AZ Employees Strengthen Local Communities with Volunteer Efforts


Meredith Hemler

We at AstraZeneca feel fortunate to have hundreds of employees across the U.S. that are actively and passionately engaged in volunteer work for a broad range of organizations and philanthropic initiatives. For the past several years, we’ve celebrated those employees who are making the most extraordinary impact through the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, a national program dedicated to recognizing, inspiring, and activating volunteerism in communities, workplaces, and schools across America.

We recently honored AstraZeneca’s 2015 Jefferson Awards winners, who were carefully chosen by an internal selection committee. They demonstrate exemplary leadership, serving as presidents, chapter founders and members of boards of directors, management teams and committees for the organizations they support. They have successfully spearheaded events and established programs to drive disease awareness, fundraising and engagement. They are tireless advocates for their causes, and we admire their devotion, enthusiasm and extreme motivation.

Below is full list of our 2015 Jefferson Awards winners. Please join us in congratulating them for their tremendous achievements and the great work they’re doing in their communities.

Rebecca Gomez (Grand Winner), Clinical Services Associate – Newark, CA:

Rebecca attended the Jefferson Awards Foundation’s national award ceremony in Washington, D.C. in June as AstraZeneca’s Grand Winner. As a member of the Leadership Committee for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Newark, California since 2013, Rebecca has fundraised, educated, and empowered cancer fighters and survivors, as well as caregivers. Earlier this year, Rebecca was awarded the 2015 Community Hero Award from California State Assemblyman Kansen Chu. Rebecca is also a member of the Ohlone Community College President’s Advisory Council, where she provides guidance on ways to improve academic programs and missions in the community.

Voltaire Cao, Diabetes Sales Specialist – Cave Creek, AZ:

Voltaire has held a variety of local leadership roles with the American Diabetes Association (ADA),including serving on the Community Leadership Board and as Team Captain for the Tour de Cure, the ADA’s signature cycling event. Voltaire has also participated and helped coordinate the involvement of AZ employees in other local ADA events, including the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, for which he has also served as Team Captain.

Jennifer Dumas, Sr. Executive Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist – Lewiston, ME:

For more than a decade, Jennifer has volunteered and advocated for the Maine Cancer Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving Maine’s cancer incidence and mortality rates by funding cancer research and patient impact programs. For the past five years, Jennifer has served on the Foundation’s Board of Directors in a variety of leadership roles.

Colette McCoy, District Sales Manager, Oncology – Otisco, IN:

Colette founded the Kentuckiana Chapter of the Lung Cancer Alliance to raise awareness and bring lung cancer screening and proper treatment to the attention of the public health community in Kentucky and Indiana. In addition, since 2009, Colette has served on the Kentucky Cancer Consortium State Cancer Planning Committee and helped form the coalition surrounding Kentucky LEADS, a first of its kind, state-wide prevention, education, detection and survivorship program for lung cancer.

Suzanne Prince, Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist – Knoxville, TN:

Suzanne is President of the Junior League of Knoxville, an organization of 800 women who are committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving their communities. In addition to the Junior League, Suzanne is a member of the Leadership Society and Advocacy Task Force for Women’s Fund, as well as the Knoxville Academy of Medicine Alliance.

Tim “Buddy” Teale, Diabetes Sales Specialist – Greenwood, AR:

For more than 15 years, Buddy has volunteered and coached various sports for Special Olympics Arkansas, and is currently a member of the Management Team that coordinates all of the sports events and fundraising for the area. In 2014, Buddy and his family garnered national attention when they were featured on the Golf Channel, bringing not only pride to the local Special Olympic chapters, but also boosting corporate and individual donations to support programs that help athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Michelle Wang, Marketing Leader – Wilmington, DE:

Michelle has served on several committees as part of the American Lung Association in Delaware, an organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy, and research. Michelle also volunteers with the Delaware National Brain Tumor Society and serves as treasurer for the Delaware Swim and Fitness Tri-DAWGS, for which she completed her first triathlon in 2011.

AstraZeneca is proud of these employees who dedicate their time and energy to supporting and improving their communities through valuable volunteer work.