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April 6, 2023

Nearly 50 Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences students were inducted into the Rho Chi Honor Society and the Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society, honors bestowed upon graduate and professional pharmacy students who distinguish themselves by their academic, professional and leadership achievements.

At the April 2 ceremony held in the Albert M. White Gymnasium on the ACPHS campus, Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Anuja Ghorpade, Ph.D., presided over the event which featured keynote speaker Lilly Cheng ’17, PharmD, an ACPHS alumna who serves as manager of CMC Global Regulatory Affairs at Amgen. Katie Cardone, PharmD, BCACP, FNKF, FASN, FCCP, the ACPHS PharmD Program Director delivered closing remarks followed by a reception in the Panther’s Den in the Gozzo Student Center.

RhoChi Academic Honor Society

The mission of Rho Chi, the Academic Honor Society in pharmacy, is to encourage and recognize excellence in intellectual achievement, and to advocate critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy. The following ACPHS students were inducted into the society:

Class of 2024

  • Chase Lambert
  • Dominique Pepe
  • Megan Szesnat

Class of 2025

  • Marjorie Brunelle                                       
  • Gavin Carvey
  • Lexamalie Diaz Garcia
  • Shannon Donnelly
  • Kezia Eapen
  • Kayleigh Early
  • Jacob Gross
  • SeHan Jeong
  • Kaitlyn Kauff
  • Yesel Kim
  • Elizabeth Lambert
  • Rosemary Macri 
  • Christian Rivera Vazquez
  • Riley Schreibeis
  • Julia Sexton
  • Seobum Shin
  • Ashley Strack
  • Raia Weathers
  • Hyun Ju Yoon

Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society

Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) is a national pharmacy leadership society dedicated to the recognition of contributions that our pharmacy students make to the College, the community, and the health care profession. The following ACPHS students were inducted into the society:

Class of 2023

  • Gabrielle Pisciotta            
  • Reema Sultan

Class of 2024

  • Marina Duszak
  • Athanasia Efstathiadis
  • Elizabeth Gambacorta
  • Sadie Lozier
  • Charles Middleton
  • Faith Peckham
  • Jessica Pinkerton
  • Shloka Suresh Sahetya
  • Russell Simerly
  • Avani Topiwala

 Class of 2025

  • Diana Byk
  • Tajae Evans
  • Lydia Hylaab
  • Janany Jeyakumar
  • Elizabeth Karuvelithara
  • Elizabeth Lambert
  • Cameron McNamara
  • Ashley Monette
  • Julia Sexton

 Class of 2026 

  • Abigail Lee
  • Madison Phillips

 Both incoming and current chapter officers attended in support of the new inductees as well as RhoChi and Phi Lambda faculty advisors, Associate Professor, Alexandra Watson, Pharm.D., BCACP, and Associate Professor, Jacqueline Cleary, Pharm.D., BCACP, and Associate Professor, Nick O’Donnell, Pharm.D., BCPS, M.Sc., and Assistant Professor Yi Zhou, Pharm.D., BCPS, respectively.

About Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Founded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) is a private, independent college dedicated to educating the next generation of leaders to improve the health of society. The College offers 12 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including the only Masters of Biomanufacturing and Bioprocessing degree in the state. Students have myriad opportunities to extend what they are learning in the classroom through experiential learning opportunities such as in our Stack Family Center for Biopharmaceutical Education and Training (CBET) as well as at student-supported pharmacies in underserved communities and a public health Collaboratory, designed to alleviate community health disparities. ACPHS ranks #1 in New York State for best return on investment according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce and was graded an A+ for value by Niche. For more information, visit