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CONTACT: Valerie Briggs
Director of External Communications
Direct: (703) 838-2686


NEW ORLEANS, LA (Oct. 19, 2009) ó Sharlea and her husband Gary Leatherwood, John and his wife Karen Tiley, and Forest Pack and Andrew Stout were announced at the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation Awards Ceremony as members of the NCPA Foundationís Visionary Ė Class of 2009. These distinguished individuals were joined by the healthcare companies, Covidien and Pharmacists Mutual. The announcements were made at the associationís 111th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition held October 17-21. Each of the recipients of this honor have donated a major gift to the NCPA Foundation, which allows this charitable organization to fulfill its objective of preserving the legacy of independent community pharmacies through targeted research, education, disaster relief, community service, and student outreach programs.

"The NCPA Foundationís ability to preserve the legacy of pharmacy, often by investing in its future leaders, depends on the generosity of people and corporations who understand the critical role they can play," said Holly Whitcomb Henry, RPh, NCPA President and Seattle, Washington pharmacy owner. "Sharlea and Gary Leatherwood of Kansas City, Missouri, John and Karen Tilley of Downey, California, Forest "Woody" Pack of Cincinnati, Ohio, Andrew Stout of Bakersfield, California, Covidien and Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company are NCPA Foundation Visionaries because their extraordinary financial donations allow the NCPA Foundation to be effective for their programs to make a real difference."

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a "visionary" as someone who focuses on the future with imagination and wisdom. It only makes sense that the highest patron giving level of the NCPA Foundation - a donation of $5,000 or more for individuals and $50,000 or more for companies - would be titled "Visionary."

Visionaries are the builders of a promising and positive future, using their inner strengths of imagination, insight, and boldness. They present a challenge that brings out the best in people and creates a shared sense of purpose. They can see the forest and the trees, and even beyond. Their eyes are on the horizon, not just on the close at hand. They are social innovators and change agents, seeing the big picture and thinking strategically.

The NCPA Foundation is a visionary organization that advances independent community pharmacy, benefits communities, and promotes the significance of the independent community pharmacy industry. The Foundation does this by stimulating pharmacy ownership and entrepreneurism in pharmacy students; expanding independent pharmacy succession opportunities; distributing low-interest loans and scholarships to pharmacy students; providing aid for independent pharmacies in the event of disaster, accidents, illness, for other adverse circumstances; and in a variety of other ways.

The National Community Pharmacists Association (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 as charitable donations to the extent permitted under federal tax law. The NCPA Foundation supports the growth and advancement of independent community pharmacy through low-interest educational loans and scholarships to pharmacy students, critical research and programs to improve the success of independent pharmacy, community service programs, and financial assistance to community pharmacy owners for their recovery in the event of disaster, accidents, illness, or adverse circumstances. For more information or to make a donation, visit

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. To learn more go to

Covidien is a leading global healthcare products company that creates innovative medical solutions for better patient outcomes and delivers value through clinical leadership and excellence. Covidien manufactures, distributes and services a diverse range of industry-leading product lines in four segments: Medical Devices, Imaging Solutions, Pharmaceutical Products and Medical Supplies. With 2007 revenue of nearly $9 billion, Covidien has more than 42,000 employees worldwide in 57 countries, and its products are sold in over 130 countries. Please visit to learn more about our business. To learn more go to

Pharmacists Mutual Companies has evolved as a specialized insurance resource for pharmacists, pharmacies, and associated businesses and professionals. Founded in 1909 as Druggists Mutual Insurance Company of Iowa by pharmacist Al Falkenhainer, it was begun, and remains a mutual company, owned by our policyholders. Falkenhainer's goal was to provide low cost insurance and fast, fair claims service to members of the pharmacy profession. But more than that, he wanted to establish a company that could respond to the needs of the pharmacy profession. Nearly one hundred years later, that goal still guides the business. Today, Pharmacists Mutual operates in 48 states* and the District of Columbia, and has grown to be the national recognized leader, serving pharmacists' needs under the Pharmacists Mutual umbrella of companies: Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company, Pharmacists Life Insurance Company and Pro Advantage Services, Inc., d/b/a Pharmacists Insurance Agency (in California). To learn more go to


Valerie Briggs
Director, External Communications and Marketing Outreach
National Community Pharmacists Association
100 Daingerfield Road
Alexandria, VA 22314