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<p>2021 HBA Rising Stars</p>

2021 HBA 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.

Rachael Asselin, VP
1798, a Fingerpaint Company

Julie Tyler, DVP, global marketing

Margot Goodkin, MD, PhD, executive director, clinical development
AbbVie Inc.

Jennifer Bouchard, senior manager, scientific informatics services

Tamar Thompson, VP, US government affairs and policy    
Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Joyanna Wesche-Blake, senior director, IT

Noemi Romero, executive director, supply chain    
Amgen Inc.

Allyson Livingstone, director, diversity and inclusion, HR

MarySue Raith, client partner

Analisa Orta, associate director, business analytics and insights
Avanir Pharmaceuticals

Vicki Barniak, senior principal scientist
Bausch Health

Caroline Houston, plant manager    
Baxter International Inc.

Elizabeth Beaulieu, senior manager, commercial strategy    
Bayer US

Carol Nieto, senior director, quality management

Emelyn Maravilla, director, asthma and established brands marketing    
Boehringer Ingelheim

Barbara Curtis, manager, commercial leadership development program
Bristol Myers Squibb

Taylor Freisher, group copy supervisor    
Calcium USA

Emily Gallo, VP, product and solutions marketing
Cardinal Health

Katherine Murnen, PhD, medical director    
ClinicalMind, LLC

Courtney Mullen, VP, SEM and emerging media
CMI Media Group

Karen Callahan, senior director, Center of Excellence, healthcare product consulting 
Cognizant Technology Solutions

Diana Di Gioia, manager, digital ad ops    

Jaclyn Barber, medical science manager    
CSL Behring

Georgia Jones, senior GPO account manager
Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

Nicole Bailey, account lead    
Doximity, Inc.

Pallavi Sachdev, senior director, translational medicine
Eisai Inc.

Rhonda Pacheco, GM, Canada
Eli Lilly and Company

Jobina Jones-McDonnell, VP and assistant general counsel, litigation and risk    
Endo International

Natalie Beaton, market access manager, uro-oncology    
Ferring Canada

Jennifer Accumanno, associate director, marketing, microbiome    
Ferring Pharmaceuticals, USA

Dara Pincas, head of healthcare law group, senior associate general counsel

Ambily Banerjee, director, therapeutic group, global regulatory affairs    

Jennifer Gaydos, director, sales force effectiveness    
Greenwich Biosciences (US subsidiary of GW Pharmaceuticals)

Katie Tippit, director, Hemostasis clinical sales, North America
Haemonetics Corporation

Caitlin Gilbert, account director
Havas Health & You

Tiffany Butler, VP, managing director, strategy and innovation    
Health Perspectives Group

Jennifer Heckman, executive director, clinical portfolio and capacity management

Megan Zipkin, director, corporate marketing

Whitney Jappe, associate director, program management, brand marketing    
Intouch Group

Christy Mitchell, regional business director, neuroscience
Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals

Sarah Lyons, VP, privacy analytics

Ana Raposo, business unit director, BeNeLux    
Johnson & Johnson

Seema Vaidyanathan, associate director, strategic partnerships    
Johnson & Johnson

Nevija Watson, senior manager, process engineering, chapter lead for Gilead Leadership Organization of Black Employees (GLOBE)    
Kite, a Gilead Company

Annette Ogbru, PharmD, regional director, medical science liaisons

Juliet Kasaya, senior corporate trainer    
Magellan Rx Management

Megan Roberts, director SEC reporting, technical accounting and global consolidations
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Drew Tomlinson, VP, strategy director    
McCann Health

Shjan Santiago, VP, account supervisor    
McCann Health Managed Markets

Stephanie Chueh, director of sales strategy and strategic programs for global enterprise sales
Medidata, a Dassault Systèmes Company

Sherita Lee, director, key talent programs, talent management    
Merck & Co., Inc.

Claire Bonaci, senior director, US health and life sciences    

Kim Christopher, VP, R&D project management    
MiMedx Group, Inc.

Laura Ford, VP, product    
Navigating Cancer

Anastacia Awad, head, diversity and inclusion (NIBR)    
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Mara Feldman, district business manager    
Novo Nordisk

Corinne Yaouanq-Lyngberg, director, omnichannel strategic enablement    
Novo Nordisk

Erika Mühlberg, SVP, account management    
Ogilvy Health

Izabella Tyszler, VP, marketing and field execution
Orphazyme US, Inc.

Terry-Ann Cooper, privacy officer
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Hilary Duckworth, commercial lead, hospital business unit, UK    
Pfizer Inc.

Blanca Ortiz-Skelding, manager process engineer    
Pfizer Inc.

Sylvia Yu, VP

Rashmi Upasani, associate director, regulatory, pharmaceutics and analytical development    
Purdue Pharma L.P.

Elizabeth Crego, managing director, deals

Amanda Maximin, head of sales, vitamins business unit    

Cynthia Orr, customer VP, US value channel    

Chiatogu Onyewu, MD, PhD, director, research program management    
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Rashmi Kshirsagar, VP, technical development    
Rubius Therapeutics

Ying Liu, PhD, senior director and franchise lead, US value and access, DUPIXENT

Jennifer Henderson, director, TOQ business office and chief of staff    
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Lynn Hamilton, senior director, clinical operations support, clinical development services   
Syneos Health

Katya Magonova, senior engagement manager, commercial advisory group, consulting, commercial solutions    
Syneos Health

Wendy Kanna, global head, information security governance and oversight
Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Amanda Vankoski, senior account planner    

Maureen Field, associate director HR, US commercial sales, sales operations    
Teva Pharmaceuticals

Lisa Ambrose-Lanci, SVP, group account director    
The Lockwood Group LLC

Jalé Güner, executive director, clinical operations
Travere Therapeutics

Anita Moser, US neurology head, assets and optimization    
UCB, Inc.

Erica Puntel, US communication lead, digital    
UCB, Inc.

Shon Green, senior director, translational R&D    
Umoja Biopharma, Inc.

Nina Kirshenbaum, VP, analytics services

Crew Smith, molecular and cell biology senior research scientist
Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Cherie Ihnen, senior director, HR    
VMS BioMarketing

Renee Smith, global senior director, WBA OneIT strategy and planning    
Walgreens Boots Alliance

Jennifer Curtis, associate principal
ZS Associates

Anna Von Rossum, scientist, exploratory research
Zymeworks Inc.