Leadership

John R. Jones, RPh
Vice President, Enterprise Pharmacy

David J. Klinger, RPh
Associate Vice President, Acute Care

Michael A. Evans, RPh
Associate Vice President, Clinical Strategy & Innovation
Co-Director, Center for Pharmacy Innovation & Outcomes
Enterprise Pharmacy

Dean T. Parry, RPh
Associate Vice President, Clinical Informatics

Kelly Guza, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS
Director, Acute Care Clinical Pharmacy Programs

Kelly Bolesta, PharmD, BCPS
Regional Director of Pharmacy, Geisinger Northeast
Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center
Geisinger Community Medical Center

Michelle Budzyn, PharmD
Clinical Coordinator, Enterprise Pharmacy
Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center

Preceptors

Maria E. Agostini, RPh
Clinical Pharmacist, Hematology/Oncology
Ms. Agostini graduated with a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. She has been a clinical pharmacist at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center since 1987 with a focus in oncology since 2001. She is a member of the cancer committee, residency advisory committee and oncology medication safety workgroup. Her areas of interest include oncology, medication safety, and patient safety.

Kelly Bolesta, PharmD, BCPS
Regional Director of Pharmacy, Residency Program Director
Dr. Bolesta received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University in 2001. She then completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. After completion of her residency, Dr. Bolesta worked at Lancaster General Hospital before beginning her career with Geisinger in 2003. Dr. Bolesta has worked in various areas of pharmacy practice within Geisinger. Her current role is regional director of pharmacy for Geisinger Northeast and residency program director for Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. She serves on several committees including medication use evaluation committee, formulary steering committee, and the pharmacy and therapeutics committee. Her professional interests include pharmacy leadership and pharmacy education.

Jonathan Brady, PharmD, CACP
Assistant Director, Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy Programs
Dr. Brady is a graduate of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2012. After graduation, he accepted a position as an ambulatory clinical pharmacist with Geisinger, specializing in anticoagulation, diabetes, dyslipidemia and hypertension management. In his current role as assistant director of ambulatory clinical pharmacy programs, Dr. Brady is responsible for oversight of clinical services throughout the northeast. He is currently involved in the development and implementation of several pharmacy-based chronic disease management clinical services at Geisinger, including asthma, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hepatitis C, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Dr. Brady is a preceptor for the ambulatory medication therapy disease management rotation. His professional interests include diabetes, population health and health literacy.

Michelle Budzyn, PharmD
Clinical Coordinator
Dr. Budzyn is a graduate of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2012. After graduation, she accepted a position as a clinical pharmacist at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center and transitioned into the clinical coordinator role in 2016. She is a preceptor for the drug information and health care education rotation, the pharmacy administration and medication safety rotation, and the pediatric elective rotation. She serves on the residency advisory committee, neonatal committee, the antimicrobial stewardship committee, the formulary steering committee, MUE committee, stroke committee, chest pain committee, and is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. Her areas of interest include pediatrics/neonatology, obstetrics, internal medicine, emergency medicine and medication safety.

Jenna Carmichael, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Pharmacist, MTDM Oral Chemotherapy
Residency Program Director, PGY2 Oncology
Dr. Carmichael received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2009. She graduated from the University of Arizona, College of Pharmacy in Tucson, AZ, in 2011. She completed her PGY1 at the Sierra Nevada VA Health Care System in Reno, NV, and her PGY2 in oncology at Geisinger Medical Center. After residency, she accepted a position at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center and started the oral chemotherapy monitoring clinic. She serves on several hospital committees, including the residency advisory committee, cancer committee and the cancer innovations committee, as well as committees through ASHP and HOPA. She has funding for cancer care delivery research through a grant from the NCI-NCORP network. She is a preceptor for the PGY1 program at Geisinger Wyoming Valley as well as an advisor for the PGY1 program at Geisinger Medical Center. Dr. Carmichael precepts APPE students from a variety of local pharmacy schools, including Wilkes University and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. She also volunteers at the Wilkes Barre Free clinic.

Darlene Chaykosky, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist, Emergency Medicine/Critical Care
Dr. Chaykosky graduated from Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy with her PharmD in 2009. After graduation, she completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency and PGY-2 critical care residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia, PA. After residency, she joined Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center as a clinical pharmacist and currently works with the emergency medicine and critical care teams. She serves on the residency advisory committee and ICU sepsis committee and is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. She is the preceptor for the residents' longitudinal staffing experience.

Gerard A Greskovic, RPh, CACP, CDE
Director, Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy Programs
Mr. Greskovic graduated from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Sciences in 1991 with a BS in Pharmacy degree. He spent 11 years working in retail pharmacy, pharmacy management and hospital pharmacy prior to accepting a position in 2002 as a clinical pharmacist for the Geisinger specializing in chronic disease management. In his current role of director, he is responsible for the supervision, expansion, and continued growth of the medication therapy disease management program (MTDM), which at present represents more than 50 ambulatory care clinics throughout Pennsylvania. These pharmacist-run clinics cover such disease states as diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, CHF, asthma, anticoagulation, pain management, MS/neurology and hematology/oncology, to name a few. He is an adjunct assistant professor of pharmacy at Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy and serves as preceptor for PharmD students from four other pharmacy schools across Pennsylvania. His areas of interest include population health, pharmacy legislation and metabolic disease.

Scott Harley, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Infectious Diseases
Dr. Harley is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2011. After graduation, he accepted a position as a clinical pharmacist at Chartwell Pennsylvania, a home infusion pharmacy in Pittsburgh. In December of 2011, he accepted his current position as a clinical pharmacist at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. He is the preceptor for the infectious diseases rotation. He serves on the residency advisory committee and the antimicrobial stewardship committee. He is an adjunct professor at the Wilkes University School of Pharmacy. His areas of interest include hematology/oncology and infectious diseases.

Michael A. Kachmarsky, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Ambulatory Care
Dr. Kachmarsky is a graduate of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2014.  After graduation, he completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA.  He accepted a position as an ambulatory clinical pharmacist with Geisinger, specializing in anticoagulation, diabetes, dyslipidemia, asthma and hypertension management. Dr. Kachmarsky is a preceptor for the ambulatory medication therapy disease management rotation. His professional interests include diabetes and cardiology.  

Jamie Kerestes, PharmD
PGY-1 Residency Program Director
Clinical Pharmacist; Emergency Medicine
Dr. Kerestes is a graduate of University of the Sciences, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. She received her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree in 2011. After graduation she accepted a position as a clinical pharmacist at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Dr. Kerestes is a preceptor for emergency medicine. She has been involved in implementing the emergency medicine pharmacy service as well as the cardiac unit pharmacy service. She facilitates the pharmacists' ACLS education and certification for hospital-wide code response. She is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice of Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. Her areas of interest include teaching, emergency medicine, anticoagulation, trauma, and cardiology. She serves on several hospital committees including emergency medicine providers, emergency medical response, chest pain, and sepsis.
 
Kayla Kotch, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Emergency Medicine/Critical Care Medicine
Dr. Kotch is a graduate of the Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2014. She then completed a PGY1 residency at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, NY. After completion of her PGY1 residency, she completed a PGY2 in critical care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She then accepted a position at Hershey Medical Center as a clinical emergency medicine pharmacist and helped implement pharmacy services in the emergency department. She currently serves as a preceptor for the critical care medicine rotation. Areas of interest include pain/agitation/delirium, pharmacokinetics in the critically ill, infectious disease, ARDS and shock management.

Frederick Leri PharmD, MBA, BCPS
Clinical Coordinator, Geisinger Community Medical Center
Dr. Leri received his BS degree from PCPS in 1985, Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1994, and MBA from the University of Scranton in 1997. He is currently the clinical coordinator at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton, PA, and on the faculty of Wilkes University School of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences, and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Prior to his current position Dr. Leri spent 30 years at Moses Taylor Hospital where he held numerous pharmacy positions including residency program director. His professional interests include infectious disease, critical care and education. Dr. Leri is the preceptor for the internal medicine rotation.

Vanessa Markle, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Internal Medicine
Dr. Markle graduated from Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy with her PharmD in 2013. After graduation, she completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. After residency, she joined Geisinger Medical Center as a clinical pharmacist and recently transferred to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. She serves on the residency advisory committee and as a preceptor for the internal medicine and precepting learning experiences.

Stacie Marx, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Hematology/Oncology
Dr. Marx graduated from Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy with her Doctorate of Pharmacy in 2003. Following graduation, she completed the NHIA Home Infusion Pharmacy Certificate program while working as a home infusion pharmacist. She also served as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. Since 2008, Dr. Marx has practiced as a clinical oncology pharmacist with focus in IV therapy at the Henry Cancer Center at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. She is a member of the cancer center committee, oncology medication safety workgroup and committee, and the residency advisory committee. Her professional interests include hematology/oncology, sterile and non-sterile compounding, medication safety, and compliance with USP chapters 797 and 800.

Sarah Miller, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist, Emergency Medicine/Critical Care Medicine
Dr. Miller is a graduate of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2010. She then completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center. After completion of her residency, she accepted a position at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center as a clinical pharmacist to implement pharmacy services in the emergency department. She serves as the preceptor for emergency medicine, critical care medicine and infectious disease. She is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice of Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. She has been board certified in pharmacotherapy through the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties since 2011. Areas of interest include trauma, acute ischemic stroke and sepsis.

Dean T. Parry, RPh
Associate Vice President, Clinical Informatics, Geisinger Health System
Mr. Parry graduated from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1981 with a BS in Pharmacy. After graduation he worked as a pharmacist at Geisinger Medical Center. In January 1985, he accepted a position as chief pharmacist at Macha Mission Hospital in Choma, Zambia, Africa. Mr. Parry was deeply involved in the leadership of the Churches Medical Association of Zambia and also in the area of research related to the treatment of malaria. He has co-authored several research articles related to the treatment of malaria. On his return the United States in 1995, he again accepted a position at Geisinger Medical Center and has been actively involved in various areas including health care redesign projects in the late 1990s, and in the development of various pharmaceutical care programs for the organization. In his current position, Mr. Parry is responsible for ambulatory and acute care pharmacy programs throughout Geisinger. He also works closely with leadership in the development of processes and guidelines for appropriate utilization of medications. Mr. Parry serves as a preceptor for the pharmacy administration rotation.

Diane Polombo, PharmD, CPPS
Director Medication Safety, Enterprise Pharmacy
Dr. Polombo graduated from Temple University in 1990 with a BS in Pharmacy and received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Dunn School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA in 2001. She joined Geisinger in 2005 and served as the clinical coordinator at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. She is currently director of medication safety for enterprise pharmacy. Prior to joining Geisinger she worked at Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, PA as a clinical pharmacist for 15 years. Her professional interests include medication and patient safety. Dr. Polombo is the preceptor for the medication safety rotation.

Amanda Popko, PharmD, CACP
Clinical Pharmacist, Ambulatory Care Pharmacy
Dr. Popko is a graduate of the University of Scranton and of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2009 and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2014. After graduation, she accepted a position as an ambulatory clinical pharmacist with Geisinger, specializing in anticoagulation, asthma, diabetes, dyslipidemia and hypertension management. Her professional interests include teaching, diabetes, asthma/COPD, and cultural competence in health care. Dr. Popko is a preceptor for the ambulatory medication therapy disease management rotation and learning experience.

Amy Robacheski, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Internal Medicine
Dr. Robacheski graduated from Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy with her PharmD in 2015. After graduation, she completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. After residency, she joined Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center as a clinical pharmacist. She serves on the residency advisory committee and is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy.

Teri A Thomas, RPh
Chronic Pain MTDM Clinical Pharmacist, Northeast Region  
Mrs. Thomas graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Temple University School of Pharmacy in 1996. She spent the past 20 years working as a clinical inpatient hospital pharmacist at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. She joined Geisinger as an ambulatory clinical pharmacist specializing in chronic pain management in May of 2016 for the northeast region. In her current role, she assists Geisinger physicians in managing their patients with chronic non-malignant pain, provides palliative care, coordinates complementary therapies to manage chronic pain, monitors patient compliance, identifies and assesses potential or existing risk factors, collaborates with cognitive behavioral therapists. Presently, she has a distinct focus on assisting patients in weaning from high dose opioid regimens and converting them to safer, non-opioid medication regimens for the management of chronic, long-term pain.  

Sarah Witkowski, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Cardiology
Dr. Witkowksi graduated from Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy with her PharmD in 2011. After graduation, she completed a PGY-1 pharmacy residency at the Lebanon VA Medical Center and the Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy Resident Teaching Certificate in 2012. After residency, she joined Geisinger Wyoming Valley as a clinical pharmacist and currently works with the cardiology and emergency medicine care teams. Currently, she provides anticoagulation training and education for the pharmacy staff and residents. She serves on the residency advisory committee, chest pain committee, LVAD committee, Theradoc superuser work group, and MUE committee at Geisinger Wyoming Valley. She serves as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. Her interests include teaching, cardiovascular medicine and anticoagulation.