HDA Research Foundation Announces 2022–2023 Karen J. Ribler Supply Chain Scholars

January 12, 2023 The HDA Research Foundation today announced the four recipients of its graduate-level Karen J. Ribler Scholarship.

Established in 2018, this annual scholarship is geared toward students pursuing higher degrees that currently work within HDA-member distributor and manufacturer companies. Named for the Foundation’s former COO, Karen J. Ribler, scholarships support the continued efficiency and effectiveness of the pharmaceutical supply chain by fostering knowledge and leadership through education and professional development opportunities.

The 2022–2023 Karen J. Ribler Supply Chain Scholars include: 

Michael Gonsman  
Warehouse General Manager, Value Drug Company  
Master of Arts in Supply Chain Management, American Public University  

Maureen Rush  
Sourcing Manager, Cardinal Health  
Master of Science in Sustainable Management, University of Wisconsin-Superior  

Jill Schwendenmann  
Sr. Specialist, Cardinal Health
Master of Professional Studies in Technology Management, Georgetown University  

Dave Towe  
Advisor – Strategic Pricing, Generics, Cardinal Health
MBA, Ohio University

"Enhancing the effectiveness of the pharmaceutical supply chain is dependent on the continuing education of the professionals within it. With the four new scholars named today, the HDA Research Foundation has provided nearly 20 talented HDA-member professionals with the means to further their supply chain and business studies over the past five years,” said Perry Fri, Executive Vice President and COO, HDA Research Foundation. “We are proud to continue this tradition in support of a safe and efficient pharmaceutical supply chain.”
The Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) represents primary pharmaceutical distributors — the vital link between the nation’s pharmaceutical manufacturers and pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and others nationwide. Since 1876, HDA has helped members navigate regulations and innovations to get the right medicines to the right patients at the right time, safely and efficiently. The HDA Research Foundation, HDA’s nonprofit charitable foundation, serves the healthcare industry by providing research and education focused on priority healthcare supply chain issues.

The HDA Research Foundation is the 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization of the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA). The Foundation serves as the thought leader in driving research, education and discussion for all healthcare supply chain stakeholders, enabling the industry's ability to deliver efficient, safe and secure patient access to medicines and medical products. Learn more at