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Tim S. Fuller

Tim S. Fuller graduated from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy in 1969, and he completed the MS/residency program at The Ohio State University in 1974.

Tim has had a varied career working in hospital pharmacy practice and leadership, as well as in academic pharmacy. He also served as a consultant to Washington State Board of Pharmacy. His pharmacy journey has taken him across the country from the West Coast to the East Coast and the Midwest. He retired to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. He found that career decisions can be life-changing.

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Daniel M. Ashby

Daniel Ashby is well known within the pharmacy profession as a thoughtful and visionary executive with a great legacy of mentoring others and giving back to his profession. Until his recent retirement, he served as vice president and chief pharmacy officer for the Johns Hopkins Health System. He is also a past president of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and has been recognized with many awards for distinguished service including ASHP’s highest honor, the Harvey A.K. Whitney Award. However, his proudest achievement is serving as preceptor for more than 325 pharmacy residents. Dan received his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy in 1971 and his Master of Science degree in pharmacy administration in 1977 from Wayne State College of Pharmacy.

In his retirement, Dan’s legacy of helping others continues as he provides thoughtful insights on the journey to retirement and reminds us that the choices you make along the journey really do matter.

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Christene Jolowsky

Christene Jolowsky graduated in 1981 with her BS in Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota and completed her MS/residency in 1983, also from the University of Minnesota.

Chris has had a rich career in hospital pharmacy and academia and as President of ASHP. Chris advises looking for opportunities that fit your skills and abilities, and she suggests that once you move down your path, don’t regret your choices.

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Bonnie Senst

Bonnie Senst’s passion for patient care was evident throughout a career of leadership in pharmacy practice, professional organizations, and healthcare consulting. Bonnie graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy in 1979 and her Master of Science degree in Social and Administrative Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 1989. She served in many leadership roles, including as health system director of pharmacy and other leadership positions, in senior consulting roles, and on the ASHP Board of Directors.

Sharing her retirement journey in this conversation is an example of Bonnie’s commitment to supporting others and giving back. She speaks to her retirement process, including knowing when the time is right to retire and going from “full speed” to retirement.

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Robert J. Weber

While still working as Administrator, Pharmacy Services, Department of Pharmacy, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and Assistant Dean and Professor−Practice, College of Pharmacy, Bob Weber shares his thinking about his next act and/or retirement. He received his pharmacy degrees from The Ohio State University (BS, 1980; MS, 1982; PharmD, 2010) and completed his hospital pharmacy residency at Grant Hospital (now Grant Medical Center) and his critical care pharmacy fellowship at The Ohio State University (now Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center).

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old…we grow old because we stop playing!”

— George Bernard Shaw

Don’t stop playing! Specifically, don’t stop “playing” after you stop working. What Bob means by “playing” is making sure activities from your work or personal life continue into retirement or transition. The “playing” that he refers to should be done daily and must be fun, relaxing, and invigorating.

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Christina Adams

Christina Adams grabs your attention with her first sentence: “I never wanted to be a pharmacist.” She traces her career and life to currently serving as the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists Chief Pharmacy Officer. Christina discusses how she maximized opportunities and the learnings and observations from how others are handling retirement. Christina completed pharmacy school at the University of Toronto in 2006.

Don’t wait until you are retired to do all the things you want to do in life. Set yourself up for retirement success, so that if you are one of those unlucky ones who never make it to retirement, then at least you can say, “I lived my life to the fullest,” and if you are blessed with a long life, then you have lots to look forward to in the years to come!

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David W. Fuhs

David W. Fuhs has worked his entire career to improve the use of medications in a variety of pharmacy practice settings, including hospital, ambulatory, and the pharmaceutical industry. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin in 1983, David completed a 2-year residency and concurrent Master of Science in Hospital Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in 1985. He then completed a 2-year critical care research fellowship and Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Minnesota in 1987.

Helping others, especially patients, as well as leading and mentoring pharmacists and “giving back” have been hallmarks of David’s career. He demonstrates this value as he shares the five questions he views as important when planning for retirement.

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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.