Pharmacy Directors Council

The Pharmacy Directors Council is responsible for establishing system-wide pharmacy goals, overseeing and monitoring the performance of all medication management activities throughout the system and collaborating with the Clinical Pharmacy Council in carrying out these activities. The Council works to standardize processes, standardize policies, establish metrics to measure progress and expand the role of the pharmacist in the system so that they practice to the full extent of their licensure. The Council monitors the use of automation, standardizes equipment selections, monitors facilities so that they remain compliant with current regulations, and develops and approves system policies for the pharmacies in the system.


The Pharmacy Director’s Council meets monthly with the exception of July and December.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Establishment of system wide quality improvement activities, tracks progress by facility as well as aggregately towards completion, identifying any barriers, discussing and implementing solutions to overcome them
  • Monitors key performance indicators and workload statistics
  • Monitors medication errors and ADR's to implement standardized prevention methods
  • Coordinates care of patients beyond the acute care setting
  • Standardizes automation and equipment, reference materials, formulary process, medication use policies, tracking on activities, interventions and identification of ADR's
  • Standardizes processes and policies throughout the system
  • Increases compliance with Group Purchasing Organization (HPG) contracts to maximize value
  • Increases centralization of pharmacy processes to eliminate redundant operations and to free up staff to perform clinical activities
  • Develops career opportunities for staff development and career ladders
  • Works to expand the practice of pharmacy and the role of the pharmacist within the system


The Pharmacy Informatics Collaborative


  • Robert T. Adamson
    Robert T. Adamson, PharmD, FASHP
    Chief Pharmacy Officer at RWJBarnabas Health
    Chair of the Pharmacy Directors Council
    Todd Butala
    Todd Butala, PharmD
    Assistant Director of Pharmacy at Monmouth Medical Southern Campus
  • Doug Destefano
    Doug Destefano, PharmD
    Director of Pharmacy at Saint Barnabas Medical Center
    Maria DeVivo
    Maria DeVivo, PharmD, MPA, BCPS, BCACP
    Director of Pharmacy at Jersey City Medical Center
  • Lynne Goldstein
    Lynne Goldstein, RPh
    Director of Pharmacy at Community Medical Center
    Richard Hilway
    Richard Hilway, RPh
    Director, Pharmacy Informatics Enterprise Clinical Information Systems at RWJBarnabas Health
  • Alex Kardos
    Alex Kardos, MBA, RPh
    Director of Pharmacy at RWJ University Hospital at Hamilton
    Indu Lew
    Indu Lew, PharmD
    Corporate Vice President of Clinical Pharmacy Services at RWJBarnabas Health
  • Scott Mathis
    Scott Mathis, PharmD
    Regional Director of Pharmacy at Monmouth Medical Center Campuses
    Anita McNeil
    Anita McNeil, RPh
    Director of Pharmacy, Qualitas Infusion and Hospital Services
  • Donna Monek
    Donna Monek, B.Sc., MBA, RPh
    Director of Pharmacy RWJ University Hospital at Rahway
    Robert Pellechio
    Robert Pellechio, RPh, MPA
    Corporate Vice President of Integrated Pharmacy Services at RWJBarnabas Health
  • Mona Philips
    Mona Philips, RPh, MAS
    Director of Pharmacy at Clara Maass Medical Center
    Sandra Richardson,
    Sandra Richardson, PharmD, CCP
    Director of Pharmacy at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
  • Ellen Secaras
    Ellen Secaras, RPh
    Corporate Director of Pharmacy Systems Integration at RWJBarnabas Health
    Suzanne Sesta
    Suzanne Sesta, RPh
    Vice President of Qualitas Pharmacy Services
  • Ron Simbulan
    Ron Simbulan, RPh
    Director of Pharmacy, Qualitas Specialty and Mail Order Pharmacy
    Jodie Skayhan
    Jodie Skayhan, PharmD
    Director of Pharmacy RWJ University Hospital at New Brunswick
  • Christine Tricarico
    Christine Tricarico, PharmD, MBA
    Director of Pharmacy Children’s Specialized Hospital
    Stuart Vigdor
    Stuart Vigdor, BS Pharmacy, RPh
    Director of Pharmacy RWJ University Hospital at Somerset
  • Joseph Voelkel
    Joseph Voelkel, RPh
    Corporate Director of RWJBarnabas Health Retail Pharmacy Division
    Kim Walsh, RPh
    Director of Pharmacy, Barnabas Behavioral Health
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