House Officers Biographies

Learn about leadership in the House of Delegates.

Meet Your Representatives:

Missy Skelton Duke, Speaker Joseph Fink, Parliamentarian | Scott Knoer, Secretary, Executive Vice President and CEO

Melissa "Missy" Skelton Duke, PharmD, MS, BCPS, FAPhA, APhA Speaker-elect of the House of Delegates

Melissa (Missy) Skelton Duke, PharmD, MS, BCPS, FAPhA earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of New Mexico, and a Master of Science degree in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Utah. As a former Speaker of the APhA-ASP House of Delegates, Missy has remained committed to serving the profession of pharmacy throughout her career and has been honored to serve on three APhA Policy committees, two APhA Policy Review Committees, one APhA New Business Review Committee, and as a volunteer leader for the APhA Institute of Substance Use Disorders.  Believing in the critical role that state-level pharmacy leadership plays in practice advancement and innovation, Missy is also an active member of her state association and has served in a variety of state-level leadership roles, including President of the Utah Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Missy has practice and leadership experience in health-system, specialty ambulatory, and population health pharmacy services. In her current role as the Executive Director of Population Health Pharmacy Solutions at Banner Health, she is responsible for designing and delivering innovative pharmacy programs in primary care, oncology, transplant, and other specialty areas. She has experience building pharmacist-provided services through fee-for-service and contracted service payment models. She collaborates with payers, employers, and health plans to align benefits, build member engagement strategies, and deploy technology solutions that improve patent experience and health outcomes.  Her passion is improving access to pharmacist-provided care, creating demand for pharmacy services, and generating opportunities for pharmacists as essential health care providers.

Joseph L. Fink III, B.S.,Pharm., J.D., House of Delegates Parliamentarian
Joseph L. Fink III is Professor of Pharmacy Law and Policy at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, and Professor of Public Health at the University. In addition, he is a Professor of Health Administration in the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, a unit he served as Acting Director during 1998. Finally, he has a faculty appointment as Professor of Clinical Leadership and Management in the UK College of Health Sciences.

He received his professional education in pharmacy at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and holds the degree Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was Chairman of the Moot Court Board. He is licensed to practice pharmacy in Kentucky and Pennsylvania and has been admitted to the practice of law in Kentucky and Pennsylvania as well as before the United States Supreme Court.

His scholarly works include 380 publications in the fields of law pertaining to pharmacy, pharmacists and pharmaceuticals, food and drug law, and health care law. His teaching includes a pharmacy course focusing on the law applicable to pharmacists, pharmacies, and pharmaceuticals as well as health law courses taught to undergraduate and graduate students in health administration.

He has served the APhA House of Delegates as Parliamentarian since 2000.

Scott Knoer, MS, PharmD, FASHP, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer

Scott Knoer is the 13th Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Pharmacists Association. He received his BA in psychology from Creighton University in 1988 and his PharmD from the University of Nebraska in 1996. He completed a 2-year administrative residency with a concurrent MS degree in hospital pharmacy from the University of Kansas in 1998.

Before his current leadership role at APhA, Dr. Knoer was the Chief Pharmacy Officer at the Cleveland Clinic from 2011 to 2020, where he led an international pharmacy enterprise with a $1.4 billion dollar drug budget and 1,558 FTEs in 18 hospitals with facilities in Ohio, Florida, and Nevada; Toronto; London; and Abu Dhabi.

After graduation from pharmacy school, he was an Operations Manager at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for 3 years. Moving to Minnesota, he was the Director of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, for a decade before being recruited to the Cleveland Clinic in 2011.

Dr. Knoer has served the profession extensively through involvement in professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels. He is published widely on a variety of pharmacy and leadership topics. He is a frequent invited lecturer to state, national, and international audiences. He is often quoted as a health care expert on a broad array of topics in newspaper, radio, and television outlets.

Dr. Knoer is a passionate advocate for patients and the profession of pharmacy. He has successfully lobbied boards of pharmacy in Ohio and Minnesota to allow the advancement of pharmacy practice, and he has led initiatives that changed Ohio and federal law related to the elevation of pharmacy practice and reducing the impact of drug shortages.


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