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UNM College of Pharmacy Leadership Team

Lynda S. Welage, PharmDLynda S. Welage, PharmD
Dean and Professor
lswelage@salud.unm.edu
Office: (505) 272-0906
Fax: (505) 272-5782

Meet Our Team:

Donald Godwin, PhD
Executive Associate Dean for Education and Associate Professor,
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
dgodwin@salud.unm.edu
Office: (505) 272-0907
Fax: (505) 272-8324

The Executive Associate Dean for Education:

  • Provides leadership, guidance and supervision to the directors of Curriculum, Experiential Education and Student Services.
  • Provides guidance and support for College recruitment and admissions into PharmD and graduate programs.
  • Provides supervision and guidance to faculty and staff in the UNM-NMSU Cooperative Pharmacy program.
  • Provides academic counseling and personal advice to students.
  • Oversees PharmD student financial aid.
  • Monitors student academic performance to identify and provide remediation services as necessary.
  • Coordinates with UNM Accessibility Services to provide accommodations to qualified students under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Collects and reports student-related data from admissions, through retention and progression, graduation rates and performance on pharmacy licensing examinations, for both internal and external constituents.
  • Facilitates submission and approval of all curricular changes in the PharmD and graduate programs.
  • Serves as a liaison for the College of Pharmacy with associate deans of the College of Nursing and School of Medicine for all educational aspects of the Health Sciences Center.
  • Serves as acting dean when assigned.
  • Serves on the Dean’s Executive Leadership Committee to implement the College’s mission and provide input to members on educational matters. 
  • Serves on the Budget and Planning Committee to ensure fiscally responsible decisions that support College operations and strategic initiatives.

Scott Burchiel, PhD
Senior Associate Dean and Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
sburchiel@salud.unm.edu
Office: (505) 272-0920
Fax: (505) 272-6749

The Senior Associate Dean:

  • Works closely with the dean and other members of the leadership team to help implement all aspects of the College’s strategic plan.
  • Serves on the Dean’s Executive Leadership Committee.
  • Serves on the Budget and Planning Committee to ensure fiscally responsible decisions that support College operations and strategic initiatives.
  • Mentors Assistant/Associate Deans and directors as needed.
  • Oversees and facilitates strategic partnerships with external constituencies.
  • Enhances research and educational partnerships that increase the funding and impact of the College’s programs and develops models for economic sustainability.
  • Oversees the development of international programs.
  • Works closely with the Executive Associate Dean for Education to facilitate expansion and development of graduate programs.
  • Works to increase the number of graduate students and the quality of graduate and post-doctoral programs.
  • Serve as acting dean when assigned.

Jim Liu, PhD
Associate Dean for Research and Professor,
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
kliu@salud.unm.edu
Office: (505) 272-9546
Fax: (505) 272-0704

The Associate Dean for Research:

  • Oversees the research programs within the College and works with the chairs of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences in assisting faculty in their research programs.
  • Acts as a research advocate and liaison between the faculty and the Office of the Dean in matters relating to grant and contract submissions, letters of commitment, research budgets and faculty recruitment.
  • Chairs the College’s Research and Scholarship Committee and works with the committee members to complete committee charges.
  • Serves on the Dean’s Executive Leadership Committee to implement the College’s mission and represent research and infrastructure needs.
  • Provides leadership and guidance on creation and implementation of strategic research initiatives and interfaces with the Health Science Center and the University.
  • Oversees the College’s Research Office to provide support for the pre-award process, coordination of multidisciplinary programs, and maintenance of the College’s research website.
  • Coordinates assessment of research activities and prepares College, Health Sciences Center and University research reports.

Serves as the College’s liaison with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy on research-related issues.

Larry Georgopoulos, PharmD.
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Associate Professor,
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences
lgeorgopoulos@salud.unm.edu
Office: (505) 272-0983
Fax: (505) 272-6749

The Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs:

  • Directs and oversees the planning, development and administration of all clinical services associated with the College of Pharmacy.
  • Serves as the Administrative Officer for contracting/billing/training, quality oversight and credentialing functions of clinical services.
  • Develops a business plan for new clinical initiatives that have a high potential for increasing educational, research and financial growth for the College.
  • Provides a vision and strategy for promoting the College’s clinical enterprise within the UNM Health Sciences Center.
  • Provides leadership in conceptualizing, developing and maintaining interdisciplinary clinical service programs and centers.
  • Serves on UNM HSC, College of Pharmacy and department committees.
  • Promotes the social importance and creative value of clinical service and related research to the broader community.
  • Cultivates local, national and international partnerships and collaborations with labs, industry, governments and academic institutions around the world.
  • Facilitates strategic planning for the construction and renovation of clinical service centers.

Serves as the liaison between the College of Pharmacy and external organizations, such as state medical societies and pharmacy organizations, to promote the best interests of the profession of pharmacy and the College.

Michel Disco, RPh, MBA
Assistant Dean for External Programs, HSC Director of Interprofessional Education and Associate Professor,
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences
mdisco@salud.unm.edu
Office: (505) 272-1508
Fax: (505) 272-5782

The Assistant Dean for External Programs:

  • Assists student organizations to provide volunteer pharmacy services to the community.
  • Represents the College of Pharmacy by acting as liaison between the College and pharmacy groups throughout New Mexico.
  • Establishes service learning activities for student pharmacists.
  • Prepares the annual report for student outreach for the College of Pharmacy and the Health Sciences Center.
  • Recruits pharmacists, faculty and preceptors to support student community outreach activities.
  • Develops appropriate MOUs and/or affiliation agreements to support student outreach activities.
  • Actively participates in relevant Health Sciences Center community outreach committees.
  • Actively participates in the Dean’s Executive Leadership Committee.
  • Actively participates in relevant UNM committees.

Chair and Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
lafelton@salud.unm.edu
Office: (505) 272-2615
Fax: (505) 925-4549

Department Chairs:

  • Serve as the chief administrative officer for the department.
  • Work with faculty and staff to identify/implement departmental strategic priorities and review/revise the department’s goals and objectives annually. 
  • Manage budget and all fiscal activities supporting the department. 
  • Serve on the Dean’s Executive Leadership Committee to implement the College’s mission and apprise members of departmental priorities.
  • Serve on the Budget and Planning Committees to ensure fiscally responsible decisions that support College operations, strategic initiatives and represent departmental interests.
  • Work with the Office of the Dean to direct plans for recruitment and retention of faculty within the department, and ensure appointments and reappointments of all lecturers, tenure track, research track and adjunct faculty within the department.
  • Assign faculty workload to ensure College and departmental missions are accomplished.
  • Conduct annual evaluations and provide feedback to all faculty members for performance in teaching, scholarship, service and personal characteristics and, as appropriate, progress toward promotion and/or tenure.
  • Ensure departmental promotion and/or tenure reviews are conducted in accordance with College and University guidelines, independently review the faculty member’s dossier and make recommendation to the Dean regarding promotion and/or tenure.
  • Manage department’s personnel activities, including evaluation of departmental administrators.
  • Provide necessary letters of support or recommendations needed by the University or external agencies.

Barry Bleske, PharmD
Chair and Professor
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences
bbleske@salud.unm.edu
Office: (505) 272-1525
Fax: (505) 272-6749

Department Chairs:

  • Serve as the chief administrative officer for the department.
  • Work with faculty and staff to identify/implement departmental strategic priorities and review/revise the department’s goals and objectives annually. 
  • Manage budget and all fiscal activities supporting the department. 
  • Serve on the Dean’s Executive Leadership Committee to implement the College’s mission and apprise members of departmental priorities.
  • Serve on the Budget and Planning Committees to ensure fiscally responsible decisions that support College operations, strategic initiatives and represent departmental interests.
  • Work with the Office of the Dean to direct plans for recruitment and retention of faculty within the department, and ensure appointments and reappointments of all lecturers, tenure track, research track, and adjunct faculty within the department.
  • Assign faculty workload to ensure College and departmental missions are accomplished.
  • Conduct annual evaluations and provide feedback to all faculty members for performance in teaching, scholarship, service and personal characteristics and, as appropriate, progress towards promotion and/or tenure.
  • Ensure departmental promotion and/or tenure reviews are conducted in accordance with College and University guidelines, independently review the faculty member’s dossier and make recommendation to the Dean regarding promotion and/or tenure.
  • Manage department’s personnel activities, including evaluation of departmental administrators.
  • Provide necessary letters of support or recommendations needed by the University or external agencies.

Melanie Dodd, PharmD
Vice Chair and Associate Professor,
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences
mdodd@salud.unm.edu
Office: (505) 272-4998
Fax: (505) 272-5412

Chelsea “Beth” Walker, MBA
Associate Director Finance and Administration
BethWalker@salud.unm.edu
Office: (505) 272-1450
Fax: (505) 272-8324

The Associate Director, Finance and Administration:

  • Oversees and manages fiscal affairs for the College of Pharmacy, including development, preparation, integration and implementation of annual budgets.
  • Oversees and manages the Administrative Services team, HR Services, Facilities and IT within the College of Pharmacy.
  • Serves as key member of the College Budget and Planning Committee as well as other policy-making committees (departmental, College, Health Sciences Center and University).
  • Directs and oversees management of the College’s human resources services function including: the hiring process for faculty and staff, “on boarding,” performance management, training, career development, disciplinary procedures, conflict mediation and promotion and tenure.
  • Serves as Chief Policy Officer for the College of Pharmacy. Participates directly in the formulation of policy and ensures compliance with existing polices.
  • Directs and administers strategic facility and maintenance operations of the College, including health and safety risk management, remodeling activities, purchasing, inventory control, sustainability efforts and business continuity plans.
  • Provides research, reports and analysis of information for surveys, accreditation and statistical data for the Executive Leadership of the College. This includes data related to finance, HR, enrollment and facilities planning.
  • Oversees the College of Pharmacy’s strategic plan and works with leadership to ensure that the plan is implemented. Works with Health Sciences Center leadership to make sure that the College of Pharmacy strategic plan supports the priorities of the HSC.
Meet Our Directors:

Laurie Hudson, PhD
Director of Mentorship Colloquium and Professor
Department Pharmaceutical Sciences
lhudson@salud.unm.edu
Office: (505) 272-2482
Fax: (505) 272-0704

Krystal McCutchen, MA, MBA
Director of Student Services
kmccutchen@salud.unm.edu
Office: (505) 272-0583
Fax: (505) 272-8324

The Director of Student Services:

  • Serves as chief administrative officer for the Student Services Office (staff, budget, finance, admissions, recruitment, current student needs for graduate and PharmD, graduation and progression).
  • Plans and develops recruitment activities for each program, including marketing plans, outreach activities and interactions with other pre-pharmacy/pre-health programs statewide.
  • Develops and implements admissions and financial aid workshops.
  • Serves as the liaison for the Admissions Committee Chair and serves on various committees for the College of Pharmacy, the Health Sciences Center and the University of New Mexico.
  • Manages College of Pharmacy financial programs, including the development of strategic initiatives to increase financial aid availability to PharmD and graduate students.
  • Provides leadership and guidance for the development of policies related to student admissions, financial aid and student needs.
  • Serves as the College of Pharmacy liaison for the Cooperative Pharmacy Program at New Mexico State University.
  • Serves as faculty advisor for pre-pharmacy student organization and the Student Pharmacist Council.

Jeffrey Norenberg, PharmD, PhD
Director of Translational Radiopharmacy Program, Professor
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences
jnorenberg@salud.unm.edu
Office: (505) 272-8101
Fax: (505) 272-6749

Susan Smolinske, PharmD
Director New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center, Professor
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences
ssmolinske@salud.unm.edu
Office: (505) 272-5182
Fax: (505) 272-5782

The director of the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center:

  • Serves as chief administrative officer for the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center.
  • Ensures that the program meets or exceeds the accreditation standards of the American Association of Poison Control Centers for regional poison centers.
  • Promotes and conducts professional education programs in clinical toxicology to increase poison center visibility.
  • Coordinates all facets of the poison center data collection and analysis.
  • Develops, implements and conducts NMPDIC staff training.
  • Provides expert toxicologic consultation, as needed, to poison center and physicians on an on-call basis.
  • Publishes regularly, researches in clinical toxicology and actively participates in professional organizations in order to maintain the poison center’s national reputation.
  • Develops and implements a strategic plan for the program.
  • Serves on the Dean’s Executive Leadership Committee for the College of Pharmacy.
  • Strengthens program funding by writing grants, encouraging donations and by working with the NMPDIC Financial Advisory Board.

Michele Tigelaar, MA
Director of Development
mtigelaar@salud.unm.edu
Office: (505) 272-3659
Fax: (505) 272-6749

Kristina Wittstrom, PhD
Director of Professional Curriculum, Director of Continuing Pharmacist Education, Research Lecturer
kwittstrom@salud.unm.edu
Office: (505) 272-3661
Fax: (505) 272-6749

The Director of Curriculum for Professional Education:

  • Serves as liaison between the Dean, Curriculum Committee, Department Chairs and course coordinators (instructors of record).
  • Ensures that all ACPE standards and CAPE competencies are being addressed in the curriculum.
  • Supervises administrative support staff for the Office of Professional Curriculum.
  • Administers College Course Policies and Procedures as approved by the faculty.
  • Reviews and ensures the appropriateness of course syllabi for consistency with College of Pharmacy policies and procedures as approved by the faculty.
  • Serves as chair for the Curriculum Committee.
  • Establishes college-wide questions for student evaluation of teaching assessment.
  • Reviews all exam, quiz, student assessment materials and the results of student evaluation of teachers for purposes of assessment.
  • Evaluates curriculum organization and delivery, including course and teaching evaluations.
  • Provides the department chairs and the Dean with recommendations for teaching and course management assignments.
  • Provides department chairs and the Dean with reviews of every required course each semester for purposes of annual reviews and for making recommendations for teaching and course management assignments.
  • Implements and monitors key assessments and key artifacts that are linked to competencies.
  • Develops and implements an electronic learning portfolio.