NACDS names state government affairs chief

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Sandra Guckian has been appointed vice president of state government affairs at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

Guckian’s appointment is effective immediately, NACDS said. Previously, she served as vice president and deputy director of state government affairs.

Reporting to Guckian will be five state government affairs directors based in regions throughout the United States and an administrative assistant based at the NACDS headquarters in Alexandria, Va. Besides leading the state government affairs team, Guckian will manage state-level legislative and regulatory advocacy in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia, according to NACDS.

Guckian reports directly to Carol Kelly, senior vice president of government affairs and public policy at the association.

"In her 13 years at NACDS, Sandra has established a reputation as a member-focused, highly substantive and strategically oriented leader who is absolutely passionate about pharmacy," NACDS president and chief executive officer Steve Anderson said in a statement. "In her new capacity, Sandra is charged with marshalling her considerable talents and the strength of NACDS to take NACDS’ already-vital state government affairs program to new levels."

Guckian has practiced as a pharmacist in a variety of settings, including community retail pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and home health care, NACDS added.

"Sandra is well-equipped to work collaboratively with NACDS member company representatives, with state association partners, and with her dedicated colleagues on the state government affairs team and throughout NACDS to help advance pharmacy at all levels of government for the ultimate benefit of patient care," Anderson commented. "This is the latest step in the transformation of NACDS to maximize its strategic focus and effectiveness."


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