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.

Tanya Alcorn, VP, supply chain planning 
Pfizer Inc

Jasmin Breitenbach, manager, global life sciences advisory services 
EY (Europe)

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

Neely Burkhardt, VP, strategic marketing
Magellan Rx Management

Jennifer Cahill, principal 
North Highland

Elena Cant, vice president, commercial - vaccines 
Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Eileen Cheigh Nakamura, demand management and allocations lead, Pfizer Essential Health 
Pfizer Inc

Rui Che, managing director

Alexandria Cherry, director, marketing - Halaven 
Eisai Inc.

Barbra Churco, senior director, client services 

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

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

Jennifer Di Benedetto, senior vice president of strategic services 
The Lockwood Group

Monique Dolecki, VP, investor relations 

Megan Fabry, SVP, engagement strategy 
The Bloc

Silvia Freyre, clinical operations manager 

Linda Gray, vice president, program direction 
Health & Wellness Partners LLC

Jennifer Gudeman, vice president, medical affairs 
AMAG Pharmaceuticals

Libby Howe, women's health care field sales force 

Amy Jamison, senior director, client services 
PublicisTouchpoint Solutions Inc.

Sonali Jasmin, SVP, planner 
Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide

Stephanie Krogmeier, senior director, regulatory 
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated

Sare Largay, head of commercial operations and project management for US rare diseases 

Bea Leung, 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, consumer marketing oncology 
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

April Meijer, SVP, advocacy 
Discovery USA

Susana Moreira, group account director 
Beacon Healthcare Communications

Adrienne Morgan, director of client services 
Havas Health

Elizabeth Murphy, senior regional business director, neurology sales 

Casey Myburgh, vice president

Maja Nelson, senior director, sales training 
Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc.

Estelle Odet, brand activator  
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt Germany

Lindsay Olson, associate creative director 
Giant Creative Strategy

Carrie Palmer, vice president and deputy general counsel 
Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Nicole Paraggio, senior manager 

Neena Patil, assistant general counsel - legal affairs 
Novo Nordisk

Karin Payne, global quality compliance director 

Magdalene Pedersen, marketing director, Anoro and Incruse  

Megan Persson, VP, management supervisor 
McCann Echo

Melissa Pirolli, COE leader, oncology, real-world insights 

Els Poff, executive director, quality systems and compliance 
Merck & Co., Inc.

Alix Rancier, senior vice president, creative director 
CDM New York

Michele Robertson, general counsel, hospital therapies 
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Lynn Rochon, SVP, group account director  

Krystle Rodrigues, director 

Christine Romean, vice president, client services 

Puja Sapra, VP and CSO, oncology research department 
Pfizer Inc

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

Fabienne Schlup-Hasselmann, director, manufacturing 
Celgene Corporation

Maggie Smith, group account supervisor 
Concentric Health Experience

Katharine Spayde, director of commercial administration and planning 

Ariane Spidel, manager, design control 
Roche Diagnostics

Heidi Spurling, associate director, corporate strategy 
Ironwood Pharmaceuticals

Nicole Sweeny, product strategy lead, global hematology 

Maria Tereno, global chief diversity and inclusion officer 
Boehringer Ingelheim

Lindsey Thompson, SVP, brand business leader 
Marina Maher Communications - Rx Mosaic

Anna Trudel, senior manager, life sciences advisory services 
EY (Americas)

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

Rene van der Merwer, senior director, clinical development 
AstraZeneca - MedImmune

Emily Wert, manager, event marketing 

Adilka White, director of healthcare solutions and implementations