William A. Zellmer
, B.S. (Pharmacy), M.P.H. is a consultant, writer, and speaker on strategic and professional issues in pharmacy practice and education, reflecting a career-long interest in advancing pharmacy as a vital health profession. He has been a member of AIHP and an active volunteer since his student days at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy; he was elected president of the Institute in 2013. Bill is retired from the ASHP staff where he served nearly 40 years in various capacities, including as editor of the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy
and as deputy executive vice president. Some of Bill’s AJHP
editorials were compiled in a book entitled, The Conscience of a Pharmacist–Essays on Vision and Leadership for a Profession
. He co-edited a book of essays by pharmacists entitled Nourishing the Soul of Pharmacy–Stories of Reflection
. He is a Fellow of the International Pharmaceutical Federation and has received honorary doctoral degrees from two universities.
2017 Election Statement: “I would find it a privilege to continue to lead the Board of Directors in strategic planning, policies governing AIHP activities, and general oversight of Institute affairs. Special attention will be placed on succession planning for staff leadership, membership development, expanding resources to support AIHP’s mission, fostering a constructive relationship with a new professor in the history of pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin, and hosting the 2019 International Congress for the History of Pharmacy in Washington, DC.”
, Ph.D., is Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History. He previously was an associate professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, an assistant professor at Harvard Business School, and a visiting professor at the China Europe International Business School. His scholarly work analyzes the emergence of technology-based industries, explores the relationship between regulation and innovation, and compares innovation systems internationally. Daemmrich has published in the history of medicine, science and technology studies, and health policy, including the monograph, Pharmacopolitics: Drug Regulation in the United States and Germany
, and 50 peer-reviewed articles, books chapters, and teaching cases used worldwide.
2017 Election Statement: “The AIHP has long served as a vital resource supporting academic research as well as public outreach and education in the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals. I aim to strengthen that role by encouraging efforts to bring historical perspective to bear on contemporary issues in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences and support the preservation and expansion of AIHP’s archives and collections. My goal is to work with fellow board members, AIHP’s staff, and core constituents to build additional support for the Institute and enhance programming that connects historians, pharmacists, and interested parties in the pharmaceutical industry.”
Robert A. Buerki
, Ph.D., R.Ph., teaches history of pharmacy and professional ethics at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy as Professor Emeritus. From 1981-85, he served as President-Elect and President of the AIHP. Dr. Buerki has been inducted into the International Academy of the History of Pharmacy, is the 2004 recipient of the AIHP’s Edward Kremers Award, and has served as Contributing Editor for Pharmacy in History
2017 Election Statement: “I would like to see the Institute expand its mission to further encompass professional ethics, or in the words of founding Director, George Urdang, ‘to equip the pharmacist for citizenship in the world of . . . moral responsibility by making him familiar with the . . . humanistic ramifications of the profession.’ This would allow the Institute to expand its membership to pharmacists and instructors interested in professional ethics.”
Treasurer (Term: 2018-2020)
W. Clarke Ridgway is a native of Wheeling, WV. He received a B.S. in Pharmacy from West Virginia University in 1971. Practice experiences have included retail, hospital, clinic and geriatric settings. Teaching experiences have included history of pharmacy, geriatrics, and laboratory courses. He received the AIHP Teaching Improvement Award in 1985 and recently retired as Assistant Dean for Student Services, West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. Ridgway has served as AIHP Treasurer since 2011 and has also been a member of numerous committees, the Director’s Advisory Panel, and Council President. Research interests include the history of pharmacy practice and the history of home remedies.
Board Member-at-Large (Elected)
, Ph.D., is a cultural historian at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) who specializes in the intersection between pharmaceuticals and the 20th century consumer culture. Among other places, his work has appeared in American Quarterly
, the American Journal of Public Health
, the Bulletin of the History of Medicine
, and in the book, Happy Pills in America: From Miltown to Prozac
. His current project is a book-length history of prescription drug addiction.
2017 Election Statement: “I am interested in a basic question: what kinds of things are considered ‘pharmaceutical,’ and how and why has that category changed over time? My vision would be to build bridges between the history of pharmacy and other fields. My current project is an attempt to do this by focusing on the contested boundary between ‘drugs’ and ‘medicines’—a pharmaceutical distinction that has reverberated broadly through society, culture, and politics in the 20th century.
Board Member-at-Large (Elected)
has expertise in health care systems, immunization programs, standards for medicines and foods, drug regulation, and global health diplomacy. She currently is the Director of Health Initiatives at the University of Oregon’s University Health Center in Eugene, Oregon. She also served as a senior vice president with the US Pharmacopeia in Rockville, Maryland, where she began her involvement in the history of medicines and pharmacopoeias when she managed USP’s 175th anniversary celebration in 1995. She has consulted on several organizational histories through her former company, RightInsight, Inc. She earned a B.A. in Art History from the University of Maryland, an M.S. in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy from the University of Florida School of Pharmacy, and a Master of Public Health from George Washington University. She has been as a member of AIHP since 1994 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2016.
2018 Election Statement: “In my two years of serving on the AIHP Board, I have learned that Board members not only bring a wealth of expertise and skills learned over the span of a career but also personal passion for the history of pharmacy and medicines. I have been honored to serve on this board and include among our accomplishments the hiring of the new administrative director Dennis Birke, the launch of a new membership action plan to increase AIHP’s membership, and the planning of the International Congress for the History of Pharmacy to be held in Washington, DC, in September 2019. I continue to be passionate about AIHP’s responsibility to ensure access to history through a variety of mechanisms so that future generations benefit from the knowledge, wisdom, and experiences of pharmacy’s past. We are at a critical juncture where AIHP must continue to modernize its approaches to ensure the future of the history of pharmacy. I would be pleased to continue my service as a member of the AIHP Board of Directors.”
Board Member-at-Large (Appointed) (Term: 2019-2021)
Melissa Murer Corrigan, FAPHA, FASHP, has served in senior leadership positions in a variety of settings. From 1994 to 2011, she served as the founding Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, where she was responsible for designing, building and launching the first (and now largest) pharmacy technician credentialing program. In that role, she was known for her skill in building alliances with an array of stakeholder groups across the pharmacy profession.
From 2012 to 2018, Corrigan was a Vice President at ACT, Inc., a nonprofit organization providing college and career testing and assessment programs (including the ACT college admissions test).
She has received leadership awards from both the American Pharmacists Association and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. A graduate of the Drake University College of Pharmacy and a licensed pharmacist, she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, where she also serves on the College’s Executive Leadership Board. Corrigan also works as a private consultant focusing on pharmacy workforce issues.
Board Member-at-Large (Appointed) (Term: 2019)
John Grabenstein, Ph.D., is Global Director of Medical Affairs for Merck Vaccines. He leads medical-affairs and scientific-policy activities for Merck’s global vaccine enterprise that provides 150 million doses annually for 12 vaccines. A pharmacist, he has experience in over 50 countries, served on multiple committees advising the U.S. Government, and published over 400 articles and nine books, primarily on topics of immunization, public health, and leadership.
Previously, as a Colonel in the U.S. Army, Dr. Grabenstein directed the Military Vaccine Agency and he oversaw the Defense Department immunization programs for 9 million troops, retirees, and family members spread across 4 continents and dozens of ships at sea. Dr. Grabenstein received his pharmacy degree from Duquesne University in 1980, a master’s degree in education from Boston University in 1988, and his doctorate in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina in 1999.
Board Member-at-Large (Appointed) (Term: 2018-2019)
Catherine Taglieri, Pharm.D., RPh, is a licensed pharmacist and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at MCPHS University (formerly known as the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences). She has practiced in a variety of pharmacy settings, including community, consulting and long-term care. She received both a B.S. in Pharmacy and a Pharm.D. from MCPHS University. For the past ten years she has served as one of the faculty coordinators for the Introductory and Advanced Practice courses and pharmacy skills labs for MCPHS University. In 2018, Professor Taglieri was awarded the Trustees’ Award for Teaching Excellence.
Professor Taglieri’s area of research is primarily in the scholarship of teaching and learning, but she also has published abstracts and brief articles in the field of pharmaceutics and the history of pharmacy. She currently serves as the Editor for the AACP’s History of Pharmacy Special Interest Group (SIG) Newsletter and previously served as Secretary of the SIG.
AIHP Executive Director
Dennis Birke, became AIHP’s Executive Director in January 2019. In that role, Dennis serves as the chief executive officer of the Institute. He is responsible for executing the Institute’s strategic plans, managing the Institute’s financial affairs, programs, operations, and policies, and supervising the Institute’s staff.
Dennis joined AIHP in January 2018 as Administrative Director. Prior to joining AIHP, Dennis was an attorney at one of Madison’s largest law firms, where his practice included the representation of nonprofit organizations. Dennis also served as the President of the Olbrich Botanical Society, which provides funding and operational support for Olbrich Gardens, a nationally-renowned public garden owned by the City of Madison. He also served as the President of the First Unitarian Society of Madison, one of the largest Unitarian-Universalist congregations in the country and the owner of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Meeting House, a National Historic Landmark. Dennis’ work with nonprofit organizations includes extensive experience with fundraising, membership development, and financial management.
Dennis earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri (Columbia) and a Juris Doctorate degree from the Washington University School of Law.
Ex Officio Board Member
(Dean of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Steven M. Swanson
, Ph.D., earned his doctorate in Pharmacognosy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Swanson’s graduate work focused on the ability of retinoids to modulate carcinogen metabolism and binding to nuclear macromolecules such as DNA. He studied tumor biology and hormonal modulation of mammary carcinogenesis with Satyabrata Nandi in the Cancer Research Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. For three years, Dr. Swanson served on the faculty of the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he used animal model systems to elucidate the cellular mechanisms by which dietary substances modulate carcinogenesis. In 1998, he was recruited back to UIC as an assistant professor where his research has focused on two areas: the discovery of anticancer drugs from natural sources and understanding the role of hormones, particularly growth hormone, in cancer. His research programs have been continuously funded by federal agencies for the past 20 years and he has published over 110 peer-reviewed articles, review articles and book chapters.
Dr. Swanson’s academic leadership positions have included Director of Graduate Studies in Pharmacognosy, Assistant to the Director of the Research Resources Center of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Interim Leader of the Experimental Therapeutics Program of the UIC Cancer Center, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, Visiting Vice Dean and Acting Dean of the College of Pharmacy. He has also served as a Member of the National Institutes of Health Chemo-Dietary Prevention Study Section and as a Scientific Reviewer for the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs in prostate and breast cancer. Dr. Swanson is a member of the advisory board of Endocrinology and Associate Editor of the Journal of Natural Products. In July of 2014, Dr. Swanson became the Dean of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.