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After graduating Loras College with a degree in biology, Jason True set his sights on pharmacy school. In 2004, as a member of Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society, Jason graduated from Midwestern University, with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. After standing behind the counter at Walgreens for a couple of years, Jason looked to the long-term care pharmacy space to elevate his career. He began working at Omnicare as a Staff Pharmacist, and over the next 13 years Jason moved through the ranks and achieved the position of Director of Pharmacy/Pharmacist in Charge. During this time, Jason focused his efforts in compliance, developing trainings and processes to ensure the pharmacy stayed in compliance with the ever-changing pharmacy laws. In 2018 Jason brought his love of compliance to UnitedRx to ensure that our 6 pharmacy locations continue to remain compliant.
When not in the pharmacy Jason spends time with his wife and two daughters hosting family game nights. He along with his two daughters enjoy the creative writing process, crafting princess and dragon adventure stories, with long range goals of publishing them. In his youth, Jason achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, as such he is the official knotter for the pharmacy.
Lisa Valentine joined UnitedRx in 2017 as the Billing Supervisor which includes the adjudication, prior authorization, billing and collections departments. She has been working in LTC, Retail and Hospital pharmacies since 2002. While Lisa has worked in all departments in all the various settings, she has concentrated on the billing and insurance aspect. She works tirelessly to ensure that the patient and their meds are taken care of at the least cost to patients.
As if raising two kids weren’t enough…a few years ago, Lisa’s love of forensics and science pushed her to attend and graduate from mortuary school.
Kim Ayala serves as UnitedRx’s lead operations tech, managing all aspects of pharmacy workflow. She has been with UnitedRx for 8 years and has worked in every department (except sales and marketing), so Kim is the ideal person to ensure that daily operations always run smooth. Prior to joining UnitedRx, Kim was a Qualified Medical Aid (QMA) for several Indiana Skilled Nursing Facilities, this allows to her to truly understand the pressures that nurses face daily. With that understanding she strives to solves pharmacy related issues quickly with the least amount of impact to the facility and always remaining patient focused.
When Kim isn’t working you can find her obsessing over crime and forensic documentaries and literature. The knowledge she gains in viewing and reading translates well to solving daily life “crimes” raising 4 children, a 5th if you count her husband.
A graduate from St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 2012, Emily Hargraves joined the UnitedRx team in September of 2016 as Pharmacy Manager of the Carbondale location. Her prior pharmacy experience consisted mostly of outpatient pharmacy work in Clinics. Emily has managed pharmacy operations for a large retail chain and managed a staff of 10 during 3 years as a Pharmacist-In-Charge.
Emily lives in Murphysboro with her husband. When she’s not working, Emily enjoys volunteering at her church and is an avid reader. When not working, reading or volunteering, Emily works with 60 head of cattle on her family’s 175 acre cattle farm
A graduate of Midwest Pharmacy School, Dino is serving as the Director of IV Services for all 5 UnitedRx pharmacies. Dino comes to UnitedRx with a wealth of Long Term Care pharmacy experience. After standing behind a retail counter for 2 years, Dino joined Omnicare as a LTC pharmacist. In his 16 years there, Dino worked in many departments covering both operational and clinical aspects of the industry, at one time he managed 37 pharmacies as part of a Baxter joint venture. In his last position, Dino was a part of the team to develop strategic and operational plans for the integration of Omnicare and CVS.
In his spare time, Dino is head coach for his son’s soccer team. He and his family enjoy hiking even though Illinois is flat and swimming. Raised in Greece until high school, Dino refuses to eat Greek food in Chicago as nothing compares to his mother’s cooking.
Jennifer started her Long Term Care Pharmacy career as a driver at Sunscript in 2000. Within 1 year, she was managing the capital equipment for all of Sunscript. Jennifer quickly climbed the ladder to become the Logistics Manager for the next 12 years. She joined UnitedRx in July of 2016 as Logistics Manager, bringing her vast experience and process improvement skills to our team.
Jennifer and her husband have been married for 14 years with 4 kids under the age of 13. Because they don’t driver her crazy enough she teaches Sunday school to toddlers every weekend. Jennifer is also fluent in American Sign Language.
Terry Mason has over 26-years’ experience in Pharmacy management specifically in Data Entry and Medical Records. At UnitedRx, Terry manages a staff of 15 to ensure that every facilities’ medical records are up to date monthly. She also leads the transition of new facilities to UnitedRx. As the head of these two departments, Terry ensures that orders and records are completed on time and correct. Terry’s experience enables her to identify potential issues before they happen and take corrective action.
Terry developed her knowledge in medical records, data entry and transitions as staff and supervisor at several pharmacies including Posen/Sunscript HRA (now known as Symbria). She eventually found her way to ProCare and United Scripts-Villa Park and then made the move to UnitedRx after the merger.
Outside of work Terry pursues artistic endeavors. She spends time behind the lens taking pictures of nature that surrounds her home as well as capturing the moments of her children’s athletic careers. She also bakes themed cakes for her family and friends.
In charge of shouting the virtues of UnitedRx from the roof tops, Andrew Tutt has honed his marketing skills working in healthcare and pharmaceutical marketing communications, as a client advocate, account manager and project manager for large and small agencies. In addition, Andrew has worked with clients such as Takeda, AbbVie, Abbott, Genzyme, Cyberonics, Smith & Nephew, and MGI Pharma to develop strategic and compelling marketing and educational content. Andrew has had the opportunity to work on a wide range of therapeutic areas (from cardiovascular to wound care) and on products that are in various stages in their lifecycle – most recently serving as a lead on the launch of Duopa, AbbVie’s innovative treatment for Parkinson’s Disease as well as developing strategy for their oncology pipeline.
Andrew loves to be creative in the kitchen – good luck to his girlfriend. He also secretly wants to bring professional attire back to the office in order to show off his bow tie collection.
Heidy earned her pharmacy degree from University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. For the past 11 years she has been a consultant pharmacist, 8 of which have been with UnitedRx. As Lead Consultant, Heidy has the privilege of managing a team of consultant pharmacists and nurses that all strive to do the best for the residents, facilities and the nurses they service. Her responsibilities include clinical review of residents’ charts, recommending changes in medication therapies, participating in facility quality assurance meetings and assisting with survey preparedness. Over the last few years, as UnitedRx has grown, Heidy has grown her department and trains each new consultant pharmacists to have the highest level of discipline and customer services.
Outside of work, Heidy spends time with her husband, two-year old toddler and extended family. She also is a practitioner of yoga.
As a graduate of the University of Illinois, Chuck Agonis brings nearly 30 years of diversified Pharmacy and Pharmacy Management experience in both privately and publicly owned companies to UnitedRx. His experience runs the gamut from a retail pharmacist to a senior management position of the largest Long Term Care Provider in the United States. Throughout these experiences and exposure to multi-disciplinary environments, Chuck has honed his skills in staff management; team building; operational key controls and processes; project inception, development and management; strong decision making processes resulting in cost reductions and process improvements.
Beyond all of these experiences, Chuck focuses on keeping the needs of the customer as the number one priority. Creating and strengthening customer relationships is always listed high on every daily task list as interactions with our customer organizations is of paramount importance.
On a personal note, Chuck and his wife enjoy camping with their two Golden Retrievers. He is also a musician and while not currently in a band, he still plays for family and friends. Additionally, he holds a fascination for railroads and in particular steam locomotives which he has had the opportunity to be the engineer.
Ami Patel earned her PharmD degree in Pharmacy from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 2010. She began her career at United Scripts-Villa Park that same year as a staff pharmacist, prior to their merger with UnitedRx. Because of her strong leadership skills and understanding of LTC Pharmacy, Ami quickly moved up the ranks of the pharmacy and in 2013 was promoted to Director of Pharmacies for UnitedRx.
As Director, Ami manages all operations and staff at UnitedRx’s four pharmacies in three states. Under her charge, Ami has increased operational and staff efficiencies allowing for scalable growth and best-in-class customer service. Most importantly she ensures that UnitedRx and the facilities we serve stay compliant every step of the way. Ami is also a key component between pharmacy and facility EHR integrations.
In addition to her pharmacy responsibilities Ami serves as an adjunct professor at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Roosevelt University. She enjoys teaching future pharmacists not only about pharmacy, but long-term care pharmacy, including management. Ami is a member of the Illinois Pharmacy Association and American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and is the current Secretary of the Illinois Association of Long Term Care Pharmacy Providers.
In her free time, Ami loves to travel, having been to over 20 countries, bakes award winning cupcakes (if only we could get her to enter a competition) and creates crafts for family and friends.
Chuck Benain is a leader in the Illinois pharmacy industry who has managed, founded and operated long-term care companies across the state and region. A licensed Illinois Registered Pharmacist, Chuck is currently a partner and Chief Operating Officer of UnitedRx, a Long-Term Care Pharmacy that services over 10,000 beds across Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio.
Prior to founding UnitedRx, Chuck served as President of Ryerson Healthcare, where he operated a long-term care pharmacy that serviced 800 skilled beds in the northern Illinois market. The company later merged with United Scripts-Villa Park which became UnitedRx in 2010. As an entrepreneur, Chuck has owned and operated a number of Illinois retail pharmacies including Ryerson Pharmacy (Chicago), Midway Pharmacy (Chicago), Thornton Pharmacy (Thornton) and C&P Pharmacy (Roselle).
Chuck began his career in 1987 at Walgreens, where he advanced from Store Manager to Staff Pharmacist to Pharmacist in Charge. He went on to found, and serve as lead consultant of, C&G Consultants, a clinical consulting firm for the State of Illinois intermediate care facility for the developmentally disabled (ICFDD). Later, as Pharmacist in Charge at Dominick’s Pharmacy, Chuck opened and managed two retail pharmacies at suburban grocery store locations, the most successful openings in company history.
Chuck is an active member of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. He graduated with a B.S. in Pharmacy from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1987.