Foundation

Kappa Epsilon Foundation

The purpose of the Kappa Epsilon Foundation is to establish, foster, and promote scholarships, educational programs and research projects in the field of pharmacy.

The Foundation provides funding for the Zada M. Cooper Scholarships and the Linda Rodgers Memorial Award. In addition, Educational Grants may be requested through the Foundation to provide individual Kappa Epsilon Members or Chapters incentive money for the implementation of innovative projects in the profession of pharmacy.

The KE Foundation has awarded the Zada M. Cooper Scholarship to more than 350 aspiring collegiates, recognized many exemplary collegiates and alums through the Linda T. Rodgers Memorial Award, bestowed several grants to collegiate and alumni chapters, underwritten educational programming at biennial conventions and the Fraternity’s website, awarded book scholarships and enhanced and strengthened mentoring roles.

During the National Conventions of the Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, a Foundation Luncheon is held offering the opportunity to publicly recognize the Alumni and Chapters for their contributions and generous support that furthered the work of the Kappa Epsilon Foundation. Various levels of giving are recognized during the Foundation Luncheon.

The Kappa Epsilon Foundation was incorporated in Indiana on May 21, 1992, and received its final public charity status, as a 501(c)(3) organization, from the Internal Revenue Service in 1997.

Foundation Officers & Trustees

Laura Wilson

Foundation President (2nd Term, 2024)

Laura and her husband live in Kansas City, Missouri.  She is an Outcomes Liaison Associate Director for the Primary Care Division of Sanofi Pharmaceuticals.

 

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Laura Wilson is an Outcomes Liaison Director for the North America General Medicines Division of Sanofi.   She received her Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Kansas and participated in a Pharmacoeconomics Research Fellowship with Thomas Jefferson University.  Laura’s experience within the pharmaceutical industry has continued for twenty years, with  varies roles of increasing responsibility within field based medical affairs.  She has been recognized by her organization with the North America Rising Star award for exceptional performance.  Laura is a current and active member of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, the American Diabetes Association and Kappa Epsilon.  She also takes an active role with local philanthropic organizations.  She was a founding member of the Kansas Antibiotic Resistance Coalition, a member of the Kansas Asthma Coalition, created a women’s breakfast series in downtown Kansas City, ran the pharmacy for a medical mission in Honduras, and provided medical support for a clinic in Malawi, Africa.  Laura was initiated into Mu Chapter in 1997, was Mu Chapter President 1998-1999, served on Grand Council as Vice President of New Member Recruitment 1999-2001, and is currently the Foundation Board of Trustees President.  Laura was the 2020 Merck Vanguard Leadership Award Recipient.  She credits Kappa Epsilon with providing a foundation with which to build her leadership skills.

Rosalie Sagraves

Foundation Vice-President (1st Term, 2023)

Rosalie Sagraves is dean emerita and professor emerita at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where she served as dean and professor at the College of Pharmacy.

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Rosalie Sagraves is dean emerita and professor emerita at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where she served as dean and professor at the College of Pharmacy. She also served as co-director of the UIC/US Department of Health and Human Services Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. Later, she was a consultant for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) in the area of global pharmacy education. She previously served in various academic and clinical positions at the University of Oklahoma (OU), University of Texas at Austin and The Ohio State University (OSU). She received her BS degree in pharmacy from OSU and her PharmD degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Sciences (USciences). Her areas of education/research include pediatrics, women’s health and global pharmacy education.

Dr. Sagraves has been actively involved in the pharmacy profession throughout her career. Some of her professional activities include service to AACP as chair and secretary of the Section of Teachers of Pharmacy Practice, chair of the Council of Deans, member of the Board of Directors, Brodie Scholar, Interim Chief Science Officer and a founder and first chair of the Global Pharmacy Education SIG. She was a member of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Board of Trustees, president of its Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science, a founding associate editor of Pharmacy Today and an APhA fellow. She is an American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) fellow and chaired its Women’s Health Task Force. She served on the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health Advisory Board, its Women’s Health Research for the 21st Century Task Force and other advisory committees.

She has served Kappa Epsilon (KE) in various capacities including chapter advisor at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Oklahoma, national president and treasurer, and the KE Foundation as president and board member. She is a member of Rho Chi, Phi Lambda Sigma and Lambda Kappa Sigma (honorary member).

Dr. Sagraves has received various awards for outstanding teaching and leadership such as the KE Merck Vanguard Leadership Award, Career Achievement Award and Key of Excellence. The Professional Fraternity Association presented her with its Career Achievement Award. The OU College of Pharmacy presented her with a Teaching Excellence Award and ACCP gave her an Outstanding Educator Award. The OSU College of Pharmacy presented her with a Distinguished Alumnus Award. She has been awarded multiple Who’s Who awards including the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Sagraves gave the 2018 OSU Doctor of Pharmacy graduation/hooding presentation.

Jeanie Brown

Foundation Treasurer (1st Term, 2022)

Jeanie Brown was initiated into Kappa Epsilon Mu Chapter at the University of Kansas in 1984.

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Jeanie Brown was initiated into Kappa Epsilon Mu Chapter at the University of Kansas in 1984. She received her BS Pharmacy, PharmD and MBA from KU. Jeanie has served as the Mu Chapter Advisor or Co-advisor since 1989 and was the Grand Council VP Alumni Development from 2003-2005. Her professional pharmacy career includes retail, university student health, long term care, pharmacy benefit management, pharmacy director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, and currently as a pharmaceutical medical science liaison.

Donna Heffner 

Foundation Secretary (2nd Term, 2023)

Donna Heffner is currently the Head of Product Strategy in the Global Product Development & Supply organization of Bristol-Myers Squibb. 

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Donna Heffner is currently the Head of Product Strategy in the Global Product Development & Supply organization of Bristol-Myers Squibb. I Prior to this, she was at Merck for 25 years where she held various positions of increasing responsibility in Quality, Technology, Procurement, Commercial, Product Development, Regulatory, Supply Chain, Product Strategy, and Business Development. Donna has a BS in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science (now the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia) and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Donna’s KE Career began at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science where she was initiated into Omicron chapter and served as Omicron chapter President for two years. She went on to serve at the national level by serving on Grand Council in two offices, serving as a Foundation Board member, co-chairing the National Convention in Philadelphia, and most recently, founding/leading the National Alumni Interest Committee. Donna has been the recipient of multiple KE awards, most notably the Zada Cooper scholarship, the Linda Rodgers award, and the Career Achievement Award.

Gay Dodson

Foundation Trustee (2nd Term, 2024)

Gay Dodson is a 1969 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy.

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Gay Dodson is a 1969 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy. After graduation, Gay worked as a community pharmacist in the Dallas area for 13 years. While working as a community pharmacist, she was an active member of the local, state, and national pharmacy associations.

Gay has retired from her employment with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy on December 1, 2017. She began her employment with the agency in November 1982 by serving for 2 years as Field Compliance Officer in the Houston Area, 3 years as Senior Compliance Officer in the Austin office, and almost 10 years as Director of Compliance.  On June 28, 1997 she was appointed as Executive Director/Secretary of the Board. In her position as Executive Director, Gay served as the chief executive officer of the agency and an ex-officio member and secretary of the Board of Pharmacy. She also served as the District 6 Representative to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Executive Committee from 2016 to 2017.

Her awards and recognitions include: 2013 Kappa Epsilon Career Achievement Award; 2012 State Agency Council to the Governor’s Commission for Women, Outstanding Women in Texas Government; 2010 Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists’ Distinguished Service Award; 2007 National Association of Boards of Pharmacy’s Lester E. Hosto Distinguished Service Award; 2006 Texas Pharmacy Association’s Distinguished Service Award; 2000 University of Texas College of Pharmacy William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus Award; 1997, Recognition Award from the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists in “ recognition of her commitment, leadership, and dedication in advancing the practice for pharmacists and the patients they serve ,” 1993 award for Outstanding Service from the Texas Pharmacy Association; and the 1989 Linda T. Rodgers Memorial Leadership Award from Kappa Epsilon. She is a member of the American Pharmaceutical Association, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Texas Pharmacy Association, Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Capitol Area Pharmacy Association, and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. She is currently serving as Chair of the Texas Health Professions Council. Ms. Dodson is also a Past-President of the University of Texas College of Pharmacy Alumni Association and is an active member of the University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band (LHAB). As a member of LHAB, Ms. Dodson marched in the 2017 London New Year’s Day Parade and in 2019 participated with LHAB in two parades and 3 concerts during the 75thAnniversary of D-Day in Normandy and Paris, France.

Monica Knott

Foundation Trustee (1st Term, 2022)

I received my Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Kansas in 2003.

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I received my Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Kansas in 2003. I received my Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology degree from Purdue University in 1991. After graduating from KU, I returned to Indiana and took a staff position with Walgreens. I am currently pharmacy manager with Walgreens.

During my time at KU, I was initiated into the Mu Chapter in 1999. I served as President and was awarded a Zada M. Cooper scholarship 2001. I was a member of Phi Lambda Sigma and was awarded the 2003 Pfizer Outstanding Leader award.

When not working, I enjoy traveling and sampling craft beers. We are season ticket holders of our local soccer team, Indy Eleven. We have 3 cats and 2 greyhounds. We support and help with the local greyhound rescue group, Prison Greyhounds.

Sloan Fleming

Foundation Trustee (1st Term, 2024)

I received my Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Kansas in 2003. 

 

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Sloan Fleming was initiated into Alpha Lambda Chapter at the University of South Carolina in 1998.  She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2002, after which she completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.  Following residency training, she worked for 7 years as a clinical pharmacist in trauma critical care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.  Her family then moved back home to the Carolinas and she worked as a staff clinical pharmacist at the Moses Cone Health System in Greensboro, NC.  She currently works as the Volunteer and Trip Coordinator for Gift of Life International.

During pharmacy school, Sloan served as President of Alpha Lambda Chapter and was a 2001 recipient of the Zada M. Cooper scholarship.  Her service to KE after graduation has included a variety of positions on Grand Council: Grand President (2005-2007), Vice-President of Membership Recruitment (2001-2003), President-Elect (2003-2005), Immediate Past President (2007-2009), and Vice-President of Financial Development (2009-2011).

Sloan lives in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband, Greg, and kids, Hannah and David.

 

Kim Gwiazdzinski

Foundation Trustee (1st Term, 2024)

Kim is a registered pharmacist with more than 20 years of direct market access experience holding key strategic positions at large National payers including Prime Therapeutics and Cigna, and industry leading pharmaceutical companies Merck, AstraZeneca and NovoNordisk.

 

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Kim Gwiazdzinski serves as Vice President, Outcomes & Value  at Coeus Consulting Group, a boutique strategy consulting firm supporting life sciences companies, payors and health delivery systems.  In this role, she is develops revolutionary market access strategies on behalf of clients to drive value through proven clinical outcomes, optimizing market coverage and ensuring affordable access to products designed to improve patients lives.

Kim is a registered pharmacist with more than 20 years of direct market access experience holding key strategic positions at large National payers including Prime Therapeutics and Cigna, and industry leading pharmaceutical companies Merck, AstraZeneca and NovoNordisk.  She specializes in managed markets strategy, value-based contracting, commercial innovation, pricing and contracting, and affordability.

Salvatore Bottiglieri

Foundation Ex Officio (2nd Term, 2023)

Salvatore Bottiglieri, originally from Montrose, New York, received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy in 2008. 

 

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Dr. Bottiglieri, received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy in 2008. Dr. Bottiglieri completed his pharmacy residency at The Moses Cone Health System in Greensboro, North Carolina and a Hematology/Oncology residency with The University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Bottiglieri currently serves as the Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator in Medical Oncology services at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Bottiglieri practices in multiple solid tumor clinics including the gastrointestinal, head & neck, and endocrine clinic. Some of his interests include clinical pharmacy patient education and virtual health experiences, oral chemotherapy management, and clinical pharmacy administration.

Erin Lingenfelter

Foundation Ex Officio (1st Term, 2023)

Immediate Past President Erin M. Lingenfelter, originally from Sandusky, Ohio. She was initiated into the Psi chapter in 2001 and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University in 2005.

 

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Immediate Past President Erin M. Lingenfelter, originally from Sandusky, Ohio. She was initiated into the Psi chapter in 2001 and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University in 2005. She continued her post-graduate education with a pharmacy practice residency in Kalamazoo, Michigan at Borgess Medical Center and completed her specialty residency in Critical Care with University of Utah Health Care in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Erin Lingenfelter currently serves as a Clinical Emergency Medicine Pharmacist and Residency Program Coordinator for the PGY2 emergency medicine residency at University of Utah Health Care. She and her team started the first emergency medicine pharmacy practice in the state of Utah. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, she provides lectures and clinical rotations for the colleges of pharmacy, medicine, and paramedics. Erin is also active in her local community and orienting the refugee population to the health care system.

Her Kappa Epsilon involvement has includes Grand Council President Elect (2017-2019),  Grand Council VP Alumni (2011-2013), Grand Council VP Communications (2007-2011), Grand Council Secretary (2005-2007), Chair National Projects Committee (2003-2005), Psi Chapter President (2003-2004), Psi Chapter National Convention Delegate (2003), Psi Chapter New Member Educator (2002-2003). Erin is also a recipient of the Unicorn Award.

In all of her free time, Erin enjoys cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, camping, fly fishing, scuba diving, vegetable gardening, and photography. She lives in Salt Lake City with her partner Dr. Kashyap Yellepeddi and her goldendoodle, Cleveland.

 

Foundation Goals

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Education & Research

Sponsor and promote educational programs and research projects in the field of pharmacy

Continuing Education

Promote and support continuing education programs for alumni

Scholarship & Character

Promote the scholarship, character and morality of collegiates by providing educational advantages

Intellectual Excellence

Foster intellectual excellence through grants, fellowships, scholarship incentives and awards

Levels of Giving

 

Order of the Diamond
Contributions exceeding $5000

Order of the Pearl
Contributions of $1000-$5000

Order of the Scroll
Contributions of $101-$999

Order of the Rose
Contributions up to $100