Today’s Movers and Shakers: HBA Boston Chapter honors awards volunteer leaders | HBA

Today’s Movers and Shakers: HBA Boston Chapter honors awards volunteer leaders

HBA Boston Chapter honors volunteer leaders Valerie Cullen, Dana Shkolny, and Kristie Whitehouse

Valerie CullenValerie Cullen is currently a Senior Scientist at Link Medicine Corp in Cambridge.

Valerie is chair of the membership committee of the HBA Boston Chapter, with special responsibility for Lunch and Learn (LnL) events. Since assuming the chair of the membership committee, she has taken on more of a leadership role. Valerie has launched a new series of LnL events and piloted various LnL formats, often at companies who are hosting these events for the first time. She has also helped integrate the membership and corporate relations functions of the HBA Boston Chapter, to better serve each company's individual needs.

Valerie has been an active and enthusiastic member of the HBA Boston chapter for the last few years. Being involved in the chapter and meeting other members helped her manage her transition from academia to industry. Partaking as a mentee in the Mentoring program, and completing various workshops in the LSS series helped her hone her skills and develop her management style. All these experiences have provided concrete opportunities for Valerie to practice and grow her collaborative and leadership skills, and to interact with very experienced women from backgrounds different to her own.

It is because of all her creative contributions and her enthusiasm for HBA that Valerie has been awarded the Boston Chapter Volunteer Award. 

Dana ShkolnyDana Shkolny is a Senior Clinical Program Manager at Mersana Therapeutics.

Dana’s strong leadership and organizational skills make her a standout at both the chapter and the corporate level where she serves on numerous committees. She has been an integral member of the programming committee for the last 2 years and currently serves as the committee chair taking on a leadership role by identifying new speakers and event topics for our membership. In addition, she serves as the program committee’s liaison to the marketing committee designing, analyzing, and reporting event surveys to determine whether the programming goals are reached. She also investigates new health care industry channels to advertise and market HBA’s calendar of events. At the corporate level, Dana is the lead desk researcher for the EDGE 2.0 Leadership Study, leading a team of volunteers to identify and collect current publications on women’s leadership and delivers monthly updates to HBA leadership. She recently authored an article to the HBA Advantage series “The ROI Of Women At The Top” entitled “The ROI of Mentoring Programs”. Lastly, Dana has contributed to the Leadership Conference Committee for the 2009 and 2010 Conference.

Dana’s passion for the HBA is palpable and her hard work and insights are invaluable to the Boston Chapter which is why the board of directors has chosen Dana for a Boston Chapter Volunteer Award. 

Kristie WhitehouseKristie Whitehouse is the Marketing Specialist for the cord blood business and the prenatal testing products across North America at PerkinElmer, Inc.

Kristie’s passion for people, and devotion to women in healthcare, brought her to the HBA several years ago. Honoring Kristie as our Star Volunteer this quarter is very fitting as she just completed the very first direct mail campaign to the Boston membership base. Kristie played a pivotal role in drafting copy, managing the agency focused on the creative development, and leveraging various stakeholders to provide input. Kristie Whitehouse has also proven herself to be a great asset to the HBA Boston Chapter in her role as Collateral Chair on the Marketing Committee. Kristie has been managing all collateral needs for Boston, and provides the Program Directors with materials needed for their respective events. The Boston Chapter has an impressive offering of events, so Kristie’s hard work is very recognized and appreciated!

Kristie's work ethic is unparalleled and has enabled her to gain exposure to the various Board members and key stakeholders. She has demonstrated strong leadership skills and a keen ability to communicate effectively across the various functions. Kristie has consistently gone above and beyond for our Chapter, and consistently meets the needs of our Board. She is truly deserving of the Boston Chapter Volunteer Award.

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