Our Team

About Creative Educational Concepts

Joan B. Fowler, PharmD, BCPP

President and Owner

Joan B. Fowler, PharmD, BCPP, President and Owner of Creative Educational Concepts, Inc, received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree from Tennessee Technological University and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee. She has over ten years of experience in direct patient care in the Veterans Affairs system in Memphis and Lexington, where she provided education to the health care team on new medications, devices, and procedures in order to efficiently improve patient care. In clinical practice, she also developed continuing education workshops, served on the P&T Committee, conducted medication use evaluations, participated in accreditation surveys, provided ACLS training, and was an active speaker nationally on topics related to optimal care of the elderly and the mentally ill. In 2000, she formed CEC, a privately-held S-corporation that develops educational design, innovative delivery formats, and clinical content for the health care team.

Dr. Fowler has served on faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy since 1990 and has had varied roles as an Assistant Professor, as a Clinical Specialist in the Office of Continuing Medical Education, and now as a committee member and community-based preceptor for PY4 PharmD students. Teaching responsibilities have included mentoring pharmacy and medical students on clinical rotations, coordination of the Geriatric Pharmacy course, and as a speaker for a number of therapeutics courses. Dr. Fowler is a Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP) and was previously a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP). She has served or serves on the Founding Board for the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacy Foundation (CPNPF), The National Assembly of the American Lung Association and the regional ALA Board, the Core Curriculum Task Force for the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), the Board of Trustees for the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, the Board of Directors of the Business and Education Network, and on other related pharmacy, education, and health care committees. She is a founding member of the University of Kentucky Women & Philanthropy and serves on their Leadership Council. She developed an affiliation with PROMED, the Council for the International Promotion of Costa Rican Medicine and recently coordinated an orthopaedic surgery session for their annual meeting in San Jose. She is a member of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp).

Dr. Fowler represents the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a volunteer surveyor for Joint Accreditation™ for prospective providers of interprofessional continuing education (IPCE).

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Susan H. Gitzinger, PharmD, MPA

Vice President, Business Development and Project Management

Susan H. Gitzinger, PharmD, MPA, Vice President, Business Development and Project Management, received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University, her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, and her Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kentucky Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. As a student, she was actively involved in a variety of local and national student organizations, serving as a Regional Officer for the American Pharmacists Association and guiding the University of Kentucky Student APhA chapter to receiving the National Chapter of the Year Award. During her tenure at UK, she also received one of four national APhA Student Leadership Awards, the Dean Slone Award (chosen by the student body for academic, professional, and social accomplishments), and the graduating senior APhA Professionalism Award. After graduation, she has served in a variety of professional roles including as Director of Professional Affairs for the Kentucky Pharmacists Association (KPhA), Pharmacy Manager for the Toyota Family Pharmacy, and as Medical Science Liaison for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Gitzinger has served as a community-based preceptor for PY4 PharmD students, while also serving as a charter member of the University of Kentucky’s Pharmacy 21, practitioner member of the assessment committee, and practitioner interviewer for potential incoming pharmacy students. At CEC, she leads clinical development and execution of medical education across a broad range of clinical topics, including educational activities designed to address guidelines adherence, application of the latest data to clinical decision making, and interprofessional education; provides strategic scientific expertise to meet business needs and educational needs of target audiences; maintains relationships within an extensive network of renowned clinical experts; and attends national scientific meetings for specialists, primary care clinicians, and allied health professionals.

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Rebecca Weaver, CHCP

Director of Operations/Account Director

Rebecca’s career in continuing medical education began in 2000 at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center Office of Continuing Education. In 2001, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and began working at the newly formed Creative Educational Concepts (CEC). As Director of Operations, Rebecca manages all aspects of planning CE activities from initial concept, assisting with grant writing, leading logistical execution, developing processes to ensure efficiencies, and assisting with accreditation planning and reporting.

Rebecca has coordinated over 400 CE activities in conjunction with national conferences, managed multi-city dinner meetings, multi-day events, grand rounds series, and online distance education activities. She is also a member of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp), has completed workshops hosted by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and the Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Education.

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Ashley C. Lilly, MHA

Director of Technology
Account Director

Ashley joined CEC in 2007 and has over eight years’ experience in continuing medical education. Prior to joining CEC, she worked at Kentucky Home Health Association assisting them with their annual educational meetings. Ashley has managed over 200 CE activities over the years and her experience is in national symposia, regional series, multi-city dinner series, and enduring activities. She has worked closely with national meeting organizations like American Diabetes Association (ADA), American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), American Association of Diabetes Educators, American College of Rheumatology (ACR), Pri-Med’s Regional Conference, American Osteopathic Association (AOA), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and numerous AAFP state chapters.

Ashley is also the Director of Technology at CEC where she manages the information technology strategy for the organization along with website development. She has completed workshops hosted by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and Joint Accreditation™. Ashley earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and her Masters of Health Administration from the University of Kentucky.

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Vanessa Carranza, PharmD

Associate Director of Clinical Education

Dr. Carranza was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Spanish language from The University of Delaware in 2012. She attained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in May of 2016. During her academic career, she held a variety of leadership positions, including Historian and President of the Pre-Pharmacy Society, UK College of Pharmacy Admissions Committee member, as well as Chaplain and President of the Alpha Nu Chapter of Lambda Kappa Sigma (LKS). As President of LKS, she helped foster the newly founded relationship with the Bluegrass Ovarian Cancer Support Group (BOCS). Dr. Carranza’s involvement with BOCS included presenting information to patients and their families regarding drug resistance in cancer and participating in “Paint the Town Teal” events to promote ovarian cancer awareness. She currently serves as the LKS region supervisor for the Midwestern region.

Dr. Carranza is currently a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS).

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Jessica Hall

Account Director

Jessica has over eight years of experience in the medical education industry. As a meeting planner, her experience includes disease state programs within the areas of respiratory, cardiology, and pain management. During her career, Jessica has overseen more than 500 dinner meetings and various national meetings reaching thousands of healthcare professionals. She has worked closely with the American College of Chest Physicians, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Pain Week, Pri-Med and numerous societies nationwide. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. Her professional skills include the development and creation of marketing materials, registration website portals, internal databases, internal procedures and process flows.

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Bryan C. Taylor, PharmD

Clinical Project Strategist

Dr. Taylor earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, both from the University of Kentucky. He has a background in retail pharmacy, where he specialized in medication therapy management and spearheaded strategies for the effective integration and workflow standardization of clinical service protocols. Dr. Taylor has a particular interest in oncological research, with emphasis on the burgeoning role of targeted therapies and pharmacogenetics in the ever-evolving cancer treatment paradigm. His approach to pharmacy practice is deeply patient-centric, and he’s passionate about improving outcomes through the development and provision of innovative, high-impact continuing medical education programs.

Dr. Taylor is also a professional writer and #1 bestselling author.

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