Graduate Clinical Research Organization

Graduate Clinical Research Organization

The Graduate Clinical Research Organization (GCRO), was established with the primary objective of instituting and maintaining open lines of communication between the Clinical Research master’s degree students and the university administration in Buies Creek. Today, the board consists of eleven student members, many of whom hold full-time positions with pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations (CROs) in RTP. In addition, students from the PharmD program are represented. The GCRO serves as the liaison for the clinical research students and meets with members of the administration to discuss issues facing the students. Through these discussions, the GCRO works with the faculty and administration to provide programs for all clinical research students. Read more about our 2015 GCRO Officers below.

Danny McClure, President

Daniel came to Campbell University after spending a few years in the pharmaceutical industry. He enjoyed positions in quality control for a major pharmaceutical manufacturer, and preclinical drug development with a small biopharmaceutical startup. However, desiring involvement in direct patient care and research, he began the dual PharmD/MSCR degree. Pursuing both degrees after gaining industry experience has been incredibly beneficial in understanding the role of clinical research in bringing safe and effective interventions to patients. Upon completion of graduation and post graduate training, he hopes to apply knowledge and skills gained at Campbell toward advancing clinical practice and research.

Meredith McSwain, Vice President

Meredith was born in York, South Carolina, but she claims Charlotte as her hometown. Before coming to Campbell, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Clemson University, and she has a background in chemical research. She selected Campbell University because of the dual degree opportunities (Doctor of Pharmacy and MS in Clinical Research) and the personalized attention she received from the faculty during the admissions interview process. After graduation, she intends to pursue a pharmacy residency.

Rebecca Hilleary, Secretary

Rebecca is from a small town in Tennessee between Chattanooga and Knoxville, and moved to North Carolina to attend Campbell. Rebecca is currently enrolled in the 4+1 MSCR program and plans on attending pharmacy school in the fall of 2016. She has previously worked in an independent pharmacy and has interned in the academic setting, clinical setting, and in clinical research. Outside of academics, Rebecca has enjoyed performing and competing with the Campbell Dance Team. After graduation, Rebecca hopes to open her own pharmacy and incorporate clinical research into her practice.

Ashley Holombo, Treasurer

Ashley was born in Juneau, Alaska, and earned two Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences and Natural Sciences, with a Mathematics minor from University of Alaska Anchorage. She has worked in both an independent medset pharmacy and chain retail pharmacies for the past several years. She is involved in Phi Delta Chi, pharmaceutical fraternity, and Student College of Clinical Pharmacy. Upon graduation, Ashley hopes to obtain a residency in a hospital or clinical setting.

Alexandra Fleming, Events Coordinator

Alexandra is from Bedford, Pennsylvania, and moved to North Carolina to attend Campbell for her undergraduate education. She enrolled in the dual degree PharmD/MSCR program after completing the prerequisites for the 3+1 program for Clinical Research. She has pharmacy experience working in an independent pharmacy. After graduation, she plans to pursue a residency to further develop her clinical skills in a hospital setting.

Mary Gwen Miller, Legislative Chair

Mary Gwen is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, and moved to Buies Creek to work on earning her PharmD. While she was studying pre-pharmacy at Campbell, she discovered her interest in clinical research. After completing her prerequisites, she was enrolled in the PharmD/MSCR program. Mary Gwen had no pharmacy or clinical research experience prior to enrolling in the program, but has always enjoyed her work and the curriculum. She is now employed as a pharmacy technician at a community pharmacy. Upon graduation, Mary Gwen hopes to earn both PGY1 and PGY2 residencies so that she can achieve her goal of working in a hospital setting.

Patrick Hardesty, Student Faculty Liaison

Patrick is originally from Pennsylvania but moved to North Carolina to attend UNC Wilmington. He began work on his MS in Clinical Research in August 2012 and started his pharmacy curriculum in 2013. He is currently enjoying gaining experience through his pharmacy rotations as well as working as a pharmacy technician at the Campbell University Health Center Pharmacy. He also tutors in both the Clinical Research and Pharmacy programs. He plans to work in drug development upon graduation.

Ta Sraubol, Website Coordinator

Ta is originally from Thailand. She received her bachelor degree in chemical engineering from University of South Carolina in Columbia and worked as a chemical engineer for a few years at a petrochemical company in Houston, Texas before starting her dual degree in Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Science in clinical research at Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Ta currently works as pharmacy technician and is an active member of pharmacy intern program at Duke University Hospital and actively involved in several student organizations at Campbell University. After graduation, Ta would like to pursue PGY1 residency to further her clinical education and experiences.

Melissa Pullen, Member at Large

Melissa is originally from Blakely, GA and now lives in Ponte Vedra, FL. She earned a Master of Science degree in Fisheries Biology from Auburn University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Physical Science from Troy University. After spending a great deal of time working in field biology and research as a biologist and environmental scientist, Melissa decided to pursue her interest in clinical research as a MSCR student at Campbell University. She is looking forward to using the experience and knowledge gained through her education at Campbell in a new career in clinical research. She currently works as a volunteer at a local hospital.

Sierra Timmons, Member at Large

Sierra is originally from Pittsboro, North Carolina. She attended Wingate University for her freshman year of college, but soon discovered that Campbell was a better fit for her. Upon transferring to Campbell, Sierra found a passion for clinical research. She completed her prerequisite requirements and was accepted into the dual PharmD/MSCR program. She will also receive her Bachelor’s degree in General Sciences due to her participation in the 3+1 program offered by Campbell. Sierra currently works as a technician in the on campus pharmacy and in a community pharmacy in Pittsboro. Ultimately, she hopes to work in a community pharmacy, as well as run small clinical trials.

Chris Demitraszek, Dual Student Liaison

Chris is originally from New York, but spent most of his childhood in North Carolina. He attended Campbell University for his undergraduate coursework, and he enrolled in the dual degree Doctor of Pharmacy and MS in Clinical Research program after fulfilling the program’s prerequisites. He currently works as a pharmacy technician at Harnett Health Systems and as a lab instructor for undergraduate organic chemistry at Campbell. Upon graduation, he hopes to obtain a PGY1 residency to further develop his knowledge and skills for a career in a hospital or clinic setting.