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.

BMS Veterans Community Network (VCN)

Bristol-Myers Squibb

VCN raises awareness and provides a sense of community across the company around military service members, veterans and their family members and nonmilitary employees who just want to help. VCN works with veteran organizations and actively provides mentoring opportunities for former service members to assist in their transition to a career outside the military. Bristol-Myers

Robert Abraham

Sr. Vice President & Group Head, Oncology R&D | Pfizer

Based at Pfizer’s La Jolla (CA) site, Bob understands the importance of community and patient engagement. Under Bob’s leadership, he has hosted patient advocacy groups at the site and speaks to organizations like the San Diego Komen for the Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference and other charitable related events.

Robert Betzig

Site Leader, Pfizer Global Supply, Kalamazoo Site | Pfizer

Bob is an effective and accessible voice in highlighting the value of the pharmaceutical industry for policymakers and thought leaders. He has engaged federal, state and local officials at the site to help them better understand the challenges and opportunities of our industry. Bob is also involved and supportive of Pfizer’s Michigan Legislative Leaders program,

Jason Brandt

Head, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Sales, West Division | Sanofi US

Jason Brandt is highly committed to civic action both personally and professionally. Through his role on the Sanofi US PAC Board, Jason advocates tirelessly for issues related to the healthcare industry. His passion for civic action is also clearly apparent in his leadership role as a Vice President of Sales in our Diabetes and Cardiovascular,

Regina Holzbauer

Executive Director of Operations | Merck

Regina has played an instrumental role in helping Merck organize site visits at its Animal Health facility in Millsboro for federal and state legislators, the USDA Deputy Secretary and local high school students with an interest in science and agriculture. She is an incredibly collaborative partner who brings a high level of focus and rigor

Brian Johns

Vice President, DPU Head HIV, R&D Infectious Disease | GlaxoSmithKline

Brian leads a team at GSK that is collaborating in research with UNC-Chapel Hill HIV Cure Center with the focus of finding a cure for HIV instead of just treating the disease. In addition to his WWFH Champion Award, Brian was also honored as “Tar Heel of the Week” in October 2016 by the Raleigh

Jennifer Jorgenson

Senior Hematology/Oncology Consultant | Celgene

Jennifer created and launched an “Ambassador Captain” program, identifying and partnering with a colleague in each of 40 sales districts throughout the country. These captains work directly with Jennifer, and in coordination with the Government Relations team, to facilitate grassroots outreach among their teams to elected officials on key policy issues at the state and

Caroline Pavis

Director, Strategic Communications | Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

Caroline has created and launched an industry-leading, first- and only-of-its-kind program for increasingly influential online patient health advocates. HealtheVoices, now in its third year, brings together online patient advocates for a weekend of learning, growing and mutual support.

Keya Pitts

Executive Director, Pharmacovigilance and Clinical Quality Assurance | Astellas Pharma US

Over the past several years, Keya has been a passionate volunteer in iBio Institute’s Stellar Girls program. As part of these efforts, she has mentored and coached girls (grades 3-8) in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, helping to diversify the STEM talent pipeline. Keya also has inspired young women and minorities to