2023-2024 Executive Committee
Dr. Buddy Ogletree graduated from the University of Mississippi. Since 2001 he has been staff pharmacist for Walmart Pharmacy. Prior to 2017, he served as a coordinator for Drug Information and Investigational Drugs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center spending over 30 years at UMMC. He was also on the faculty of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy for over 20 years. He has given numerous presentations and has an extensive list of publications ranging from Supplements 101 to Glucocorticoid-induced Osteoporosis.
Olivia Strain, PharmD, is a Clinical Services Pharmacist and the PGY1 Community-based Pharmacy Residency Program Director for Walgreens in Jackson, Mississippi. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy (UMSOP) in 2007. Originally from Madison, Mississippi, Olivia began working for Walgreens 15 years ago (2005) in Knoxville, Tennessee, as a pharmacy intern. Following graduation, she began her career with Walgreens in the Jackson, Mississippi area holding various roles such as a market pharmacist, pharmacy manager (for seven years), immunization and travel health lead and certified trainer, MTM lead, summer intern coordinator, and residency preceptor. Currently, Olivia encourages lifelong learning by serving as an APPE preceptor to Ole Miss and William Carey Pharmacy students, a residency preceptor with two community pharmacy residencyprograms, and a part-time UMSOP Clinical Associate Professor. Olivia is actively involved with MPhA presently serving as the Education Committee Chair (two years), an Awards and Nominations committee member (three years), and a Mississippi delegate at the annual American Pharmacists Association (APhA) House of Delegates meeting (five years). Nationally, Olivia was elected as the 2020-21 APhA-APPM Medication Management SIG Coordinator-elect and serves on the APhA Immunization SIG Travel Health Committee, APhA Preceptor SIG Preceptor Toolkit Taskforce, and the APhA Medication Management SIG Payment Based on Quality Measures Project Committee. Olivia received the Walgreen’s national 2019 Excellencein Residency Precepting award, an APhA-APPM Certificate of Recognition from the Immunizing Pharmacists SIG in 2017 and the Medication Management SIG in 2019 for her work done within these committees, and was formerly named Walgreens D244 Pharmacy Manager of the Year in 2014. Outside of pharmacy, Olivia is actively involved in coaching youth athletics and with her church, where she has served as a Central Mississippi Volleyball Head Coach for elementary-aged girls for two years, pre-K4 Sunday school teacher for two years, Senior High School Youth Leader for five years, and Mom2Mom Bible study co-leader for the past three years. Olivia resides in Madison with her husband of almost 13 years, Chandler, and their house full of girls. Olivia enjoys running, traveling, being outdoors, watching or playing sports, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Tripp Dixon, PharmD graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in 2004 and completed a PGY-1 residency at Huntsville Hospital in 2006. He is currently a clinical pharmacy specialist in infectious disease and chairs the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee at the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, MS. Dr. Dixon is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Adult Medicine for the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and was awarded Preceptor of the Year for the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience in 2016. He is a past-president of the Mississippi Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) and received the MSHP Service Award of Excellence for 2012 and Pharmacist of the Year in 2013. Dr. Dixon has served as the Mississippi Pharmacists Association (MPhA) Education Chairman for the past 3 years and was named MPhA Member of the Year in 2016. The Mississippi Business Journal selected him as a Healthcare Hero in 2014. Dr. Dixon and his wife Kelly have four children and reside in Madison, MS. They enjoy serving the community through the orphan care ministry in their local church and as a foster family in Madison County.
Bob Wilbanks is the Director of Pharmacy at Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland and has vast experience as both an independent and a chain pharmacist in the retail sector. He currently serves as a MPhA Executive Committee Member-at-Large, and has also served MPhA as a member of the Education and Membership committees. He has participated in 18 medical mission trips to Mexico, Peru, and Costa Rica. A communicant of Calvary Episcopal Church, Bob is a former senior warden and is a lay reader and choir member. He is a past president of the Delta Arts Alliance and The Crosstie Arts Council, and is the longtime Foundation Chair for the Cleveland Rotary Club. Bob is a past Bowl of Hygeia and Spirit of Pharmacy award winner, and has received the Mercy Award from Lifepoint Hospitals. He is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, and has received the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce President’s Award and the Lucy R. Janoush Citizenship Award. Bob was named the Crosstie Patron of the Year in 2019, and was honored to be the King of the Junior Auxiliary of Cleveland Children’s Benefit Ball last year. He and his wife Wilma were named the Distinguished Pharmacy Alumni of the Year by the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in April 2022 and share three children and five grandchildren.
Emily Melton Bond, PharmD, BCMTMS, graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in 2012. After graduation, Emily worked for Walgreens throughout the state as a staff pharmacist and a pharmacy manager. Currently, Emily serves as a staff pharmacist at Covenant Pharmacy in Ridgeland, a long term care pharmacy, supervising non-sterile compounding. Emily has been an active member on many committees for MPhA--including Education (four years), Awards and Nominations (four years currently), and Membership (nine years currently). She has previously served as District 1 Co-Chair and chairwoman for the Membership Committee. Her passion for the association has been awarded with the J.D. Slater District Achievement Award (2016) and the Distinguished Young Pharmacist (2017). Emily is a member of the American Pharmacists Association, the National Community Pharmacists Association, Phi Lambda Sigma National Pharmacy Leadership Society, and Phi Delta Chi Fraternity. Emily supports the Arts serving as Secretary of the Board of The Center Players Community Theatre in Madison. She serves the middle and high school aged youth of her church by serving as Team Leader for the Youth Team, actively raising funds for camp and mission trips. Emily actively supports the missions of the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, and Alzheimer's Association through donations and community events. When not at home, she can most often be found in Walt Disney World with her family. Emily resides in Brandon and attends Northside Baptist Church in Clinton with her husband.
Andy Stepp graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in 1981. In 2023, Andy received the 2023 Bruce Citizen of the Year from the Bruce Chamber of Commerce. He was named 2020-2021 IPPE Preceptor of the Year by the UM School of Pharmacy. Andy was selected as the 2020 Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year. Andy received the Business of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in 2015 and in 2020. Andy has served on the Bruce Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 2020-2024. He has been serving on the Executive Board of Directors in North Mississippi EMS since 2011. He has also been serving on the North Mississippi Full Authority since 2004. He owns Stepp-Saver Pharmacy. Andy volunteers at the Bruce Volunteer Fire Department, Emergency Medical Responder, and the First Baptist Church Security Team. Andy loves spending time with his kids and grandkids. After work and on the weekends, he enjoys playing a round of golf, riding his bike or flying. Andy is also a candidate for the Mississippi House of Representatives representing District 23.
Anna Jane Touchstone, PharmD received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2017 and her PharmD in 2020 from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. She became a pharmacist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center after graduation. She is currently a member of MPhA, APhA, MSHP, and Phi Lambda Sigma. She has been involved with MPhA for over five years as both a student and pharmacist, where she has been an active member of the education, convention, and new practitioner committees. She currently serves as the Education Committee Chair, which she has done since 2021. Through the New Practitioner Committee, Anna helped start the MPhA Mentor Program in 2020 by serving as program coordinator. She was awarded MPhA Student of the Year in 2019 and MPhA Member of the Year in 2022.