UC Pharmacy Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Distinguished Alumni awards are the highest honor bestowed upon graduates from the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. Do you know an exemplary alumnus from the University Of Cincinnati Winkle College Of Pharmacy? If you do, we would like you to provide an opportunity to help us honor their achievement in pharmacy with a distinguished alumni award.

The Arthur C. Glasser Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes an alumnus of the College of Pharmacy who has contributed time and expertise to the college and its degree programs in pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences to enhance student learning, training or research.

The Robert J. DeSalvo Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes an alumnus of the College of Pharmacy who has contributed to the profession of pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences at the national or international level.

The G.O.L.D (Graduate of The Last Decade) Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes a graduate from the College of Pharmacy within the last ten years, who has made significant contributions to the college and/or the profession.

2022 Honorees


The Robert J. DeSalvo Distinguished Alumni Award

Stanley Weber is a passionate forward-thinking leader who positively influenced the pharmacy discipline. After completing his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Washington State University and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Cincinnati, he began a robust career in the psychiatric pharmacy field. He started psychiatric pharmacy programs in Rhode Island and Washington State, training several residents and fellows in psychiatric practice. Prior to joining the University of Washington in 1996, he held academic appointments at the University of New Mexico, the University of Rhode Island, and Washington State University. Dr. Weber served as a member of the Psychiatry Editorial Advisory Board of The Annals of Pharmacotherapy, served on several committees of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, was a Consulting Contributor to Evaluations of Drug Interactions, and has served as an educational leader for foreign study tours. He has been an active member of several state and national organizations, made numerous national presentations, and has contributed several publications to pharmacy literature. In 1996, he was made a Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and became Board Certified as a Psychiatric Pharmacy Specialist in 1997. He is a Founding Member of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists and completed the executive cycle of the presidency of CPNP. In 2009, Dr. Weber was awarded the Judith J. Saklad Memorial Lecture Award from the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists. Prior to retiring in 2019, Dr. Weber had become interested in the delivery of pharmacy education and was responsible for both curricular assessment management and experiential education for the school. 


Arthur C. Glasser Distinguished Alumni Award

Mike Espel is a dedicated leader whose robust career in underserved pharmacy care had a profound impact on others as well as his own spiritual and professional life. While in college, Mike interned at St. Francis Hospital and after licensure practiced there for a short time before joining the Cincinnati Health Department as Clinical Pharmacist and then Director of its Pharmacies. In 2006, he became founder and Director of the St. Vincent DePaul Charitable Pharmacy growing the program to great heights. Its success is measured by the ability to fill more than 600,000 prescriptions at no charge and 90% of those prescriptions coming from donated medication. Mike received recognition on a local, state, and national basis over the years. Locally by the Cincinnati Business Courier Health Care Heroes Community Outreach in 2017. Statewide by the Healthpath Community Connector award in 2017 and State CHN Pharmacist of the year in 2021. Nationally by the Health Equity Award in 2016 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. In addition to his practice, Mike served as an Adjunct Faculty Member and Preceptor for the University of Cincinnati where he mentored hundreds of pharmacy students emphasizing the worth of all patients they encountered. He encouraged students to follow their passion because doing what you like to do will lead to the most success in all aspects. His leadership and advice helped equip the future generations of pharmacists to practice and serve with excellence.


The G.O.L.D (Graduate of The Last Decade) Distinguished Alumni Award

Tyler Vest is a hardworking leader committed to moving the pharmacy profession forward. After earning his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, Tyler went on to complete his Master of Science Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a Specialization in Health-System Pharmacy Administration at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Dr. Vest now works as the Associate Chief Pharmacy Officer of Inpatient Pharmacy Services at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. In his position, he oversees the automation, medication delivery and distribution, controlled substances, unit dose dispensing, carousels, automated dispensing cabinets, and sterile compounding for the department of Pharmacy. He is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Dr. Vest is actively involved in the profession on both the state and national levels. He is a part of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and the Vizient University Health-System Consortium Pharmacy Network Practice Advancement Committee. Dr. Vest is board certified in two specialty areas, Pharmacotherapy and Sterile Compounding, and has won state and national awards such as the student award for the Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the ASHP student leadership award. His current interest areas are Acute Care Operations, Leadership Development, Oncology, Practice and Pharmacy Technician Advancement, Pharmacy Practice and Distribution Models, Productivity and Monitoring, and the Medication Use Process. 

Past Honorees

Pharmacy Past Distinguished Alumni Honorees
Year Arthur C. Glasser Award  Robert J. DeSalvo Award  G.O.L.D. Graduate of the Last Decade Award
2021 James Kirby Daniel Robinson Cynthia Johnson
2020 Kathryn Clark McKinney Gary Greiner Ryan Marable
Melca Wallace James Dalton Kristina Reinstatler
2018 Daniel Hein Robert Cluxton Leah Fuller
2017 Margaret Eves Edward Zastawny Christopher Droege
2016 Eric W. Mueller Myrella Roy David Jarnot
2015 Chad Worz Verneda Hawkins Kelly Dobos
2014 Gary Thompson Dennis Helling Chris Forg
2013 David Witmer Steven Krill  
2012 Kevin Burns Connie Jung  
2011 Nicholas K. Barsan Capt. Stephanie M. Simon (dec.)  
2010 Mimi E. Hart Thomas P. Reinders  
2009 Timothy J. Benedict John R. Horn  
2008 Norman Dingeldein Gregory Kearns  
2007 Don Ruwe Michael Reed  
2006 Paul Ruwe Betty-ann Hoener  
2005 Michael J. Puccini Fred N. Eshelman  
2004 Jerry Rucker Ajaz S. Hussain  
2003 Richard G. Darlington Dorothy L. Smith  
2002 John A. Dinkelaker Rebecca A. Finley  
2001 Candace Kendle J. Richard Wuest  
2000 Martin W. Nie (dec.) John H. Voige, Jr. (dec.)  
1999 Thomas J. Thomas C. Robert Blake  
1998 Forrest E. Pack, Sr. I. Glenn Sipes  
1997 Ralph B. Kinross Joseph V. Roney  
1996 Irving S. Feuer (dec.) Sheldon W. Fantle (dec.)  
1995 Paul Lamping Gloria N. Francke (dec.)  
1994 Alan N. Kessler Ronald J. Brenner (dec.)  
Distinguished Benefactor Honorees
Year Distinguished Benefactor Award
2008 James L. Winkle
2000 A. William Forbriger (dec.)
1998 Ida Lou & Mark C. Carl (dec.)
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Anna Gormley, Bus '17

Program Director of Alumni & Donor Experience, College of Allied Health Sciences and James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy