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Nephron announces hiring, promotions of key executives

West Columbia, S.C. – Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation, one of the fastest growing pharmaceuticals companies in the country, today announced a new hire and promotions of two key executives.

Rita Boucher has been hired as the Nephron Chief Quality Officer, Jamie Shuster will take on the role of Chief Projects Officer, and Stephanie Simmonds is the Chief Clinical Officer.

“Rita, Jamie and Stephanie are rock stars,” said Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy. “As Nephron continues to grow, we are only as good as the vision, work ethic and leadership of those around us. I am confident that Rita, Jamie and Stephanie are equipped with all of the tools needed to take Nephron to the next level. I could not be more excited to be working with them.”

Rita Boucher, Chief Quality Officer

Rita Boucher has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for more than 25 years. She has worked at AstraZeneca, Genzyme, and Pfizer and held positions in Quality Assurance, Formulation, Cold Chain Distribution, Operational Excellence, and Remediation. Boucher has been married for 26 years and has one son, who recently finished his freshman year at UNC-Chapel Hill. She spends her free time reading, exercising, traveling with her family, and spending time outside.

Jamie Shuster, Chief Projects Officer

Jamie Shuster has been a member of the Nephron family for more than four years. Prior to taking on the new projects role, Shuster served as Senior Vice President of Quality at Nephron. Shuster has an extensive background in public health and public policy. Governor Nikki Haley named Shuster as Director of Budget and Policy in the governor’s office. Next, she served as State Director of Public Health, one of the top deputies to the Director of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. Shuster earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s Degree in public health from UNC-Chapel Hill. She enjoys spending time with her fiancé and three dogs, and traveling.

Stephanie Simmonds, Chief Clinical Officer

Stephanie Simmonds joined the Nephron team in 2018. She served as Chief of Marketing Operations and was responsible for overseeing the inside and outside sales and marketing team. Before arriving at Nephron, Simmonds was the Market Chief Nursing Officer for Providence Health, a role she held at one of S.C.’s largest health systems for more than eight years. She also held leadership roles at Banner Health's McKee Medical Center and Torrington Community Hospital. Simmonds holds a Master's degree in nursing administration from Regis University. Stephanie is currently serving as the American Heart Association Board Chair. In her free time she enjoys running, traveling and spending time with her three children, Morgan, Zachary and Taelyn.

Congratulations to each one of ladies for obtaining these new career levels.

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