The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy has announced the recipients of the 2018 Honorary Alumni Award. Kate Gainer and Lisa Ploehn will be recognized during the Osterhaus Medal for Lifetime Achievement Symposium and Alumni Awards Ceremony on October 18. The Honorary Alumni Award annually honors friends of the college for their personal contribution toward pharmacy achievement, leadership, and service to the profession, or exhibits exceptional service to the college. These individuals inspire students and serve as role models.
Kate received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin and then moved to Iowa to complete a PGY1 residency at Medicap Pharmacy and Drake University. In 2005, she began working for IPA where she focused on medication safety, quality improvement, and professional affairs until applying for the CEO position in 2011.
Ploehn established the Bill Burke Student Leadership Conference and the Bill Burke Student Professional Travel Fund Endowment, named after her father. She received the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Distinguished Achievement Award in Community and Ambulatory Practice in 2001, the 2005 Innovative Pharmacist of the Year Award and 2007 Bowl of Hygeia Award, both from the Iowa Pharmacy Association. Ploehn is an advocate for volunteerism and makes yearly medical mission trips to South America.