Two Concordians have recently been recognized by the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, the state’s professional organization made up of more than 3,000 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and student pharmacists.

Last month, the PSW announced Melissa Theesfeld, PharmD, as the organization’s president-elect for the 2019-20 term, and Andy Traynor, PharmD, BCPS, was announced as a 2019 “Excellence in Innovation” award recipient for his work with the Concordia Medication Management Accelerator.

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Theesfeld and the seven other professionals who were newly elected to the Board of Directors will be installed during the PSW Annual Meeting Awards Banquet this September in Green Bay.

“PSW unites talented pharmacy professionals throughout Wisconsin to share ideas and perspectives, therrby shaping pharmacy practice in our state and beyond,” said Theesfeld. “I’m honored to be given the platform to help advance the pharmacy profession and our contributions to patient care.”

Theesfeld, who received her pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin in 2006, serves as associate professor of pharmacy practice and director of experiential education within Concordia’s School of Pharmacy. In her latter role, she oversees the experiential education curriculum, including all rotation placements, preceptor development, curricular pathways, and continuing pharmacy education programming. She also serves as a faculty advisor to students and a faculty mentor to pharmacy residents. Her teaching and research interests include experiential education, preceptor development, and the professional development of students.

As part of the September Annual Meeting, the PSW will also hold an Awards Banquet to honor Traynor and the five other recipients of 2019 awards. The awards, voted on by PSW members, are meant to recognize those pharmacy professionals who are making an impact on their practice sites, their patients, and for their communities.

Traynor piloted the Concordia Medication Management Accelerator in 2017 to drive change in the way health care is delivered to people living with chronic illnesses. Over the course of 18 months, health care professionals in the state came together to gain business development and implementation coaching. With Concordia as a sponsor, three of the CMMA teams are continuing their quest to improve patient outcomes by participating in a national learning and action collaborative called A3.

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— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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