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Philip J. Schneider

Phil Schneider graduated with his BS in Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin in 1970 and his MS in Clinical Hospital Pharmacy at the Ohio State University in 1975.

Phil enjoyed a long and successful career in pharmacy practice, leadership, and academic environments. He is now enjoying retirement, and through his glance in the rearview mirror he advises us to find and build values that are important as a foundation during our professional career, upon which we can build when we retire.

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Marianne F. Ivey

Marianne F. Ivey received her pharmacy degree at the University of Wisconsin in 1967, and her PharmD and MPH in 1987 and 1992, respectively, at the University of Washington.

Marianne has had a successful career of service and dedication to patient care, pharmacy services, research, and academic and organizational leadership. Marianne’s advice is to find the balance and resilience in your life, including a healthy, happy family and meaningful work.

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Lea S. Eiland

Lea Eiland shares her career journey and her learnings, indicating she has realized the most important question—what do I want to do?—is critical. It sounds like an easy question, but have you ever really thought about it? What do you want to do? What brings you joy, excitement, or energy?

Lea graduated from The University of Texas at Austin (2001) and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and then completed a pediatric specialty residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Lea wishes she would have spent more time with mentors along her career journey as she questioned what’s next several times. They may have asked questions to broaden her thoughts. Time passed, and new opportunities came about. Goals were added but not as many as she had listed when starting out as a pediatric pharmacist in an academic position.

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Stephen Allen

Stephen Allen devoted his entire career to helping others and advancing the profession of pharmacy as an executive in pharmacy practice and association management. Steve’s career included 20 years of experience as a pharmacy executive in leading healthcare systems in the District of Columbia area and nearly 20 years as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation. He is a 1976 Bachelor of Science graduate of the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy and received his Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland in 1978.

Steve’s desire to help others continues today as he shares the personal and professional aspects of retirement. Steve shares his lessons learned including perspectives on transitioning from career to retirement and living as what his friends and colleagues call “the Poster-Boy of retirement.”

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Kathleen (Kathy) S. Pawlicki

Kathy Pawlicki traces her career and life, and with her decision to eliminate her position she discusses her decision-making process, such as what is best for her organization, what would happen with her professional career, could her household navigate financially, and what would others think?

Kathy received her pharmacy education at Ferris State (1984) and her MS from Wayne State College of Pharmacy. She completed a residency at Providence Hospital, Southfield, Michigan.

I may retire from an employed job but I will never retire from my career in pharmacy. Enjoy every step of your journey and remember your career doesn’t have to end when you stop receiving a paycheck.

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Jannet M. Carmichael

Jann Carmichael completed her BS in pharmacy at the University of Iowa in 1975 and her PharmD degree at the University of the Pacific in 1981.

Jann’s pharmacy career is devoted to advancing clinical pharmacy and patient care. Her talents and skills tell her story as she grew into her leadership roles and long career in the VA Healthcare System. Jann’s advice is to be grateful for what you have and savor the time you have it. And count among your friends and allies people who support you.

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Letters for Your Next Act

Navigating a Purposeful Retirement

Sara J. White, Susan Teil Boyer, and Bruce E. Scott

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Cindi Brennan

Cindi Brennan completed her PharmD degree in 1980 at the University of Southern California and her MHA in 2000 at the University of Washington.

Cindi has a fascinating life story to tell. She devoted her professional career to patient care, pharmacy services, and academic and organizational leadership, then Cindi retired early to sail the world. Cindi’s advice: create a plan to make your dreams come true.

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Agatha Nolen

Agatha Nolen graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy in 1977, received her MS at the University of Oklahoma in 1986, and her PhD in 2011 at Tennessee State University.

During Agatha’s pharmacy career, she has taken advantage of the many opportunities to advance pharmacy practice and pharmacy health-system leadership, and to pay it forward to those she mentored. Agatha considers service to others as the capstone of her career.

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Bill Puckett

Bill Puckett earned his BS in Pharmacy degree in 1968 from The Ohio State University (OSU) and his MS in Hospital/Clinical Pharmacy in 1970 also from OSU. Bill completed his MBA in Healthcare Administration in 1977 from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio.

Bill shares his passion for pharmacy and for trains. Through his journey, he has an interesting life story to tell, including his advice from Disney’s “plussing,” that is, always try to exceed expectations.