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Kali VanLangen, Pharm.D., BCPS, co-chair, MSHP/MPA Membership Committee
We've all heard the saying "happy wife, happy life".  The same sentiment holds true for members! When our members are happy the organization continues to thrive.  In an effort to improve member satisfaction, this year's MSHP/MPA Membership Committee was tasked with implementing technology-driven recruitment and retention strategies along with developing methods to highlight member accomplishments.  As a result, the Committee is working on developing a member spotlight initiative.
The goal of the member spotlight initiative is to share the story of a different member each month and highlight their professional journey. We want to highlight individuals that make a lasting impact on the people they work with day to day. All types of members will be featured including pharmacists from different practice settings, as well as residents, pharmacy technicians and students. Member spotlights will be shared on MPA's social media accounts and may also be featured in the MSHP Monitor or MPA E-news publications.
While the Membership Committee will be collaborating with MPA staff to identify the first few member spotlights, all members will have the opportunity to recognize a colleague for their hard work and dedication to the profession. A member spotlight submission form is being developed and a call for nominations will be posted on social media to ensure everyone has an opportunity to be recognized!
Our first member we would like to put in the spotlight is Katie Axford, Pharm.D., BCPS. Dr. Axford was the recipient of this year's Distinguished New Pharmacist Practitioner Award. Read on to learn more about her professional journey.
Where did you complete your training?
I earned my Pharm.D. from Ferris State University College of Pharmacy in 2010. I then moved to Indianapolis where I completed a two-year pharmacotherapy residency at Indiana University Health.
How did you first get involved in MSHP? 
Shortly after returning to Michigan in 2012, I started regularly attending monthly meetings of our regional society (WMSHP) and ended up joining the WMSHP Executive Board in 2013. While I have always identified MSHP as my section through MPA, I wouldn't say I was actively involved until 2017 when I was president of WMSHP and served as the regional delegate to the MSHP Board.  As part of that experience, I began participating in MSHP committees and decided to run for a board position the following year.

What do you value most about being involved in MSHP?
The most valuable things I've gained from my involvement with MSHP are probably the relationships that I've been able to form with colleagues across the state - many of whom I now consider friends and mentors.  I'm also incredibly thankful for the opportunity to develop my leadership skills and contribute to advancing our profession at the state level.
Share something non-pharmacy related about yourself.
I am currently pursuing my Masters in Public Health through Ferris and am really enjoying digging deeper and broadening my understanding of this area!
Thank you to Dr. Axford for being our first Member in the Spotlight! 

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