Executive committee

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Chair
Rebecca Vermeulen
VP patient and society strategy, head healthcare and patient partnership product development
Genentech, Inc.
Chair
Rebecca Vermeulen
VP patient and society strategy, head healthcare and patient partnership product development

Rebecca Vermeulen R.Ph. brings a variety of experiences and capabilities to her role as Customer Strategy and Patient Partnership for Global Medical Affairs at Roche. She has spent 26 years in the pharmaceutical industry and has served in a variety of functions including Medical Affairs, Clinical Research, Sales, Medical Communications, Medical Science Liaisons, Patient Partnership, Digital Health, and Six Sigma. Rebecca has lead teams spanning multiple organizational units and has been responsible for creating global standards for information exchange with healthcare professionals and patients. She has served as a senior leader dedicated to empowering patients and HCPs to make informed health decisions for a number of years and knows how to demonstrate value in bringing new medicines to patients. Rebecca is currently Vice-Chair Board of Directors for the DIA (Drug Information Association), Vice-Chair Corporate Board of Directors for the HBA (Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association), and serves on the Advisory Committee for PFMD (Patient Focused Medicine Development).
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Vice-chair
Simona King
EVP and Chief Financial Officer
Tmunity Therapeutics
Vice-chair
Simona King
EVP and Chief Financial Officer

Simona is a strategic leader with over 20 years of diverse finance and business experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Simona is currently EVP and Chief Financial Officer at Tmunity, a cell and gene therapy biotech. Prior to that she was at Emergent BioSolutions, as vice president, finance and assistant treasurer, overseeing the financial planning and analysis and treasury organizations, and helped raise $450M in capital financing. Before joining Emergent BioSolutions, Simona spent 19 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) most recently as executive director, head of global corporate financial planning and analysis. She started her career with BMS in 2000, and has consistently demonstrated strong leadership in a variety of finance roles of increasing responsibility within global manufacturing, mergers and acquisitions, research & development, enterprise services and US pharmaceuticals, as finance lead for the cardiovascular, neuroscience, diabetes and Puerto Rico businesses. Simona also worked at the board of governors of the Federal Reserve in Washington, DC and in banking in South Africa. Simona serves as vice-chair on the global board of directors of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA). She has a BA in economics from Kalamazoo College, an MBA in finance from Columbia University, a Diploma in African Studies from the University of Cape Town and is a certified public accountant. Originally from Romania, Simona resides in Bethesda, MD with her husband, three active children and family dog. She enjoys travel, beach, exercise and family time.
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Secretary/Treasurer
Angela Gillespie
COO
W2O Group
Secretary/Treasurer
Angela Gillespie
COO

Angela has more than 20 years of experience in strategic healthcare marketing communications creating market-changing programs for more than 100 of the industry’s top healthcare innovators. She is an expert at translating complex clinical and technical information in a meaningful way that drives audience engagement and elicits a desired response. Her experience cuts across the entire healthcare ecosystem and includes focused expertise in: creative brand strategy, direct to consumer engagement, product lifecycle management and developing new and disruptive digital tools that drive measurable results. Angela has extensive experience across acute and chronic disease categories and has developed winning business solutions that uniquely drive market growth for the companies she has worked for and with. Angela completed her master’s degree in communication management with an emphasis in strategic marketing from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California and received her bachelor’s degree in speech communication from the University of Alabama.
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HBA CEO
Laurie Cooke*
President & CEO
Healthcare Businesswomen's Association
Laurie Cooke*
President & CEO

Laurie Cooke is the president and CEO of the HBA. Laurie is a dedicated advocate for gender parity, speaker, thought leader, PharmaVOICE 100 most inspiring people in life sciences and ASAE Mentor of the Year. Laurie served on PMI’s executive management team; and prior to nonprofit management work, she served in increasing senior roles ex-US with Hoechst, Hoechst Roussel, Hoechst Marion Roussel, and Aventis working across all pre-clinical to post approval areas including phase I biometrics, project management, process improvement, and late stage team effectiveness. Laurie began her career as a head hospital pharmacist in Washington State. Laurie graduated with a degree in microbiology from University of Maryland, advanced scientific degree in pharmacy from University of Washington, masters in Software Engineering Management from University of Luton, England. She is a licensed pharmacist and certified association executive. Laurie has lived and worked in Europe, New Zealand and both US coasts and currently lives in the Philadelphia main line with her husband and four active pets.
*Non-voting member

Directors at large

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Chair, Council of Chapter Presidents
Laura Butler
CEO
WorkLife Consulting, LLC
Chair, Council of Chapter Presidents
Laura Butler
CEO

Laura is an entrepreneur, public speaker and executive coach. As CEO of WorkLife Consulting, LLC, her intense determination is focused on guiding individuals, teams and organizations to impart purpose, and direction in addressing the challenges of the 21st Century. Laura’s experience in a variety of industries including health care, marketing, educational enrichment and customer service creates a multifaceted perspective that gives her a unique ability to facilitate diverse populations in both large and small teams. Laura and her team have created customized performance management programs and provided executive coaching and team facilitation for both profit and non-profit clients. A partial list includes Abbott Nutrition, Cardinal Health, Homeport, Medical Mutual, OhioHealth, NetJets, The Limited, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Nationwide Insurance, Sony Music, Wendy’s and The Ohio State University Department of Continuing Education.
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Adam Dubow
Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer
Bristol Myers Squibb
Adam Dubow
Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer

Adam is the Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer at Bristol-Myers Squibb. He oversees the company’s Compliance and Ethics organization, including the Centers of Expertise for Communication, Education, Procedural Documents and the Ombudsman; Monitoring and Analytics; Investigations and the Integrity Line; and Third-Party Due Diligence. Adam is a member of the Company’s Leadership Team and Law Department Senior Leadership Team. Before joining Bristol-Myers Squibb, Adam was a Partner at Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold, a products liability law firm in New York City. Adam joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1999 as counsel to the U.S., Pharmaceuticals Group’s Oncology, Virology and, subsequently, the Immunoscience divisions. In 2007, Adam moved to Singapore to serve as lead counsel for Asia Pacific and Japan. In 2009, Adam became lead counsel for Europe, Middle East and Africa based in Paris, France. He remained in that role for 3 ½ years before returning to the U.S., to begin a new function within the Company, Global and Corporate Policy. Adam continued in the Global and Corporate Policy role for 2 years before he was appointed counsel for the Intercontinental Region, and then as Head of Legal for the European Markets, Australia and Canada (EMAC) Region. Adam then served as the Head of the Research and Development Law Department before becoming the Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer in June 2018. Adam served as the Co-Chair of the Engaging Men work steam within the Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Network of Women (B-NOW) for 3 years. During his tenure as Co-Chair, male enrollment in B-NOW grew from under 50 male allies to over 1000. He also created workshops for male allies to help them serve as advocates and champions for the development and advancement of women. Adam currently is an advisor to B-NOW and was elected to serve on the Board of the HBA. Adam holds a Juris Doctor degree from Fordham Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University.
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La'Wana Harris
director, global leadership development
Sanofi
La'Wana Harris
director, global leadership development

As a Certified Diversity Executive, an ICF Certified Coach, and a global leadership development professional, La’Wana Harris has dedicated her career to supporting and developing talent. She has demonstrated success across a broad range of corporate functions including global leadership and organizational development, diversity and inclusion, people leadership, and project management. Spanning the decades of her professional career and social justice activism, La’Wana has received numerous industry and community awards. Most recently, La’Wana was recognized as one of 2018’s 100 Most Inspiring People in the life-sciences industry by PharmaVOICE magazine and received the Women in Leadership award from the National Black MBA Association. She is the author of two children’s book series and her upcoming book, “Diversity Beyond Lip Service: A Coaching Guide for Challenging Bias.” (May 2019) La’Wana received her B.S. Biology from Greensboro College. She and her husband have three adult children and one adorable grandson.
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Jaime Marks Corvino*
Director, Key Account Marketing
KPMG LLP
Jaime Marks Corvino*
Director, Key Account Marketing

Jaime Marks Corvino is an account director within KPMG LLP's life sciences sector. She brings nearly 15 years of industry experience, having worked within global management consulting, pharmaceutical manufacturer, and hospital settings across marketing, sales, program management, compliance, and change management functions. In her current role, Jaime serves as the global account director for one of KPMG's largest life sciences accounts and leads the account strategy, marketing, communications, training, onboarding, and analytics. Jaime is driven by her passion and personal mantra - "helping others achieve greatness while learning" - which has inspired her many years of volunteerism with the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association. Jaime has served in various roles championing inclusion and diversity through the HBA and KPMG. Most importantly, Jaime enjoys life in beautiful Bucks County, Pa with her husband Brian and children Cameron and Maeve.
*Non-voting member
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Gisela Paulsen
general manager, precision, oncology
Exact Sciences Corporation
Gisela Paulsen
general manager, precision, oncology

Gisela Paulsen is a global life sciences executive with commercial, clinical operations and finance experience and a passion for driving agile, people focused change management to accelerate clinical trials and ensuring patient access by leading strategic vision, managing cross-functional operational challenges and driving growth that creates sustainable, long-term value for shareholders, stakeholders and employees. She joined Genentech in 2005 and currently is Senior Vice President, Product Development, Clinical Operations, where she responsible for oversight of Clinical Operations for Roche Product Development and leadership of a 3,000-person workforce globally. Previous leadership roles at Genentech include: Global Head, Product Development, Global Product Strategy and Late-Stage Portfolio Finance; VP, Access Solutions, Franchise Head, Virology Marketing & Sales; Senior Director, Thought Leaders Services & Commercial Compliance; Senior Director, BioOncology Marketing, Communication and Operations; and Director of the Independent Medical Education Department. A champion of diversity and inclusion, she was a founding Officer of Genentech Women Professionals (GWP) in 2009, GWP Co-Chair in 2009-2011. She has served as President, Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) San Francisco Chapter, is a Trustee of CuriOdyssey, a science museum for children, and a Board Director of the Genentech Foundation. She received her undergraduate degree in Pharmacy and a Masters in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery from University of Uppsala, Sweden. She practiced pharmacy in a clinical setting before moving to the United States in 1995.
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Liz Paulson
strategic account executive
LexisNexis Risk Solutions Health Care
Liz Paulson
strategic account executive

Liz Paulson has over 25 years of varied experience in healthcare as a provider, a sales and marketing executive, and in the clinical research sector. Currently Ms. Paulson serves as a Account Executive at LexisNexis Healthcare. She works with claims data to develop commercial strategies for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies and is the chair of the Women’s Connected group for King of Prussia. Prior to joining LexisNexis, Liz worked in the development of new product offerings, marketing and sales at Adheris an inVentiv Health company. Liz has also worked in Health Economics and Outcomes Research at i3 Innouvs (now Optum), Pharmetrics, and IMS. Prior to her work in Health Economics, she worked in sales for Eli Lilly. Prior to working in the Pharmaceutical and Biotech sector, she worked within the Departments of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities in Massachusetts, providing behavioral consulting and emergency services to patients. In addition, she worked to develop medication training programs across both DMH and DDS, to foster patient compliance, and reduce hospitalizations. Ms. Paulson holds a B.A. in Psychology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She has been a member of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Boston Chapter since 2004, volunteering on the membership and programs committee, and has held all positions on the Executive Committee for the Boston Chapter and is currently serving her second year on the HBA corporate board as the lead for the regional councils and all chapter and affiliate executive teams. In her free time she coaches girls soccer and basketball.
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Rita Ribeiro
Oncology Medical Effectiveness
Bristol Myers Squibb
Rita Ribeiro
Oncology Medical Effectiveness

Rita Ribeiro is a marketing leader with 20 years of global and US healthcare experience in pharmaceutical, medical diagnostics, and services organizations. A recognized expert in digital and multichannel marketing, she leads branding and positioning initiatives, strategic industry alliances and partnerships focused on growth and digital transformation. Rita’s expertise in cross-channel solutions led to the development of award-winning life sciences healthcare campaigns. She is known for her strategic marketing vision and for developing and coaching women and men at all levels of the organization. Rita holds an MBA in marketing management from Pace University and a certificate in strategic marketing from Columbia University in New York. Rita currently serves as deputy regional director of the NY/NJ Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) mentoring program and is part of the HBA’s Digital Innovators global committee. Additionally, she is an elected member of the board of directors and strategic development committee chair of the United Way of Greater Mercer County.
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Julie Ross
President
Advanced Clinical
Julie Ross
President

Julie Ross is president of Advanced Clinical, a full service, global outsourcing solutions provider to the clinical research industry. She is a tenured executive leader and has been instrumental in the development and success of multiple sales and clinical operations divisions. Previously, Julie served as senior vice president, global strategic services for a $2B, top five CRO and had oversight of eight global functional areas focused on innovative methods for reducing the time and cost within clinical trials inclusive of feasibility, patient recruitment and retention. Prior to that, she was a corporate officer and EVP of a full-service CRO and patient recruitment company. Julie has over 25 years of clinical research experience, has participated in fundraising, mergers and acquisitions, authored many clinical research articles and is a well-known industry speaker. She is a change management expert who has successfully led multiple company integrations, implemented a variety of cutting edge technologies and platforms, and served six years as board president for a nonprofit community group where she navigated a headquarter change twice and raised money through angel investors. Personally, Julie is a wife, a mom to four grown children and practices servant leadership. Julie is a 2014 and 2016 recipient of PharmaVOICE’s Top 100 Most Inspiring People and is currently serving as a director at large on the HBA board. Julie is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse with a bachelor's degree in nuclear medicine technology.
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Erik Smith
principal, strategy & analytics
Deloitte LLP
Erik Smith
principal, strategy & analytics

Erik D. Smith, Ph.D. is a Principal with Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy Practice. For over 15 years, he’s worked across health care, including manufacturers, payers, providers and others in the space – both in the US and around the world. The majority of Erik’s work has focused on the commercial side of bio-pharma, covering corporate, BU, franchise, product and country levels, across numerous therapeutic areas, asset and product stages. Erik has delivered new strategies and tested those already in use, for clients at all levels, including Boards. He’s launched innovation initiatives, and updated risk management programs. Erik brings particular expertise in understanding uncertainty, both for long-term strategy and for short-term tactics. He’s an advanced user of scenario planning and other simulation approaches, has published on the subject, and taught training courses. With HBA, Erik has served on the Advisory Board of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, and more recently on the Advisory Board for the West Region as well as the Strategic Alliances Committee for the Board. Erik holds both a Ph.D. in demography and an M.A. in socio-cultural anthropology from University of California. Berkeley, and a B.A. in political science, with minors in social ecology and philosophy, from UC Irvine.
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Jhaymee Tynan*
Assistant Vice President, Integration
Atrium Health
Jhaymee Tynan*
Assistant Vice President, Integration

Jhaymee Tynan, FACHE® is Assistant Vice President, Integration, Atrium Health, a $10 billion-dollar integrated healthcare system in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. In her current role, Ms. Tynan leads the system’s Integration Management Office (IMO), which provides day-to-day operations and strategy leadership for post-merger integration activities with current and new partners. During her tenure at Atrium Health, she has led several high impact strategy projects, including the development of world-class growth plans for oncology and pediatrics service lines. Board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow, she is a 2018 Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Scholar – a prestigious executive development program prepares senior level careerists for C-suite positions at hospitals and health systems. Jhaymee has received several industry and community accolades. In 2018, she received the Charlotte Business Journal Forty under 40 Award and the Becker’s Healthcare Rising Star under 40 Award. Jhaymee received a M.B.A. from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, a master’s degree in project management from The George Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Virginia Tech. She is married to her husband Brian and has two fur babies, Agnes (mini-Goldendoodle) and Kenji (Ragdoll cat).
*Non-voting member