Management Team

Aventine’s founding partners have worked together professionally in a variety of managed care pharmacy roles since 1995. Our many years of professional camaraderie have forged a solid foundation and trusted partnership, Aventine Consulting.

Our team of highly accomplished PharmD/MD clinicians has years of experience and expertise developing AMCP dossiers and economic models for a wide range of products across diverse disease states and clinical settings. Because our team members have past experience evaluating products for reimbursement and formulary inclusion from the payer side of the access equation, we understand the needs of the payer audience and are able to leverage that knowledge in developing dossiers and models that are fit for purpose.

Holly (Carlton) Trautman, PharmD, MS

HollyHolly has a wealth of experience identifying and demonstrating product value in the managed care arena via submission guidelines and economic modeling. Prior to founding Aventine Consulting in 2008, Holly spent 5 years as Director of Clinical Services at the consulting firm Strategic Pharmacy Innovations. In this role, Holly orchestrated the development of more than 50 formulary submission dossiers, writing many of them single-handedly. She has worked with pharmaceutical companies of all sizes in developing evidence-based and meaningful value statements for products for an extensive range of disease states. Previous to her career in consulting, Holly was the Director of Pharmacy at Community Health Plan of Washington, where she converted a pharmacy department in its infancy to a well-managed, evidence-based department through education and strong formulary management.

Holly received a Master of Science from the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program at the University of Washington and a Doctorate of Pharmacy from the same University. She completed a fellowship in managed care pharmacy at Premera Blue Cross in Seattle. Holly earned her Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. She was the recipient of awards and scholarships throughout her training including the Facts and Comparisons’ award for excellence in clinical communication, several academic excellence scholarships, and a managed care fellowship.

Jamie (Clark) Dunning, PharmD

JamieJamie brings clinical depth to Aventine with over 15 years of experience in clinical oncology, managed care, and pharmaceutical industry positions. Prior to founding Aventine in 2008, Jamie spent more than 4 years as the Associate Director of Clinical Services at Strategic Pharmacy Innovations developing formulary submission dossiers for the payer audience. Prior to consulting, Jamie was Director of Pharmacy for a home infusion and specialty injectable company in Seattle. Her managed care career began in 1994 at Group Health Cooperative, where she was a clinical pharmacist for the hospital, the short-stay oncology infusion center, and the home infusion programs. While at Group Health, Jamie was also responsible for numerous formulary management projects. After years as a clinical pharmacist, Jamie was recruited by Immunex (now Amgen) as a medical information pharmacist for their oncology and rheumatology products.

Jamie earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Colorado in Denver, where she received an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Achievement Award for outstanding performance. She graduated with her 5-year Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy and has been a registered, practicing pharmacist in the State of Washington since that time.

Rachel (Bongiorno) Karcher, PharmD

RachelRachel has years of experience critically evaluating and synthesizing drug information for varied audiences. Prior to joining Aventine, Rachel was Director of Educational Strategy and Content at a leading medical education company. In this role, Rachel managed medical writers and content managers, initiated the company’s publication strategy, developed innovative educational platforms, and strategized tactical educational plans for clients. Rachel was the lead content manager on projects that won the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions awards for outstanding research in CME and outstanding educational collaboration. Before moving into medical education, Rachel was Assistant Professor of Pharmacy and Director of Drug Information at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. At U of M, she was responsible for formulary management, developing and presenting formulary drug reviews, and evaluating and implementing cost-containment initiatives. During her tenure at U of M, Rachel also taught and managed both didactic and experiential pharmacy courses.

Rachel graduated magna cum laude with a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Northeastern University. After graduation, she completed a 1-year Drug Information Residency at the University of Arizona and a 1-year Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Illinois. Throughout her career, Rachel has authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Elizabeth James, PharmD, PhD

elizabeth headshot editedElizabeth has extensive experience in pharmacy benefit management, modeling, health economics, and academia. Prior to joining Aventine, her roles in health care management relied upon her strong background in health economics for coordinating evidence-based decision making and integrating cost-effective strategies into formulary management. In her past roles at the Washington State Health Care Authority, she managed the $1.5 billion benefits portfolio for public employees, provided clinical oversight for pharmacy benefit coverage, analyzed health care utilization data, recommended evidence-based programs for optimizing benefit design, and advised the state legislature on issues related to agency programs. In addition to her many presentations and university lectures over the past decade, Elizabeth’s medical communication background also includes manuscript refereeing for the Annals of Pharmacotherapy and the Annals of Internal Medicine. Elizabeth earned her Doctor of Pharmacy with honors from the University of Texas at Austin and earned her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Washington’s Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program, from which she draws her health economics modeling expertise. While at the UW, Elizabeth was an American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Fellow and a UW Magnuson Scholar. Of note among her many other honors and scholarships, she received the Facts and Comparisons Excellence in Clinical Communication Award during her tenure at UT.

Kim Tran-Kerr, MD

KTK_2Kim is an experienced medical writer who has worked in a variety of healthcare, academic, and consulting environments, developing a wide range of materials across multiple therapeutic areas, including oncology, hematology, rheumatology, dermatology, neurology, cardiovascular diseases, and genetic disorders. Prior to joining Aventine, Kim held positions at i-Human Patients, an e-learning provider for healthcare professional students, and Evidera, where she focused on the development of market access communications deliverables, including AMCP dossiers, global value dossiers, HTA reviews, value stories, objection handlers, and white papers. Kim has also worked as a Clinical Medical Writer/Editor for Medeserv-PrimEd in Australia, designing professional medical education programs, and as the Medical Programs Manager at the National Psoriasis Foundation in Portland, Oregon.

Kim received her medical degree from the University of Queensland, Australia, and completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics and city planning at the University of California at Berkeley and Cambridge University. Kim enjoys finding effective ways to communicate complex scientific and clinical information to professional healthcare audiences by developing clear, concise, and clinically accurate content.

Upcoming Events

October 16, 2017 Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Nexus 2017

The Fall 2018 AMCP Nexus conference is heading to the greater Dallas area at the Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center in Grapevine, TX! AMCP hosts two national meetings each…

April 23, 2018 Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting

The Spring 2018 AMCP conference is heading back to Boston, MA! AMCP hosts two national meetings each year: the relatively larger Annual Meeting in the spring and the more intimate…

May 19, 2018 International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) 23rd Annual International Meeting

In the spring of 2018, we are headed to ISPOR in Baltimore! ISPOR is an organization that promotes health economics and outcomes research that evaluates the effect of health care…