By: | Jan-29-19

Clockwise from front left: Vanessa Callen, Michael Angeloni, Sara Roszak, Christie Boutte, Evan Sarris, Heidi Ecker

Arlington, Va.—The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) has promoted six staff team members to roles vital to the advancement of the NACDS Access Agenda and its related issue campaigns.

The individuals, with their prior and new titles, and hometowns, include:

  • Michael Angeloni, promoted from government affairs coordinator to government affairs and communications associate; hometown: West Hazleton, Pa.
  • Christie Boutte, promoted from senior director, federal and state public policy, to vice president, regulatory advocacy and research; hometown: New Orleans, La.
  • Vanessa Callen, promoted from grassroots and public policy associate to manager, political engagement and PAC director; hometown: Vienna, Va.
  • Heidi Ecker, promoted from senior director, government affairs and grassroots programs, to senior director, government affairs and political engagement; hometown: Chicopee, Mass.
  • Sara Roszak, promoted from senior director, research programs to vice president, pharmacy care and health strategy; hometown: Orlando, Fla.
  • Evan Sarris, promoted from coalition and stakeholder associate to manager, federal government affairs; hometown: Shelton, Conn.

In making the announcement, NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson said, “NACDS exists to serve the membership in areas that are critically important to their companies and to the people they serve. We recognize and appreciate what these team members have done, and what they will now do in their new, elevated and exciting roles.

“Their collective experience totals 40 years of hard-charging work for NACDS. With their NACDS and other experience, they bring a combined total of 80 years of service to healthcare and business associations, pharmacy companies, the legislative and executive branches at the federal and state levels of government, and patient advocacy organizations. This experience is essential to our success on our priority issues and programs.”

The NACDS Access Agenda maintains that just as pharmacies provide healthcare access to patients every day, pharmacy stands ready to provide access to health policy solutions on pressing issues. The Access Agenda includes defending access to pharmacy patient care, enhancing access to newer pharmacy-provided services, and serving as working partners for stronger and safer communities.

To advance the Access Agenda, NACDS is waging campaigns on issues including direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fee reform; pharmacy reimbursement; scope of business; and opioid-abuse prevention.

More information about NACDS’ priority issues can be found at NACDS.org.

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