Javier Menendez, RPh, MBA, BCGP, earned his bachelor of science in pharmacy from Long Island University and his MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He also is also board certified in geriatric pharmacy. He currently serves as the vice president for pharmacy operations for Virginia Premier Health Plan, Inc (VPHP). Mr. Menendez has worked in managed care pharmacy and Medicaid for over 15 years, with a strong clinical, administrative, and management background in the pharmacy and pharmacy benefits management areas of managed care. He has been instrumental in developing several best practice pharmacy programs for VPHP. He is active in a variety of professional activities and is a board member of Commonwealth Community Trust, a nonprofit organization that administers special needs trust for people with disabilities, and the United Way?s Health Action Council of the greater Richmond and Petersburg area. In addition, Mr. Menendez serves as adjunct faculty for the School of Pharmacy for Virginia Commonwealth University and as a preceptor for managed care pharmacy. Dedicated to education and pharmacy he received the School of Pharmacy, Outstanding Preceptor award for 2017.