Atheric Pharmaceutical is honored that Dr. Stephaine A. Zarus has joined Atheric Pharmaceutical as a Board of Manager Member. Professionally, Stephanie has over twenty-five years of experience both as an executive and health care pioneer. As an executive, she has been a Vice President for Quality Initiatives, Marketing Development Officer, Chief Performance Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Stephanie has also been the registered pharmacist of record for a national provider pharmacy, overseeing pharmacy services into 38 states. As a pioneer, Stephanie co-founded Hospice Pharmacia, LLC, a medication management and pharmacy service provider for terminally ill patients. Then, by transforming Hospice Pharmacia's technology and operational systems, she co-founded excelleRx, which eventually became a $220 million national technology-based tele-pharmacy operation, providing both clinical consultation and medication distribution services to 85,000 patients in approximately 40% of the hospice industry. In 2005, as excelleRx prepared for an initial public offering (IPO), the company was successfully merged with the Fortune 500 health care company Omnicare.
Academically, Stephanie was part of the founding team establishing the Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia where she served as Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business. Currently she serves as Dean's professor and a member of the Board of Visitors. Stephanie also teaches leadership and entrepreneurism. Prior to her corporate experience, Stephanie was the Vice President for Professional Programs and Associate Dean for Advanced Learning for the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (PCPS), now USciences, where she supported the founding of the School for Advanced Learning.
Educationally, Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (PCPS). She completed her residency in pharmacy administration at the VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, and completed Executive Certificate Programs from Harvard University's Kennedy School Executive Education in the Art and Practice of Leadership Development and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University.
Philanthropically, Stephanie is on the not-for-profit boards of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania (campaign cabinet for higher education), Catholic Health East (quality committee), WHYY (finance committee, mercury society member), Moorestown Friends School (assets committee, strategic planning, board orientation and education), the Knowlton Foundation for Leadership Development, and the Foundation for Enhanced Ministry (strategy and funding).