Comprehensive Pharmacy Services


CPS benefits from the outstanding leadership
of our executive staff.

Click on any person's name below to learn more about their specific responsibilities, background and experience, and professional affiliations.

Don Nickleson, Chief Executive Officer
  • Establishing strategic direction
  • Corporate leadership
  • Member of the Board of Directors
Background and Experience
  • More than 20 years of organizational leadership
  • Former Regional President for US Office Products
  • Key positions with Mills Morris Arrow, Inc.
Professional Affiliations
  • BS in Accounting , Freed Hardeman University
  • Graduate studies, University of Memphis
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year - 2011 regional finalist
Glenn Etow, Pharm.D.- President & Chief Operating Officer
  • Oversight for all operations
  • Development of new services
  • Financial results
  • Member of Board of Directors
Background and Experience
  • More than 20 years of in hospital pharmacy practice
  • Established pharmacy practice residency
Professional Affiliations
  • Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Southern California
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • California Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • Inland Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • California Pharmacist Association
  • American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
Walker Upshaw, Chief Development Officer
  • Sales Development
  • Sales Function Management
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Contract Negotiation
Background and Experience
  • 20 years in Health Care Business Development
  • Sales and Sales Training positions with Johnson & Johnson
  • Sales and Sales Management positions with Allergan, Inc.
Professional Affiliations
  • BS in Business, University of Alabama
  • MBA, Owen Graduate School of Management - Vanderbilt University (with honors)
Brian Johnson, Chief Financial Officer
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Treasury and Cash Management
  • Planning and Budgeting
  • Asset Management
  • Information Technology
Background and Experience
  • Public accounting experience in audit with Ernst & Young
  • Controllership responsibilities for companies in mfg, distribution and retail
  • Director of Finance for an $800 million division of a $2 billion publicly traded specialty pharmacy
  • Workflow management and process improvement
  • Extensive experience in analysis and planning
Professional Affiliations
  • Bachelor's of Accountancy, University of Mississippi
  • Tennessee Society of CPA's
  • Certified Public Accountant (inactive)
Ira Poltorak, Pharm.D.- Executive Vice President and President, Western Operations
  • Oversight for Western operations - Acute Care
  • Oversight for All Specialty Hospitals
  • Oversight for Retail and Ambulatory Care
  • Operational Finance
  • Resource Solutions
  • Consultations
  • Performance Improvement
  • Medication Safety
  • Solutions Team
  • Automation
  • Clinical and Purchasing
  • Information Technology
  • Education
Background and Experience
  • Director of Operations for a Pharmacy Management company
  • Former CEO of a pharmacy consulting company
  • Director of Pharmacy for several Community and Teaching Hospitals of all sizes
Professional Affiliations
  • Advocate in the Leadership Circle for USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • BA, California State University, Fullerton
  • Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Southern California
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • California Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • Orange County Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • USC School of Pharmacy Alumni Association
  • California State University, Fullerton, Alumni Association
Marney Wilkerson, RPh - President, Eastern Operations Hospital Division
  • Oversight for acute care operations for the Eastern United States, Puerto Rico and Caribbean
  • Performance Improvement
  • Regulatory
  • Automation
  • Clinical and Purchasing
  • Preliminary Marketing Due Diligence
  • Contract Negotiation
Background and Experience
  • Various management positions ranging from Director of Pharmacy to National Accounts Manager to Vice President of Operations
  • Worked with a wide variety of hospitals from small rural facilities to large urban teaching facilities
  • Strong sales and management background on both a local and national level
  • Wilkerson’s facilities have consistently scored high in the area of customer satisfaction
Professional Affiliations
  • Bachelor of Science, Pharmacy, University of Texas
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • University of Texas Alumni Association
Dr. Hoda Asmar - Sr. Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
  • Enhancing thought leadership
  • Liaison with client clinical leadership
  • Leading innovative care models
  • Identifying medication management growth initiatives
Background and Experience
  • SVP/CMO, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Albuquerque, NM
  • CMO Edward Health Services, Naperville, IL
  • CMO St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Macomb, MI
  • VP of Medical Affairs, Mercy Hospital, Cadillac, MI
Professional Affiliations
  • Graduate of St. Joseph University Medical School, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Internal Medicine Residency at Pinnacle Health, Harrisburg, PA
  • Fellowship Infectious Diseases, Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia
  • MBA from Michigan State University, Eli Broad School of Management
  • 2008 national Baldrige examiner
  • Member of the board of directors of The American College of Physicians Executives
Karen Clawson, Director of Human Resources
  • Human resources
  • Payroll processing
  • Benefit administration and design
  • Associate relations
  • Legal compliance
  • Compensation
Background and Experience
  • 20 years as a Human Resources Professional
  • International experience
  • Experienced in due diligence and acquisition integration
  • Served in corporate and divisional roles for World Class organizations
Professional Affiliations
  • BA, Psychology, University of Missouri
  • MS, Psychology, University of Memphis
  • Master Trainer with Development Dimensions International
  • Society of Human Resources Managers
  • American Society of Training and Development
  • Board President of the Greater Memphis YWCA
Rod Recor, VP Product Development
  • Product innovation
  • Product strategy and roadmap
  • Lead cross-functional teams to deliver go-to-market plans
  • Assess and establish partnerships and other strategic relationships
Background and Experience
  • Over 15 years of experience in product development, strategy and consulting within the health care industry
  • Senior Vice President, Strategic Services in charge of strategic planning and product development with ValueOptions
  • Director of Product Development for Health Coaching and Preventative Health Programs at a CIGNA Healthcare
  • Director of eSolutions driving product development best practices and innovative product development at UnitedHealth Group
Professional Affiliations
  • B.A. in Architecture from Yale University
  • M.B.A. in Health Systems Management from University of Connecticut
  • Association of Yale Alumni (AYA)
  • UCONN School of Business Alumni Association
Jeff Lackman, R.Ph.- RVP and DVP Remote and Resource Solutions
  • Development and implementation of new business
  • Staff development
  • Service integrity and optimization
  • Attain Financial, operational, and developmental goals
  • Integrate service lines to deliver excellence to clients
Background and Experience
  • Formerly Regional VP for CPS
  • System Director of Pharmacy for a large Catholic Healthcare System
  • Served on multiple GPO committees
  • Director of pharmacy for 3 hospitals
Professional Affiliations
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy – Purdue University
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Edward Choy, Pharm.D., MBA - DVP, Pharmacy Solutions and Consultative Services
  • Oversight of the transition of new accounts and transition team
  • Coordination of consultation projects
  • Financial and operational analysis of potential clients
Background and Experience
  • Pharmacy Director for various sized hospitals
  • Project Manager for new transitions
Professional Affiliations
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • California Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Boscoe Godfrey - Divisional Vice President Specialty Hosptials
  • Patient Care
  • Operations, Client Contract, and Employee Integrity
  • Communication
  • Divisional Leadership, Vision, and Development
  • P&L Management
  • Strategic Business Planning
  • Forecasting & Budgeting
  • Corporate –Division-Client Facilitation
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Divisional Employee Development
  • Change Management
Background and Experience
  • CEO Principle Pharmacy Group
  • Vice President of New Operations, Cardinal Healthcare
  • Regional Manager, Owen Healthcare
  • Director of Pharmacy Baxter Regional Hospital, Mountain Home, Arkansas
  • Director of Pharmacy, Medical Arts Hospital, Houston, Texas
  • Staff Pharmacist, Baptist Medical System, Little Rock, Arkansas
Professional Affiliations
  • Bachelor of Science, Pharmacy – University of Arkansas for Medical Science
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology- University of Arkansas
  • American Society of Health –System Pharmacists
Sherry Umhoefer, R.Ph., MBA, DVP, Compliance and Regulatory Services
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement
  • Healthcare Accreditation Preparedness
  • Risk Management
  • Policy Management
  • Process Improvement
  • HIPAA Privacy Officer
Background and Experience
  • Compliance Officer for a division of a Fortune 15 company
  • Clinical Consultant for a Pharmacy Information Systems company
  • Director of Pharmacy for a renowned multi-campus health care system
Professional Affiliations
  • BS, University of Wisconsin
  • MBA, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • American Pharmacists Association
  • Health Care Compliance Association
  • American Society of Pharmacy Law
  • National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators
Reid Toda, Pharm. D - Divisional Vice President, 340B

Coordinate and oversee all operations of the 340B division which include but not limited to

  • Assist in software development and enhancement
  • Sales and marketing due diligence
  • Personnel decision
  • Implementation
  • Regulatory/compliance readiness
  • Account development
  • Service optimization
  • Attainment of operational and financial company goals
Background and Experience
  • Former Vice President of Strategic Development for an Oncology Disease Management Company
  • Former Regional Director for a Home Health Care Company
  • Former Director of Pharmacy Programs for a Oncology Distribution Company
Professional Affiliations
  • Masters of Science – University of Southern California
  • Bachelor of Science, Pharmacy – Creighton University
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology – University of California
  • American Pharmacists Association
  • California Pharmacists Association
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Marvin Finnefrock, Pharm. D. - Divisional Vice President of Clinical and Purchasing Services
  • Direct oversight of all aspects of clinical services
  • Direct oversight of all aspects of purchasing
  • Development of unique business opportunity in transitional care services
  • Clinical Consulting and assessment
  • Pharmacy Ambulatory Care
  • Medication safety and Performance Improvement programs
  • Designing residency programs
  • Clinical initiative and staff development programs
  • Clinical data programs
Background and Experience
  • Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of So California
  • Director of pharmacy
  • Clinical coordinator
  • Ambulatory care director for several large physician practices
  • Certification in multiple disease state management programs
  • Residency trained in Clinical Pharmacy and Management
Professional Affiliations
  • Has served on several GPO advisory panels including past chair
  • American Society of Health System Pharmacist
  • Preceptor for Schools of Pharmacy including Western State University, University San Francisco and University of So California
Tracy W Becker, Pharm. D., MBA, CDE - Divisional Vice President Outpatient Services
  • Leadership and oversight of Outpatient Pharmacy Services
  • Leadership of the integration of new outpatient business lines
  • Leadership of the standardization of Outpatient Pharmacy operations
  • Leadership of Divisional financial and operational goals
  • Leadership of Ambulatory Pharmacy Services
Background and Experience
  • VP of Pharmacy and Ancillary Services for National HMO
  • District Manager for National Chain Drug Store Company
  • Chairman of National HMO Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Certified Diabetic Educator
Professional Affiliations
  • Doctorate of Pharmacy from Duquesne University
  • Masters in Business Administration from Waynesburg University
  • American Society of Hospital Pharmacists
  • American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacists
  • American Association of Diabetic Educators
  • National Community Pharmacists Association
  • Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy
  • American Pharmacists Association
  • Pennsylvania Pharmacy Association