2017 Rising Stars

HBA Rising Stars are professionals in various sectors of the healthcare industry, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, advertising, public relations, medical education and market research, among other fields. Nominated by the HBA's Corporate Partners, the Rising Stars represent various career stages and disciplines, and have demonstrated noteworthy achievements and proven attention to furthering their careers. All award winners will be honored at the 2017 HBA Woman of the Year (WOTY) event 11 May in NYC.

Tanya Botelho Silva Alcorn, VP, global supply chain
Pfizer Inc.

Jasmin Breitenbach, manager, global life sciences advisory services 
EY

Susan Browne, director, discovery research and head of vivo neurobiology 
Teva Pharmaceuticals

Neely Burkhardt, VP, marketing
Magellan Rx Management

Jennifer Cahill, principal 
North Highland

Elena Cant, VP, head of commercial – global vaccine business unit
Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Eileen Cheigh Nakamura, senior director, portfolio management
Pfizer Inc.

Rui Che, managing director
KPMG LLP

Alexandria Cherry, director oncology marketing, Americas
Eisai Inc.

Barbra Churco, senior director, client services 
Doximity, Inc.

Crystal Darby, PhD, VP, client services 
The Scienomics Group

Jennifer Dee, VP, director of integrated production 
McCann Torre Lazur

Anisa Dhalla, head of ethics and compliance, Americas
UCB, Inc.

Jennifer DiBenedetto, group VP, strategic services
The Lockwood Group LLC

Monique Dolecki, VP, investor relations 
BD

Megan Fabry, SVP, director of engagement strategy
The Bloc

Silvia Freyre, manager, clinical operations
Inovalon

Linda Gray, VP, program direction 
Health & Wellness Partners, LLC

Jennifer Gudeman, VP, medical affairs maternal health
AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Libby Howe, regional business manager
Bayer

Amy Jamison, senior director, client services 
Publicis Touchpoint Solutions, Inc.

Sonali Jasmin, SVP, planner 
Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide

Stephanie Krogmeier, senior director, regulatory 
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated

Saré Largay, head, commercial operations and project management
Sanofi

Beatrice Lavery, senior group director, regulatory affairs 
Genentech, Inc.

Susan Logan, executive director marketing 
Amgen Inc.

Leverne Marsh, executive director, marketing 
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Allyson McMillan, executive director, lung and head and neck, US commercial lead
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

April Meijer, SVP, advocacy 
Discovery USA

Susana Moreira, group account director 
Beacon Healthcare Communications, Inc.

Adrienne Morgan, SVP, director of client services 
H4B Chelsea

Elizabeth Murphy O'Keeffe, senior regional business director, neurology sales 
Lundbeck

Casey Myburgh, VP
Ketchum

Maja Nelson, senior director, training and development 
Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc

Estelle Odet, brand activator  
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt Germany

Lindsay Olson, associate creative director 
Giant Creative Strategy

Carrie Palmer, VP and deputy general counsel 
Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Nicole Paraggio, strategy senior manager
Accenture

Neena Patil, VP, legal affairs
Novo Nordisk

Karin Payne, global compliance quality director
RB

Magdalene Pedersen, chief of staff, global president R&D
GlaxoSmithKline

Megan Persson, VP, management supervisor 
McCann Echo

Melissa Pirolli, COE lead, RWI oncology
QuintilesIMS

Els Poff, executive director, data integrity center of excellence
Merck & Co., Inc.

Alexandra Rancier, SVP, creative director 
CDM New York

Michele Robertson, general counsel, hospital therapies 
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Lynn Rochon, SVP, group account director  
TBWA\WorldHealth

Krystle Rodrigues, tax director
PwC

Christine Romean, VP, client services 
M3 USA Corporation

Puja Sapra, VP and CSO, oncology research and development
Pfizer Inc.

Gerianne Sarte, senior finance director, cardiovascular and specialty solutions 
Johnson & Johnson

Fabienne Schlup-Hasselmann, manufacturing director, Couvet site
Celgene Corporation

Maggie Smith, group account supervisor 
Concentric Health Experience

Katharine Spayde, general manager, US commercial operations
Abbott

Ariane Spidel, manager, design control 
Roche Diagnostics

Heidi Spurling, associate director, corporate strategy 
Ironwood Pharmaceuticals

Nicole Sweeny, product strategy lead, global hematology 
Shire

Maria Tereno, VP and global chief D&I officer
Boehringer Ingelheim

Lindsey Thompson, SVP, brand business leader 
Marina Maher Communications

Anna Trudel Fleming, senior manager, life sciences advisory services 
EY

Lerryn Trzcinski, executive business director, regional accounts 
Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

René van der Merwe, senior director, clinical development 
MedImmune

Emily Wert, manager, marketing and communications 
ISPOR - International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research

Adilka White, director of healthcare solutions and implementations 
UPS