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Meet the Walker Leadership Scholars

Haley Cave portrait

Haley Cave -  Class of 2022

Haley Cave is from Neeses, South Carolina. Before starting pharmacy school, she graduated from UofSC-Aiken where she received her B.S. in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry. During this time Haley worked at two independent community pharmacies where she discovered that she had a true passion for pharmacy and patient care. Haley is involved in various organizations at the UofSC College of Pharmacy, including the American Pharmacy Association (APhA), Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI), and Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA). She currently works as a teaching assistant at the College of Pharmacy for the introductory compounding and community labs. Haley also interns at Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation in the formulation department. Her extracurricular involvement throughout high school, undergraduate, and pharmacy school has helped her to always strive to improve her leadership skills. Haley is grateful to be a Walker Leadership Scholar and aspires to use the skills she has gained throughout her time in the program to be an effective leader and a better pharmacist.

James Orban portrait

James Orban -  Class of 2022

James grew up in Holtsville, New York, a quiet town on Long Island. From a young age he was interested in science and biology. His interests lead him to pursue a B.S. in Biology at Stony Brook University. After 4 years of studying and earning his degree, James set his sights on Pharmacy School. After touring a few different schools, he decided that the University of South Carolina was the best fit for him. James is inspired by his late grandfather who stood by him every step of the way. His grandfather passed on incredible wisdom and served as a great role model for James. James is interested in clinical pharmacology with a focus on oncology. He hopes to one day work for a VA hospital and help push for better benefits for veterans who fought for our country. When not in the classroom James is an active member of the Gamma Xi chapter of Kappa Psi where he works on community outreach. He hopes that all his experience not only benefits his career, but also helps better his community.

Alexis Caronis

Alexis Caronis - Class of 2021

  • CV [pdf]
  • Vice President, Phi Lambda Sigma - Zeta Chapter
  • Meeting Liaison, American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists
  • Specialty Pharmacy Committee Chair, National Community Pharmacy Association
  • Student Leadership Retreat Committee Chair, Phi Lambda Sigma

Alexis is a third-year pharmacy student from Charlotte, North Carolina who completed her Bachelors in Pharmaceutical Sciences at The Ohio State University. During her time at Ohio State she was involved in various organizations that helped her to begin exploring and defining her own leadership style. To continue her growth at the University of South Carolina she is a part of our various student organizations and holds positions locally and nationally. Additionally, she has worked on various research projects which have allowed her to enhance project management skills and mentoring others. Through her internships at Leaderboard Branding and Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Alexis has discovered a passion for non-traditional roles including industry, manufacturing, branding, marketing and career development within the field of pharmacy. When she is not doing pharmacy things you can find her reading a good book or at a shag dance event.

Cassidy Hall

Cassidy Hall - Class of 2021

  • CV [pdf]
  • Student Government President, Class of 2021
  • College of Pharmacy Ambassador, University of South Carolina
  • Chronic Kidney Disease Chair, Student National Pharmaceutical Association

Cassidy Hall is from Ehrhardt, South Carolina and obtained her B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of South Carolina in May 2019. She has been involved in various organizations as a member and leader during her time at the College of Pharmacy. Cassidy serves as President of the UofSC College of Pharmacy Class of 2021. She is also a member of American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA) and Student Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy (SSHP), where she serves as the Community Service Co-Chair. Outside of school, Cassidy works as a pharmacy intern at Walgreens and Prisma Health-Children’s Hospital. She spent the summer of 2019 working in Baltimore, Maryland, for the Johns Hopkins Pharmacy Internship Program. With the knowledge and insight gained through her experiences, she is currently interested in ambulatory care and hospital administration. The Walker Leadership Scholars program has been instrumental in shaping her into the leader and pharmacy professional she is today.

Heather Hembree

Heather Hembree - Class of 2020

  • CV [pdf]
  • President, National Community Pharmacists Association
  • Treasurer, Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International
  • Secretary, Phi Lambda Sigma
  • Membership Vice President, American Pharmacists Association- Academy of Student Pharmacists 
  • College of Pharmacy Ambassador, University of South Carolina

Heather Hembree is from Ware Shoals, South Carolina. She completed her first two years of undergraduate coursework at Lander University before transferring into the Pharmacy Program at UofSC in 2016 and completing her B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences in May 2018. Heather enjoys being involved in many different organizations such as the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), Christian Pharmacy Fellowship International (CPFI), Phi Lambda Sigma, and Rho Chi. She is currently very interested in community pharmacy; however, is open to new and exciting opportunities that may come her way. Heather credits the WLS program for allowing her to grow as an individual, while learning more about her leadership style. Through the Walker Leadership Scholar program, she has been able to make many connections with pharmacists who share her passion for patient care. During her final year of pharmacy education, Heather hopes to continue to develop her goals for the future and ultimately build a career that is suited to her.

Robbie Ouzts portrait

Robert Ouzts - Class of 2020

  • CV [pdf]
  • Teaching Assistant, Community and Compounding Lab
  • Recruitment Committee Member, College of Pharmacy
  • Advisory Board Member, Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center
  • Fundraising Chair, Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International

Robbie grew up in the small town of Manning, South Carolina, and started his time at the College of Pharmacy after spending 3 years at Clemson University earning a B.S. in Pre-Professional studies. Growing up with a father as an independent community pharmacy owner, he learned at a very young age of his passion and love for the world of community pharmacy. He gained many valuable lessons growing up in the small community pharmacy, which he now could not be more grateful for. He has always been interested in becoming a pharmacy owner himself and experiences in pharmacy school have only strengthened that desire. At the end of the day, patient care always has been and always will be at the heart of the pharmacy world, and his goal is to provide the best and most effective care for the patients in the community where he is led.


Class Walker Leadership Scholar
2019 Meaghan Freiter
2019 Anna Todd
2018 Laura Jane Baker Straw
2018 Taylor Barnes
2017  Parth Parikh
2017 Kendall Tucker


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