Current Residency Preceptors

Bobbi Hilker, Pharm.D., CACP

Bobbi Hilker, Pharm.D., CACP, BCPS

Dr. Bobbi Hilker is the Director of Pharmacy, PGY1 Residency Program Director for Meritus Medical Center, and Clinical Professor at Frostburg State University for the Physician Assistant Program. She received her Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. After moving back to Maryland, she went on to earn her doctorate of pharmacy from the University of Maryland. Dr. Hilker is a certified anticoagulation provider and has achieved board certification in pharmacotherapy. She is the preceptor for the administration learning experience. Her areas of interest include anticoagulation and she enjoys teaching students and residents.

Michael R. Staley, Pharm.D.Michael Staley, PharmD

Dr. Michael Staley is the Executive Director of Pharmacy, Supply Chain, Quality, and Accreditation at Meritus Medical Center. He has served in a leadership and administrative role at Meritus Medical Center and Trivergent Health Alliance for more than 8 years. He has served in multiple roles during his time from staff/clinical pharmacist to operations manager to director of pharmacy roles at both Meritus Medical Center and Frederick Memorial Hospital. Dr. Staley has also taken on expanded pharmacy educational roles such as preceptorship of pharmacy students and residents, didactic teaching of pharmacology for nursing and physician’s assistant programs, and expansion of these teaching opportunities for the Meritus pharmacy staff. Dr. Staley remains committed to the expansion of pharmacy services, improve access to and quality of care, while reducing the total cost of care.

Jerry Van, Pharm.D, BCPS,Jerry Van MBA

Dr. Jerry Van is the Pharmacy Clinical Manager at Meritus Medical Center. He earned his doctorate in pharmacy and MBA from Shenandoah University and completed a PGY-1 residency at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Van has held positions such an ICU clinical specialist and OR pharmacy specialist. He currently is board certified in pharmacotherapy. His areas of interest include infectious diseases, critical care, and internal medicine. In his spare time, he enjoys watching/playing sports, watching movies/TV shows, and dad jokes.

Deirdre Jones, Pharm.D., BCNSPDeirdre Jones, PharmD

Dr. Deirdre Jones is the Nutrition Support Clinical pharmacist at Meritus Medical Center. She received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. She then completed a PGY1 residency at the John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington, CT and her Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. Prior to working at Meritus Medical Center she worked for Arnold Palmer Hospital for Women and Children in Orlando, FL. Dr. Jones is a board-certified nutrition support pharmacist. Her areas of subspecialty include nutrition support and pediatrics. Dr. Jones is the preceptor for pediatrics and nutritional support learning experiences.

Katelyn Andrews, Pharm.D.Katelyn Andrews, PharmD

Dr. Katelyn Andrews is the Critical Care Clinical for Meritus Medical Center. She is a graduate of West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. Dr. Andrews completed her PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Meritus Medical Center. She completed a Teaching Certificate Program at Shenandoah University and holds certificates in advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support. Dr. Andrews also completed the SIDP Antimicrobial Stewardship Certificate Program and achieved board certification in critical care. Her areas of interest include infectious diseases, critical care, and toxicology. Dr. Andrews is the preceptor for the critical care and infectious disease learning experiences.

Jeanette DeanJeanette Dean, BS, Pharm.D., MHMS, CPPS

Dr. Jeanette Dean is the Medication Safety Officer for Meritus Medical Center. She is a graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with a doctorate in pharmacy. Jeanette recently completed the SIDP certification for Antibiotic Stewardship for Acute Care. She obtained a Master’s degree in Healthcare Management for Sustainability at Wilson College in 2017. During this program she earned a Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt certification. She also obtained a certificate in Medication Therapy Management (MTM). Prior to joining Meritus Medical Center, Dr. Dean served in leadership roles over the last nine years as an operations manager and Director of Pharmacy. Her areas of interest include medication safety, antibiotic stewardship, lean methodologies, and medication therapy management.

Rachel Holland, Pharm.D., BCPSRachel Holland, Pharm.D.,  BCPS

Dr. Holland is the Emergency Medicine preceptor for Meritus Medical Center. She received her doctor of pharmacy degree from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. After pharmacy school, she completed her PGY1 Pharmacy and PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy residencies at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. She has worked in Emergency Medicine Pharmacy since completing residency in 2013, including 5 years at a Level 1 trauma center. Her areas of interest include critical care, toxicology, and code response.

Hunter Lind, Pharm.D.

HUnter Lind, Pharm.D.Dr. Hunter Lind is a Clinical Pharmacist at Meritus Medical Center. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy in 2017. He completed a PGY-1 residency at AdventHealth Orlando in 2018 where he also obtained his Master of Healthcare Administration from AdventHealth University in 2019. Dr. Lind has worked in internal medicine for the past 2 years and is currently pursuing board certification as a pharmacotherapy specialist. His professional areas of interest include internal medicine, cardiology, infectious diseases, and oncology.

Kwabena Nimarko, Pharm.D.


Kwabena Nimarko, Pharm.D. Dr. Kwabena Nimarko is the ambulatory care pharmacist for Meritus Medical Center. He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. He completed a PGY-1 pharmacy residency program at Hahnemann University Hospital, the former teaching hospital for Drexel School of Medicine. Before joining Meritus Medical Center, Dr. Nimarko worked as a clinical pharmacist in internal medicine, transitions of care, and transplant. His areas of interest include diabetes, anticoagulation, polypharmacy, and transitions of care.

Alayna Peters, Pharm.D.Alayna Peters, Pharm.D.

Dr. Alayna Peters completed a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Meritus and a Teaching Certificate Program at Shenandoah University in June 2019, and is now a clinical pharmacist. She is a graduate of Shenandoah University, where she received her doctorate of pharmacy degree. Dr. Peters plans to become a Board Certified Pharmacy Specialist in the next 2 years. Her professional areas of interest include critical care, anticoagulation, and academia. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching and playing sports, and reading.

Julie Shupp, RPh, BCOP

Julie Shupp is the oncology pharmacist at Meritus Health's John R. Marsh Cancer Center. Julie received her Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Prior to her current position, she worked at Meritus Medical Center in the inpatient pharmacy. She earned her BCOP in 2017. Mrs. Shupp is the preceptor for the outpatient oncology learning experiences.

Melissa Simms, Pharm.D.Melissa Simms, Pharm.D.

Dr. Melissa Sims is the Operations Manager at Meritus Medical Center and will be a preceptor during the administration learning experience. She completed her B.S. in Biochemistry at Shepherd University (Shepherdstown, WV) and completed her Pharm D through Shenandoah University, Bernard J Dunn School of Pharmacy (Winchester, VA). Prior to her current position, Dr. Sims was an inpatient pharmacist here at Meritus Medical Center. Dr. Sims has a passion for teaching/precepting and has experience precepting pharmacy students and teaching pharmacology to the PA students at Frostburg State University.