The Lamy Center has a history of collaborating with many stakeholders interested in older adults and medication use and safety.

Core faculty are noted here, but we are always looking for additional collaborators. Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Nicole Brandt if you are interested in learning more.

Executive Team

Nicole Brandt, PharmD - Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science Nicole Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCPP, BCGP, FASCP
Executive Director, The Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging
Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Science

Phone: (410) 706-1491
Fax: (410) 706-1488
Email: nbrandt@rx.umaryland.edu
Linda Wastila, BSPharm, MSPH, PhD Linda Wastila, BSPharm, MSPH, PhD
Director of Research, The Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging
Parke-Davis Chair in Geriatric Pharmacotherapy
Phone: (410) 706-4352
Fax: (410) 706-1488
Email: lsimoniw@rx.umaryland.edu
Chanel Whittaker, PharmD - Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science  Chanel Whittaker, PharmD, BCPS, CGP, FASCP
Director of Education & Training, The Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging
Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Science
Phone: (410) 706-5535
Fax: (410) 706-1488
Email: cwhittaker@rx.umaryland.edu

Faculty & Staff Team Members

Catherine Cooke, PharmD, BCPS, PAHM - Research Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science Catherine Cooke, PharmD, BCPS, PAHM
Research Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Science
Phone: (410) 706-1451
Email: ccooke@rx.umaryland.edu
Sarah Holmes, MSW Sarah Holmes, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor of Organizational Systems and Adult Health
University of Maryland School of Nursing

Email: sarahholmes@umaryland.edu
Rudolf B. Lamy Rudolf B. Lamy, MLS, MAS
Consultant and Blog Author
Phone: (410) 744-4968
Email: RudiLamy@aol.com
Daniel Mansour, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP Daniel Mansour, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP, AGSF
Interprofessional Clinical Coordinator
Phone: (410) 706-2434
Email: dmansour@rx.umaryland.edu
Diane Martin, PhD Diane Martin, PhD
Director, Geriatrics & Gerontology Education and Research (GGEAR) Program
Program Director, Aging & Applied Thanatology
University of Maryland Graduate School

Phone: (410) 706-4327
Email: diane.martin@umaryland.edu
Eleanor Perfetto, PhD, MS
Professor, Pharmaceutical Health Services Research
Phone: (410) 706-6989
Email: eperfetto@rx.umaryland.edu
Danya Qato, PhD, PharmD, MPH Danya Qato, PhD, PharmD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Health Services Research
Phone: (410) 706-4044
Email: dqato@rx.umaryland.edu
Bruce Stuart, PhD Bruce Stuart, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Pharmaceutical Health Services Research
Phone: (410) 706-5389
Email: bstuart@rx.umaryland.edu
Barbara J. Zarowitz, PharmD, FCCP, FCCM, BCPS, BCGP, FASCP Barbara J. Zarowitz, PharmD, FCCP, FCCM, BCPS, BCGP, FASCP
Geriatric Pharmacotherapy and Clinical Research Consultant
Phone: (248) 972-7623
Email: dr.barbarajzarowitz@gmail.com

Post-Graduate Team Members

Sean P. Fleming, MSW Sean P. Fleming, MSW
Doctoral Candidate
Phone: (410) 706-2406
Email: seanfleming@umaryland.edu
Aida Kuzucan, PharmD Aida Kuzucan, PharmD
Doctoral Candidate
Phone: (410) 706-2406
Email: akuzucan@umaryland.edu
Tham T. Le, PharmD, MPH Tham T. Le, PharmD, MPH
Doctoral Candidate
Phone: (410) 706-7038
Email: tham.le@umaryland.edu
Merton Lee, PharmD Merton Lee, PharmD
Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Fellow
Email: merton.lee@rx.umaryland.edu
Ghania Naeem, PharmD Ghania Naeem, PharmD
PGY2 Geriatric Pharmacy Resident
Email: gnaeem@rx.umaryland.edu
Alexandra Wallem, PharmD, MS Alexandra Wallem, PharmD, MS
Postdoctoral UMB/Novartis HEOR Fellow
Phone: (317) 752-1870
Email: awallem@rx.umaryland.edu

Lamy Champions

Lamy Champions are a diverse group of clinicians, educators, researchers, and community stakeholders committed to improving the health and well-being of older adults across the continuum of care.

This coalition will be instrumental in assisting the Lamy Center to further its mission and promote an agenda for developing clinical and educational initiatives to improve geriatric care. The larger School of Pharmacy community will benefit from their example of clinical excellence, leadership, and advocacy as they develop innovative strategies to improve medication-related outcomes for older adults.

Patricia (Tricia) Cash, PharmD, BCGP, CCP Patricia (Tricia) A. Cash, PharmD, BCPS, CCP
Pharmacist, Frederick Integrated Health Network

Tricia Cash received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy from Purdue University in 1984 and 1985, respectively. She currently is employed by Fredeick Regional Health Systems, working with primary care physician practices through the system's Affordable Care Organization (ACO), Frederick Integrated Health Network. Her responsibilities include collaborating with prescribers as well as other members of the health care team to improve outcomes for community dwelling Medicare patients.

Dr. Cash's passion is working directly with older adults to improve medication regimens, safety and systems in various settings, including long-term care environments, hospitals, and patient homes. Dr. Cash's past involvement includes being a continuing education provider for pharmacy education. She is owner of Talbert Consulting, a sole proprietorship with past and current activities, including consulting activities to a medical affairs department of a pharmaceutical company, consulting for PPOs, medical writing, lecturing to health care providers, and consulting pharmacy to long term and assisted care facilities.
Jean Dinwiddie, PharmD Jean McConnell Dinwiddie, PharmD
Commissioner, Montgomery County Commission on Aging

Dr. Dinwiddie received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She has worked as a consultant pharmacist in long-term care, as clinical coordinator at the George Washington University Physician's Group, and as director of client services at PharmaCare, a national PBM. She retired from Lash Group, an AmerisourceBergen company, holding the position of senior director of client services.

Since retiring, Dr. Dinwiddie serves as a commissioner on the Montgomery County Commision on Aging; with UMSOP pharmacy students, she gives medication safety presentations at assisted living facilities and senior centers in Montgomery County; she provides individual medication check-ups at local senior centers; and has provided an "Ask the Pharmacist" table at health fairs. She also volunteers at her grandchildren's elementary school and as an usher at Ford's Theatre.
Joshana K. Goga, PharmD, BCPP Joshana K. Goga, PharmD, BCPP
Clinical Pharmacy Program Manager, Sheppard Pratt Health System

Joshana Goga received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy in 2001. She completed her primary care residency at the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Hospital and her psychopharmacology residency at the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Hospital. Dr. Goga currently serves as clinical pharmacy program manager at Sheppard Pratt Health System, where she provides clinical care for the geropsychiatric population, education to both students and staff, and serves in several research and leadership roles. She has achieved recognition at various levels, including Preceptor of the Year by the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, CDC VTE Prevention Program, and the Minogue Award for Management of Agitation in the Dementia Population.

She has been involved in the College of Pyschiatric and Neurological Pharmacists (CPNP) at several levels, including chair of the Program Committee and the current lead of the Geriatric Community. Involvement in other organizations include NAMI and IAPA.
Lisa Hogan, RN, BSN Lisa Hogan, RN, BSN
Chronic Care Management Team Leader, Frederick Health

Lisa is the chronic care management team leader at Frederick Health. In her role, Lisa oversees the Chronic Care Management (CCM) and Medication Management programs, both of which leverage telehealth and remote patient monitoring to improve patient outcomes and reduce cost of care. Under her leadership, the program has grown over the past four years and works closely with other community agencies to serve residents in the community. Lisa has worked across many areas of the health system and brings over 34 years of nursing experience to her role.
David H. Jones, RPh, FASCP David Jones, RPh, FASCP
Independent Consultant Pharmacist, dhjRx Consulting

David H. Jones is an independent consulting pharmacist focusing geriatric care in the community.

Mr. Jones is an active member of the Maryland chapter of the ASCP. He is president-elect of the Maryland Chapter this year and serves on the Educational Services Committee. Previously, he was co-chairperson for that committee and was elected chapter president in 2012. The chapter once honored him as Pharmacist of the Year.

Prior professional experience included acute care, anticoagulation, pain management, long-term care consulting, home and LTC infusion, and formulary management, with a focus on geriatric care. He also served as long-term care liaison for the state of Maryland and several health care providers.

Mr. Jones served as the long-term care commissioner for one term on the Maryland State Board of Pharmacy and was elected secretary of the Board for the last year of service.

Mr. Jones is a 1970 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.
Jessica W. Merrey, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCACP, BCGP Jessica W. Merrey, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCACP, BCGP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Jessica Merrey received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2007. She currently serves as a clinical pharmacy specialist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where her areas of expertise include adult internal medicine and primary care disease states, anticoagulation, and proactive care for the geriatric patient living at home or with caregivers.

Dr. Merrey is passionate about student and resident development, and actively involved in the advancement of the pharmacy profession, having served as past president for DC-CCP; member of DC-CCP, ASCP and MD-ASCP, ASHP and MSHP; and APhA. She has also been newly elected to the BPS Specialty Council for Geriatrics.
Stephanie M. Ozalas, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP Stephanie M. Ozalas, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP
Long-Term Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, VA Maryland Health Care System

Stephanie Ozalas received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University in 2013. She currently serves as a long-term care clinical pharmacy specialist with the VA Maryland Health Care System, where her areas of expertise include long-term care, potentially inappropriate medications, hospice, and academia.

Dr. Ozalas is actively involved in the advancement of the pharmacy profession through her service as secretary for MD-ASCP. She is also an active member of ASCP and ASHP.
Christina Prather, MD Christina Prather, MD
Clinical Director, Institute for Brain Health and Dementia
George Washington (GW) University


Dr. Christina Prather is a geriatrician with the GW Medical Faculty Associates at the George Washington University. She is the clinical director of GW’s new Institute for Brain Health and Dementia, which is committed to improving collaboration for brain health research at GW. In her clinical practice, Dr. Prather is committed to providing the highest quality, patient-driven care to older adults and persons with cognitive disorders. Dr. Prather enjoys the privilege of serving as the geriatric liaison to George Washington University Hospital’s Center for Trauma and Critical Care, where she cares for older adult during times of acute illness and injury with an emphasis on delirium, cognitive health, and maintenance of function. As the co-director of GW’s Geriatric Memory Evaluation and Treatment Clinic, she is committed to providing person-centered care for patients and families living with memory loss to optimize function and quality of life. She is the aging theme lead in the Human Behavior and Development theme for GW’s medical school curriculum, core faculty for the internal medicine training program, and an associate program director for GW’s long-running Geriatric Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Prather believes that geriatricians play an important role in supporting families in understanding their loved one's illness and that through education and research we can improve access to care and quality of life for all seniors and their families.
Edgar (Eddie) Rivas, MS, MPP Edgar (Eddie) Rivas, MS, MPP
Montgomery County Commission on Aging

Successful project manager with planning and policy analysis skills and hands-on experience in management, advocacy, and coalition building with emphasis on underserved communities. Experience in state and local government, Congress and non-profit associations in the aging/health field and with local agencies and schools in the disabilities arena. Strengths include the ability to work successfully with a variety of organizations and individuals with diverse perspectives to problem solve, explore challenges, and find innovative solutions.

Employers included the Volunteers of America, U.S. House Select Committee on Aging, AARP, American Society on Aging, American Pain Foundation, National Hispanic Council on Aging, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, Community Transportation Association of America, Prince George's County Department of Aging, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, Montgomery County Public Schools, and the Lt. Jos. P Kennedy Institute.
Avra Thomas, PharmD, FASCP Avra Thomas, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP
Senior Director, Pharmacy Services at Sava Senior Care Consulting, LLC

Avra Thomas received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Temple University School of Pharmacy in 2007, and Bachelor of Science from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania in 2000. She is a fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) and 2017 past president for the Maryland Chapter of ASCP.

In the last 15 years, Dr. Thomas has consulted in health care, with the most recent 12 years being dedicated to long-term care. While focusing in long-term care, she has held the position of senior director, pharmacy services for SAVA Senior Care Consulting, LLC. In this position, Dr. Thomas serves as a liaison between pharmacy providers, pharmacy vendors, interdisciplinary team members, and nursing home operators for 170 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities across 20 states. Avra has expertise in cost effective management of pharmaceuticals, regulatory aspects of long-term care, and a clinical focus as it relates to the senior population. In 2019, she began a master’s program in palliative care at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

Lamy Champions Alumni

Lamy Champions are instrumental in assisting the Lamy Center to further its mission and promote an agenda for developing clinical and educational initiatives to improve geriatric care, as well as obtain provider status for pharmacists.

We thank the stellar practitioners listed below who formerly served on this critical coalition.

Michelle A. Fritsch, PharmD, BCGP, BCACP Michelle A. Fritsch, PharmD, BCGP, BCACP
Founder and President, Meds MASH, LLC

Michelle Fritsch received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy from Purdue University in 1990 and 1991, respectively. She founded and currently serves as president for Meds MASH, LLC, a company dedicated to reducing risks posed by medications, health care gaps, and preventable negative health events in mature adults.

Dr. Fritsch's areas of expertise include geriatrics, healthy aging, telehealth, falls risk reduction, and health care education. She is actively involved in advancing the pharmacy profession through her service as a member of ASHP, ASCP, MPhA, Life Planning Resources, Maryland Senior Resource Network, and the Harford Geriatric Assistance and Information Network.