2017 Annual Conference & National Student Retreat Speakers


Jeffrey A. Bates, PharmD, CGP


Dr. Bates’ personal mission is to recruit, empower, and inspire pharmacists who are committed to lavishing the love of Christ on our fallen world through the provision of exceptional care, and by routinely striving to exceed expectations.

Joining Cedarville University’s School of Pharmacy as Associate Dean in the summer of 2016, Dr. Bates helps to ensure that students achieve the highest levels of success, both in their pharmacy studies as well as in their efforts to honor God.  His role focuses on guiding future pharmacists from the early stages of recruitment all the way through fostered involvement as alumni. 

In the years prior to joining Cedarville, Dr. Bates served at Ferris State University’s College of Pharmacy as Assistant Dean and Director of Student Success.  While at Ferris, he founded the Ferris Pharmacy care clinic in 2013 which is located inside Ferris’ College of Pharmacy.  At the clinic, students regularly honed their clinical skills, assuring comprehensive care to underserved patients in and around Mecosta County.  Further, he shared clinical responsibilities in an interdisciplinary diabetes clinic, facilitating experiential and inter-professional learning for pharmacy, optometry, and nursing students. 

Elias B. Chahine, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS (AQ-ID)


Dr. Elias Chahine is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Wellington Regional Medical Center. He has authored articles and book chapters in the area of infectious diseases pharmacotherapy and has presented posters and podium presentations at local, state, and national pharmacy meetings. He is the recipient of several teaching and practice awards including the ACCP Infectious Diseases PRN Clinical Practice Award and the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists Forerunner Award.

Jeffrey T. Copeland, BS, ThM, PharmD


Dr. Jeffrey Copeland is an ordained Baptist Minister, a Registered Pharmacist, and a former United States Army Captain.  His beloved wife, Julie, is a Registered Dietitian.  Julie and Jeff are the parents of two wonderful boys, Nathan and Matthew.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Berry College, a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University, and a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.  Jeff is the Assistant Dean of Experiential Programs, Professor in Pharmacy Practice, and the CPFI Student Chapter Advisor at the University of the Incarnate Word, Feik School of Pharmacy in San Antonio, Texas.  

Fred M. Eckel, BS, MS, ScD (Hon)


Fred Eckel is Executive Director Emeritus of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists and Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

Fred grew up in Philadelphia where he graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.  He earned his MS degree and residency in hospital pharmacy from The Ohio State University School of Pharmacy and Hospitals. He received an honorary doctor of science degree from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in May 2009.  Fred is a pharmacist by choice, commitment and concern.  During his lengthy career, he has worked in community and hospital pharmacy settings.  He served as Director of Pharmacy at the UNC Hospitals from 1968 to 1975.  Fred is a past president of ASHP, NCSHP, and the North Carolina Center for Pharmaceutical Care. Fred is Editor Emeritus of Pharmacy Times and has contributed over 250 articles and editorials to the pharmacy literature.  He is a frequent speaker at pharmacy meetings, having spoken in every U.S. state and on all inhabited continents.

Fred’s wife, Peggy, is a nurse; his daughter, Sarah, and son, Stephen, practice pharmacy.  Fred’s faith is important to him.  He currently serves as President of Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International.

Fred is considered a pharmacy futurist. You may not agree with him, but he will make you think.  Be prepared to be challenged, stimulated, and quickened.

Barry Ewy, PharmD, JD, MHA


Dr. Ewy is currently the CEO of Blessings International, a non-profit international pharmaceutical repackager and wholesaler, where he is responsible for operational and financial leadership including all aspects of product sourcing and meeting current good manufacturing practices. He works with short term teams traveling worldwide as well as long term clinics to assess their product needs.

Dr. Ewy has also served as the CEO of a specialty acute care hospital, a Director of Pharmacy, and had a private law practice for several years.  Over the last 15 years, he has presented lectures on medical missions product procurement, pharmacy and health care law, policy and procedure development, and organizational structure and control.

Dr. Ewy earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy; his Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, School of Law; and his Master of Health Administration from A.T. Still University.

Daniel A. Hussar, PhD


Daniel A. Hussar holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Pharmacy, and is the Remington Professor of Pharmacy at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences.  He is a member of a number of professional organizations including the American Pharmacists Association, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Drug Information Association, and the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association.  He is a Past President of the Drug Information Association and Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association.  He has served as the Honorary President and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Pharmacists Association, and on the Board of Directors of World Vision and Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International.

Dr. Hussar’s faculty responsibilities include participation in the therapeutics courses, the law and ethics course, and as a preceptor for teaching rotation experiences at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.  His primary interests are in the areas of new drugs, drug interactions, and issues facing the profession of pharmacy, and he has written and spoken extensively on these subjects.  For many years he has published papers in several professional journals on the new medications that have been marketed in the United States.  He serves as author/editor of The Pharmacist Activist newsletter.

Gary O. Lewis, BS Pharm


Gary Lewis, BSc, RPh is a clinical pharmacist in the Dept. of Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplantation at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA.   He has been employed at Geisinger since 1972.  Gary is the proud parent of two sons, Kenneth and Owen, and 3 grandchildren, Addison, Landon and Nolan.  Gary has been a preceptor in Hematology/Stem Cell Transplantation for many years, and has been a preceptor for the elective of International Medical Missions for the past 4 years, leading medical teams to Haiti twice a year.

Thomas Robertson, EdD


Originally from Michigan, Dr. Robertson joined the staff at PBA in 2009 as the Assistant Dean for Students at the Gregory School of Pharmacy. Dr. Robertson’s professional experience includes over 30 years in higher education as an administrator and instructor in student services including; new student orientation, leadership development, academic advising, career development, residence life, and pharmacy education.  While at the University of Florida, he assisted in the development of the Jacksonville campus for the School of Pharmacy, expanding the PharmD program to 1200 students.

Tom received his bachelor’s degree in Education from Central Michigan University, a master of arts degree in higher education from Michigan State University, and a doctorate in education from the University of Florida in higher education administration. Tom is a member of the Florida Pharmacy Association (FPA), the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and is a former Board Member for CPFI and currently serves as co-advisor for the CPFI student chapter at PBA.

Raised in the Presbyterian church (PCUSA), Tom  is a former Elder and director of youth programs and is a current member at Community of Hope (United Methodist) in Loxahatchee Groves, Florida.  He and his wife, Paula, 14 year old son, Jack, reside in Wellington, Florida. 

Cathy Rosenbaum, BS Pharm, MBA, PharmD


Dr. Cathy Rosenbaum is a holistic clinical pharmacist, certified health coach, and the Founder & CEO of a consulting practice in holistic health, Rx Integrative Solutions located in Loveland, Ohio.

In 2002, Dr. Rosenbaum traveled to China to study herbal research and global healthcare solutions.  She also has previous experience in OTC Medical Affairs at Procter & Gamble, hospital-based pharmacy practice at TriHealth Corporation, and in academia at Wright State University.

Dr. Rosenbaum received her BS in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University, her PharmD from the University of Cincinnati, and her MBA from Xavier University.

She is a member of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, The American College of Healthcare Executives, and she is on the editorial boards for Pharmacy Practice News and Holistic Primary Care.   She is the recipient of the 2016 Cincinnati Comprehensive Healthcare Leadership Award.

In November 2015 she published her first award-winning book, Don’t Sweep It Under the Drug!  Integrating Evidence-Based Body Mind & Spiritual Practices into Your Health & Wellness Tool Kit available on Amazon.com. 

Alan Spies, RPh, JD, MBA (Pharm Administration)


Dr. Alan Spies is a Senior Associate at GiANT Worldwide and Co-Founder, XCEL Consulting. Alan is a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He earned a BS in Pharmacy from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, a JD and a MBA from the University of Oklahoma and a PhD in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Mississippi. During his nearly 15 years in higher education, Alan most recently served as an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the leadership degree option program at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, receiving their teacher of the year award in 2011. Alan has taught courses at the professional and graduate levels, specializing in the areas of leadership, law, ethics, human resource management, marketing and entrepreneurship.

Alan is also a graduate of Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Certificate Program and licensed as an associate certified coach with the International Coach Federation. Before founding XCEL, a company dedicated to multiplying and cultivating engaged leaders, Alan served as Chief Operating Officer of SALLT, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving leaders from the public, private and social sectors by helping them leverage their passion, skills and influence for the common good. Alan has a passion and heart for raising up the next generation of leaders, primarily college students and young adults. Alan especially enjoys working with emerging leaders from East Africa, individuals who have helped change his perspective in an amazing way. Alan serves on the advisory board of ELE Rwanda, an organization dedicated to ensuring that the development of Rwanda is based on and sustained by the efforts and talents of Rwandans.

Alan and his wife, Laurie, live in Arvada, Colorado, where they love to hike and eat ice cream (not necessarily in that order) with their golden doodle puppy, Sully.

Nancy  A. Stoehr, PharmD


Dr. Stoehr earned her PharmD from the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Pharmacy in 2006 and is currently enrolled in the master of education – teaching and learning program at Concordia University Wisconsin. Nancy has been carrying out her vocation as an Assistant Professor at Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy since 2012 where her teaching focus centers on pharmaceutical dosage forms and extemporaneous pharmaceutical compounding for the community patient. In the spring of 2016 she became a Fellow of the American College of Apothecaries. Nancy is an active member of Women’s Leadership Institute in Concordia University Wisconsin that’s mission is to educate, encourage and equip women to become Christian leaders. Her dedication to Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International is at both a national level as part of the education committee and at a university level as the faculty adviser for Concordia’s CPFI student chapter. Nancy is currently continuing her pharmacy practice as a compounding pharmacist with Skywalk Pharmacy in Milwaukee, WI which has a non-sterile pediatric community compounding focus. She enjoys incorporating faith, practice and research into her education of future pharmacists.

Virgil Van Dusen, BS Pham, JD


Virgil Van Dusen is the Bernhardt Professor of Pharmacy in the College of Pharmacy at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of the College of Pharmacy at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and The University of Tulsa College of Law. He has taught at Southwestern for over 20 years, five of which were as a clinical instructor. Prior to joining Southwestern he practiced extensively as both a pharmacist and an attorney. Courses that he teaches include pharmacy law, ethics and leadership.

Dr. Van Dusen has authored numerous articles dealing with legal and management issues related to pharmacy practice. His articles have appeared in such journals as the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, Hospital Pharmacy, Journal of Pharmacy Technology, U.S. Pharmacist, Pharmacy Times, Drug Topics and America’s Pharmacist. He has presented research at both state and national conferences and is frequently invited as a speaker for pharmacy organizations.



Joy Greene, PharmD


Dr. Joy Greene grew up in Albemarle, North Carolina.  She is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her doctor of pharmacy degree in 1998.  She worked in independent pharmacy for 7 years before becoming a pharmacy professor.  She taught at Wingate University in NC for six years and at Union University in TN for three years.  Dr. Greene now works at High Point University in the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy where she serves as a Professor and the Assistant Dean for Experiential Education.  She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Bryan, for 20 years and they have two children, Ellie and Sam.  
God has given Joy a deep passion for teaching His Word and encouraging women in their walk with Him.  In 2011 God called her and her family to Jackson, TN.  There, she was invited to be a guest on the local Christian radio station.  The general manager liked her enthusiasm and her voice so he offered her an opportunity to do a daily devotional on air.  She prayed over the opportunity and knew God was calling her to encourage others!  She founded Joytime Ministries in 2012.  "Joytime" is an upbeat, one-minute Christian radio segment that airs on over 150 radio stations worldwide.   Through Joytime, Joy speaks into the hearts of her listeners as she discusses REAL life issues from a Biblical perspective. You can learn more about Joytime Ministries at www.joytime.org.

Ronald A. Herman, MSc, PhD


Professor Herman is a three-time graduate of the University of Iowa College of pharmacy.  He received his bachelor of pharmacy degree in 1976 and his master of science in pharmacy in 1978.  Then he and his wife traveled to Southern Africa where during the days of apartheid he was involved in training pharmacists in one of the homelands in that area.  After an enjoyable and fruitful 6 years of work and ministry there he, his wife, and daughter returned to Iowa City where he pursued a PhD in pharmacokinetics.  Upon completion of 7 years of study, he worked at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for 2 years in a surgical intensive care unit pharmacy.  He then joined the faculty of the College of Pharmacy in 1994 and has been there ever since.  For 7 years he cared for patients in the burn treatment center, and since 2001 he has been director of the Iowa Drug Information Network. Professor Herman has also been active in Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International over the past 25 plus years where he has served in many roles and is currently the Executive Director.  He serves on the Global Health Outreach (GHO) Advisory Council as a pharmacy representative.  He has participated in 10 short term GHO primary medical care mission trips to Zambia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Afghanistan, Nicaragua and Mexico.

Jennifer Sands, BS Pharm


Pharmacy has taken a back seat for Jennifer since the death of her husband Jim in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Back then, no one would’ve convinced her that anything good could ever come out of such an unthinkable tragedy. But she has since learned that God is able to do exceedingly more than we can imagine when we put our trust in Him! God used 9/11 as a catalyst to bring Jennifer to saving faith in Jesus Christ. She now regularly shares her story of God’s grace and her message of trusting Him and His Word. Jennifer’s story has been featured on many national media outlets and she’s the Author of 3 books: A Tempered Faith, A Teachable Faith, and A Treasured Faith. She’s a popular retreat speaker and regularly addresses many audiences with her powerful, Biblically-centered messages. Jennifer is a 1989 pharmacy graduate of Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. She still works part-time for an independent pharmacy in New Jersey, but the majority of her time is devoted to Christian writing and speaking on a local, national, and international basis. For more info, visit www.jennifersands.com and follow Jennifer’s events on Facebook. Jennifer looks forward to the fellowship time with her CPFI family!