HBA’s 2012 Rising Stars


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HBA’s 2012 Rising Stars

Melissa Ayers
HR Manager, Janssen Biotech,
Johnson &? Johnson
Melissa has achieved significant ­results in her short time with J&J and brought a high level of passion and commitment to all she ­accomplishes. Melissa is truly a Rising Star for Janssen.

Angela Bagley
Product Strategy Director
Shire Pharmaceuticals
Angela’s technical strengths, ­leadership, ­communication skills, and ­emotional ­intelligence have enabled her to ­successfully achieve multiple accomplishments.

Christy Barlow
Associate Director, Managed Markets
Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Christy is a distinguished leader and plays a critical role in Watson’s ability to bring our ­distinctive brand pharmaceuticals to the highly complex managed care markets.

Alexa Beavers
Associate Director, Value Chain
Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corp.
Alexa was the leader of the ­organizational ­effectiveness and transition teams during a site project that transformed the way Boehringer Ingelheim’s business operates.

Pat Becker
Regional Sales Manager
PDI Inc.
An infectious leader and motivator, Pat is ­constantly searching for innovative ways to ­motivate her team to excel.

Jeanne Blanchard
Executive VP, Director Client Services, Account Management
Ogilvy CommonHealth Medical Marketing, part of Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide
Jeanne possesses a unique blend of talents and skills that make her a rare find in this ­industry.

Tayla Blount
VP, Account Group Supervisor
Havas Worldwide Health
Tayla is a role model at the agency and a ­shining example of the kind of professional our clients and industry deserve.

Sharon Bracken
Divisional VP, Operations,
Abbott Diagnostics
Abbott Laboratories
Sharon generously gives time to mentoring and supports college recruiting initiatives to build Abbott’s talent pipeline.

Jennifer Brunner
Director, Consumer Health
Cardinal Health
Jennifer is dedicated to promoting and ­developing the talents of other women through her engagement with several healthcare ­organizations, such as our Women Initiative Network.

Tia Bush
Executive Director, Quality
Amgen Inc.
Tia has had a direct impact on the well-being of millions of patients using Amgen’s medicine, and has made Amgen’s ­mission of serving ­patients her very own.

Ticia Cawley
Senior Specialty Pharmacy Consultant
Ticia is a trusted advisor and thought leader, and she has an authentic personal style that ­inspires others.

Lily Cheung
Director, Human Resources
Actelion Pharmaceuticals US Inc.
Lily is a strategic business partner and is known for her collaborative approach and ­innovative ideas. Her impact has reached not only across Actelion US, but spans the global organization.

Ashleigh Chung
An authentic and results-oriented leader, ­Ashleigh has an amazing ability to form strong relationships while driving performance.

Jody Cohn
VP, Management Supervisor
Jody’s commitment, passion, and ­intelligence make her the center around which so much ­revolves, from projects and ideas to clients and colleagues.

Lisa Cooney

VP, Process Engineering
IMS?Health U.S.
Lisa is an excellent role model for working ­effectively across organizational silos, and her ability to deliver measureable results led to her recent role expansion and promotion.

Heather Coyle
Managing Partner, Director of Client Services
Heather’s voracious appetite for innovation, paired with her inspiring leadership and ­naturally inclusive management style, make her the consummate 360-degree agency partner.

Bridgett Craig
Director, Oracle Consulting Practice,
North America
Business & Decision
Bridgett’s focus and sense of personal ­accountability combined with her positive ­attitude make her a valuable asset to all.

Katie Dahler
Managing Director
Since joining KPMG in 2009, Katie has shown exceptionally strong leadership, industry knowledge, and a client focus that truly ­embodies the company’s core values.

Emily Denney
Senior Director, Alliances Development ­Stakeholder Relations
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
Whether as team leader, team member, or ­individual contributor, Emily has delivered ­exceptional business results while ­maintaining her commitment to work-life balance.

Colleen DeSimone
Senior Director, Finance and Controller
Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company
Colleen is a trusted advisor and leader within Millennium and across the broader Takeda family. She is not only a Rising Star but also a key contributor toward our bold aspiration to cure cancer.

Susan Dorfman
Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer
Communications Media Inc.
Susan is an incredible team player always ­willing to help train and contribute knowledge, which has become essential to our growth and success.

Marianne Eisenmann
Determinus, part of Chandler Chicco
Clients and colleagues are awed by Marianne’s insights. She is a highly valued team member and an industry thought leader.

Rachael England
CryerHealth LLC
Rachael has already made an impact in healthcare on four continents. She brings ­intellect, energy, and insights on topics as ­varied as microenterprise finance and global medical tourism to our team.

Beth Evans
Associate Director, Supply Chain
Purdue Pharma LP
Beth is recognized as an inspiring leader and has proven repeatedly that she can handle ­significant assignments outside her specific areas.

Valeria Fantin
VP, Tumor Cell Biology, Oncology
Research Unit
Valeria has rapidly earned the respect of both Pfizer’s leaders and her scientific team as she builds a culture of scientific excellence, driven by a passion for developing the next generation of highly impactful cancer therapeutics.

Suellen Farrell
Editorial Director
Health and Wellness Partners
Suellen has applied her talents to building and developing a strong editorial team at HWP. She leads by example in all aspects of her work.

Kim Feeny
Research Associate
Motivation Mechanics LLC
Kim is involved with research projects from start to finish — designing, implementing, and analyzing research to achieve client ­objectives.

Anna Frable
VP, Communications and Advocacy
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.
Anna’s commitment to talent is ­evidenced by her staff’s movement into ­marketing, global, and OTC.

Lisa Gallo
Associate Partner, Project Management
Lisa is a leader, a mentor, an advocate, and a consummate team player. She is the heart and soul of our group.

Shanthi Ganeshan, Ph.D.
Global Head, Early Development Programs, Drug Regulatory Affairs, Oncology Global ­Development
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.
Shanthi demonstrates exceptional judgment and creates opportunities for networking, ­mentoring, and leadership development for all her direct reports and employees within the ­organization.

Kavya Gopal
Director, Strategic Planning
Sandoz Inc.
Kavya exemplifies the ­organization’s values and behaviors, especially her ability to work cross-functionally and to build trust-based relationships.

Natalie Greer
Creative Director, Copy
GA Communication Group
Natalie exemplifies what women in our ­industry stand for. A keen curiosity, ­intelligence, and a desire to participate in a field that can make a difference in the care and quality of life of the patients that we all serve.

Sarah Gunhouse
Hospital Executive Director, Central Region
Quest Diagnostics
Sarah focuses her team on achieving their goals, while developing individual talent and ­personal growth.

Sarah Hall
Senior VP, Group Account Director
Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness
Sarah brings energy, intelligence and insight to every project she touches and in turn, has won the confidence of clients and colleagues.

Monica Heuer
Senior Manager
Monica brings warmth, optimism, and ­analytic rigor to clients across the healthcare ecology, as well as an exceptional ability to ­connect with everyone in an organization, from the most senior executives to employees on the front lines.

Susan Hundley
Project Leader
Susan has quickly become a Rising Star within Quintiles, contributing immensely to the ­company’s standing as the leading provider of market access and market entry solutions.

Kimberly Jablonski
Assistant General Counsel
Bristol-Myers Squibb
An outstanding mentor and role model, Kim excels at engaging and motivating her matrix team and serves a critical role in the ­professional development of women at BMS.

Phyllis Jarrett-Sutton
Executive Sales VP
Cardinal Health
Phyllis is a key member of Cardinal Health’s sales team. She contributes significantly to building corporate relations with customers in the healthcare industry.

Colleen Katzman
Executive VP, Client Services
JUICE Pharma Worldwide
Colleen is a beacon of energy, enthusiasm, and talent, providing visionary leadership for a myriad brands and the people who service them.

Therese Kelley
Worldwide Director, Professional Education, DePuy Spine and Codman & Shurtleff
Johnson & Johnson
Therese is respected by her colleagues globally for her industry knowledge and relationships. She is a trusted leader and mentor to others.

Nida Khan
Senior Practice Executive
Campbell Alliance
Nida uses her experience in brand strategy ­development, market research, business ­development, and regulatory strategy and ­intelligence in our brand management practice.

Ewa Kleczyk, PH.D.
Senior Director, Custom Analytics
ImpactRx Inc.
Ewa is exceptionally passionate about her work and represents the heart of our team. She contributes strongly to development initiatives and publications while serving as a mentor.

Nancy Konnerth
Executive Director, Regulatory Affairs ­Advertising and Labeling
Forest Laboratories Inc.
Nancy exemplifies every key attribute of a team-oriented professional and is a ­­well-respected role model and exceptional mentor to her staff.

Carly Kuper
VP, Strategic Marketing & Corporate ­Communications
Compas Inc.
Carly is our agency’s go-to person when it comes to new and exciting information in the ­healthcare world. She is truly a Rising Star.

Victoria Landolfi
Senior Director, R&D Projects
Sanofi Pasteur
Victoria is a successful and established project leader resulting in the licensure of products, ­including Flu ID and Flu HD.

Tina Larson
Senior Director, Operations & Engineering, Pharma Technical Development
Genentech Inc.
Tina has become an influential role model for women leaders through her contributions to multiple women’s organizations and her role as a mentor.

Shira Lawlor
VP, Group Account Supervisor
Flashpoint Medica
Shira has earned the respect of her clients and colleagues as someone who goes above and ­beyond and is recognized as a highly valued partner and now an HBA Rising Star.

Kimberly Levy
VP of Marketing
Kimberly is an inspirational leader who has the ability to adapt to change quickly, ­maximize her resources, and develop talent within her organization.

Meredith Levy
VP, Group Account Director
Publicis Life Brands Medicus
Meredith exemplifies outstanding leadership and inspires those she mentors. She knows when to take control, and when to give others room to grow.

Nadine Lindley
Director, Commercial Operations
Lundbeck Inc.
Through sound decision-making and structure, Nadine is playing an integral role in guiding the growth and development of our psychiatry business in the United States.

Lisa Logan
Research Manager
The Planning Shop International
Lisa brings energy, enthusiasm, and efficiency to her work, earning the admiration of her ­colleagues and praise from clients.

Meghan Lopresto
VP, Sales Force Automation & Analytics
The CementBloc
Meghan exemplifies the rising generation of leaders needed to thrive in our ever-dynamic digital marketplace. She is truly valued for both her innovative ideas and enthusiasm.

Kristie Madara
Director, U.S. Corporate Communications
UCB Inc.
A seasoned healthcare communications ­professional and trusted advisor to the ­leadership team, Kristie creates innovative ­employee engagement programs and delivers results through flawless execution.

Jennifer Malatesta-Johnson
AERS Principal
Deloitte LLP
Jennifer is recognized as a thought leader in the firm and leads training and development for our junior staff. She is a role model in her ability to balance work and her family.

Susan Markham
During her six years with Insigniam, Susan has increased her leadership and capacity for responsibility externally with clients and ­internally. Her enthusiasm and inspiration are contagious.

Marianne McGowan Nugent
VP, Training & Program Implementation
Publicis Touchpoint Solutions Inc.
Marianne has exceptional depth and vast ­experience in the healthcare industry, but it’s her passion, tireless work ethic, and can-do ­approach that make her a strong, well-respected leader.

Peggy McKinnon
Senior Director, Health Economics and ­Outcomes Research
Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Peggy is an accomplished researcher who is ­passionate about patient outcomes. She pushes her team to fulfill its potential in a way that ­encourages development and commitment.

Kimberly Metcalf
Senior Director, Commercial Training
Celgene Corp.
Kimberly has impacted the success of hundreds of employees by modeling exceptional behaviors and investing in their personal development.

Angel Miccarelli
Creative Director
Angel brings a thoroughly strategic approach, business acumen, and attention to detail to the content team. Her leadership drives our clients’ messaging forward in creative and memorable ways.

Lauren Miller
Account Director
GSW Worldwide
Lauren brings leadership, drive, and a ­winning attitude to everything she does on ­behalf of the agency and her clients.

Gwen Moore
VP, Operations
MD Mindset LLC
Gwen’s dedication to the progression of MD Mindset makes her a Rising Star. She is an
exceptional leader and her commitment to the organization is immeasurable.

Rebecca Morison
VP, US Neuroscience Business Unit
Eli Lilly and Company
Becki connects with customers in ways that are meaningful for them. She leads and develops others by example.

Katie Murtha
Group Account Supervisor
Katie’s star rose to new heights in 2011, when she worked on a global product launch, ­bringing strong operational acumen and sharp strategic thinking to bear.

Karen Otero
Senior Account Executive
Mc|K Healthcare
Karen brings a balance of creative, analytical, and strategic proficiencies to her work and Mc|K. She is a self-motivated and enthusiastic team player with a can-do spirit.

Kate owen
Executive Director, Clinical Trial Management
Novo Nordisk Inc.
Kate is an inspiration. She has transitioned a team challenged with quality and morale ­issues into a high-performing organization that delivers extraordinary results.

Aimee Pagano
Director of Staffing
Publicis Healthcare Communications Group
Aimee has exceptional operational, client ­service, leadership, and partnering skills, and she has earned the respect of hiring managers and HR peers alike.

Laura Parks
Senior VP, Marketing and Sales
DSM Pharmaceutical Products
Laura is highly regarded as an inspirational leader and role model in the healthcare ­industry and within DSM.

Chris Ann Patrick
VP of Finance
Torre Lazur McCann Healthcare Group
Through a combination of hard work, executional excellence, and sheer talent, ChrisAnn has become a change agent in the finance department and an emerging leader in the TLHG network.

Rachael Person Robertson
Rachael’s enthusiasm and energy have catapulted her as a mentor and role model within PwC for many aspiring women.

Krista Pinto
Global VP, Strategic Corporate Accounts
inVentiv Health
Krista fearlessly takes on new challenges, ­evidenced by her ability to handle projects across various therapeutic categories and her active ­involvement in many nonprofit organizations.

Kimberly Platten
Client Partner
Cegedim Relationship Management
Kim is an enthusiastic and engaging leader who is committed to innovation and service. Her experience, knowledge, and diligent ­pursuit of service excellence have made her highly respected by both colleagues and business partners.

Kimberly Plessala
Executive Director
Bench International
Kim’s commitment to performance and client focus is stellar and is the essence of our ­business. Her dedication is exemplary and her follow-up unparalleled.

Shanna Potter
Manager, Quality Systems
Big Communications LLC
Shanna has what every organization looks for in a leader — commitment to doing what’s right for the company, unwavering optimism, an ­unmatched work ethic, and a sincere desire to grow.

Jennifer Potts
Manager of Business Development
Bulletin Healthcare
With a foundation constructed on creativity and tireless energy, Jennifer’s leadership skills have exponentially grown the medical ­education division of the company.

Mary Puncochar
Bayer Healthcare Diabetes Care, U.S. Sales and Marketing, Area Sales Manager
Bayer HealthCare
Every day, Mary exemplifies what good ­leadership looks like and continuously ­demonstrates a contagious positive attitude.

Laura Queen
VP, Human Resources — Americas
Teva Pharmaceuticals
Laura’s impact on Teva is evident in the ­programs she has developed. She mentors younger staff members and looks for ways to challenge them in their growth and development.

Kara Quick
Senior Editorial Director
Synchrony Medical Communications
Since joining Synchrony, Kara has ­distinguished herself for her intelligence, ­integrity, and leadership.

Michel Le Radney
Regional Sales Director Primary & Specialty Care
Eisai Inc.
Michelle’s skill in handling complex challenges, coupled with a strong work ethic and ­partnership focus set the standard for others to follow.

Laura Richman
VP, Research & Development — Translational Sciences
An inspiring leader, Laura is a role model for others. She is widely published, participates in numerous scientific conferences and community activities, and runs MedImmune’s Zumba ­Fitness class.

Jessica Riebe
Senior VP, Senior Program Director
Sudler & Hennessey
Jessica’s talent, poise, and skills make her one of the brightest stars in the IntraMed universe. Her extraordinary business acumen and ­leadership abilities have impressed numerous clients.

Andrea Rinkewich
VP, Account Supervisor
Saatchi & Saatchi Health Communications — NY
Andrea is a key motivator and mentor to her team and can always be counted on to be ­looking out for the happiness and continued ­development of those that she supervises.

Amanda Roades
Director, Client Strategy & Solutions
McKesson Patient Relationship Solutions
Amanda’s passion, leadership, expertise, and work ethic have earned her the trust and ­respect of both her clients and colleagues.

Erin Rossi
Senior Art Director
Erin is one of Palio’s most sought-after and treasured resources, and without doubt a true Rising Star in the creative healthcare field.

Karen Rustek
Executive Director, Enterprise Applications
Daiichi Sankyo Inc.
Karen leads a very large team and is ­well-respected for being accessible and accountable for the team’s success. These characteristics make her a role model for those around her.

Christine Rydzik
Program Manager
Dowden Health Media
With an absolute commitment to providing clients with the highest level of service, an ­unflagging work ethic, and formidable ­problem-solving abilities, Christine personifies the company’s ethos and guiding principles.

Carol Sabourin, Ph.D.
Senior Research Leader and Chief Scientist, Battelle Biomedical Research Center
Carol is highly respected for her scientific ­acumen but her exceptional leadership skills are what distinguish her. Her motivating force is to facilitate people in moving critical science forward.

Leslie Sandberg Orne
Trinity Partners LLC
Leslie’s strategic vision, analytic excellence, and personal integrity make her an essential figure in Trinity’s bright future.

Laura Schwieterman
Bayer Healthcare Consumer Care, Senior Brand Manager
Bayer HealthCare
Laura takes on challenges with optimism and helps drive the success in any organizational initiative she leads or participates in.

Denise Sena
Manager, Global Franchise Planning
Denise is a passionate, authentic service leader. She makes a huge contribution via women’s leadership and initiatives, enabling ­participating colleagues to enhance their skills and confidence.

Isabella Sergio
Account Supervisor
The Hobart Group
Isabella’s leadership style is defined by her ­aptitude to set and achieve goals, encourage ­positive communication, and by her ability to clearly identify and articulate every client need.

Amy Joyl Silva
Regional Business Director, Northwest Region, US Primary Care
Amy is a creative thinker and natural leader who consistently stands out among her peers. She is a clear Rising Star who is committed to building a culture of accountability and ­collaboration.

Kelly Simcox
Senior Director/Global Head, Project Units and External Partners, Project Leaders
Sanofi US
Kelly’s positive demeanor, determination, and innovation in clinical trial operations are marks of a Rising Star in the pharmaceutical industry.

Priya Singhal
VP, Medical Strategy- Education & Publication
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Priya demonstrates Vertex’s core values through her leadership and innovation as well as ­tireless execution.

Tamara Sniffen
VP, Integrated Business Planning
Tamara’s keen sense of talent while being ­connected to employees’ career success is what sets her apart as a true inspirational leader.

Donnia Sooklal
Senior Manager, Advisory Services
Ernst & Young LLP
Donnia has a breadth and depth of ­understanding that positions her to provide ­relevant insights and thought leadership to key industry stakeholders.

Consuelo Barrett Staheli
Director Global Strategy and Portfolio
Consuelo not only strives to ensure Covidien is a strong, successful company, but she is a ­driving force in guiding and developing all women throughout the company.

Molly Stallings
Group Account Manager
MicroMass Communications Inc.
Since arriving at MicroMass, Molly has sparked the agency with her leadership, ­extensive pharma expertise, and exceptional client service skills. She is a guiding light for our agency and a Rising Star in our industry.

Melissa Stapleton Barnes
VP, Deputy General Counsel
Eli Lilly and Company
Melissa believes in the advancement of women. She serves on the Lilly Women’s Network lead team and has spoken about women in ­leadership as a panelist.

Laura Tannenbaum
Senior VP, Creative Director
RCW Group
As creative director, Laura has created an ­environment of inspiration and ­encouragement. Her stewardship has provided the vision that has transformed the agency into a creative force.

Joanne Uhl, Ph.D.
Head of Planning, Project Planning and ­Management (PP&M)
Joanne is a well-respected role model across GSK, who inspires others with her integrity, openness, collaboration, and desire to help ­others continually contribute to the ­organization’s success.

Martha Vincent, Ph.D.
VP, Clinical Development
Astellas Pharma US Inc.
Known for her uncompromising approach to timeline management, quality, and budget ­efficiency, Martha is highly respected.

Celine Vita
Senior VP, Group Managing Director
CDM New York
Celine’s strong global background has been ­essential in establishing CDM’s presence around the world. She shines as a strong ­collaborator and strategic thinker.

Latesha Williams
VP, Account Group Supervisor
DraftFCB Healthcare
Latesha exudes a unique combination of calm passion, grace under pressure, sharp intellect, and a warm smile — for her brands, clients and colleagues.

Jennifer Wolfgram
VP, Regulatory Compliance and Quality
Roche Diagnostics
Jennifer’s passion and inspiration are ­contagious and the reason that she is ­absolutely a Rising Star within Roche Diagnostics.

Susan Zienowicz
Senior VP, Roche Applied Science
Roche Diagnostics
Susan’s reputation of delivering results in a complex market, providing feedback in an open and honest manner, and her dedication to building leadership skills in others make her a Rising Star and a highly sought-after mentor.