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 Past-Chair, MPA Board Past-Chair:  Logan Tinsen, PharmD
Benefis Health System and Big Sky Managed Care, Great Falls
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. 

ASHP Senior Delegate: Hugh Easley, Pharm.D.
Director of Pharmacy Services, Kalispell Regional Healthcare
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).

ASHP Junior 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 Alternate 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


MPA Board Member:
 JoEllen Maurer, BSPh, MHA, BCPS
Pharmacy Clinical Manager, St. Vincent Healthcare (Billings),PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
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. 


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.


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!


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:  Raylene Starck, PharmD, BCPS
SCL Holy Rosary Healthcare, Director of Pharmacy, Miles City
Raylene say
-Where is your favorite outdoor place in Montana?  On my front porch with the soft glow of the party lights!
-What is something most people don't know about you? I survived the Route91 mass shooting in Las Vegas Nevada on Oct. 1, 2017. Live everyday like it's a gift!

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: Pari Iverson, PharmD
PGY1 Resident, Billings Clinic
Pari says:
Where is your favorite outdoor place in Montana? East Rosebud in the Beartooths
What’s your favorite song? Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers