meet our dedicated team of counselors
Whether you're a first-year student, graduate, transfer or international prospect, our team of Admissions Counselors is committed to answering all of your questions and providing the information you need to make your time at ACPHS both educational and rewarding.
Territories: High School students from Central NY (including Syracuse, the Southern Tier, and the Catskills), Western New York, and the West Coast
Office: (518) 694-7285 | Cell: (518) 703-3139 | Sarah.DuBois@acphs.edu
Originally from the Saratoga area, I’ve had the pleasure of attending college and working in higher education in the Capital District. Whether a student is looking for an internship, job opportunities, or leisurely activities, the Albany area has it all. I’m very excited to introduce new students to the area and help guide them through the college application process.
ACPHS has a lot to offer and I’m a firm believer in strength of our academic outcomes. Outside of my passion for higher education, you can usually find me at farmers markets, catching a live show, or grabbing a bite to eat at the best eateries the region has to offer!
Territories: High school students from the Capital Region, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and international students
Office: (518) 694-7183 | Cell: (518) 603-3318 | Kevin.Rivenburg@acphs.edu
I have had the pleasure of being at the College since 2008, which means I have been able to watch hundreds of students navigate the college admissions process, enroll at ACPHS, and thrive in our programs. I am now the proud former admissions counselor of medical students/residents, Ph.D. candidates, and pharmacists working in a variety of fields. I am very knowledgeable about our Bachelor of Science programs, and I am eager to serve as a resource for students who are interested in studying on a pre-med track. When I’m working and not working, I particularly enjoy travel, as well reading travel guides and memoirs.
Territories: Undergraduate Transfer Students
Office: (518) 694-7158 | Cell: (518) 603-3380 | Paul.Acosta@acphs.edu
Originally from New York’s Capital District, the Albany area is very near and dear to my heart. At ACPHS, we are very fortunate to be right in the center of it all—surrounded by hospitals, government agencies, and other colleges. Students at ACPHS are well-positioned to succeed in their careers by leveraging the abundant professional and social opportunities they are afforded. I look forward to working with prospective students to help match them with the academic program that best suits their interests and goals.
Territories: High school students from the North Country, the greater Utica area, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, the Midwest, and the South
Office: (518) 694-7157 | Cell: (518) 708-3336 | Kelly.Whitelaw@acphs.edu
I was born and raised in Latham, NY, and am very familiar with all that the Capital District has to offer. Albany is a great area to learn, develop professionally, and have fun! In my free time I enjoy reading and spending time outdoors. I'm an avid sports fan as well. Choosing the right college is such a critical decision. I look forward to having the opportunity to work with prospective students and their families as they navigate through this exciting and important process!
Territories: Doctor of Pharmacy, first professional year prospective students
Office: (518) 694-7868 | Cell: (518)-708-3807 | Katie.Palmer@acphs.edu
Within my family there are multiple generations of ACPHS graduates who have all launched very successful careers, which they credit to their experiences at ACPHS. I look forward to getting to know the future generation of ACPHS graduates as they begin their college search process, and I’m eager to share with them everything the college has to offer.
Territories: Long Island, Queens, Westchester and Central Hudson Valley
Office: (518) 694-7398 | Cell: (518) 708-3595 | Sean.McDonald@acphs.edu
I visited ACPHS often as a child when my parents worked at the College and I’ve seen it develop tremendously throughout the years. Their high-achieving alums who go on to incredible jobs and careers after graduating never cease to amaze me.
The Albany area is the best place to develop your professional skills in the field of health as you are surrounded by experienced and talented medical professionals who genuinely enjoy teaching. When I’m not at work you can most likely find me getting in a workout or hitting up one of the Capitol District’s countless hot spots with my friends.
Territories: Rockland County, Staten Island, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania
Cell: (518) 545-7275 | Matthew.Okeefe@acphs.edu
Born and raised in neighboring Delmar, NY, I know first hand the impact Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences alumni have had on the Capital District community. With state-of-the-art learning facilities, ACPHS graduates are fully prepared to enter the workforce or continue their education. I look forward to working with our incoming students to help them navigate the application process and maximize their experience at ACPHS and beyond.
Graduate Student Admissions
Office: (518) 694-7130 | Justin.Hadley@acphs.edu
I am from Western New York, but have lived in Albany since attending college in the Capital Region. As the Coordinator of Graduate Programs, I have the opportunity to work with students from the time they express interest in ACPHS until they complete their M.S. program. The Graduate Studies office is a frequent stop for students currently enrolled at ACPHS – as a result, we can readily assist them as they progress towards their degree.
Territories: High school students from Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Texas
Office: (518) 694-7328 | Cell: (518) 603-2290 | Nicholas.Balk@acphs.edu
I relocated to Albany from Boston at the beginning of 2016. I love the small-town feel of the capital city of New York state and being within close range of three mountain ranges for hiking: The Catskills, The Berkshires, and The Adirondacks. The ACPHS community, where all students are bonded by their love of science, is a welcoming community for newcomers. Faculty and staff are very proud of the success of ACPHS students, so I encourage you to contact me for more information on how we support our students.