Our Executive Fellowship

Mission: The mission of the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) and Pharmacy Services Inc. (PSI) Executive Fellowship is to produce highly competent individuals who are prepared to assume high-level leadership positions in pharmacy practice and/or a professional association by providing exceptional training in all areas of organizational development and administration, including leadership, professional advancement and business growth.

The MPA and PSI Executive Fellowship is a challenging program outside the typical post-graduate training where you will hone your business, leadership and management skills, all while preparing to advance the profession of pharmacy and understand the role of an association. Click here to view the 2019-2020 Fellowship Flyer that includes important deadlines, information and our Executive Fellow success stories. 

Program Structure and Activities

  • 12 months, starting July 1 through June 30
  • Four-week orientation period to familiarize the fellow with general operations
  • Fellow(s) will be expected to attend and participate in the MPA Executive Board Strategic Planning Retreat which typically occurs in early May in Lansing (exceptions will be made for fellows living outside of Michigan).
  • The fellowship includes complimentary enrollment in the nine-month Michigan Pharmacy Foundation Health Professional Leadership Academy which typically runs October through June.
  • The fellowship includes complimentary membership in the Michigan Pharmacists Association.
  • The fellowship is structured to emphasize the following nine core functions within the Association:
    • Advocacy and Policy
    • Business Project
    • Communications and Publications
    • Education and Event Planning
    • Executive Management and Leadership
    • Fundraising
    • Membership Recruitment and Retention
    • Professional Practice
    • Public Relations and Media
  • The fellow will participate in executive managerial activities of the Association with a focus on strategic planning, human resources, finances and budgeting, and project management.
  • The fellow will participate in at least one meeting of each Association Committee, practice section Board and entity Board throughout the year.
  • The fellow will be assigned to MPA, Michigan Society of Community Pharmacists and/or Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists Committees based on responsibilities associated with the fellowship program.
  • The fellow will develop and execute a business development project that will result in a new revenue stream for the organization and/or profession, to be determined at the beginning of the fellowship and jointly agreed upon between the fellow, fellowship director and related stakeholders.

Pay and Benefits

  • The fellow will receive a competitive salary of $47,000 to $50,000 pending experience and standard employee benefits, including health insurance.
  • The fellow is given the equivalent of two work weeks of paid time off (PTO) plus 10.5 paid holidays for the year: New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, the afternoon of the Friday before Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday, Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day.
    • Additional paid holidays may be approved by the Fellowship Director and the fellow will be notified of these additional days at the beginning of the program.
  • Travel:
    • All travel dates and arrangements must be approved in advance. Travel support to attend the American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting will be reimbursed based on a pre-determined amount.
  • The fellow will receive complimentary one-year MPA membership.

Legacy of Success

Eric Roath, Pharm.D., M.B.A. 

  • 2012: Doctor of Pharmacy graduate, Ferris State University (FSU) College of Pharmacy, Big Rapids
  • 2012-2013: Postgraduate Year 1 community pharmacy practice residency, Pharmacy Group Practice Associates Pharmacy and FSU, Okemos
  • 2013-2014: Executive Fellow, MPA/PSI, Lansing
  • 2014-2017: Director of Professional Practice, MPA, Lansing
  • Now: Clinical Care Coordinator, SpartanNash, Wyoming

Ashley Builta, Pharm.D.

  • 2014: Doctor of Pharmacy graduate, Wayne State University (WSU) Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Detroit
  • 2014-2015: Executive Fellow, MPA/PSI, Lansing
  • Now: Pharmacist and Preceptor, Rite-Aid Pharmacy, Eaton Rapids, Michigan

Sarah Barden, Pharm.D., M.B.A.

  • 2015: Doctor of Pharmacy and Certificate in Aging Studies graduate, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va., and Master of Business Administration graduate, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Va.
  • 2015-2016: Executive Fellow, MPA/PSI, Lansing
  • 2016-2017: Director of Business Development, Pharmacy Services Inc., Lansing
  • Now: Medical/Drug Information Specialist, Kaleo Pharmaceuticals, Richmond, VA

Eric Szydlowski, Pharm.D.

  • 2015: Doctor of Pharmacy graduate, WSU Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Detroit
  • 2015-2016: Executive Fellow, MPA/PSI, Lansing
  • 2016-2017: PGY1 Resident, Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, Saginaw
  • Now: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for Outpatient Pain Management, Detroit, VAMC, Detroit

Eric Liu, Pharm.D., M.B.A.

  • 2016: Doctor of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Master of Business Administration, College of Business and Public Administration, Drake University, Des Moines, IA
  • 2016-2017: Executive Fellow, MPA/PSI, Lansing
  • 2017-2018: Director of Professional Affairs, MPA, Lansing
  • Now: Pharmacist, Costco, Grand Rapids

Farah Jalloul, Pharm.D., M.B.A.

  • 2017: Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration graduate, Ferris State University (FSU) College of Pharmacy, Big Rapids
  • 2017-2018: Executive Fellow, MPA/PSI, Lansing
  • Now: Director of Professional Development, Pharmacy Services Inc., Lansing and State Pharmacy Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Application Information

Click here to access an application for the 2019-2020 Executive Fellowship, or complete and submit the electronic application at the bottom of this page.  In addition to the application, you must submit the following:

  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Copy of college transcripts
  • Drug test results dated within the last 12 months (if test results are not available, drug screening will be conducted upon hire with employment conditional on acceptable results).
  • Arrange for two letters of recommendation to be submitted directly to MPA/PSI. The letter can be e-mailed to MPA/PSI Chief Operations Officer Dianne Malburg at Dianne@MichiganPharmacists.org; faxed to (517) 484-4893; or mailed to MPA and PSI Executive Fellowship, Attn: Dianne Malburg, 408 Kalamazoo Plaza, Lansing, MI 48933.

Applications and supporting materials must be submitted to Dianne Malburg at Dianne@MichiganPharmacists.org; faxed to (517) 484-4893; or mailed to MPA and PSI Executive Fellowship, Attn: Dianne Malburg, 408 Kalamazoo Plaza, Lansing, MI 48933. Interviews will be scheduled and conducted in March and April, as applications are received. All applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019, and interviews will be completed by Tuesday, April 26, 2019. Candidates will be notified of a decision no later than Wednesday, May 1, 2019. The 2018-2020 Executive Fellowship will begin Monday, July 1, 2019, and extend through Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

The fellow(s) will be expected to participate in the MPA Strategic Planning Retreat session scheduled May in Lansing. Exceptions will be made for fellows living outside Michigan. If you have any questions, please contact Fellowship Director, Dianne Malburg, at Dianne@MichiganPharmacists.org or (517) 377-0223.

Additional Information

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Dianne Malburg, MPA/PSI chief operations officer and fellowship director, at (517) 377-0223 or Dianne@MichiganPharmacists.org.


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