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Winners Unveiled at the 2018 LTEN Annual Conference

Wednesday, June 13, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nannette Nolan
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Roanoke, VA, June 13, 2018 - Winners of the 4th Annual LTEN Excellence Awards were unveiled today at the 47th LTEN Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ. The international competition recognizes innovation and leadership in life sciences learning and development. The award ceremony was live streamed and the footage can be viewed here, along with the portion of the event that acknowledged this year's charitable donation to the Phoenix Children's Hospital. 

The awards were presented and sponsored by the Life Sciences Trainers & Educators Network (LTEN), the world’s largest professional association of life sciences trainers and educators. The LTEN Excellence Awards honors life sciences training professionals in several categories, as well as designating LTEN Members of the Year.

The ceremony included inducting two long-time LTEN members and leaders, Bob Rodman and Steve Rauschkolb, into the LTEN Hall of Fame.

Rodman's long history with LTEN started in 1972 as one of the earliest members when the organization was known as the National Society for Pharmaceutical Sales Trainers (NSPST) and later, the Society for Pharmaceutical and Biotech Trainers (SPBT). Rodman served as the business manager from 1995-2003, director of educational services from 2003-2008, and administrative support and consultant to the organization from 2008-2010.

Rauschkolb, director of learning and development for IQVIA, joined NSPST in 1995 and served as the organization's board president from in 2000 and 2003. Rauschkolb was the co-creator of the association's Hall of Fame. 

Through the LTEN Excellence Awards competition, practitioners and suppliers enter learning initiatives and training content in various categories for recognition of excellence. The LTEN Excellence Awards was designed and developed in partnership with the LTEN Advisory Council and LTEN Board of Directors. The judging panel was comprised of experienced professionals working in the life sciences education and training field. Finalists are selected by a diverse group of life sciences training experts and thought leaders and, from that group of finalists, winners are awarded in each category.

The 2018 awards competition featured a new category, Training for Change, honoring training leaders who have led initiatives to help guide their teams, departments or organization through times of change, such as mergers, restructurings, launches or business re-engineering. The award recognizes training’s role in agilely managing change and helping to create an environment for change and innovation. Award category descriptions and list of past winners are available at

“It's our great honor every year to be able to recognize the truly incredible work these life sciences training professionals do every day,” said Dawn Brehm, LTEN executive director. “The awards program includes categories honoring individuals, training teams, industry partnerships and creative content and innovative approaches. It's truly inspiring to see the level of work that goes into life sciences training, and we're proud to be able to give these professionals the credit they deserve.”

This year's Members of the Year are:

  • Jennifer Muszik, Roche Diagnostics
  • Melissa Lowe, Philips
  • Bill Dewey, Indivior
  • Jill Fenton, Quantum Learning
  • John Constantine, Orchestrall

The winners of the year’s competition within the practitioner (trainer/educator) categories are:

Training for Change

  • Genentech, CMG Training & Development, 2017 Fall Offsite Action Team

All-Star Team (tie)

  • Genentech Immunology & Ophthalmology (GIO)Lucentis/Xolair Training Teams

Team Members:Mark Jarvis, ‎Associate Director of Training; Kristi Ciro-Baumann, Principal Training Manager; Michelle Soto, Manager; Vince Cavaliere, Senior Trainer; Clare Killeen, Senior Trainer; and Julie Walsh, Senior Training Coordinator

  • Teva Pharmaceuticals Commercial Training and Development

Team Members:Jon Miller, VP of Training Development & Sales EffectivenessChloe Bangs, Sr. Training Specialist; Jennifer Bryan, Director – Therapeutic Lead; Melissa Butera, Manager of Professional Development; Olivia Carney, Digital Learning & Technology Specialist; Mildred Colon, Training Manager – Oncology; Cynthia Condodina, Director of Professional Development & Market Access; Deirdre Ehinger, Executive Coordinator; Alain Gravel, Training Manager – TCI; Wesley Hamm, Learning Technology & Product Launch; Michael Kelly, POA/New Product Launch; Charles Gurera, Senior Manager Training – Market Access; Angela Nordhus, Manager TN Training; Anna Pidlisny, Sr Sales Training Specialist – Respiratory; Jeff Riggs Associate Director – CNS Training; Rachel Rowley, Strategic Operations & Learning Technologies; John Severoni, Manager for CNS East; John Strachan, Instructional Designer; David Sunshine, Associate Director – Respiratory; and Helen Wirstiuk, Senior Sales Training

Emerging Leader

  • Shelby Guhl, Siemens Healthineers

Innovation (tie)

  • Gilead Sciences CL&D, Learning Technologies Team
  • Gilead Sciences – Kel Greene

Provider categories include Innovation, Partnership and Learning Content. Winners of the provider (training supplier) categories are:

Innovation (tie)

  • Knowledge Anywhere
  • Scrimmage

Learning Content (tie)

  • Illuminate
  • TalentSmart

Industry Partner (tie)

  • Axiom
  • CMR Institute

For more information on the LTEN Excellence Awards, please visit




The Life Sciences Trainers & Educators Network ( is the only global 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization specializing in meeting the needs of life sciences learning professionals. LTEN shares the knowledge of industry leaders, provides insight into new technologies, offers innovative solutions and communities of practice that grow careers and organizational capabilities. Founded in 1971, LTEN has grown to more than 1,900 individual members who work in pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and diagnostic companies, and industry partners who support the life sciences training departments.


For more information, contact Nannette Nolan, LTEN director of marketing communications,

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