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Dr. Mark Ruscin is the Acting Chair of Pharmacy Practice, Professor, and Central Regional Coordinator. Dr. Ruscin is a native of Central Illinois. He returned to Illinois after spending 12 years with the faculty at the University of Colorado-Denver School of Pharmacy and Center on Aging. He has joined SIUE as a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and the Central Regional Coordinator. He graduated with his doctorate of pharmacy from the University of Illinois Chicago. After completing a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Illinois Hospital and Clinics, he completed a Geriatrics Fellowship at the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy. His teaching, clinical practice, and research experiences all center around care of older adults. His practice site will be in Springfield with the SIU School of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine.

Dr. Jessica Kerr , Acting Assistant Chair of Pharmacy Practice and Associate Professor, joined the SIUE School of Pharmacy from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy. Dr. Kerr is a graduate of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, where she earned both her B.S. and doctorate in pharmacy. She trained at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo, Texas, where she specialized in primary care. Her current practice site is in coordination with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center Belleville outpatient clinic, which provides geriatric care and cardiovascular risk management services to United States veterans living in Southern Illinois.

Dr. Jennifer Arnoldi is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Pharmacy Practice. She holds a joint appointment with the SIU School of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Illinois, where she participates in multi-disciplinary, patient teaching rounds with an internal medicine team. Dr. Arnoldi received her doctorate of pharmacy from Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy and completed her pharmacy practice residency at Deaconess Health System in Evansville, Indiana. Dr. Arnoldi's areas of interest include diabetes, nutrition support, and medication reconciliation.
Dr. Andrea Basso is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Basso received her doctorate of pharmacy from St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She completed her residency with an emphasis in ambulatory care and academia with the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and the St. Louis County Department of Health. Her ambulatory care practice site is with Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation (SIHF) in Centreville, IL. SIHF is a federally qualified health center serving the underinsured and uninsured. Dr. Basso's main areas of interest include the chronic disease state management of diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia.
Dr. Erin Behnen is Director of the SIUE Drug Information and Wellness Center and is an Associate Professor in the Pharmacy Practice Department. Dr. Behnen completed a drug information specialty residency at The University of Tennessee (UT) in Memphis. During that time she also gained experience at the Southern Poison Center and UT Family Medicine Clinic. She remained at UT as a faculty member before her appointment at SIUE. She received the B.S. and Pharm.D. degrees from St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist and has served as an officer for the Drug Information Practice and Research Network through the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Dr. Scott Bergman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and an infectious diseases clinical pharmacy specialist. Dr. Bergman holds a joint appointment with the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield where he participates in multi-disciplinary inpatient teaching rounds as well as outpatient clinics. Dr. Bergman joined SIUE from West Virginia University Hospitals and School of Pharmacy where he completed residencies in pharmacy practice and infectious diseases pharmacotherapy. He graduated from the College of Pharmacy at South Dakota State University with a Pharm.D. and B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Bergman's areas of interest include the appropriate treatment of healthcare-associated infections such as nursing home-acquired pneumonia and catheter-related biofilms.

Dr. Lakesha Butler is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Butler received her doctorate of pharmacy from Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. She completed a pharmacy practice residency (emphasis in primary care) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her ambulatory care practice site is at the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, a free clinic serving indigent patients in St. Charles, MO. She specializes in providing cardiovascular risk management services. Her current areas of interest include medication adherence, disease state management of diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia in addition to health disparities in minority populations.

Dr. Jingyang Fan is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Prior to joining SIUE, Dr. Fan served as an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Southern Nevada, College of Pharmacy. Dr. Fan received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and subsequently completed a pharmacy practice residency at the University of Kentucky, where she also obtained a Certificate for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She has been a board certification pharmacotherapy specialist since 2003. In addition to her faculty appointment at SIUE, Dr. Fan also provides clinical services in cardiology at St. Johns Mercy Medical Center. Dr. Fan is interested in various areas of pharmacy practice including cardiology, critical care, and diabetes. Her research areas of interest include anticoagulation, heart failure, diabetes, and innovative teaching methods.
Dr. McKenzie Ferguson is Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice and practices in the Drug Information and Wellness Center. Dr. Ferguson received her B.A. from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin and then completed her doctor of pharmacy degree from St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at SSM St. Mary's Health Center. Dr. Ferguson became a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist in 2008. She will be teaching in the Statistics and Literature Evaluation and Drug Information classes during fall and spring semesters. Her research interests include advancement of health literacy and patient safety and professional leadership development for students, residents and preceptors.
Dr. Janice Frueh is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. She also holds an adjunct appointment with the Department of Family Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois. Dr. Frueh graduated from Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Profession with her doctorate of pharmacy in 2007. She completed a two-year post-graduate residency with an emphasis in ambulatory care and academia at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2009. Dr. Frueh is primarily involved with primary care services at the Center for Family Medicine and her current clinical areas of interest include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and asthma/COPD.

Dr. Kelly Gable , Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, joined the SIUE School of Pharmacy from the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy. Dr. Gable is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, School of Pharmacy, and subsequently completed a specialty residency in Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice at the University of Southern California. Dr. Gable is a Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist. She currently holds joint appointments with the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, as well as with the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Her clinical appointment is with Community Alternatives in St. Louis Missouri, where she works collaboratively with psychiatry in the treatment of persons with persistent mental illnesses. Her areas of interest include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, Assertive Community Treatment, and medication adherence in the mentally ill.

Dr. Misty Gonzalez is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Gonzalez holds a joint appointment with the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Medicine Psychiatry, at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois, where she participates in multidisciplinary teaching rounds for inpatient consultations at Memorial Medical Center and St. John's Hospital. Dr. Gonzalez joined SIUE from the New York State Office of Mental Health and the University at Buffalo, State University of New York where she completed residencies in pharmacy practice and psychiatry. Dr. Gonzalez is a graduate of Purdue University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her clinical areas of interest include treatment of severe and persistent mental illness and comorbid medical conditions, mentally ill chemical abusers, drug-induced psychosis, and adjunctive pharmacotherapy for prevention and management of psychiatric crisis situations.

Dr. Keith Hecht is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Prior to joining SIUE, Dr. Hecht served as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Southern Nevada, College of Pharmacy. Dr. Hecht received his B.S. (2000) and Doctorate of Pharmacy (2001) from St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Subsequently, he completed a pharmacy practice residency and an oncology specialty residency at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, where he also obtained a Certificate for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. He has been a board certified oncology pharmacy specialist since 2004. In addition to his faculty appointment at SIUE, Dr. Hecht also provides clinical services in inpatient oncology at St. Johns Mercy Medical Center. Dr. Hecht is interested in various areas of oncology pharmacy practice including supportive care, patient education, and optimizing patient adherence with oncology medications. His research areas of interest include growth factor support, anti-infective use, and regimen optimization in oncology patients.

Dr. Chris Herndon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Previously, Dr. Herndon served as a Senior Science and Research Liaison, Analgesia for Johnson & Johnson. Dr. Herndon received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and subsequently completed a Specialty Residency in Geriatrics at the University of New Mexico. He served as an Assistant Professor at the Texas Tech University School of Pharmacy prior to joining industry. His current practice site is with the St. Louis University / Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation Family Medicine Residency Program at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, IL. Dr. Herndon's research interests focus on pain and palliative care.

Dr. Theresa Kerr is the Assistant Director of Experiential Education and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Kerr graduated with a B.S. and doctorate of pharmacy from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 2003. Prior to joining SIUE, Dr. Kerr was a clinical and staff pharmacist at Memorial Medical Center Pharmacy in Springfield, Illinois. Her interests include preceptor development, experiential education, and community service.

Dr. Lisa Lubsch is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Pharmacy Practice Department and a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. Dr. Lubsch received the B.S. and Doctorate of Pharmacy from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and completed a pediatric specialty residency at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy. She most recently was on faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy with a practice site at Arkansas Children's Hospital in the Adolescent Medicine, Pulmonary, and Endocrine clinics. Her current areas of interests are adolescent medication adherence, pediatric asthma, cystic fibrosis, and overweight / Type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Mark Luer is Associate Dean of Professional and Student Affairs, Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Dr. Luer was the first Chair for the Department of Pharmacy Practice at SIUE. Prior to joining the SIUE School of Pharmacy, he served on the faculties at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Pharmacy and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy. Dr. Luer earned his B.S. in Pharmacy and Pharm.D. degree from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and he completed a Clinical Pharmacy Residency, a Critical Care Specialty Residency, and Neuroscience Fellowship at the University of Kentucky Medical Center .

Dr. Chris Lynch , Director of Clinical Programs, is a native of Southern Illinois who returned to the area from New Orleans, where he taught and practiced for 10 years. He holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and serves as the Southern Regional Coordinator. He received his B.S. and Doctorate of Pharmacy from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and completed a residency in Family Medicine and Clinical Community Pharmacy at St. John's Mercy Medical, Department of Family Medicine. Faculty experiences include the University of Illinois Chicago, Tulane University Medical School and the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where Dr. Lynch received the Alumni Association's Outstanding Faculty Award. Clinical experiences include serving as the director of pharmacy services for the Diabetes Center of Excellence at Charity Hospital New Orleans. His research interests include diabetes, hypertension and women's health.

Dr. Cassandra Maynard is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Pharmacy Practice Department and a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at St. Mary's Health Center in Richmond Heights, Missouri. Dr. Maynard received her B.S. and doctorate of pharmacy from the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy and then completed a general Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Mary's Health Center in 2002. Dr. Maynard has worked in the area of in-patient cardiovascular medicine at St. Mary's for the past 6 years. Her areas of interest include patient safety, VTE prevention and arrhythmia management.
Dr. Miranda Nelson is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Pharmacy Practice and a Pediatric Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. Dr. Nelson received her doctor of pharmacy degree from Auburn University in 2005 and subsequently completed a pharmacy practice residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to joining SIUE, Dr. Nelson was a Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist focused on pediatric intensive care, general pediatrics, and pediatric hematology/oncology at Columbus Regional Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia. In addition to her current faculty appointment at SIUE, Dr. Nelson also provides clinical services in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at St. Louis Children's Hospital where she participates in multi-disciplinary inpatient teaching rounds as well as outpatient clinics.

Dr. Jennifer Rosselli is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Rosselli received her B.S. and doctorate of pharmacy degrees from St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She practiced in community pharmacy before completing a pharmacy practice residency through St. Elizabeth's Hospital and SIUE School of Pharmacy. Her ambulatory care practice site is with Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation (SIHF) in Belleville, IL. SIHF serves the patients of Southern Illinois and provides services for those who are underinsured or uninsured. Dr. Rosselli's areas of interest include medication therapy management and chronic disease state management of diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia.
Dr. Terri Poirier , Associate Dean and Professor for Academic Affairs, joined SIUE from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Penn. At Duquesne, she was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Director of Life Long Learning responsible for the nontraditional Pharm.D. program and continuing education programs. She received her B.S. in Pharmacy from the Albany College of Pharmacy in Albany, N.Y., and then completed a Pharm.D. and hospital pharmacy residency from the University of Michigan in 1979. In 1985, Dr. Poirier earned a Master of Public Health degree in health services administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Poirier is a board-certified Pharmacotherapy specialist and a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists.

Dr. Katie Ronald is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Pharmacy Practice. She also holds a joint appointment with the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois, where she participates in multi-disciplinary teaching rounds in the medical intensive care unit at Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Ronald received her doctorate of pharmacy in 2006 from St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Following graduation in 2006, she then completed a general pharmacy practice residency with focus in critical care at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Dr. Ronald's areas of interest include appropriate treatment of sepsis and health-care related infections, as well as, ICU sedation and analgesia.

Dr. Stacey Thacker is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Thacker graduated from St. Louis College of Pharmacy with a Pharm.D. She completed her residency with an emphasis in ambulatory care and academia with the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and the North Central Community Health Center. Her current practice site is at Scott Airforce Base where she collaborates with other providers within the Pharm D clinics. Her current areas of focus include anticoagulation, lipids, and diabetes.
Dr. Carrie Vogler is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Pharmacy Practice. She also holds a joint appointment with the SIU School of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois. She participates in multi-disciplinary, inpatient teaching rounds with the internal medicine teams. Dr. Vogler received her doctorate of pharmacy from Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy and completed her pharmacy practice residency at Saint Louis University Hospital. Dr. Vogler's areas of interest include cardiology, endocrinology, hematology, and medication reconciliation.

Dr. Miranda Wilhelm is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Pharmacy Practice Department and Community Clinical Pharmacist with Schnuck's Pharmacy. Dr. Wilhelm received her doctorate of pharmacy from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. She completed a community pharmacy residency at B&K Prescription Shop partnered with the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. Prior to joining SIUE, Miranda was pharmacy manager for Hen House Pharmacy in the Kansas City Area. In that role she was also primary preceptor for the University of Kansas/Hen House Pharmacy community pharmacy residency program. Her areas of interest include medication therapy management, disease state management and education, and self-care.

Professor Bill Wuller , Director of Experiential Education and Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Professor Wuller came to SIUE from St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, Illinois where he was Director of Inpatient and Outpatient Pharmacy services. He is also a past Director of Education and Training and a Past President of the Illinois Council of Health System Pharmacists, was a founding member of the pharmacy advisory committee for Consorta, a major national healthcare purchasing organization. He established and served as director of an ASHP accredited pharmacy practice residency program at St. Elizabeth's hospital. Professor Wuller was an Adjunct Clinical Instructor in Pharmacy at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy from 1984 until his appointment at SIUE.

Professor Cindy Wuller , Clinical Professor and Capstone Coordinator, received her B.S. in Pharmacy from Drake University. She worked as a hospital pharmacist before returning to school to receive her M.S. in Pharmacy Administration from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Upon the completion of her master's degree, she joined the faculty at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy as Director of Experiential Education and Continuing Education. She rose to the rank of Associate Professor and became the Coordinator of the Pharmaceutical Care Laboratory. Her research interests include self-care initiatives, over the counter medications, sterile compounding and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Support Staff

Donna Boyer
Office Support Specialist, Experiential Education
Phone: 618.650.5126
Fax: 618.650.5163
Email: dboyer@siue.edu
Randi Marie Penny
Office Support Specialist, Pharmacy Practice
Phone: 618.650.5164
Fax: 618.650.5163
Email: rpenny@siue.edu
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