Preceptor Biographies

Tim Lynch is the Regional Senior Director, Pharmacy Officer for CHI Northwest Division. Tim has responsibility for all aspects of pharmacy services in Washington and Oregon for CHI NW Division. In addition, Tim is the residency program director for a St. Joseph Medical Center’s PGY1 residency program. Tim received both his BS in pharmacy and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Washington. Tim also received a Masters in Healthcare Management from Troy University, completed a fellowship from the Advisory Board Company, completed a post-graduate pharmacy practice residency and is an affiliate assistant professor at the University Of Washington School Of Pharmacy. Tim is the past president of the Washington State Pharmacy Association as well as a past Chair of ASHP Pharmacy Business Management Section Advisory Group. Tim also supports ASHP as a guest surveyor for residency program accreditation. Tim is a recipient of the Washington State Pharmacist of the Year and the Washington State Health System Pharmacist of the Year awards. In addition, Tim is a current Washington State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission member.

Michael J. Bonck is Manager of Regional Pharmaceutical Quality, Information and Technology Services for CHI Franciscan Health. After earning his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Gonzaga in 1974, he received his B.S. degree in Pharmacy from the University of Washington in 1979. Major areas of expertise include budget development and monitoring, contracting, cost savings initiatives, 340B, and CQI methods. He is the IRB chairman and a member of the CHIRB. Mike has a faculty appointment at the University of Washington. He has presented at local and national pharmacy meetings. He is an active member of WSPA and ASHP. He is on the SNAPA 340B Board and the Apexus Council, and helps represent CHI on the Healthtrust Pharmacy Advisory Board. Mike serves as a primary preceptor for the Practice Management rotation.

Eric Wymore is the Regional Clinical Pharmacy Manager for Inpatient and Ambulatory Services. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree in 2004 from the University Of Iowa College Of Pharmacy. Eric completed a Pharmacy Practice residency at Franciscan Health System in 2005 and received his MBA in 2009 from the University of Washington. He has published and presented nationally on the topics of ED pharmacy and Anticoagulation Therapeutics. Eric served as an Emergency Department Pharmacist Specialist at St. Joseph Medical Center from 2005 until 2011. He then became the Clinical Manager for Kaiser Permanente’s Moanalua Medical Center in Honolulu, HI and returned to FHS in his current role in 2013. Eric serves as a primary preceptor for the Practice Management rotation and is a member of ASHP, WSPA, and ACCP.

Teresa Harberg is the Regional Manager of Ambulatory Pharmacy Services, which includes eight retail pharmacies, a hospice pharmacy and a Durable Medical Equipment service.. She received her Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Washington State University in 1991 and her PharmD from the University of Colorado 2012. Teresa has experience in supervising anticoag clinics and retail pharmacy as well as LTC consulting pharmacy. She was awarded the 2010 Preceptor of the Year award from Pacific University and serves as a primary preceptor for the Practice Management rotation.

Jeff Armentrout received his B.S. degree in Pharmacy from the University of Iowa. Jeff has been Assistant Pharmacy Director at Davenport Osteopathic Hospital in Davenport, Iowa; and Pharmacy Director at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Washington and Lakewood General Hospital in Lakewood, Washington. Jeff is currently Pharmacy Manager at St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood, Washington. Jeff created and currently co-chairs a regional CHI FH medication process improvement committee and has made local and national presentations on its achievements. He holds memberships in both ASHP and WSPA.

Michael Li is the Pharmaceutical Services Operations Manager at St. Joseph Medical Center. Previously he was the Pharmaceutical Services Supervisor at SJMC before moving into his current position. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut and then completed a PGY1/PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency and Masters of Healthcare Administration at the University of Washington. He is a member of ASHP and WSPA.

Mark Stever received his B.S. degree in Pharmacy from the University of Washington in 1991. He completed his MBA in Health Care Management from Western Governor’s University in 2011. Mark has been Director of Pharmacy at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Baker City, Oregon; and Pharmacy Operations Manager and Interim Director at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington. He is currently Pharmaceutical Services Manager at St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way, Washington. He holds memberships in both ASHP and WSPA.

Jeff Tichenor is Pharmaceutical Services Operations Manager at St. Anthony Hospital. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Ferris State University in 2007. Jeff completed his Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph Medical Center in 2008, then began working as a staff pharmacist at St. Francis Hospital prior to moving to St. Anthony Hospital upon its opening in 2009. He completed his Masters of Health Care Administration through Ohio University in 2013.

Terry Tyrrell is Pharmaceutical Services Operations Manager at St. Elizabeth Hospital. Previously he was a pharmacist at Northwest Hospital in Seattle and St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way. He received his B.S. degree in Pharmacy from Washington State University in 1980. He is a member of the ED Core Group and is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Washington and preceptor for the Washington State University College of Pharmacy. He is a member of WSPA.

Jennifer Bilsing is one of the ED pharmacists and co-preceptor at St. Francis Hospital. Jennifer earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wyoming in 2005. She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Franciscan Health System in 2006. Jennifer is an active member of the ED Core Group. She is also a member of ASHP and WSPA.

Jamie Casanova is an Internal Medicine Specialist at St. Joseph Medical Center and a co-preceptor of the Internal Medicine rotation. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Washington in 2003. Jamie completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph Medical Center in 2004. She is a member of ACCP and has achieved BCPS certification.

Tony Casanova is the ED Specialist for the Franciscan Health System and practices at St. Joseph Medical Center. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree in 2004 from South Dakota State University. Tony completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Franciscan Health System in 2005 and subsequently developed the ED Pharmacy program within FHS with Eric Wymore. Tony has faculty appointments at the University of Washington, Washington State University and Pacific University and is a past member of ASHP ED Section Advisory Panel. Tony received the Washington State Bill Mueller Outstanding Mentor Award in 2014 and the Washington State Innovative Practice Award with Eric Wymore in 2010. Tony has been published on the topics of the Role of Pharmacists in the ED and Procedural Sedation. He has presented numerous times nationally on the topics of ED pharmacy and Anticoagulation Therapeutics and Stroke.

Jen Cerdena is the Neonatal ICU (NICU) Pharmacist Specialist at St. Joseph Medical Center. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Utah in 2011. Jen completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph Medical Center in 2012 and subsequently developed the NICU Pharmacy program within CHI Franciscan with Stephanie Friedman. She is the primary preceptor for the NICU rotation and continues to develop neonatal pharmacy services for CHI Franciscan Health. She is an active member of ASHP and WSPA.

Helen Chong is one of the Hospice and Palliative Care Pharmacist and the primary preceptor for the Hospice rotation. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Washington in 2006. Helen completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph Medical Center in 2007. She utilizes the prescriptive protocols, provides pain management lectures for the nurses, and manages the clinical symptoms for the hospice outpatient setting. Helen is an affiliate clinical instructor for the University of Washington and a current member of ASHP and National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Erin Edwards is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. She completed her PGY1 residency at FHS in 2006 and has worked at St. Joseph Hospital since that time. Erin currently is the evening shift emergency department preceptor. Erin is also BCPS certified.

Greg Failla has been an Emergency Department Pharmacist at St. Joseph Medical Center since February of 2009. He completed his undergraduate training in western Nebraska and received his PharmD at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2006. He also trained as a paramedic at Creighton University. Greg spent 9 years as a field paramedic and in emergency medical management in several cities across the United States including Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska, Phoenix, AZ, and Houston, TX.

Tyler Fischback is the Internal Medicine Specialist at St. Clare Hospital. He attended Washington State University. Tyler is part of the Internal Medicine Core Group. Tyler is part of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, as well as the American College of Clinical Pharmacology. He is on the advisory board for the Clover Park Pharmacy Technician Program. He also volunteers at the Neighborhood Clinic.

Shannon Fry is the Critical Care Specialist Pharmacist at St. Joseph Medical Center. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Washington in 2009. Shannon completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph Medical Center in 2010. She is a member of WSPA, SCCM, and the Pierce County antibiotic Task Force.

Cynthia Hinds is a pharmacist whose areas of expertise include pain management and oncology. Cynthia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and PharmD from the University of Washington. Her experience includes ten years as a Pharmacist Specialist in Home Infusion where pharmaceutical care for patients with nutrition support, pain management, antibiotics, inotropics, hydration and other needs were provided. She is a member of ASHP, ACCP, HOPA, and has her BCPS. Cynthia serves as a co-preceptor for the Oncology rotation at St. Joseph Medical Center.

Justin Jellison is the Infectious Disease preceptor at St. Joseph Medical Center. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Washington State University in 2006. Justin completed his Pharmacy Practice Residency at Southwest Medical Center in 2007. He is a leader of the Infectious Disease Core Group as well as the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee where he is continuing to work on developing our antibiotic stewardship program.

Marcia Kajimura-Beck received her B.S. degree in Pharmacy from the University of Washington and joined St. Joseph Medical Center in 1985. She currently precepts students and residents in Oncology, Nephrology, and has past experience in Psychiatry. Marcia co-chairs the Alternative Medicine Committee and precepted a prevalence survey at St. Joseph Hospital of alternative medications. Professional memberships include ASHP and WSPA.

Erik Kellison received his PharmD from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and afterwards completed a PGY1 residency with Franciscan Health System. He is a clinical pharmacist who works primarily in the heart failure clinic, but also spends time in family/internal medicine as well as anticoagulation, where he has a passion for improving patient care, precepting future pharmacists, and advocating for the role of a clinical pharmacist in the ambulatory care setting. His areas of interest include cardiology, emergency medicine, infectious disease, and internal medicine. He is a member of ACCP, ASHP, WSPA, and the FHS Evidence Based Medicine Workgroup.

Mark Kliewer has a special interest in Critical Care at St. Joseph Medical Center. Mark earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of California, San Francisco and a Masters in Science from Troy State University. He has been an Education Specialist in the past. He is a member of the Critical Care Pharmacy Core Group and a member of ASHP.

Michael Lindgren is the Pharmacy Coordinator for Franciscan Hospice. Michael earned his BS degree in Pharmacy from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy in 1987. As the Pharmacy coordinator for Franciscan Hospice, Michael has developed the following programs: Home Delivery of Medications, Compounded Specialty Medications, Prescriptive Protocols for Comfort Kits and Pain Management, processes for the review of patient medication profiles, and participates in the development of the patient’s plan of care. Michael is a member of the Washington State Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Seth Meisner is an Internal Medicine Pharmacist at St. Joseph Medical Center and precepts of the Internal Medicine and Cardiology rotations. Seth earned a Bachelor of Science in 1999 and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2003 from Washington State University. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency in 2004 at St. Joseph Medical Center. He is a member of ASHP.

Ben Michaels is the Internal Medicine Pharmacist Specialist at St. Francis Hospital. He received his BS in Pharmacy from the University of Washington in 1997 and his Doctor of Pharmacy in 2011. He is an affiliate faculty member of the University of Washington. He is co-chair of the Infectious Disease core group, as well as the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee. He is a member of the Internal Medicine and Critical Care core groups. Professional affiliations include WSPA and ASHP. He is a former president of the UW Pharmacy Alumni Association and current board member. He is also a past co-chair of the Health Systems Academy of the WSPA.

Joshua Miller graduated from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 2006. After graduating he completed a residency with the Franciscan Health System. Joshua currently is an emergency department pharmacist at St. Francis Hospital.

Thanh Hang Nguyen received and her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree in 2006 from the University of Washington. She has worked for St Joseph Medical Center since 2006 in both the outpatient retail pharmacy and clinical settings. Hang currently works in the Anticoagulation & Franciscan Patient Centered Medical Home Clinic. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy.

Steven Pahre is a pharmacist at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma. He received his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Washington State University in 1989. Steven has been a pharmacist at St. Joseph Medical Center since 1990. Steven is a preceptor for interns, externs and residents at St. Joseph Medical Center. He is an active member of the FHS Pharmaceutical Services Critical Care Core Group. Steven was the Nephrology Pharmacist Specialist for 16 years specializing in anemia and osteodystrophy management. He has presented and published nationally on nephrology pharmacy. He also programmed and maintained a nephrology MS Access database that integrated imported lab data, medication and disease information that was used by residents and for research initiatives.

Ferowsi Pecoraro is the Oncology Pharmacist Specialist at St. Joseph Medical Center. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Washington State University in 2001. Ferowsi completed a Pharmacy Practice residency at Good Samaritan Hospital, Puyallup, WA in 2002. She has lectured at Washington State University and Pacific University and served as a facilitator at the University of Washington. She is an active member of WSPA, HOPA and ACCP. Ferowsi is also Board Certified in Oncology Pharmacy. Ferowsi is the primary preceptor for the oncology rotation.

Kristin Peterson received her B.S. in Pharmacy in 1997 and her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree in 1998, both from the University of Washington. She also completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the VA in Seattle in 1998. She has worked for St. Joseph Medical Center since 1998 and currently is the Clinical Pharmacist Specialist for the Ambulatory team. Kristin is one of the primary preceptors for the Ambulatory rotation covering the multi-site Anticoagulation Clinics and Patient Centered Medical Home. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy.

Brian Ross is an emergency department pharmacist at St. Clare Hospital. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Washington State University in 2013 and completed a Pharmacy Practice residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma, WA in 2014. Brian will serve as secondary preceptor for the emergency department rotation at St. Clare hospital. He is a member of the ED core group, ID core group, and Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee.

Emily Strovink is an Internal Medicine Specialist at St. Anthony Hospital. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota. Emily completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at St. Joseph Medical Center in 2010. She is currently primary preceptor for the Internal Medicine rotation at St. Anthony Hospital.

Scott Takara received his B.S. degree in Pharmacy from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He also completed an ASHP accredited residency at St. Joseph Medical Center. Scott holds membership in SLCM and ASHP. He is a co-preceptor for the Critical Care rotation.

Julia Tichenor earned her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Ferris State University in Michigan. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Franciscan Health System in 2008. She has experience as an Oncology pharmacist at St. Joseph Medical Center. Currently, she is an emergency department pharmacist and serves as co-preceptor for the Emergency Department rotation at St. Joseph Medical Center.

Serena Von Ruden is a pharmacist at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin and completed residency training within Franciscan Health System. She holds a previous Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and has practice experience as a registered nurse. Serena is a co-founder of the FHS Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Committee and co-chairs this group and the Infectious Disease Core Group. She is a member of ASHP, ACCP, WSPA, and IDSW and has attained Board Certification as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

Stephanie Winkler received her Bachelor of Pharmacy from Washington State University in 1994 and her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Colorado in 2012. She has worked within the Franciscan Medical System since 1998 as an outpatient pharmacist in both the retail and clinical settings. Currently, she works in the Anticoagulation and Franciscan Medical Group Patient Centered Medical Home Clinics and is a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist.

Justin Yee is an ED pharmacist at St. Clare Hospital. He received his Pharm.D. from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice resident at St. Joseph Medical Center and then a PGY2 specialty practice residency in emergency medicine at The Ohio State University Medical Center where he also worked as an ED pharmacy specialist prior to returning to CHI Franciscan. Justin’s clinical interest areas include cardiology, neurocritical care, and emergency medical services (EMS).

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