Executive Committee

SOPIT Executive Committee

2016-2017 Executive Committee Pictured

Sitting Left to Right: Seth Hartman, Brandon Ordway, Sylvia Belford, Joseph Lassiter, Maritza Lew
Standing Left to Right: Amey Hugg, Beth Prier, Lea Eiland (ASHP Board Liaison)

Chair (2016-2017)

Sylvia Belford., Pharm.D., M.S., CPHIMS

Sylvia M. BelfordSylvia M. Belford is Director of Continuum of Care at Mayo Clinic. In this role she serves as the clinical administrator for the implementation of Epic at Mayo Clinic. She started at Mayo Clinic as a project leader on the medication management informatics team and as the first program director for Mayo Clinic’s new PGY2 pharmacy informatics residency. Her previous positions include Director, IT Clinical Informatics for Sanford Health, and Manager, Medication Safety and IT for the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Belford completed her Pharm.D. and M.S. in Pharmacy degrees at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, along with a 2-year residency in health-system pharmacy administration at the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics.

From 2010 to 2013, Dr. Belford served as Director-at-Large on the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology (SOPIT) Executive Committee. Over the years, she has served on numerous SOPIT Section Advisory Groups. She became a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS) in 2013 and maintains a membership with both HIMSS and AMIA. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the South Dakota HIMSS and was honored with their 2013 Chapter Achievement Award.

Sylvia M. Belford can be e-mailed at

Chair Elect (2016-2017)

Joseph Lassiter, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS, CPHIMS

Joseph LassiterJoseph Lassiter is Chief Pharmacy Officer and Senior Consultant for The Robertson Group, an artisan medication use systems consulting firm in Portland, Oregon. His practice focuses on strategically optimizing the safety, quality, and efficiency of medication use across the continuum of the health system.

Lassiter completed both B.S. and M.S. in Pharmacy degrees at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and a Pharm.D. at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Additionally, he is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist and a certified professional in health information and management systems.

Lassiter is active professionally, serving in elected and appointed roles for ASHP, most recently serving as Director-at-Large for the Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology Executive Committee. He has also served in elected and appointed roles for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the Oregon Patient Safety Commission, and the Oregon Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

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Immediate Past Chair (2016-2017)

Brandon Ordway , Pharm.D., M.S.

Brandon OrdwayBrandon J. Ordway, Pharm.D., M.S., is the Director of Pharmacy Operations for HealthEast Care System in St. Paul, Minnesota. He obtained both his Doctor of Pharmacy degree and Master of Science degree in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Wisconsin. He completed an advanced two-year residency in Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership from the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He is an active member of both the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) and ASHP. His involvement with MSHP includes serving on the MSHP-College of Pharmacy Committee, Finance Committee, and he is currently the treasurer of MSHP. He served on ASHP's New Practitioners Forum Executive Committee from 2010 to 2011 and currently is a member and Chair of the Pharmacy Operations and Automation Section Advisory Group for the Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology. His practice interests include pharmacy automation and technology, quality improvement of complex systems, regulatory compliance, and employee training and development.

Director-at-Large (2015-2017)

Maritza Lew, Pharm.D., PMP

Maritza LewMaritza D. Lew, B.S., Pharm.D., PMP is an IT Project Manager at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA. Her years of experience include principal lead in Pharmacy database build and implementation, Clinical Decision Support, order/order set design, and automation. Currently, she oversees systems implementation with emphasis on optimizing safe medication-use within the electronic health record.

Maritza completed her Bachelor of Sciences at UC Davis and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Southern California. She completed an ASHP-accredited pharmacy residency at the VA Medical Center Sepulveda in Geriatrics and a certification in Project Management.

Maritza is a member of ASHP, currently serving as Chair of the Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology (SOPIT) Section Advisory Group on Professional Development. In the past, she has chaired and vice-chaired the SOPIT Education Steering Committee. She has been active within state affiliate chapters including California and Hawaii.

Director-at-Large (2016-2018)

Beth Prier, Pharm.D., M.S.

Beth E. PrierBeth E. Prier is Associate Director and Residency Program Director at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Her career goal is to evaluate, design, and implement technology to enhance pharmacists’ role in patient care. Her experience ranges from system configuration to project management and strategic planning. Dr. Prier established a PGY2 specialty residency and a graduate-level informatics course at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. She completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Ohio Northern University and Master of Science in Health-System Pharmacy Administration at The Ohio State University. She completed a 2-year pharmacy practice residency with emphasis in pharmacy administration at Grant Medical Center.

In her local ASHP chapter, Prier served as President, board member, and Continuing Education Coordinator. Her national work with ASHP includes co-leading a work group with the Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology (SOPIT) Section Advisory Group on Professional Development.

Beth E. Prier can be e-mailed at

Director-at-Large Elect (2016-2017)

Seth Hartman, Pharm.D.

Seth HartmanSeth Hartman is the Information Management and Medication Safety Manager for Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) providing leadership and oversight to pharmacy informatics, drug information, and medication safety.

He received his Pharm.D. degree in 2008 from the University of Missouri Kansas City, his graduate certificate in healthcare management in 2014 from OHSU, and is anticipating his completion of The Healthcare M.B.A. from OHSU in 2017.

Hartman’s work at ASHP has included co-chairing the workgroup for Pharmacy Informatics Essentials from 2014 to 2015; serving on the Section Advisory Group on Professional Development from 2014 to 2015; and operating as program chair, moderator, and presenter for multiple sessions at the Informatics Institute during both the 2015 and 2016 Summer Meetings. Hartman has provided and recorded content for Pharmacy Informatics Essentials programming in 2014 and most recently has been Chair of the Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology Educational Steering Committee 2015-2016.

Seth Hartman can be e-mailed at

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