Congratulations, Class of 2023!
The 143rd Commencement of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences took place on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at 1 p.m. at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, New York.
We are honored that Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph., a veteran in the pharmaceutical industry, served as keynote speaker. Following a career of 45-plus years, Maine retired as executive vice president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, an organization committed to education and scholarship for improving drug therapy.
Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph., served as the 2023 Commencement speaker for the College.
Following a career of 45-plus years, in the pharmaceutical industry, Maine retired as executive vice president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, an organization committed to education and scholarship for improving drug therapy.
Prior to her role at AACP, Maine served as the senior vice president of policy, planning and communications with the American Pharmacists Association, or APhA. She also served on the faculty at the University of Minnesota, where she practiced in the field of geriatrics, and was an associate dean at the Samford University School of Pharmacy.
A pharmacy graduate of Auburn University, Maine received her doctorate at the University of Minnesota.
Jason Fine, a member of the Vermont class, served as one of the student speakers. Following graduation, he will be a pharmacy resident at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center St. Margaret Hospital.
Jason Fine completed his final year in the three-year Doctor of Pharmacy program at the ACPHS Vermont campus. Jason will complete his PGY1 residency training at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center St. Margaret Hospital.
Beginning in 2020, Jason has been a Pharmacy Intern at The UVMMC Outpatient Pharmacy. Jason has held a number of leadership roles as a student at ACPHS, including in Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society as the Vermont liaison to the Albany Campus, the president of ACPHS Student Government Association-Vermont, and Vice President of the Vermont Pharmacists Association Student Chapter.
Jason is also active with the University of Vermont Medical Center Foundation, serving as a Committee Member with the Grant Review Committee. Jason has conducted undergraduate research in the Department of Pharmacology at The University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine and presented a poster at the North American Refugee Health Conference in 2017. He is interested in providing high-value care for medically underserved populations, integrating pharmacy services into care models, and improving patient access to healthcare services.
Soo Kang, successfully completed not only her PharmD degree but also took advantage of a healthcare management MBA at Clarkson University this year through ACPHS. Post graduation, she will pursue residency at South Shore University Hospital in Bayshore, NY.
Soo Kang is graduated with a doctorate in pharmacy from ACPHS while also completing her healthcare management MBA at Clarkson University. Her experiences thus far working with her peer student leaders, faculty, and upper administration in her previous roles within Student Government Association, Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS), and American System of Health Pharmacists (ASHP) have been pivotal in her professional development.
Post graduation, she will be pursuing a PGY-1 residency at South Shore University Hospital in Bayshore, NY. She hopes to pursue a PGY-2 in one of her clinical interest areas of infectious disease or ambulatory care while continuing to contribute her experiences to prospective pharmacy students.