Who We Are

Dr. Donney John, Pharm.D., Chief Clinical Officer

Don is leading our Hospital Transition in Care and our Employer Solutions programs.  He is a practicing pharmacist, healthcare consultant and entrepreneur, with considerable expertise in the areas of patient engagement, population health management, transition in care and mobile health technology solutions. He serves as a medical advisor for a variety of companies focused on health/wellness, patient engagement and medication adherence.

Don is also the Executive Director for NovaScripts Central, a non-profit pharmacy that provides free medications to uninsured patients in the northern Virginia area.  He is also the founder of Urban Medical Solutions,  which is focused on raising the awareness of health literacy with in the under served patient population.

Having previously worked as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Don developed innovative ambulatory care practice sites within federally qualified community health centers.  He has trained pharmacy students, pharmacy residents, medical residents and other healthcare professionals in the areas of health literacy and cultural competency.

Don holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from St. John’s University in Queens, New York and has completed a pharmacy residency with Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.

Dr. Larry Westfall, VP Value Based Care

Larry Westfall (Pharm.D.) joined Pharmacist Partners as VP, Value-Based Care in September 2015.

For several years, prior to joining Pharmacist Partners, Larry was Director, Healthcare Quality Alliances for the Strategic Customer Group within Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems. He was part of a team responsible for developing an understanding across Janssen Pharmaceuticals Companies of Johnson & Johnson of the changing dynamics within the US healthcare system, and working across the organization to develop strategies to align company offerings with the needs of current and evolving healthcare delivery and payment models.
Prior to this role, Larry held positions within J&J of the National Director, Strategic Alliances in the Health, Policy, Advocacy & Quality division and the Director, Quality Management for the Johnson & Johnson Institutional Franchise where Larry was responsible for providing franchise-specific strategic quality planning & perspective on current health system practices and future healthcare environment strategies. During his tenure in this position, Larry was appointed and served as a Member of the NQF National Priority Partnerships’ Care Coordination Workgroup.

Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson in 2005, Larry held a variety of leadership positions with Aventis Pharmaceuticals.

Larry received his BS in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Maryland.  Prior to his career in the pharmaceutical industry held several senior management pharmacy positions in the hospital, home care, and long term care segments. In addition, Larry has held faculty appointments at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and George Washington University School of Medicine where he taught geriatric pharmacotherapy.

Dr. Zeshan Mahmood, Clinical Director of Healthcare Strategy

Dr. Zeshan Mahmood, PharmD, is the Clinical Director of Healthcare Strategy at Pharmacist Partners, a national healthcare service and clinical knowledge organization of pharmacists. He is also currently a practicing pharmacist for Walgreens licensed in Washington DC and Virginia.

Zeshan also currently works with NovaScripts Central, a non-profit pharmacy that provides free medications to uninsured patients, on patient education and outreach initiatives.

Zeshan obtained his Pharm.D. degree in 2016 from Virginia Commonwealth University and also has his BS in Neuroscience from George Mason University.

Michael Perrino, R.Ph., Chief Operating Officer

Most recently, Mike served as Clinical Consulting Director for the Southeast Region of the United States at CVS/Caremark. Mike supervised a team of consultant pharmacists who called on the top physicians and staff in the region to serve the needs of Caremark PBM clients and their members. He also managed the daily operational needs of the region.

Mike came to Caremark in 1998 from Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, where he was Director of Network & Contracts.  Prior to his tenure with Empire, Mike served as Director of Audit and Provider Relations at Value Rx Northeast as well as holding several positions at the Kmart Corporation, such as Pharmacy Regional Manager, Pharmacy District Manager, and Pharmacy Manager. Mike’s career has been marked by creating successful and profitable organizations in multiple arenas of the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries including PBM, Retail and Insurance. He has developed an expertise in creating agile and responsive teams by empowering professionals to exceed all goals on both a corporate and personal level, resulting in a successful team with corresponding high levels of personal satisfaction and low employee turnover.

Mike earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Music from Union College in Schenectady, New York and his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy in Albany, New York.

Valencia Courts, RN, MSN, MBA, VP Clinical Operations

Valencia  has expertise in population health management, hospital operations, healthcare consulting and lean methodology. She has extensive knowledge in telemedicine and has spearheaded numerous telemedicine programs with VISICU throughout the United States.   Valencia also served as the Director of a pharmacy-implemented Transitions of Care Program at Inova Health System in northern Virginia. She has held several leadership positions in hospitals and consulting firms, and continues to maintain her commitment to nursing by serving as adjunct nursing professor and mentoring nursing students.

Valencia earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

She graduated with honors from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland where she earned a dual degree of Master of Science in Nursing (Concentration: Health Systems Management) and an MBA. Valencia also holds a Business of Nursing Certificate from The Johns Hopkins University and is certified in Lean Healthcare.

Andrea Haller, CIO/CRO, co-Founder

Andrea has spent over two decades in market research, in increasingly senior positions. She joined FIND/SVP, which is now a business unit of Opinion Research Corp., in 1981 and held the position of Research Director. Her research group, which doubled under her management, accounted for 60% of the Division profits.  In 2000 Andrea became an independent consultant.

For several years, Andrea worked exclusively with Amgen to provide strategic research and consulting concerning its Aranesp® launch.

Prior to founding Pharmacist Partners, Andrea consulted for a variety of industry leaders and specialized in executive interviews and benchmarking studies.  Her projects spanned across many industries including consumer/marketing, banking and insurance, industrial, and healthcare.  She is also published, having researched and written reports for marketresearch.com. Andrea earned her BA in economics from Queens College/CUNY.


Paul Hellerick, R.Ph., Director, Patient Centered Care

As Director, Patient Centered Care, Paul plays a critical role in Pharmacist Partners’ HomeCare, Employer and Hospital solutions platform, specifically patient engagement.  He is a practicing pharmacist, health care business owner and entrepreneur, with 25 years of experience in different aspects of Pharmacy practice including Hospital, Long Term Care and Retail. Paul has extensive experience with patient counseling and patient relationship building. He believes health care needs to focus its attention on the patient and encourage them to be partners in their own health care outcomes.

Paul’s previous work in Hospital Pharmacy included being a member of the Chronic Illness Team and creating a new Narcotic Reconciliation process for the inpatient Pharmacy, while his retail experience focused on Patient Relationship Development, Budget and Staff Management.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in Philadelphia, PA.

Pamela Gettinger Tucker, Senior Consultant & Strategist

Pamela has been providing market research, strategic planning, marketing, communications, and product and brand support to companies in health care and related services for decades and has been instrumental in the development of new products and services in health care, education and technology.

Currently, she heads the market research and consulting division of Pharmacist Partners, conducting and managing projects such as market overviews, situation analyses, competitive research, and brand/product/marketing research.

Pamela holds a Master’s Degree from NYU and a Bachelor’s Degree from Dartmouth College. She has also been the recipient of multiple marketing leadership and product awards at CIGNA and Friuli Sorbet, Inc.  She also is actively engaged with several community organizations and has served on non-profit boards.

Brooke Smith DiCapua, Director of Alliance Management and Market Research

Brooke brings 20 years of experience in market research, account management and business development. Brooke’s career started at Find/SVP in 1992, moving up from analyst to management positions. In 1999 Brooke transitioned to a market research management position at Meredith Corporation, supporting sales and marketing for Better Homes and Gardens/Ladies Home Journal Magazines.

In 2008, Brooke assumed new business development responsibilities at Universum, the employer branding firm.  In 2011 Brooke became an independent consultant within the field of healthcare research and joined Pharmacist Partners as Director of Alliance Management and Market Research in March 2012.

Brooke has a BA in International Relations from The College of William and Mary.

Laura Stinchcomb, Senior Project Manager

Laura brings over twenty years’ experience in market research and sales to Pharmacist Partners. As Business Development Manager, Sales Manager and Dir. of Marketing, she specialized in Business to Business marketing for the Healthcare and the Financial Services industries.

Laura’s sales and lead generation background has enabled her to conduct interviews with “difficult to reach executives” and her emphasis on sales has helped her to understand buy/sell relationships for her clients as well as help them get into the doors of their potential clients. Laura specializes in lead generation, organizational charts and strategic alliances.

Laura has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and has certifications in Contract Law, Innovation in Healthcare and Chemistry.

Khrys Kantarze , SVP, Talent Management/Human Resources

Khrys has over 25 years of experience in the health care industry. She has a diversified background in both operations and human resources, and brings a unique perspective to the team. Khrys began her career in healthcare as a Nursing Home Administrator then was promoted as a Human Resource Consultant to her previous peers. Throughout her career as a human resource professional for the healthcare industry she has served as interim Administrator for facilities experiencing challenging personnel problems, including attempted unionization. She also served as corporate compliance officer for a multi-site therapy, home health and hospice organization for several years.

Since 2005, Khrys has worked as an HR consultant and national speaker for healthcare conventions.   With more than 20 years as a successful healthcare/human resource executive, combined with an operations background, she has a unique blend of talents to help individuals and companies identify and achieve their goals.

Khrys graduated from Youngstown State University, Ohio with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration,  is certified as Training and Development Specialist and a trainer for Franklin Covey in “What Matters Most”.  She has her master’s degree from St. John’s University in spiritual healing and is a certified Hypnotherapist. She is a member in good standing in The Society of Human Resource Professionals.

Joyce Schlener, VP Marketing

Joyce’s 30 years’ experience in healthcare encompasses all avenues of marketing. As the Director of Multisource Marketing for Fougera Pharmaceuticals, concentrating in the generic dermatology niche, she helped to develop the company’s extensive pipeline and was involved in all areas of product lifecycles, specializing in product & project launch management, corporate branding, media planning, and show and convention management. Joyce launched more than 75 products, including two of the largest dermatological products to go off patent, Lotrisone®  (betamethasone dipropionate) and Aldara® (imiquimod).

Joyce’s relationship with the humanitarian organization AmeriCares® spans over 20 years and has led Joyce to travel to various third world countries such as El Salvador and Nicaragua. The missions were to lend support and aid to those in need of medical assistance. She chaired both the corporate and employee based philanthropic programs for Fougera.

Joyce has a BA degree from St. Johns University in NY, and certification from Columbia University in Strategic Marketing Management

Medical Director:

Alan Krumholz, MD, FAAP, DFACMQ

Dr. Krumholz recently retired from the Mayo Clinic Health System (MCHS) where he served for fourteen years as VP of Practice Development at Franciscan Healthcare (FH), and Medical Director of Health Tradition Health Plan. His MCHS roles include: Director of Quality Outcomes and project informaticist on the Humedica database. He was a key physician leader in the EMR Project.

Prior to MCHS he has been the medical director of health plans in Massachusetts and Virginia and concomitantly held Associate professorships in Pediatrics and Informatics at the University of Massachusetts and University of Virginia respectively. He has led the industry in the use of utilization, outcomes management and physician profiling and has contributed to the development of HEDIS and Interqual standards. He began his career as a full time pediatric practitioner in a 6 physician private practice for fifteen years, introducing automated systems and processes as early as 1982.

Dr. Krumholz is an accomplished speaker at many conferences and academic centers. He has published articles and training materials on Utilization, quality management, physician profiling and physician empowerment. He is a Distinguished Fellow and Past President of the American College of Medical Quality and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Quality Assurance and Utilization Review.  Dr. Krumholz holds a BS degree in Physics and an MD from SUNY, and completed his Pediatric Residency at the University of Massachusetts.

 

Advisors:

John Castellani, President and CEO of PhRMA

John is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

This organization represents America’s leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies. These companies directly employ more than 600,000 men and women nationwide and work to create new medicines that help patients fight disease and live longer, healthier lives. PhRMA members are among the most innovative research-based companies in the world, investing an estimated $49.5 billion in new medical research and development in 2011.

In assuming his new responsibilities, John has pledged that PhRMA will continue to lead efforts to find patient-centered solutions to healthcare challenges in America and around the globe. In particular, PhRMA will focus on helping to successfully implement — and improve — the healthcare reform law and will work to build a dynamic environment in the United States that promotes and rewards medical innovation.

Before joining PhRMA, John was President and Chief Executive Officer of Business Roundtable (BRT). The BRT is an association of chief executive officers from leading U.S. corporations with a combined workforce of nearly 12 million employees and $6 trillion in annual revenues.

Harold Cohen, R.Ph.

Harold is a registered pharmacist and Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of U.S. Pharmacist. During his 40-year professional career, Harold has served on several national and international association committees and boards, twice holding the position of Chairman of the National Council of Prescription Drug Programs.

He is a well-known speaker both here and abroad on topics related to pharmacy and communications. He has also spoken at many pharmacy schools and association meetings on topics ranging from the business of pharmacy to the profession of pharmacy.

As Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of U.S. Pharmacist, Harold is responsible for the editorial and business direction of this clinically focused, peer-reviewed publication with a circulation of 138,000 pharmacists. In addition to its in-depth clinical editorial, each U.S. Pharmacist issue features articles on a variety of subjects important to pharmacists including: pharmacy law, U.S. FDA issues, exclusive patient-teaching aids, USP medication safety reviews, the latest information on new products, and continuing education. U.S. Pharmacist also publishes a “Health Systems Edition” each month targeted to approximately 37,000 health systems pharmacists, which include staff pharmacists, hospital directors, clinical pharmacists, HMO chief pharmacists, and consultant pharmacists.

Dr. Sal Giorgianni, Pharm.D.

Dr. Sal  Giorgianni is a practicing pharmacist, consultant pharmacist and pharmacist educator, and is recognized as an expert in men’s health, pharmacy practice and the U.S. pharmaceutical industry. Sal has over 26 years of pharmaceutical industry experience (at Pfizer)in areas of regulatory policy, research and marketing and sales training. Sal currently serves and has served on several patient and professional association board of directors including the AOA Foundation, the National Association for Continence, the American Public Health Association and the Men’s Health Network.

Sal has authored over 120 articles in health care, serves on several peer review publication committees and is a frequent speaker at professional and general audience programs on men’s health and health care practice.  He is an active member of the governing board of the Men’s Health Network and chair of the American Public Health Association Men’s Health Caucus. Sal holds a Bachelors of Science and a Doctor of Pharmacy graduate degree from Columbia University in New York City.

David A. Perry,  co-Founder

David has 15 years’ experience in corporate strategic development, consulting and investment banking in the healthcare industry. He has extensive experience in business development and strategic planning for specialty pharmaceutical companies.

David was Director Business Development for SkyePharma plc. a global specialty pharmaceutical company focused on respiratory diseases. Prior to working at Skye Pharma, he was Vice President at Inyx, Inc., an international contract developer and manufacturer of specialty pharmaceutical products.

David’s start-up experience includes an interactive media company, of which he is currently a majority shareholder, and a specialty chemical company where he secured the company’s initial funding through the sale of Series A stock. As an investment banking analyst and associate with Asante Partners LLC, David provided financing, M&A, and advisory services to a variety of emerging healthcare and technology companies.

David earned a BS degree in environmental engineering with a minor focus in economics from Tufts University.

Dr. Sandeep Pulim, MD

Dr. Pulim is currently CMIO at @Point of Care™,  which leverages innovative health information technology to support the highest quality care, patient outreach, and population management, while providing a safe and trusted environment for self-assessment, peer assessment, evaluation of performance in practice, and learning at the point of care.

He founded several health tech companies, most recently as co-founder of Health Recovery Solutions, which helps empower patients to better manage their health and improve quality of life using evidence based interventions.

Dr. Pulim previously served as Senior Medical Editor at MDLinx,  an award-winning, practical medical information tool that busy physicians and other healthcare professionals use to stay up to date with the latest research in the medical field.

He earned his MD from St. George’s University School of Medicine in 2002, and since then he has been an advisor at several Health/tech accelerator programs such as Liftoff Health, Startup Health, and BluePrint Health.