Spotlight On: Linda Secola Volunteer of the Year Award

We are excited to announce the 1st recipient of this annual award, Mike Pacewicz of Rondo-Pak. Mike has been a valued member of the Marketing Committee since joining Diversity Alliance for Science in 2016. He has played an integral part in evolving the organization’s overall marketing strategy and reshaping the brand. In addition to volunteering, Mike also spearheads Rondo-Pak’s community outreach efforts including his support for Camden’s Ray and Joan Kroc Center’s volunteer events. Recently, Mike explained that, “being a part of Diversity Alliance for Science has been a rewarding experience because of the relationships I’ve built through my committee involvement as well as having the opportunity be a part of the organization’s growth. Working with DA4S has also been a tremendous value toward my personal growth and development.”

Join us in congratulating Mike and thanking him for his continued efforts and commitment to support the mission of this organization! 

On June 29, 2017, our fellow Diversity Alliance for Science member and friend, Linda Secola, tragically passed away in a fatal accident near her home in North Carolina. An entrepreneur and, as described by her close friends, “a force to be reckoned with in a positive way,” Linda was passionate about serving her community and dedicated her time to make a difference for others.

Linda’s successful career in the pharmaceutical industry began with Pfizer where she spent more than a decade working as a District Manager in the Greater Chicago area, and later became a National Account Manager for Parke-Davis (Pfizer). Following Pfizer, she was Vice President of Healthcare Systems at Ascend Therapeutics. In 2008, Linda founded Encompass Healthcare Solutions where she remained the President of the company until the time of her passing.

Linda was an active member of her community as well as the supplier diversity network including Diversity Alliance for Science. Linda became a DA4S member in 2015 and was involved in the 2017 Workshop Committee, helping create the well-received “Eight That Innovate” workshop. Linda made a lasting impression on those she met and had a unique ability to remember names and personal details about people after only briefly meeting them. She was kind, charismatic, and many will remember her pitch: “the AH HAH moment”. Linda’s involvement in her community included the participation in various charity organizations and volunteering for the Jimmy V Foundation, an organization focused on providing grants for cutting-edge cancer research.

Linda was regarded as someone who always wanted to give, with nothing being too big for her. To honor Linda’s selfless spirit including her dedication to serving patients and advocating for the supplier diversity community, Diversity Alliance for Science introduced a new award to our slate for 2018. The “Linda Secola Volunteer of the Year Award” recognizes an outstanding volunteer who consistently volunteers their services for various roles within Diversity Alliance for Science, whose unselfish and dedicated service to DA4S makes a significant difference in the enhancement of the services and successful events provided for its members.

To learn more about how you can influence the future of Diversity Alliance for Science, please contact Dee Knopp.

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