HBA Orange County Announces Honored Volunteer and Spark Award Winners

The HBA Orange County is honored to announce our first
volunteer award winners for 2020

The Honored Volunteer award recognizes an individual that has shown outstanding service and excellence in volunteering. This quarterly award highlights enthusiastic and energetic volunteers who have made exceptional contributions and demonstrated a strong commitment to the HBA.

Karen Jimenea, executive director, medical affairs operations, Abbvie

The first volunteer from HBA Orange County to be selected for this honor is Karen Jimenea. Like most of our board, Karen joined the chapter in January. She hit the ground running and took it upon herself to learn her role as DAL of programming. She got up to speed very quickly and by mid-February, the chapter had its first program on the books, thanks to her efforts.

By March, Karen had a major speaker booked at Allergan with more than 100 registrants. She led and managed every aspect of this program, working with the speaker, coordinating with Allergan and the HBA, ordering food, marketing and even driving attendance. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the event was canceled.

That didn’t stop Karen. She pivoted quickly and worked with the board to implement a robust virtual program, averaging two to three events per month. Karen has been an invaluable HBA Orange County board member and an all-star volunteer—she even inspires the Pacific Region programming team with her positive energy and attitude.

We are so thankful for Karen’s outstanding volunteer contribution to our chapter.

Laura Wang, consultant, Insigniam

Byeol Yeo, account supervisor, Sullivan & Sampson PR

The peer-nominated Spark award recognizes the contributions of volunteers that have demonstrated consistency, collaboration, dependability and a positive attitude. This month, our Spark award winners are both on the marketing and communications committee and their “little bursts of awesomeness” have made a big difference in planning and promoting our events. Congratulations to Laura Wang and Byeol Yeo.

When COVID-19 first hit and we had to quickly switch to virtual programming, Laura stepped up right away and offered three diverse programs hosted by Insigniam. She coordinated each program, working with speakers, the chapter's programming team and the HBA to implement and market the programs. She even facilitated the discussions during the events. She has also been a key part of the marketing and communications committee, leading the social media promotion for events—a big job since all promotions have gone virtual. She is proactive and a pleasure to work with. We are so lucky to have her as part of our chapter.

Byeol is someone who is always ready to jump in and help wherever she is needed. When we are racing to get a job done, we can always count on her to come to the rescue. She provides support to the entire marketing and communications committee and we are thankful for her behind-the-scenes volunteer work.