Staff

Dr. Ben Mudd
Executive Director

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  • KPhA Board of Directors, Committee Liaison
  • KPERF Board of Directors
  • Advocacy & Lobbying
  • Strategic Plan
  • Partnerships & Sponsorships

Prior to joining the KPhA team Dr. Ben Mudd has spent most of his time in the community pharmacy setting. After graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in 2012, Ben began his career in his hometown of Lebanon at the local Walgreens. In 2016, he transitioned to the independent pharmacy space and began working for Medica Pharmacy in Springfield, KY. While still practicing pharmacy, he co-founded GM Hemp Company in 2018 as a resource to independent pharmacies thoughout the region for hemp-derived CBD products.

Ben recently served as the Speaker of the House of Delegates for KPhA, where he strengthened his passion for our organization. Ben brings a unique background and outlook to KPhA with an emphasis on growing our association and creating a membership experience that is inclusive to each pharmacist in Kentucky.

Outside of the world of pharmacy he enjoys hiking, woodworking, and spending time on the farm. Along with his wife, Brittany, and daughters Emery and Aspen, he currently resides on his family’s homeplace of over 100 years in Lebanon, KY.

 


Lisa Atha 

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Office Assistant/Member Services Coordinator
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  • Membership Retention and Recruitment
  • Membership Questions – New Memberships and Renewals




Angela Gibson
Director of Finance and Administrative Services

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  • Financial Management – Accounts Payable and Receivable
  • Human Resources/Personnel/Payroll
  • Association Records Management.   
 

Jody Jaggers, PharmD
Director of Pharmacy Public Health Programs

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  • Naloxone Dispensing and Training

Dr. Jody Jaggers graduated from WKU with a BS in chemistry in 2000 and then attended UK College of Pharmacy, graduating with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2005. He has more than 12-years' experience in community pharmacy practice and currently lives in Versailles with his wife Shanna and their two children.









Jessica Faye Mohler

KPhA Director of Communications and Membership
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Jessica is devoted to serving others in her personal and professional life. Raised with a passion for mission-driven work and a high appreciation for civic duty, she has spent the last 15 years in the non-profit and government sectors.  

Jess graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2004 with a dual degree in journalism and cultural anthropology. As an Embassy and Diplomatic Scholar, she spent time in Washington D.C. as the Assistant Press Attaché at the Croatian Embassy before returning to her beloved Bluegrass.  

Prior to joining KPhA, Jess served as the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning's Director of Marketing and Communications for 13 years. She was also the Communications Manager at the Kentucky Horse Park and Managing Editor for Nougat Magazine, an arts and lifestyle publication in Lexington. 

Jess currently serves as the Board Chair for the Kentucky Center for Grieving Children and Families and on the PTA at her son's elementary school. She formerly served on LFUCG's Domestic Violence Awareness Committee and the Mayor's Commission on Youth Development & Public Safety. In June 2019, she graduated from Emerge, one of the premier political training programs for women in the country.     

Jess finds peace and pleasure in gardening, reading KY literature, and writing. She lives in Lexington with her husband Daniel of 13 years and their two children, Silas (8) and Mary Ella (4). They love hiking, exploring state parks, and listening to Blue Yodel #9 on Saturday mornings.  












Pam Montgomery, cpht

Kore Rx Technician
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Pam has been a PTCB Certified Technician since 1998. She was recently honored as KPhA's 2022 Technician of the Year. She serves as the Kore Rx Technician for the Kentucky Education and Research Foundation. Pam has worked in a community pharmacy for over 25 years. She currently lives in Lawrenceburg with her husband, Brian and has two daughters, Kayla and Amber.












Michele Pinkston, PharmD, BCGP

KPhA Director of Emergency Preparedness
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Michele is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. She currently serves as the pharmacist liaison for the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Kentucky Education and Research Foundation (KPERF). She serves on many statewide emergency preparedness and response teams including KDPH COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Team, Cities Readiness Initiative, and Health and Medical Preparedness Advisory Committee.  She previously worked as a critical access hospital pharmacy director and inpatient pharmacy manager. She currently resides in Versailles with her husband, Paul, and daughter, Claire.













Dr. Emily Gatewood (Wilkerson)

Director of Practice Development
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Emily is a 2022 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Born and raised in Frankfort, Kentucky, she has spent the past seven years in Lexington. Initially hired as KPhA's first Executive Fellow in 2022, she joined the KPERF staff in 2023 as the Director of Practice Development. Emily's passion for pharmacy lies in the community and ambulatory care setting. She enjoys all things vaccinations, point-of-care testing, and other board-approved protocols. 

Outside of pharmacy, Emily loves spending time with her two bulldogs, Benny and Bella, enjoying local restaurants, and riding her Peloton. Her favorite weekends are always spent at Lake Cumberland with her family, regardless of the time of year.


Dr. Taylor Williams
Executive Fellow
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Taylor received her PharmD and MPA at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in 2023. Originally from Hazard, KY, Taylor is a second-generation pharmacist. Throughout pharmacy school, she was actively involved in the Kentucky Pharmacists Association, serving on the Board of Directors in 2021-2022 and on the Membership Engagement and Organizational Affairs committees.
 
She is an active member in other pharmacy organizations, including the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists, having served as Chapter President and Region 4 Delegate, and Phi Lambda Sigma, which she served as secretary in 2022.

Taylor joined KPhA last July as the Association's 2023 Executive Fellow. In her new role, she is able to apply her
 interests in Association management, leadership, policy, and advocacy. Taylor works as a pharmacist in her family’s independent community pharmacy in Hazard.