2016 Alumni Award Recipients Announced
Published on 30 September 2016
The Alumni Association has announced this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients. Each year the awards recognize outstanding men and women for their contributions to the College and profession. The recipients will be recognized during the annual Founders Day celebration on Friday, Nov. 11.
Suzanne Bollmeier ’99/’00
Dedicated Service to the College
Bollmeier has served as a faculty member at the College since 2001 and is currently a professor of pharmacy practice, where she co-coordinates the Advanced Pharmacy Practice course and lab and primary care elective. In addition to her teaching responsibilities. Bollmeier practices at the South County Health Center, where she and her students work collaboratively with providers to help patients achieve positive disease outcomes, such as glycemic control, smoking cessation and proper monitoring of their anticoagulants. Currently, she is working with a team of researchers on a collaborative project regarding community pharmacy patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Bollmeier considers her greatest accomplishments to be those she earned as an educator, including being promoted to her current faculty position. She is especially looking forward to the implementation of the College’s new curriculum and has been charged with helping develop the pulmonary module of a new integrated pharmacotherapy course that will be offered for the first time in 2017.
She has served as a member of the board of directors for the National Asthma Educator Certification Board from 2008-2014 and has been a member of their exam committee since 2008. She is also currently a member of the school board for Zion Lutheran School in Belleville, Illinois.
Bollmeier says her time at the College has also given her the tools to enjoy her career. She takes pride in her impact on patients’ lives and the opportunity as an educator to influence the future of the profession.
“I give a lot of time, energy and love to the College,” Bollmeier said. “I’ve spent more than half of my life here as a student, resident and faculty member, the recognition for my service to the College is significant.”
Bollmeier and her husband, Jim, along with their children, Grace and Charlie, enjoy traveling, cooking and staying active outdoors.
Heather (Middendorf) Sundar ’97/’98
Dedicated Service to the Profession
As the vice president and general manager of clinical, research and customer solutions at Express Scripts Inc. (ESI), Sundar leads a team of 70 pharmacists, physicians and product managers who are responsible for outcomes research, physician strategy, wired health care and product development of pharmacy benefit management solutions that drive improved clinical and network quality for employers, government agencies, accountable care organizations, health systems and health plans. The solutions her team develops deliver improved health outcomes for more than 85 million Americans by addressing medication safety, adherence and overall care coordination.
Sundar has grown her leadership career at ESI. As vice president of customer, clinical and strategic solutions, she focused on using e-prescribing and wired health care solutions to integrate medication history and clinical pharmacy messaging into electronic health records. She also helped develop solutions to improve clinical outcomes by addressing gaps in health care and medication non-adherence. As the senior director of clinical services, she developed multiple quality and consumer-directed health care products, including patents for care coordination and medication adherence solutions. She also directed clinical strategy for plan sponsors, and served as a subject matter expert on integrated data solutions, pharmacogenomics, medication therapy management and adherence.
The first in her family to attend college, Sundar began developing her leadership skills while at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She fondly recalls giving drug abuse prevention talks at local schools, participating in therapeutics team activities, competing nationally at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Clinical Skills Competition and her membership in Kappa Psi fraternity.
“We were together through it all and received an excellent pharmacy education, leadership training, team building skills and lifelong friends,” she said.
Sundar resides in Edwardsville, Illinois, with her husband and former classmate, Murali Sundar ’97/’98, and their two children, Alex and Maya.
Misty Farr ’10
Black Heritage Award
As a Walmart pharmacy manager in Florissant, Missouri, Farr created and executed the pharmacy’s business plan, which included building rapport with area physicians, helping plan the pharmacy’s layout to best fit patients’ health care needs, and consulting with management on the grand opening ceremony. Currently, her other duties include managing pharmacy staff, counseling patients, compounding and dispensing prescriptions, and maintaining corporate compliance.
Farr started her career with Walmart as a pharmacy intern while attending St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She also served as a staff pharmacist and pharmacy manager at other St. Louis-area locations before being asked to become a regional immunization champion for the company. In this role, she helped implement immunization services at Walmart pharmacies across the Midwest, served as an immunization trainer and resource for area pharmacists and ensured their pharmacies met local and federal immunization requirements.
Farr acknowledges that her greatest accomplishment has been graduating from the College.
“As a single parent, pharmacy school was difficult, but I finished, and it has allowed me to be the person whom I dreamed I could be,” she said.
Not only is Farr known for her dedication to the profession of pharmacy, but her commitment to helping the community. She volunteers at community health fairs and attends regular meetings to promote pharmacy initiatives and helps educate patients on proper medication usage.
“In the African-American community, many times people just take medicine,” she said. “Working with patients to deepen their understanding of their symptoms and medications is a pleasure.”
Farr also is involved with the American Pharmacists Association, League of Black Women, Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary and the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary. She is a founding member of the Minority Women Pharmacists Association and is a member of the St. Louis Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.
She also has been recognized as the 2016 recipient of the St. Louis American Foundations Salute to Excellence in Health Care Award and the Missouri Pharmacy Association’s (MPA) Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award.
Farr is married to Leslie Farr II and has three children, Leslie III, Madison and Shylyn.
Brian Scholfield ’11
Young Alumnus Award
Scholfield is the clinical pharmacy specialist on the emergency medicine team at St. Louis VA Medical Center–John Cochran Division where he works to improve patient care through cost-effective recommendations that utilize evidence-based medicine. Scholfield provides medication reconciliation, counseling to patients, recommendations for antibiotic choices and drug information to his team. He is currently working to implement medication barcode scanning in the ER.
He also currently serves as a limited part-time pharmacist at Costco Pharmacy in St. Peters, Missouri, and is a pharmacy consultant at VPS, LLC, in Palmyra, Missouri, a veterinary pharmacy which he helped launch. Prior to his current roles in the St. Louis area, Scholfield served as a clinical staff pharmacist at Deaconess Health System in Evansville, Indiana, for four years.
Scholfield considers his most important professional accomplishment becoming a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS). His time at Deaconess Health System reinforced his decision to work as a clinical pharmacist so he obtained this board certification by further developing his clinical knowledge base and differentiating himself from others.
Through his involvement in various organizations, the development of lifelong friendships and opportunity to pursue educational opportunities,Scholfield has been able to achieve many of his personal and professional goals in a short time. He is truly honored to receive the Young Alumnus Award and to say he is an alumnus of the College.
His wife and former classmate, Angelina ’11, is also a clinical pharmacist and has supported him throughout his journey to establish himself in his chosen career paths and has continually inspired him to succeed. He includes the day he met her among his fondest memories from his time at the College.
“My education has meant the world to me,” Scholfield said. “Beyond providing the necessary tools for a successful career in pharmacy, my experiences at the College helped mold who I am as a person today.”
Continue the celebration of these accomplished alumni at this year’s Reunion Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 12. For more information or to register, visit stlcop.edu/reunion.