CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 12, 2021) – Pharmacist Michele Belcher, of Grants Pass Pharmacy in Grants Pass, Ore., was installed as 2021-22 president of the National Community Pharmacists Association at the organization’s 2021 Annual Convention, which was held Oct. 9-12. Download her headshot here.
In her remarks to the House of Delegates, Belcher thanked the women who preceded her as NCPA president and acknowledged the example her father set when working together at their family pharmacy. She highlighted the nearly 135 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines that have been administered by Federal Retail Pharmacy Program pharmacies, emphasizing how independent pharmacists and their teams showed their full potential during the pandemic. Discussing her focus on pharmacist scope of practice issues and changing the pharmacy payment model, Belcher said, “Now is the time to step up and invest in our future.”
Belcher graduated from the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy. Grants Pass Pharmacy has been in the community since 1933 and is the last remaining independent pharmacy in the area. Belcher is active in her state pharmacy coalition and state association and has served on task force groups for the board of pharmacy. She has been an adviser for the entrepreneurial academy at OSU College of Pharmacy and is active in state legislation, speaking before both House and Senate committees.
The House of Delegates also elected pharmacist Steve Moore, owner of Condo Pharmacy in Plattsburgh, N.Y., as a vice president, the newest association officer.
In other business, NCPA’s House of Delegates – comprised of pharmacy owners and managers representing their respective states – approved position statements on several different issues including pharmacist-administered COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapeutics, recognizing pharmacists as providers, and excessive pharmacy benefit manager audit procedures.
2021-22 NCPA Officers
NCPA delegates confirmed these independent community pharmacy owners for the indicated positions:
Board of Directors
- President – Michele Belcher, Grants Pass, Ore.
- President-elect – Hugh Chancy, Hahira, Ga.
- Chair – Lea Wolsoncroft, Birmingham, Ala.
- Jeff Carson, San Antonio, Texas
- Jeff Harrell, Ilwaco, Wash.
- Kristen Riddle, Conway, Ark.
- Christian Tadrus, Moberly, Mo.
- Justin Wilson, Midwest City, Okla.
- Immediate Past President – Brian Caswell, Baxter Springs, Kan.
- Vice President – Michael Kim, Washington, D.C.
- Vice President – Jonathan Marquess, Woodstock, Ga.
- Vice President – Hashim Zaibak, Milwaukee, Wisc.
- Vice President – Dared Price, Winfield, Kan.
- Vice President – Steve Moore, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Founded in 1898, the National Community Pharmacists Association is the voice for the community pharmacist, representing nearly 19,400 pharmacies that employ approximately 215,000 individuals nationwide. Community pharmacies are rooted in the communities where they are located and are among America’s most accessible health care providers. To learn more, visit www.ncpa.org.