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Wondering what’s been happening in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions while you’ve been away? Stay up to date with the latest news from campus and the most recent developments in the School. View the latest issue of the dean’s newsletter below. 

We love hearing about the exciting things our alumni are doing in their personal and professional lives, from birth announcements to awards and recognition. Read about your classmates’ latest accomplishments in our alumni notes section, and tell us about notable events and achievements in your life so we can share your news with other SPAHP alumni.

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Alumni Notes


  • Dr. Niva Lubin-Johnson, BSPHA’79, was installed as the 19th president of the National Medical Association (NMA) in August 2018, and served until July 2019. NMA represents more than 50,000 African American physicians in the U.S. and its territories, provides a collective voice for African American physicians, and is a leading force for parity and justice in medicine.
  • Lisa Bagby, OTD’10, was honored by her sorority as this year’s 35 under 35 of Sigma Kappa. The inaugural 35 Under 35 honorees are young women who live Sigma Kappa values every day in their careers, campuses and communities. They are the true definition of Living with Heart, and their boldness, bravery and sense of purpose can inspire us all, no matter what age. Learn more here: (
  • Dr. Tricia Nguyen, BSPHA’92, was named as executive vice president and chief medical officer of LHC Group Inc. Nguyen is responsible for providing strategic leadership and serving as a medical expert for LHC Group and will serve as the organization’s primary clinical adviser with shared accountability for advising strategic direction and overall revenue and earnings growth.
  • Michelle Messer, OTD’10, BSHS’10, obtained board certification in physical rehabilitation from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), effective through June 30, 2023. This distinction has been accomplished by less than 1% of all occupational therapists nationally.
  • Bob Greenwood, BSPHA’77, joined the Creighton University Board of Trustees as a new member at the 2019 annual meeting.
  • Donna Rouch, PHARMD’93, has been installed as third vice president of the National Garden Clubs Inc., the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world. As third vice president for the next two years, Rouch will serve as chairman of several NGC national programs including the Organization Study Committee and the Award of Excellence initiative to recognize outstanding non-member individuals and organizations that advance NGC causes. She also will help guide the national organization and work to advance NGC’s mission: promoting civic and environmental responsibility, as well as a love of gardening and floral design. In addition, Rouch will support the organization’s major objectives — to foster education and participation in NGC’s many local, regional, national and international outreach programs, including Plant America, an initiative that focuses on gardens and gardening, with an emphasis on community service.
  • Julie Peterson, DPT’01, was awarded the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association (NPTA) Mary Ellen Sacksteder Award. This is the highest award the NPTA recognizes.
  • Heather Knight, DPT’08, was awarded the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association (NPTA) Achievement in Education Award.
  • Vicky McHugh, DPT’98, was awarded the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association (NPTA) Clinical Practice Award.
  • Madeline McGill, OTD’17, was awarded the Creighton University Occupational Therapy Educator of the Year award by the Distance Class of 2021.
  • Helene Lohman, OTD’01, was awarded the Creighton University Occupational Therapy Educator of the Year award by the Campus Class of 2020.
  • Sarah Goodwin, OTD’08, was awarded the Creighton University Occupational Therapy Educator of the Year award by the Distance Class of 2020.
  • Mark Malesker, BSPHA’86, PHARMD’88, was awarded the Creighton Chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma Excellence in Leadership Award.
  • Robyn Teply, PHARMD’07, MBA’07, was awarded the Dr. Pete Ellerbeck Memorial Award. This award is based on professionalism, teaching ability, furthering the profession of pharmacy, professional publications, School spirit and dedication to the profession.
  • Jenny Tilleman, PHARMD’02, was awarded the Creighton University Pharmacy Educator of the Year award by the Campus Class of 2021.
  • Mark Malesker, BSPHA’86, PHARMD’88, was awarded the Creighton University Pharmacy Educator of the Year award by the Campus Class of 2020.
  • Jessica Niski, DPT’12, BSHS’12, was awarded the Creighton University Physical Therapy Educator of the Year award by the Class of 2020.
  • JB Barr, DPT’96, was awarded the Creighton University Fr. Don Driscoll Ignatian Teaching Award. Each year, this award is presented to a faculty member who appreciates the importance of Ignatian values in the classroom as well as their own life.
  • Andrea Thinnes, OTD’07, was awarded the Creighton University Fr. Don Driscoll Ignatian Teaching Award. Each year, this award is presented to a faculty member who appreciates the importance of Ignatian values in the classroom as well as their own life.
  • Julie Peterson, DPT’01, was awarded the Creighton SPAHP 2018 Faculty Service Award. The Faculty Service Award is presented to a faculty member in recognition of outstanding service to the community, profession, and/or University. The Award is designed to recognize faculty members who have demonstrated consistent and exceptional service in a multitude of areas. 
  • Carrie Werth, BSHS’12, OTD’12, and Spencer Werth, BA’11, MS’14, JD’14, welcomed a baby girl, Michaela Kaye, born on January 25, 2019.



  • Stephanie (DeRosa) Dangerfield, OTD’12, and Myles Dangerfield welcomed Devin Liam Dangerfield, born 2/19/2018.
  • Stacey (Friedman) Dull, PHARMD’09, and Ryan Dull, PHARMD’09, welcomed twins, Emmalyn and Bennett, born 2/25/2018.
  • Adrienne (Elmquist) Gill, DPT’17, and Dylan Gill welcomed a daughter, Adeline Olivia Gill, born 3/1/2018.
  • Brianne (Davis) Ritchie,MBA’13, PHARMD’13, and Michael Ritchie,BSBA’09, welcomed Sawyer James Ritchie, born 3/8/2018.
  • Brittainy Allen, PHARMD’14, BSHS’14, welcomed Jurnee Ko, born 3/10/2018. 
  • Alexandra Wohlgemuth, PHARMD’15, and Nick Wohlgemuth welcomed Renata Wohlgemuth, born 3/16/18.
  • Elizabeth (Doyle) Welch,PHARMD’12, BSHS’12, and Kevin Welch, MBA’15, PHARMD’15, welcomed Dominic Jude, born 4/24/2018.
  • Justin Gripp, MBA’11, PHARMD’12, and Susan (Woods) Gripp,BSN’12, welcomed a daughter, Clara Gripp, born 5/21/2018.
  • Amanda (Fox) Fisher, PHARMD’15, and Damon Fisher welcomed twins, Annie Frances Fisher and Henry Alan Fisher, born 5/30/2018. 
  • Abby Pauley, OTD’13, and Dane Pauley welcomed daughter, Macy Jean, born 6/12/2018. 
  • Ashley Geis,OTD’13, and Andrew Geis welcomed Warner Erick Geis, born 7/18/2018. 
  • Steven Dunning, BS’10, DPT’13, and Molly Dunning welcomed twins, Helen and Harvey, born 7/27/2018. 
  • Melissa (Uhl) Werz, BA’08, OTD’13, and Jonathan Werz welcomed Soren Alexander, born on 7/29/2018.
  • Mary (Foley) Holt, BS’09, DPT’13, and Dale Holt welcomed a daughter, Miriam Rose, born 8/4/18.
  • Amy Dao,PHARMD’12, BSHS’12, and Tung Huu Nguyen welcomed Trevor Trung Nguyen, born 9/2/2018. 
  • Christina (Martin) Bustanoby, OTD’11, and Jeremy Bustanoby welcomed a son, Parker Fox Bustanoby, born 9/11/2018. 
  • Kristin Lipka, OTD’08, and Chad Bartholomew welcomed a son, Myles Bartholomew, born 9/12/18.
  • Noel (Rasmussen) Hatch, PHARMD’11, BSHS’11, and David Hatch welcomed Ellis, born 9/26/18.
  • Corrinne Lukkes, OTD’11, BSHS’11, and Joseph Evans welcomed a daughter, Samantha Jean Evans, born 10/24/2018. 
  • Natalie Sass Hawkins, DPT’07, BSHS’12, and Matt Hawkins welcomed Blake Hawkins on 11/2/2018.
  • Elizabeth (Olafson) Monson, PHARMD’16, and Brad Monson welcomed Grant William Monson, born 11/3/18.
  • Jennifer (Ternes) Junker,OTD’12, and Seth Junker welcomed a daughter, Nola Rose Junker, born 11/7/18.
  • Amber (Suhr) Cook, DPT’17, and Mason Cook welcomed a son, Jerry Donald Cook, born 11/10/2018. 
  • Terelle (Nash-Keller) Perman, PHARMD’15, and Zachary Perman welcomed a daughter, Azalea Opal Perman, born 11/14/18
  • Gloria Reynaga, OTD’17, and Ryan Zavacky welcomed twin girls, Grace and Elle Zavacky, born 11/24/2018. 
  • Kelsey (Timmerman) Gaston, DPT’17, and Kyle Gaston welcomed Bennet James Gaston, born 12/4/18.
  • Katy (O’Meara) Shelton,DPT’17, and Brian Shelton welcomed Matilda Keli Rose, born 12/10/18
  • Megan (Barta) Vonnahme, PHARMD’14, and Jake Vonnahme welcomed Priya Noelle Vonnahme, born 12/21/2018.
  • Melissa (Bouma) Bailey, PHARMD’14, and Joe Bailey welcomed a daughter, Stella Jayne Bailey, born 12/28/2018. 
  • Susan Cleghorn, OTD’15, was elected as a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in Occupational Therapy. A Distinguished Practitioner, Scholar or Policy Fellow within NAP is a very high honor that acknowledges outstanding achievements. A Distinguished Fellow is a recognized leader in their profession and their colleagues in other Academies of NAP recognize their ability to help establish and lead their new Academy in the days to come.
  • Congratulations to Heather Javaherian-Dysinger, OTD’04, and Patricia Laverdure, OTD’12, who were named to the AOTA 2019 Roster of Fellows. The ROSTER OF FELLOWS (Est. 1973) recognizes occupational therapists who through their knowledge, expertise, leadership, advocacy, and/or guidance have made a significant contribution over time to the profession with a measured impact on consumers of occupational therapy services and/or members of the Association.
  • Maj Burke Wilson, PHARMD’13, was an honoree for the 2018 Rising Star award on October 5, 2018. Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards is a national program that recognizes remarkable pharmacists, student pharmacists, technicians, and industry advocates who are defining the future of pharmacy with their leadership, passion, and commitment to patient health.
  • Dr. Harry W. Alcorn, Jr, BSPHA’80, was appointed to the position of Chief Medical Officer of DiaMedica Therapeutics. In his new position Dr. Alcorn will oversee global clinical development and regulatory initiatives. 
  • Patricia Laverdure, OTD’12, is one of the faculty members at Virginia Commonwealth University who will be overseeing a $1.07 million grant to work with students, teachers and families to support children with disabilities. The five-year U.S. Department of Education grant awarded by the Office of Special Education Programs will be used to train 40 occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech language pathology students at VCU and Longwood to collaborate with school staff to increase participation among students with disabilities.
  • Jenny Tilleman, PHARMD’02, was awarded the 2018 National Community Pharmacists Award, Pharmacy Leadership Award at the Nebraska Pharmacists Association Annual Convention in June.
  • Jamie Johnson, PHARMD’09 and Chase Johnson welcomed a baby boy, Reed James Johnson, born on February 13, 2018.
  • Heather Knight, DPT’08, was presented the Creighton University Physical Therapy Educator of the Year award by the Class of 2019.
  • Lou Jensen, OTD’09, was presented with the Creighton University Occupational Therapy Educator of the Year award by the Campus Class of 2020.
  • Janel Meis, OTD’11, BSHS’11, was presented with the Creighton University Occupational Therapy Educator of the Year award by the Campus and Distance Class of 2019.
  • Kristin Wolter Baxter, PHARMD’11, and Robert Baxter welcomed a baby girl, Evelyn Christine Baxter, born on January 21, 2018.
  • Erin Santiago, PHARMD’12, BSHS’12, and Hector Santiago welcomed a baby girl, Stella Layne, born February 2, 2018.
  • Jim Perry, BSPHA’91, has been elected to the 2018 International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) Board of Directors by the IACP membership. IACP is an association representing more than 4,000 pharmacists, technicians, students, and members of the compounding community who focus upon the specialty practice of pharmacy compounding.
  • Jenny Tilleman, PHARMD’02, has been named the President of the Nebraska Pharmacists Association (NPA) for 2018. Her goals as NPA President are to improve membership involvement and continue the great efforts that the NPA is putting forth with the Nebraska MEDs drug disposal program. Read more about Jenny here.



  • Brandy Archie, OTD’07, BSHS’07, and Zachariah Archie welcomed a baby boy, Zachariah Xavier Archie II, born June 13, 2017.
  • Joelle Rubino Sinclair, DPT’03, and Steve Sinclair welcomed a baby boy, Connor Jarrod Sinclair, born November 28, 2017.
  • Mark Malesker, BSPHA’86, PHARMD’88, has been selected to the editorial board of CHEST, an official publication of the American College of Chest Physicians. Malesker sits on the ACCP’s Chest Expert Cough Panel, the only pharmacist on the panel. The panel is an international list of clinicians selected to collaborate on cough guidelines. Malesker was featured in the Nov. 9 edition of CHEST for his work on cough medicines. Read more here.
  • Paul Price, PHARMD’92, was appointed as a commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) for a four-year term starting Jan. 1. CAPTE, a group of 31 individuals with varied backgrounds, is charged with determining whether a program meets the standards of quality in physical therapy education, what standards of quality to use, and setting policies and procedures for the accreditation process.
  • Katie Nedley, BSHS’12, OTD’12, a Houston-based occupational therapist, showed dedication to her patients at TIRR Memorial Hermann rehabilitation hospital, in the Texas Medical Center, during the worst of the city’s recent flooding. Read more about Katie’s work during Hurricane Harvey. Read more about Katie’s work during Hurricane Harvey. 
  • Marco Martino, BSHS’11, PharmD’11, knew he had to go the extra mile to help after learning of the devastation that hit Houston after Hurricane Harvey. He learned of volunteer opportunities in Texas through the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, and quickly signed up to assist. Read more about Marco’s work during Hurricane Harvey. 
  • Sven Normann, BSPha’78, PharmD, spent 17 days in Puerto Rico, where he assisted with medical services in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which caused catastrophic damage to the U.S. territory. He traveled to Puerto Rico with National Disaster Medical Systems, a federal government agency that mobilizes health care professionals in the wake of disasters to help fill care gaps. Read more about Sven’s work during Hurricane Maria.
  • Jasmine Kimura, BS’11, PHARMD’15, has been elected to the position of President Elect for the 2017-2018 Officers and Board of Directors for the Hawaii Pharmacists Association.
  • Karen Paschal, DPT’06, received the 2017 Mary Ellen Sacksteder Award from the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association. This high honor is awarded to Physical Therapists for their “Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Physical Therapy.”
  • Joy Doll, OTD’03, has been chosen to receive The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., AOTA Interprofessional Collaboration Award. The AOTA Interprofessional Collaboration Award recognizes occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants who demonstrate exemplary interprofessional collaboration to provide client-centered care, provide innovation in health professional education, or improve health outcomes through research.
  • Darren J. Hein, BSHS’12, PHARMD’12, and Natalie M. Sindelar, JD’15, welcomed a baby boy, Calvin James Hein on October 28, 2017.
  • Kimberly Beran-Shepler, BSHS’06, DPT’06, has been elected to Distinguished Fellowship of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in Physical Therapy.
  • Jennifer Roe Miller, BSHS’09, OTD’09, and Brennan Miller, BSBA’08, welcomed a baby girl, Margaret Finnigan, on January 14, 2017.
  • Elizabeth Biehle Hawkins, BS’05, PHARMD’11, and Luke Hawkins, welcomed a baby girl, Charlotte (Charlie) Elizabeth, on September 25, 2017.
  • Nicole Gillespie White, PHARMD’10, and Seth White welcomed a baby girl, Emma Jean, on September 12, 2017.
  • Stacy Wong,  BS’07, DPT’10, along with Marisa Sevick, OTD, an instructor in the OT department at Creighton, earned the 2017 Dr. George F. Haddix President’s Faculty Research Fund Award. Wong,  Sevick, and students in both OT and PT departments worked to modify miniature, battery-driven cars for children with mobility challenges. Having medical complexities limiting mobility, Wong said, means children can have trouble just keeping up with family  or friends while playing or strolling the neighborhood. At a young age, that inability to move can be a discouraging obstacle. With a motorized car just right for a child, Wong and Sevick are hoping some of those barriers can be lifted.
  • Maggie Pogge Schumacher, DPT’07, a Creighton faculty member, along with physical therapy students traveled to Chicago to volunteer for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly known as RIC) military sports camp. The camp introduces  military personnel with a primary physical disability to 14 different sports, ranging from wheelchair basketball to rock climbing. Students learn about adaptive sports, support the participants physically and emotionally, and acquire knowledge of the military.  The camp is co-sponsored by the Wounded Heroes Foundation.
  • Deana Kubosh, OTD’12, was recently selected to attend an expert work group for cognitive rehabilitation clinical recommendations at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoe) at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.  This multidisciplinary, expert work group will be recommending treatment guidelines for the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration members with cognitive-communication deficits and history of mild traumatic brain injury to guide practice when working  with this population of patients. This is quite an honor as Dr. Kubosh was one of only 26 clinicians, from a variety of clinical backgrounds, selected to participate throughout the country. Dr. Kubosh has been working at Joint Base Elmendorf—Richardson (JBER)  in Anchorage, Alaska with veterans who have brain injuries for the past two and a half years.
  • Hengameh Golchin, PHARMD’16, and Ali Agashteh welcomed a baby boy,  Arshaam R. Agashteh, on May 25, 2017.
  • Richard J. Kasmer, PharmD’81, J.D., was named by Northeast Ohio Medical University as the University’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College of Pharmacy.
  • Kaci Lickteig, DPT’11, finishes 16th at the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run in June. Lickteig was named UltraRunning Magazine’s top female ultrarunner of 2016. She plans to run the UTMB, a 105-mile mountain race in Mont  Blanc, France, in September.
  • Paul Lewis, PharmD’07, now working at Johnson City Medical Center Pharmacy in Johnson City, Tenn. Was recognized with several awards at the 14th annual Quality Awards Banquet for Mountain States Health Alliance Feb. 2017, including Best Individual Project, and was involved also  named a Project Improvement Champion for 2016-17.  
  • Brett Pietig, BSCHM’09, PHARMD’15, and Anna Halbur Pietig, BA’09, PHARMD’13, welcomed a baby boy, Miles Allen, on February 5, 2017.
  • Emily Barr, OTD’11, and Lauren Hiatt Robins, OTD’10, received scholarships to participate in the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Leadership Development Program for Managers Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2017 at the AOTA headquarters in Bethesda, Md. Read more.
  • Carrie Werth, BSHS’12, OTD’12, and Spencer Werth, BA’11, MS’14, JD’14, welcomed a baby boy, Benjamin Wayne, on January 13, 2017.



  • Linda Walsh Fell, BSMT’69, received the 2016 Member Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
  • Megan Weibel Wissler, DPT’05, and Chad Wissler, DPT’05, welcomed a baby boy, Mason Levi, on October 20, 2016.
  • Michael McQuade, PHARMD’15 and Shannon Brand McQuade, welcomed a baby boy, Brayden Clarke, on December 18, 2016.
  • Melissa Welters-Davis, BSOT’00, and Matthew Davis welcomed a baby boy, Emmett Gregory, on September 26, 2016.
  • Kimberly Reichert Saunders, DPT’02, and Kris Saunders welcomed a baby boy, Austin Alexander, on August 20, 2016.



  • Marty Feltner, PharmD’99, was the distinguished lecturer for the Rho Chi and Phi Lambda Sigma 2015 Fall Seminar. His presentation held Dec. 9, 2015 was titled “Innovation in Clinical Pharmacy Practice”.
  • May Hoang, PhamD’03 and husband, Long Nguyen, MD’02, welcomed the birth of their third child, Theodore Hoang Nguyen, fall 2015. Big sisters Caitlyn and Emma cannot be more thrilled. The happy family reside in Southlake, Texas.
  • Rich McCoy, BSPHA’76, owner of Lopez Island Pharmacy, has started a Collaborative Drug Therapy Agreement (CDTA) using practice fusion in community pharmacy and has made a video using an electronic medical record (EMR) system to do the documentation. Watch the video on YouTube.

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