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Walker Leadership Scholars

Walker Leadership Scholars

Meet the Walker Leadership Scholars

Alexis Caronis

Alexis Caronis - Class of 2021

  • Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International Historian
  • Pharmacy Museum Curator
  • CV [pdf]

Hello my name is Alexis Caronis and I am from Charlotte, North Carolina. I obtained my Bachelor's in Pharmaceutical Sciences from The Ohio State University before deciding to return back south to get my Doctor of Pharmacy. During my time at Ohio State, I was involved in various organizations that helped me to start, define, and explore my own leadership style. To continue my growth and involvement at USC, I am a part of Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI), Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHP), American Pharmacy Association (APhA) and Institute for Health Care Improvement. Additionally, I am involved in a research project, and work on the Pharmacy Museum housed in the College of Pharmacy. 

I am currently interested in clinical pharmacy, and the marketing of pharmaceutical products, pharmacy services, and pharmacists. This summer I will be interning with Leaderboard Branding to further explore the branding of pharmaceutical products. I am very excited and honored to be a Walker Leadership Scholar. I hope to help others with the skills I gain through various opportunities presented to me during my time as a scholar. 

Cassidy Hall

Cassidy Hall - Class of 2021

  • Chronic Kidney Disease chair for the Student National Pharmaceutical Association
  • Student Government Association P2 Class President
  • University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy Ambassador
  • CV [pdf]

Hello, my name is Cassidy Hall. I am from Ehrhardt, South Carolina. I attended the University of South Carolina for my undergraduate education where I completed two years of classes before entering the pharmacy program. I am currently involved in the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International, Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHP), as well as Gamecock Connections that works with USC to inform prospective students about the college. By participating in three sports during high school, communication and teamwork have always played a key role in my everyday life. These two qualities have been instrumental in my development as a student and future health professional in work and school. I am currently interested in ambulatory care pharmacy. I will continue on the pre-residency track at USC COP to one day pursue my passion of patient care and well-being. I am excited and honored to be a part of the Walker Leadership Scholars to continue developing as a leader through skill recognition and networking during my time at the University of South Carolina, College of Pharmacy.

Heather Hembree

Heather Hembree - Class of 2020

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

Hey Y'all! My name is Heather Hembree and I am from Ware Shoals, South Carolina. I completed my first two years of undergraduate coursework at Lander University. I transferred into the Pharmacy Program at USC in 2016 and was able to complete my B. S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences in May 2018. I enjoy being involved and I am a part of many different organizations such as the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), Christian Pharmacy Fellowship International (CPFI), Phi Lambda Sigma, and Rho Chi. I am also a teaching assistant for the community and compounding labs in the College of Pharmacy. I am currently very interested in community pharmacy, specifically compounding; however, I am open to new and exciting opportunities. I am very grateful to be a part of the Walker Leadership Scholars Program and I look forward to the connections I will make, as well as the things that I will learn about myself throughout this journey. Everyday I strive to become the best leader I can be and this program only helps me achieve that. 

Robbie Ouzts

Robert Ouzts - Class of 2020

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

Hi my name is Robbie Ouzts and I am from Manning, South Carolina. I started my time here at the College of Pharmacy after spending 3 years at Clemson University earning a B.S. in Pre-Professional studies. Growing up with my father as an independent community pharmacy owner, I learned at a very young age of my passion and love for the world of community pharmacy. The lessons I learned and time I spent in the store have proved invaluable to me. Now I could not imagine or be more grateful for the opportunity I have had to grow up in  and learn the family business as I know that it puts me ahead of the game for my future endeavors. I have always been interested in becoming a pharmacy owner myself and some pharmacy school experiences have only strengthened that. At the end of the day, patient care always has been and always will be at the heart of the pharmacy world, and my goal is to provide the best and most effective care for my patients to the community where I’m lead.


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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