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Pharmacy Residency Program

The VA Illiana Health Care System Pharmacy Practice Residency Program information.

The VA Illiana Heath Care System Pharmacy Practice Residency Program is a 12-Month Program

NMS Code: 212713

Program Description

  • Number of positions: 2
  • Application Deadline: Received by January 2, 2024
  • Starting Date: July 1, 2024
  • Estimated Stipend: $47,397
  • Interview Required: Yes
  • Benefits: Affordable Health, Dental, and Liability Insurance, 11 Holidays, 13 days of annual leave and 13 sick days and travel assistance


Our ASHP-Accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program is a structured and advanced education and training experience that provides the foundational skills required to become competent and confident clinical practitioners, as well as future leaders in pharmacy practice. This program builds on PharmD education to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for PGY2 pharmacy residency training.

VA Illiana Pharmacy Department

Within the VA Illiana Pharmacy Service, approximately 60 employees work to provide exceptional care to our Veterans. Outpatient Pharmacy processes about 30,000 prescriptions per month, with fully operating pharmacies located at the Danville, IL main campus and the Peoria, IL Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). The Inpatient Pharmacy provides care to approximately 150 beds that consist of acute care, long term care, rehabilitation, and mental health. Inpatient clinical pharmacists perform pharmacokinetic dosing, round with medicine teams, conduct chart reviews, and provide bedside medication education. In addition to traditional dispensing services, Clinical Pharmacist Practitioners (CPPs) provide care to Veteran’s in various areas of practice at the main campus in Danville, IL and all CBOCs.

VA Illiana Clinical Pharmacy Services

VA Illiana CPPs practice at the top of their pharmacist license with prescriptive authority under a scope of practice and are essential members of the health care team in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) CPPs provide chronic disease state management including, but not limited to, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, tobacco cessation, anticoagulation, and weight management. Mental Health CPPs provide pharmaceutical care across the entire spectrum of the Mental Health Service, including outpatient psychiatric clinics, substance use disorder, and acute psychiatric care. Other specialty areas involving CPPs include Pain Management, Home Based Primary care (HBPC), Long Term Care and Harm Reduction. VA Illiana CPPs are highly qualified preceptors with a variety of years of pharmacy practice, board certifications, and residency training.

Current Residents

William Zehnder, PharmD, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Resident

William Zehnder

2023 - 2024 PGY1 Resident

VA Illiana health care


Dr. Zehnder is originally from Troy, Illinois. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy in May 2023. Dr. Zehnder’s pharmacy practice areas of interest include mental health, pain management, and substance use disorders. He chose VA Illiana for his PGY-1 residency due to the unique ambulatory care focused learning experiences which he felt would best prepare him for his future endeavors. In his free time, he enjoys going to the gym, entertaining his cat, and hanging out in the sun. 

Photo of Olivia Crowder, PharmD

Olivia Crowder, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Practitioner

VA Illiana health care

Dr. Crowder is originally from Cayuga, Indiana. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Butler University. Dr. Crowder’s pharmacy practice area of interest is ambulatory care/primary care.  She has a passion for assisting patients in managing chronic disease states such as diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and hypertension. She chose VA Illiana because she enjoys providing health services to those living in rural communities that have served our country. She also is interested in the many unique job opportunities for pharmacists within the VA. During her time as a resident, she has been able to build trusting relationships with her patients and appreciates that her preceptors have been encouraging and taken an active interest in helping her achieve her career goals. In her free time, she enjoys attending Indiana and Illinois festivals and events, judging 4-H goat shows, and traveling with family and friends. 

Pharmacy Preceptors

Residency Program Director

Ashlee Cunningham-Stonewall, PharmD

Dr. Cunningham-Stonewall was born and raised in Danville, IL. She graduated from the PharmD program at Purdue University in 2003 and was the second youngest person in her graduating class. After graduation she worked for both CVS in Indiana and Walgreens in IL due to the extreme shortage of pharmacists. In 2004, she became the Walgreen’s Pharmacy Manager in Danville and worked until 2009 when she moved on to a new role as the PE/PI pharmacist at the VA.  Her career swiftly took flight as she then worked for VISN 11 as the PE/PI pharmacist, came back to Danville as a staff pharmacist, promoted to Outpatient Supervisor and then Associate Chief of Pharmacy Operations. She has also filled in as the Acting Inpatient Supervisor and the Acting Associate Chief of Clinical Pharmacy. She has traveled to many different VAs for various positions and has been a consultant on SOARS and VISN CSR teams. She loves working for the Veterans and has deep roots with many family members serving in the military, including her husband.

Residency Program Coordinator

Dallas Banning, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Banning is a 2020 graduate from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy. She completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at VA Illiana Health Care System in 2021. Dallas is now a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner in Home Based Primary Care. In her free time she enjoys reading, playing pickleball, DIY house projects, and adventuring with her dog. 

Harm Reduction Coordinator

Beth Dinges (pronounced “hinges” w/ a “d”), PharmD

Dr. Dinges graduated from University of Iowa in 2005 and has been with the VA ever since, including PGY1 at Southern Arizona Healthcare System and PGY2 at VA San Diego Health Care System. Her background is primary care. She helped pilot the VAs first syringe program, in 2017, at VA Illiana. In 2023, Beth transitioned from V12 Academic Detailing Service to a newly created position, as “harm reduction coordinator”, at VA Illiana. In addition to local syringe program management, she has a clinic for patients to access supplies, along with low-barrier buprenorphine for opioid use disorder, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and Hepatitis C treatment. Above all, she is passionate about making healthcare a less stigmatizing and more accessible environment for marginalized populations. 

Home Based Primary Care (HBPC)

Dallas Banning, PharmD, BCPS (see profile above)

Dawn Bolton, PharmD, BCACP

Dr. Bolton is originally from the suburbs of Chicago, IL. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from Midwestern University in 2005.  She practiced as an acute care clinical pharmacist and also as an outpatient anticoagulation pharmacist at a private sector hospital in Joliet, IL for over 14 years prior to joining VA Illiana in 2020.  Dawn was previously the Anticoagulation Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner at VA Illiana.  In October 2023, she transitioned to the Home Based Primary Care team and is currently one of the  Clinical Pharmacist Practitioners in HBPC.    In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, traveling, playing tennis, baking, and gardening.

Acute Care

Kimberly Cunningham, PharmD

Dr. Cunningham earned her PharmD from Butler University in 2009. She began her career in retail pharmacy when she was 18 years old and worked for 15 years as a technician, pharmacist, and pharmacy manager. She transitioned to inpatient pharmacy at the Adult Academic Health Care Center of IU Health Methodist in Indianapolis, IN. She worked both inpatient operations and clinical pharmacy. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband, three children and two dogs. She is a big sports fan and loves cheering for her favorite teams (Atlanta Braves, Indiana Hoosiers, Indianapolis Colts)!

Long Term Care

Cameron Norton, RPh, BCGP

Cameron Norton is the Long-term Care Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner at VA Illiana.  She graduated from Butler University in 1999 and worked for many years in high-volume retail pharmacy either as staff pharmacist or pharmacy manager.  Cameron joined the VA Illiana pharmacy team in May of 2015 as an inpatient clinical pharmacist.  In April 2020, she assumed her current role and is grateful for the privilege of working with VA Illiana’s  inpatient residents.  Outside of work she enjoys, watching her children’s extra-curricular activities, playing tennis, reading, and playing the piano. 

Mental Health

Kylie Gones, PharmD, BCPP

Dr. Gones is the Inpatient Mental Health Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner for the acute psychiatric unit and psychosocial residential rehabilitation treatment program (PRRTP) at VA Illiana. She  earned her PharmD degree at Butler University in Indianapolis IN.  She completed her PGY-1 Residency at VA Illiana Health Care System here in Danville, Illinois and has been working at this facility ever since. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family, cooking, and doing anything outdoors!

Andrew Wakefield, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

Dr. Andrew N. Wakefield grew up in the suburbs of Indianapolis. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy and minor in Spanish from Purdue University in 2019 and went on to complete a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, TX and a PGY2 psychiatric pharmacy residency though Eskenazi Health and Purdue University in Indianapolis, IN. He started at VA Illiana Health Care System in October 2021 as an outpatient Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner in mental health and substance use disorders. He precepts the residency program’s required outpatient mental health rotation, co-precepts the evidence-based medicine rotation, and the elective in substance use disorders. In his free time, Dr. Wakefield enjoys hiking, playing tennis and pickleball, reading, writing, playing video games, and spending time with his wife, two children, and dog.

Madelynn M Burgess, PharmD, BCPP

Dr. Burgess is the daughter of a naval pilot and grew up across the USA. After earning her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy in 2021, she completed a PGY1 and PGY2 in psychiatric pharmacy at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System. With her passion for mental health, she began working at the VA Illiana Health Care System in July 2023 as an outpatient Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner in mental health. Her areas of interest include serious mental illness, substance use disorders, and harm reduction. When not working, you can find Dr. Burgess cheering on the Georgia Bulldawgs, spending time with her fiancé, taking her black lab on an outdoor adventure, or traveling.

Pain Management

Jessica Geiger, PharmD, MS, BCPS 

Dr. Geiger is passionate about safe and effective pain management that increases function in the affected person.  She currently works as the Pain Management, Opioid Safety and PDMP (PMOP) Coordinator for the VA Illiana Healthcare system where she provides care to veterans with pain as well as program management. She attended pharmacy school at the University of Findlay and completed a PGY1 residency program in 2012. She has worked in the fields of pain management, palliative care, and hospice exclusively since completing her residency and served as program director for an ASHP PGY2 Pain and Palliative Care Residency. Prior to becoming a pharmacist, Dr. Geiger spent 4 years of service in the United States Marine Corps.

Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT)

Andrew Schaefer, PharmD, BCACP

Dr. Schaefer is one of the ambulatory care Clinical Pharmacist Practitioners at the Danville main campus. He attended pharmacy school at the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy (StLCoP), now known as University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis.  It will remain StLCoP to him.  He has been at Danville the longest out of all the preceptors, starting his career here in 1998! For fun, he enjoys manual labor, listening/watching comedy, spending time just about anywhere outdoors and would play about any sport (including curling, seriously!).  He was introduced to pickleball in July 2022 and doesn’t get to play as often as he would prefer. If you want to play, just reach out to him as there are courts at the Danville facility.  He also drives the speed limit but thinks he would enjoy racing about any vehicle if given the opportunity.

Grace Fenner, PharmD

Dr. Fenner is one of the ambulatory care Clinical Pharmacist Practitioners at the Danville main campus. She completed her pharmacy education at Drake University in 2018. She did a PGY-1 Ambulatory Care-Focused residency at the Phoenix VA. Since completing residency, she has continued to work for the VA in outpatient pharmacy and as a PACT Clinical Pharmacist. In her free time she enjoys traveling, going for walks with her dog Stevie, arts and crafts and watching movies.

Jordan Meyer, PharmD

Dr. Meyer is a 2011 graduate from Drake University. She did a PGY1 in Acute Care and PGY2 in Pediatrics at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.  She worked in pediatrics for 5 years and then transitioned into her ambulatory care role at the VA Illiana in 2015.  She started at the Peoria CBOC and now is Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner at the Bloomington CBOC.  She enjoys traveling and “being on the go” with her husband and children.

Ashley Thais, PharmD, CDCES

Dr. Thais is a graduate of Purdue University and completed her residency at the Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis. Her current practice setting is within ambulatory care at the Decatur CBOC and she also serves as the preceptor for the core ambulatory care rotation as well as the longitudinal rotation. In her time off, she enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband and four children.

Paige Meade, PharmD

Dr. Meade graduated from Creighton School of Pharmacy in 2018 and completed her residency at the VA Illiana Healthcare System in 2019. Since completing her residency program, Dr. Meade has continued to work for VA Illiana as an ambulatory care clinical pharmacy practitioner. Her current practice specializes as a PACT rural health clinical pharmacist across all VA Illiana clinics. Outside of the pharmacy profession, Dr. Meade enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. She also enjoys true crime podcasts, traveling, and spending time outdoors.

Holly Bourgeois, PharmD, BCPS

Dr. Bourgeois is one of the ambulatory care pharmacists at the Peoria CBOC. She completed pharmacy school at University of North Carolina and completed PGY1 at Oregon State University. Her hobbies include hiking and spending time outdoors.

Latoiya Purifoy, PharmD

Dr. Purifoy is a graduate of University of Illinois Chicago Pharmacy School.  She currently works at the VA Illiana Health Care System in the Peoria CBOC as a clinical pharmacist where she manages patients with diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia amongst other disease states.  When not at work, she enjoys baking and cooking for her family of six.

Ambulatory Care Float

Olivia Crowder, PharmD

Dr. Crowder is from Cayuga, Indiana.  She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Butler University in 2022 and completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency here at VA Illiana Healthcare System in 2023.  Dr. Crowder is the Ambulatory Care Float Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner.  She has a passion for assisting patients in managing chronic disease states such as diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and hypertension.  She enjoys working at VA Illiana because of the opportunities to provide health services to those living in rural communities.  In her free time, she enjoys attending Indiana and Illinois festivals and events, judging 4-H goat shows, and traveling with family and friends. 

Pharmacy Operations

Benora J. McBride, Pharm.D. ; Associate Chief of Clinical Pharmacy Services

Dr. McBride obtained her Pharm.D. from Notre Dame of Maryland University, School of Pharmacy in May 2015. She has practiced in the outpatient and inpatient setting for 4 years at the Tomah VA Medical Center and was the Outpatient Pharmacy Supervisor. Dr. McBride transition to a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist under the High Reliability Organization department. She later transferred to VA Illiana Health Care System and is currently the Associate Chief of Clinical Pharmacy Services. Dr. McBride is currently the preceptor for Pharmacy Operations. This is a 4-week rotation that provides an introduction into the inpatient and outpatient setting.

Pharmacy Residency Application Process

VA Illiana Health Care System follows the rules of the Residency Matching Program, therefore, all applicants must be registered with the ASHP Residency Matching Program. The NMS Code is 212713.

Pharmacy Residency Application Process

VA Illiana Health Care System VAMC follows the rules of the Residency Matching Program, therefore, all applicants must be registered with the ASHP Residency Matching Program. The Program Code is 212713. To apply for the VA Illiana Health Care System Pharmacy Practice Residency, please submit your application package containing a curriculum vitae (CV), letter of intent, official copy of your pharmacy school transcript, and three letters of recommendation to PhORCAS. If any of the above materials are not received by the application deadline, the applicant will not be considered for an interview. The application deadline is January 2, 2024.

Eligibility Requirements

The degree program must have been approved by The American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) or prior to the establishment of ACPE, have been a member of the American Association of the Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

  • Participation in the ASHP matching program
  • Participation PhORCAS (Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service)
  • Eligibility for pharmacy licensure in any state of the United States

Application Package submitted via PhORCAS

  • Pharm.D. Degree
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Intent
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official copy of academic transcripts from pharmacy school
  • Eligible for licensure
  • Interview Required


All application paperwork must be received by January 2, 2024.

U.S. Citizenship

It is a federal requirement that all employees of the VA must be a US citizen either by birth or naturalization.

Supplemental Application Forms

Found at:
▪ Application for Health Professions Trainees (VA Form 10-2850D)
▪ OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment

Contact Information

Ashlee Cunningham-Stonewall, PharmD
Residency Program Director 
Phone: 217-554-3000 ext 43155

Pharmacy Residency Curriculum

Pharmacy Residency Curriculum

Pharmacy Residency Curriculum at the VA Illiana Health Care System.

Core (Required) Learning Experiences

  • Pharmacy Operations
  • Evidence Based Medicine
  • Home Based Primary Care
  • Acute Care
  • Pain Management
  • Mental Health – Inpatient
  • Mental Health – Outpatient
  • Pharmacy Leadership
  • Primary Care
  • Long-Term Care

Elective Learning Experiences

  • Advanced Core Rotation
  • Palliative Care
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Harm Reduction
  • Population Management
  • Other Elective Opportunities

Longitudinal Learning Experiences

  • Academia
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Inpatient Pharmacy Staffing
  • Medication Use Evaluation
  • Pharmacy Leadership
  • Quality Improvement Project