AZ honors employees for volunteerism through Jefferson Awards for Public Service


Meredith Hemler

4 June 2014

AstraZeneca honors employees who are passionate about volunteerism every year through the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, a program that recognizes individuals for giving back to their communities. This year, AZ’s award selection committee identified eight individuals for the outstanding work they do in their communities. The AZ Steering Committee, made up of two members of the US Leadership Team, selected the Grand Winner, who will represent AZ at the National Ceremony June 16-18 in Washington, D.C.

Rich Buckley, VP North America Corporate Affairs, Paul Hudson, President AstraZeneca US and Executive Vice President, North America and Laura Mably, Regional HR Director, North America and Vice President, US Human Resources celebrate with Jefferson Awards winners after the Ceremony.
(L-R) Rich Buckley, Paul Hudson, Rose Pimpinella, Carol Stinson, Diane Davis, Gil Peña, Becky Hesbrook-Garcia, Christopher Duncan, Jayson Richert and Laura Mably.

Please join us in celebrating this year’s AZ Jefferson Awards winners:

Becky Hesbrook-Garcia, Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist: Becky has a long history of volunteering with the University of Texas-Pan American, the Hope Family Health Center and Easter Seals. Thanks to her involvement, these organizations have the leadership, funding and medically trained personnel and volunteers they need to provide underserved populations with access to health care and support programs.

Diane Davis, Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist: Diane founded Boat Kids, an event that coordinates a day out on the water for children with special needs and their families.  In addition, every year Diane organizes the AstraZeneca team of volunteers for Metropolitan Ministries Holidays of Hope Tent, which provides food, toys and holiday entertainment for more than 23,000 families.

Christopher Duncan, Executive District Sales Manager: Chris led his team’s volunteering efforts, helping people locally, nationally and internationally through organizations such as Project CURE, Passionately Pink for the Cure, Raiders’ Closet, Upper New York State Transplant, and the Young Life and Wyld Life.

James Gonzales, Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist: James helps children with special needs stay physically active through his volunteer work with St. Pius Special Needs Group, No Boundaries 4 Special Needs and Speak Up 4 Autism. James also volunteers for Aliviane, where he educates students about the dangers of abusing prescription medication.

Gil Peña, Senior Diabetes Sales Specialist: Gil volunteers for two organizations dedicated to helping fight the impact of diabetes on his community – Crusader Family Health Foundation and the Rockford Cosmopolitan Club.

Rose Pimpinella, Global Marketing Manager-MOVANTIK: Rose has helped the Lisa Diener Domestic Violence Foundation grow from a new foundation established in 2010 to a resource that has successfully raised almost $90,000 to benefit organizations and shelters that help women and communities overcome domestic violence.

Jayson Richert, Health System Manager: Jayson and his wife support March of Dimes, the organization that helped them when their twin daughters were born 12 weeks early. In addition to fundraising, they share their story as an ambassador family in memory of their daughter Lily, and out of gratitude for the advances in neonatal care that saved their daughter Olivia, who is now six.

Carol Stinson, Director, Science Affairs, US Corporate Affairs: Carol volunteers for Healing Art Works, a group that provides works of original art for patient spaces in hospitals and other care centers with the goal of facilitating emotional and physical healing. In addition to their annual project, this past year Carol also led “Butterflies for Boston” to benefit those affected by the Boston Marathon Bombings.

Becky Hesbrook-Garcia was selected as the AstraZeneca Grand Winner and will attend the Jefferson Awards National Ceremony in Washington, D.C. in June on behalf of AstraZeneca. There, she will be eligible to win a national award for employee volunteerism.

The Jefferson Awards for Public Service were founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former US Sen. Robert Taft, Jr. and Delawarean Sam Beard to create a Nobel Prize for public service. The awards are presented both locally and nationally to encourage volunteerism and honor individuals for their achievements and contributions through volunteer service.

AstraZeneca congratulates these winners and thanks them for their ongoing commitment to community service.