Nelson Showalter is a 1967 graduate of the Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy. He is an independent community pharmacist and owner and operator of WilliamsonHughes Pharmacy in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and owner of the Broadway Drug Center in Broadway, Virginia. Nelson served as President of The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists during 1989–1990. He has received many awards, including the W.J. Smith Practitioner in Residence Award by the University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy, the Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus Award presented by The Medical College of Virginia Alumni Association of Virginia Commonwealth University, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Social Services Outstanding Service Award and the Richard S. Berman Award by the American Society of Consultants. In 2011, Nelson received the Bowl of Hygeia Community Service Award. This is one of the most prestigious awards in pharmacy.

Nelson is active in his community and was awarded the Corporate Philanthropist of the Year award (WilliamsonHughes Pharmacy) in 1997. He was previously President of the Board of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival and a member of the Board of Directors of the Broadway Hometown Partnership. Showalter is a charter member of the Broadway-Timberville Rotary Club and served as its President for the 2007-2008 term. Nelson was the 2010-2011 President of The American College of Apothecaries, an international pharmacy organization. Nelson and his wife Phyllis reside in Broadway, Virginia.