Congratulations to the 2016 volunteers of the month

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Each month, the HBA San Francisco board of directors recognize the efforts of one of the many volunteers who contribute their time, passion, and talent to help realize our mission of advancing women in healthcare. Thank you and congratulations to the 2016 VOMs.
 
Ruby Cheung
Ruby was awarded the April VOM for her contributions to the North Bay BioMarin HBA event. Together with Hayley Pemble, Ruby exercised her marketing talent to expand attendance of the North Bay event from 4 to 80 attendees in less than two weeks. In addition, Ruby delivered a personal introduction and participated in the program by doing a segment of the presentation with speakers, Sheila Babnis and Ayelet Barron. As a member of the marketing committee, Ruby is the social media guru and diligently promotes HBA SF events and news.
 
Kerry Elenitoba-Johnson
Kerry was awarded the October VOM for her continued commitment as a volunteer on the membership, programs, and corporate relations committees. Her tenacity, coupled with her project management and organization skills have resulted in many successful programs. Kerry has carried the spirit of volunteerism to the highest level and has demonstrated a genuine dedication to the advancement of women in the healthcare industry.
 
Michelle Lerman
Michelle was awarded the May VOM for initiating coffee chats for San Francisco and for her commitment and creativity in continuing to promote the value of the HBA. Michelle started her first SF coffee chat with a great conversation over big data at a local coffee shop. Since then, she has creatively expanded the format of coffee chats, including a walk around the park in which she led a conversation of “how each of us can help each other in our careers.” Michelle takes ownership of her role as a coffee chat lead and continues to promote the value of HBA through these events.
 
Samantha Light
Samantha was awarded the July VOM for her role in spearheading the membership committee hosted happy hours in San Francisco. Along with Carrie Thompson, Samantha initiated the first SF happy hour, which brings another forum for networking and learning about the value of the HBA. After a successful first SF happy hour, Samantha continues to host and brings great enthusiasm and a passion for networking. Her leadership and commitment to the HBA has provided an opportunity for women to network and share experiences.
 
Alison MacLeod
Alison was awarded the Feb/Mar VOM for her work as the program lead for the 2016 JP Morgan recap event hosted and sponsored by PwC. She volunteered enthusiastically and seized the opportunity to hone her program lead skills while coordinating a large planning team and navigating unchartered waters. Alison kept the entire team on track over the weeks and months leading up to the JP Morgan recap event and with her leadership, the event was well managed and highly successful. Alison has been described as “a joy to work with!” by members of the programs committee.
 
Lisa Mazzoni
Lisa was awarded the November VOM for her outstanding work on the chapter’s HB8 events. After taking over managing of the HB8s in the Summer of 2016, Lisa has gotten to know board members as well as the process for successful management of HB8s. Lisa has positively asserted herself in overseeing each and every HB8 with great finesse. In the Fall of 2016, she demonstrated significant leadership by leading the charge with Christine Armstrong in the HB8 dine around week. Lisa’s communication style and strategic insights make her a tremendous addition to the programs team and a pleasure to work with.
 
Hayley Pemble
Hayley was awarded the April VOM for her work on the North Bay HBA event at BioMarin. Together with Ruby Cheung, Hayley used her marketing skills to expand attendance of the North Bay event from 4 to 80 attendees in less than two weeks! In addition, Hayley delivered a personal introduction to the event on her HBA experience and the value and unique opportunities that volunteering provides her. As a member of the marketing committee, Hayley co-manages the biweekly newsletter with Kinneri Shah.
 
Victoria Reade
Victoria was awarded the June VOM for her contributions to volunteer engagement. When a director at large needed to step back for a few months, Victoria rose to the occasion working to pick up where things left off in order to schedule events. She sought guidance from other directors when necessary and her commitment and passion resulted in successful events. As evidence of her willingness to step up, Victoria volunteered as the programs liaison with volunteer engagement. Volunteer engagement is truly enriched having someone as qualified and passionate as Victoria on the team.
 
Alefiyah Shambhoora
Alefiyah was awarded the June VOM for her tireless work on the 2016 WOTY West event. Alefiyah played an integral part in the planning of such an inspiring program and project managed the event preparation flawlessly. The 2016 WOTY West event was HBA SF’s most highly attended simulcast and included a leadership panel and the involvement of two charities and multiple sponsors. Alefiyah is a volunteer on the programs committee.
 
Hanna Skopczynska
Hanna was awarded the August VOM for her invaluable contributions to the HBA after joining only a few months prior. As a member of the marketing committee, Hanna proactively rises to any occasion to lead, share, and promote HBA values. In 2016, Hanna attended and took photos at almost every 2016 HBA event. She created a photomontage for a volunteer appreciation event and even went the extra mile to ensure that the AV equipment needed was set up appropriately. Hanna consistently applies her creativity to the task and is an exemplary volunteer. As noted by one of the BOD members, “Hanna truly rocks.”
 
Carrie Thompson
Carrie was awarded the July VOM for her role in spearheading the membership committee hosted happy hours in San Francisco. Along with Samantha Light, Carrie initiated the first SF happy hour, which brings another forum for networking and learning about the value of the HBA. Through her committment and leadership, the SF happy hours have been very successful events. Carrie brings great enthusiasm and a passion for networking and is a highly valued volunteer.
 
Cara Trani
Cara was awarded the September VOM for her continual display of the HBA spirit and her passion in promoting the goals of HBA SF. Cara spearheaded coffee chats in Marin county and has successful hosted multiple coffee chats for North Bay participants. In addition, Cara coordinated with her company to offer their space for a 2016 new member and volunteer orientation event. As a member of the volunteer committee, Cara is always energetic in promoting membership and continuing the HBA network.

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