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SHARLEA LEATHERWOOD NAMED NCPA FOUNDATION PRESIDENT
CHARLES WEST REMAINS AS AN NCPA FOUNDATION BOARD TRUSTEE

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - October 30, 2007 Sharlea Leatherwood RPh, was named the new president of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation during NCPA's 109th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition held October 13-17 in Anaheim, California.

"Sharlea has been a dedicated community pharmacist and member of NCPA and the NCPA Foundation for over 20 years. We are pleased to have her on board as president and look forward to her work to expand the foundation, increase its philanthropy, and increase its support of community pharmacists," said Bruce Roberts, RPh, executive vice president and CEO of NCPA.

Leatherwood graduated from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Pharmacy in August, 1981, bought her first pharmacy the next May, and then joined NCPA. She became NCPA's first woman officer in 1989 and its first woman president in 2003. In addition to serving on the NCPA Foundation Board of Trustees, she was a founding board member of the National Institute for Pharmacist Care Outcomes (NIPCO), NCPA's disease state management education arm, serving as chair for four years; and also a founding board member of Community CareRx, which NCPA helped establish in 2006 as a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan.

“I am honored that the NCPA Foundation Board of Trustees had the confidence to select me as their new president,” says Leatherwood.  “Together, we will continue to carry on the important strategic initiatives the board started under the leadership of Charlie West. We plan to create significant, cohesive growth in the NCPA Foundation, which is one of NCPA's greatest resources.”

Leatherwood serves on the Pharmacists Mutual Advisory Board, as an adjunct professor at her alma mater, and as the current secretary for the Missouri Pharmacy Foundation. She is a member of the American College of Apothecaries, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, and the UMKC Alumni Association. Leatherwood has also served as the chair of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Collaborative Practice Task Force and on the American College of Pharmacy Education PharmD Curriculum Revision Committee. In addition, she is a past president of both the Missouri Pharmacists Association and the Missouri Board of Pharmacy.

The former NCPA president is succeeding Charles West who will remain as an NCPA Foundation board trustee. West has served as the NCPA Foundation president since 2000 and also previously served as NCPA executive vice president from 1984-1996.

The NCPA Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1953 to honor former NARD Executive Secretary John W. Dargavel. Contributions to the NCPA Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted under federal tax law.  The Foundation supports the growth and advancement of independent community pharmacy through low-interest educational loans and scholarships to pharmacy students in need, critical research and programs to improve the success of independent pharmacy, and financial assistance to community pharmacy owners for their recovery in the event of disaster, accidents, illness, or adverse circumstances.

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) represents the nation's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 pharmacies.  The nation's independent pharmacies, independent pharmacy franchises, and independent chains represent an $84 billion marketplace, employ over 300,000 employees and dispense nearly half of the nation's retail prescription medicines.

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The NCPA Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1953 to honor former NARD Executive Secretary John W. Dargavel. Contributions to the NCPA Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted under federal tax law. The Foundation supports the growth and advancement of independent community pharmacy through low-interest educational loans and scholarships to pharmacy students in need, critical research and programs to improve the success of independent pharmacy, and financial assistance to community pharmacy owners for their recovery in the event of disaster, accidents, illness, or adverse circumstances.

The National Community Pharmacists Association, founded in 1898 as the National Association of Retail Druggists, represents the nation's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 24,000 pharmacies. The nation's independent pharmacies, independent pharmacy franchises, and independent chains dispense nearly half of the nation's retail prescription medicines.

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Valerie Briggs
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National Community Pharmacists Association
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