Distinguished Alumni Awards

Each year, we publicly recognize STLCOP alumni who embody the attitudes and values that provide the foundation for exceptional patient care. Award recipients receive special recognition during the annual Reunion Celebration.

Meet the 2017 Award Recipients

Get to know the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients.

Robert Salter, B.S. ’70, Black Heritage Award

Robert Salter, B.S. ’70, Ed.D., MHA, R.Ph.
Black Heritage Award

Robert Salter, B.S. ’70, Ed.D., MHA, R.Ph., is an adjunct professor at Washington University in St. Louis and chief executive officer (CEO) of Market Analytics LLC. Salter’s teaching responsibilities include graduate and undergraduate courses ranging from financial management to global health care. As CEO, he is responsible for the development of marketing and strategic plans for health care and higher education institutions. He previously led the development and building of Central Medical Center, University Forest Nursing Care Center and Richmond Terrace Retirement Center, in order to improve quality of life for patients in the surrounding communities.

He was the primary investigator in The Role of Pharmacists in Suicide Prevention: An Opinion Survey for Pharmacy Students and was a co-investigator for Evaluating Physician’s Patient Management: A Deliberative Engagement Study for the American Board of Family Medicine.

Salter is a member of the Missouri Pharmacy Association, Society of College and University Planning and currently serves as president of Pharmacists Preventing Suicide. He previously served as president of the College’s Alumni Association board of directors.

Being welcomed into the brotherhood of Alpha Zeta Omega is among one of his favorite memories as a student at the College. Another memory that stands out to him was working his first job at Kean Drug under the guidance of Art Perry, B.S. ’72.

Alyssa (Stangel) Billingsley, Pharm.D. ’10, Outstanding Achievement Award

Alyssa (Stangel) Billingsley, Pharm.D. ’10
Outstanding Achievement Award

Alyssa (Stangel) Billingsley, Pharm.D. ’10, is the director of contracting and compliance for Focus Script LLC and is responsible for managing a network of compounding pharmacies, credentialing and accreditation programs, compliance programs, product development and clinical consulting. She has been with Focus Script since its inception in 2014 and has played an integral role in its success.

She also developed the United Credentialing and Accreditation Program (UCAP) in collaboration with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. So far, UCAP has accredited more than 100 pharmacies across the nation. In addition, she works to ensure patients have access to necessary medications by working with health care payers to secure compounded prescriptions as a plan benefit.

In her previous roles at local compounding pharmacies, she oversaw compound prescription billing, helped streamline inventory tracking and management, performed prescription verification and patient counseling, and has experience compounding for women’s health, pediatrics, and veterinary.

Some of her favorite memories as a student include having the opportunity to represent the College on the volleyball team, developing a passion for patient care and finding her calling in pharmacy. In addition, she fondly remembers Leonard Naeger B.S.’63, M.S. ’65, lecturing in his fuzzy slippers.

Billingsley also is a pharmacy preceptor and adjunct clinical instructor in the skills lab at the College. She recently attended the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs Annual Technology and Business conference and continually seeks out professional development opportunities.

Billingsley resides in St. Louis with her husband, Phil.

Christopher LaFleur, Pharm.D. ’10, Young Alumnus Award

Christopher LaFleur, Pharm.D. '10, CPH
Young Alumnus Award

Christopher LaFleur, PharmD ’10, CPH, is a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and is serving as the assistant health systems administrator at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago. He oversees the daily operations and compliance of a full-service primary care health services department, consisting of civil service, USPHS, and contract employees who are responsible for providing medical care to the Federal Bureau of Prisons and U.S. Marshals Service inmates.

LaFleur is responsible for ensuring evidence-based medical care is provided to this underserved patient population and to ensure the Health Services Department is in compliance with governing regulations set forth by authorities such as, The Joint Commission, American Correctional Association and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He also represents the department during visits from local, state and national government officials, internal and external auditors and official visitors.

LaFleur has held six different positions in three different states during his eight-year career with USPHS. While stationed in Texas, he created and implemented an antimicrobial stewardship program that led to improvements in patient health outcomes and significant cost savings to the medical center. He also served as a provider, managing patients through the Pharmacy Anticoagulation Clinic.

LaFleur serves on one of five USPHS Rapid Deployment Force teams as the administration/finance section chief and has been deployed to help those in need during three separate responses. He has completed multiple, national-level public health and emergency trainings in Chicago and Anniston, Alabama. He is a lifetime member of the USPHS National Commissioned Officers Association, a member of the National Board of Public Health Examiners, and holds multiple positions within USPHS committees that focus on recruitment, mentorship, fitness and community outreach.

LaFleur attributes many of his successes to the education that he received from STLCOP and his favorite memory as a student was meeting his wife, Kelly (Hammett) LaFleur, Pharm.D. ’12. They currently reside in Chicago with their son and two dogs.

Patrick Harper, Pharm.D. ’10, Young Alumnus Award

Patrick Harper, Pharm.D. ’10, MPH, CPH
Young Alumnus Award

Patrick Harper, Pharm.D. ’10, MPH, CPH, is a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). He is specifically assigned as a senior public health analyst in the Division of Regional Operations of The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Bureau of Health Workforce in Chicago. He serves as the Illinois state lead for the National
Health Service Corps (NHSC) and ensures all 565 NHSC-participating clinical care sites and 480 NHSC participants maintain policy and compliance standards. He also assists NHSC clinicians with placement at high-need clinics.

In his previous role at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Chicago, he overhauled inventory management processes, controlled substances record-keeping, and the hazardous pharmaceutical waste disposal program to bring it into compliance with state and federal regulations. As chief pharmacist of MCC, he was responsible for managing, dispensing and administrative operations for more than 600 inmate patients.

Harper is a federal pharmacy delegate and policy review committee member in the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), USPHS student officer mentor, USPHS liaison for the College, member of the Commissioned Officers Association and a volunteer at Bethany Lutheran Church. His recent work with APhA has provided him with an opportunity to advocate for provider status for pharmacists and ultimately help shape the profession.

His fondest memories from College included living on campus during his first year, getting involved in student organizations and speaking at Commencement.

Harper resides in Naperville, Illinois, with his wife, Erica, and daughter, Adelyn.

Amy (Hartley) Tiemeier, B.S. ’01, Pharm.D. ’02, Distinguished Alumni Award

Amy (Hartley) Tiemeier, B.S. ’01, Pharm.D. ’02
Dedicated Service to the College Award

Amy (Hartley) Tiemeier, B.S. ’01, Pharm.D. ’02, is director of community partnerships, associate director of experiential education and associate professor of pharmacy practice at the College. She is responsible for increasing awareness of pharmacists in the community as medication experts and coordinates an introductory pharmacy practice experience in population health. Additionally, she works with Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, to enhance their pharmacy program’s experiential education. She chairs multiple committees and has been a faculty member at the College for more than 14 years.

Tiemeier has been involved in a number of projects to increase awareness of medication disposal, including being primary investigator on a Cardinal Health Generation
Rx Grant. She is a member of an opioid statewide targeted response grant team working to increase access to overdose education and naloxone distribution in Missouri pharmacies. She also has served on the committee to implement the county prescription drug monitoring program.

Tiemeier is a member of the American Pharmacists Association, Missouri Pharmacy Association, and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. She was a recipient of the Cardinal Health Generation Rx Champions Award, Ready Readers 2010 Outstanding Community Partner award and the Student Enrichment Award.

Ken Schafermeyer, B.S. ’76, Distinguished Alumni Award

Ken Schafermeyer, B.S. ’76, M.S., Ph.D.
Dedicated Service to the College

Ken Schafermeyer, B.S. ’76, M.S., Ph.D., serves the College
as professor of pharmacy administration and director of international programs. He is responsible for establishing and maintaining international partners, obtaining and administering grants, teaching and research. Schafermeyer has arranged for more than 200 students to study abroad and established partnerships with six international colleges of pharmacy. He has authored or coauthored 32 books and manuals, chapters in eight other textbooks, more than 50 journal articles and delivered more than 150 presentations in the United States and ten other countries.

Schafermeyer is a fellow of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). He was the recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia Award by Missouri Pharmacy Association and was twice named as Educator of the Year for the College and recipient of the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. He also is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and International Pharmacy Federation.

His favorite memories from the College stem from four faculty members who served as a mentor to him, Patrick Tharp, B.S. ’61, M.S.’62, John Grotpeter, Taylor Lindhorst, B.S. ’51, and Joe Haberle. Their guidance made the College feel like family. Throughout his 27 years at the College, he has been able to pay forward their support by continuing the tradition of mentoring students.

Schafermeyer resides in St. Louis with his wife, Donna. He is the proud parent of Valerie (Schafermeyer) Mansfield ’09 and Julia Schafermeyer.

Jason Wang, Pharm.D.’11, Distinguished Alumni Award

Jason Wang, Pharm.D. ’11
Dedicated Service to the Community

Jason Wang, Pharm.D. ’11, is the president and co-owner of The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Pevely, Missouri. Opening in 2012, he oversees daily operations of the pharmacy and has grown the business from the ground up. Working with patients, health care providers and business leaders, Wang has established a network that continues to expand and locate the needs of his community. Educating physicians on drug therapy, providing free medication delivery service and home visits for medication therapy management, and drug compounding for both humans and animals include some of the services offered to better reach the underserved patient population.

As secretary for the Pevely Lions Club and a volunteer in the community, Wang assists the visually impaired in obtaining eyeglasses and eye exams at no cost, performs presentations at local schools and nursing homes, participates in various health screenings at schools, community centers and health fairs, and collects food for the local food pantry. He also is a member of the National Community Pharmacists Association, American Pharmacists Association, Missouri Pharmacy Association, American Associated Pharmacies, Missouri Elder Care Coalition, and the preceptor advisory council at the College. Additionally, he has conducted research for the College’s collaborative research project, “COPD Severity and Adherence to GOLD Guidelines in the Community Setting,” to provide health care professionals with better information in regards to prescribing practices and patient adherence compared to current COPD guideline recommendations.

His favorite memories as a student outside of classes and student organizations were getting together with friends for pick-up games of basketball and exploring St. Louis.

Wang resides in Ballwin, Missouri, with his wife, Jamie (Collins) Wang, Pharm.D. ’11, and their children, Brandon and Jackson.

Jill (Bot) Sellers, B.S. ’92, Pharm.D. ’93, Distinguished Alumni Award

Jill (Bot) Sellers, B.S. ’92, Pharm.D. '93
Dedicated Service to the Profession

Jill Sellers, B.S. ’92, Pharm.D. ’93, is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Sellers Communications and is responsible for developing educational content and training for health care professionals. As CEO, she provides continuing education programs that highlight the value of interprofessional, collaborative health care teams and how pharmacists can take an active role in patient care. She also serves as the executive director of Medavera LLC, in Springfield, Missouri, where she directs and manages scientific educational activities, manages client projects, and serves as principal medical writer and editor.

Sellers is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and has served as managing editor for the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. Throughout her career, she has published numerous health care and research articles. She co-authored the textbook titled “The Pharmacist in Public Health: Education, Applications, and Opportunities” and the manuscript “The Urgent Care of Evaluation of Pneumonia.” She was a recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2001 and is a member of the College’s Women’s Giving Initiative and Alumni Association. Sellers also currently assists other health professionals in their writing and publishing activities.

One of her favorite memories as a student was being able to represent the College at the national level as a member of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists executive committee. This experience provided her with the opportunity to gain a broader perspective of the profession and develop her professional network.

Sellers resides in Springfield, Missouri, with her husband, Mark, and daughters, Samantha and Sheridan.