About the Award

The College of Pharmacy honors graduates of the past 20 years who have achieved early distinction in their field. Nominees include those who have made considerable contributions to the theory and practice of pharmacy or have demonstrated major accomplishments in a professional pharmacy practice or in pharmaceutical research and development.  Recipients have also contributed truly exceptional service to their community, the College, the profession, or the public.  To nominate an individual for this award, please follow this link.

2021 Genesis Award Recipients

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Brand A. Newland

Brand Newland is a chief executive officer and co-founder of Austin, Texas-based Goldfinch Health. With over 15 years of leadership experience in creating, commercializing and scaling new healthcare solutions, Brand has working to bring high-quality approaches to payers, employers, healthcare providers and patients throughout his career. In 2003, Brand joined OutcomesMTM, a pioneering pharmacy Medication Therapy Management company.

Brand received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa in 2005 and holds a certification in pain management. He also completed a Master of Business Administration at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Brand lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Katie Russell Newland.

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Ann Schwemm

Ann Schwemm is a senior clinical pharmacist at Flatiron Health, Inc., a cancer technology company. Prior to joining Flatiron, she practiced as a clinical oncology pharmacist at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota as well as the University of Washington Seattle Cancer Center in Seattle, Washington. Schwemm is a member of the Minnesota Society of Health System Pharmacist, the Hematology and Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA), American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the National Community Oncology Dispensing Association, Inc.

She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2005 and the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a Master of Public Health degree in 2009. After completing her PharmD/MPH, Schwemm pursued a post-graduate year one pharmacy practice residency at the University of Michigan Health System as well as post-graduate year two in oncology.

Past Genesis Award Recipients

2019 Genesis Award Recipients

Monica Fay-Azhar, ’03 PharmD, MBA
Scott Hynes, ’00 PharmD, PhD

2018 Genesis Award Recipients

Nicole K Brogden, '07 PharmD, PhD
Farah Towfic, '11 PharmD

2017 Genesis Award Recipients

Brett Barker, '08 PharmD
Karunya Kandimalla, '04 PhD

2016 Genesis Award Recipients

Deanna L McDanel, '01 PharmD,
Francisco Velazquez, BS, MS, '03 PhD

2015 Genesis Award Recipient

Mike Brownlee, '01 PharmD, MS

2014 Genesis Award Recipients

Kuberan Balagurunathan, '00 PhD
Nora Stelter, '00 PharmD

2013 Genesis Award Recipients

Kelly Brock, '02 PharmD
Joanne Reiland Wakeman, '02 BS, '09 PhD