Jenelle Sobotka

, ’87 BSPh, ’89 PharmD

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Jenelle Sobotka is Professor and Director of Online Certificate and Master's Programs in Pharmacy Leadership at the University of Cincinnati. 

Sobotka received her BSPh and PharmD degrees from the University of Iowa. Her early career roles included community pharmacy, clinical specialist/internal medicine (VA Medical Center), association management, industry, and academia. She was Associate Director of the Iowa Pharmacy Association and Director of the Iowa Center for Pharmaceutical Care (ICPC) – a coordinated effort between the Iowa colleges and professional society to change pharmacy practice that gained both national and international recognition. ICPC received the 1999 APhA Foundation’s Pinnacle Award for their work to advance patient care practice. Sobotka co-authored the book, A Practical Guide to Pharmaceutical Care.  Prior to joining ONU, Sobotka was Director of Professional Relations for Procter & Gamble.

Sobotka was the 2012-13 APhA President and has served two terms with the APhA Board of Trustees. She was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the Academic Section of the Federation of International Pharmacists, FIP. Sobotka has also dedicated time, energy, and leadership to public initiatives, through service on the Hardin County Memorial Hospital – Quality Committee, and former service to the American Academy of Pediatricians – Ohio Chapter, Foundation Board Member, and the St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy, Cincinnati, Board member.

Sobotka has received several honors and awards including the 2008 Kappa Epsilon National Career Achievement award, the 2003 University of Iowa Rho Chi Honorary Alumni Award, and was recognized as an APhA Fellow in 2003. She was presented an Honorary Degree by Western University and honored as a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Pharmacy.  She is also a Distinguished Fellow and Member of the National Academies of Practice.