Jodi Ahnefeld, PharmD

JodiPHARMACY: Pharmacist/owner, Jodi’s Family Pharmacy, Carrollton, Mo.

AGE: 46

FAMILY: Husband, Jeremie; three children.

EDUCATION: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy, 2010

HOMETOWN GIRL: Jodi was born and raised in Carrollton, a town of 3,500 about 65 miles northeast of Kansas City. She married her high school sweet-heart and worked as a pharmacy tech for seven years after high school. She started in the pharmacy as a teen doing chores, but the owner recognized her ambition and asked if she wanted to be a tech.

CAREER DECISION: Jodi never really thought about going to college but after working in the pharmacy for several years, she realized that she wanted to be a pharmacist. It was an ambitious goal. She had to get her college degree first, but she was determined. She entered pharmacy school at age 26, married with a 1-year-old.

TEMPTATIONS: After graduation, Jodi was offered a job in Kansas City, but her heart was in Carrollton. “I wanted to serve my community,” she said.

FIERCELY INDEPENDENT: Jodi returned to her hometown and worked at an independent until it was sold to a regional chain. She worked as pharmacist-in-charge until the chain sold to CVS. “That was my stopping point,” she said. That spurred her to open her own pharmacy – across the street from CVS.

PHARMACY PASSION: “Helping my patients. We know them. We look after them. That’s important to me.”

NCPA’S VALUE TO ME: “Their leadership in going after the PBMs. PBM abuse is a real thing. I don’t know how we’d do it without NCPA.”