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Walker Leadership Scholars Program

Meet the Walker Leadership Scholars

Nikki Chen portrait

Nikki Chen -   Class of 2024

Nikki Chen is from Columbia, South Carolina. Completing her pharmacy prerequisites through the Gamecock Pharmacy Assurance Program at the University of South Carolina, Nikki found that pharmacy’s many career fields fueled the curiosity she has for learning. She has explored her passion for bringing innovation and creativity to unconventional administrative, legislative, and pharmaceutical industry careers throughout the past year during her internship at Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation in the regulatory affairs department. 

Nikki currently serves as President of the Student Society of Health-systems Pharmacy, Vice President of her pharmacy class, and Worthy Correspondent for the Beta Theta chapter of Phi Delta Chi pharmacy fraternity. She is also involved in the South Carolina Pharmacy Association as a Junior Board Member as well as working in multiple research projects.

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Danny Schreiber -   Class of 2024

Danny Schreiber is from Toms River, New Jersey and completed his prerequisites at UofSC before beginning the Doctor of Pharmacy program in the College of Pharmacy. Danny currently serves as the HIV/AIDS Remember the Ribbon Chair for the UofSC chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association and the International Vice President for the American Pharmaceutical Association Academy of Student Pharmacists. Additionally, he has worked on various research projects.

As a result of these experiences, Danny is interested in clinical pharmacy with a focus in infectious diseases, specifically HIV. He hopes to work at the intersection of pharmacy, research, and public health to benefit historically marginalized communities.  

Jordan Jones portrait

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. 

Shannon Leighton portrait

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.

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.

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 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.


Class Walker Leadership Scholar
2021 Alexis Caronis
2021 Cassidy Hall
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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