School of Pharmacy
The University of Mississippi

School of Pharmacy Dean’s Advisory Council

The Dean’s Advisory Council is a distinguished group of pharmacy and industry leaders, alumni, and friends of the SOP whose purpose is to help the School fulfill its vision to improve health and wellness in the world through innovation and leadership. Council members are dedicated to using their success, expertise, experience, network, and resources to help the School elevate its excellence by:

  • Serving as an advocate and champion for the SOP to increase the impact, visibility, and reputation of the SOP
  • Providing guidance, perspectives, and sustainable ideas related to pharmacy education and strategic initiatives in the areas of program development, career preparation, diversity and equity, research, alumni and donor engagement, and more
  • Engaging with pharmacy and graduate students and support their professional growth
  • Assisting SOP leadership in building and strengthening external relationships with alumni, industry, government, health care organizations, and other key stakeholders to help the SOP grow
  • Promoting SOP activities and strategic initiatives to obtain financial support

Council members have an interest in pharmacy education and advancing pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences and are committed to contributing their professional expertise, experience, leadership, and resources to advance the SOP and extend its impact.

Council membership is by invitation of the Dean and represents the various missions of the SOP. The Council will meet on campus twice annually to work collaboratively with the Dean and SOP leadership to advocate for the School, to provide guidance, to engage with students, to assist in networking, and to garner support for SOP activities. Additionally, the Council does not engage in the administrative or management affairs of the School and does not have any fiduciary responsibilities. Council members are responsible for their own hotel and travel to the meetings.

Please email with questions.

Active Board Members

Name Role Organization
Amit Patel Vice President – PRMA Strategic Initiatives and Operations Indegene, Oxford, MS
Bill Calhoun Clinical Affairs Manager Progressive Medical, Inc
Billy Brown Clinical Pharmacy Specialist VA Medical Center, Jackson, MS
Blake Thompson President Mississippi College, Clinton, MS
Charles “Nate” Smith Chief Pharmacy Service VA Medical Center, Biloxi, MS
Cheryl Sudduth Pharmacy Owner Funderburk’s Pharmacy, Hernando, MS
Chris Ayers System Clinical Pharmacy Manager Singing River Health System, Ocean Springs, MS
Chris McLaurin District Leader, Pharmacy CVS Health, Jackson, MS
Craig Sartin Pharmacy Owner Sartin’s Discount Drugs, Long Beach, MS
David Rogers St. Jude Endowed Chair in Pharmaceutical Sciences Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
Doug Hoey Chief Executive Officer NCPA, Alexandria, VA
Doug Paul Vice President Spine BioPharma, New York
Earl Pace Pharmacy Recruiter Rite Aid, Columbus, MS
Edward Woo Pharmacy Informatics Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Hillary Blackburn Founder and Podcast Host, Chief Pharmacy Officer Talk to Your Pharmacist Podcast Host, Dispensary of Hope, Nashville, TN
Jameika Stuckey Director, Cardiology & Metabolism Team Pfizer, Jackson, MS
Jeff Porter National Director Kroger Health Central Region
Jillian Foster System Pharmacy Administrator Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation, Memphis, TN
Kyla Leon Critical Care Pharmacist UMMC, Jackson, MS
Laurin Dixon Lead Executive, Medicare Products Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, Little Rock, AR
Mona S. McBride Executive Director MPhA, Jackson, MS
Pam Miles Director of Pharmacy Services Merit Health-Wesley, Hattiesburg, MS
Pearl Wales-Peyton Pharmacist VA Medical Center, Canton, MS
Peter Ross Pharmacist, Owner – Ross Pharmacy Consulting Baptist Hospital, Oxford, MS
Phil Ayers Chief of Clinical Pharmacy Services MS Baptist Health System, Jackson, MS
Richard Faris Chief Operating Officer Pantherx Rare Pharmacy, Pittsburgh, PA
Robert Dozier Executive Director MIPA, Jackson, MS
Robert H. Lomenick Owner and Pharmacist Tyson Drugs Holly Springs, MS
Stan Williams VP of US Sales EGG Medical, Dallas, TX
Susan Cantrell Chief Executive Officer AMCP, Washington, DC
Susan McCoy Executive Director MS Board of Pharmacy Jackson, MS
Tripp Dixon Clinical Pharmacy Specialist MS Baptist Health System, Jackson, MS