The Board


The Florida Board of Pharmacy plays an important role in health care regulation as the board members and staff interact regularly with other pharmacy affiliated groups in Florida, as well as the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

The Florida Board of Pharmacy consists of nine members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Seven members of the board must be licensed pharmacists who are residents of this state and who have been engaged in the practice of the profession of pharmacy in this state for at least 4 years and, to the extent practicable, represent the various pharmacy practice settings. Of the pharmacist members, two must be currently engaged in the practice of pharmacy in a community pharmacy, two must be currently engaged in the practice of pharmacy in a Class II institutional pharmacy or a Modified Class II institutional pharmacy, and three must be pharmacists licensed in this state irrespective of practice setting. The remaining two members must be residents of the state who have never been licensed as pharmacists and who are in no way connected with the practice of the profession of pharmacy. No person may be appointed as a consumer member who is in any way connected with a drug manufacturer or wholesaler. At least one member of the board must be 60 years of age or older. The Governor shall appoint members to the board in accordance with this subsection as members’ terms expire or as a vacancy occurs until the composition of the board complies with the requirements of this subsection.

Are you a current or new board member? Helpful resources and information pertinent to your position are available on the new Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) board member website.

If you are interested in becoming a board member, the site contains material that provides insight into the duties and responsibilities of the role. To view the site, please visit flhealthsource.gov/board-members.

Members of the Board

Jeffrey J. Mesaros
PharmD, J.D.
Chair
Orlando, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2020
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Richard Montgomery
BPharm, MBA
Vice-Chair
Orlando

Term Ends:
10/31/2018
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Jeenu Philip
BPharm

St. Johns, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2020
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David Bisaillon
Consumer
Bradenton, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2018
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Jonathan Hickman
PharmD

Tallahassee, Florida

Term Ends:
10/31/2021
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Gavin Meshad
Consumer
Sarasota, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2017
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Mark Mikhael
PharmD

Orlando, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2020
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Blanca R. Rivera
MPharm, MBA

Miami, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2019
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David Wright
BPharm

Fort Pierce, FL

Term Ends:
10/31/2019
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Organizational Structure of the Board

The Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance, serves as the principle administrative unit for the Board. The Board is supported by a full-time professional staff based in Tallahassee. The Board’s activities are supported in full by fees paid by its licensees. All Board members serve four-year terms. Despite the expiration of their term, Board members continue to serve until they have been replaced. To learn more about becoming a member of the Board, visit the Governor’s Appointment Office website or email their office at appointments@eog.myflorida.com.

Board Councils & Committees

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Controlled Substance Standards Committee

The focus of the committee is to explore the challenges that patients face in filling prescriptions for controlled substances in the atmosphere of increased concern for prescription drug abuse, and the many factors that affect a pharmacist’s ability to fill controlled substance prescriptions.

Chair
Gavin Meshad

Member(s)
Jeenu Philip
Jeff Mesaros
Richard Montgomery
David Bisaillon

Rules Committee

This committee develops recommendations for amendment of Board rules or creation of new rules, to clarify standards or to impose requirements to strengthen patient protection and quality of care. This committee also makes recommendations to the full board regarding bills filed with the legislature.

Chair
Jeffrey Mesaros

Member(s)
David Bisaillon
Jonathan Hickman
Jeenu Philip
Blanca Rivera

Compounding Rules Committee

This committee develops recommendations for amendment of Board compounding rules or creation of new rules, to clarify standards or to impose requirements to strengthen patient protection and quality of care.

Chair
Mark Michael

Member(s)
Blanca Rivera
Richard Montgomery
David Wright

Legislative Committee

This committee develops recommendations for potential legislative changes to statutes governing the practice of Pharmacy. This committee also makes recommendations to the full board regarding bills filed with the legislature.

Chair
Jeenu Philip

Member(s)
Jonathan Hickman
Mark Mikhael
David Wright

Board Staff

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Jennifer Wenhold, M.S.W.
Acting Executive Director
Serve as Chief Administrative Officer of Board, coordinate administration of budget, analyze and track Legislation, act as liaison with State and National Pharmacy Associations, and interact with Board Members.
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Eric Pottschmidt
Program Operations Administrator
Section: Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Responsible for the administrative oversight of the regulatory process regarding licensure for pharmacist, pharmacist interns, pharmacist technicians and training programs, prescription pads, and CE Broker.
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Amber Greene
Program Operations Administrator
Section: Pharmacy Licensure and Administration for Board of Pharmacy
Responsibilities: Responsible for oversight of licensure of all pharmacy facilities, pharmacy closures, change of location, stock transfers, change of ownership, and name changes. Also has oversight of board office services to support the Board of Pharmacy.
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Ahjia Ponders
Regulatory Supervisor/Consultant
Section: Pharmacy Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Supervisor of the Pharmacy permit licensure section to include licensure of all pharmacy facilities, all pharmacy closures, change of location, stock transfers, change of ownership, and name changes.
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Trina Richardson
Regulatory Specialist III
Section: Administrative Section
Responsibilities: Board and Committee Meeting preparation and follow-up, Probable Cause Panel facilitation and various administrative functions.
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Shekinah Dawkins
Regulatory Specialist III
Section: Pharmacy Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Licensure of all pharmacy facilities, pharmacy closures, stock transfers, change of ownership, and Class III.
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Kisha Johnson
Regulatory Specialist II – Team Lead
Section: Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Licensure and reactivation of all pharmacists, including immunization certification.
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Genessis Mills
Regulatory Specialist II – Team Lead
Section: Pharmacy Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Licensure of all pharmacy facilities, pharmacy closures, change of location, and name changes.
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Carolyn Price
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Licensure of all pharmacy interns, including intern verification and immunization certification.
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Jade Clark
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Initial licensure for pharmacy technicians, and CE Broker
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Jessica Harrell
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Initial licensure for pharmacy technicians and pharmacy training programs, and prescription pads.
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Robyn Major
Regulatory Specialist I
Section: Administrative Section
Responsibilities: Receptionist
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Vacant
OPS Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Provides administrative support for all Pharmacy licensure functions.
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Vacant
Regulatory Specialist II
Section: Pharmacy Licensure Section
Responsibilities: Provides support for licensure of all non-resident pharmacy licensures facilities, change of location, and change of ownership.
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Legal Counsel

David Flynn
Assistant Attorney General

(850) 414-3300