Members were selected to the Presidential Search Committee after consultation with various constituents, including nominations from the Faculty Senate, Staff Council and Student Government Association.
The Board carefully selected individuals who bring a strong passion for University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis, an immense respect of the rich heritage of our institution, and a strategic and forward-looking approach to the remarkable opportunities that lie ahead for the University.
We are deeply grateful that these committee members have agreed to devote their time and wisdom to the important process that lies ahead.
Search Committee Members
Paul Beahm, B.S. '85, Senior Vice Chair, Board of Trustees and Chair, Ad Hoc Presidential Search Committee
Paul Beahm is a former Walmart Executive retiring in 2019 after serving 32 years at the retailer. While at Walmart, Paul spent most of his time in Healthcare leading various teams in Operations, Merchandising, Procurement, and Strategy. His most recent responsibility was leading Walmart’s retail healthcare operation of the pharmacies and vision centers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Paul had full P&L responsibilities and led a team of 70,000 field associates responsible for all of the customer facing activities while serving as the chief operations officer.
A 1985 graduate of St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Paul currently serves on the Board of Trustees as Senior Vice Chair as well as Chair of the Ad Hoc Presidential Search Committee. He also serves on the Board of the Sunshine School in Bentonville Arkansas. Paul and his wife Nancy currently reside in Northwest Arkansas.
Anastasia Armbruster, Pharm.D. '09, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Dr. Anastasia L. Armbruster completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at West Virginia University Hospitals followed by a PGY-2 Internal Medicine Residency at John Cochran VA/St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Her clinical practice site is at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in general cardiology and Advanced Heart Failure partnering with Washington University School of Medicine.
She has been recognized as the Clinical Faculty Member of the Year and Faculty Advisor of the Year. Recently appointed to the ACC/AHA Joint Committee on Clinical Practice Guidelines, she is also an Associate of the American College of Cardiology. Current research includes inpatient management of atrial fibrillation and heart failure. Dr. Armbruster coordinates the Integrated Pharmacotherapy: Cardiology course and serves as the Integrated Pharmacotherapy Series Coordinator in the School of Pharmacy.
Brandi Clements, Director, Research Administration
Brandi Clements has been with UHSP for two years as the Director of Research Administration. In her role as Director, she is responsible for pre-award, post-award, compliance, and technology transfer in relation to external funds granted to the institution on behalf of faculty, staff and students.
Brandi has 22 years of research administration experience; 18 of those years at a research-intensive institution and 2 at a predominantly undergraduate institution. She holds a master’s in public administration, a bachelor’s in business administration, certifications in grant writing and research administration, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in strategic leadership. Ms. Clements also serves as a member and presenter for the National Council of University Research Administrators and the Society of Research Administrators International.
Alex S. Evers, Interim Director, Center for Clinical Pharmacology
After earning his B.S. degree from Yale College (1974) and M.D. degree from New York University School of Medicine (1978), Dr. Evers completed training in Internal Medicine at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He then completed a residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in critical care at Massachusetts General Hospital. This was followed by a research fellowship in the Department of Pharmacology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, in the laboratory of Philip Needleman.
Dr. Evers joined the Washington University Medical School faculty in 1985 and served as the Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University and Anesthesiologist-in-Chief at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, from 1992 to July 2019. He is currently the Henry E. Mallinckrodt Professor of Anesthesiology and the Interim Director of the Center for Clinical Pharmacology, a joint research intensive collaboration between Washington University and University of Health Sciences & Pharmacy in St. Louis.
Dr. Evers’ research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of neurosteroid and anesthetic action in the central nervous system. His laboratory has employed chemical biological methods to elucidate the sites of action of neurosteroids and several anesthetic agents. Dr. Evers’ work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for the past 35 years and he has served as an editor for several journals and edits a textbook entitled Anesthetic Pharmacology. Dr. Evers has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Anesthesia Research Society and is a former president of the Association of University Anesthesiologists and the W.T.G. Morton Society. He is also an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Science and of the St. Louis Academy of Science.
Erika Fieth, P3 Student
Erica Fieth is a third year pharmacy student at University of Health Sciences & Pharmacy in St. Louis (UHSP). Originally from Odessa MO, she moved to the St. Louis area for the seven year Pharm. D. Program. In 2019 she graduated from UHSP with a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. While in professional school, she serves as the Vice President for Student Alumni Association, Class Senator for Student Government Association, and Director of Finances and Fundraising for Industry Pharmacy Organization. She is also a member of Student Pharmacist Association, Missouri Pharmacist Association, and American Society of Health System Pharmacists. She currently works for SSM Health DePaul Hospital as a pharmacy intern and at University of Health Sciences & Pharmacy in St. Louis as a student worker for the president’s office. While not in school she enjoys running, reading, and traveling. As part of the Ad Hoc committee she looks forward to finding the best fit candidate for UHSP with the student perspective in mind.
Elaine Haynes, B.S. '86, Member, Board of Trustees
Elaine Haynes is President and CEO of KaloCyte, Inc. where she oversees the company’s business operations and drives execution of technical development and funding strategies. KaloCyte is a pre-clinical biotech startup developing ErythroMer, an artificial red blood cell substitute that can be freeze-dried and used when stored blood is not available. She is a seasoned and resilient executive with over 30 years of healthcare leadership expertise and extensive experience with general management and commercial development of complex pharmaceuticals, controlled substances, sterile products, radiopharmaceuticals, contrast media and medical devices, M&A and divestitures. Elaine was with Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals for over 28 years through early 2017. As Vice President of Alliance Management and Divestitures, she led the divestitures of Mallinckrodt’s contrast media and nuclear imaging businesses, delivering nearly $1 billion in total transaction value. Prior roles included Vice President & General Manager where she led teams in North and South America as well as global commercial functions for Imaging, Marketing Director, Training Manager, and Nuclear Pharmacist. She completed her executive MBA at Washington University in St. Louis and her BS in Pharmacy from St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees at University of Health Sciences & Pharmacy in St. Louis and recently joined the Board of Directors for ARTMS, a radioisotope technology company, as an independent director.
Kendra Holmes, B.S. '99, Pharm.D. '00, Secretary, Board of Trustees
Dr. Kendra Holmes is a St. Louis native and graduate of St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She currently serves as Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for Affinia Healthcare (formerly Grace Hill Health Centers, Inc.). Affinia Healthcare consists of eleven locations which provide primary and preventive health services to underserved residents of St. Louis City and County. Dr. Holmes oversees health center operations including: nursing, laboratory, radiology, quality improvement, facilities, security, maternal child, and homeless services. She serves as director of pharmacy operations. Dr. Holmes started her career at Affinia Healthcare in 2003 and prior to her current role served as: Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Clinical Integration and Ancillary Services, Director of Pharmacy and Radiology services, Director of Pharmacy Services, and as a staff pharmacist. She also serves as Secretary of the UHSP Board of Trustees. Dr. Holmes has received numerous awards and recognitions including: the 2013 University of Health Sciences & Pharmacy in St. Louis Distinguished African American Alumni Award, the 2016 St. Louis American Foundation’s Excellence in Healthcare Award, 2019 recognition as one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s Most Influential Business Women and she is a member of the 2015 St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class. Dr. Holmes serves on the board of HealthWorks Museum and Wings of Hope. Dr. Holmes has a passion for improving the lives of underserved populations. She is an advocate for social and economic justice. As a part of St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell’s Transition Team, Dr. Holmes leads the Diversion and Treatment Initiatives.
Amy Reese, Ph.D., CDFT, Associate Professor, Microbiology
Dr. Reese teaches Microbiology, Biology I, Science Ethics and Society, and Introduction to Research in the Basic Sciences I and II. Her research with undergraduate and pharmacy students studies fungal organisms that cause disease in humans and animals. Dr. Reese majored in chemistry and minored in music at The College of Wooster, in Wooster, OH, obtained her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota, and completed four years of post-doctoral work in Molecular Microbiology at Washington University School of Medicine. She taught at Cedar Crest College, in Allentown PA for 11 years before joining the UHSP faculty in 2015. She has served on the Faculty Senate and the Undergraduate Programs and Curriculum Committee. As one of the faculty who has completed the NCCJ St. Louis Certified Diversity Facilitrainer (CDFT)TM program, she works with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to deliver the co-curricular Social Awareness and Cultural Sensitivity training for pharmacy students. She has been instrumental in shaping both the Community Service Scholar and Research Scholar Programs. She often sings with the Royal Chorale, or plays in the pit orchestra or campus band.
Neal Sample, Ph.D., Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
Dr. Neal Sample is EVP & Chief Information Officer and leads the Technology function at Northwestern Mutual. His key areas of accountability include technology strategy (architecture, infrastructure and cloud services, engineering and customer success); data and analytics; enterprise information risk and cybersecurity; digital workplace solutions; and the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute. Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, Dr. Sample was Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer at Express Scripts where he was responsible for operations, technology, and enterprise transformation. He aligned overall information technology strategy and performance with pharmacy processing and fulfillment in order to create synergies that drove improvements to the member and client experiences. Dr. Sample previously served in key executive leadership roles at American Express, including President, Enterprise Growth, where he leveraged emerging technologies to reach new customers and geographies, expand mobile and online payment services, and foster inclusion for clients poorly served by traditional financial systems. Prior to that role, he held the CIO position for that business where he managed end-to-end platform technology, infrastructure and operations, and the suite of American Express pre-paid products, including the delivery and implementation of the Bluebird, SoftCard and retail distribution partnerships. Prior to American Express, Dr. Sample served in a variety of senior leadership positions at companies such as eBay, Yahoo!, and RightOrder. Dr. Sample received his MS and PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. He also received a BA and MS in Computer Science from the University of Wyoming. Additionally, he completed a post-doctoral research fellowship with the CIA Office of Research and Development. Dr. Sample is currently on the Business Advisory Committee of the Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is vice chair of the Board of University of Health Sciences & Pharmacy in St. Louis (and chairs the Audit Committee), and is an advisor to several startups. Dr. Sample lives in the Milwaukee area with his wife Meredith and three children.
Angel Siegars, P2 Student
Angel Sigears is a third year pharmacy student at University of Health Sciences & Pharmacy in St. Louis. Angel is originally from Fayetteville, AR where she attended high school and graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology (2018). As a pharmacy school student, she has volunteered for and has served as a representative for the Student Government Association, committee member for UHSP C.A.R.E.S., Transfer Orientation Leader, member of the Student Pharmacist Association (SPA), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority Inc. In addition to her contributions to these wonderful organizations, Angel has also worked at CVS Omnicare as a pharmacy intern, and now is working in a CVS retail store as a pharmacy intern. Angel’s goals and aspirations are to obtain her Pharm.D., serve as a health educator/provider for those who are in need and as a role model for young women who desire to become pharmacists. Outside of her coursework and work, Angel enjoys reading, watching movies/SEC football, eating out and spending time with her friends and family.
Danielle Unzicker, MBA, Assistant Vice President, Communications & Chief Marketing Officer
Danielle joined the University of Health Sciences & Pharmacy in St. Louis community in 2014. She leads the Office of Marketing and Communications (M&C), a full-service communications team that works to build the institution’s reputation among key audiences (prospective and current students, alumni and donors, community, peers, etc.) and tell the University's brand story through advertising (traditional and digital), institutional communications, media relations and PR, social media and storytelling. To the president and President's Staff, she provides executive communication support and counsel, and she leads the institution’s crisis communications response. Danielle also works closely with revenue-generating units to support growth, and M&C is responsible for inquiry generation and recruitment marketing. With the M&C team, Danielle oversees expression of the University's brand and works to create a cohesive, consistent brand story within externally facing communications. M&C produces the University’s flagship magazine, Script, and manages the institutional website. She holds a Bachelor of Science in applied communication studies with a concentration in public relations and a Master of Business Administration. She previously worked in the Office of University Marketing and Communications at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Sandra Van Trease, MBA, Trustee
An accomplished Executive and Board member, Ms. Van Trease served 16 years as Group President BJC HealthCare and as the President of BJC HealthCare's ACO, LLC, since its inception in 2012. BJC HealthCare, with $6B in revenues, is a clinically integrated healthcare system in St. Louis, Missouri. Ms. Van Trease also established in 2012 and served as the senior executive of BJC Collaborative LLC, an organization of seven Midwest regional health systems. Her professional career includes serving as President & CEO of UniCare Inc., a WellPoint company, with $2B in revenues (NYSE: WLP) and as President, COO & CFO, RightChoice Managed Care, Inc. (NYSE:RIT), with $1.8B in revenues. Ms. Van Trease serves on the board of Enterprise Financial Services Corp. - NASDAQ: EFSC, a $7B multi-regional business bank (Audit Chair, Comp committee); she previously served on the boards of Peabody Energy - NYSE: BTU, a Fortune 500 international energy company (Audit Chair, Health, Safety & Environment Chair) and RightChoice Managed Care - NYSE: RIT, a health insurance company (non-independent director).
Michael A. Sass, Special Assistant to the President and Board Appointed Liaison to the Ad Hoc Presidential Search Committee
Since July 2015, Dr. Sass has served as Special Assistant to the President at the University. Prior to his appointment, Michael served as Special Assistant to the President at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for 6 years. He began his career in Student Affairs and has served as: Interim Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students where he orchestrated the implementation of a newly established Division of Student Affairs; Interim Vice President of Campus Life & Global Initiatives; and Director/Coordinator of Residence Life. Dr. Sass has also spent some time working in student activities and campus ministry. Michael received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from Canisius College, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration & Policy Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education and sits on both the Membership and Professional Development Committees. Dr. Sass is also a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the American College Personnel Association, Society for College and University Planning, and the Missouri Pharmacy Association.
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