Leadership

Washington DC Pharmacy Association Board of Directors

Juan Medrano
President
Born and raised in D.C. Graduated from MCPHS- Worcester with doctorate in pharmacy and UMass with bachelors in Biochemistry, minor in Microbiology. Ten years ago, he took great pride in returning to his birth city and serving as a front-line practitioner in the inner city, the neighborhood he grew up in. He’s committed to improving the health and well-being of the communities he serves.  Passionate about providing strategies and tools to guide people to better decisions and outcomes regarding their health, both physical and mental.  He supports community outreach and advocates for the expansion of the role of the pharmacist. He is a Diabetic specialist pharmacist and focuses his practice on preventive not just curative measures. He takes pride in providing health services, such as blood cholesterol/glucose/pressure screenings and immunizations at different sites around the city. He has given classes on Adherence, Opioid epidemic, Medication Therapy Management.

He is committed to reducing health disparities and addressing health equity in DC. He believes the benefit of pharmacists is invaluable and essential in reducing costs, preventing further health injustice, managing pandemics and the exacerbating chronic diseases in our communities.

He served as research assistant at John Hopkins, National Institute of Aging where he was published in the Journal of Chromatography.  He has held internships at HRSA and DEA. He is the Recipient of Washington DC Pharmacy Association (WDCPhA) distinguished young pharmacist award. He’s directly coached and mentored over 30 student doctors and pharmacists, helping them to engage them in their role as trusted practitioner.  He has worked with Linguistic horizons at Hampikamayoq clinic in Peru where he attended patients, and studied Andean plant based medicine and its use in practice.

Deidre Payne,  PharmD, RPh
Vice President

Carolyn Rachel-Price, RPh
Executive Director
Carolyn Rachel-Price R Ph, ASCP is a consultant pharmacist whose expertise is directed toward ensuring positive patient outcomes in the most cost effective and efficient manner.  She has extensive experience in pharmacy program development and administration with a background in clinical, hospital, retail and government pharmacy management operations. Her executive experience includes Pharmacy Benefit Management, Contract Management, Medication Therapy Management, Formulary Development, Drug Procurement, Mail Order Pharmacy Operations and Emergency Preparedness.  

She is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy and has practiced in the District of Columbia for over 30 years.  After a 26-year career in DC government, she retired and is now the President and CEO of Essential Pharmacy Services, Inc., (EPS, Inc.) a DC based pharmacy consulting company that specializes in consulting services for government and private companies. EPS, Inc. works with agencies and clients in every quadrant of the District of Columbia helping residents live better, healthier lives. 

Michael Kim
President-Elect

Michael Kim, Pharm.D., is an entrepreneurial pharmacist and currently owns multiple pharmacies in the District of Columbia and Maryland.  Dr. Kim has been the recipient of several awards since graduation including the Bowl of Hygeia award, the Howard University College of Pharmacy Alumnus of the Year award and the Washington DC Pharmacy Association Pharmacist of the Year award.  He has been featured in multiple pharmacy publications and has been interviewed by many news media such as CNN, NBC, ABC and NPR.  Dr. Kim is the current Chairman of the Care Pharmacies Board of Directors, a Vice President of the National Community Pharmacist Association (NCPA), a co-founder of Indy Health Solutions which is the only independent pharmacists owned Med-D plan that launched in 2020, and sits on many other Boards and committees.  He received his Pharm.D. from Howard University in 1998 and was part of the first ever entry-level Pharm.D. class to graduate from the College of Pharmacy.

Yolanda B. McKoy-Beach, PharmD, CDE
Immediate Past President
Dr. McKoy-Beach is a graduate of Howard University College of Pharmacy, and Fisk University with a degree in chemistry.  She’s completed two residencies, one in Pharmaceutical Care at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Miami, Florida, and the other in Infectious Disease from SUNY Buffalo School of Pharmacy in Buffalo, New York.  Currently practicing at the Clinical Assistant Professor at Howard University College of Pharmacy in the Department of Clinical and Administrative Sciences she is also a clinical preceptor at two practice sites: La Clinica del Pueblo in northwest Washington, DC, and Howard University Hospital Anticoagulation Management Services.  In addition to providing direct patient care to patients at those sites and training 4th-year pharmacy students, pharmacy residents, and pharmacists in the Non-traditional Doctor of Pharmacy Program she has been a member of the Washington DC Pharmacy Association (WDCPhA) for approximately 4 years.  She also served on the Board of Directors in 2016 as the Director-at-Large for Education and Programs.

Samir Balile, PharmD
Director of Education
Samir has served DC residents in a variety of capacities and was the pharmacy manager at Giant- Shaw for more than three years. He’s since moved to clinical coordinator of the company and has continued to assist in the stores when necessary. Samir believes that being Director of Education will enable him to take his years of experience as a community pharmacist, coupled with his knowledge of clinical programs, and share best practices and strategies with his peers. He is devoted to helping and promoting the profession by recognizing the issues and developing solutions for  pharmacists in the District. 

Jamila Jorden, PharmD
Director of Professional Affairs
Dr. Jamila J Jorden grew up in southern New Jersey and received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Howard University’s School of Pharmacy in 2003 and her Master of Business Administration from Drexel University in 2013. After graduation from pharmacy school, Dr. Jorden completed a general practice PGY-1 at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. After her residency year was completed, Dr. Jorden worked in a variety of different areas of pharmaceutical care and practice, including working as a clinical-staff pharmacist in a hospital setting and a managed care pharmacist. During her career, Dr. Jorden developed a passion for working with pharmacy students and pharmacist just starting off in their careers. This passion stemmed from Dr. Jorden precepting not only Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) students who completed an experience at her practice site but also Foundations of Managed Care Pharmacy Pfizer/summer interns. Additionally, Dr. Jorden was the residency program director, for over 10 years, for the ASHP accredited PGY-1 managed care program at PerformRx. Dr. Jorden decided to return to her alma mater as an Assistant Professor and the Assistant Director of Experiential Programs at Howard University College of Pharmacy. Since then, Dr. Jorden expanded her role at Howard University to become the Director of Experiential Program for the College of Pharmacy. In her role, she is responsible for the practical experience component of the pharmacy curriculum. In addition to her work with the College of Pharmacy, Dr. Jorden is also a member of the Washington DC Pharmacy Association (currently the Director of Government and Professional Affairs), the Washington Metropolitan Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (a past Board Member), the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (currently a member of the Legislative and Regulatory Action Committee), the American Pharmacists Association, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and various civic organizations.

Keither Ragass, PharmD
Director of Membership
Keith Ragassa holds a doctor of pharmacy and graduated in 2014. He has experience in clinical settings and community pharmacy. He had served diverse communities from rural areas to underserved urban communities. He believes a healthy society begins with a neighborhood community pharmacy. He is passionate about providing personalized healthcare and focuses on underserved communities. He believes pharmacists are best positioned as the first contact and most accessible healthcare provider to ensure optimum pharmaceutical services. 

Janis Jackson, PharmD
Treasurer
Dr. Jackson is currently employed as an HIV/AIDS Administrative Pharmacist with the District of Columbia Government, Department of Health.  In the past 19 years, she has worked as a Pharmacy Inspector/ Investigator and a Clinical / Distribution Pharmacist. She started her career in pharmacy as a volunteer, then quickly became a technician at Providence Hospital. After graduating from Howard University’s School of Pharmacy, she was offered a position as a Staff Pharmacist.  For career advancement, she accepted a full-time position as the Assistant Director at The Hospital for Sick Children. In 2017, she was honored to receive the 2017 Pharmacist of the Year Award from the Washington DC Pharmacy Association.  She hopes to continue to provide quality healthcare and customer service to those in her community.