Meet our 2021 Employee Champions. We recognize individuals who strive to advance science and support innovation so that patients around the world can get the medicines and treatments they need. This year’s recipients have demonstrated commitment and resiliency that goes above and beyond expectations.

Edio Zampaglione, MD, FACOG

(Bayer) – Dr. Zampaglione is passionate about ensuring all women have access to the information and support they need to take control of their health. He is a champion of Bayer’s support of patient education on family planning through advocacy partnerships.

Zoya Girard

(Celgene) – Zoya serves as a “Celgene Ambassador” and lobbies for patient rights from Sacramento, CA to Washington, DC. By working with elected officials, she shares examples of how public policies can impact innovation and limit access to life changing medicines for patients who need it most.

Allyson Kayton

(Ikaria) – Allyson is a leading advocate for Ikaria and neonatal patients across the country. Through her work with the FL Assoc. of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners and the National Assoc. of Neonatal Nurses and Nurse Practitioners, Ally ensures that the voices of our nation’s vulnerable critical care patients are heard by policymakers in Florida and

Camille Lee

(Novo Nordisk) – This year, under Camille’s leadership, her company’s Cornerstones4Care diabetes program will send more than 3 million action alerts to patients, helping inform them of new treatment options – and helping build out our industry’s army of advocates.

Mary McConnell-Meachen

(Boehringer Ingelheim) – Mary is a tireless advocate who engages with external stakeholders to demonstrate the value of our business to patients and policymakers. This includes Mary’s election to the Pharmaceutical Product Stewardship Working Group Board of Directors, focused on implementation of drug take-back programs.

Warachal Eileen Faison, MD

(Pfizer) – Outside of her work at Pfizer and as a geriatric psychiatrist, Dr. Faison tirelessly collaborates with the Alzheimer’s Association and American Heart Association. She spends countless hours in the community participating in health fairs and seminars to educate the community-at-large about Alzheimer’s disease and cardiovascular diseases.

Jason Pelletier

(Sanofi) – In 2014 Jason brought his incredible energy to Sanofi’s Corporate Affairs department during a field-rotation program specifically working on employee civic action initiatives. His enthusiasm helped drive strong employee participation in company activations and voter education and registration events.

Dean Gianarkis, PharmD

(Pfizer) – Dean represents the biopharmaceutical industry within numerous community organizations, including patient advocacy groups, pharmacists and Federally Qualified Health Centers. He is a strong advocate for wellness and smoking cessation policy and works closely with NJ Breathes to that end.

Chris Reddick, PhD

(Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA) – Dr. Reddick is works to improve access to healthcare and medicines for patients living in extreme poverty in underdeveloped communities worldwide. In 2012, he started Healthcare Partners for Children, an organization that provides opportunities for healthcare professionals to directly impact the lives of patients and people in need beyond their daily

Catherine Roman

(Astellas) – Catherine selflessly volunteers her time and energies as a PAC ambassador to educate her peers on the value of supporting Astellas’ government affairs initiatives. She has also volunteered in Massachusetts state politics for 10 years and is currently an elected official in her hometown.