Meet the Bula team.
Laura Carpenter, B.S. Pharm., J.D., L.LM
Chief Executive Officer
Laura Carpenter is a third-generation pharmacist and nationally recognized adviser on healthcare regulatory law. Her background as a registered pharmacist and entrepreneur software developer, combined with her experience in pharmacy law, uniquely qualifies her to assist clients and was the impetus for starting Bula.
Today, customers range from international corporations to small businesses and individual healthcare practitioners. She has published and/or presented more than 100 articles on topics related to pharmacy law and regulatory compliance.
Ms. Carpenter is a member of the Board of the APhA Foundation and a past president of the American Society for Pharmacy Law. She has served on multiple committees for the American Pharmacist Association. She has been recognized with the Martindale Hubbell AV® Pre-eminent Peer Review Rating, and as a U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers in America: Healthcare. She is also the recipient of the Phoenix Business Journal Outstanding Woman in Business Award and the Arizona Pharmacy Alliance Pharmacy Appreciation Award. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Ohio State University and earned her Juris Doctorate from Ohio State a few years later. She holds a Master of Laws degree in Biotechnology and Genomics from Arizona State University.
Ms. Carpenter and her husband Brian are proud “pet parents” to four cats. Avid travelers, they enjoy experiencing other cultures and the intricacies of life in the U.S. and abroad.
“I see how hard it is for people to keep up with the crazy fast pace of their jobs,” she says. “ My goal at Bula is to make their jobs easier so they can spend time doing more ‘exciting’ work and still get home to the people they love.”
Laara van Lӧben Sels
VP, Sales and Marketing
Laara van Lӧben Sels joined Bula as Director of Sales and Marketing, bringing with her a wealth of experience working with compliance and regulatory professionals in Fortune 500 companies and State and local government. Laara’s experience also includes a technology background, with a focus on SAAS with an emphasis on the customer experience. New to the pharmacy world specifically, Laara has enjoyed meeting Bula’s partners and clients and learning the intricacies of the industry – this serves Laara’s mantra of “always learning."
A graduate of Arizona State University and originally from Southern California, Laara currently resides in Phoenix. Leisure time is spent with her dogs, enjoying Arizona’s great outdoors, and renovating her house – a seemingly endless project.
“Working at Bula has been and continues to be extremely rewarding. Helping clients stay abreast of the important regulatory changes has a direct impact on their ability to continue improving patient care. Our clients are in this profession because their passion is helping people, and doing the right thing, every day. It’s incredibly gratifying to be a part of that.”
Sarah Wharton joined Bula as the Director of Operations after serving in various leadership and government relations roles in Arizona State government and the private sector.
As a legislative staffer, Sarah became an expert in navigating the legislative process and regulatory framework. She also learned the inner workings of state government and, “how to get the information you need.” Following her time with the state, she leveraged this knowledge to help private sector clients navigate state government and accomplish their strategic goals.
Sarah is a native of Phoenix, Arizona. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, interior design, and spending time with her husband, Matt and two dogs, TipTip and Ollie.
“I love breaking down complex problems and finding solutions. That’s why I enjoy working at Bula. Every day, I get to come to work and help clients make sense of complicated issues and regulatory frameworks."
Beth Soliere Bodinet
Senior Policy Analyst
Manager, Sales & Marketing
Executive Administrative Assistant