2024 President-Elect Candidates

Cast your ballot for the re-election of the VPhA President-Elect! Please take a look at the candidate’s pictures and information below before casting your ballot!

Deadline to Submit a Ballot is Friday, July 26, 2024.  Check your inbox for the link to the Ballot!

Chad Alvarez, Pharm D, MBA – View Resume/CV

Chad Alvarez, PharmD, MBA currently serves as the System Director of Pharmacy for Carilion Clinic, which includes responsibility for all inpatient and outpatient pharmacy services. Over his last 24 years in healthcare, Chad has practiced in a variety of settings including acute care hospitals, long-term care, Virginia State Psychiatric Hospitals, informatics, and community pharmacy. While at Carilion, he led the implementation of an electronic medical record for pharmacy, developed the first Pharmacist-led smoking cessation program at Carilion Clinic, as well as implemented point-of-care testing in the retail pharmacy setting. He serves as the Residency Director for the PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency and recently led Carilion Clinic’s task force for COVID-19 vaccination efforts across the region and expanded outpatient specialty pharmacy services. Chad has served on the Board of Directors for VPhA since 2021. Still a practicing Pharmacist, Chad enjoys working in the Community Pharmacy setting, providing immunizations and direct patient care.
The opportunity to serve as President-Elect of the Association is an opportunity to serve and to advocate for the role of all pharmacy professionals in the care of patients. As the most accessible healthcare professionals, we serve an important role not only in patient advocacy but in public health. The leadership of the Association needs to have a diverse practice background to help guide the future of our profession utilizing education, technology, clinical expertise, and leadership to foster impactful, meaningful change. We need to collaborate to advance membership, payment reform, and working conditions. We also have an obligation to develop our next generation of pharmacy leaders to move the profession forward.


Ademola Are, PharmD, RPh – View Resume/CV

Thank you for your commitment to serving the Commonwealth and our profession. It is in this spirit that I humbly wish to serve at your pleasure.
My passion for pharmacy and commitment to public service drive my desire to serve as the next President-Elect of the Virginia Pharmacists Association (VPhA). As a dedicated servant pharmacist, I believe I understand the challenges and opportunities facing our profession firsthand.
My experience is multifaceted. My background in public policy allows me to navigate the complexities of healthcare policy, while my core values – faith, service, and a forward-thinking mindset – guide my leadership approach. I am a strong advocate for improved healthcare access, particularly for underserved communities facing provider shortages.

I am committed to:

  • Championing Long-Term Policy Solutions. I believe in fostering collaboration to solve problems and achieve lasting positive change for Virginia’s pharmacists and patients. We must champion and model good policy that will drive our desired outcomes.
  • Elevating the Pharmacy Profession. I will actively advocate for the vital role pharmacists play in our healthcare system, highlighting the diverse skillsets we bring to patient care and pushing for the value recognition that is well overdue.
  • Promoting Equity in Healthcare Access. I am dedicated to addressing healthcare disparities and ensuring everyone in Virginia has access to the care they need. Virginia Pharmacists also deserve professional equity (i.e. in their workspaces, in payment delivery) to sustain quality delivery of care.

My goal is to see VPhA thrive as a powerful advocate for its members and a force for positive change in Virginia’s healthcare landscape. The access, workforce, care delivery, and value recognition challenges are why I wish to serve. The challenges we face won’t be solved at once, but we must start somewhere and ensure sustainability in our efforts and successes.

If nominated, I assure that I will envision the future, embrace challenges, and prioritize service. With your support, I am confident that together we can build a brighter future for Virginia’s pharmacists and the patients they serve.


Leah B. Argie, PharmD – View Resume/CV

As a longtime VPhA member and previous Board Member, I am honored to be nominated for this position. I am the owner and founder of Top Notch Family Pharmacy. I am a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and completed a Community Pharmacy Practice Residency with VCU/Bremo Pharmacy. I have practiced in both chain and independent community pharmacies over the past 20 years, first as a technician and then pharmacist. I currently reside in Charlottesville with my husband, son, and our cats.
I have been a VPhA member since my first year of pharmacy school. My understanding of the huge impact our organization has on pharmacists, technicians, and our patients has grown over the years with my increased involvement on committees and the Board. VPhA’s vision statement is for the organization to be “the voice of pharmacy in Virginia.” This short phrase encapsulates many of VPhA’s important priorities such as legislative advocacy, communication with members regarding practice updates and innovations, education, and promoting our profession to the public for visibility and a better understanding of our role in the health care services.
It is my conviction that VPhA is crucial for giving pharmacists and technicians a voice within our profession. With strong leadership, the combination of our voices can maintain what we love about our profession and create changes where we face challenges. Changes that are important to me are ones that benefit our patients, our professional scope of practice, factors affecting our workplaces, and appropriate reimbursement for both products and services within our state. I believe in a board of directors that is committed to listening to and engaging with all members throughout the state and from all practice sites.