Colorado Pharmacists Society to Hire Executive Director

At the start of the Annual Meeting, the Colorado Pharmacists Society announced their intention to hire Emily Zadvorny, PharmD, BCPS as Executive Director effective October 2018. 

The Colorado Pharmacists Society improves patient care and public health by advancing and supporting the professional practice of pharmacy while serving as the voice of pharmacy in Colorado. CPS provides support and services to over 800 pharmacists, technicians and associated pharmacy professionals.

CPS represents pharmacists in all practice settings at state and national legislatures, boards of pharmacy, professional meetings and seminars.  CPS maintains affiliations with these national pharmacy organizations – American Pharmacists Association, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, National Community Pharmacists Association, and American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations.

I couldn’t be happier to have Emily in this role.  Having worked with Emily on the Board of Directors, I quickly saw her dedication to ensuring the Society meets the needs of our members in every practice setting.  Emily is adept at working with stakeholders, gathering ample feedback, and understanding the needs and wants of members, as well as, taking action through regulatory and legislative change when needed.  Emily’s involvement with CPS makes her an excellent spokesperson for the Society. 

I am delighted for Emily to represent the Society within the state and to work closely with CIVICA Association Management to support members, volunteer leaders, and advancement of pharmacy practice in Colorado.” Michelle Anderson, PharmD, CPS President Elect. 

The CPS Board of Directors has taken time to build a sustainable leadership model that best represents and supports the needs of our diverse membership and profession.  Working with Emily as a highly-engaged volunteer and now a member of the Board of Directors has proved the role of Executive Director is an excellent fit for her.  Emily is a true leader who is passionate about representing pharmacists and technicians in all practice settings.  As Co-Chair of the Colorado Provide Status Task Force, Emily engaged all pharmacy stakeholders leading to the passage of SB16-135 expanding the scope of pharmacy practice in Colorado. 

I am excited to see CPS hire Emily as our Executive Director and to place a pharmacist at the forefront of our organization who is dedicated to achieving our vision of serving as the leader in advancing pharmacy professionals as essential providers of health care.” Jessica Angleson, PharmD, BCPS, CPS President.

Hiring an Executive Director provides CPS the opportunity to further advance the Society, especially with a pharmacist as well-qualified as Emily in the role.  Emily has been extremely involved with advocating for pharmacists in Colorado and for advancing the profession.  I know Emily will create new opportunities and continue to build strategic partnerships that help move the Society in a positive direction.  Gina Moore, PharmD, MBA, CPS Board Member at Large.

About Emily B. Zadvorny, PharmD, BCPS 

Emily is a clinical pharmacy specialist and consultant pharmacist.   A native of Colorado, she earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Arizona.  Subsequently she completed a general pharmacy practice residency and a managed care specialty residency at the University of California San Diego and earned board-certification as a pharmacotherapy specialist.  Her primary practice area has been in ambulatory care, serving as a clinical pharmacy specialist at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego in primary care, and at Kaiser Permanente Colorado (KPCO) for the Cardiac Risk Service in cardiovascular risk reduction.  Dr. Zadvorny also directed the KPCO Academic Affairs program focusing on innovative experiential training programs for students.  She served on multiple professional and academic committees at both the University of Colorado and Regis Schools of Pharmacy where she continues to serve as a mentor and lecturer.  Dr. Zadvorny has also recently worked as a medication therapy management pharmacist for Rocky Mountain Health Plans.

Currently Dr. Zadvorny works as a clinical pharmacy specialist for the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CU SSPPS) and UC Health, providing clinical pharmacy consultative services at two family medicine clinics in the Denver Metro area.    Additionally, Dr. Zadvorny serves as a professional advocate through legislative and regulatory processes for both CU SSPPS and the Colorado Pharmacists Society (CPS).    She served as the Co-Chair of the Provider Status Task Force in 2015 which culminated in the successful passing of Senate Bill 16-135.   She was also instrumental in passing House Bills 18-1112 and 18-1313.  Altogether, these groundbreaking new laws expand pharmacists’ scope of practice, advance reimbursement issues for pharmacists’ cognitive services, and create the opportunity for pharmacist statewide protocols in Colorado.  Dr. Zadvorny is a long-standing member of CPS and a current member of the Board of Directors.  She has been most active in CPS through the Legislative Committee.  Through this Committee and her position with CU, she continues to influence public policy at the CO state legislature and with various other stakeholders for issues facing pharmacists and healthcare in Colorado.  Her professional passions include geriatric medicine, public health, and advancing the pharmacy profession both locally and nationally.  In her spare time, she, her husband and two boys are busy with youth sports, tennis, golf, skiing, fishing and all Colorado has to offer.

“As I look forward to my role as executive director of CPS, I am especially thankful to build on the hard work and dedication that the Board of Directors have shown over the last several years.  They have contributed countless volunteer hours to put CPS in a position of positivity and forward momentum.  I believe CPS is positioned well to be a strong voice of advocacy for all pharmacists in our state, and the only Colorado organization to represent practicing pharmacists in all settings.   I look forward to the challenges, the changes and working with so many of the amazing members and pharmacists in our state!  My goal is to make Colorado Pharmacists Society a rewarding and indispensable part of Colorado’s pharmacists’ professional lives!”- Emily Zadvorny