MPhA Announces Exciting Transitions for 2013
Ewald Consulting to provide government relations services; Johnson taking U of M post
St. Paul, Minn. -- The Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA) recently announced a contract agreement securing Ewald Consulting to lead MPhA's Government Affairs team. The change was made after a meeting of the MPhA Executive Committee.
"This is an exciting development for MPhA as we continue to be leaders in policy advocacy for our industry at the State Capitol," said Julie Johnson, current MPhA CEO and Executive Vice President. "For a decade, our government relations needs were extremely well-served by Matthew Lemke, and we all owe him thanks for his work on MPhA's behalf. We look forward to that policy advocacy continuing with Michael Wilhelmi and Patrick Lobejko working on our behalf."
MPhA's history of strong advocacy and leadership in advancement of pharmacy practice in Minnesota includes numerous practice expansions of immunization delivery, collaborative practice agreements, medication therapy management, rural loan forgiveness, and more. Lemke, formerly of the Twin Cities firm Winthrop and Weinstine, has taken a position as regional manager of government affairs for Koch Companies Public Sector.
The Ewald Consulting Team brings decades of State Capitol experience to work for the MPhA and will immediately be focused on pursuing major initiatives as the legislative session begins. With the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives both changing hands from Republican to Democratic majorities as a result of the last election, this is a time of great uncertainty and great opportunity for organizations like MPhA. Ewald Consulting first provided government relations work for MPhA in 1999, during the Practice Act change that resulted in collaborative practice.
"Advocacy efforts in Minnesota with the new government relations team will begin to ramp up for the Practice Act changes currently on our horizon in 2014," said MPhA President Martin Erickson, "This move and the experience and insight that the Ewald Consulting team brings to MPhA's efforts will position the organization well."
It was also recently announced that Julie Johnson will leave her role with MPhA to become the new Associate Dean for Professional and External Relations for the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in February. The MPhA congratulates Julie on her new post. She has been with MPhA for the past 12 years and has made significant contributions to the association, leaving the MPhA in an excellent position to continue its work as the voice for Minnesota pharmacists.
"Julie's time with MPhA was nearly twice the average tenure of an association CEO, and she leaves behind a strong, vibrant organization that will bear the marks of her leadership for years to come," Erickson said. "Julie accomplished much during her years with MPhA, serving during one of the most difficult economic decades in American history. Even with this challenge, Julie's leadership contributed significantly."
A search committee, comprised of the MPhA Executive Committee, has been tasked with coordinating the difficult job of finding Julie's replacement. An initial meeting has already been held to lay the groundwork for a successful search.