Board of Directors New Members

Five new pharmacy leaders will be joining the Alumni Association’s board of directors this May. The 21-member board determines and supervises the association’s policies and programs. Learn more about our new members below. 

Chris Brown, B.S. '95
Chesterfield, Missouri

Chris Brown is the director of pharmacy at Home State Health through Centene Corporation in Chesterfield, Missouri. Brown performs duties to develop, direct and implement a pharmacy benefit management program for the entire membership of Home State Health in Missouri. He aids in formulating and administering organizational policies and procedures, including pharmacy service quality, pharmacy utilization management and company goals for pharmacy and medical programs. Previously, Brown was a regional and district manager for Walmart Pharmacy, a formulary manager for Express Scripts, Inc., and the general manager at Omnicare Pharmacy in St. Louis.

Brown is a member of the St. Louis Graduate chapter of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical fraternity and has participated in the Alumni Association's Golf Classic, a scholarship fundraising event for the College. He is also a member of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.

Stuart Gethner, B.S. '87
Scottsdale, Arizona

After several years of owning independent pharmacies, Stuart Gethner is now the president of Phelps Capital & Consulting, Inc., a real estate investment firm located in Phoenix. In this role he manages day-to-day operations; raises the capital necessary for purchase, rehab and development costs; and hosts realty educational conferences across the U.S. and Canada. He still practices pharmacy on the side as a relief pharmacist for local community pharmacies.

Gethner is a member of the College’s Mortar and Pestle Giving Society and is active in helping plan Scottsdale-area alumni events. He is a member of the Arizona Pharmacy Association and served on their legislative committee from 2016-2018. He is on the Northern Lanai Homeowner’s Association board and was the past president of The Vintage Homeowner’s Association.

Gourang Patel, B.S. '00, Pharm.D. '01

Gourang Patel is the clinical pharmacy supervisor for adult critical care and perioperative units at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Patel oversees pharmacy services for all five of the medical center’s adult intensive care units, emergency department and perioperative units.

Patel is a member of the College’s Mortar and Pestle Giving Society and assisted in the development of a new scholarship for students at the College. He is involved with several professional health care organizations, including committees within the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and he serves on the editorial board for the Critical Care Medicine journal.

Alfreda (May) Pulley, B.S. '87
St. Louis

Alfreda Pulley has more than 25 years of pharmacy and individual patient services experience in settings including acute care, infusion therapy, pediatrics, hospital, long-term care and geriatric care. She currently is the pharmacist in charge at CareSTL Health, formerly known as Homer G. Phillips, which provides health care services to the uninsured and underserved in St. Louis. Pulley ensures the operations of the pharmacy are carried out in accordance with state and federal laws and supervises pharmacy technicians.

In 2018, Pulley received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Black Heritage Award for her dedicated service to health care and her community through her involvement with the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, her church, mission trips and Toastmasters International. Pulley is a member of the College’s Women’s Giving Initiative and has come to campus to speak to students about her professional career and working in a non-profit setting.

Peter Zimmerman, B.S. '63
Ballwin, Missouri

Peter Zimmerman has more than 50 years of pharmacy experience in retail, hospital and long-term care pharmacy in Missouri and Illinois. Zimmerman co-owned and co-founded several retail pharmacies in St. Louis County and started Zimmerman Medicare Equipment and Supply, a homecare and medical oxygen company. In 2015, he retired from health care and co-founded a small livestock business with Gerloff Farms in Bland, Missouri that has since grew into a prominent seed stock business.

Zimmerman has been an active member and recruiter for the Alumni Association’s Mercer Society Senior Alumni Chapter. He is involved with Oasis, a non-profit organization designed to promote healthy aging through lifelong learning, active lifestyles and volunteer engagement. Through Oasis Zimmerman volunteers as a facilitator of a course that teaches patients to self-manage their diabetes and a course that discusses potential adverse side effects with over-the-counter and prescription medication.