Executive Committee

SICP Executive Committee

2016-2017 Executive Committee Pictured

Sitting Left to Right: Linda Spooner, Jennifer Robertson, Emily Alexander
Standing Left to Right: Erika Thomas, John Hertig, Paul Milligan, Todd Karpinski (ASHP Board Liaison), Jacqueline Olin

Chair (2016-2017)

Jennifer J. Robertson, Pharm.D., BCPS

Jennifer J. RobertsonJennifer J. Robertson, is the Medication Use Policy Coordinator for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. She received her PharmD degree from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and completed her drug information specialty residency at Methodist Healthcare in Memphis.  Dr. Robertson has a leadership role in the coordination of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, formulary management, and definition and implementation of drug therapy guidelines. She has a strong interest in medication safety and is the primary reviewer of medication events reported at St. Jude. She coordinates event investigation and subsequent process improvements; she also leads medication-related root cause analyses.

Dr. Robertson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee. She participates in educating pharmacy students through several didactic courses and experiential rotations.  Robertson serves on the Section Advisory Group (SAG) on Medication Safety for ASHP.

Jennifer J. Robertson can be e-mailed at

Chair Elect (2016-2017)

Linda Spooner, Pharm.D., BCPS-AQ ID, FASHP

Linda SpoonerLinda Spooner is a Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Infectious Disease at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts. She completed her B.S. in Pharmacy degree at the University of Connecticut, Pharm.D. at the University of Oklahoma, and residency in internal medicine at the University of Texas/Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas. Spooner’s career has focused on optimizing medication use through inpatient and outpatient clinical practices. She has emphasized student and pharmacist education through a practical, learner-centered approach. She also co-directs the Saint Vincent Hospital pharmacy fellowship in medication safety.

Spooner has been a sustained member of the Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners’ Educational Steering Committee, during which time she has served as Vice Chair and Chair. She currently serves on ASHP’s Antimicrobial Resistance Taskforce. She has served as Director of Educational Affairs for the New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Linda Spooner can be e-mailed at

Immediate Past Chair (2016-2017)

Emily Alexander, Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP

Emily Alexander, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP is the founder and current pharmacist in charge of Envision Telepharmacy.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Idaho State University.  Her pharmacy practice spans over 25 years in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and Texas.

Emily serves as Director at Large on ASHP’s Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners Executive Committee and on Texas Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Council on Public Affairs and Advocacy.  She has served on ASHP’s Council on Public Policy, ASHP’s Section Advisory Group on Small and Rural Hospitals, and as Texas delegate to the ASHP House of Delegates. Her practice interests include geriatrics and adult medicine.  She is a recognized leader in telepharmacy, having successfully advanced the adoption of rule and regulation, authored papers, and implemented successful programs in the field.   She speaks regionally, nationally and internationally on topics involving telepharmacy.

Emily Alexander can be e-mailed at

Director-at-Large (2015-2017)

John B. Hertig, Pharm.D., M.S., CPPS

John HertigJohn B. Hertig, Pharm.D., M.S., CPPS is the Associate Director at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy Center for Medication Safety Advancement; he also has a courtesy appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice. John received his Bachelors of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Purdue University. He completed a combined PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration residency at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, OH. As part of this program, he received a Masters degree in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from The Ohio State University.  In Indiana, John is currently the President of the Indiana Society of Health-System Pharmacists and a Delegate to the ASHP House of Delegates.  Nationally, John has served the Student and New Practitioners Forum in various capacities, been involved with various Section Advisory Groups, including his current role on the Medication Safety SAG.  He also serves as incoming Chair of the Council on Public Policy.

John B. Hertig can be e-mailed at

Director-at-Large (2016-2018)

Jacqueline (Jacky) L. Olin, M.S., Pharm.D., BCPS, CDE, FASHP, FCCP

Jacky OlinJacqueline (Jacky) L. Olin is Professor of Pharmacy at Wingate University School of Pharmacy and practices as a clinical pharmacy specialist with an inpatient service at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Olin also provides medication education to the uninsured population at HealthQuest Pharmacy and serves on the board of directors. She received her PharmD from Rutgers University and completed a PGY1 residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Dr. Olin serves as a member of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists’ Educational Council since 2007. She was elected as the Director of Educational Affairs for the New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NJSHP). Olin was recognized as the NJSHP Pharmacist of the Year. She was a Past Chair of the ASHP Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners’ (SICP) Educational Steering Committee and is a judge for the ASHP national Clinical Skills Competition.

Jacqueline (Jacky) L. Olin can be e-mailed at

Director-at-Large Elect (2016-2017)

Paul Milligan, Pharm.D.

Paul MilliganPaul Milligan has served as Medication Safety Pharmacist for BJCHealthCare, a diverse 12-hospital system located in St. Louis, Missouri, and Clinical Lead for their Adverse Drug Event (ADE) Preventable Harm Initiative since 2008. He led the development of an innovative ADE surveillance process as well as the development of strategies to reduce severe hypoglycemia, oversedation, and preventable venous thromboembolisms. He also teaches pharmacology at Washington University.

In 2013, Milligan’s team was presented with the ASHP Foundation’s Award for Excellence in Medication Safety. He served as the 2015-2016 Vice Chair of the Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners’ Advisory Group on Medication Safety and is founder of the St. Louis Area Medication Safety Collaborative. Previously, Milligan practiced pharmacy for 25 years, primarily as an inpatient clinical pharmacist and anticoagulant clinician. He has published over 30 manuscripts and speaks regularly at ASHP meetings and webinars in the areas of medication safety, change management, and anticoagulation.

Paul Milligan can be e-mailed at

ASHP Staff

Erika Lutz Thomas, M.B.A., B.S.Pharm.
Director, ASHP Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners

Erika ThomasErika Lutz Thomas, M.B.A., B.S.Pharm., is Director of the ASHP Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners. In this role, Ms. Thomas serves as staff liaison to the Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners Executive Committee. She also acts as an ASHP information resource and provides guidance to ASHP members on pharmacy practice in various inpatient care environments in hospitals and health systems.

Previously, Ms. Thomas was Senior Director of Scientific Projects and CE Liaison in the ASHP Office of Professional Development (OPD) where she was responsible for developing scientific needs-based educational activities for pharmacists and other health care professionals and served as the continuing education liaison for the OPD. She has also worked as Scientific Project Manager with ASHP Advantage, Director of Educational Programming in the ASHP Educational Services Division, and Director of Meeting Programming Department in the ASHP Educational Services Division. Her pharmacy practice experience includes inpatient and outpatient pharmacy services, Joint Commission accreditation survey preparation, benchmarking, and supervisory responsibilities.

Ms. Thomas received her Master of Business Administration degree from the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, Texas and Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. She completed an ASHP-accredited residency in hospital pharmacy at Harper-Graces Hospitals in Detroit, Michigan. Ms. Thomas also has experience in planning professional association activities at the state and local levels, including planning educational programming for ASHP state affiliate meetings and regional residency conferences.

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