2020 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.

Rubie Adkins, senior area sales manager
Lundbeck

Nancy Alvandi, executive director, medical affairs
Avanir Pharmaceuticals 

Aruna Ayer, director, research
Roche Sequencing Solutions, Roche Molecular Solutions

Stacy Baldridge, director, PMR project lead
Purdue Pharma L.P.

Kathryn Bassett, site operations manager
RB

Lauren Bieber, national sales director
RB

Elizabeth Beaulieu, senior manager, e-commerce category activation
Bayer U.S.

Paulann Buczek, VP, account group supervisor
Havas Health & You

Mercedes Cardenal, global finance lead, hospital business
Pfizer Inc.

Kristen Cardillo, VP, communications and PR
BD

Kristy Como, senior director, commercial training and development
Eisai Inc.

Clarissa Cooblall, associate director, scientific and health policy initiatives ISPOR,
The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research

Liz Croft Richards, VP, global medical affairs
Incyte Corporation

Rachna Dayal, global director, transforming customer experience,
Johnson & Johnson

Amanda DeBrule, director, integration services
athenahealth

Courtney DeNitzio, talent management lead, global HR    
Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Anja-Alexandra Duenne, head, medical affairs pharma international
Roche (F. Hoffmann - La Roche Ltd)

Kelly Duffy, VP, core laboratory quality
Abbott

Tanusha Dutta, director, clinical data management
LabCorp/Covance

Carlene Esposito, associate managing partner
TBWA\WorldHealth

Marsie Genetti, director, pharmaceutical solutions 
Navigating Cancer

Sandhya Girish, senior director, global head oncology, clinical pharmacology
Genentech, Inc.

Elizabeth Gluck, account director
Calcium USA

Carrie Greer, regional business director
Novo Nordisk

Vicki Guida, SVP, global sales
Atlas

Jale Guner, senior director, clinical operations    
Retrophin

Kayla Hirsch, VP, marketing
Magellan Rx Management

Julie Hurvitz Aliaga, VP, social media
CMI/Compas

Audra Jones, area director, customer experience    
Ortho Clinical Diagnostics

Tara Jones, executive director, plant manager    
Amgen Inc.

Nina Kirshenbaum, VP, analytics services
Crossix, a Veeva Company

Megan Koczo, regional business director, NY and CT    
Intercept Pharmaceuticals

Jennifer Lee, VP, client services
The Scienomics Group, An Omnicom Company

Charelle Lewis, head, commercial and medical, vaccines tech    
GlaxoSmithKline

Andrea Loewendorf, head, US neurology access strategy    
UCB, Inc.

Martha Maranzani, SVP, engagement strategy    
Ogilvy Health

Kendra Martello, executive director, public policy and corporate social responsibility
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Jenny Mattingly, senior director, strategic global delivery    
IQVIA

Meghan McDonald, manager
ZS Associates

Krista McKee, head, insights and analytics    
Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Rebecca Meisberger, director, real world evidence    
Eli Lilly and Company

Tiffany H. Murphy, VP, sales, North America    
Danaher Corporation

Bina Nair, senior director, regulatory quality assurance GMP audit    
Pfizer Inc.

Simone Naruhn, director, analytical services, quality    
CSL Behring

Lisa Nelson, senior director, US public policy    
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Marissa Nolan, VP, group scientific director    
The Lockwood Group LLC

Ana Oromendia, director, product, value discovery
AcornAI Medidata, a Dassault Systèmes Company 

Meredith Owen, senior group director, analytics    
W2O Group

Amanda Paley, senior director, strategic solutions clinical research    
AiCure

Tracy Picon, senior director, US health and life sciences    
Microsoft

Desiree Priestley, director, patient support strategy and insights    
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Brandy Pyrcz, director, immunology development operations management and excellence    
Johnson & Johnson

Rebecca Quick, head, US strategic partnerships    
Sanofi

Nicole Quon, senior director, market access strategy and operations    
Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Raechelle Raimondo, executive director, systems assurance and compliance    
Allergan

Dipthi Ramakrishnan, director    
PwC

Nicole Renaud, senior investigator I (research, chemical biology and therapeutics, data science group leader)    
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Jodi Reynolds, managing director    
Deloitte LLP

Celeste Roberts, group account director    
Intouch Group

Michelle Rodriguez, senior director, quality operations    
Teva Pharmaceuticals

Rebecca Ruck, executive director, process research and development    
Merck & Co., Inc.

Kate Rushton, director, talent acquisition    
Rubius Therapeutics

Martina Ryall, VP, commercial portfolio management lead, hospital business unit    
Pfizer Inc.

Stephanie Saunders, director, HR    
Cardinal Health

Erika Senska, VP, associate general council    
Currax Pharmaceuticals LLC

Liz Skrbkova, associate director, commercial business unit portfolio communications    
Novo Nordisk

Gretchen Smythe, director, oncology marketing     
Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals

Jennifer Stephenson, senior director, strategic account management    
VMS BioMarketing

Carolina Valoyes, executive director, quality    
Boehringer Ingelheim

Kristen Venettone, VP, business development    
Doximity, Inc.

Zeynep Waelchli, senior technology consulting executive, managing director    
Accenture

Jessica Williamson, protein production lead    
UCB, Inc.

Tricia Wylie, managing director, advisory
KPMG LLP

Angela Yen, associate director, computational genomics for genetic therapies    
Vertex Pharmaceuticals