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
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 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
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.
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.
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.
Walker Leadership Scholar
Laura Jane Baker Straw
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