Living The Mission Award

The NCODA Living the Mission Award recognizes members who exemplify the mission and values of NCODA in its quest to advance the value of dispensing practices for oncology physicians and deliver positive outcomes through collaboration in the care of oncology patients.

Living the Mission Award nominations are encouraged for submission by NCODA members who wish to highlight the accomplishments of their colleagues on behalf of the entire profession.

  • Leadership
  • Expertise
  • Quality Standards
  • Best Practices
  • Collaboration

Living the Mission Nomination Criteria

NCODA member at least one year.

An active participant in NCODA strategic initiatives.

May not be a member of the Executive Council.

2019 Living the Mission Nomination List

NCODA is pleased to announce our 2019 Living the Mission Nominees. These are exceptional professionals that have devoted their time to improving patient care and exemplify the mission and values of NCODA.

Anna Howard, PharmD – Billings Clinic, MT

“Anna Howard serves on both the OCE and PQI committee and is an avid supporter of NCODA. She advocates for more cost transparency at the state level and supports her practice site’s patient assistance fund, which helps with housing for patients coming from rural areas who are getting treatments in Billings, MT and need a safe, clean place to stay.”

Britny Rogala, PharmD – Women & Infants Hospital, RI

“Britny has lead the way for NCODA’s OCE Committee, helping to create a complete team for updating and maintaining the oral chemotherapy education sheets. She has advocated for NCODA greatly in her area as a strong NCODA ambassador as well as help support NCODA’s student engagement through supervising pharmacy students interested in oncology with NCODA.”

Carol Hemersbach, CPhT – Arizona Blood & Cancer Center, AZ

“Carol has been a strong supporter for NCODA, helping develop the structure for the Oncology Pharmacy Technician Association, and working with NCODA on various practice site project initiatives whenever possible.”

Howard Cohen, RPh, MS, FASHP – Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Health, CT

“Howard Cohen has served as both an active participant and leader in multiple aspects of NCODA. He has greatly contributed to the advancement of the ASCO/NCODA Quality Standards and has spoken at multiple National NCODA meetings as well as the inaugural NCODA Oncology Institute. He has been a great ambassador for NCODA at Smilow Cancer Hospital and beyond.”

Julianne Orr, PharmD – Indiana University Health, IU

“Julianne serves as one of the chairs for the PQI committee and has helped as an ambassador whenever speaking at NCODA National meetings and among fellow pharmacists. She has been a great supporter of NCODA’s clinical initiatives and hopes to make them recognized in oncology care.”

Kashyap Patel, MD – Carolina Blood and Cancer Care, SC

“Dr. Kashyap Patel has been a great supporter of NCODA and participated as both a leader and participant in NCODA’s annual events. He is serving as one of the meeting committee chairs for the NCODA Fall Summit and has been a speaker in multiple NCODA events such as the Fall Summit and Spring Forum along with the first NCODA Oncology Institute.”

Kathy Oubre, MS – Ponchartrain Cancer Center, LA

“Kathy Oubre has served as the chair and overall meeting leader of the inaugural NCODA Oncology Institute, where she helped in all aspects of planning and execution of a successful new meeting for the education of NCODA non-member stakeholders. She also serves as one of the Be the Match Chairs where we have been able to create media and raise a record amount of funds for the Be the Match Foundation in 2018-2019.”

Latha Radhakrishnan, PharmD – University of Illinois at Chicago, IL

“Latha has served as a speaker in multiple NCODA meetings and has participated as an author in PQIs and advocates for NCODA at her practice. She has been a strong participant in developing the Treatment Support Kits Initiative as well as the new IV education sheets initiative.”

Linda Grimsley, CPhT – Virginia Cancer Specialists, VA

“Linda has been a great active member of NCODA, always happy to help participate as a speaker and as an Oncology Pharmacy Technician Assocation Co-chair along with various NCODA practice site initiatives with her medically integrated team at Virginia Cancer Specialists.”

Natasha Olson, PharmD – Summit Cancer, WA

“Natasha has greatly helped in various NCODA initiatives to further our mission and lead others by example. Her engagement is high in the PQI Review Committee, PQI authorship, and the Summit and Forum Planning Committees. She has also served as a speaker in NCODA National meetings, presented during multiple webinars and participated as a Practice in Focus. She is also an active Treatment Support Kits committee participant and chair along with helping establish a Professional Student Organization at Washington State University.”

Nora Hansen, CPhT – Illinois Cancer Specialists, IL

“Nora has been instrumental in the growth of NCODA, as a speaker in NCODA national meetings and serving as an Fall Summit Chair and as a Regional Leader for Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas which has grown to be one of the largest NCODA regions in the country. Nora has always been willing to help however she can with NCODA working around her busy schedule.”

Sarah Stadt, CPhT – Cancer Specialists of North Florida, FL

“Sarah has been a great support of NCODA and its inclusion of the technician role in the Medically Integrated Pharmacy. She has spoken on panels in multiple NCODA meetings and is the current co-chair for the Oncology Pharmacy Technician Association.”

Past Living the Mission Award Recipients


2017 – Julie Watson, PharmD – Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center, NE

2018 – Neal Dave, PharmD – Texas Oncology, TX


NCODA is currently reviewing nominations for the 2019 Living the Mission Award to be announced in Orlando, FL during the 2019 Fall Summit.

Nominate an NCODA Member


  • Jan Montgomery, South Carolina Oncology Associates, Chair
  • Jim Schwartz, Texas Oncology
  • Linda Frisk, Arizona Oncology
  • Austin Cox, Alabama Oncology
  • Neal Dave, PharmD, Texas Oncology – Immediate Past Living the Mission Award Recipient
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