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.

Lisa Shea, MPH & RD

Scientific Patient Engagement Leader | J&J

Lisa’s colleagues describe her as a “tireless champion of the patient voice.” She offers an invaluable perspective on the human impact of proposed legislation. Her work ensures that J&J can better understand and champion policies that expand patient access.

Denarra Simmons

Senior Research Scientist, Analytical R&D | Merck

Denarra plays an important role in supporting Merck’s work on advocacy issues by sharing her personal story and experiences with elected officials and the public. Denarra has focused her advocacy on communities of color and the development of women and girls in STEM. Her work has helped enhance Merck’s story and assisted the Merck government

Kate Wilson

Head of Health Equity for Patient Engagement, Equity and Transparency | Biogen

As a decisive advocate for clinical trial diversity, Kate has been an invaluable partner to Biogen’s Public Policy and Government Affairs team. She has helped spotlight key initiatives like Biogen’s partnership with the Morehouse School of Medicine and the launch of a new national minority trial index.

John Zieger

National Account Executive, P&OCS, Federal DOD-Tricare | Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS)

John Zieger, Federal Account Executive at Bristol Myers Squibb has been named a 2021 We Work For Health Champion. The award recognizes his commitment, both personally and professionally, to military service members and veterans. In his position at BMS, Zieger is a leader in the company’s relationship with the Department of Defense/Defense Health Agency; he