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Our Leadership and Governance

Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) is led and governed by executive, legislative and judicial divisions.

MPA Executive Board

The MPA Executive Board serves as the executive governing division of the Association. The Board consists of the officers of the Association, Board members, and the Speaker and Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates as well as the chair of the MPA Student Pharmacist Executive Council. This group is responsible for advancing the goals and objectives of the Association. The Executive Board strengthens and advances MPA, shapes its personality, defines its goals and charts its future. The Board accomplishes this through strong cooperation and awareness of the needs, desires and attitudes of its members. It is the Board’s responsibility to do as much as possible to ensure that information flows in both directions between Board members and Association members.

The Executive Board holds the following responsibilities:

  • Authority and responsibility of conducting the business and administering the finances of the Association.
  • Adoption of an annual budget for the Association.
  • Appoint and annually review the chief executive officer.
  • Approve the time and place for the Annual Convention & Exposition and other business meetings of the Association.
  • Determination of the fiscal year and operational year for the financial and functional activities of the Association.
  • Approval of the Committees and commissions of the Association, such other organizational units deemed necessary for the conduct of Association affairs, and the Committees and Task Forces of the Board.
  • Fill all vacancies which may occur on the Board and act on applications for membership in the Association.
  • Act on appeals from members emanating from decisions of the Ethics and Practice Commission wherein sanctions are imposed for violation of the Code of Professional Ethics of the Association.
  • Establish and maintain an organizational relationship with the American Pharmacists Association.
  • Report at each business meeting of the Association the actions of the Board and positions of the Association since its last report.
  • Perform other functions as may be designated in the Bylaws or by the House of Delegates.

2020 MPA Executive Board Officers

  Jessica Bessner, chair
  Hubbell, MSHP
  Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital and
  Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital
  Charlie Mollien, president
  Wyoming, MSCP
  Meijer, Inc.
  Heather L. Christensen, 

  Greenville, MSHP
  Spectrum Health United Hospital
Larry Wagenknecht, secretary/
chief executive officer

Haslett, MSCP
Michigan Pharmacists Association
Heather M. Somand, treasurer
Superior Township, MSHP
University of Michigan Health System
  Katie Axford, speaker of the
  House of Delegates
Joseph Leonard, vice speaker of the
House of Delegates


2020 MPA Executive Board Members

Hope Broxterman
Traverse City, MSHP
Munson Medical Center
Lindsey Ghiringhelli
Oakland Township, CSPM
Ryan Greenley
Sarah Hill
Fowlerville, MSCP
Ascension Pharmacy Lansing
  Jesse Hogue
Kalamazoo, MSHP
  Bronson Methodist Hospital

Doreen Kern
Interlochen, MSPT
Bayshore Pharmacy
Lisa Meny
Alto, MSCP
Ferris State University
  Thomas Tomaski
  Gaylord, CSPM
  Ambulatory Infusion Care North

Joseph Haroney
SPEC, chair

* CSPM - Consultant and Specialty Pharmacists of Michigan; MSCP - Michigan Society of Community Pharmacists, MSHP - Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists; SMPA - Student Michigan Pharmacists Association

Executive Board members can access their meeting materials online.

MPA House of Delegates
The House of Delegates is the legislative division of the Association, composed of representatives of recognized component organizations, affiliated chapters, the MPA Executive Board and counties without local association representation. All delegates are members of the Association in good standing.

The House of Delegates holds the following responsibilities:

  • Interpret the objectives of the Association as stated in the MPA Bylaws.
  • Adopt rules or procedures, consistent with the provisions of the MPA Bylaws, for the governing and administration of the House of Delegates
  • Serve as the policy-forming body of the Association by developing and acting upon policies and procedures.
  • Act on all policy reports and adopt resolutions of policy directed to the Executive Board and provide direction to the Executive Board.
  • Act on all proposals for amendment of the MPA Bylaws.
  • Provide delegate report to the component organization members or affiliated chapter members.
  • Approve House Session minutes.
  • Approve presented Executive Board reports.

For additional information, visit the House of Delegates section of the website.

MPA Ethics and Practice Commission
The Ethics and Practice Commission is the judicial division of the Association. An active member may be reprimanded, fined, suspended or expelled from membership for violation of the obligations of the Code of Professional Ethics or for a criminal law conviction or violation of civil law relating to professional competency. An active member against whom a complaint for violation of the Code of Professional Ethics, criminal law or civil law related to professional competency has been received shall be provided written notice of charges and an opportunity for a judicial review or hearing by the Ethics and Practice Commission, according to established due process procedures. All decisions of the Ethics and Practice Commission shall be final unless appealed to the Executive Board within sixty (60) days from the date on which the member received notification of the decision by the Ethics and Practice Commission. The majority decision of the Executive Board of cases on appeal shall be final and binding.

The Ethics and Practice Commission holds the following responsibilities:

  • To interpret and enforce the Association’s Code of Professional Ethics according to the provisions of the Bylaws and procedures duly adopted by the Commission. 
  • Serve to advance the practice standards of the pharmacy profession. 
  • Administers patient complaints according to established policies and procedures.

Patient complaints can be submitted to the Ethics and Practice Commission online.