2020 Officers

Brandon Arthur

Brandon Arthur, Pharm.D.

President

Brandon Arthur attended North Central High School and went on to Washington State University and graduated with a Pharm.D. in 2011. After graduation he completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency in Indiana. He currently works with MultiCare Health System where he started as a critical care pharmacist and preceptor to the PGY1 pharmacy practice residents for the past six years. He most recently accepted a regional clinical informatics position in Spokane. He has extensive professional organization experience; he is the founder, past president and current board member of the South Puget Sound Pharmacy Association. His areas of interest include critical care, teaching, and clinical informatics.

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Steve Webbenhurst, Pharm.D.

Executive Vice President

Steven Webbenhurst works at the Walgreens Health System Pharmacy on the Deaconess Hospital Campus in Spokane. He has called Spokane home since 1993. He graduated from South Dakota State University and began his career in retail pharmacy working in West Texas. He has held several roles with Walgreens over the years including Pharmacy Supervisor for Eastern Washington, North Idaho and Montana. In addition to being a preceptor for both IPPE and APPE students, he has taught pharmacology at North Idaho College and continues to be the pharmacist advisor for their technician program. He is also an APHA Immunization Instructor and also an instructor for WSU’s Technician Immunization Program for Idaho. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and spending time on his sailboat.

Alice Knotts

Alice Knotts, Pharm.D.

President-elect

Alice Knotts graduated from the Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy in 2018. In 2019, she completed a PGY1 residency program at the VA Puget Sound in Seattle, WA, and began working as a clinical staff pharmacist at St Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane, WA. In 2020, an exciting chance to join the pharmacy team at Kootenai Health presented itself and, with encouragement from her employer at St Luke’s, she jumped at the opportunity to do so. Prior to pharmacy school, Alice graduated from George Fox University in Newberg, OR with a degree in Writing and Literature. She then worked as a writer for several years before changing careers to become a real estate agent and real estate investor. In her free time, she enjoys a variety of activities, including creative writing, reading, eating good food, socializing with friends, rock climbing, skiing, and ping pong.

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John Griffith, R.Ph., BCOP

Treasurer

John Griffith received a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of Montana School of Pharmacy and is a board certified oncology pharmacist. He is currently the western region oncology clinical specialist for McKesson Specialty Health. John was the SPA Community Pharmacist of the Year in 2003 and was elected to the board as treasurer in 2009. He is a passionate advocate for pharmacy and oncology. John is also a member of the Washington State Pharmacy Association and HOPA, the Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association.

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Cole Wren, Student

Secretary/Student Representative

Cole Wren is currently a third year PharmD student at Washington State University. Cole is from the small town of Kettle Falls WA, and graduated from Kettle Falls high School in 2015. Cole went on to attend Eastern Washington University where his coursework and job shadowing experiences sparked an interest in pharmacy. He’s worked as a pharmacist intern at Rosauers Supermarkets for the majority of his time at WSU. His favorite part about his job is the opportunity to serve patients at 6 different Rosauers pharmacies throughout the Spokane area. Spending this time working throughout the Spokane community has inspired Cole to continue his career in pharmacy here in the pacific northwest after the completion of his PharmD. Cole looks forward to expanding his experience throughout his fourth year rotations and spends most of his free time enjoying the outdoors whether that be golfing, snowboarding, fishing, or riding his ATV.

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Austin Friedly, Student

Secretary/Student Representative

Austin Friedly is a current second-year Pharm.D/MBA student at Washington State University. Austin graduated from Northwest Christian School in 2013 and immediately pursued a career in healthcare. Through his time at Whitworth University, Spokane Falls Community College, and Eastern Washington University, he developed a passion for chemistry and physiology, which lead him to explore the pharmacy profession. Prior to beginning pharmacy school, Austin volunteered at various pharmacies and gained a greater appreciation for the career. He currently serves as a student ambassador and tutor for the WSU’s College of Pharmacy and works at the Deer Park Medicine Shoppe as a pharmacy intern. Austin looks forward to continuing to become a part of the Spokane community in a new and meaningful capacity through the Spokane Pharmacy Association. In his free time, Austin enjoys camping, golfing, and making craft beer.

Board of Managers

Boris Zhang, Pharm.D.

Co-CE Chair

Boris Zhang is a recent graduate from Washington State University, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He is currently the academic fellow with Dr. Yabusaki at WSU. His projects focus on finding tools to increase engagement with students and serving as a supplemental instructor in various courses. In his free time, he enjoys reading or playing board games with friends.

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James Hendrix-Ward, Pharm.D.

Annual Meeting Chair

James Hendrix-Ward was born in Spokane and has been interested in pharmacy since his time at Riverside High School in Chattaroy. He attended WSU for undergraduate and pharmacy school, graduating in 2018. Throughout pharmacy school, he was employed as an intern at Hart & Dilatush Pharmacy where he became more engaged with the Spokane community. He has been involved with SPA since 2015, his first year of pharmacy school. He interviewed with the Pharmacy Management department at Medication Review, Inc. on graduation day in May 2018. His role there involves traveling to several small rural hospitals throughout Washington and performing PIC duties at those facilities. Although he did not know what to expect, this has turned out to be a dream job for me. His other intellectual pursuits include jazz and nuclear power. He was a federally licensed reactor operator in Pullman during undergrad at the WSU research reactor. Saxophone is his other main hobby and he was involved in jazz groups in high school, EWU, SFCC, and WSU. Hendrix-Ward married his high school sweetheart (also a WSU graduate and practicing veterinarian) in 2018. They live in Chattaroy on a few acres where they enjoy their polish chickens, cat, and horse.

Shelly Yager, Pharm.D.

Co-Annual Meeting Chair

Shelly Yager recently graduated and works at CHAS Health as a Pharmacy Resident. She completed her undergraduate degree in Basic Medical Science at Washington State University and continued her education as a Coug at WSU Pharmacy here in Spokane. She has a true passion for patient care which stemmed from her interest in ambulatory care. As an intern at CHAS health, Shelly worked with patients with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes and she strives to continue this work and specialize in diabetes. In her free time she loves traveling and spending time with her family including her dog, Tucker.

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Blair Rossow

Co-Annual Meeting Chair


Carla Hibbs, CPhT

Technician Representative

Carla Hibbs started her career in pharmacy as a pharmacy assistant and became a technician in 2002. She worked for Group Health for 14 years as both a technician and also as the pharmacy trainer for the Eastern WA region. She has also worked at the Spokane VA Medical Center, in both inpatient and outpatient and taught the pharmacy technician program at Carrington College. Currently she is the Support Supervisor for the Maple Street Chas Pharmacy. The thing Carla loves the most about being a pharmacy technician is that the role is limitless. Pharmacy is ever changing and as a technician you play an essential part of the team and can work in many different roles.

Christeen Hancock

Technician Representative

Christeen Hancock is currently employed at Yokes Pharmacy as a Certified Pharmacy Technician. She is the 2nd youngest of 8 siblings. She grew up in a small town in Wyoming, where she was born and raised and graduated from High School. Christeen moved to Washington State over 20 years ago. She started her career at Walgreens as a photo specialist and eventually became a Certified Pharmacy Technician through on the job training. After approximately 11 years with Walgreens she moved and worked with other Pharmacies like Albertsons and Medicine Shoppe. In 2017 she earned the Force For Good award for her community involvement. In her free time she loves spending time with her 2 grandchildren, spending time on the Lake and spending time with family.

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Julie Akers, Pharm.D., BCACP

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Julie Akers is a 2000 graduate of the Washington State University College of Pharmacy. After graduation, Julie moved to Seattle, Washington, where she worked for Bartell Drugs until 2011. During that time, she managed three different pharmacy locations before becoming a pharmacy district manager in 2004. After leaving Bartell, Julie spent 2011-2013 overseeing outpatient pharmacy operations for The Everett Clinic before moving to Spokane in fall of 2013 to join the faculty at the WSU College of Pharmacy. She served on the Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA) Board of Directors as a director-at-large from 2008 through 2010, and then a three-year term from 2011-2013 as president-elect, president, and past-president of the association. She currently serves on the WSPA as an appointed board member representing the WSU College of Pharmacy. Julie currently teaches a variety of courses including Health Care Systems, Practical Politics and Pharmacy, co-teaches PY1 and PY2 IPPE and Pharmacy Management, and routinely guest lectures in other courses on a variety of topics. Julie’s research interests focus on ambulatory and community pharmacy practice, which includes initiating therapy for minor illnesses and conditions and working collaboratively with other health care providers by initiating screening for infectious diseases like Hepatitis C in community pharmacies. In addition to her professional interests, Julie is a wife and mother of two children. Her free time is spent at Cub Scout and Daisy Scout events as well as boating on the Spokane River and Coeur d’Alene Lake as often as she can.

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Eleanor Doss, Pharm.D.

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Eleanor Doss received her pharmacy degree from the University of New Mexico in 2010, but she has been working in pharmacies since 1995. She has a diverse background in retail, compounding, long term care, nuclear pharmacy, and research. However, one of her favorite subjects is pharmacy law. She has been a pharmacist investigator for the Washington State Department of Health, Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission for the past four years. She moved to Spokane after her graduation in 2010 and loves the Inland Northwest, especially the skiing! Recently she and her husband Jason Doss just welcomed their first baby (a healthy boy) into their family.

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Shurrie Morris, Pharm.D.

Immediate Past President

Shurrie Morris is a current pharmacist at Providence Holy Family Anticoagulation and Pharmacotherapy Clinic. Shurrie completed her Bachelor of Science in biology at Washington State University (WSU) in 2011. Her passion to care for others and interest in health care, led her to continue her education at WSU with the College of Pharmacy. She completed her Doctor of Pharmacy in May 2015. That year, Shurrie also received the U.S. Public Health Service Award for her involvement in a program called “Move Your Numbers,” which aimed to increase health awareness to Spokane Public School teachers and created an interprofessional work environment for health care students. To further her development and knowledge in pharmacy, Shurrie pursued a pharmacy graduate year one (PGY-1) residency at the Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) where she worked on a project that focused to decrease opioid use and provided in-home access to naloxone for our Veterans.In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and Miniature Schnauzers (Teddy and George). Her activities involve golfing, walking the dogs, and BBQ’s with close family and friends. She is excited to serve on the SPA board and hopes to provide beneficial education opportunities to all of our members.
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Jennifer Miller, Pharm.D.

Faculty Advisor

Jennifer Miller graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry in 2010 and from Washington State University with a Doctor of Pharmacy in 2015. She went on to pursue a PGY1 residency at the WSU College of Pharmacy working on a grant-funded project which aimed to increase patient access to care by expanding pharmacists-provided patient care services across Washington state. After completion of the PGY1 Residency, she was hired to continue working on the project as part of a two-year academia/research fellowship which is where she currently works. In addition to her work at WSU, Jennifer works as a float pharmacist for Rosauers in the Spokane area. Although a transplant to the Spokane area, she is now deeply rooted in the community and plans to spend her career as a pharmacist in the Inland Northwest. In her free time she enjoys baking, hiking, reading, playing video games, and spending time with family and friends.