KEY SPEAKERS

The 340B Coalition Summer Conference has more than 90 speakers. This page highlights several of the key speakers who are participating in the 50+ sessions. See the agenda for a full list of speakers and sessions.

Thomas EngelsThomas J. Engels

As Administrator of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration, Thomas Engels oversees the execution of an $11.7 billion annual budget that oversees programs serving 28 million people in health centers across the country, 535,000 people living with HIV through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, and public health services for more than 56 million women, children, and families. HRSA is also responsible for overseeing the 340B drug pricing program, through its Office of Pharmacy Affairs. Before his appointment to head HRSA in November 2019, Mr. Engels was Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services from 2015 to 2019, managing a department with more than 6,000 employees and a $12 billion budget. Previously he served at the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin as vice president of public affairs.

Reed TucksonReed V. Tuckson

Reed Tuckson is managing director of Tuckson Health Connections, LLC. He has more than 35 years of experience as a professional engaged in nearly every sector of health and medical care. Formerly, he served as:  executive vice president and chief of medical affairs, UnitedHealth Group; senior vice president, Professional Standards, American Medical Association; president of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science; senior vice president for Programs, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation; and commissioner of Public Health for the District of Columbia. A graduate of Howard University and Georgetown University schools of Medicine, he completed Internal Medicine Residency and Fellowship Programs at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A sought-after expert in his field, he was featured on the cover of Black Enterprise (February 2009), and selected as one of the 2009 & 2010 Modern Healthcare/Modern Physician 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare.  

Krista PedleyRear Admiral Krista M. Pedley

Krista Pedley is the Director of the Office of Pharmacy Affairs (OPA) in the Healthcare System Bureau, Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). Her office administers the 340B drug pricing program, through which more than 700 drug manufacturers provide discounted outpatient drugs to more than 46,700 hospitals and clinics, and more than 24,500 pharmacies. The 340B program spans HHS and focuses on drug pricing transparency and reducing the cost of medications for the country’s most vulnerable safety-net patient populations. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Pittsburgh in 2000 and her Master of Science in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, with a Concentration in Crisis, Emergency and Risk Management, from The George Washington University in 2008. She is also a 2011 graduate of the Public Health Leadership Institute Scholar Program.

John CosterJohn Coster

John Coster, PhD, RPh, is the Director of the Division of Pharmacy, Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services, at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. He is responsible for overseeing the operation of the federal Medicaid prescription drug rebate program and oversight of the Medicaid pharmacy benefit, including policies relating to 340B, drug coverage, reimbursement to pharmacies, specialty drugs, and managed care organization drug coverage. Previously, he was the Senior Director of Government Relations for 340B Health, where he oversaw congressional relations. Prior to 340B Health, he held senior-level government affairs positions with the National Community Pharmacists Association, Rite Aid Corporation, and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. He also served as a professional staff member for the U.S. Senate’s Special Committee on Aging. He has a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from St. John’s University in New York and a PhD from the University of Maryland. He is a licensed pharmacist in New York, Maryland, and Virginia.

Shannon StephensonShannon Stephenson

Shannon Stephenson is the Chief Executive Officer of Cempa Community Care, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She has a proven track record as a pioneer in cultivating the values of an organization to lead it to success. As an innovative and strategic leader, she uses her visionary approach to move the agency forward by developing culture, enhancing communication, creating strong alliances, and building high performing teams in a desirable work environment.

Since arriving in October of 2015, Mrs. Stephenson has been instrumental in expanding the programs and services offered by Cempa Community Care. She graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting. In 2008, she received her Master of Business Administration from Lincoln Memorial University.

Karen BowlingKaren L. Bowling

Karen Bowling is Vice President of Care Delivery and Transformation for WVU Medicine, headquartered in Morgantown, W.Va., and the President and CEO of Summersville Regional Medical Center and Braxton County Memorial Hospital. Prior to this position, she was Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), where she shepherded an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program. Before that, she held a variety of direct care and leadership positions in health care and education. Her career started as an emergency room nurse in a small rural hospital in Wyoming County. She is a member of the 340B Health Board of Directors. A native of Mullens, West Virginia, Bowling graduated from Bluefield State College with an Associate Degree in Nursing.  She continued her education at West Virginia University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Primary Healthcare Nursing.  She also earned an MS in Higher Education from Capella University.

Sue VeerSue Veer

Sue Veer has served as the President and CEO for Carolina Health Centers, Inc. (CHC) since 2006. CHC serves as the medical home for more than 27,000 patients with 12 primary care practices located throughout a seven-county area of South Carolina known as the Lakelands. The in-house 340B pharmacy CHC opened in 2005 has grown to a robust open pharmacy program, dispensing 30,000 prescriptions per month throughout CHC’s service area. Over the last three years, she has presented 340B training programs for community health centers coordinated by the Primary Care Organizations in 21 states, participated as a lead contributor to the development of the NACHC 340B Compliance Manual, and provided consulting services to individual health centers upon request.  Sue is an active member of the National Association for Community Health Centers, serving on the Legislative, Health Policy, and Rural Health committees, and taking a leadership role in the formation of a NACHC 340B Work Group. Sue serves on the Advisory Council for Apexus (the HRSA 340B Prime Vendor), and as faculty for the Apexus 340B University. As congressional oversight of the 34B Drug Pricing Program increased in past years, Sue testified on behalf of community health centers at hearings convened by both Senate and House committees.  Sue holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Communication from Carlow College in Pittsburgh, pursued a Master in Adult Education (M.Ed.) at Pennsylvania State University, and earned her MBA from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. Prior to joining Carolina Health Centers, Ms. Veer served as Associate Executive Director of the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association, where she gained extensive knowledge in health policy and health center management. Her professional background includes management positions in the private practice and community hospital environment as well as at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

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