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Young, Barker receive awards at the Iowa Pharmacy Association’s annual meeting in Altoona on June 14

Pictured are (from left) Michelle Evink, IPA president; Alissa Young, CPhT and Kate Gainer, IPA executive vice president. (Photo Submitted)
Pictured are (from left) Michelle Evink, IPA president; Alissa Young, CPhT and Kate Gainer, IPA executive vice president. (Photo Submitted)
Pictured are (from left) Michelle Evink, IPA president; Brett Barker, Pharm.D.; Ginger Hibbett, Cardinal Health and Kate Gainer, IPA executive vice president. (Photo Submitted)
Pictured are (from left) Michelle Evink, IPA president; Brett Barker, Pharm.D.; Ginger Hibbett, Cardinal Health and Kate Gainer, IPA executive vice president. (Photo Submitted)

The Iowa Pharmacy Association (IPA) is pleased to announce the 2014 award recipient of Pharmacy Technician of the Year Award goes to Alissa Young, CPhT, of Ames. The award was presented at the Association’s 2014 Annual Meeting Banquet on June 14 in Altoona.

Alissa Young was born and raised in Spencer. Growing up on a farm, she developed a love of all animals at a young age. She moved to Ames in 2005 to attend Iowa State University and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in animal ecology. In October of 2012, Alissa was hired as a pharmacy technician at NuCara pharmacy in Nevada. She became PTCB-certified the following summer. In March of 2013, she made a career move to Zearing to work at the newly-opened NuCara telepharmacy. Alissa enjoys the rewards and challenges of working with innovative telepharmacy technology and helping the people of Zearing in the process. Alissa and her husband Greg, a civil engineer, live in Ames with their two Basset hounds, Brutus and Rocky.

The Pharmacy Technician of the Year Award is an award designed to recognize a pharmacy technician in Iowa who has demonstrated outstanding involvement in the Iowa Pharmacy Association and enthusiasm for the profession of pharmacy in Iowa. Alissa’s nominator said, “Alissa has a great work ethic and exemplifies the potential brilliant career that one can have as a pharmacy technician, and we are grateful to have her on our team.”

Barker’s Award

The Iowa Pharmacy Association (IPA) is pleased to announce the 2014 recipient of the GenerationRx Award is Brett Barker, PharmD, of Nevada. The award was presented at the Association’s 2014 Annual Meeting on June 14 in Altoona. The GenerationRx Award is a national awards program sponsored by Cardinal Health. This award is designed to recognize a pharmacist who has demonstrated excellence in community-based prescription drug abuse prevention. The award is intended to recognize outstanding efforts within the pharmacy community to raise awareness of this serious public health problem. It is also intended to encourage educational prevention efforts aimed at patients, youth, and other members of the community. This award includes a $500 donation to the charity of the recipient’s choice.

Dr. Brett Barker is the vice president of Operations for NuCara Management Group. Brett received his Doctor of Pharmacy in 2008 from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Prior to this current role, Brett managed the NuCara Pharmacy in Nevada, and also served as NuCara’s director of clinical services. Throughout his career, Brett has been passionate about increasing pharmacist-provided clinical services, community involvement, mentoring students, and new models of care delivery such as telepharmacy and new practice model pilot programs. He currently serves on the IPA Legislative Advisory Committee, Telepharmacy Joint Task Force and is vice chair of the Iowa Pharmacy Political Action Committee (IPPAC) Advisory Committee. He has coordinated numerous community medication take-back events and brought together all interested stakeholders.

“Dr. Barker truly sets a new standard in innovative, progressive, and visible pharmacist-led initiatives for proper medication disposal in his community,” said Kate Gainer, executive vice president of the Iowa Pharmacy Association.

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