President (Term: 2020-2021)
W. Clarke Ridgway is a native of Wheeling, WV. He received a B.S. in Pharmacy from West Virginia University in 1971, has practice experiences in retail, hospital, clinic, and geriatric settings and spent 32 years in pharmacy education. Teaching experiences include history of pharmacy, geriatrics, ethics, professional development, pharmacy museum and artifacts, and laboratory courses.
He received the AIHP Teaching Improvement Award in 1985 and retired as Assistant Dean for Student Services, West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, where he continues as co-curator of the Cook-Hayman Pharmacy Museum. Mr. Ridgway served as AIHP Treasurer from 2011-2019 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, antebellum and Civil War pharmacy and medicine, and the history of home remedies.
Vice President (Term: 2020-2022)
John Grabenstein, PhD, 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 US Government, and published over 400 articles and nine books, primarily on topics of immunization, public health, and leadership. Previously, as a Colonel in the US 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 served on AIHP’s Board of Directors from 2018-2019. He 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.
Secretary (Term: 2020)
Robert A. Buerki, PhD, RPh, is Professor-Emeritus at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, where he has taught the history of pharmacy and professional ethics for many years. He received a BS in Pharmacy and a MS in Social Studies in Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned a PhD from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Buerki has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles in the areas of professional ethics and pharmacy history and education. He is also the author of several books, including Ethical Responsibility in Pharmacy Practice (with Louis D. Vottero) (AIHP, 2002) and Foundations of Ethical Pharmacy Practice (with Louis D. Vottero) (AIHP, 2008). He has been inducted into the International Academy of the History of Pharmacy and is the 2004 recipient of AIHP’s Edward Kremers Award.
Dr. Buerki has been a member of AIHP since 1963 and served as its President from 1983-85. He has served as AIHP’s Secretary since 2005.
Treasurer (Term: 2020-2022)
Holly Mason, PhD, is Professor of Pharmacy Administration in the College of Pharmacy at Purdue University. He previously served as Senior Associate Dean from 1993-2008. He received his BS in Pharmacy and PhD in Social Sciences of Pharmacy and Pharmacy Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. During his graduate program, one of his two secondary areas of study was the history of pharmacy. He has been on the Purdue faculty for 40 years, beginning in 1979. He is an APhA Fellow and he has received various awards, including the Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Educator Award presented by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and he was recognized by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy as a Citation of Merit recipient.
His research focuses on the development of methodologies to assess performance-based student outcomes in pharmacy education; pharmacist practice patterns and the supply of pharmacy personnel; the effects of pharmacy education and practice on the career path development of pharmacists; and the delivery of patient-oriented pharmacy services. He has been a member of AIHP since 1982 and served two terms on the AIHP Council (1990-1993, 2000-2003). He has been AIHP Treasurer since November 2019.
Board Member-at-Large (Elected) (Term: 2020-2022)
Arthur Daemmrich, PhD, 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.
Dr. Daemmrich’s 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.
Dr. Daemmrich served as AIHP’s Vice President from 2016 to 2019.
Board Member-at-Large (Elected) (Term: 2019-2021)
Angela Long 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 BA in Art History from the University of Maryland, an MS 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.
Board Member-at-Large (Elected) (Term: 2020)
Catherine Taglieri, PharmD, 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 BS in Pharmacy and a PharmD from MCPHS University.
Professor Taglieri has served on AIHP’s Board of Directors since 2018.For the past ten years, Prof. Taglieri has served as one of the faculty coordinators for the Introductory and Advanced Practice courses and pharmacy skills labs for MCPHS University. In 2018, she was awarded the Trustee’s Award for teaching excellence. Her 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.
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.
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, PhD, 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.
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