Leadership

Washington DC Pharmacy Association Board of Directors

*Joshua Bailey, PharmD, BCGP, BCACP, AAHIVP
President

Dr.Bailey is a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP), a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP), and an American Academy of HIV Medicine Pharmacist (AAHIVP). He currently services as the Registered Clinical Pharmacy Manager of Community, a Walgreens Local Specialty Pharmacy and previously was Pharmacy Director of the Walgreens/Howard University College of Pharmacy PGY1 Community Practice Residency Program. He currently serves as Director-At-Large and Chair of the Education and Programs Committee of the Washington DC Pharmacy Association (WDCPhA), as well as an infectious disease peer reviewer for the American Society of Consultant Pharmacist (ASCP). Before his current position, Dr. Bailey was Registered Manager of On-Site Pharmacy at Walgreens at Howard University Hospital. Dr. Bailey received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Pharmacy, with a concentration in Geriatrics and Palliative Care. Prior to working in specialty pharmacy, he worked at Human Genome Sciences, Inc. (currently GlaxoSmithKline) in the Clinical Immunology Department developing new treatments for hepatitis C, anthrax, and systemic lupus erythematosus; he was able to see ABthrax (raxibacumanb) and Benlysta (belimumab) approved by the FDA. Dr. Bailey also completed a Cancer Research Training Award Fellowship in the Immunocompromised Host Section of the Pediatric Oncology Brach of the National Cancer Institute developing novel antimicrobial and antifungal treatments in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies.

*Yolanda B. McKoy-Beach, PharmD, CDE
President-Elect

Dr. McKoy-Beach is a a graduate of Howard University College of Pharmacy, and Fisk University with a degree in chemistry.  She’s  completed two residencies, one in Pharmaceutical Care at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Miami, Florida and the other in Infectious Disease from SUNY Buffalo School of Pharmacy in Buffalo, New York.  Currently practicing at the Clinical Assistant Professor at Howard University College of Pharmacy in the Department of Clinical and Administrative Sciences she is also a clinical preceptor at two practice sites: La Clinica del Pueblo in northwest Washington, DC and Howard University Hospital Anticoagulation Management Services.  In addition to providing direct patient care to patients at those sites and training 4th year pharmacy students, pharmacy residents and pharmacists in the Non-traditional Doctor of Pharmacy Program she has been a member of  the Washington DC Pharmacy Association (WDCPhA) for approximately 4 years.  She also served on the Board of Directors in 2016 as the Director-at-Large for Education and Programs.

Daneka Lucas, PharmD
*Vice President

Dr. Lucas, originally from Houston, Texas, received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Hampton University.  Upon graduation, she completed a one-year Pharmacy Practice Residency at Howard University Hospital, where she conducted research on optimization of medication therapy in HIV patients.  She currently practices pharmacy at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Pediatric Pharmacy, where she has worked with both the adult, but mainly the pediatric/neonatal population, for over fifteen years.  She currently assists health care providers in providing the best medication therapy for patients.
As part of her ongoing effort to give back to the community, Daneka has practiced at CMS Health Initiatives, a nonprofit organization dedicated to decreasing health disparities by utilizing clinical pharmacists to provide health topic discussions and medication therapy management services to the underserved community in Washington, DC.  For over 10 years she has taught clients how to manage various disease states. As the Director of Programs she assisted in developing and implementing several successful outreach programs including diabetes, HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, HIV Prevention, and provider training.  All of these programs promoted health awareness in the DC community.  She actively participates in numerous community endeavors, while assisting in various fundraisers for Breast Cancer, Alzheimer’s and Diabetes.
Daneka has certifications in Pharmacy Based Immunization Delivery and Medication Therapy Management Services.  She is a member of Kappa Epsilon Professional Pharmacy Fraternity (Alpha Xi chapter), Washington Metropolitan Society of Health System Pharmacist (WMSHP), and Washington DC Pharmacy Association (WDCPhA).  As a member of WDCPhA, she has chaired two annual meetings and currently held the Director-at-Large position as the Membership Chair from 2017 to 2018.

Tamara McCants

*Tamara McCants, PharmD
Secretary

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Tamara McCants received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Florida A&M University in 2001. Upon graduation she came to Washington, DC to complete a community pharmacy residency program with Grubbs Care Pharmacy and Howard University. She has since dedicated her career to increasing the capacity of pharmacists to be a major contributor in the achievement of favorable health outcomes, especially for the underserved population. She has worked in both the managed care and community pharmacy setting throughout her career. In 2002, she co-founded CMS Health Initiatives; a non-profit organization that utilizes pharmacists to address health disparities. Dr. McCants is currently an Assistant Professor and Executive Director of Experiential Programs at Howard University College of Pharmacy. In her role, she is responsible for the practical experience component of the pharmacy curriculum. Her clinical practice site is MBI@ Green Door, a community mental health center.  Dr. McCants has always been very passionate about the community, coordinating outreach and training programs for all major diseases states. She was recently reappointed by the Mayor to the District of Columbia Board of Pharmacy. She also serves as the treasurer of Washington DC Pharmacy Association. She is an active member of the FAMU Alumni Association and a proud member of the Rho Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is married with two beautiful sons.

*Janis Jackson, PharmD
Treasurer

Dr. Jackson is currently employed as a HIV/AIDS Administrative Pharmacist with the District of Columbia Government, Department of Health.  In the past 15 years, she has worked as a Pharmacy Inspector/ Investigator and a Clinical / Distribution Pharmacist. She started her career in pharmacy as a volunteer, then quickly became a technician at Providence Hospital. After graduating from Howard University’s School of Pharmacy, she was offered a position as a Staff Pharmacist.  For career advance, she accepted a full-time position as the Assistant Director at The Hospital for Sick Children. In 2017, she was honored to receive the 2017 Pharmacist of the Year Award from the Washington DC Pharmacy Association.  She hopes to continue to provide quality healthcare and customer service to those in her community.

*LCDR Carlisha Gentles, PharmD, BCPS, CDE
Director-at-Large
(Chair, Membership)

LCDR Carlisha Gentles is a Commissioned Corps Officer with the United States Public Health Service, currently assigned to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a senior regulatory reviewer/risk management analyst within the Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology – Division of Risk Management.   In this capacity, she serves the nation by collaborating with external stakeholders, designing risk management strategies, and guiding future drug development through the protection of vulnerable populations.  Prior to this role at FDA,  she served as a senior regulatory project manager helping to ensure safe, effective, and cost-friendly drug therapy alternatives reach the market in a timely manner in the Office of Generic Drugs.  At her previous duty station, she served as advanced clinical practice pharmacy specialist at a remote ambulatory care center on the Native American Navajo Reservation.   A pharmacist by training, she is Board Certified as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist and a Certified Diabetes Educator.   Her passion for addressing public health disparities and uplifting marginalized, underserved communities still reigns true and can be seen in her efforts by practicing as a clinical pharmacist in the District of Columbia and being involved in her Ward 8 (or local) community, and as founder of a vibrant nonprofit organization, Dissipating Disparities, Inc. Dr. Gentles is a graduate of Howard University College of Pharmacy.

*Monet Stanford, PharmD
Director at Large
(Chair, Professional Affairs)

Dr. Stanford, manages the government relations and regulatory affairs for the pharmacy department at Kaiser Permanente. Her profile consists of a wide range of issues from scope of practice expansion to product/device compliance. Within this organization, Dr. Stanford is tasked with translating public policy issues and associated research into a variety of synthesis products to offer insight and expertise in key areas to internal and external Kaiser partners. Dr. Stanford received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration and Public Policy and a Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Maryland. She furthered her clinical education through formal residency training at Purdue University and received formal policy-based training via an executive fellowship with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Her professional experiences include serving in the Office of the Attorney General focusing on geriatric advocacy and as Clinical Policy Analyst with Centene Corporation. In the past, she has served as President of Maryland Public Health Association Graduate Academy. In her mentorship, she tutors fifth grade girls weekly on STEAM disciplines and serves as an annual judge at the DC STEM Fair, which is the final round for all public intermediary school science projects.  Aside from her professional interests, her personal time is filled with international travel,  running and live music.

*Youness R. Karodeh,  PharmD, RPh
Director at Large
(Chair, Education and Programs)

Dr. Karodeh earned the Bachelor’s of Science (B.Pharm) Degree in Pharmacy from Howard University College of Pharmacy (HUCOP), Washington, DC, in 1986, and the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) Degree from Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia in 2001. Dr. Karodeh started serving HUCOP as a Community Preceptor in 1990 and an adjunct faculty appointment in 2001. In 2002 he was appointed as the Director of Non-Traditional Doctor of Pharmacy (NTDP), a Distance Learning for Working Pharmacists, Degree Program, which was offered for the first time by Howard University College of Pharmacy and continues to be offered today. Dr. Karodeh is currently Assistant Dean for External and NTDP programs, Associate Professor, and Director of the Nontraditional Doctor of Pharmacy (NTDP) Degree Program. Dr. Karodeh has spent the past 31 years precepting, teaching and mentoring students. Dr. Karodeh has been active in publishing pharmacy related articles, papers, abstracts and presenting posters at national and international professional meetings and conventions. He has also been on the Editorial Board of Archives of Pharmacy Practice, is the recipient of sizable grant awards, and has earned many certificates such as “Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services in the Community,” “OTC Advisor Pharmacy Based Self-Care Service,” “Physical Assessment in Patient Care Management,” “Pharmacy Based Immunization Delivery,”  “Trainer, the certificate faculty training program” and “Pharmaceutical Care for Patients with Diabetes.”  He has been the speaker for numerous Pharmacy Continuing Education programs throughout the country and the world, including Kuwait, Ethiopia, India, and Iran. Dr. Karodeh serves as a Volunteer member in the Maryland Professional Volunteer Corp (MPVC), and Maryland Pharmacy Emergency Response Team, a health-care consultant to the Sofi Development Association (SoDA), serving people of Ethiopia in North Africa. Dr. Karodeh is co-founder and president of the Iranian Pharmaceutical Association (IPhA). Dr. Karodeh is a licensed pharmacist in DC and Maryland, and received the  “Distinguished Faculty of the Year Award” from his Alma Mater, Howard University College of Pharmacy, in 2011

Patrick Fotso
Patrick Fotso

Patrick Fotso
Pharmacy Technician Director

Patrick Fotso earned his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is currently a second year student at Howard University College of Pharmacy, and has worked as a CVS pharmacy technician/intern for five years.  He was recently honored to receive an APhA-ASP national certificate of recognition for his strong involvement in the ASP chapter at Howard University.  He currently serves as the president-elect of APhA-ASP Howard Chapter and policy chair of SNPhA, Howard Chapter.

Alisha M. Bailey
Alisha M. Bailey

Alisa Bailey
Pharmacy Student Director

Ms. Alisha M. Bailey, native of Vacherie, Louisiana, graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana with a B.S.in Chemistry. After graduating, she became employed as a manufacturing laboratory operator for DuPont Performance Elastomer for three years. With enthusiasm and passion for the pharmaceutical field, Alisha decided to take a leap of faith and move across country to attend pharmacy school.  Alisha is a second-year doctor of pharmacy candidate at Howard University and currently serves as vice president of her class.  She also has been committed and involved in several pharmacy organizations. Alisha is an active member of the American Pharmacists Association -Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA- ASP), chairman of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) chronic kidney disease committee, and historian of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists -Student Society of Health System Pharmacy (ASHP- SSHP). She has been award Howard University College of Pharmacy Professionalism Recognition Award and Alpha Pi Chapter of Kappa Epsilon Lady in Red Service Award. Alisha is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

*LCDR Andrew Gentles, PharmD, BCPS AQ-ID
Immediate Past President

LCDR Gentles is a proud DC resident who lives in the District with his wife. Both are alumni of the Howard University College of Pharmacy and parents to one daughter. Upon graduating in 2007, Dr. Gentles successfully completed an ASHP-Accredited PGY-1 institutional practice residency at Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta, GA. In 2012, as one of the youngest Deputy Chief Pharmacists to manage a comprehensive health care facility, he was awarded the prestigious Navajo Area Directors Award for Exceptional Performance as well as the Public Health Service Commendation Medal. In 2017, Dr. Gentles was honored for his contribution to the pharmacy profession with the 2017 Howard University College of Pharmacy Alumni Legacy by Decades. An advocate for addressing public health disparities and the underserved role of pharmacists, he sees Washington, DC not only as the nation’s capital, but as an opportunity for pharmacists to have a more profound impact on the profession as advocates for expanding the roles of pharmacists in the District. The recipient of the 2018 National Community Pharmacists Award (NCPA) Leadership Award, he successfully served as the President of WDCPhA from 2017-2018 and remains active as an ex-officio member on the board.

Terri Smith Moore, PhD
Executive Director

 

* Executive Committee

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