Rhode Island Pharmacists Association

Meet the Candidates!!

President-Elect:

Kenny Correia

Treasurer:

John Grossomanides

Independent Representative:

Christina ProcacciantiChristina Procaccianti, PharmD is the owner and pharmacist-in-charge at Green Line Apothecary, the pharmacy and soda fountain, located in Wakefield Rhode Island. Since founding Green Line Apothecary in May 2016, Dr. Procaccianti has received accolades including New Business of the Year from the Southern RI Chamber of Commerce and Distinguished Young Pharmacist from national pharmacy fraternity Lambda Kappa Sigma.

Prior to opening her independent pharmacy, Dr. Procaccianti worked as a pharmacist at McQuade’s Pharmacy in Connecticut, Massachusetts General Hospital and Walmart Pharmacy.
Dr. Procaccianti is a 2007 graduate of Northeastern University with a Doctorate of Pharmacy. While at Northeastern, she co-founded the Alpha Rho chapter of Lambda Kappa Sigma and served as its student president. Dr. Procaccianti was the inaugural recipient of the Bouvé College of Health Science’s Cooperative Education Recognition Award.

Dr. Procaccianti now serves as advisor to the Xi chapter of Lambda Kappa Sigma at the University of Rhode Island. She has volunteered with Project Medishare in Port-au-Prince Haiti and regularly supports local non-profit organizations in her community.

Dr. Procaccianti is a native of New Jersey. She resides in Wakefield Rhode Island with her husband and their three daughters.

RIPA Independent Representative Nomination:

As the owner and founder of her independent pharmacy, Dr. Procaccianti is uniquely-qualified to advocate for Rhode Island's community of family-owned drugstores. Dr. Procaccianti has recent first- hand experience with the most important issues facing independent pharmacists, including reimbursements, clawbacks and DIR fees, collaborative practice agreements, and provider status.

Dr. Procaccianti's drugstore is thriving and she is charting a path for the future of independent pharmacy, amidst continued corporate consolidation and ever-changing health care practices. She is eager to fight on behalf of independent pharmacists to secure their place, and position them for growth, in Rhode Island's health and wellness industry.

Anthony Harrison:  URI grad '13, I've working as an independent pharmacist for 3.5 years.  My family has been involved with independent pharmacies for a long time in RI.  I've been the independent rep for RIPA for the past 2 years.  I'm actively involved in the independent pharmacy community.

Council of Administration:

Matthew Lacroix:  Matthew Lacroix is currently the Coordinator for Accreditation and Assessment at URI's College of Pharmacy. Prior to moving back to Rhode Island in July of 2017, Matt was an Internal Medicine Specialist at the University of New England and a founding member of the faculty for their College of Pharmacy. Matt is active in several organizations, most notably the American Pharmacist Association and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. He currently lives in West Warwick.

I would be excited to return to the Rhode Island Pharmacist Association Council of Administrators after service as the student representative in 2003-2004. I have been an active member of the Maine Pharmacy Association for the last 8 years supporting their educational mission and helping promote key legislative initiatives. I was honored to served as their delegate to the APhA House of Delegates for the last three years. With the rapidly shifting regulatory and legal environment for pharmacists and pharmacy practice, pharmacist need a strong voice to help advocate for their unique role in the healthcare system. 

Pat Kelly:  I received my Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Rhode Island in 2009 and I have experience in community,institutional, long-term care, and regulatory settings.  I currently serve as a Lecturer in the Dept. of Pharmacy Practice at the URI College of Pharmacy with primary focus teaching in the integrated professional practice laboratories. I feel strongly in an active State pharmacy association that advocates for the best interests of pharmacists regardless of practice area.  I would like to serve as a council member so that I can represent the interests of the individual registered pharmacist and pursue action on matters that affect all pharmacists such as our overly high license fees and upcoming changes to the RI Pharmacy regulations.

Mike Poirier:  My pharmacy adventure began with Brooks Pharmacy in 2002. I graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Worcester in 2007, and began my professional career with Rite Aid in Connecticut, becoming a Pharmacist in Charge within 6 months. I moved back to Rhode Island in 2010 after my first daughter was born and remained with Rite Aid for another seven years. After almost 15 years with Rite Aid, I then took on the role of Manager of Lifespan Pharmacy Operations in December 2016 and have been there since. In addition to my very understanding wife, I have three amazing daughters who are eight, six, and three years old, and as of a week ago have adopted an eight month old golden retriever puppy.

Over the last several years, I have been impressed with the RIPA and feel it is my duty to give back to the great profession of pharmacy. From frequent attendance at RIPA council meetings, to being named a director on the RI Pharmacy Foundation, to presentation of scholarship awards to recipients, to assisting RIPA in the collaborations with RISHP, as well as supporting legislation to protect our pharmacists, and more recently being asked to chair the golf event, I have found ways to balance a busy work and home life while contributing to the effective progression of pharmacy in our small state. Thank you for your consideration for this exciting opportunity!

Michael Poirier, PharmD

Mike Kolodij

Shannon Staton:  I am Shannon Staton, PharmD, MBA and I am the Director of Education and Professional Development at CORE Higher Education Group/RXinsider. I serve as the RIPA Membership Chair and as an AMCP Diplomat for URI's Student Organization. I am very humbled by the nomination and happy to serve. I am passionate about the profession of pharmacy and dedicated to pharmacists and student pharmacists by developing innovative technology solutions that support their practice. I attend ASHP, APhA, AMCP, and AACP every year to stay ingrained in the profession on a national level. I have been very inspired this year by being involved with RIPA and learning about the profession of pharmacy on a state and local level. I would be pleased to continue that by officially serving as a member of the Council. I will do my best to support the profession and all of the great work pharmacists in Rhode Island do.

Vinnie Salerno:  I have been a licensed pharmacist since 2007. I completed my BS in biology from Providence College in 2004 and continued on for my PharmD from MCPHS Worcester in 2007. I started my pharmacy career as an intern with Brooks Pharmacy that was later acquired by Rite Aid. I worked for Rite Aid as both a staff pharmacist and pharmacy manager until the end of 2016. In my time at Rite Aid, I also served as a clinical liaison for stores and was enrolled in the leadership essentials training. After leaving Rite Aid, I moved on to my current position as the Ambulatory Pharmacist In Charge of Lifepsan Pharmacy at The Miriam Hospital. In my current role I have been working within the department and also with other departments in the hospital to grow our Meds to Beds program to facilitate hospital discharges andprevent readmissions.

In addition, I have also served as an adjunct faculty member at MCPHS Worcester from 2009 to 2016 in both the pharmaceutics compounding lab and professional pharmacy practice lab. I have been a preceptor for interns in both introductory and advanced experiential education rotations as well as those employed by both Rite Aid and Lifespan.

Why I am interested in serving on the council:

I have enjoyed attending numerous RIPA events over the last few years and would like an opportunity to be more involved. I have seen the work that the association has done and would like to help with the advancement of the profession for both current pharmacists and developing student pharmacists.








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