MPhA Executive Committee 2016-2017
President: Chris McLaurin
Chris McLaurin is a native of Corinth, MS, and resides in Brandon, MS, with his wife of 22 years and four children. He has been with Walgreens since 2003, most recently as the healthcare 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 chain 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 served as the lead administrator and clinical preceptor for the Walgreens community residency program in Mississippi. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society focused on fundraising for curing blood cancers.
Vice President: 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 Pharmacy Practice 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 Award’s 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, especially those organizations hoping to increase literacy. He also looks forward to finding opportunities that will introduce his children to ways to become active in their local community.
Past President: Phil Ayers
Phil Ayers, Pharm.D., BCNSP, FASHP, received his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Mississippi. He also received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Mississippi. Dr. Ayers is currently employed by Baptist Health Systems in Jackson, MS. He is a clinical specialist in nutrition support and serves the Department of Pharmacy as Chief of Clinical Pharmacy Services. Dr. Ayers is a Clinical Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy for the University of Mississippi. He was awarded the Clinical Science Teaching Award in 2007 and 2008 by the School of Pharmacy. Dr. Ayers was named the APPE Preceptor of the Year by the 2012 School of Pharmacy Graduating Class. Phil currently serves on the Mississippi Board of Pharmacy and is the Secretary-Treasurer for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) Board of Directors. ASPEN awarded Dr. Ayers the Stanley Serlick Award in 2016 for his work in the area of Parenteral Nutrition Safety. Phil is a member of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Healthcare Quality Committee and Chair of the USP Parenteral Nutrition Safety Expert Panel. The Mississippi Society of Health-System Pharmacists named Dr. Ayers the Health-System Pharmacist of the Year in 2002 and in 2009. He was named the Mississippi Pharmacists Association Member of the Year in 2013. Phil holds membership in American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), Mississippi Society of Health System Pharmacists (MSHP), Mississippi Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (MSPEN) and the Mississippi Pharmacists Association (MPhA). He has served as President of MPhA, MSHP, MCCP and MSPEN.
President-Elect: Cliff Osbon
Cliff 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. His background includes 9 years of community pharmacy practice, 5 years of nuclear pharmacy practice and management, 5 years of pharmacy benefits consulting and 13 years of management at Transcript. Cliff graduated from University of Louisiana – Monroe College of Pharmacy with honors in 1984 and completed Purdue University’s nuclear pharmacy program in 1993. 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 provider. Cliff has been a resident of Mississippi since 1995. He and his wife, Angela, have four children, Sarah, Hannah, Josh and Grant.
At-Large Member: 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 also serves on the Board for Belle Point Home Owners Association. Ross is an avid deer hunter, enjoys fishing and is a member of the NRA.
Treasurer: Lee Ann Griffin
Lee Ann Griffin is currently a Team Leader of Medical Outcomes Specialists for Pfizer, covering the Gulf Coast/Plains region. After graduating from Ole Miss with her PharmD, Lee Ann completed a Pediatric Specialty Residency at Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) in Houston, TX. Post-residency, Lee Ann was a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at TCH, then joined Pfizer Medical Affairs as a Medical Outcome Specialist. Her career with Pfizer took her to Milwaukee and New York before bringing her back home to Mississippi in 2007. Lee Ann is a member of MPhA and AMCP, and is the co-sponsor of the student AMCP chapter for the School of Pharmacy Jackson campus. She currently serves as President of the University of MS Pharmacy Alumni Board, and is both a PBL facilitator for PY3 students. She is a member of the MPhA Education Committee, and enjoys working as a relief pharmacist for an independent pharmacy in the Jackson area. Lee Ann has served as the Executive Chair of the Diabetes Coalition of MS, and was a member of the MS Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Board under the direction of Insurance Commissioner Chaney. Lee Ann and her husband, Brad, live in Jackson with their two children, Harper and Cooper, and their two black labs, Miller and Duke.
Ex officio members of MPhA's Executive Committee:
Laurie Warrington, President, Mississippi Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Frank Gammill, Executive Director, Mississippi State Board of Pharmacy
Joseph Dikun (Oxford) & Jay Pitcock (Jackson), Academy of Students of Pharmacy
Stephanie Sollis, President, Academy of Students of Pharmacy
Kelsey Stephens, Immediate Past President, Academy of Students of Pharmacy
David D. Allen, Dean, School of Pharmacy, The University of Mississippi
Jerry Fortenberry, Mississippi Association of Recovering Pharmacists
MPhA District Chairmen:
Tera McDivitt and Emily Melton (District 1: Flowood)
John Downs (District 2: Greenwood)
Val Soldevila (District 3: Clarksdale)
Jonethan Morris (District 4: Potts Camp)
Eddie Rutherford (District 5: Kosciusko)
Logan Davis (District 6: Meridian)
Johnathan Wells (District 7: Laurel)
Rhonda Dunaway (District 8: Biloxi)
Available Seat (District 9: Liberty)