Western District Candidates for 2021-22 Board Election

Candidates are listed alphabetically by last name.



Mike Anneken

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And salutations.

Simple message...

Vote Anneken

Background: I graduated in 1984 (University of Cincinnati) well within 3 standard deviations of the top of the bell curve of my class. I worked primarily in independent community pharmacy:

Starting in 2007 I began surveying for the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) and continued after the merger with ACHC. For a brief period (1.5 years), I worked as a staff pharmacist at a local hospital (St Elizabeth, Florence, Ky and Ft Thomas, Ky).

I look forward to representing the western district and promise to work diligently for the people of North Carolina.

My slogan is “If anybody can, Anneken”.

Although my last name is similar, I am not related to Darth Vader....any longer.

And when I eat supper, I do use the “forks”.

My family celebrates May the Fourth annually (May the Fourth be with you).

I like to eat at “Pizza the hut”.

Again, a simple message…

Vote Anneken



Mike Long

Mike Long photo As a pharmacist in the Western District, I am seeking the opportunity to serve you as the practicing pharmacist on the Board of Pharmacy as well as protecting the safety, welfare, and health relating to pharmaceutical matters of North Carolina’s citizens. One of my areas of concern is to address burnout of pharmacists and how the Board of Pharmacy can aid in tackling this growing issue while also maintaining the charge set for the BOP by the North Carolina Legislature in the N.C. Pharmacy Practice Act.

Chris Sain

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My name is Chris Sain and I am respectfully seeking the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy Western District Board Member seat.  I am currently employed as a Pharmacy Director with Atrium Health, a position that requires me to oversee the daily pharmacy operations of two facilities, Atrium Health Cleveland and Atrium Health Kings Mountain.

I am a first-generation pharmacist who was born and raised in Cleveland County, North Carolina.  I earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1994 after which I returned to Shelby, North Carolina to work as an IV technician for Cleveland Regional Medical Center (now Atrium Health Cleveland).  The experience I gained as an IV tech prompted me to pursue a career in pharmacy.  After receiving my Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 1999, I returned to western North Carolina and worked briefly as a staff pharmacist for Wal-Mart.  In August of 1999, I was offered an opportunity to return to Cleveland Regional Medical Center as a clinical pharmacist. In October of 2000, I became the Pharmacy Director at the same facility, a position I have held ever since.

I am a proud member of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists (NCAP), the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Cleveland County Pharmaceutical Association. I have spoken at numerous continuing education programs, including delivering the New Drug Update for the Cleveland County Pharmaceutical Association for over twenty (20) consecutive years.  I was honored to receive the John Young Leadership  Award in 2011 presented by the Leadership Team at Atrium Health Cleveland/Kings Mountain.

While hospital pharmacy has been my primary focus for the past twenty-two (22) years, I have intentionally and purposefully kept myself informed as to issues faced by retail and community pharmacists as well.  I resolutely believe that pharmacists and technicians should strive to “work at the top of their license”, taking advantage of every opportunity we are legally afforded to improve the health and overall well-being of fellow North Carolina citizens.   I am also passionate about expanding clinical roles for current and future pharmacists. As our honorable profession continues to evolve, we need to ensure that pharmacy is afforded its rightful place at the forefront of all healthcare related discussions, not just those involving medication.

My wife and I live in Hickory, North Carolina and we are the proud parents of two daughters, both of whom are undergraduate students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and one of whom will begin pharmacy school in the fall of 2022.

Having an opportunity to represent the pharmacists of our great state would be a tremendous honor and I humbly ask for your vote for the Western District vacancy. 




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Please contact Kristin Moore or Jay Campbell at the NC Board of Pharmacy office if you have questions about the election.