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 2016 GCRO Officers below.

Alexandra Fleming, President

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.

Sierra Timmons, Vice President

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 received in her Bachelor’s degree in General Sciences due to her participation in the 3+1 program offered by Campbell in May 2016. 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.

Haroon Mesdaq, Treasurer

Haroon is a native of Denver, CO and moved to North Carolina to attend Campbell University. He is pursuing his Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters in Clinical Research through the dual degree program that is offered by Campbell. He has over 6 years of pharmacy experience ranging from community and retail to hospital and compounding. Upon graduation, he is looking forward to apply for a fellowship to gain further experience and knowledge in the pharmaceutical field. He hopes to ultimately work in industry and work with investigational drugs or clinical trials.

Evan Lucas, Secretary

A native of Wilmington, NC, Evan came to Campbell after attending an early college in Wilmington and garnering two years of college credit at UNCW. He has since completed two years of undergraduate coursework at Campbell, majoring in Clinical Research. Evan is now enrolled as a dual degree student, pursuing a Master’s of Science in Clinical Research and Doctor of Pharmacy Degree through the Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. On campus, he has served as an RA and currently fills the capacity of interlibrary loan assistant at Wiggins Memorial Library and has previously held office as treasurer of CKI, a Kiwanis sponsored collegiate service organization. He hopes to fully incorporate his clinical research coursework into his future pharmacy career.

Sara Valanejad, Events Coordinator

Sara was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated from Meredith College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Throughout her years as an undergraduate student, Sara balanced working as a pharmacy technician, served as a teaching assistant, and participated in undergraduate research. She is currently enrolled in a dual degree program, working towards her MS in Clinical Research and PharmD at Campbell University. Her current leadership positions include involvement in organizations such as Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American Pharmacist Association, and the Graduate Clinical Research Organization. Upon graduation, Sara plans to pursue a residency to work towards achieving her dream job as a Clinical Pharmacist.

Melissa Pullen, Legislative Chair

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.

Allison Pelletier, Dual Student Liaison

Allison Pelletier is from Jacksonville, NC and currently resides in Fuquay- Varina with her husband, 2 dogs and Quaker Parrot. She completed her undergraduate at Campbell and began the PharmD./MSCR program summer 2014. Prior to her enrolling into the pharmacy program, she worked as a Pharmacy Technician in a compounding lab preparing both sterile and non-sterile products. Allison currently works as a pharmacy technician in a community pharmacy. Upon graduation, Allison plans to complete a PGY1 in Hospital/Critical care and a PGY2 in Emergency Medicine so that she can achieve her goal of working as a pharmacist in the Emergency Department.  

Randall Moore, Member at Large

Randall Moore is from Ramseur, NC and currently resides in Fuquay-Varina with his wife and two dogs. He completed his Bachelors in Business Law at Western Carolina University and started the Pharm D./MSCR at Campbell in 2014. Before pursuing a career in pharmacy Randall was an avid musician and educator across the Southeast.  Randall is currently a hospital pharmacy technician and is involved with several organizations here at Campbell. After graduation he plans on completing at least one year of residency before following his passion as a clinical pharmacist.

Mary Gwen Miller, Member at Large

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.

Rebecca Hilleary, Student Faculty Liaison

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 the Doctorate of Pharmacy program. In addition, she hopes pursue a Master’s in Business Administration degree. 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 plans on pursuing a hospital residency to become an investigational clinical pharmacist. Eventually, Rebecca hopes to open her own pharmacy and incorporate clinical research into her practice.