Ping Rogers (left) and Linda Butler (right), two of the newest members of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Foundation Board of Directors at Angus Barn on February 9, 2018, in Raleigh. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)
Ping Rogers (left) and Linda Butler (right), two of the newest members of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Foundation Board of Directors at Angus Barn on February 9, 2018, in Raleigh. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Four new members joined the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Foundation Board of Directors on July 1.

New members Linda Butler, Ping Rogers, Louis Newsome and Gary Yingling replace H. Gray Hutchison Jr., Steve McCombs, Alan Knight and Tab Lee Waldrop on the board of directors.

The foundation was established in December 1946 to support the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy by securing financial resources for the betterment of the School in its quest to transform the teaching and learning of pharmacy.

Linda Butler

Butler received a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the School, graduating and receiving the Student Body Award in 1968. She serves on the UNC General Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council and was on the pharmacy foundation’s development committee as a nonboard member.

Butler is a former member of the Pharmacy Alumni Association Board of Directors and received the PAA Distinguished Service Award with her husband, Cliff Butler, who is also a pharmacist. She is also a former member of the UNC Board of Visitors and the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy.

Professionally, Butler worked as the pharmacy manager at Eckerd’s Drug Store in Chapel Hill for 25 years and was a staff member for PPD’s Ask the Pharmacist service.

Ping Rogers

Rogers earned her B.S. Pharm. from the School in 1990. As a student, she served as vice president for the Little Sisters of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Beta Xi Chapter. She has served the past three years on the Pharmacy Alumni Association Board of Directors and was PAA president for 2017–18.

Along with her husband, Allen Rogers (BS Pharm ‘90, Pharm D ‘03), she established the David Allen Rogers, Sr./Dr. T.Y. Su Scholarship for pharmacy students. She also created and directs the retail pharmacy internship program for the Ambulatory Pharmacy Care Network at UNC Medical Center. She serves on the Alumni Committee for Racial and Ethnic Diversity at UNC.

Rogers currently works for UNC Health Care. She said she enjoys mentoring students in varying capacities — as a supervisor at the UNC Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students’ Operation Diabetes and Project AGE, by serving as a preceptor for many students at the School and with Kappa Psi, which awarded her with the James K. Williams Regent’s Distinguished Service Award for 2015–2016.

Louis Newsome

Newsome is a 1977 alumnus of the School’s B.S. Pharm. program. He serves on the UNC Eshleman School of Pharmacy Board of Visitors.

A long-time supporter of the School, Newsome is building an endowed scholarship fund with the foundation. Newsome has been involved with the School’s strategic rebranding initiative and says eh hopes to strengthen the School’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Newsome is a pharmacy program executive at UnitedHealthcare. He has practiced in hospital and ambulatory clinic settings at WakeMed and Kaiser Permanente.

Gary Yingling

Yingling received his B.S. Pharm from the School in 1962. He also earned his M.S. in Pharmacology at Purdue University and his J.D. from Emory University School of Law. Yingling has served as president of the Pharmacy Alumni Association and as chair of the Pharmacy Foundation Board of Directors.

Professionally, Yingling worked for 10 years in the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of the General Counsel, receiving the FDA’s Award of Merit in 1974 for legal review of the organization’s over-the-counter review process. He also worked as president of the Food and Drug Law Institute, receiving the FDLI Distinguished Service and Leadership Award in 1988.

Currently, Yingling works as senior counsel at Morgan Lewis.

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