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Walker Leadership Scholars Program

Meet the Walker Leadership Scholars

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Jordan Jones -   Class of 2023

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.

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Shannon Leighton -   Class of 2023

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 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 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.

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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 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 in himself.

Alexis Caronis

Alexis Caronis - Class of 2021

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 skills.

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

Cassidy Hall - Class of 2021

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.


Class Walker Leadership Scholar
2020 Heather Hembree
2020 Robert Ouzts
2019 Meaghan Freiter
2019 Anna Todd
2018 Laura Jane Baker Straw
2018 Taylor Barnes
2017 Parth Parikh
2017 Kendall Tucker


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