Jordan Jones is from Blythewood, South Carolina, and earned a bachelor’s degree in
biomedical sciences from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. She always
knew she wanted to work in healthcare but decided on pharmacy in high school. Jordan
is interested in clinical pharmacy and is currently exploring different specialties.
She is currently Vice Chair of the Mentor Program for incoming pharmacy students,
which ensures each student has somebody from the second-year class to help guide them
through their first year at the College of Pharmacy. She is also involved with the
Beta Theta chapter of Phi Delta Chi and Pediatric Pharmacy Association. Jordan works
at Prisma Health Outpatient Pharmacy, which offers her both retail and clinical experience.
Jordan is extremely grateful to be a Walker Leadership Scholar and is looking forward
to learning about leadership alongside the other scholars.
Shannon Leighton graduated from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida,
with her degree in biomedical sciences. She decided to pursue pharmacy as a career
when she was in middle school. Shannon is interested in specializing in clinical pharmacy,
with her key interests being either ambulatory care or infectious disease. In the
past year, her interests have also leaned towards policy and she hopes to gain more
experience in this area.
Shannon is currently serving as President-Elect for the UofSC Student National Pharmaceutical
Association chapter, whose mission is to serve the underserved population. She is
also a student ambassador for the college and sits as a student member in the Student
Policy and Professionalism Committee. Shannon has had about four years of retail pharmacy
experience and has recently begun work in hospital pharmacy. She currently has a position
at Prisma Health Richland working in the IV room. Shannon is beyond grateful for the
opportunity to be a Walker Leadership Scholar and she cannot wait to obtain more insight
about pharmacy leadership while working along like-minded individuals.
Haley Cave is from Neeses, South Carolina. Before starting pharmacy school, she graduated
from UofSC-Aiken where she received her bachelor’s degree 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, Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International,
and Phi Lambda Sigma. 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 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 bachelor’s
degree in biology at Stony Brook University. After four 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 has also
developed an interest in public health affairs. James believes that he would not be
where he is today without the Walker Leadership Scholars. The program has presented
him with many opportunities to step outside of his comfort zone and gain confidence
Alexis is a fourth-year pharmacy student from Charlotte, North Carolina who completed
her bachelor’s degree 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 both locally and nationally. Additionally, she has worked on various
research projects which have allowed her to enhance her project management and communication
Through her internships at Leaderboard Branding and Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation,
Alexis has discovered a passion for non-traditional roles including industry, manufacturing,
branding, association management and career development within the field of pharmacy.
In her free time, she is typically reading a new book, volunteering in the shag dance
community, or playing with her family’s dogs.
Cassidy Hall is from Ehrhardt, South Carolina and obtained her bachelor’s degree 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 and Student
Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy. She currently serves as a junior board member
for the South Carolina Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
Outside of school, Cassidy works as a pharmacy intern at 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.
Walker Leadership Scholar
Laura Jane Baker Straw
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