Alumni Council

The Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Alumni Council represents more than 6,000 graduates of the College. The Council is comprised of alumni volunteers from various class years and serves as the primary liaison between the alumni community and the ACPHS Administration, Board of Trustees, and Student Body. Membership in the Alumni Council is automatic upon graduation.

Working closely with the ACPHS Office of Institutional Advancement, the Council helps facilitate a variety of programs, activities, and communications to keep alumni connected to the College. These include: contributing to the Alumni News magazine, recruiting fellow classmates to attend alumni events, hosting Reunion Weekend activities, and assisting with special events on the Albany and Vermont Campuses.

Members of the Alumni Council also play a large role in the lives of current ACPHS students by contributing to the Students First Fund, participating in the Alumni-Student Mentoring Program and career networking events, and promoting the importance of future alumni involvement.

For more information about the Alumni Council contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (518) 694‐7393 or

Alumni Council Volunteer Board Members

Andy Flynn graduated with a BS degree from the Albany College of Pharmacy in 1987.  Following graduation, he began his career as a community pharmacist for Brooks Pharmacy in Cairo, NY.  He later transferred to the Brooks Pharmacy in East Greenbush, NY where he continued to practice at the same pharmacy as supervising pharmacist under the corporate banners of Brooks, Revco, and CVS.  In 1998, he took a position at the newly built Rite Aid in East Greenbush as supervising pharmacist.

In August 2002, Andy left his position at Rite Aid and joined the Albany College of Pharmacy.  He has held various positions at the College in the Pharmacy Practice Department and Experiential Education Department.  He now serves as an Instructor in in the Pharmacy Practice Department teaching P1 students pharmacy calculations, compounding, and other topics to prepare P1 students for community pharmacy practice.  Andy also works as a part time pharmacist for ChemRx in Colonie since 2008.

Andy has been very active with pharmacy organizations since graduation and currently serves as a regional representative on the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (PSSNY) Board of Directors.  He is a past president of both the Capital Area Pharmacists Society (CAPS) as well as the Troy Area Pharmacists Society (TAPS) and currently holds the position of Treasurer for CAPS.  He was a member of NYS Medicaid P & T Committee for 11 years and has been a member of the Blue Shield of Northeastern New York P & T Committee since 2000. On campus, he is the faculty advisor to the student NCPA chapter as well as the SPSSNY chapter.

Dr. Stephen Esker was raised in New York’s Capital Region, having graduated from Scotia-Glenville High School. He attended the Albany College of Pharmacy to earn his Doctorate of Pharmacy, graduating summa cum laude. While at ACP he was an active member of Phi Lambda Sigma, Rho Chi, Phi Delta Chi and APhA. After earning his PharmD in 2008, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in HIV medicine at Rutgers University in conjunction with Bristol Myers-Squibb pharmaceutical company. He held numerous leadership roles as a fellow while publishing his research at international congresses and in peer-reviewed journals. For over 8 years, Dr. Esker has been active in the fields of HIV and Hepatitis C medicine through teaching, conducting research, and providing patient care in both the United States and abroad. He is nationally recognized by the American Academy of HIV Medicine as an HIV Expert. Currently he is a Medical Scientist in the HIV Research and Development group at Bristol Myers-Squibb and an adjunct professor at Rutgers University. Recent areas of research and publication include the treatment of HIV in pregnant women, cost-effectiveness of currently recommended antiretroviral therapy and the impact of co-morbid conditions in patients living with HIV/AIDS.

Jessica Baugh is a pharmacist with Dialysis Clinic Inc./Reach Medication Therapy Management. In her role she provides Medication Therapy Management services and is an active participant in the development and expansion of clinical pharmacy programs. She has more than 10 years of experience in the field of pharmacy, in various settings directly involved in patient care. In 2011, Dr. Baugh received the Pharmacists Mutual Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award. She is an active member of several state and national pharmacy associations and is certified in Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services by the American Pharmacists Association.

Dr. Baugh also serves as a preceptor for students from the college of pharmacy. Dr. Baugh received her doctor of pharmacy in 2009 from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and her masters of public health in 2014 from the State University of New York at Albany. She also completed a two year executive residency with the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations in Richmond, Virginia.

Mariette Sourial completed her academic career at ACPHS in 2010. She went on to a PGY1 Residency program at the University of Minnesota and is now an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL.

Mariette continues to give back to her alma mater with guidance to current students and regional events in Florida and Canada.

Donato Forlenza graduated from ACPHS/Union Graduate College with a joint PharmD/MBA degree in 2011. Throughout his collegiate career, Donato was an active member in various groups such as the Rho Chi Honor Society, Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society, Student Government Association, Colleges Against Cancer, and Kappa Epsilon. After graduation, Donato completed a 2 year PharmD Fellowship in Regulatory Affairs through St. John’s University/Forest Labs. Following the conclusion of the fellowship, Donato was hired by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals and currently holds the position of Associate Director, Regulatory Affairs Advertising Promotion and Compliance.

Tasmina Hydrey is a proud member of the Class of 2011 and one of the “Be the Change” Scholarship founders with her fellow alumni. Tasmina is currently a Clinical Consultant Pharmacist, Assistant Professor at UMass Medical School – Clinical Pharmacy Services (CPS). “I am grateful for my professional and social experiences during my time at ACPHS. These experiences have truly developed who I am as a pharmacist and healthcare leader today. The faculty and administration are lifelong mentors and I still stay in touch with them to this day. I currently give back through serving as a preceptor and panelist at career networking events as well as contributing to the “Be the Change” scholarship. I plan to continue my involvement with the college for several years to come.”

As an student ambassador and Phonathon caller during her time as a student at ACPHS, Tasmina will continue to support efforts around recruitment, student mentoring and professional networking.

Neil Tierson is a proud member of the Class of 2011 and one of the “Be the Change” Scholarship founders with his fellow alumni. Neil was very active throughout his college experience being highly involved with the Student Government Association, Phi Delta Chi and APhA among various other organizations.  After graduation Neil continued his education with a PGY1 Residency at the Stratton VA Medical Center.  

Neil’s experiences with both the college and VA helped shape his path to success within Kinney Drugs.   After completing his residency, Neil became a Supervising Pharmacist for Kinney Drugs in 2012 and then was quickly promoted to Regional Pharmacy Manager with Kinney Drugs in Central, New York in 2013.   Neil is also an active member of the Board of Directors of the St. Lawrence County Health Initiative after also serving on the Board of Direction of St. Lawrence County.

Neil currently is supporting the Alumni Council with leadership, management and work on the bi-laws and governance.

Daniela Reed Tierson is a proud member of the Class of 2011 and one of the “Be the Change” Scholarship founders with her fellow alumni. She is currently a staff pharmacist with Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. Daniela has also been an active volunteer and preceptor for ACPHS and St. John Fisher College of Pharmacy.

Daniela will continue to help the Alumni Council with admissions and special events throughout the Central NY area.

Christine was a member of the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences –Vermont Campus – Class of 2013. She is currently residing in Philadelphia, PA and works as an outpatient Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Specialist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Christine is currently supporting her alma mater through student mentoring and special events for members of the Vermont Campus alumni and campus community.

Daniel Corwin is a member of the Class of 2014 and is currently a Captain in the United States Air Force where he is pharmacy manager based in Los Angles, CA.

Daniel has been a key member and currently serves as the chair of the Alumni Council Volunteer Board. From organizing to recruiting fellow alumni to serve, Dan's commitment to ACPHS is a great gift to our campus community.

Neil Chandarana is a member of the Class of 2014 and is currently an Associate Medical Scientific Manager (Medical Science Liaison) at Allergan in the Greater Boston Area.

Neil has been an active member of the alumni community since graduation and has made many trips back to campus to speak with future graduates on opportunities within the Pharmaceutical Industry.

Michelle Fioravanti is excited and pleased to be serving on the ACPHS Alumni Council Volunteer Board. She is currently a staff pharmacist with CVS/pharmacy in the Capital Region. As a student leader, Michelle continues to involve herself with the College as an APhA New Practitioner Mentor, assisting the students with special event preparation and precepting. 

“ACPHS Alumni were vital in my success as a student pharmacist,” states Michele. “I am happy to serve and give back to my alma mater to help future pharmacists and health care professionals.  The contributions I received from ACPHS alumni were monumental in the achievements made by the organizations I was involved in.  I am excited to help return the favor as an alum and member of the Alumni Council Volunteer Board.”

Ahmad Khan is a proud member of the Class of 2015 and is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow, U.S. Medical Affairs/ Medical Science Liaison with Sanofi Genzyme. Ahmad is also an Adjunct Faculty member of MCPHS University.

Ahmad will continue to support the College by supporting Alumni Council student mentoring projects and special events throughout the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the United States.

Ron Ta is one of our most recent and involved members of the alumni community. Ron is currently is a Community Pharmacist with Wegmans in Syracuse, NY. Ron was an active student leader and athlete during his time at ACPHS. 

"I give back to ACPHS because it not only has shaped me into the person I am today, but the education I received set me up for a respected career as a pharmacist. The college gave me the tools to become a medical professional and also a great leader in my community. I plan on mentoring students about the limitless opportunities there are in our profession and helping students choose the route that is best for them."

Ron will continue to give back to the College through service on the Alumni Council Volunteer Board and also as a preceptor site in Syracuse.

Sarwang Shah is a proud member of the Class of 2015 and is currently an Associate Medical Scientific Manager (Medical Science Liaison) at Allergan in the Greater Chicago Area.

Sarwang will continue to support the College and help launch regional alumni council networks across the United States.

Emily Yeo is a proud member of the Class of 2015 and was instrumental during her time at the College with a variety of student professional organizations along with chairing the Year Book committee. Emily is currently a Pharmacist with Century City Medical Plaza Pharmacy in Los Angeles, CA.

Emily will continue to serve the College and give back by helping with a number of regional activities in the Western part of the United States and beyond.

Katelyn Steverson completed her academic career at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in May 2016. After graduation, Katelyn accepted a staff pharmacist position at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York. Her primary focuses include the areas of anticoagulation, emergency medicine, non-sterile compounding, and medication reconciliation. Katelyn continues to remain involved with her alma mater by volunteering as a New Practitioner Mentor for the Albany chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists and by participating in the Alumni Council Volunteer Board.

Jeffrey Nissen is a member of the Class of 2017 and is currently a Staff Pharmacist at Tony’s Family Pharmacy in Freehold, NJ. In this position, he focuses on providing comprehensive care to the community including expansion of the immunization and Medication Therapy Management services.

Jeffrey will continue to give back to the college through active participation in the Alumni Council Volunteer Board.

Donato S. Forlenza is a graduate of Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, obtaining his PharmD in conjunction with dual concentrations focused in both Management-Marketing and Nephrology in 2017. On campus, Donato served as a co-founder of the Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO), coupled with active involvement in research activities and the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society. Upon graduation, Donato joined Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. as a Global Medical Information Specialist contractor. Currently, Donato holds the position of Senior Manager, Global Medical Information & Medical Review at Alexion Pharmaceuticals.