Pharmacy Directors Council

The Pharmacy Directors Council is responsible for establishing system-wide pharmacy goals, overseeing and monitoring the performance of all medication management activities throughout the system and collaborating with the Clinical Pharmacy Council in carrying out these activities. The Council works to standardize processes, standardize policies, establish metrics to measure progress and expand the role of the pharmacist in the system so that they practice to the full extent of their licensure. The Council monitors the use of automation, standardizes equipment selections, monitors facilities so that they remain compliant with current regulations, and develops and approves system policies for the pharmacies in the system.


The Pharmacy Director’s Council meets monthly with the exception of July and December.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Establishment of system wide quality improvement activities, tracks progress by facility as well as aggregately towards completion, identifying any barriers, discussing and implementing solutions to overcome them
  • Monitors key performance indicators and workload statistics
  • Monitors medication errors and ADR's to implement standardized prevention methods
  • Coordinates care of patients beyond the acute care setting
  • Standardizes automation and equipment, reference materials, formulary process, medication use policies, tracking on activities, interventions and identification of ADR's
  • Standardizes processes and policies throughout the system
  • Increases compliance with Group Purchasing Organization (HPG) contracts to maximize value
  • Increases centralization of pharmacy processes to eliminate redundant operations and to free up staff to perform clinical activities
  • Develops career opportunities for staff development and career ladders
  • Works to expand the practice of pharmacy and the role of the pharmacist within the system


Clinical Pharmacy Council
The Pharmacy Informatics Collaborative
The Pharmacy Infectious Disease Collaborative


Robert T. Adamson
Robert T. Adamson, PharmD, FASHP
Chief Pharmacy Officer at RWJBarnabas Health
Chair of the Pharmacy Directors Council
Todd Butala
Todd Butala, PharmD
Assistant Director of Pharmacy at Monmouth Medical Southern Campus
Doug Destefano
Doug Destefano, PharmD
Director of Pharmacy at Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Maria DeVivo
Maria DeVivo, PharmD, MPA, BCPS, BCACP
Director of Pharmacy at Jersey City Medical Center
Lynne Goldstein
Lynne Goldstein, RPh
Director of Pharmacy at Community Medical Center
Richard Hilway
Richard Hilway, RPh
Director, Pharmacy Informatics Enterprise Clinical Information Systems at RWJBarnabas Health
Alex Kardos
Alex Kardos, MBA, RPh
Director of Pharmacy at RWJ University Hospital at Hamilton
Indu Lew
Indu Lew, PharmD
Corporate Vice President of Clinical Pharmacy Services at RWJBarnabas Health
Scott Mathis
Scott Mathis, PharmD
Regional Director of Pharmacy at Monmouth Medical Center Campuses
Anita McNeil
Anita McNeil, RPh
Director of Pharmacy, Qualitas Infusion and Hospital Services
Sheetal Patel
Sheetal Patel, PharmD, BCPS
Director of Pharmacy RWJ University Hospital at Rahway
Robert Pellechio
Robert Pellechio, RPh, MPA
Corporate Vice President of Integrated Pharmacy Services at RWJBarnabas Health
Mona Philips
Mona Philips, RPh, MAS
Director of Pharmacy at Clara Maass Medical Center
Sandra Richardson,
Sandra Richardson, PharmD, CCP
Director of Pharmacy at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Ellen Secaras
Ellen Secaras, MBA, RPh
Corporate Director of Pharmacy Systems Integration at RWJBarnabas Health
Suzanne Sesta
Suzanne Sesta, RPh
Vice President of Qualitas Pharmacy Services
Ron Simbulan
Ron Simbulan, RPh
Director of Pharmacy, Qualitas Specialty and Mail Order Pharmacy
Jodie Skayhan
Jodie Skayhan, PharmD
Director of Pharmacy RWJ University Hospital at New Brunswick
Christine Tricarico
Christine Tricarico, PharmD, MBA
Director of Pharmacy Children’s Specialized Hospital
Stuart Vigdor
Stuart Vigdor, BS Pharmacy, RPh
Director of Pharmacy RWJ University Hospital at Somerset
Joseph Voelkel
Joseph Voelkel, RPh
Corporate Director of RWJBarnabas Health Retail Pharmacy Division
Kim Walsh, RPh
Director of Pharmacy, Barnabas Behavioral Health