Kate Gainer, PharmD serves as the Executive Vice President and CEO for Iowa Pharmacy Association (IPA), and has been in this role since 2012. The IPA serves as the sole organization representing the profession of pharmacy in Iowa and pharmacists in all practice settings. IPA’s mission is to promote safe and effective medication use, improve the health of patients, and advance the profession of pharmacy. Gainer oversees strategic planning for IPA and its subsidiaries, as well as business development, professional affairs, and government relations. She has worked for the Iowa Pharmacy Association for over ten years, previously as the Vice President of Professional Affairs.
She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and was named Young Alumnus of the Year in 2016. She completed a pharmacy practice residency with an emphasis in community care through Drake University and Medicap Pharmacy. In addition to serving as the Executive Vice President of the Iowa Pharmacy association, Kate is active in other pharmacy organizations on the national level including the National Alliance for State Pharmacy Associations, APhA, ASHP, NCPA and PACE.
Kate was named to Des Moines’ “40 under 40” in 2014 and has participated in and co-chaired Leadership Iowa. Her husband, Bob, is an attorney in Des Moines. They have 4 children who keep them on their toes and perpetually sleep-deprived. (Ray – 6, Genevieve – 5, Telly and Tessa – 2).