Five AstraZeneca Employees Given Jefferson Awards for Exceptional Volunteerism

WILMINGTON, Del.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Jefferson Awards for Public Service were awarded to five AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) employees Monday, recognizing significant contributions to their local communities through volunteerism. The Jefferson Awards is a national recognition program that honors individuals across the country who perform outstanding community and public service.

Pharmaceutical sales specialist Kendra Neely-Martin was recognized for her work with at-risk girls in St. Louis through the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Neely-Martin will attend the National Jefferson Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C. in June, when she will be considered for its national award.

“As we reviewed the nominations, it was abundantly clear that AstraZeneca employees spend countless hours and energy to improve the well-being of their communities across the country,” said David Nicoli, vice president, Corporate Affairs, AstraZeneca and Jefferson Awards trustee and member of the National Board of Selectors. “We could not be more proud of the contributions our employees are making in their hometowns.”

AstraZeneca, a sponsor of the Jefferson Awards for the last three years, also recognized the following employees for their dedication of time and commitment to make a significant impact on their community or a nonprofit organization:

  • Rebecca Hall-Cary, a pharmaceutical sales specialist from Panama City, Fla., who volunteers her time and skills at Bethel Village, a long-term, structured residential addiction recovery program for women.
  • Maureen Martin, an executive pharmaceutical sales specialist from Palm Desert, Cal., an active member of the Soroptimist International organization, dedicated to improving the lives of young Latina girls who suffer from chronic health conditions.
  • Nancy Moshel, an executive director, information management & administration, from Landenburg, Pa., who serves as CEO of Supporting Kidds, an organization that provides support and education for bereaved children.
  • Jerry Valentine, a group internal audit leader from Wilmington, Del., who serves as chairman of the IMPACT Delaware Tobacco Prevention Coalition.

Click here for links to videos of our employees talking about volunteering in their communities.

Serving as a mentor for at-risk African American girls, Neely-Martin has worked tirelessly for the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority for two decades. As chair of the educational development for the St. Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of DST, Neely-Martin oversees the Delta Academy, a national program created to provide health and wellness training as well as instill the values necessary to build a solid community.

“As a mentor under our education thrust, Kendra proved to be a visionary and ultimately took over as chairperson of our educational development program,” said Iris G. Fersuson, former chapter president of the St. Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of DST. “She is tireless in her devotion to the mission of lifting up our community and especially our children.”

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.

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