Meet The Officers & Board Members of DAPA


Jo Ah Lee PharmD, MBA, President

AmberAmber Myers PharmD, Vice President, Social Events Co-Chair

Amber Myers has worked in independent pharmacy even when she was a technician in Oklahoma. She has a passion for educating her community and build lasting relationships with them. Amber has worked in compounding pharmacy with a functional medicine emphasis as well as hospice pharmacy. Amber also tutors pharmacy students and teaches technician classes at community college. 

 

Jeff Loesch PharmD, Past-President, Auditing Committee

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.

Shari McDaniel RPh, Treasurer, Auditing Committee Chair

Kim Nguyen RPh, Secretary

Brittany Aldridge, Pharmacy Technician Director

Andrew Andrew Wall PharmD, Director, DAPA By-Laws Committee Chair

Andrew Wall is a Pharmacy Manager in Dallas. He received his B.S. in Biology and Business Administration from UT Dallas and his PharmD. from The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He has experience in multiple different pharmacy settings including community, hospital, nuclear, health outcomes research, and drug development. He has been on the Dallas Area Pharmacy Association (DAPA) Board since 2015. He is also a member of the American Pharmacist Association (APhA) and the Texas Pharmacy Association (TPA). In his spare time, he volunteers with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, goes to the theatre, and rides his bike.

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). Her most active role is being one of 6 board of directors for DAPA. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering with the children at church, baking and spending time with her twins.

Jamahla Murgerson RPh, Director, Social Events Co-Chair

Jamahla Murgerson is currently serving as a board member for DAPA and has been a member of DAPA for four years. She moved to the DFW area in 2008 along with her husband and 3 children from Philadelphia, PA. Jamahla has a foundation in Retail Pharmacy but also has experience in Long Term Care and Teaching. She instructs the Pharmacy Technician Certification Preparation Course at Collin College.

KathKatherine Chisholm PharmD, RPh, 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.  

Aaron Gilbert, Director

Elizabeth Dong PharmD, Director

Elizabeth Dong moved to DFW after graduating in 2019 from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. She currently works in a retail pharmacy and has a passion for patient care and community service. Elizabeth is excited to advance the profession of pharmacy through her role as Director with DAPA. She lives with her boyfriend, a blind cat, and a crazy dog and enjoys trying new restaurants, exploring nature, and modern art.

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 Chair, 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.

 

Melanie Smith RPh, DAPA Advisor

Melanie Smith is a registered pharmacist, nationally recognized Product Development Consultant for the cosmetic industry, political advocate for her community and the pharmacy profession, and a volunteer for the Dallas County Medical Reserve Corps. Her professional memberships include the Texas Pharmacy Association, the Dallas Area Pharmacy Association (Board of Directors), and the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. She enjoys cooking, swimming, traveling and enjoying the cultural activities in Dallas in her semi-retired lifestyle. Prior to embarking on these endeavors, she was the Director of Product Development at Mary Kay Inc. for 25 years.
Melanie received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, Master of Science Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island; and Master of Business Administration from the University of Dallas.

Matthew Gehrlein, PharmD Candidate, Student Liaison

Matthew Gehrlein is a 3rd year PharmD/MBA candidate at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy. He is a Dallas native and received his BS in Biology from UT Dallas before beginning pharmacy school. Matthew has worked in retail and hospital pharmacy settings as an intern. He is excited to help students form connections with with pharmacists in the Dallas area and advance the profession of pharmacy through DAPA.