Celebrating Those Who Serve Our Communities: Sanofi US Social Impact Award Winners
Sanofi US unveiled its first annual Social Impact Awards winners in 2020 to recognize employees who go above and beyond in their commitment to their communities.
At Sanofi, we believe everyone deserves an equal opportunity to thrive, to be healthy, to be an innovator, and to be part of a flourishing community. To recognize our team members who go above and beyond in giving of their time and talents to help those who need it most, Sanofi US kicked-off its first annual Social Impact Awards in December 2020. Nominated by their fellow employees, the Awards honor those who demonstrate outstanding dedication and efforts within the areas of our US Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) pillars:
- Health Equity
- STEM Education Equity
- Local People – Local Priorities
An additional mentorship award was created in memory of Tony Whalen, a long-time Sanofi US employee who unfortunately lost his life due to complications from COVID-19. Tony truly embodied the spirit of service and mentorship and we couldn’t think of a better way to honor his legacy than by creating an award in his name.
Congratulations to all of the winners!
Health Equity Award
Winner: The Trusted Messengers Team
- Paul J. Rowe, MD, ATSF, VP Head of Global Medical Immunology
- Mansi S. Jamindar, PharmD, Global Medical Franchise Associate Director, Type 2
- Robert R. Johnson, MPH, MBA, RRT, Global Medical Franchise Head, Type 2
- Patricia Maric, PharmD, MSc, Global Medical Scientific Advisor, VIE
- Winifred W. Thompson, PhD, MSW, Oncology US Medical Science Liaison
When asked to think boldly about ways to address the disproportionate number of African Americans who are affected by COVID-19, the Sanofi Genzyme Trusted Messengers team did just that. The Allergy & Asthma Network’s Not One More Life Trusted Messengers project aims to address health inequities, increase access to important health information and screenings for people of color and improve long-term health outcomes, especially for those with respiratory conditions. In its pilot program, more than 400 people were screened for COVID-19 and other conditions including asthma and COPD.
STEM Education Equity Award
Winner: Cathleen S. Cornell, Senior Scientist, Genomic Medicine Unit, R&D
Cathleen has been leading and expanding the Sanofi Science Kids program for the past three years, so middle school students in Framingham, Massachusetts, can experience science in action. Under her leadership, Sanofi scientists/volunteers work directly with kids in the lab once or twice a month to complete a full experiment by the end of the year.
Local People, Local Priorities Award
Donna Baker, Senior Quality Assurance External Manufacturing Specialist, Sanofi Consumer Healthcare
Donna, a 38-year employee of Sanofi, is an administrative leader and “Drug Demand Reduction Officer” with the Young Marines Program, which serves high-risk youth (aged 8-18) in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The program is aimed at developing leadership, citizenship, and self-discipline skills while promoting a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. Donna prepares weekend food menus, purchases and prepares food, teaches classes, coordinates fundraising, chaperones events, and mentors young female Marines. Donna also furthers the group’s relationship with Honoring the Sacrifice Foundation through fundraisers and events aimed at supporting wounded veterans.
Ann Faldetta, Training Manager Capital Programs, Sanofi Industrial Affairs
Ann has served on the local Allston-Brighton Board of Trade (BOT) for more than 20 years, including three years as its president. The BOT works with the city, the community, elected officials and local charities to help support, strengthen and improve the quality of life and commerce in the area. In addition, Ann has mentored many young high school graduates working at the Sanofi Genzyme Allston Landing Facility (ALF) who are interested in pursuing biotechnology as a career. She is the “social glue” that knits ALF into the fabric of Allston-Brighton and the greater Boston communities
Jill Gregory, Head of Sample Management, Integrated Drug Discovery, Sanofi R&D
Jill’s dedication to others inspires those at our Waltham site to give back to their local communities. She leads the site’s Waltham Activities Team that meets twice a month to spearhead initiatives such as creating pillow decorations for special needs children, and conducting food and holiday gift drives. She also arranges international potlucks that highlight our diversity and encourage researchers from different departments to interact with each other and form relationships. Jill instills a culture of giving through her dedication to help those in need.
Judith Olsommer, Medical Contract Coordinator, Medical Operations & Excellence, Sanofi Pasteur
Judy has been very active working with the community around Sanofi Pasteur for the past 17+ years, collecting donations to help thousands of children, adults, and struggling families within Monroe County, Pennsylvania. True to our commitment to “purposefully partner” within our communities to learn where gaps exist, she works closely with different community organizations to identify their needs and then mobilizes volunteers throughout the Sanofi Pasteur campus. She dedicates her time to the Monroe County Head Start Boot Drive, the Pocono Mountains United Way Adopt a Family, and the Bridges Out of Poverty programs.
Tony Whalen Mentorship Award
Winner: Juliette Muszka, PharmD., R. Ph., Global Director Patient Need and Product Viability, Sanofi R&D
Juliette has mentored hundreds of students through the company’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Fellowship Program over the years. Through her passion and leadership, the program was expanded to include recent graduates, enhancing their understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and setting them up for success early in their careers.
The Tony Whalen Mentorship Award
In Memory of: Tony Whalen, Leader of Employee Engagement, ITS
Tony embodied the spirit of service and helping others. He volunteered much of his time mentoring and supporting young people in our community; whether it be mentoring students from Raritan Valley Community College, as well as his College fraternity organization where he made it his priority to help and guide young people in their career aspirations. Tony made it his personal mission to help, to mentor, and to ensure that we all thrive through personal connections, inside and outside of the workplace. He served as an example for all of us to follow, and therefore this award is so befitting of his legacy.