Your Admission Counselors

Our team of admission counselors are here to help and are excited to introduce you to USciences!

Counselors for Undergraduate Students
Counselors for Transfer and Graduate Professional Students
Counselors for Traditional Graduate Programs (MS, PhD and Certificate Programs)

Counselors for Undergraduate Students



Steve Fediuk

Undergraduate Admission Counselor

Steve travels to and reviews applications from the following areas:

Connecticut; Massachusetts; In New Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon; Morris; Passaic, Somerset; Sussex, Union, and Warren Counties; in Pennsylvania: Chester County, East and North Philadelphia; Rhode Island

Steve’s advice for students searching for colleges:

Be sure to visit colleges more than once and ask questions. You want to make sure that the college you pick is the right fit for you.

Steve’s favorite thing about USciences:

A small campus atmosphere in a large city setting, USciences is the best of both worlds.

Steve’s favorite thing about Philadelphia:

Being in such a diverse city gives you the opportunity to meet a bunch of new people from all over and to try new things!

Interesting fact about Steve:

Favorite sport is soccer-F.C. Barcelona!


Kristine Houghton

Kristine Houghton

Undergraduate Admission Counselor

Kristine travels to and reviews applications from the following areas:

Delaware; Maryland; in New Jersey: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Ocean and Salem Counties; in Pennsylvania: Central and Central East Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.

Kristine’s advice for students searching for colleges:

Don’t let your friends influence you where you go to school. Find a major/program that interests you at a school you feel passionate about. Chances are you will meet new friends who have the same interests as you.

Kristine’s favorite thing about USciences:

The location. USciences is tucked away in a sweet spot of Philadelphia that makes everyone feel right at home without being in the hustle and bustle of a big city.

Kristine’s favorite thing about Philadelphia:

The people! Philadelphia is known for its passionate sports fans. You can definitely feel the Philly Pride everywhere you go.

Interesting fact about Kristine:

I used to work at Disney World. I love all things Disney.


Brian Martin

Brian Martin

Undergraduate Admission Counselor

Brian travels to and reviews applications from the following areas:

Alabama; Arizona; Arkansas; Colorado; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Mississippi; Missouri; Nevada; New Mexico; North Carolina; Oklahoma; in Pennsylvania: Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Huntington, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Montgomery, Perry, and York Counties; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; West Virginia

Brian’s advice for students searching for colleges:

Visiting colleges and universities is exciting and can be a little intimidating. Ask questions, talk to current students, and explore as many options as you can before you choose what school to attend. College is your home away from home, so the college you select should make you feel like you can grow and succeed at whatever you put your mind to!

Brian’s favorite thing about USciences:

The close-knit community of dedicated faculty and staff genuinely want to see the students succeed. The countless research opportunities coupled with a great location makes USciences a truly great place to be.

Brian’s favorite thing about Philadelphia:

People from all different backgrounds of all different interests come together in this city. What better place to explore your passions and pursue your dreams surrounded by like-minded students!

Interesting fact about Brian:

I have been running for 8 years and I will be running many of the local races as well as the Philadelphia Marathon in 2017!


Michael Tocydlowski

Undergraduate Admission Counselor - Southern California

Mike travels to and reviews applications from the following areas:


Mike’s advice for students searching for colleges:

Make sure to keep all college options open, near and far, and to visit as many campuses as possible. Visiting campus gives you the opportunity to get the real “feel” of the college and its student body.

Mike’s favorite thing about USciences:

I like to describe USciences’ location as one that gives you a college town feel in a big city environment. USciences provides you with the best of both worlds, being located in University City (an area of Philadelphia shared with several notable universities).

Mike’s favorite thing about Philadelphia:

Much of my life was spent in Philadelphia until I made my way to California. I would say that Philadelphia has a small town charm, but it’s a major metropolitan city. You have excellent public transportation, fantastic art programs, several headquartered STEM organizations, and a diverse community, which make Philadelphia a world-class city.

Interesting fact about Mike:

My original major in college was Meteorology. I truly have a fascination with the weather and follow it very closely. I still consider it a hobby of mine.


Elise Todderund

Elise Todderud

Assistant Director of Admission and Communication

Elise travels to and reviews applications from the following areas:

Alaska; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Maine; Michigan; Minnesota; Montana; Nebraska; New Hampshire; Upstate New York; North Dakota; Ohio; Oregon; in Pennsylvania: Bucks, Lehigh, and Northampton counties, western PA, and Northeast Philadelphia; South Dakota; Vermont; Washington; Wisconsin; Wyoming;

Elise’s advice for students searching for colleges:

While visiting colleges and universities that interest you, try to get a feel for what student life is like by talking to students, including your tour guide, and visiting areas where students hang out. It is important to make sure that you can see yourself as a student on campus and to experience a sense of pride in the institution which you choose to attend.

Elise’s favorite thing about USciences:

University of the Sciences has a small student population, which means that students receive a more personalized education. There are many opportunities for students to gain experiences outside of the USciences classroom including participating in undergraduate research, experiential learning, and service learning, going on a study abroad trip, taking a University of the Arts course, getting involved in clubs, organizations, music and athletics, and much more!

Fun fact about Elise:

I’m 6’2’’ and I love being tall!


Kate Yurkovic

Kate Yurkovic

Admission Counselor

Kate travels to and reviews applications from the following areas:

In Pennsylvania: northeastern and north central PA, Center City and South Philadelphia; in New Jersey: Middlesex and Monmouth Counties

Kate’s advice for students searching for colleges:

We are all utterly unique! Regardless of your grades, test scores, talents, or situation, you have an obligation as a human to grow and contribute to your own unique path. Look for an institution that makes you feel comfortable and that gives you the opportunity to reach your goals.

Kate’s favorite thing about USciences:

I love USciences’ campus environment! Even though the university is located in a city, it has a homey feel to it.

Kate’s favorite thing about Philadelphia:

I love everything about Philadelphia, but my favorite thing about the city is that there is always an element of surprise. There are hidden gems around every bend.


Counselors for Transfer and Graduate Professional Students


Wayne Segal

Senior Graduate Admission Counselor - Professional Programs

Wayne reviews applications for the following students:

Post-baccalaureate students applying to the Pharmacy (PharmD) program.

Wayne’s advice for students searching for colleges:

When considering a professional program, such as the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program, look outside the box and seek additional information from all sources available, not just websites. Seek out and speak to pharmacy practitioners providing healthcare in both traditional and non-traditional settings. In order to better understand the various healthcare options, take the opportunity to volunteer and observe during summers and school breaks.

Wayne’s favorite things about USciences:

As an alum of USciences’ Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP) and a member of the PCP Adjunct Faculty, I am proud of the students who attend this wonderful university. They collaborate with their classmates and share interests and a passion for a great education experience. Students in the PharmD program can gain their Pharmacy Practice Experiences in a variety of geographical locations.

Wayne’s favorite things about Philadelphia:

Home of the internationally renowned Philadelphia Orchestra and Art Museum, Philly offers something for everyone with its rich history, major theater and musical productions, comedy clubs, professional sports teams, scientific and cultural museums, regattas on the Schuylkill, and close proximity to mountains and beaches.

Interesting fact about Wayne:

For most of Wayne’s professional career, he has been a Pharmacist working in both senior management and staff positions for major teaching hospitals. Having a personal interest in college financial planning, he holds both a federal Series 6 securities and state life insurance license. Soon, he hopes to add a federal Ham Radio License.



Aimee Viggiani

Associate Director of Transfer / Professional Admission

Aimee reviews applications for the following students:

Transfer and Post-baccalaureate students applying to Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy.

Aimee’s advice for students searching for colleges:

If you are looking to get into a professional program make sure to take the time to not only research online but speak to people practicing in the profession already. Even better, look for opportunities to shadow or volunteer in your particular area of interest - then you know you are making a well-educated decision.

Aimee’s favorite thing about USciences:

I love the location - you have the best of both worlds with easy access to all parts of the city but the campus is not overwhelmingly huge and there is a true sense of community.

Aimee’s favorite thing about Philadelphia:

The exciting food scene - from unique restaurants and food trucks to fine dining- it’s so much fun (and delicious!) to discover all of the inventive things young chefs are bringing to Philly!


Counselors for Traditional Graduate Programs (MS, PhD and Certificate Programs)



Sally Hillman Redman

Associate Director of Graduate Admission

Sally works with the following graduate programs:

Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biomedical Writing, Chemistry, MBA in Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Business, Pharmaceutics, and Pharmacognosy.

Sally's advice for students applying to graduate school:

First, do your research on the different areas of study. For example, know the difference between a Ph. D. in Pharmaceutics and a Pharm. D. degree. Second, apply for the entry term when you really plan to start. Third, only apply to one graduate degree at USciences; our faculty appreciate a focused student!

Sally's favorite thing about USciences:

Our students! I am inspired by their passion for graduate studies. They want to make a difference in their field. They also are a wonderful community for each other. Our Graduate Student Organization (GSO) helps students in different graduate programs get to know each other and have fun together!

Sally's favorite things about Philadelphia:

Philadelphia has so much to offer! I love the restaurants, the theatres, and the neighborhoods. My husband and I have a subscription to the Walnut Street Theatre, which is said to be the oldest continuously operating theatre in the United States! Philadelphia is a city made up of fascinating neighborhoods; I love going to the farmer's market in University City, strolling through the numerous events in Rittenhouse Square, and sampling the food shops in the Italian Market.

Interesting fact about Sally:

Sally describes herself as “a higher education nomad.” She has attended, lived on, or worked for ten colleges, universities, and medical schools throughout the United States. The list includes locations in Pennsylvania, Texas, Delaware, North Carolina, Minnesota, and New Hampshire. She has been on college campuses since 1972!!

Fun fact about Sally:

She is passionate about body surfing and boogie boarding.



Justin Williams

Assistant Director of Graduate Admission

Justin works with the following graduate programs:

Brewing Science, Cancer Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biotechnology, Health Policy, Health Psychology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Pharmacy Administration

Justin's advice for students applying to graduate school:

If you are seeking a research degree, I recommend first viewing the program faculty page, where research specialties are provided. If you are seeking a professional degree like an MPH, for example, I suggest reviewing the curriculum to make sure your interests align with our focus. My second recommendation is to contact the program director and have a conversation about where your interests and our degree intersect; this will help to ensure you choose the right degree at USciences.

Justin's favorite thing about USciences:

The faculty. There is so much expertise here across such a wide variety of subjects that it is both an exciting and humbling experience to work amongst such respected individuals. Our faculty are industry experts, in many cases known internationally, and several hold patents for their work.

Justin's favorite things about Philadelphia:

Being a native Philadelphian, there is too much for me to list! But at the top of that list would definitely be the food! There are restaurants in nearly every style you can imagine, and many neighborhoods hold their own “restaurant week”, giving you an opportunity to both try something new and explore a new section of the city. And speaking of sections, the city is very walkable despite its size. I encourage you to explore to find your favorite neighborhood!

Interesting fact about Justin:

Not only is Justin from the Philadelphia area, he is also an alumnus of USciences, having graduated from the undergraduate Microbiology program. Very passionate about the University, he is continuing his studies in USciences' MBA in Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Business program.

Fun fact about Justin:

Justin goes cycling on Philadelphia's many bike trails every weekend.


Admission Office 
Griffith Hall, Room 130
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495