Program Directors

steven_playerDr. Steven Player

Director, Center for Diversity and Cultural Competency
Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Dr. Steven Player is the Director of the Center for Diversity and Cultural Competency (CDCC) at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH) in St. Louis. In this role, Dr. Player leads a dynamic, multidisciplinary team that provides and facilitates cultural competence and inclusion education, quality assessment/improvement, extensive language services, and promoting overall health service equity. In addition to his core responsibilities as Director of the CDCC at BJH, Dr. Player is both the co-founder and co-director of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Express Scripts, and St. Louis College of Pharmacy (BESt) Pharmacy Summer Institute.

Dr. Player possesses a passion for developing the next generation of health care providers. This passion has led him to establishing not only the BESt program but also the Xavier Initiative, a key strategic partnership between Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy and BJH, and in serving as coordinator for the BJC HealthCare Pharmacy Internship Program.

Dr. Player also supports the community in various ways, some of which include serving on the Girls, Inc. St. Louis Board of Directors, serving on the Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy Dean’s Advisory Board, member of the National Association of Health Services Executives, coaching the Ladue 8th grade boy’s basketball team, and participating in career planning sessions for local high school students.

Dr. Player’s academic achievements include a Doctorate of Pharmacy (Xavier University), a Masters in Business Administration (Webster University), and a Certificate in Diversity Management (Georgetown University and the Institute for Diversity and Health Management). Dr. Player is native of St. Louis, and is married with two beautiful children.

player_celesteDr. Celeste Player

Vice President, Strategy and Transformation
Express Scripts, Inc.

Dr. Celeste Player is Vice President of Strategy and Transformation at Express Scripts. In this capacity, Dr. Player is responsible for building and executing a strategic plan to transform and grow Express Scripts home delivery pharmacies. Dr. Player and her team are dedicated to delivering a best-in-class experience to home delivery patients through the provision of cost-effective, innovative solutions and service excellence. This focus enables end-to-end operational solutions that will drive profitable growth, deliver industry-leading net promoter scores, and empower and engage employees.

Dr. Player has proven skills as a company-wide collaborator and influencer. In her 11 years with Express Scripts, Dr. Player has held leadership positions in Sales & Account Management and Operations where she led Express Scripts home delivery growth team as well as the Express Scripts Pharmacy Practice team. She is a true advocate for patients, physicians and clients.

Dr. Player is also a committed contributor to the St. Louis community. She has served on the board of the St. Louis Maternal, Child and Family Health Coalition (MCFHC) and is currently serving on the board of the NCADA. Dr. Player is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., United Way Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society, Express Scripts Diversity Advisory Board, Missouri Pharmacy Association, and serves as Vice President of Express Scripts WE LEAD Employee Resource Group. She is also a graduate of the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative Fellows Program. In recognition of her commitment and service, Dr. Player was honored by the St. Louis Business Journal as a Diverse Business Leader. She has been featured many times on KSDK-TV Show Me St. Louis, educating patients on how to achieve healthier outcomes. Dr. Player received a Doctor of Pharmacy from Xavier University College of Pharmacy in New Orleans, Louisiana. In her spare time, Dr. Player relishes her time spent with her husband and two children.

butler-isaac23Dr. Isaac Butler

Vice President, Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy
St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Dr. Isaac Butler is Vice President for the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. This role provides leadership to the campus community to embrace and leverage differences in cultures, worldviews and abilities to ensure students are prepared to provide exceptional patient care as engaged citizens in an increasingly diverse and global society. The ODI provides strategic counsel to academic and administrative units in order to incorporate diversity and inclusion initiatives into business operations and objectives.

Along with his wife, Dr. Lakesha Butler, Dr. Butler owns Think-Dream-Lead, a leadership consulting company that empowers students and young professionals to a maximum level of personal wellbeing in the areas of faith, family, career, and community. Prior to starting this company, Dr. Butler spent most of his career at Express Scripts leading teams in sales, account management, audit, and product development.

As a servant leader, Dr. Butler helps several community organizations – as co-founder of the BESt Pharmacy Summer Institute and through board service for the Barnes Jewish Hospital Foundation, the University of Missouri Columbia Student Affairs Department and the Ark of Safety Christian Church. Dr. Butler has earned three academic degrees: Doctorate of Pharmacy, Masters in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in chemistry. He is a graduate of the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative Fellows and Focus St. Louis Leadership programs. Guided by faith, the foundations of Dr. Butler’s life are summarized by Proverbs 3:5-6 and his favorite quote “Don’t Chase Income, Chase Impact.”