylvania: John DeJamesRPh
  • Rhode Island: Carrie LaPlantePharmD, FCCP, FIDSA
  • South Carolina: Ranarda JonesPharmD, MBA
  • Tennessee: Jason VinsonPharmD
  • Texas: Aaron GibsonPharmD, MS
  • Virginia: Christy R. FowlerRPh
  • Washington: Ahmed AliPharmD
  • Washington, DC: Samir BalilePharmD
  • West Virginia: Matthew RafaPharmD
  • Wisconsin: Trisha Sayce RanolaPharmD, CDCES, BCGP, FAIHM
  • Wyoming: Matt MeyerPharmD

About the Innovation Award
The Outstanding Innovation Award is given to qualified pharmacists who have demonstrated significant innovations in their practice, methods or services that have directly or indirectly led to improved patient care and / or the advancement of the pharmaceutical profession. The prize is awarded by the participating state pharmacy associations.

About Absher-Smith
Upsher-Smith Laboratories, LLC is a trusted US pharmaceutical company committed to improving the health and lives of patients through a steadfast commitment to high quality products and sustainable growth. The company offers generics and brands to a wide range of customers, always backed by an attentive level of service, strong industry relationships and a commitment to uninterrupted supply. For more information, visit

About the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations
The National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA), founded in 1927 as the National Board of Governors of State Pharmacy Associations, aims to enhance the success of state pharmacy associations in their efforts to advance the profession of pharmacy. NASPA members include state pharmacy associations and more than 70 other interested organizations. NASPA promotes leadership, sharing, training, and policy sharing between its members and pharmacy leaders across the country. For more information, visit the NASPA website

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