Distinguished Alumni

Each year, Pitt Pharmacy partners with the Alumni Society Board to recognize one or more alumni as "Distinguished Alumni". These women and men have shown exemplary achievements over the course of their careers.

Rising Stars

In 2013, Pitt Pharmacy and the Alumni Society Board began a second award, designed to recognize those who are making great achievements while still early in their careers. These are women and men with at least five years of career development past graduation.


Our Current Honorees Distinguished Alumni

Simone Faye Karp, '86

Simone Faye Karp, '86

Simone Karp is the co-founder and Chief Business Officer at CECity.com, Inc. CECity.com is the leading provider of cloud-based quality reporting, performance improvement, and lifelong learning platforms. She co-founded the company in 1997 with brother Lloyd Myers (BS ’84), also a School of Pharmacy alumnus. In August 2015, CECity was acquired by Premier, Inc. a leading healthcare improvement company. Together the organizations have the vision to improve the quality of patient care across the continuum.

Prior to co-founding CECity.com, Simone focused her pharmacy career in oncology with both the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries; first with Lederle Laboratories and then with Amgen, Inc.

A three-time legacy at the University of Pittsburgh, Simone was involved in Pi Lambda Phi, Phi Delta Chi, and Alpha Epsilon Phi. Simone is from Pittsburgh, and presently resides in her hometown neighborhood – Squirrel Hill. Simone has two daughters with her late husband Henry Karp – Emily, 24, and Marissa, 20. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, traveling, and volunteering at non-profit organizations such as Chabad of South Hills and the Friendship Circle of Pittsburgh.

Peter A. Kreckel, '81

Peter A. Kreckel, '81

Peter Kreckel is an adjunct assistant professor of pharmacology at St. Francis University and pharmacy manager of Thompson Pharmacy, Broad Avenue in Altoona, Pa. Prior to his current roles, he spent 26 years working for the independent chain Kopp Drug.

Peter developed a rural pharmacy rotation at Thompson Pharmacy when he arrived in 2008, and has served as a preceptor for 35 pharmacy students.

He has taught pharmacology in the physician assistant science program at St. Francis University since 2005. He gives lectures for FreeCE.com, where he covers a wide range of retail pharmacist-centered topics. He also works with the Partnering for Health Clinic, an insurance-free office that provides evidence-based, cost-effective prescribing.

Last October, Peter was named the 2014 National Preceptor of the Year by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation at the NCPA 116th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition.

Peter and his wife Denise, also a pharmacist, have three children – Gretchen, Elizabeth, and Philip.

Lloyd Myers, '84

Lloyd Myers is the co-founder and president at CECity.com, Incorporated.CECity.com is the leading provider of cloud-based quality reporting, performance improvement and lifelong learning platforms. He co-founded the company in 1997 with sister, Simone Karp (BS ’86), also a School of Pharmacy alumna. During the last 19 years, Lloyd and Simone have developed and delivered innovative technology solutions to improve patient care. This past August announced the acquisition of CECity by Premier, Inc. a leading healthcare improvement company that unites approximately 3,400 hospitals to transform healthcare.

Prior to CECity, he co-founded the nation’s first specialty pharmacy programs at Stadtlander’s Pharmacy and then Murray Pharmacy

A legacy at the University of Pittsburgh, he was a member of Phi Lambda Phi while he was at the University.  Lloyd is also a generous and adamant supporter of the Grace Lamsam Program, United Jewish Federation, the Friendship Circle, Shady Side Academy, amongst other charitable programs.

Lloyd lives in Pittsburgh, and has two children with his wife, Deborah – Zachary, 26, and Lauren, 20.

John T. Tighe III, '78

John T. Tighe III, '78

John “Jack” T. Tighe (BS ’78), is the founder, president, and CEO of TMG, Health, Inc., a leading national provider of expert solutions for government-sponsored health plans since 1998. Prior to this position, he held several leadership roles, including deputy chief of staff for former Pennsylvania Governor Robert P Casey’s office, senior vice president of government programs for Independence Blue Cross, and assistant executive director for the Parenteral Drug Association.

While at Pitt, John was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and Allegheny Pharmaceutical Association’s Board of Directors. He served as president of the School of Pharmacy Student Pharmaceutical Association (Pitt Chapter). He also has a Master’s degree in business administration from Villanova University (’86).

John has received numerous prestigious awards. At Pitt, he was honored as a Legacy Laureate and awarded a 225 Medallion. He has served on many committees including the Board of Visitors of the School of Pharmacy.

John is from Dunmore, PA, and currently lives in Merion, PA. He and his wife Mary Grace (BS ’77, School of Nursing) have two children, Maggie and Tom. In his free time, he enjoys sports, particularly golf, and watching the University of Pittsburgh and the Dallas Cowboys.

Our Current Honorees Rising Stars

Timothy J. Davis, PharmD ’00

Timothy J. Davis, PharmD ’00

Timothy J. Davis graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy after receiving his BS in Neuroscience with a Certificate in Medical Ethics from the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences in 1997. He is the president and COO of PANTHERx Specialty Pharmacy, a national specialty pharmacy that provides high-touch clinical services and specialty pharmaceuticals for various conditions. He is president of RevolutionRx LLC, a consulting firm advising on technology and policy. In addition, he is the owner and vice president of Beaver Falls Health Mart Pharmacy, and owner of Beaver Health Mart Pharmacy and Rochester Health Mart Pharmacy.

Timothy has held numerous positions including Chairman of the McKesson Independent Advisory Board, Chairman of the National Community Pharmacists Association Committee for Technology and Innovation, Chairman of the National Community Pharmacists Association Special Committee on Vision 2025, Board of Directors American Society for Automation in Pharmacy, Chairman of the Pitt School of Pharmacy Alumni Association, and the Health Mart Speaker’s Bureau.

He guest lectures at the University of Pittsburgh on pharmacoeconomics, pharmacy business design, and patient focused care systems. Timothy is a member of the Pharmacy Alumni Executive Committee, and is a former Alumni Society Board Member.

Timothy is married to Jamie Malack Davis, and they have four children: two boys and two girls.

Tanya J. Fabian, PharmD ’98 '03

Tanya J. Fabian, PharmD ’98 '03

Tanya J. Fabian is currently Associate Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics and Psychiatry at the University. A graduate of the Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences Training Program, she received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2003, and is currently Associate Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics and Psychiatry at the University. Her area of clinical and research interest is psychiatric pharmacy. She completed a NIH post-doctoral clinical research fellowship in geriatric psychiatry, and became a Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacy Specialist in 2008.

Since 2006, Tanya has served as Director of Pharmacy Research and Pharmacy Services at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and as Residency Program Director for the PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Program. In these leadership roles, she brings an academic and research perspective to a clinical pharmacy department. She is originally from White, PA, a small town near Seven Springs and now resides in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Pittsburgh. She is married to Bill Horner, an Apache helicopter pilot for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard who now flies for UPMC STAT MedEvac. They have two sons, Noah, 2 and Liam, born in 2015, and a dog, Baxter. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

John Jang Kim, PharmD ’99

John Jang Kim, PharmD ’99

John Jang Kim is the Director of Value Access & Policy at Amgen, a global biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets human therapeutics. John has worked at Amgen for the past 14 years. In his present role, he leads the development and implementation of global market access, health economic, and pricing strategies for the commercialization of oncology molecules in the company’s pipeline product portfolio. John’s primary focus is on Europe and other markets outside of the United States. Previously, he served as the Regional Oncology Access Lead for Amgen’s Intercontinental Region, and completed a temporary assignment in Switzerland in 2012 as an International Access Lead for a key oncology product.

While at Pitt, he enjoyed representing the School of Pharmacy in leadership societies (Phi Lambda Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa) and was a brother in Kappa Psi. In addition to his studies at Pitt, John also attended Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill for post-graduate health outcomes training.

John is originally from the Squirrel Hill neighborhood in Pittsburgh, PA, and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. He is engaged to Nancy Sherman, a Clinical Researcher in the Biosimilars Division at Amgen. His hobbies include traveling, hiking, snowboarding, music, and food.

Stephanie Harriman McGrath, PharmD ’07

Stephanie Harriman McGrath, PharmD ’07

Stephanie Harriman McGrath is a Clinical Pharmacist at Rite Aid. Stephanie previously served as an assistant professor and residency coordinator at the School of Pharmacy. Stephanie completed her undergraduate pharmacy prerequisites at Allegheny College. While at the School of Pharmacy, Stephanie was involved in Kappa Psi.

In 2013, she received the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association’s (PPA) Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award. Stephanie was a speaker at the 2014 Southwest Immunization Conference and presented a session on Pharmacy-Based Immunization Services.

Originally from Jamestown, NY, Stephanie currently lives in Pittsburgh’s Shaler Township and is married to Michael McGrath. They have a son Harrison, 1, and a golden retriever named Comet. In their spare time, they enjoy the outdoors, especially hiking and traveling.