Board Biographies

Officers

President
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Dr. Hall Demaris

Kendra Hall Demaris, Pharm.D., graduated with a Bachelor of Science in zoology from Washington State University in 2005. Following her undergraduate education, she was selected for an intensive post-baccalaureate program at Yale University where she investigated the protein roles of mRNA capping mechanism in Trypanosoma brucei in the bioinformatics laboratory of Dr. Tschudi. Kendra went on to earn her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Washington State University in 2011 and subsequently completed a specialized Drug Information Residency.

Kendra began her professional career teaching at Washington State University College of Pharmacy where she also served as the IPPE Coordinator for the first and second professional years. She then transitioned into a faculty position at the University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Pharmacy and developed a clinical practice at Hilo Medical Center Intensive Care Unit, where she served on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, headed the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, and precepted both IPPE and APPE students. Kendra recently returned to Pacific Northwest and was promoted to Pharmacy Manager at the Spokane Valley Walmart Pharmacy.

Her professional interests include infectious diseases, the relationship between clinical practice and acumen of current drug information, and the implementation of innovative teaching methods.

President-Elect
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Dr. Czapinski

Jennifer Czapinski, Pharm.D., 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.

Immediate Past-President

Landa Wambeke Vierra, R.Ph., obtained a Bachelor of Science from the other U.W. (University of Wyoming). She then attended Washington State University to obtain a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree. Her primary practice site was at the Veteran’s Hospital and Clinic in Spokane, with the last position being an inpatient clinical pharmacist. Working at the VA provided great opportunities to meet people from many different backgrounds and with widely varying needs for pharmacist interactions.

She was a member and board member/president of the Spokane Area Society of Hospital Pharmacists, and board member of the Washington State Society of Hospital pharmacists before they blended with SPA and WSPA respectively. She received the David Almquist Award from WSSHP during her tenure.

She is an avid reader which she tries to balance out with hiking and exercise, and enjoys traveling with her husband, Ron.

Executive Vice President
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Sue Kellogg

Sue Marchi Kellogg, R.Ph., MBA, received a bachelor’s in pharmacy from Washington State University and an MBA from Eastern Washington University. She is a staff pharmacist at Sixth Avenue Medical Pharmacy. Sixth Avenue is an independent community and compounding pharmacy in Spokane.

Sue has been a member of SPA for 35 years. She has served several terms on the SPA board, from 1992-1995, 2008-2011 and 2014-present, serving as a board member, president, annual meeting chairperson, and executive VP. She is also a member of the WSPA.

Sue raised two great kids with Rick, husband of 28 years. She loves to travel by train, long walks with Gabby the dog, yoga, art museums, books, books, and more books! Her favorite piece of furniture is her piano. She plans to travel the USA sampling beer and pie.

For sue, the best day starts with a great cup of coffee on the deck.

Treasurer
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John Griffith

John Griffith, R.Ph., BCOP, received a bachelor’s 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.

 Secretary/Student Representatives

Pahulpreet Handa
Anastasia

Board of Managers

CE Chair
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Dr. Heimbigner

Natasha Heimbigner, Pharm.D., graduated from Washington State University receiving both a Bachelor of Science in psychology (2010) and her Doctor of Pharmacy (2014). She has worked her entire, long, illustrious career as a pharmacist at Spokane Omnicare. She is a single dog mom to a beautiful yellow lab. Tasha enjoys hiking, hunting and fishing; enjoys volunteering with the Ecuador Medial Mission/One Heart Global Ministries, Young Life, and her home town community of Odessa, Washington.

CE Chair-elect
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Dr. Shurrie Morris

Shurrie Morris, Pharm.D., 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.

Banquet Chair
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Dr. Homchick

Heather Homchick, Pharm.D., CDE, graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science in general biological sciences in 2006, and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2009. She started a career in retail, but later moved on to a career at CHAS. Her passion is diabetes education and in 2014 she earned her Certified Diabetes Educator certificate.

She lives with her husband of seven years, their five-year-old Akita mix, and two-year-old son. Heather and her husband are active members of their local United Methodist Church and enjoy long hikes in the PNW. She also enjoys scrapbooking and getting pharmacists together.

Banquet Co-Chair
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Dr. Mucker

Anna Mucker, Pharm.D., is a board certified anti-coagulation pharmacist to nearly 500 wonderful patients and preceptor to students from Creighton, WSU, UW, and University of Minnesota.

Growing up with a little brother who suffered from Muscular Dystrophy and Scoliosis—and had a heart transplant at the age of 13—family time at Stanford Children’s Hospital inspired her to join the medical field. The professionals who fought for her brother’s well being encourage her
every day to help every patient she encounters.

Immediately following graduation, as a pharmacist in the outpatient pharmacy, she assisted in the rollout of first Sacred Heart Anti-Coagulation Clinic. The team grew the clinic from under 100 at the beginning to what is now—a part of three major ACC clinics in the greater Spokane area managing thousands of patients.

Her hobbies include ballroom dancing, swimming, yoga, book clubs, knitting, and traveling the U.S. and the world. She has volunteered to feed the homeless and spent years volunteering at Spokane’s Ronald McDonald House, where her ability to speak spanish was very helpful.

Her family includes her father who is a retired Lockheed engineer, her mother who is an excellent cook and taught her Spanish, her brother who has survived his heart transplant for 25 years, and her kind, loving husband.

Technician Representative
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Cheri Belcourt, CPhT

Cheri Belcourt, CPhT, has been on the SPA board since 2014, and has been a member since early 2000. As SPA technician representative she coordinates and manages all aspects of the annual Technician Day event in October. Cheri has been a licensed pharmacy technician in Washington state since 1991, received her National Pharmacy Technician Certification in 2005, and is also PTCB certified. She is a member of the National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA) and the National Pharmacy Purchasing Association (NPPA).

Cheri is currently a pharmacy technician at Valley Hospital and has been there for over 14 years. She has served as the hospital pharmacy buyer for the past seven years.

Cheri has several wonderful grandchildren. She is an outdoor enthusiast and an avid bike rider.

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Dr. Julie Akers

Julie Akers, Pharm.D., BCACP, is a 2000 graduate of the Washington State University College of Pharmacy. After graduation, Julie moved to the Seattle, Washington, area 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 and becoming 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 pharmacists practicing at the top of their licensure to provide increased patient access to care, 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 ages 10 and seven. 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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Dr. Doss

Eleanor Doss obtained her Pharm.D. 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 three 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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