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College of Pharmacy


Walker Leadership Scholars

Walker Leadership Scholars

WLS Committee Members

 

Donna Waker

Donna Walker

Committee Role

Donor/ Founder

Leadership

President of the Pulido Walker Foundation and Proprietor of Pulido~Walker Cellars 

Background

Donna J. Walker began her career working with her dad as a pharmacist at Cedar Terrace Pharmacy in Columbia, S.C. As a student at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, she was one of the founding members of the Zeta Chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma. Subsequently, she moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the American Pharmacists Association, the national professional society for pharmacists. After receiving her MBA, she joined 3M Pharmaceuticals in Minneapolis. She held various leadership positions within the pharmaceutical division, including sales, marketing, and international management. Later, she served as the North American Sales and Marketing Director for the 3M Telecom Division in Austin, Texas.

In 1997, Donna and her husband, Mark Pulido, founded the Pulido Walker Foundation, which is focused on youth development. In addition to her activities with Pulido Walker Foundation, Donna has been involved with numerous other community organizations including the Boys and Girls Clubs in San Francisco and the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center. She is the immediate past Chair of the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund and is President-elect of The Bishop's School Parent Association. In 2013, Donna agreed to create and endow the Walker Pharmacy Leadership Scholars Endowment Fund for $525,000, launching a student leadership initiative that will identify, educate and recognize pharmacy student leaders at her alma mater.

Kathy Quarles-Moore

Kathy Quarles-Moore

Committee Role

Advisory Committee Chair/Director

Leadership

Lab Director
USC College of Pharmacy Preceptor
Curator of the University Of South Carolina College of Pharmacy Museum
Christian Pharmacist Fellowship International Faculty Advisor

Background

Kathy Quarles Moore, BS Pharm, RPh is a graduate of the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy where she received her B.S. in Pharmacy. She grew up working with her father, Wallace C. Quarles, RPh,, (USC class of ’59) at Taylor Street Pharmacy in Columbia, S.C. where he sparked her desire to practice pharmacy just by observing his positive patient interactions.. While in pharmacy school, she was elected  president of her dormitory and also served on USC student government.She is currently the Lab Director of Community and Compounding labs at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy. Kathy Quarles Moore serves as the USC College of Pharmacy Museum Curator and she is the Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International(CPFI) faculty advisor for the college. She is also a practicing independent retail pharmacist at Riley’s Drugs in Lexington, S.C. and Apothecare Pharmacy in Leesville, S.C.

Stephen Cutler

Stephen Cutler

Leadership

Dean

Background

Stephen Cutler is a natural products chemist whose research interests are focused on the isolation, biological evaluation and structural elucidation of bioactive secondary metabolites from nature, including the accession of fungi and plant that have unique properties. In addition, his work includes the design and synthesis of derivatives of the metabolites as ligands to serve as probes to investigate pharmacologic receptors. For 10 years Stephen served as the principal investigator of an NIH-COBRE center grant. Main objectives of his research are to develop new approaches and concepts to designing highly selective ligands. Most of his recent research activities have involved the isolation and structural elucidation of biologically active natural products that are selective for the cannabinoid and opioid receptor types. These studies have utilized both cloned receptors (developed in his laboratory) and animal studies as an aid to obtain insight into the recognition of ligands by these CNS and peripheral receptors.

During his career, Dr. Cutler has received more than $30,000,000 from various federal agencies including the NIH, NSF, DoD, CDC, NASA, and the USDA.  He is the author or co-author of more than 45 patents (US and international), 120 peer-reviewed publications, 3 books, 20 book chapters, 40 published abstracts, and 200 invited presentations.  Dr. Cutler has served on the organizing committees of 22 national and international scientific meetings. He has received 10 teaching awards and recognitions.  Past members of Dr. Cutler's research group are employed in various pharmaceutical companies, the NIH, the CDC, the FDA, and the USDA.

Christie Epps

Dr. Christi Epps  

Committee Role

Advisory Board Member 

Leadership

CEO of Longs Pharmacy Solutions

Background

Christi Epps is the CEO of Longs Pharmacy Solutions and has spearheaded its emergence as a leading provider of retail and specialty pharmacy services and solutions. Christi focuses on creating enterprise value while maintaining excellent customer service as the core value of the company. With a national presence and over 30 locations, Christi leads nearly 500 employees with a focus and commitment to help everyone live better lives though customer-focused pharmacy services and a commitment to community support.

Prior to Longs, Christi served the South Carolina Autoimmune Division of CVS Caremark Specialty Pharmacy. She came to CVS from K-Mart after serving 14 years as a Pharmacy Manager. Christi joined the Longs team in 2005 and has served in multiple roles within the company prior to becoming CEO. As a pharmacist, she supported the organic growth of the company from seven locations to twenty locations. As Director of Business Development and Director of Operations, she expanded the company’s presence in the HIV and Autoimmune Diseases marketas well as led the strategic and operational performance of the company.

Christi supports United Way of the Midlands, South Carolina College of Pharmacy, Converse College, the Mental Illness Recovery Center and the Palmetto Health Atrium Society.  She serves as an advisor for the Walker Leadership Scholars at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, a Trustee for the Central Carolina Community Foundation Board and a Trustee for Converse College. Christi earned her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 1992 and her doctor of pharmacy degree from University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 1997.

Patti Fabel

Patti Fabel

Committee Role

Advisory Board Member 

Leadership

Executive Director of the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center

Background

Dr. Fabel is the Executive Director of the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center and a clinical associate professor for the College of Pharmacy. She received her doctor of pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy in 2006 and completed a community pharmacy practice residency with Kroger Pharmacy in Georgia the following year. Fabel joined the South Carolina College of Pharmacy the following year while working as a pharmacist for Walgreens. During her time with Walgreens, Fabel acted as the district MTM lead, training and supporting pharmacists to provide clinical services. In 2015, Dr. Fabel transitioned to Medicine Mart Pharmacy where she precepted residency students and worked with the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center before becoming Director in 2017. Fabel has been highly involved with the American Pharmacists Association, serving as APPM Executive Committee Member at Large in 2018. She was advisor of the university’s APhA student chapter from 2009- 2017 and now serves as the National Community Pharmacists Association student chapter advisor.

Amy Grant

Amy Grant

Committee Role

Advisory Board Member 

Leadership

Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity
Jennifer Baker

Jennifer Baker  

Committee Role

Advisory Board Member

Background

Jennifer Baker, Pharm.D., is the director of experiential education and a clinical assistant professor for the College of Pharmacy. She received her doctor of pharmacy from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 2002 and is a licensed pharmacist in the state of South Carolina. Baker has been teaching the SC MPJE review for more than 10 years and serves as the course coordinator and faculty for the Pharmacy Law and Ethics course. Prior to joining the faculty, she served as the director of professional affairs for the South Carolina Pharmacy Association from 2003 – 2012, where she taught and planned continuing education for pharmacy professionals and managed the Palmetto Pharmacist Network, which provides care for patients with diabetes enrolled in programs modeled after the Asheville Project in Charleston, Greenville and Spartanburg. She practiced at an independently owned community pharmacy in Columbia for more than five years. 

Kirk Randazzo

Kirk Randazzo

Committee Role

Advisory Board Member

Leadership

Director of Graduate Studies

Director of Leadership Studies

Background

Dr. Kirk A. Randazzo is a highly sought speaker and scholar, both internationally and across the United States. As a respected political scientist, he teaches and conducts research on constitutional law and judicial politics, the rule of law in emerging democracies, and judicial independence. As a public speaker, his presentations focus on developing fundamental leadership skills and strategies for successful conflict management, team motivation, and public speaking. From 2013-2016 he served as the Director of the Carolina Leadership Initiative where he developed and implemented a new Minor in Leadership Studies for the University of South Carolina and helped undergraduate students focus on developing leadership skills. Dr. Randazzo received a bachelor’s degree in Music (in 1994) and a master’s degree in International Studies (in 1997) from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree (in 2000) and Ph.D. in political science from Michigan State University in 2003. From 2003-2008 he taught at the University of Kentucky and in 2008 returned to his alma mater as a Professor of Political Science and Leadership at the University of South Carolina. He also serves on various boards including Leadership Columbia, the USC Alumni Band, and is the ‘Voice of the Carolina Band’.

Terry Dixon

Terry Dixon

Committee Role

Ex Officio

Leadership

Alumni Affairs

Background

Terry Dixon joined the College of Pharmacy in 2012 and leads advancement initiatives for the college. Dixon has more than 22 years of experience within higher education and healthcare and has held other leadership roles overseeing fundraising, communications, special events and sponsorship marketing. She earned a master’s degree in educational administration from USC. She is a certified fundraising executive (CFRE) and earned a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University.