Health-Systems Academy

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.

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.

Upcoming Health-Systems Academy Events and Activities:

Dear Residency Program Directors,
As you welcome this year’s residents, the Montana Pharmacy Association (MPA) Health-Systems Academy (HSA) would like to extend an invitation to a resident pharmacist to be part of the MPA HSA Executive Committee.  This is an exciting opportunity to actively participate in MPA. This will be the fourth year for resident participation on the MPA HAS Executive Committee.  Last year’s resident representative, Sonja Clausen, developed a roles and responsibilities document that can be shared with interested candidates (please see attachment).  In addition, we would love to gain feedback from the resident as well as his/her program director on the best ways to involve the resident representative and expand the role on the executive committee. To read more about what's involved in becoming a part of the MPA HSA Executive Committee read here

 The Montana Delegation at the 2018 ASHP House of Delegates
 Lonnye Finneman Senior Delegate (left), Jennifer Schultz ASHP Board of Director (middle), Jason Nickish Junior Delegate   (right).



Chair, MPA Board Member, ASHP Member At-Large 
Logan Tinsen, PharmD
Benefis Health System and Big Sky Managed Care, Great Falls
406-231-4732 / Email Logan 
Logan says:
--His favorite outdoor place in Montana is on his family ranch in the Highwood Mountains.
--One thing he does that annoys others, according to his wife, is that he is a heavy breather when he sleeps -- but he never snores.

Past Chair : Amanda Patel, PharmD
Providence St. Patrick Hospital, Missoula
406-327-1854 / Email Amanda
Amanda says:
--Her favorite midnight snack is buttered popcorn
--Her favorite movie is Young Frankenstein.  

MPA Board Member, ASHP Senior Delegate (2019):  Jason Nickisch, PharmD, BCPS, MBA
Providence St. Patrick Hospital, Missoula
 Email Jason
Jason says:
--The celebrity he would most like to take to dinner is Bill Gates.
--His favorite midnight snack is Face Plan 

Pharmacist in Residency:  
Elizabeth Klein, Pharm.D.
Billings Clinic, Billings
(406) 238-5489 / Email Elizabeth
Elizabeth says:
--What’s your favorite movie?  Tough call, but I would have to say Good Will Hunting.  (Who doesn’t love a young Matt Damon?)
--What is something most people don’t know about you?  I spent 6 months in Central America and Southeast Asia, and got dreadlocks on the side of the road in Thailand. 

ASHP Junior Delegate (2019):
 Jeff Ferber, PharmD
Billings Clinic, Billings
406-657-4141 / Email Jeff 
Jeff says:
His favorite midnight snack? Milk and cookies like Santa
-- If he could do any job in the world, it would be? Formula 1 race car driver.


ASHP Alternate Delegate: Hugh Easley, Pharm.D.
Director of Pharmacy Services, Kalispell Regional Healthcare
406-756-4701 / Email Hugh 
Hugh says:
-- One thing he does that annoys others.  Honestly I am pretty funny (and modest) and some people do not recognize the comedic wit that is around them.  Occasionally (or I should say rarely) when I tell a joke, some of the folks do not laugh ( I always laugh at my jokes) so I repeat the joke just to make sure everyone had the chance to hear it.
-- The celebrity he would like to take to dinner?  It would either be Mel Gibson or Bruce Willis because I cannot tell those two apart - just ask Mel's or Bruce's son (still not sure which one).

MPA Board Member:  
Dean Goroski, PharmD, BCPS 
US Public Health Service, Crow Agency -- Pharmacy Supervisor
509-850-7060 / Email Dean
Dean says:
--His favorite place in Montana is the one I discover.  He loves the vastness of Montana and is continually impressed with the ability to find new and amazing places to explore.

--Something most people do not know about him is that he graduated from both Montana State and University of Montana.  He has 14 year old twins -- one is a Bobcat and the other is a Griz.  Their Montana roots run deep.

University of Montana Ad Hoc Member
Kerry Haney, PharmD, BCACP, CPP
Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana, University of Montana, Missoula
406-243-4493 / Email Kerry

MPA Board Member:
 Rory Johnson, PharmD, AE-C

University of Montana, Skaggs School of Pharmacy, Missoula 
406-243-4647 / Email Rory
Rory says:
--His favorite outdoor place in Montana is the confluence of the Tenderfoot Creek and the Smith River.
--His favorite movie is The Big Lebowski.


MPA Board Member:
JoEllen Maurer, BSPh, MHA, BCPS
Pharmacy Clinical Manager, St. Vincent Healthcare (Billings),PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
406-237-8111 / Email JoEllen
JoEllen says: 
-Her favorite outdoor place in Montana is somewhere in Northeast MT, riding a horse on a wagon train. 
-Her favorite songs are, Teach Your Children, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; really the entire "So Far" album by CSNY. 

ASHP At-Large Member:
  Tom Richardson, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID
St. Peter's Hospital, Helena
406-444-2356 / Email Tom
Tom says:

--If he could do any job in the world it would be master brewer for Rogue Brewery.
--His favorite movies are Anchorman (1 and 2).


MPA Board Member:  Leigh Scherer, BS, CPhT
SCL Health -- Sr. Pharmacy Applications Analyst at St. Vincent (Billings), Holy Rosary (Miles City) and St. James (Butte).
303-603-9331 / Email Leigh
Leigh says:
--Her favorite outdoor place in Montana is Beehive on the Stillwater.
--Her favorite movie is Shawshank Redemption.



Ad Hoc Member: Melanie Townsend, PharmD  
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.