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2016 Annual Alumni Conference

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2016 Annual Alumni Conference

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Friday–Saturday, March 18–20, 2016


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2016 Annual Alumni Conference Award Winners

2016 Distinguished Alumni Award:
Craig G. Cochenour, R.Ph., J.D.

Attorney Craig G. Cochenour is a 1981 graduate of the School of Pharmacy and he has earned a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University's School of Law in 1988. Craig is a shareholder of the national law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC where his practice of law is focused on the worldwide procurement and enforcement of patent and other intellectual property rights in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, and medical device industries, and on pharmaceutical law.

Craig is a registered pharmacist and is a pharmacy preceptor for sixth year students' elective rotation that focuses upon pharmacy and patent law. Craig has established an endowed University pharmacy scholarship for the expenses of text books for students in their professional phase of studies. Craig's career spans retail pharmacy practice with Thrift Drug, and hospital pharmacy practice with Westmoreland Hospital, now Excela Health.

Craig was a senior attorney of the patent law staff of Merck & Co., Inc. before returning to the private practice of law. While studying at Duquesne, Craig received the McPartland-Beck Pharmacy Award for clinical excellence, the American Jurisprudence Award for Law and Medicine, and the Order of Barristers Award for excellence through the art of courtroom advocacy.

Following graduation, Craig received the Hugh C. Muldoon Award and has been inducted into the cohort of The Century Club of Distinguished Duquesne University Alumni. Craig has been recognized as an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property. He also has been named to The Best Lawyers in America® list under the Litigation - Intellectual Property category.

Craig has served the University in many capacities over two decades in such roles as an invited speaker at numerous campus events including as the keynote speaker at the 2012 White Coat Ceremony, as a graduate pharmacy school lecturer, as Executive Vice President of the University Alumni Association, as a member of the Dean's Health Care Law Advisory Council-School of Law, and as a member and past Chair of the Dean's Advisory Council-School of Pharmacy.

2016 Alumni Achievement Award:
William Bell, Jr., B.S. Pharmacy, MBA, MSCC

William Bell is a graduate of the Duquesne University Pharmacy Class of 1992. After receiving his pharmacy degree, Bill went on to work in traditional practice settings, such as community pharmacy and also served as an adjunct faculty member with the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia where he lectured in courses, such as professional communications and law ethics.

After receiving his MBA in Healthcare Management in 2005, Bill was hired to develop a Pharmacy Program for Gould and Lamb, which specialized in Medicare Set-Aside Arrangements secondary to the Workers Compensation Industry where he became a national speaker and blog writer on Pharmacy issues in Workers Compensation.

In 2012, Bill took a position with PerformRx in Philadelphia as a Sr. Account Manager responsible for Medicare, Medicaid, Commercial and Exchange lines of business. Currently, Bill is a Clinical Advisor with CVS Health with responsibilities for Medicare and Exchange lives in the greater New York market place. Additionally, Bill continues to practice pharmacy on weekends with Pharmerica as a staff pharmacist and is also a consultant with NuQuest Bridge Point advising on Workers' Compensation trends and reporting.

As a proud nephew of Spiritan Fathers (Fr. Edward and Leonard Bushinski) who taught at Duquesne University many years ago, Bill has made it his life's work to give back to Duquesne all that was afforded to him. Shortly after graduation, Bill accepted a position on the Duquesne University Alumni Board of Governors where the idea to start a yearly send-off party for Philadelphia area freshman attending Duquesne was born. Now in its 10th year, Bill and his wife, Maureen, have welcomed over 120 students and their families into their home with well wishes as they begin their own journey through Duquesne.

Today, Bill continues to stay active and serves as President for the Duquesne University Philadelphia Alumni Chapter. In addition, the William and Maureen Bell Pharmacy Scholarship has been created as an additional way to give back to Duquesne, while benefiting select Pharmacy student recipients.

Foremost and above all, Bill's greatest accomplishment is convincing his wife of 15 years to marry him. Bill and Maureen Bell reside in Chalfont, Pa. outside of Philadelphia. Outside interests include charitable causes close to their heart, including the Galactosemia Foundation, Cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and promoting Duquesne University to anyone they can!!

It is with great humility and honor that Bill accepts this award but understands that many people in his life have helped him along the way and that the education received at Duquesne University has made me the person I have become.

2016 Recent Graduate Alumni Award:
Melissa Krause, Pharm.D.

Melissa Krause is a pharmacist consultant at Pharmacy Healthcare Solutions, Inc.. PHSI provides business strategy and management consulting services to pharmaceutical manufacturers, managed care organizations, retail pharmacy chains and software companies.

Missy completed her Pharm.D. degree at Duquesne University in 2006 with a Pharmacy Management concentration. She is an active member of the Allegheny County Pharmacists Association, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association, and Lambda Kappa Sigma. Missy is also a preceptor for student pharmacists from Duquesne and occasionally teaches in the Continuous Professional Development course for PYIV students.

In the community, she is active in Toastmasters International, an organization that focuses on communication and leadership skills. Through Toastmasters, Missy volunteers her time for teaching students in the Youth Leadership Program as well as the Healthcare MBA program at Chatham University.