HBA NY/NJ Region - 2018 Volunteer Award Winners

On Thursday, 6 December 2018, the HBA NY/NJ region held its annual volunteer appreciation event to honor all of our amazing volunteers who support the HBA NY/NJ region, HBA Central New Jersey, HBA New York and HBA Northern New Jersey and have made outstanding contributions to further the HBA’s mission.

Providing recognition to outstanding HBA members in the industry is one way the HBA fulfills its vision to be the premier catalyst for leadership development of women in healthcare and the mission to further the advancement and impact of women in healthcare worldwide. Below are the annual award recipients from the NY/NJ region and HBA New York who were recognized on 6 December for their contributions and leadership. Stay tuned for additional award recipient recognition in the upcoming newsletters. Read more about the HBA’s volunteer awards here.


LEAD Award 

The Leadership, Excellence and Dedication (LEAD) award is the highest honor an HBA volunteer can be given within their chapter or region. It honors a chapter or regional volunteer who has served as a volunteer for at least one year and made a significant contribution during the current calendar year. The LEAD award recipient has demonstrated excellence via sustained contributions at a regional level, positively impacted the region and its ongoing success and demonstrated dedication to the HBA mission of furthering the advancement and impact of women in healthcare worldwide.

The LEAD award for the NY/NJ region was presented to Jessica Buday, associate director, process and operational excellence at Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc. Jessica led the affinity groups during the NY/NJ region’s two-year transition and formulation as a region and was instrumental in positioning the groups as partners with the chapters and the HBA Global organization in serving our members. All of our affinity groups are stronger as a result of her leadership.

The LEAD award for HBA New York was presented to Michael O’Brien, Peloton Coaching and Change Maker. In 2018, Michael moved from HBA member to HBA volunteer to director-at-large, engagement for HBA NY. In 2019, Michael will lead HBA NY as the first male chapter president. Michael raised the bar himself to execute outreach on a more personal level, increasing membership significantly in just a few months, bringing in more than 10 male members and driving volunteer engagement.

The LEAD award for HBA Central New Jersey was presented to Jennifer Paine, chief product portfolio officer and EVP QRC at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics. In 2018, Jennifer led HBA Central NJ as chapter president and her passion and dedication to develop female leaders was a key to the chapter’s success. HBA Central NJ chapter executed many successful events, increased membership and welcomed new HBA corporate partners in 2018.

The LEAD award for HBA Northern New Jersey chapter was presented to Sheline Way, associate director, data and analytics - patient and specialty services at Novartis. Sheline has been an active member of the HBA for the last five years after volunteering at multiple corporate sponsored events focused on leadership and development and participating in the HBA Mentoring Program. In 2018, Sheline was a member of the chapter board as director-at-large, programming. Sheline firmly believes that “Good leaders can drive ordinary people to do extraordinary things”. She is committed to supporting the HBA’s mission of “gender parity” to ensure that when her daughter enters the workforce, there will be fair, diverse and robust opportunities for women.
 

Everest Award 

The Everest award honors a significant accomplishment that went above and beyond the call of duty or was considered previously impossible. The recipient has shown a willingness to go the extra mile to improve the HBA and extended themselves to help others with a high degree of excellence, professionalism, positivity and integrity in their work. The recipient overcame a significant challenge and/or made a sacrifice to ensure an initiative, program and/or project was executed properly.

The Everest award for HBA New York was presented to Tatyana Fedotova, PhD, clinical research scientist at Columbia University Medical Center/Presbyterian Hospital, for her exceptional leadership of marketing communications for HBA NY. Tatyana is a scientist by profession and evolved into a marketer who helped HBA NY maximize program attendance and engagement in 2018. She is a pleasure to work with and a bright example of what is possible through HBA volunteering.  

The Everest award for HBA Central New Jersey was presented to Juliet Hart, principal and founder at Hart & Chin. This past year, Juliet led the HBA Central NJ's content committee for chapter programming. Under her leadership, the team created content for three very successful educational events with 100 to 200 attendees. She is a fantastic role model of volunteerism and a pleasure to work with.


Legacy Award 

The Legacy award is presented to an HBA volunteer who has consistently demonstrated outstanding service and long-term contributions to the HBA over five years. The recipient has been involved as a leader of multiple committee(s)/projects during the course of their volunteering.

The Legacy award for HBA New York was presented to Kristy Aro, associate director, business development, Arbor Scientia, for her exceptional leadership and volunteerism over time. Previously, Kristy was a LEAD Award recipient and this past year energetically led HBA NY which resulted in increased membership, engagement and several innovative initiatives. The HBA is fortunate to have a leader of Kristy’s caliber.

The Legacy award for the NY/NJ region was presented to Jean Hom Chow, M.Sc., medical director, WSR safety evaluation and reporting, PSSR, Pfizer Inc. Dr. Chow has been the chair of the Women in Science (WIS) team for over ten years and has contributed significantly to the success of the WIS events and equally importantly, the HBA. Jean’s tenacity has been the “glue” behind the WIS NY/NJ region momentum. She is an amazingly remarkable scientist, doctor and human being. She is truly a champion of promoting and developing women in science. 

The Legacy award for HBA Central New Jersey was presented to Vildan Kortan, group director, external analytical strategy and management at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Vildan has been an HBA volunteer for more than five years and has contributed significantly to the success of the Mentoring Program as a mentor. In 2018, Vildan led Central NJ membership and volunteer engagement as the director-at-large, engagement. Her leadership and passion resulted in increased membership and volunteer engagement.  

The Legacy award for HBA Northern New Jersey was presented to Gloria C. Stone, principal, G. Stone Connections, L.L.C. An HBA member for more than 15 years, Gloria joined the HBA upon starting in healthcare with Novartis. Ten years later, she ventured from corporate and started a company focused on patient engagement, access and communications. She expanded her HBA activities by volunteering for HBA Northern NJ before becoming its marketing and communications director-at-large for the chapter and volunteering with the NY/NJ region engagement team. She continues supporting her HBA Northern NJ community, members’ needs and the overall goal of advancing women in the healthcare industry.

         
Marie Curie Award 

The Marie Curie award recognizes an innovation (a program, project, process, solution or strategy) that has had a significant impact on the chapter or region. The recipient has followed through on this innovation from concept to implementation and has had a clear and measurable impact on the chapter/region or the HBA overall.

The Marie Curie award for HBA Central New Jersey was presented to Bahar Demirdirek, oncology regulatory affairs at Bristol-Myers Squibb for her innovation in programming approaches supporting HBA Central New Jersey. In her approach to developing programming options for the chapter's membership, Bahar brought together the HBA and Bristol-Myers Squibb Network of Women (B-NOW), to derive mutually beneficial offerings for BMS and HBA members. Bahar leveraged this innovation in establishing other partnerships between HBA Central NJ, BMS and the HBA Women in Science affinity group to enable highly-attended, successful events that received great feedback from attendees, as well as, fostering resource pools for new HBA members and volunteers.

The Marie Curie Award for HBA New York was presented to Alanna Meisner, event manager at Medidata, for her initiative and leadership with the chapter’s first big HBA global gender parity event. Alanna flawlessly executed every minute detail of the program both in-person and virtually without missing a beat. She is a fantastic role model for other volunteers.  


Honored Volunteers 

The Honored Volunteer award rewards an HBA volunteer who has demonstrated outstanding service to the chapter/region. Typically offered on a monthly or quarterly basis, this award recognizes volunteers who show strong commitment to the HBA, make an outstanding volunteer contribution, and have high energy and positive attitude.

HBA NY/NJ region recognizes Melissa Baratta, senior vice president at Affect as an Honored Volunteer. In late 2017, Melissa stepped in as the president of the corporate relations Center of Excellence for the NY/NJ region and continued in 2018. During a time of evolving guidelines, she demonstrated leadership above and beyond the call of duty in being a good steward of the relationship between the HBA and our valued partners.

HBA New York recognizes Jenn Beecham, senior product manager, Reata Pharmaceuticals as an Honored Volunteer. Jenn is one of the leaders of Tomorrow’s Executives. She has led several successful programs, including Conversation Between Young Professionals & Business Leaders sponsored by JLABS where young professionals broke out into small groups to spend time with each of the speakers, offering a chance to ask questions and facilitate open conversation and allowing attendees to build mutual understanding and appreciation across career levels and generations. The event itself sparked great conversations among the attendees. Attendance at programs just after the Annual Conference typically is lower; however, this event attendance was 20 percent over its goal.

The HBA NY/NJ region recognizes Andrea Chernoff, senior manager customer insights, autoimmune and rare disease business at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals as an Honored Volunteer. The NY/NJ region needed a volunteer to do the post-event survey reports.   Andrea’s work in customer insights led us to ask her to be an HBA volunteer. When Andrea joined the regional engagement team, there was a lot of data from our post-event surveys from earlier in the year and no reports to share the data. Andrea looked at the results of each survey, put together the summary reports for each one and sent them out to our regional leadership and regional and chapter program teams. Andrea continued throughout 2018, getting the reports put together and distributed after each program.  These reports help us to leverage what worked with our events and learn how we can make future events even better.  

HBA New York recognized Jean Hom Chow, M.Sc., medical director, WSR safety evaluation and reporting, PSSR, at Pfizer Inc. as an Honored Volunteer. There are many traits that stand out about Jean but a few in particular that rise to the top. Jean has the unique ability to develop volunteers' talents. She is able to bring people of all backgrounds together to work towards a common goal. In fact, under Jean's leadership, the HBA Women in Science (WIS) affinity group was able to exceed the immuno-oncology attendee goal of 100 to more than 120 in the final week of the event. Through her creative thinking and ability to leverage multiple channels through her network, the WIS group organized a stellar event in conjunction with Trinity Partners. Jean promoted the event within Pfizer which turned out to be a sold-out event.

The HBA NY/NJ region and Executive Women’s Outreach (EWO) recognizes Rochelle Cooper, CEO at Success Leaders as an Honored Volunteer. EWO had a very successful program at Sanofi entitled "Wired for Wellness." This topic blended the concept of wellness and resilience from both an individual and an organizational perspective. Rochelle is a member of the EWO Group, and she is an executive coach for the EWO group. Rochelle moderated the "Wired for Wellness" program. She planned the panel session leveraging 2015 WOTY, Denice Torres, Carmella Bennett from the University of Columbia and whom speaks on Embodying Leadership and Gisele Shelley, The Conference Board and Glenbrook Group, all doing leadership programs.  
             
HBA Northern New Jersey recognizes Karen Hood Kasim, as an Honored Volunteer. Karen has more than 10 years of clinical research experience in a variety of settings from academia to the pharmaceutical industry. Therapeutic areas of research project management are oncology, autism, MS and C.O.P.D. Karen recently used her project management skills to organize an HBA networking event. She is in transition and is looking to land a growth position that optimizes her experience and education to expand her career growth.

The HBA NY/NJ region recognizes Vanessa Nortey, business performance manager at Amgen as an Honored Volunteer. During 2018, Vanessa supported the NY/NJ region as a member of the marketing and communication Center of Excellence. Her support of the regional chair's monthly message was particularly impactful. Her professionalism, writing skills, extremely good nature and patience made the difference in the message being delivered and effective communication.

HBA Central New Jersey recognizes Alison Quinn, oncology field medical portfolio trainer at Bristol-Myers Squibb as an Honored Volunteer. Alison is granted this award as a recognition of her outstanding service to our members. Alison led the Central NJ marketing and communications team in 2018 and played a significant role in event turnout. She demonstrated her commitment to HBA Central NJ not only by leading the marketing team but also through helping the programming team when needed.

The HBA NY/NJ region recognizes Nickita Rokad, regulatory affairs manager at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics as an Honored Volunteer.  Nickita eagerly volunteered to be the HBA volunteer lead coordinating the Women and Negotiation: Developing Powerful New Skills Using Improv regional event, held at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics. Nickita did double duty by coordinating with HBA Central and the speaker, in addition to being the internal point person at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, coordinating food and beverage, audiovisual and security. She had announcements sent through the internal Ortho Women’s Leadership group and independently had signage and announcements posted to bolster recruitment. She coordinated the program needs with the speaker and ensured meeting materials were printed and shipped to all attendees. Her roles as program coordinator and liaison were exceptionally executed.

HBA Central New Jersey recognizes Kristine Rafferty, doctoral fellow (research scientist) at Bristol-Myers-Squibb as an Honored Volunteer. Kristine was granted this award as a recognition of her outstanding service to our members. She is recognized based on her leadership to create networking and educational events for the chapter. This year was the first time HBA Central NJ hosted HB8 programs under Kristine’s leadership. She selected the venues, identified the topics and followed up with registrations to make sure our members on the waiting list had an opportunity to attend. In addition, she significantly contributed to many other educational events, from the creation of the program to its execution during the event.

HBA Northern New Jersey recognizes Colleen Ruegger, executive director, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. as an Honored Volunteer.  After attending HBA events in the New York/New Jersey area over the last 10 years, Colleen joined the HBA in 2015 and participated in the Circle of Advisors, which was a great opportunity to find out more about the volunteering opportunities in HBA. Colleen has volunteered on HBA Northern NJ's membership committee and with the HBA NY/NJ region Mentoring Program. She is currently part of the planning committee for the 2019 HBA NY/NJ region Mentoring Program.

The HBA NY/NJ region recognizes Angie Sabin, senior manager marketing operations at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, as an Honored Volunteer. In 2017, Angie attended an HBA Central NJ networking program and her energy was contagious. Later that year, the chapter did a Lunch and Learn with Mallinckrodt and Angie did an amazing job as the Mallinckrodt liaison to the HBA Central NJ engagement team; so amazing that in 2018, the NY/NJ region recruited Angie as regional director for regional engagement.  Angie has led the Making the Most of your Membership Webinar and has always been willing to do whatever is needed for regional engagement. She was key in working behind the scenes for our annual volunteer appreciation event to honor all of ur NY/NJ region volunteers.

HBA NY/NJ region recognizes De Scacchetti, associate director, Enterprise Architecture at Eisai Inc. as an Honored Volunteer. De has worked close to 10 years with the Women in Healthcare IT (now iLead) affinity group. She has tirelessly been a champion, project manager and doer. She gets things done and has been the consistent force as part of this team since inception. Because she tends to shy away from the spotlight, she works primarily behind the scenes and De’s recognition as an HBA volunteer is long overdue.

HBA Central New Jersey recognizes Stephanie Stevens, manager, operations excellence at Bristol-Myers Squibb as an Honored Volunteer. Stephanie is recognized  for her commitment and many contributions as a volunteer for HBA Central NJ. Since joining the chapter, she has demonstrated amazing enthusiasm, attitude and leadership to create successful programs. Stephanie is very passionate about developing people. She put together an amazing team and provided development opportunities to her team members. She builds trust and accountability in HBA Central NJ. Stephanie is a key member of the HBA Central NJ programming team and we would not be successful without your contributions. 

HBA Northern New Jersey recognizes Chelsea Takacs, account supervisor at Green Room Communications as an Honored Volunteer.  Chelsea has continually demonstrated her commitment to HBA Northern NJ by lending her time and talents to ensure that our member programs are adding value and are aligned with the HBA objectives.

HBA Northern New Jersey recognizes Micaela Teodorescu, director, market research at ConnectiveRx as an Honored Volunteer. As a way of always giving back, Micaela has been an instrumental member of the chapter, serving as a volunteer for both the programming and membership committees for the past two years and is the proud recipient of her second HBA “Honored Volunteer Award.” Micaela demonstrates above and beyond work ethics, leadership and passion to the HBA mission of gender parity. Micaela’s willingness to assist the chapter and its members with various programs and initiatives is greatly appreciated and recognized.

HBA Central New Jersey recognizes Lisa Yates, global procurement category manager product development at Bristol-Myers Squibb as an Honored Volunteer. Lisa is recognized for her dedication to the success of HBA Central NJ's programming events. She demonstrated her commitment as a volunteer not only by helping the chapter's content committee with preparing panelists for discussions, but then going above and beyond with managing the challenging tasks of a larger program with great detail and excellence. Her efforts have not gone unnoticed and it is a pleasure to see her demonstrate and grow her leadership skills with the HBA organization. She is a superb team member. We continue to look forward to working with Lisa in the future.

HBA New York recognizes Sarah Zambuto, business development manager at Aquent (Vitamin Talent Division) as an Honored Volunteer. You have likely seen Sarah’s postings on HBA related content, whether it be on LinkedIn, Twitter, or other social media outlets. She was behind the masterful efforts in providing HBA New York and sponsors with a spreadsheet that contained content, the date and estimated time to post the information along with which marketing image to use. It made promoting events incredibly simple and assisted the chapter in getting the results it did with event attendance.


Spark Award 

The Spark award is a peer-to-peer recognition program which honors any HBA volunteer who has distinguished themselves through “little bursts of awesomeness” in areas such as attitude, collaboration, pitching in, consistency, leadership and building community by supporting others.

Kristy Aro, associate director, business development, Arbor Scientia was honored as a Spark Award recipient in or the NY/NJ region. Kristy received this award for her leadership, collaboration and dependability. She partnered on two New York chapter programs at Medidata that were sold out and we pushed the boundaries on the program design (given our constraints/challenges). We incorporated an educational component into a networking program so both members and non-members could attend and we incorporated a virtual web-streaming component to a live program so that remote members could attend and benefit.

Krista Fieselmann, senior grant payment associate, Covance was honored as a Spark award recipient for HBA New York. Krista is a great leader for the Tomorrow’s Executives affinity group. She also was a key figure in Tomorrow’s Executives social media and JLABS events’ successes.

Sarah Han, site manager, Novartis was honored as a Spark award recipient for HBA New York. Sarah volunteers on the chapter’s marketing team and came with great drive - she was extending her knowledge in graphic design and became highly instrumental in the development of the marketing visuals for the chapter. She learned and mastered skills in the new Lucidpress digital platform and solely created more than a dozen marketing collaterals.  

Brianne Johnson, HR manager at Publicis Healthcare Solutions was honored as a Spark award recipient by the NY/NJ region Mentoring Program. Brianne, along with mentoring volunteer Jessica Yankus, were new Mentoring Program committee members in 2018 and both used their considerable skills to make a complex matching process more efficient and effective than it has even been. Their expertise in Excel made the matching process almost fun and allowed matching of more than 100 mentee/mentor applications with relative ease. The program matched 12 mentoring groups across three states. There were so many mentor applications that 16 people were provided with the opportunity to join the program as connectors.

Brianne and Jessica were also thoughtful and focused in deploying pertinent communications to all participants. With recruitment, the application process and the kick-off meeting, they sent dozens of emails to keep everyone informed and up to date. They are true assets and we could not have done without them, especially given the volume of registrations we received.

Prachi Parmar, associate director, Medical Information at Pfizer, Inc. was honored as a Spark award recipient for HBA New York.  Prachi volunteers  her time to support the HBA New York marketing team by driving promotions through social media, corporate partners, as well as, editorial promotions. Internally at Pfizer, she championed event promotions for the chapter and helped make the Pfizer/Trinity Partners a sold-out event.

Nancy Raider, associate director, marketing and communications, Mount Sinai Health System was honored as a Spark award recipient for HBA New York. Nancy volunteers for the chapter’s marketing team and was responsible for writing and proofing honored volunteer segments.

Anindita (Ani) Sinha, director of global market access, inflammation and immunology at Pfizer was honored as a Spark award recipient for HBA New York. Ani volunteers for the chapter’s marketing team and worked on pushing promotions through social media and corporate partners, helping to make the Pfizer/Trinity Partner’s event a sold out event.

Van Vu, strategic account executive – Healthcare, Sirius Decisions was honored as a Spark award recipient for HBA New York. Van took on the role of programming director for HBA New York with an abundance of excitement, which much to her credit was outside of her comfort zone. At times, the role had its challenges. Regardless of how challenging the situation and how frustrating the role got at times, she stuck with it and produced some pretty stellar educational programs. Just when she thought she was ready to lose it, she came back stronger than ever with her big smile ready to pounce on the challenge and kick butt. It’s been a great pleasure watching her grow over the last year and her energy will be missed as she transitions to bigger opportunities.

Jessica Yankus, product manager, digital diabetes, BD Briight at Becton Dickinson was honored as a Spark award recipient by the NY/NJ region Mentoring Program. Jessica, along with mentoring volunteer Brianne Johnson, were new Mentoring Program committee members in 2018 and both used their considerable skills to make a complex matching process more efficient and effective than it has even been. Their expertise in Excel made the matching process almost fun and allowed matching of more than 100 mentee/mentor applications with relative ease. The program matched 12 mentoring groups across three states. There were so many mentor applications that 16 people were provided with the opportunity to join the program as connectors.

Jessica and Brianne were also thoughtful and focused in deploying pertinent communications to all participants. With recruitment, the application process and the kick-off meeting, they sent dozens of emails to keep everyone informed and up to date. They are true assets and we could not have done without them, especially given the volume of registrations we received.


 

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