Health-Systems Academy


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About Us

The MPA’s Health-Systems Academy is affiliated with the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). 


Provide a mechanism for pharmacists, residents, students, and pharmacy technicians practicing in hospitals and health systems to establish standards of best practice through policy development in association with the Montana Pharmacy Association (MPA) Board of Directors.

To serve and represent Montana health-system pharmacy through our affiliation with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Continue to advance the profession of health-system pharmacy in Montana while promoting leadership, development, and education.

--Professional Development

Read more about the policy of the Health-Systems Academy. Click here for information regarding the HS Academy Resident Program.

Read about Health-Systems Academy updates here.

There are multiple ways to get involved with the Health-Systems Academy.  In you are interested in joining or learning more, please email the MPA.

Health-Systems Academy Board


HS Academy Chair, MPA Board Member: Shawn Patrick, PharmD, BCPP
Community Health Partners, Cardwell -- Director of Pharmacy
Email Shawn
Shawn says: 
-His favorite outdoor place in Montana is his parents' ranch in Cardwell, MT.
-His hidden talent is that he bakes a good Apple Crisp.


HS Academy Vice Chair, MPA Board Member:  Kristin Dimond, PharmD, BCPS, CPP
Clinical Coordinator-Inpatient Pharmacy Services - Billings Clinic
Email Kristin
Kristin says:
What is your favorite midnight snack? Popcorn with Everything But The Bagel seasoning
What’s your hidden talent? Quilting-I’ve been quilting since high school and have made an unknown number of quilts. I love to gift them!


ASHP Senior Delegate: Starla Blank, PharmD, BCPS
Director of Pharmacy, St. Peter's Health
Email Starla
Starla says:
--Where is your favorite outdoor place in Montana? Running on the Eddye McClure Trail in the Helena South Hills 
--What’s your favorite movie? A Few Good Men



 ASHP Junior Delegate: Julie Neuman, PharmD
Lead Pharmacist-Medication Safety Specialist, Benefis Hospital
Email Julie   
Julie says:
Where is your favorite outdoor place in Montana? Echo Lake
If you could do any job in the world, what would it be? Manufacture Electrolytes

ASHP Alternate Delegate: Logan Tinsen, PharmD, FMPA, DPLA
Pharmacy Clinical Manager/Residency Program Director, Benefis Hospitals
Email Logan
Logan says:
1.Where is your favorite outdoor place in Montana? The Highwood Mountains
2.What celebrity would you like to take to dinner? Anna Kendrick, because why not! 


MPA Board Member:  Leigh Wilson, BSLS, CPhT
SCL Health -Pharmacy Applications Analyst Supervisor, ITDS; Pharmacy Technician Director for the Montana Pharmacy Association

Email Leigh
Leigh says:
--Her favorite outdoor place in Montana is Beehive on the Stillwater.
--Her favorite movie is Shawshank Redemption.


HSA Member At-Large: Melanie Townsend, PharmD, BCPS 
Billings Clinic, Billings
Melanie says:
--Her favorite place in Montana is the Tongue River Reservoir where her family has a cabin.  She loves spending time on the water.
--The celebrity she would like to take to dinner is Jennifer Aniston. She has been a Friends fan since college.


HSA Member At-Large: Rachael Cofield, PharmD, BS in Physiology, BCACP, CPP
Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Billings Clinic
Email Rachael
Rachael says:

Where is your favorite outdoor place in Montana? Chico Hot Springs-not exactly outdoors but my favorite all seasons MT activity
2. What is something most people don’t know about you? I am a character in the Longmire book series (albeit minor and brief)

HSA Member At-Large: Carla Cobb, PharmD, BSPharm, BCPP
Founder and Consultant, Capita Consulting
Email Carla
Carla says:
Where is your favorite outdoor place in Montana? Camping in National Forest Service campgrounds in the Beartooth Mountains
What’s your hidden talent? My husband and I love to cook for family and friends
HSA Member At-Large: Sonja Clausen, PharmD, MS, BCPS, CPP
Clinical Pharmacist, Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital
Email Sonja
Sonja says:
Where is your favorite outdoor place in Montana? If I’m outside and I’m in Montana, that’s my favorite!
What’s your favorite movie? Probably Moana, or any other Disney movie
HSA Member At-Large: Shannon Puckett May, PharmD, BA Chemistry, BCACP, CPP
Clinical Pharmacist Supervisor, Riverstone Health Clinic
Email Shannon
Shannon says:
Where is your favorite outdoor place in Montana? Big Sky, Montana  
What is something most people don’t know about you? I have 26 first cousins

HSA Resident Representative: Nate Ramsbacher, PharmD
PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, Providence St Patrick Hospital
Email Nate
Nate says:
His favorite outdoor place in Montana is: In the Bear Paw mountains near my hometown of Havre, Montana.
His hidden talent: Is he enjoys playing music – mostly guitar now but he used to be an avid marimba player/percussionist.