HBA’s 2014 Rising Stars

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Joyce Acbay
Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs
Actelion Pharmaceuticals
Joyce is passionate about mentoring women and helping others reach their professional goals.

Lorrie Albinson
Associate Director, Sales Training and Development
Actavis Brand Sales
Lorrie is a distinguished leader at Actavis who plays a critical role in product and career ­development for our sales representative and management teams.

Meg Alexander
Team Leader
Chandler Chicco Companies
Poised, intelligent, and relevant, Meg is a go-to agency partner, and one of Chandler Chicco companies star players.

Daphne Andritsos Calderon
Senior Counsel
Norton Rose Fulbright
Daphne is a trusted advisor to major hospital and healthcare systems and for-profit ­educational service providers across the United States.

Jamee Ashmon
Manager, HR
UCB Inc.
Jamee is truly a Rising Star, who embodies UCB’s corporate values and is a prime example of excellence in client service.

Christine Baeder
Senior Director Customer Operations
Teva Pharmaceuticals
Christine consistently represents Teva’s values and contributes beyond her functional area. She serves as a coach/mentor, where employees excel under her leadership.

Bridget Bagnato
Senior Global Marketing Manager
Becton Dickinson
Bridget has distinguished herself as a true Rising Star at BD. Her contributions have been essential to BD achieving worldwide growth and her leadership has been exemplary.

Sarah-Jane Barker
VP, Market Access Strategy
Grey Healthcare Group
Sarah-Jane’s strategic abilities and leadership skills have shaped the NY office and bring ­personal passion to her team. She is truly a ­Rising Star.

Phyllis Barkman Ferrell
Global Brand Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Team
Eli Lilly and Company
Phyllis is a high-impact leader influencing at all levels, across diverse groups. Known for ­commitment, she is sought out as a mentor.

Elizabeth Barron
Media Director
Beth exemplifies the true meaning of ­leadership. Her zeal, drive, and nurturing ­personality make her a great mentor to all in our agency.

Marian Belsack
Country Business Manager BeNeLux, BD Diabetes Care
Becton Dickinson
Marian has demonstrated unparalleled ­entrepreneurial thinking and creativity. A self-motivator, fluent in five languages, and ­always seeking out ways to learn and grow, Marian is a true Rising Star.

Carol Bendig
Senior Director, Financial Planning & Analysis, Global Pricing & Contracting
Publicis Touchpoint Solutions Inc.
Carol is a remarkable businesswoman who consistently demonstrates the ability to assess situations quickly and offer valuable, creative, and unique solutions.

Adriana Blanco
Director Diabetes Education program West Area
Novo Nordisk
Adriana is the perfect example of someone who is focused on the development of herself and others. She takes a personal interest in the people on her team by creating future leaders.

Kate Brancaleone
Senior Account Director
PDI Inc.
Kate is a veritable S.T.A.R (solid skills, team player, action-oriented, and results-driven). She routinely delivers success across a range of innovative efforts.

Harriet Burrows
Manager, Life Sciences – Customer
EY – Europe
Harriet accelerates innovation and actively mentors women in the workplace and across ­industry. She demonstrates leadership in ­building highly effective and diverse teams.

Amy Butler
VP, Global Marketing and eBusiness, Life ­Science Solutions
Thermo Fisher Life Sciences Solutions
Amy has a track record of delivering strong business results with growth and increased profitability, and she does this with a people-focused approach.

Christine Bynarowicz
Senior Manager Direct Sourcing
Christine has built a strong reputation as a trusted leader. Using her high energy and drive for results, she has provided the thought ­leadership to launch a new women’s network.

Marie-Caroline Chauvet
Marie is a highly effective and remarkable businesswoman. For her clients and the people at Insigniam, working with Marie is an ­inspiring and powerful experience.

Nancy Cheesman
Market Segment Director Integrated Hospital Systems East
Bayer Healthcare LLC
Nancy is passionate about leadership ­development, as a mentor and coach. Her ­infectious can-do approach has made her an ­exceptional talent and Rising Star.

Dorothy Chin
VP, Associate Creative Director
McCann Regan Campbell Ward
Dorothy has infused her unique insight and skills across the healthcare universe. A ­recognized creative force and a natural leader, she is a Rising Star who is clearly light years from her apex.

Deborah Ciauro
VP, Creative Director
Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide
Deb possesses the perfect blend of masterful leadership qualities and an incredible eye for award winning creative.

Tamara Cibenko
Principal, Deloitte Digital
Tamara’s professionalism extends beyond her client’s needs as a committed mentor, talent ­developer, and volunteer.

Laney Cohen Landsman
Assistant VP
Laney leads Makovsky Health account teams, mentors a staff of six, and has deepened her healthcare industry knowledge and experience through advocacy and communications efforts. She is a Rising Star.

Jemma Contreras
Campbell Alliance
Displaying tremendous leadership ability, Jemma has gained immense respect from ­colleagues and clients alike. She is one of Campbell’s most successful project managers.

Mayah Curtis
Engagement Manager
IMS Health
Mayah is renowned for her best-in-class ­capabilities. She is an active HBA member and is generous with her time as a community ­philanthropist.

Kalynn Davies
VP, Strategic Planning
McCann Torre Lazur
Kalynn’s professionalism, perceptive mind, and intuitive wisdom should give us all confidence in the next generation of healthcare agency ­executives.

Silvia De Dominicis
EMEA Marketing Director, Biosurgery
Johnson & Johnson
Silvia started her career in Johnson & Johnson Medical in 1995 in the finance department, progressing to her current position.

Eleanor de Groot, Ph.D.
VP, Technical Affairs
Helsinn Therapeutics (U.S.) Inc.
With her keen scientific vision and exceptional communication skills, Ellee has built a stellar companywide reputation, and her scientific and business acumen have contributed greatly to the company’s success.

Shontelle Dodson
Senior Director, HECOR Medical Affairs
Shontelle regularly volunteers for projects, department- and companywide, which demonstrate her enterprisewide commitment to the company.

Jeannine Doumar
VP, Associate Creative Director
Jeannine is well on her way to becoming one of the great creative minds in healthcare ­advertising, an impressive leader, any client’s dream, and absolutely a Rising Star.

Gianine Esposito
Director, Human Resources
Shionogi Inc.
Gianine has modeled the way, living the values of the organization, and mentoring others. She is a true team player, she is collaborative and a genuine business partner.

Brenda Eustace, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Oncology and Neuro
Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Brenda is a fearless leader, willing to take risks in an effort to discover innovative cancer medicines. She is well-respected by her team and her peers and has a positive can-do attitude in everything she does.

Toya Evans
Senior Director of Prospective Advantage
Inovalon Inc.
Toya’s talent in coaching and mentoring ­combined with her personal flair keep the ­numerous teams she leads motivated and ­inspired.

Kristin Fink
VP, Cardiovascular & Specialty Care Customer Engagement
Sanofi US
Kristin is a transformational leader with a long-standing commitment to WISE, Sanofi’s women’s network.

Julie Fitzgerald
Marketing Director, Duopa
Julie is a strategic and analytical leader. She has a keen ability to formulate high-level strategies and effectively take them to tactical execution, providing solutions to the patients that she serves.

Sonia Flynn
Senior Program Manager
Sonia’s professionalism, industry expertise, and energy have made a big impact. At the heart of it all she is client-focused, a pillar of PSKW’s corporate mission.

Lori Friedman, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Translational Oncology, Genentech Research and Early Development
Lori has consistently demonstrated scientific excellence and courage. She is highly regarded and broadly sought as a mentor.

Josephine Fubara, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, Global R&D Gastrointestinal Franchise Lead
Known for her strategic, collaborative work style, Dr. Fubara is an absolute star at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare as well as in the ­healthcare industry.

Susan Gagne
VP, M&A and Integration
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Susan is a dedicated champion of diversity and inclusion having led the formation of the first employee resource group in the company’s ­history, the Women’s ERG.

Meredith Hans Moore
Group Manager, Research & Development
DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson
Meredith exhibited exemplary leadership in forming the new DePuy Synthes West Chester WLI Chapter. She also played a leadership role in delivering the 5P’s Speaker Series.

Michaela Herdick
Senior Director, Head Global Business Operations, Merck Serono, GCO
As a Rising Star in our organization, Michaela demonstrates her leadership, commitment to consistent high performance, and to the advancement of women in healthcare in her daily work.

Karen Hofmann
Associate Principal, Cognizant Analytics
On a daily basis, Karen demonstrates all the qualities of a model employee within ­Cognizant Analytics: leadership, diplomacy, teamwork, analytical rigor, and critical ­thinking, and problem-solving skills.

Pamela Holland
Managing Director, Life Sciences
YourEncore Inc.
A natural leader and skilled communicator, Pamela has dedicated her career to helping ­others. Throughout her career, she has coached and supported countless individuals.

Sara Hyzer
Senior Manager
Sara’s enthusiasm and passion for coaching and leading her teams has catapulted her as a ­mentor and role model within PwC for many aspiring team members.

Heida Jonsson
VP, Director of Project Management
Flashpoint Medica
Heida is a Rising Star who embodies the core values of Flashpoint Medica with true grit. She takes on any challenge with perseverance while radiating a calm and cool attitude.

Erika Jurrens
Director of Strategic Intelligence, North ­America
Erika’s contribution to GSK and the people who make up the healthcare industry is significant, ongoing, and supportive of a healthy world where individuals thrive.

Reshema Kemps-Polanco
Senior Product Director, CML Brand Marketing
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.
Reshema has been a successful leader at ­Novartis for more than 14 years and has demonstrated excellence in multiple roles. Her passion, drive, and commitment are apparent to all who work with her.

Helene Klaassens
Director, Market Research-Oncology
Daiichi Sankyo
Helene is an innovative leader who serves as a role model for others. Her talent to be a team player is clearly evident through the ­relationships she has cultivated.

Rachel Kreppel
Assistant General Counsel
Purdue Pharma LP
Rachel’s position requires her to think ­creatively, work closely with senior ­management, and collaborate with outside ­attorneys and experts. She is a true Rising Star.

Binita Kwankin
Global Regulatory Affairs Development Head for Cardiovascular, Metabolic, General ­Medicine, and CNS Therapeutic Areas
Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Binita exemplifies how to be a highly successful and effective leader by using an infectious ­positive attitude that inspires others and drives results.

Rebecca Lakata
Director, Global Medical Affairs
Merck & Co. Inc.
Rebecca is a strong role model and is viewed as a collaborative partner across divisions. Her ­energy, professionalism, can-do approach, and credibility make her a true asset to Merck.

Deborah Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Medical Director, Clinical Research
Lundbeck LLC
Deborah’s innovative thinking has proven ­invaluable for clinical strategy development, but it’s her generous spirit and patient-driven purpose that make her a Rising Star.

Yuling Li
R&D Fellow
Yuling is a brilliant science leader and ­exceptional mentor. She is a role model in her commitment to developing the next generation of scientists.

Karin Locovare
VP, Group Account Director
JUICE Pharma Worldwide
Karin is a true leader who guides her team through a maze of marketing challenges while still having fun. Never at a loss for kind words or a smile, Karin is a joy to work with.

Michelle Marlborough
VP, Product Strategy
Medidata Solutions
Michelle’s commitment to tackling new ­challenges and exceptional ability to deliver results have made her a much- admired role model.

Carmela Mascio
Senior Research Associate II
Cubist Pharmaceuticals
Carmela is an active member of Cubist’s ­Corporate Giving Committee and advances STEM learning by leading interactive ­activities and helping students.

Marie McDonald
Senior Director, Consulting
As an effective consultant and accomplished ­female professional, Marie is a role model not only for women in leadership, but for all ­aspiring leaders at Quintiles.

Amanda Mott
Executive Business Director, Sales
Amanda is a role model and a champion for professional development, and inspires others to push boundaries, for themselves and for the company.

Rosa Notaroberto
Senior Director, Commercial Operations
Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company
Rosa routinely demonstrates strong leadership, customer focus, operational excellence, and a talent for growing and developing team ­members within commercial operations.

Denise Palma
Senior VP, Associate Creative Director, Art
The CementBloc
Denise has established herself as a go-to leader. She’s a creative, yet her sharp-shooting strategic mind thinks well beyond the creative side of things. She is a true leader.

Karen Patel
Operations Director
Karen is a role model and consummate team player, who extends the ­benefit of her ­experience to all who ask. Customers view her as a trusted and experienced partner.

Harriet Perdikaris-Reynolds
Senior VP, Management Supervisor
Harriet is a dedicated professional who leads by example and actively serves as a mentor to her teams. All of this makes her, without a doubt, a Rising Star.

Annette Powers, Pharm.D.
Senior Director, Health Economics and Outcomes Research
Eisai Inc.
Annette is a dedicated developer of talent, a skilled collaborator, and, most of all, a trusted colleague and friend.

Julie Priddle
Director, New Business
Julie is a Rising Star because of her incredible work ethic, superb industry knowledge, and tireless dedication.

Jill Schaaf
Global Franchise Head, Chronic Care, Baxter-Gambro Renal
Baxter Healthcare
With more than 20 years of leadership in healthcare, Jill has proven to be equally ­passionate about improving patient care and advancing employee development.

Keyuri Shah
Senior Manager, Commercial Advisory Services
Keyuri’s sharp intellect and leadership abilities make her a Rising Star. She builds trust with life-sciences, healthcare, and ­financial clients, while addressing their ­toughest strategic M&A, capital allocation, and growth challenges.

Pearl Siew
VP and Head, IP US

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