MPhA Executive Committee 2017-2018

President: Cliff Osbon

cliff2017.jpgCliff Osbon serves as President of Transcript Pharmacy, Inc. Transcript is an independent specialty pharmacy provider, based in the Jackson, MS area. Transcript holds board of pharmacy permits in all 50 states and currently serves patients in about half of those states. Transcript Pharmacy is accredited as a specialty pharmacy by URAC and ACHC. Transcript Pharmacy is one of the few American healthcare companies to have been named to Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest growing privately-owned companies five years in a row! His background includes 9 years of community pharmacy practice and management, 5 years of nuclear pharmacy practice and management, 4 years of pharmacy benefits consulting and 14 years of management at Transcript. Cliff holds pharmacy licenses from 15 U.S. states. Cliff is President of the Mississippi Pharmacists Association (2017-2018) and a member of their Executive Committee. He is also a member of AMCP (Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy), APhA (American Pharmacists Association), NCPA (National Community Pharmacist Association) and NASP (National Association of Specialty Pharmacy).  As an independent pharmacy owner and entrepreneur, he is very concerned about issues facing pharmacists that adversely affect them, their businesses and their ability to provide high-quality patient care. He is a long-time advocate for “any willing provider” issues and seeks to ensure that patients and clinicians may select or recommend any willing and qualified pharmacy or other healthcare provider. Cliff graduated from University of Louisiana – Monroe College of Pharmacy with honors in 1984 and completed Purdue University’s post-graduate nuclear pharmacy program in 1993.  He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honors Fraternity and Phi Delta Chi Pharmacy Fraternity. Cliff has been a resident of Mississippi since 1995 and calls Mississippi his “adopted home state”. He and his wife, Angela, have four children, Sarah, Hannah, Josh and Grant, as well as one grandchild, Jaxon.  Cliff and Angela have three “rescue” pets. They are active supporters of a number of charitable organizations that seek to provide food, water, sanitation, hygiene and hope in various places around the world.

Vice President: Ross Guastella


Ross Guastella has more than 25 years of pharmacy retail leadership experience. Ross is a Pharmacy Supervisor for CVS Health for Central Mississippi. Previously, Ross was a HealthCare Manager for Fred's Pharmacy in Central Mississippi -Delta. He also has 19 years of experience with Walgreens in leadership positions including Store manager and District Manager, managing two districts. Ross began his pharmacy career working with his father in family owned pharmacies in the Chicago land area. Ross comes from a family of pharmacist to include his father, sister and wife. Ross has years of retail experience with both Independent and Chain pharmacy operations. Ross Guastella received his bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has practiced pharmacy in several states including Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Mississippi. Ross has severed as member of the Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club and Relay for Life. Ross currently serves as President of Belle Point Home Owners Association in Madison, MS and has served as a board member for Lake Caroline. Ross is an avid deer hunter, enjoys fishing and is a member of the NRA.

At-Large Member: Wes Pitts


Wes Pitts, Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP is the Assistant Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Mississippi.  He received his Pharm.D. from the University of Mississippi. As the NMMC Pharmacy specialist in diabetes and informatics, Wes has extensive experience in implementing and improving clinical service protocols, managing performance and safety improvement initiatives for medication management, and improving technology integration into provider workflows. He serves on many committees and performance improvement teams at NMMC. Wes is Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Mississippi and Union University Schools of Pharmacy and has precepted many students and pharmacy residents. Wes is a Past President for the Mississippi Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) and has served MSHP as Senior Delegate to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) House of Delegates. Wes is past-chair and member of the ASHP Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners Educational Steering Committee and is currently an appointee to the ASHP Commission on Affiliate Relations. Wes’ service to MPhA includes previous involvement with the Pharmacy Practice Act Task Force and Government Affairs Committee as Co-Chair and current Chair.


President-Elect: Lauren Bloodworth


Lauren Bloodworth is originally from Batesville, Mississippi. Lauren is a 2000 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.  She then completed an ASHP-Accredited PharmacyPractice Residency at the North Mississippi Medical Center in 2001. She was then employed as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Saint Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee for 2 years. Dr. Bloodworth moved to the Jackson Metro area in 2003 and was employed at the University of Mississippi Medical Center as a Medical Intensive Care Unit Pharmacist and then a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Ambulatory Care. She was Director of the Adult Asthma Pharmacy Clinic and worked in the Anticoagulation and Metabolic Clinics. She then transitioned to a position with the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy where she was Assistant Dean for Student Services in Jackson, as well as, Administrator of the School’s Community-Based Research Program. She recently moved to Desoto County and is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in Oxford. Lauren has previously served as MPhA’s Central District Chairman from 2003-2007 and currently serves on the Education and Awards and Nominations Committees. Lauren and her husband, Ward, live in Hernando, MS with their three children, Max, Drake, and Rivers.

At-Large Member: Peyton Herrington


Peyton Herrington graduated from The University of Mississippi in 2006 and worked at University Medical Center before realizing that community pharmacy was a better practice setting for him to work in as a pharmacist. He has worked for 2 different retail chains, 2 hospitals, has worked as a relief pharmacist at an independently owned pharmacy, and practiced pharmacy in another state for a period of time as well. Peyton has maintained membership in APhA since graduating and has served in various positions at MPhA since joining around 2009. He stays active in his community and those organizations that he feels positively impact his community.

Treasurer: Rhonda Dunaway


Rhonda Dunaway is a 1991 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. Currently, she works at Coastal Family Health Center Pharmacy in Gulfport. She previously worked for Walgreens from 1991-2015. Rhonda has served on MPhA’s Government Affairs Committee and as PAC Committee Co-Chair, and she currently serves as District 8 Chairperson. She is an active member of the Harrison County Republican Club, serving as secretary for the past two years. Rhonda’s community involvement includes the Diabetes Coalition of Mississippi Board of Directors, Gulf Coast Health Educators Board of Directors, and Special Olympics. She was named MPhA’s Member of the Year for 2017.

Past President: Chris McLaurin

Dr. McLaurin is a native of Corinth, MS, and resides in Brandon, MS, with his wife of 24 years and four children.  He has been with Walgreens since 2003 most recently as the healthcarechris2017.jpg supervisor. In this role, he serves as the clinical lead for professional pharmacy services offered to patients throughout the state through the retail locations. He is a graduate with honor of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy with a minor in business administration. Dr. McLaurin has spent a majority of his practice in the retail sector with experience in independent, grocer, and traditional pharmacy practice. He is a preceptor with undergrad Ole Miss students as well as a residency preceptor with the school's community residency program. In 2015, Dr. McLaurin serves as the lead administrator and clinical preceptor for the Walgreens community residency program in Mississippi. He is active with the Mississippi Pharmacy Association currently serving as president-elect. In 2015, he serves as the executive corporate committee chairman for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society volunteer program focused on fund raising for curing blood cancers. 


Ex officio members of MPhA's Executive Committee:

Courtney Davis, President, Mississippi Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Frank Gammill, Executive Director, Mississippi State Board of Pharmacy
Lauren Bloodworth (Oxford) & Courtney Davis & Jay Pitcock (Jackson), Academy of Students of Pharmacy
Mackenzie Lewis, President, Academy of Students of Pharmacy
Stephanie Sollis, Immediate Past President, Academy of Student Pharmacists
David D. Allen, Dean, School of Pharmacy, The University of Mississippi
Jerry Fortenberry, Mississippi Association of Recovering Pharmacists


MPhA District Chairmen:

Tera McDivitt, Flowood, and Emily Melton, Brandon (District 1)
John Downs, Greenwood (District 2)
Val Soldevila, Clarksdale (District 3)
Jonethan Morris, Rienzi (District 4)
Eddie Rutherford, Kosciusko  (District 5)
Logan Davis, Meridian (District 6)
Johnathan Wells, Laurel (District 7)
Rhonda Dunaway, Biloxi (District 8)
Available Seat (District 9)



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