Program Directors

Meredith Todd, Pharm. D., BCPS, BCIDP, is an antimicrobial stewardship clinical pharmacy specialist at Charleston Area Medical Center. She received her Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2007 and her Doctor of Pharmacy from Belmont University in 2013. Dr. Todd then went on to complete her pharmacy practice residency at CAMC in 2014. Recent research interests include the evaluation of antimicrobial prescribing practices in the emergency department and clinical outcomes in patients receiving treatment with daptomycin.

Brian M. Hodges , Pharm. D. BCPS, BCNSP. is the coordinator for clinical pharmacy services and a critical care pharmacy clinician at CAMC. Dr. Hodges earned his Bachelor’s and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy and completed a two-year Specialized Residency in Pharmacotherapy Practice at the Medical University of South Carolina. Prior to coming to CAMC, Dr. Hodges served as a faculty member at WVU and clinical specialist at MUSC. He has three times received outstanding teacher of the year awards at WVU. Dr. Hodges has practice experience in numerous critical care settings, has authored papers and chapters in widely read journals and textbooks, and has been active in national pharmacy organizations. His current practice and research interests include assessing therapeutic drug monitoring, evidence based nutrition support therapies, and safe drug utilization in critically ill patients. Dr. Hodges serves as the director of the PGY2 Critical Care Residency.
Brian.Hodges@camc.org

David P. Elliott, Pharm. D, FCCP, FASCP, AGSF, BCGP, is Professor and Associate Chair of Clinical Pharmacy at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University-Charleston Division. Dr. Elliott practices, teaches, and conducts research in geriatrics. He is the pharmacist at the WVU Medicine Clinic emphasizing Transitional Care Management and Geriatrics. Dr. Elliott has been in West Virginia since 1984 after spending three years on faculty in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Manitoba in 1978 and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree and Adult Medicine Pharmacy Residency from the University of Texas in 1981. Dr. Elliott is an active member of the following professional organizations: ACCP, ASCP, ASHP, American Geriatrics Society, and WV Geriatrics Society, and serves as the director of the PGY2 Geriatric Pharmacy Residency. He is also a member of the editorial boards for the Annals of Pharmacotherapy and The Consultant Pharmacist, as well as one of two coeditors of the Ambulatory Care Self-Assessment Program offered by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.
delliott@hsc.wvu.edu

Program Coordinator

Christy Shaw, MS
Senior Residency Program Specialist

Christy Shaw was born and raised in WV, and earned a BS in Exercise Physiology from WVU School of Medicine in 1994.  After receiving an MS in Athletic Training from California University of PA in 1995, she worked several years as a certified athletic trainer in PA and VA, providing medical care for collegiate sports along with classroom and clinical instruction to undergraduate students.  She relocated to Charleston, WV in 2004, working in private insurance for a workers’ compensation third-party administrator until joining the CAMC team in June 2014.  Her hobbies and interests include outdoor recreation, home improvement projects, and reading historical fiction.

Pharmacy Administration

Brian E. Sayre, Pharm. D., is the current Health System Director of Pharmacy at Charleston Area Medical Center.  Dr. Sayre obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biology from Davis & Elkins College and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from West Virginia University School of Pharmacy.  He completed a pharmacy practice residency at the Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, WV.  Before returning to CAMC, Dr. Sayre practiced in ambulatory care at a rural community health center and also served as the pharmacy manager. Upon his return to CAMC, Dr. Sayre worked as the Pharmacy Operations Director prior to being promoted to the Health System Director of Pharmacy.  Dr. Sayre has been active in research and has authored several papers in the field of drug stability.  He has also presented several posters and podium presentations at local, state, and national pharmacy meetings.  Currently, Dr. Sayre is adjunct clinical faculty for West Virginia University School of Pharmacy and the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy.  He also serves as the program chair for the PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program, the PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Practice Residency Program, and the PGY-2 Geriatric Pharmacy Practice Residency Program.  Additionally, Dr. Sayre is a Six Sigma Green Belt and has lead many successful projects throughout CAMC for performance improvement and cost savings.  In his free time, Brian is an avid outdoorsman competing nationally in bass fishing tournaments.

Lance Carney, R.Ph., obtained his Bachelor of Science Pharmacy degree from West Virginia University School of Pharmacy in 1984. He is the Director of Pharmacy at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital.  He started his career at Putnam General Hospital in 1984, becoming the Director of Pharmacy in December 1985.  CAMC purchased the hospital in 2006, renaming it CAMC Teays Valley Hospital.  In addition to the implementation and administration of three different pharmacy computer systems, Lance was also the eMAR/Bedside Bar-coding System Coordinator and helped implement Computerized Physician Order Entry at the hospital.  His involvement in the Environment of Care Committee has included a two year Safety Officer appointment and several years of Safety Chairman.  Lance also served as Material Management Director for a year in 1994 and Cardiopulmonary Director for a year in 2002.  He has been involved in organizing and operating the Medical Explorers post at CAMC Teays Valley and enjoys introducing high school students to different careers in healthcare.

Jennifer Gorrell, Pharm. D., has been the Director of Pharmacy at WCH since August 2004. Prior to her current role, she served as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at WVU School of Pharmacy (Charleston Division) and also the Clinical Coordinator for Pharmacy Service at Boone Memorial Hospital. She completed her Pharm.D. degree at the University of Kentucky, PGY1 in Pharmacy at Medical College of Georgia and a PGY2 in Pediatric Pharmacy at University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital. She lives in Charleston with her husband (Brandon) and two kids (Katie and Jack).

Hannah Hutchinson, RN, Pharm. D, BCPS is the Director of Pharmacy at Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital. She has a diverse background in healthcare, and maintains her license as a registered nurse for over 20 years. Dr. Hutchinson graduated from the University Of Charleston School Of Pharmacy and completed a pharmacy practice residency at CAMC. She worked as a decentralized clinical staff pharmacist at CAMC Memorial Hospital for several years before serving in her current role. She is committed to improving medication safety, providing patient counseling services, promoting positive outcomes, and building strong interdisciplinary relationships.

Heather Moles, Pharm. D., was born and raised in West Virginia.  She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Concord University in 2004 and went on to work as a technician with Marathon Petroleum Company.  After completing her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Charleston in 2012, during which time she was an intern with CAMC pharmacy (2009-2012), she opened and managed the CAMC Pharmacy at the Cross Lanes Urgent Care.  From 2012 to 2015, she earned her MTM certification and helped the pharmacy to grow into a successful business where she enjoyed working with both the patients and employees. Dr. Moles then managed the new pharmacy at the CAMC Cancer Center from opening day on August 17, 2015, until December 2018. She now serves as the Director of Ambulatory Pharmacy services for CAMC.

Kevin R. Parker, R.Ph., obtained his Bachelor of Science Pharmacy degree from West Virginia University School of Pharmacy in 1995. He is the pharmacist manager at the CAMC Outpatient Pharmacy. He has over 15 years experience as a pharmacist, with the first 12 years spent as a community pharmacist at Kroger Pharmacy in Marmet (1.5 years) and Fruth Pharmacy in Eleanor (over 11 years). He holds a certification in the PEIA Face to Face Diabetes program and has served as a preceptor for West Virginia University since 2003 and the University of Charleston since 2007. He is a current member and past treasurer for the West Virginia Pharmacists Association. He was born and raised in WV and is an avid WVU fan.

Clinical Pharmacy Specialists

Heather Carico, PharmD, BCPS, is practicing as an ambulatory care clinical specialist for the CHF, COPD, and INR clinics at CAMC Memorial Hospital in the Outpatient Care Center. Dr. Carico received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2017 from Marshall University School of Pharmacy in Huntington, WV. She went on to complete a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at CAMC in 2018 and a PGY2 Geriatrics residency at CAMC in 2019. Research interests include transitions of care, patient education, and hospital readmissions.
Heather.Carico@camc.org

Jennifer Chaffin (Confer), Pharm. D, BCPS, BCCCP, is a critical care specialist for the cardio-pulmonary intensive care unit at CAMC Memorial Hospital. Dr. Chaffin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular/Cellular Biology in 1999 and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2007, both from the University of Arizona. She has also completed a pharmacy practice residency at Cabell Huntington Hospital in 2008. Research interests include critical care medicine and trauma/emergency medicine. Dr. Chaffin is a member of numerous state and national organizations and has been an author on several publications in various pharmacy journals. 
Jennifer.Chaffin@camc.org

Stephen J. Cook, Pharm. D, BCPS, is an Associate Professor at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy. He currently practices as an internal medicine clinical pharmacy specialist at CAMC Memorial Hospital. He graduated in the inaugural class at the UC School of Pharmacy in 2010, and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, WV.
Stephen.Cook@camc.org 
Stephencook@ucwv.edu

Michael Czupryn, Pharm. D, BCPS, is currently practicing as an internal medicine specialist at CAMC Memorial Hospital. Dr. Czupryn received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2014 and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2016, both from the University of Toledo. He went on to complete a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital in Cleveland, OH in 2016 and a PGY2 Internal Medicine residency at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in 2017. Research interests include chronic disease state management in special populations.
Michael.Czupryn@camc.org

Brian M. Hodges, Pharm. D., BCNSP. is the coordinator for clinical pharmacy services and a critical care pharmacy clinician at CAMC. Dr. Hodges earned his Bachelor’s and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy and completed a two-year Specialized Residency in Pharmacotherapy Practice at the Medical University of South Carolina. Prior to coming to CAMC, Dr. Hodges served as a faculty member at WVU and clinical specialist at MUSC. He has three times received outstanding teacher of the year awards at WVU and was awarded preceptor of the year by University of Charleston students. Dr. Hodges has practice experience in numerous critical care settings, has authored papers and chapters in widely read journals and textbooks, and has been active in national pharmacy organizations. His current practice and research interests include assessing therapeutic drug monitoring, evidence-based nutrition support therapies, and safe drug utilization in critically ill patients. Dr. Hodges serves as the director of the PGY2 Critical Care Residency.

Mathew Johnson, Pharm. D., BCCCP, is a critical care specialist for the medical and neuroscience intensive care units at CAMC General Hospital. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University in 2016. He subsequently completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in 2017 and a PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 2018. His research interests include critical care medicine and trauma/emergency medicine. In his free time, Dr. Johnson likes to run, hike, play the piano, support Cincinnati sports teams, and get involved in his local church.

Kelci Jones, Pharm. D, is a critical care specialist with the ICU Medical Service team at CAMC Memorial Hospital. Her primary practice site is the medical ICU, but the rounding service also covers patients in the cardio-pulmonary ICU, surgical ICU, and open heart recovery unit. Dr. Jones earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree in 2018 from West Virginia University School of Pharmacy in Morgantown, WV. She then completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and a PGY2 in Critical Care at CAMC. Her research interests include critical care and emergency medicine. In her free time, Dr. Jones likes to spend time with family, cycle, and read.

Wesley Kafka, Pharm. D, BCCCP, MBA is a critical care specialist in the Surgical/Trauma ICU at General Hospital. He previously worked as a critical care specialist in the Medical ICU with rounding services that also covered patients in the Cardio-pulmonary ICU, Surgical ICU, and Open Heart Recovery Unit. Dr. Kafka earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration during his time at the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy in Morgantown, WV. He then completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency and PGY2 Critical Care residency at CAMC. Professionally, Dr. Kafka enjoys working on the development of multi-disciplinary research and presenting both formal and informal lectures to residents. Personally, Dr. Kafka enjoys skiing, tennis, gaming, and trying exotic foods.

Michaela E. Leffler, Pharm. D, BCPS, BCGP, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy in Charleston, WV. She currently practices as a behavioral medicine and psychiatry clinical pharmacy specialist for the inpatient psychiatry unit at CAMC General Division.  There she serves as an educator and clinical preceptor for psychiatry and internal medicine/psychiatry residents, pharmacy residents, medical students, and pharmacy students.  Previously, she served as an internal medicine clinical pharmacy specialist at CAMC Memorial Hospital for three and a half years with WVU Internal Medicine. She graduated from Gannon University, Erie, PA with a bachelor’s degree in Health sciences and from the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy with her PharmD in 2014.  Dr. Leffler then went on to complete a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency followed by a PGY2 Geriatric Pharmacy residency at Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, WV.  Current research interests include hospital readmission, geriatric pharmacotherapy, and safe medication use in mental health. 
Michaelaleffler@ucwv.edu
Michaela.leffler@camc.org

Pam McDevitt, Pharm. D., BCOP, has 20 years of service as a pharmacist at Charleston Area Medical Center . She received her Bachelor of Science degree at West Virginia University and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Kentucky. Her practice areas include oncology and palliative care. Dr. McDevitt practices at the David Lee Cancer Center - Cancer Care Center of Southern West Virginia, which is among the top 100 cancer centers in the country.
Pam.Mcdevitt@camc.org

Kevin R. Parker, R.Ph., obtained his Bachelor of Science Pharmacy degree from West Virginia University School of Pharmacy in 1995. He is the pharmacy manager at the CAMC Outpatient Pharmacy. He has over 24 years experience as a pharmacist, with the first 12 years spent as a community pharmacist at Kroger Pharmacy in Marmet (1.5 years) and Fruth Pharmacy in Eleanor (over 11 years). He holds a certification in the PEIA Face to Face Diabetes program and has served as a preceptor for West Virginia University since 2003 and the University of Charleston since 2007. He was a past treasurer for the West Virginia Pharmacists Association. He was born and raised in WV and is an avid WVU fan.

Jessica Robinson, Pharm. D., BCPS, BCIDP is an Associate Professor at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, as well as an infectious diseases clinical pharmacy specialist at Charleston Area Medical Center. She earned her PharmD degree from West Virginia University School of Pharmacy in 2008, and then went on to complete a pharmacy practice residency at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, WV and an infectious diseases specialty residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at the UC, Dr. Robinson also serves as the Associate Director for the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at CAMC, as well as a clinical preceptor for fourth-year pharmacy students and residents. 
Jessica.Robinson@camc.org

Rachel Savilla, Pharm. D., is a clinical pharmacy specialist practicing in renal transplantation at CAMC General Hospital. Dr. Savilla's practice site involves both inpatient and ambulatory care settings. She follows patients throughout their entire transplant journey, starting with pre-transplant evaluation through surgery admission and discharge, and continues to see them during their post-transplant clinic and inpatient needs. Dr. Savilla received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 residency at CAMC. Research interests include transitions of care, immunosuppression regimens in renal transplant patients, and outcomes surrounding Hepatitis C virus-positive donors to Hepatitis C virus-negative recipients.
Rachel.Savilla@camc.org

Shelley Schliesser, Pharm. D., has been the coordinator of the Drug Information Center at Charleston Area Medical Center for over twenty years. Dr. Schliesser received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Toledo. She then went to the University of Kentucky Medical Center to obtain her Pharmacy Practice and Drug Information Specialty residencies. In addition to drug information, Dr. Schliesser, as Secretary of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee is involved in adverse drug reactions, formulary management and medication use evaluations. She is also an assistant professor at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy where she teaches drug literature evaluation, biostatistics, and advanced adverse drug reaction identification and management.
Shelley.Schliesser@camc.org 

Cassie Simpkins, Pharm. D, BCPS, is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Specialist in Family Medicine with West Virginia University (WVU) School of Pharmacy and WVU Medicine. She earned her B.S. in biology from the University of Charleston and her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy. After earning her PharmD, she completed a pharmacy residency at the Charleston Area Medical Center. Dr. Simpkins maintains a clinical practice with the inpatient family medicine team at the Charleston Area Medical Center and also participates in several interdisciplinary committees at the hospital. Her practice interests include cardiology, gastrointestinal disorders, and interdisciplinary care.

Meredith Todd, Pharm. D, BCPS, BCIDP, is an antimicrobial stewardship clinical pharmacy specialist at Charleston Area Medical Center. She received her Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2007 and her Doctor of Pharmacy from Belmont University in 2013. Dr. Todd then went on to complete her pharmacy practice residency at CAMC in 2014.  Recent research interests include following antibiogram resistance trends at CAMC and clinical outcomes in patients receiving daptomycin for resistant gram positive infections.  Dr. Todd serves as the program director for the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency. 
Meredith.Todd@camc.org

WVU Faculty Preceptors

David P. Elliott, Pharm. D, FCCP, FASCP, AGSF, BCGP, is Professor and Associate Chair of Clinical Pharmacy for the Charleston campus of the West Virginia University (WVU) School of Pharmacy. Dr. Elliott practices, teaches and conducts research in geriatrics. His areas of particular interest include geriatric ambulatory care, transitional care management and optimizing medication use for older adults. Dr. Elliott is the pharmacist in the Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) Medicine Clinic and is the program director of the CAMC/WVU PGY2 Geriatric Pharmacy Residency. Dr. Elliott is a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) and a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (FCCP), the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (FASCP), and the American Geriatrics Society (AGSF). He is a member of the American Geriatrics Society Clinical Practice and Models of Care Committee and the Professional Education Executive Committee and is active in the West Virginia Geriatrics Society (WVGS) with service that has included Board of Directors and Presidency. He is a Senior Associate Editor of the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy.
delliott@hsc.wvu.edu

Franklin Huggins, Pharm. D, BCPPS, BCCCP is Clinical Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at West Virginia University and Pediatric Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital in Charleston, WV. He is a graduate of the University of Utah College of Pharmacy and North Carolina State University. Doctor Huggins’ practice and research interest include the pharmacotherapy of the critically ill child, the use of laboratory measurements to guide rational medication therapy, and prehospital medication use in children. His rotation site is the pediatric intensive care unit at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital.
frhuggins@hsc.wvu.edu

Chris Terpening, Ph.D., Pharm. D. , is an Associate Professor at West Virginia University-Charleston Division. He holds a joint appointment in both the Departments of Clinical Pharmacy and Family Medicine. Dr. Terpening has a background in basic science research. He received his initial bachelor's degree, in biochemistry, from the University of Texas, and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Arizona. This was followed by four years of post-doctoral fellowship at Colorado State University. After deciding to follow a more clinical career path, he returned to school and received his Bachelor's and PharmD degrees from the University of Colorado. He then completed a two-year specialty residency in Family Medicine at the University of Florida. Dr. Terpening now serves as an educator and preceptor for family medicine residents, interns, medical students and pharmacy students. He runs a Pharmacotherapy Clinic at the CAMC Family Medicine Clinic and pursues his varied clinical research interests. Dr. Terpening has been an author on over 40 articles, cases, and book chapters. He also serves on the West Virginia Drug Utilization Review and Pharmacy & Therapeutics Boards and as chair on the WVU/CAMC Institutional Review Board.
Chris.Terpening@camc.org