Meet The Officers, Directors, Advisor, Committee Members, and Student Liaisons of DAPA

Jo Ah Lee, PharmD, MBA

President

Jo Ah Lee is a pharmacy professional with a diverse background in management, pharmacy, and technology. As a dedicated member of the Dallas Area Pharmacy Association (DAPA), she has actively contributed to grow the association.

Her journey with DAPA began as a Director of the Board, where she played a role in shaping the association’s strategic direction. Simultaneously, she took charge as the Chair of the Digital and Social Media Committee, leveraging her passion for technology and art to enhance DAPA’s virtual presence in the community.

With a demonstrated history of working in hospitals, healthcare, and the technology industry, she brings a wealth of experience to the table. Her skills in operational efficiency, patient care, and team leadership have been honed through hands-on roles in healthcare settings. Additionally, her exposure to the technology industry has equipped her with insights into digital trends and their impact on healthcare practices.

She holds an MBA (Masters of Business Administration), which complements her clinical expertise. This unique blend allows her to bridge the gap between healthcare and effective management. Furthermore, she earned her PharmD (Doctorate of Pharmacy), reflecting her commitment to advancing pharmacy practice.

She firmly believes that unity and advocacy are catalysts for progress. By standing together, pharmacy professionals can unlock their full potential to optimize patient care. Through representation, collaboration, and active participation in organizations like DAPA and TPA, she aims to drive meaningful advancements in the field of pharmacy.

Andrew Wall, PharmD

Vice President

By-Laws Committee Chair and Nominating Committee Chair

Andrew Wall received his bachelor’s in biology and business administration from The University of Texas at Dallas and his Doctor of Pharmacy from The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. During his career he has served as a pharmacy director for a HIV clinic, clinical pharmacy manager for a network of 9 outpatient psychiatric clinics and 3 pharmacies. He currently is the vice president of the Dallas Area Pharmacy Association, an adjunct faculty member at UNT Health Science Center College of Pharmacy, pharmacy manager at a dual accredited specialty clinic based pharmacy, sits on 2 advisory panels for the Texas Pharmacy Association, and accepts students for rotation from 7 colleges of pharmacy. He has experience in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, nuclear pharmacy, health outcomes research, and drug development.

Jeff Loesch PharmD, Past-President, 

Financial Review & Auditing Committee Chair

Jeff Loesch is the Director of Pharmacy for the Kroger Company’s Dallas Division. With over 20 years of experience, Jeff has been extensively involved in numerous aspects of the practice of pharmacy, including pharmacy management, pharmacy procurement, regulatory compliance, and government relations. During his time as the Pharmacy Procurement Manager for Kroger, Jeff led the effort to develop the Company’s suspicious order monitoring and hazardous waste programs. In his most prior role as the Company’s Manager of Pharmacy Regulatory Compliance and Government Relations, he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Company’s pharmacy compliance and ethics programs. In that capacity, he also served as the Company’s HIPAA Privacy Officer. In his current role as Director of Pharmacy, he is responsible for Kroger Pharmacies throughout North Texas and Louisiana. Most recently, he has been involved with efforts to coordinate a naloxone program with the Texas Pharmacy Association that allows Kroger pharmacists in Texas to provide naloxone to patients through a physician-signed standing order.
He is a member of the American Pharmacists Association, the Texas Pharmacy Association, the American Society for Pharmacy Law, and the Health Care Compliance Association. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Federation of Drug Stores, and on the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Public Policy Council.
Jeff earned his Pharm.D. from the University of Houston in 2002. He is also Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) by the Compliance Certification Board. He is a Registered Pharmacist and Pharmacist Preceptor in the State of Texas.

Mahdi Al Hallaqh RPh, Treasurer

Mahdi is the COO & Co-Owner of the SandsRx. He is also the Pharmacist-In-Charge at the SandsRx Wylie location. He is a licensed Pharmacist who lives in the Murphy community. Mahdi graduated from St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1998 and is currently licensed to practice pharmacy in 14 states. Mahdi has over 20 years of experience in retail and specialty pharmacy. He worked for a major retail chain for over 12 years, with 5 years as a District Manager overseeing 33 operations in the state of Alabama. Mahdi also worked as a Pharmacy Director for a leading company that specializes in long-term care serving 60 nursing homes in Alabama. Growing up in a family owned pharmacy, Mahdi spent his childhood working as a clerk at his father’s store. He has extensive experience in specialty pharmacy including Blood Disorders, Fertility, and Women’s Health. Mahdi is also a trained Compounding Pharmacist, who specializes in hormone replacement treatments.

Aaron Gilbert, Secretary

Social Events and Outreach Committee Co-Chair

Aaron Gilbert graduated pharmacy school in 2021 from UNT. He looks forward to learning more about the profession and meeting other pharmacists of all fields and disciplines. He currently works for SandsRX. Originally from Plano, Texas, Aaron enjoys sports, going to the gym, and golf. He recently married his high school sweetheart.

Shari McDaniel RPh, Director

By-Laws Committee Co-Chair and Member of the Financial Review and Auditing Committee

Shari McDaniel believes we can all stand together to promote and advance our profession of pharmacy by being active members of DAPA and TPA and APhA. Our collective voice would be so much more powerful if we would increase our membership numbers and work together to advocate in the legislature for our profession. It would be awesome to rival the Texas Medical Association in membership and lobbying ability.

 

She has been a member of DAPA since 2010 and is a Board member and helps with the Treasurer duties. She received a BPharm from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1982 after growing up in the Lubbock area on a cotton farm. She is currently a floater pharmacist for Kroger in the north Dallas area and has worked in many areas of pharmacy, including hospital inpatient, oncology, pediatrics, home health, behavioral health, retail (independent and chain), outpatient (Kaiser), and specialty. 

Stephen McGee, MBA, MS 

Pharmacy Technician Director, 
Scholarship Committee Co-Chair
 
I am a Dallas born but Louisiana-raised healthcare professional with over 15 years of experience in pharmacy.  I love to write, read crime novels and mysteries, and try different cocktails and whiskeys.  I am currently the VP of Operations and Chief Compliance Officer for SandsRx, LLC and absolutely love what I do.  I enjoy meeting new people and getting to listen to how others view not only the healthcare industry, but also how they view themselves and the rest of the world.  
 

Raphael Dikas, PharmD, 

Director

Raphael Dikas, a licensed doctor of pharmacy, serves as Pharmacy Execution Manager (PEM) for Novo Nordisk covering the North and South Texas territory. His main role as PEM is to serve as a liaison between pharmacy and the field sales team and as an educator and advocate for the NNI brand among pharmacists and pharmacy organizations/schools. Prior to joining Novo Nordisk, Raphael worked in the retail/community pharmacy sector as a staff pharmacist and pharmacy manager for CVS and Walmart Pharmacy. Raphael was instrumental several patient-centered initiatives, most notably, leading an aggressive vaccination campaign in multiple markets in the DFW area. Exercising his entrepreneurial interests, Raphael also opened an independent community pharmacy where he collaborated with local providers focusing on providing personalized patient care.   

Ashley Chasse PharmD, 

Director, 

Scholarship Committee Chair

Ashley Chasse is a clinical pharmacist for the Methodist Patient Centered Accountable Care Organization (MPCACO) at Methodist Health system in Dallas and an Advanced Practice Coordinator for The University of Texas College of Pharmacy. Ashley received a B.S in Physiology from the University of Arizona and a Pharm.D from The University of Oklahoma. Upon graduating she completed a Community Residency at Las Colinas Pharmacy in conjunction with the University of Texas. Her professional memberships include the American Pharmacist Association (APhA), the Texas Pharmacy Association (TPA) and the Dallas Area Pharmacy Association (DAPA). Not only is she a board member and the scholarship chair, but she enjoys spending time with her family in her spare time.

Min Park, PharmD

Director

Digital and Social Media Committee

Min Park is one of the newest directors on the DAPA committee this year. She graduated from Rutgers University and is currently working at CVS pharmacy as a retail pharmacist. Previously she has worked in the hospital and long-term care pharmacy settings in  the NJ/NY area before she moved to Texas two years ago. As part of the committee she hopes to be more involved in the profession serving with other advocates. In her free time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband. 

Kath Chisholm, PharmD

Director

Kath Chisholm obtained her Doctorate in Pharmacy at Creighton University.  Dr. Chisholm has hospital pharmacy experience, but most of her experience comes from retail pharmacy. Currently, she is a Pharmacy Manager at a Kroger Pharmacy where she truly enjoys helping her patients, leading them to the path of better health. 

Her passion to volunteer and the love for the pharmacy profession has led her to be involved in different organizations, such as, American Pharmacist Association (APhA), Texas Pharmacy Association (TPA) and the Dallas Area Pharmacy association (DAPA). Due to her motivation to promote the pharmacy profession, she has served as Student Liaison and later as a DAPA Director. She has organized many events allowing the public to know the many services that pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy students provide, as they are the most accessible healthcare providers in the community.  

Elizabeth Beard PharmD, Director, Social Events and Outreach Committee Chair

Elizabeth Beard moved to DFW after graduating in 2019 from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. She currently works in nuclear pharmacy at Siemens Healthineers/PETNET Solutions. Elizabeth is excited to advance the profession of pharmacy through her role as Director with DAPA. She lives with her husband, a blind cat, and a crazy dog and enjoys trying new restaurants, travel, and modern art.

Navid Sundrani, PharmD, MBA

Director

Digital and Social Media Co-Chair

Alvin Muketiwa

Student Liaison

My name is Alvin Muketiwa, a second-year pharmacy student at the Texas Tech School of Pharmacy pursuing my Doctor of Pharmacy. I have a strong passion in the pharmaceutical industry, with a specific focus on advancing my knowledge and skills in the functional area of medical affairs. Currently, I work as a pharmacy intern at Walgreens, gaining valuable hands-on experience in the community.

In addition, I actively engaged in various student organizations. Beyond DAPA, I am involved in the Student Governor Association (SGA), Industry Pharmacy Organization (IPhO), Kappa Psi, and the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPha). These involvements also provide me opportunities to further my interest in the field of pharmacy. Outside of school, my interests include eating out and designing clothes. I find joy in interacting with people and believe that through my active involvement, I hope to inspire and contribute to the growth of fellow pharmacy students and the overall success of DAPA.

Alan Nguyen, PharmD Candidate, Student Liaison

 

Emery Johnson RPh, PD, DAPA Advisor, Nominating Committee Member

The ability to give philanthropically is a gift of success that one should not take lightly, therefore it must be carefully administered to the organization and institutions that do the most good with that financial support. That is why I lend my financial support to MCPHS University, the APhA Foundation, Texas Pharmacy Association and Dallas Area Pharmacy Association Scholarship funds, local food banks in Allen and Dallas, Battered Women and Domestic Violence Family Shelters, and local Church organizations providing food and clothing to those in need. I also volunteer my time to the Collin County Medical Reserve Corp as a director for the local Point-of-Dispensing site for Disaster Relief and as a MRS First Responder. My advice to All Pharmacy Professionals is; Challenge yourself always. Opportunity surrounds us as individual pharmacists and as a profession. The challenge is to turn opportunity in to reality. It requires the commitment of every individual to be members and active participants within our professional associations, and with our Universities as supporters. This drive will allow us to maintain our professionalism and motivation to embrace opportunity, innovation, entrepreneurism. Our Professional Passion will allow us to volunteer our time for the benefit of others. We must focus on delivering knowledge gained with integrity, discipline, and leadership to promote patient health through pharmacist care services. Pharmacy Students, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, and Pharmacy Organization must promote and spread the word about their Impact on Patients, Communities, and the Health Care Industry. It is our Duty to “Pay it Forward”.

Very Sincere Regards,

Emery-

Don Levine D.Ph, DAPA Advisor, Nominating Committee, Auditing Committee

Donald (Don) Levine, D.Ph., is a 1972 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. His entire 40 year professional career was spent in the pharmaceutical industry working for Plough, Inc, Schering-Plough, and Merck, retiring at the end of 2011. The bulk of his experience revolved around Clinical Trials, Product Safety and Global Clinical Supply. In addition to being active in MAPS (Memphis Area Pharmacist Society), he worked for the American Pharmacist Association, holding a number of offices, and was elected as a APhA Fellow, being honored at the 2012 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. He opened his consulting firm, DJL Pharma Consultants, LLC, in 2012 and lists both large and small pharmas and a state university among his clients.

In 2013 when he was given an ultimatum by his children: “If you want to see your grandchildren grow up, you WILL move to Texas.” His 4 granddaughters and grandson are the reason he still hangs around today. Prior to moving to the DFW area, he contacted DAPA through an internet search and attended his first DAPA meeting in 2014. In 2015, wanting to continue to pay back his profession, he asked to be considered to run for a Board of Director position and was elected.

Christine Hong, PharmD, Digital and Social Media Committee