Penny Shelton, Executive Director for the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Campbell University and completed a two-year, post-doctoral fellowship in geriatrics with the University of North Carolina and Glaxo, Inc. Dr. Shelton is a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist and Fellow with the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. Dr. Shelton has served as a pharmacist in community, rural hospital, long-term care, and academic settings. In 1998, Dr. Shelton established the first in the nation, community-based, senior care practice as part of an aging agency based in Wake County, North Carolina. Dr. Shelton has spent most of her career in academia, researching and teaching in the areas of geriatrics, geropsychiatry, medication therapy management and policy & advocacy. Prior to her current position she served as Professor & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for The Dunn School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University where her research included various opioid-related practice and training efforts. In her current role with NCAP, she collaborates with pharmacists and other stakeholders to address pharmacy and public health initiatives in an effort to foster the advancement of pharmacy practice and the improvement of health care across North Carolina.