AstraZeneca honors employees for outstanding volunteerism

The Jefferson Awards honor individuals for performing outstanding community and public service.

Seven AstraZeneca employees were recently recognized by the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, a national recognition program which honors individuals across the country for performing outstanding community and public service. This is the fourth year in which AstraZeneca has been a sponsor of the program.

Executive pharmaceutical sales specialist Meg Marian, from St. Louis, was selected as the company’s Jefferson Award Grand Winner for her work in helping to increase educational opportunities for the 3,000 children with special needs in her school district, and to create a climate of inclusion with all the students in the district, both during and after school.

“These kids with special needs are now doing amazing things – marching in bands, being mainstreamed at school, and being involved in all aspects of life,” said Marian, who attended the National Jefferson Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C. today.

AstraZeneca also recognized the following employees who received awards for their commitment to making a significant impact on their community or nonprofit organization:

  • Davida Baker, compliance advisor/project manager from Wilmington, Del., who volunteers her time to the YWCA Delaware as a member of the board of directors and as a mentor for the YMCA Black Achievers program. She is also an ambassador for the Forum to Advance Minorities in Engineering.
  • Cindy Bertrando, executive director and head of audit from Thornton, Pa., who has lent her financial expertise to the Delaware Museum of Natural History as Board Trustee, Treasurer, Chairperson of the Finance and Audit Committees and Executive Committee member during the last six years. She also serves as an Audit Committee member for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Delaware.
  • Jennifer McGovern, director of the Patient Assistance Programs, from Downingtown, Pa., has led her Downingtown Girl Scout troop for eight years and also is on the regional Girl Scout team which leads programs for the entire district. Jennifer is also a volunteer at clinics run by the National Association of Free Clinics.
  • David Pere, executive district sales manager from Baton Rouge, La., is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for a young man in the court system. David has worked as an advocate for his youth concerning behavioral, educational and other issues, is teaching him life skills and helping him work toward his GED.
  • Susan Schultz, principal clinical submission specialist from Wilmington, Del., logs over 1,000 hours of volunteer service a year at organizations like the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Cadence Cycling Foundation, American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association.
  • Lisa Suen, pharmaceutical sales specialist from Diamond Bar, Cal., volunteers with The Real Medicine Foundation which provides humanitarian support to people living in disaster, post-war and poverty-stricken areas, raising $21,000 in support for this group last year through their involvement in the LA Marathon. Lisa spent her 2010 vacation volunteering with them working in an India Malnutrition Clinic.

The Jefferson Awards for Public Service were founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former US Senator 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 and honor individuals for their achievements and contributions through volunteer service.