AMCP Elevates Mackowiak and Bruns to VP, Shaughnessy to Deputy to the CEO

For Immediate Release

Alexandria, VA, July 8, 2014 — The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) is pleased to announce three senior appointments with John Mackowiak, PhD, currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy, becoming vice president of pharmacy and education; April M. Shaughnessy, RPh, CAE, deputy to the CEO; and Kevin Bruns, vice president of communications and marketing.
Mackowiak, an 18-year member of AMCP, has more than 30 years of experience in academia, research and industry. In his new association role, he has lead responsibility for achieving AMCP's top strategic priority to be the leading provider of education, training and research in managed care pharmacy. He oversees initiatives to elevate and strengthen the profession's role in improving health care quality, patient outcomes and affordability. He continues as JMCP editor-in-chief.
Shaughnessy joined AMCP in 2007 and served until recently as director of mission advancing initiatives and governance. As deputy to the CEO, she is a senior advisor to the CEO and serves as an executive office representative to external organizations. She also is responsible for the development and implementation of the AMCP and AMCP Foundation strategic plans; she'll also oversee and administer governance for both.
Bruns, who joined AMCP in July 2013 as senior director of communications, has 18 years of experience in public relations, public affairs and marketing communications. He oversees a wide range of activities, including media relations, social media, internal communications, marketing, membership and meetings.
"We are delighted to have individuals with John's, April's and Kevin's experience, knowledge and record of success at the Academy," said AMCP Chief Executive Officer Edith A. Rosato, RPh, IOM. "In less than a year John transformed JMCP to cement its position as a leading journal of cutting-edge research.
"April is one of my trusted advisors and has contributed significantly to the Board of Director's success in overseeing our mission and operations. Likewise, Kevin has reshaped and strengthened our communications channels, helping to elevate our visibility and positions on key policy and practice issues. I look forward to their bringing that same energy and enthusiasm to their new roles at ACMP," Rosato added.
Since 1996 Mackowiak has been president of the Center for Outcomes Research. Earlier, he served as directors of outcomes assessment and outcomes management at Glaxo. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he was an associate professor with tenure, acting department chair, and director of the Pharmacy Policy Research Laboratory. Mackowiak graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honors from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he also earned an M.S. in Pharmacy Administration. He received his Ph.D. in Pharmacy Administration from UNC.
Earlier, Shaughnessy was deputy to the executive vice president for governance of the American Pharmacists Association, where she had been for 20 years. She is a pharmacist and has worked both in community and hospital pharmacy settings, including Walgreens locations and the University of Chicago Hospitals & Clinics. She received her BS in Pharmacy at Creighton University and is a Certified Association Executive and member of the American Society of Association Executives.
Bruns began his career on Capitol Hill, where he was congressional committee counsel with responsibility for federal employee health benefits, ERISA benefits and health reform. Since 1996 he has been a public affairs consultant and writer for numerous health care organizations – from a state health department to county Medicaid agency, health plans to manufacturers. He's a graduate of Cornell University and American University College of Law.
About AMCP  
The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy is a national professional association of pharmacists and other health care practitioners who serve society by the application of sound medication management principles and strategies to improve health care for all. The Academy's nearly 7,000 members develop and provide a diversified range of clinical, educational and business management services and strategies on behalf of the more than 200 million Americans covered by a managed care pharmacy benefit. It is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013. More news and information about the Academy can be found at
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