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2017 Southeast Minnesota Pharmacist Night Extravaganzapalooza
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When: Thursday, October 12, 2017
5:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: Kahler Apache Hotel
1517 16th St SW
Rochester, Minnesota  55902
United States

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Southeast Minnesota Pharmacist Night Extravaganzapalooza in Rochester

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Join us for an interactive evening and town hall as area pharmacists from the 11 counties of the Southeast District of MPhA gather and welcome current President Michelle Aytay and MPhA Interim Executive Director Marsha Millonig to Rochester on Thursday evening, October 12, at the Kahler Apache Hotel with food provided by The Canadian Honker. Our meal is provided through the gracious support of Pharmaceutical Specialties of Rochester, makers of Vanicream and the new Vanicream Z-Bar. (www.psico.com)


Marsha will provide a dynamic session entitled “21st Century Cures Act,” in which you will learn the goals of this wide reaching legislation, the major provisions within each of the Act’s core areas of discovery, development and delivery of medical products, and how patients, researchers, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, payers and health care providers will be impacted by the Act. The session is approved for 1 hour CE with the MN Board of Pharmacy.
Michelle and Sherwood will then lead the town hall portion of the evening where we can have a good old-fashioned opportunity to share our ideas, concerns and thoughts with each other and MPhA leadership. The Town Hall will begin with thoughts from the University of Minnesota’s new Dean Lynda Welage. Our District has a long history of hosting the Dean, including Dean Banker and Dean Speedie. We promise to adjourn by 8:00 p.m.

If you live or work anywhere in the 11 counties of Southeast Minnesota please join us! Fabulous door prizes to be given away for members!

Extravaganza Menu Just Announced!

  • An Elegant Display of Domestic and Imported Cheeses, Garnished with Mixed Nuts and Dried Berries, Served with an Assortment of Gourmet Crackers
  • Fresh Fruit Display, Served with Yogurt Dip
  • Fresh Vegetable Crudit s Display, Served with Assorted Dips
  • Tomato Bruschetta - Chef Le’s Recipe Topped with Parmesan Cheese wnd Served a with Crostini
  • Egg Rolls - Served with a Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Bacon Wrapped Chestnuts
  • Tempura Chicken - Saut ed in a Szechuan Sauce
  • Smoked Lox of Salmon - Garnished with Assorted Accompaniments and Served with Gourmet Crackers
  • Stuffed Mushrooms with Italian Sausage • Bunny's World Famous Secret Recipe Coconut Cake!

    ****Complimentary Soft Drinks/Water plus a cash bar.***


Kahler Apache Hotel
Grand Ballroom C 
1517 16TH ST SW
Rochester, MN 55902

YOU asked for it, WE listened! Plenty of FREE parking lot parking right outside the doors providing easy access to our meeting venue!


MPhA Members – FREE
Students – FREE
Nonmembers – $15
Please register by Monday, October 9, 2017


5:30 p.m. Registration
6:20 – Close Network & Socialize
6:20 – 7:05 p.m. Welcome & Educational Program
7:05 – 8:00 p.m. Townhall Open Forum


Michelle Aytay, RPh, CDE, Region #21 Clinical Services, Walgreens Co., MPhA President

Michelle Aytay graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996 and has been practicing community pharmacy with direct patient care in Minnesota since that time. She currently advances clinical pharmacy services in her work with Walgreens. Her volunteer leadership roles span numerous organizations. Aytay serves as MPhA President. Prior to assuming the presidency, she co-chaired the MPhA Public Affairs Committee and she currently serves as a member of the Pharmacy Advocacy Task Force. She is on the MPhA Board of Directors and Executive Finance Committee. She served as President of the Minnesota Pharmacists Foundation and remains on the Board. She is active in numerous capacities at the College of Pharmacy, including Past President of the Pharmacy Alumni Society and board member of the Century Mortar Club. She is a preceptor, residency director, mentor and Leadership Networking Partner. Aytay actively promotes the role of pharmacists in patients’ health through community involvement with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association. Her leadership has been recognized through numerous awards, most recently the University of Minnesota Pharmacy Alumni Society Distinguished Pharmacist Award. She also serves on the Minnesota Department of Health Pandemic Preparedness Taskforce.

Marsha Millonig

Marsha Millonig, MPhA Interim Executive Director

Marsha Millonig is the President/CEO of Catalyst Enterprises, LLC, a health care consulting firm dedicated to creating change. It specializes in projects that allow pharmacy, distribution and manufacturing clients to be more efficient and value-added providers toward improved health outcomes. Marsha is also serving as the interim executive director of the Minnesota Pharmacists Association.

Prior to forming her company, Marsha was with the Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA) and headed the philanthropic HDMA Healthcare Foundation, and also the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS).

Her BS in Pharmacy is from the University of Minnesota and her M.B.A. from the University of Maryland. She completed the American Society of Health System Pharmacy (ASHP) Executive Residency in Association Management as well.

She a practicing pharmacist and pharmacist immunizer, working with both independent and chain pharmacies. Marsha is also an associate fellow of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s Center for Leading Healthcare Change.

She is a published author. Her last work, “100 MTM Tips for Pharmacists” was published by APhA.

Lynda S. Welage, PharmD, FCCP, Dean, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

Dr. Lynda S. Welage became the dean of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy on July 31. Welage brings to the University extensive experience as a collaborative academic leader and an accomplished translational researcher, educator, and pharmacy practitioner and has overseen the development of innovative educational and practice models and strategic initiatives to improve the health of local and global communities. While dean at the University of New Mexico, she strengthened clinical initiatives in care management that benefit pharmacy students and serve the public––including the launch of a Medication Therapy Call Center to optimize medication therapy management in underserved rural communities across the state. Under her leadership, the college completed a strategic plan, updated its PharmD curriculum to enhance integration of foundational and clinical sciences, strengthened interprofessional education and practice, and launched a dual PharmD/MS program in pharmaceutical sciences. She also expanded development initiatives and enhanced faculty mentoring programs, including initiatives for faculty of color in the health sciences. Dr. Welage is well-poised to continue the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s legacy of leadership.

About the Host

Sherwood Peterson, Jr., RPh

Sherwood Peterson, Jr., RPh grew up on the family farm near Baker, Minnesota in the Red River Valley of the North. 1987 graduate of NDSU College of Pharmacy where he served as SAPhA President, relaunched the College of Pharmacy's Yearbook in 1987 and was a student of current Dean at the U of MN Duluth, Randy Seifert! Sherwood has lived and worked in the Rochester area since 1987 when he began his career at Shopko North Pharmacy.

MPhA member since 1987. Sherwood served as MPhA Southeast District Chair for 6 terms from 1988-2000 and held monthly CE meetings throughout the various towns in the District for the benefit of the members.

Sherwood served 2 terms as the co-chair of the Government Affairs committee and chaired the first MPhA Task Force that eventually secured the law allowing for Pharmacists' in Minnesota to be immunizers. Sherwood served on the MPhA Board of Directors for 1 term in the mid 90's and currently serves on the nominations committee.

Sherwood has hosted the hour long "The Corner Pharmacist" Radio Show each and every month since November 1994 on the second Tuesday of the month from 8-9AM on Rochester's KROC AM 1340 which has earned him the moniker "America's Most Listened to Pharmacist". The show is LIVE, unscreened and uncensored with interactive emailed and phoned in questions from listeners which are answered in plain English by a practicing pharmacist. Sherwood often interviews special guests including APhA President Steve Simonson, U of MN College of Pharmacy Dean Marilyn Speedie, Minnesota State Senator and chief author of Medical Cannabis law Scott Dibble of Minneapolis, US Congressman Collin Peterson of Minnesota's 7th District, frequent guests Dr.Thomas Kottke and Dr.Robert Jacobson (cardiologist and pediatrician) of Mayo Clinic and various pharmacists from the Poison Control Center at HCMC. Visit the show's website at: www.thecornerpharmacist.com and the show's Facebook page "The Corner Pharmacist Radio Show". Also listen online at www.krocam.com. Episode # 256 is Tuesday, March 8th on the air!

Preceptor to dozens of PharmD externs since 1991 from NDSU, U of MN and U of MN-Duluth. Since 2012 is the PIC for Sterling Drug Long Term Care Pharmacy in Rushford serving patients in SE Minnesota and Northern Iowa. MTM certified provider and Nicotine Cessation certified provider by Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center. Sherwood has been honored by his colleagues being named as Minnesota's Distinguished Young Pharmacist in 1992, Excellence in Innovation Pharmacist in 1999 and Bowl of Hygeia in 2001. During his career, Sherwood has been sought out often by local and regional TV, radio and newspapers for interviews about various pharmacist and patient health related topics and speaks often to area groups including the state convention for retired teachers and MTM meetings at senior centers throughout SE Minnesota.

Sherwood and his wife, Wendy, live in Rochester and have 2 children. Sherwood is an avid Minnesota Twins, Wild, Vikings AND NDSU Bison fan!

Thank You Sponsors

You are the future of this great profession wherever you may end up practicing and what better time to continue or begin being active in the profession than NOW.

Our profession will continue to grow in importance only through the collective efforts of all of us together educating our patients and the general public both in and out of our various pharmacy practices. Pharmacist MTM services and pharmacist administered immunizations just didn’t happen in this state, they were tirelessly worked for and advocated by your colleagues locally, statewide and even nationally.

Continuing Education:


The Minnesota Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity is approved for 1 credit hour (s).

To receive Board of Pharmacy credits for this program the following must be completed:

  1. Full participation/completion of the live program
  2. Completion of survey post webinar acknowledging participation.

Board of Pharmacy credit processing takes place on the 15th of each month.

Questions? Please contact karip@ewald.com with questions about credits.

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Cancellation Policy
All cancellations received by October 5 will receive a full refund minus a $10 administrative fee. Cancellations received after October 5 will not receive a refund.

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