The Upper Midwest Oncology Education Network was created in 2012 out of the need for local, high quality, affordable education that brought the whole oncology team together to learn, network and share experiences together.  Through engaging as a collaborative oncology team, we believed that it would enhance the overall care of the cancer patient.

Our Misson

To create a community of diverse oncology practitioners working together to enhance the knowledge of healthcare providers in the Upper Midwest.

Our Vision

To enhance patient care through quality
education and networking opportunities for all oncology professionals.



UMOEN Meetups Held

Meet our board of directors

Jeremy Whalen
Jeremy Whalen

PharmD, BCOP


Paul Forsberg
Paul Forsberg

PharmD, BCOP

Vice President

Monique Giordana
Monique Giordana

PharmD, BCOP


Shirley Kern
Shirley Kern



Becky Fahrenbruch
Becky Fahrenbruch


Board Member at Large

Meet our committee members

Jeff Engle
Jeff Engle

PharmD, MS

OJC, Volunteer Coordinator

Jeremy Whalen, PharmD, BCOP

As a Medical Affairs Executive Director for Genentech, Dr. Whalen helps develop medical strategy for two ecosystems; Minnesota/North Dakota + South Dakota/Nebraska/Iowa.  New to this portfolio role (including non-oncology products!!), since November 2020, he works closely with internal partners to engage with Health System Executives, Regional Payers and Community-based Advocacy Organizations.

Previously, Dr. Whalen was the Specialty Clinical Program Director in Oncology at Prime Therapeutics. He also has over 9 years of clinically experience at North Memorial Cancer Center, having oversight responsibilities in oncology infusion and retail services, financial patient advocates, genetic counselors and the Tumor Registry program. Whalen was active in training residents and students in ambulatory oncology.

Additionally, Dr. Whalen was a clinical assistant professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. He also co-founded and is the President of the Upper Midwest Oncology Education Network and has served as a board member for the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association.

Dr. Whalen earned a Doctor of Pharmacy from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska.

Paul Forsberg, PharmD, BCOP, MHA

Director of Pharmacy and Admixture Services at Minnesota Oncology.  Paul Forsberg received his Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Montana.  Prior to joining Minnesota Oncology, Paul was the Clinical Pharmacy Manager at St. John’s Hospital, MN overseeing inpatient and outpatient clinical services.  In 2019 Paul received his Master’s in Healthcare Administration degree from the University of Minnesota.  Paul Forsberg is the current Vice President and founding board member of the Upper Midwest Oncology Education Network.

Shirley Kern

Shirley Kern is an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist and is one of the founding board members of the Upper Midwest Oncology Education Network. She received her undergraduate degrees in psychology and nursing from Creighton University, and her graduate degree in nursing from the University of Iowa. She is active in the Oncology Nursing Society and has served as a past president and board member for the local ONS chapter. She also has served on the board for A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation. Shirley holds an Advanced Certification in Oncology Nursing and was named as the March of Dimes Minnesota Oncology Nurse of the Year in 2018.

Becky Fahrenbruch, PharmD, BCOP, FHOPA

Graduated from University of Nebraska Medical Center with
her Doctorate of Pharmacy. She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Southwest Washington Medical Center and an Oncology Specialty Residency at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

She is a Medical Science Liaison (MSL) in Oncology/Hematology for Genmab and previously worked as an MSL for BMS in Myeloid malignancies and was the Oncology Pharmacy Manager at University of Minnesota Health Oncology Infusion Pharmacy and RPD for Postgraduate Year 2 Oncology Pharmacy Residency program (12yrs). She has 19 years of experience working as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, COP and a mentor for the Leadership Networking Partners program.

She continues to be involved in leadership roles and committee work with HOPA and is a board member for UMOEN and the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Foundation.

Jeff Engle, PharmD, MS

Hematology/Oncology Clinical Pharmacist
M Health Fairview Cancer Care
Minneapolis, MN

Jeff received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Iowa and received both a Doctor of Pharmacy and a Master’s in Clinical Investigation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He then completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and a PGY-2 Oncology Specialty Residency at the M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center. Jeff currently practices as a hematology/oncology clinical pharmacist at the M Health Fairview Cancer Centers at the University of Minnesota. Jeff currently serves as the UMOEN Oncology Journal Club Coordinator to set up bi-monthly educational events for pharmacists and pharmaceutical industry members. He is also an active member of the Hematology Oncology Pharmacists Association, the National Community Oncology Dispensing Association, and the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Volunteer for Annual Meeting

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