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2019 Jefferson Award Recipients

Sherri Davis, Jefferson Award Winner

Sherri Davis

Director, small group sales and client management, Highmark West Virginia

Sherri Davis is the director of small group sales and client management at Highmark West Virginia Inc., where she is responsible for identifying and attaining new business as well as retention. Davis has held several positions within the company since she began her career in 1990, and holds a degree from Mountain State College and a certificate of leadership from Ohio Valley University. Inspired by seeing the many talents of individuals with disabilities, Davis volunteers her time to SW Resources, a nonprofit community-based rehabilitation facility which provides employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities and meaningful services to the community. Davis has served on the board of directors for SW Resources as a member, vice chair, and chair. She is also a member of Rotary, a service organization which brings together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services.

Judy King, Jefferson Award Winner

Judy King

Senior project manager, Highmark, Inc.

Judy King is a senior project manager at Highmark Inc., where she oversees various projects related to benefits. Outside of her work, King is a passionate advocate for volunteerism, donating her time over the last ten years to a variety of organizations in her community. At the Conner M. Holland Foundation and Caitlin Smiles, King participates in annual drives for pajamas and craft supplies for children with cancer and children in the hospital. At her ministries and churches, including Isaiah 61 Ministries, Wrenched Hearts, and Zion Lutheran Church of Dauphin, King volunteers in various programs which provide food and services to the homeless and less fortunate. At Zion Lutheran Church, King also serves on the counsel and outreach committee. King volunteers at the Special Olympics, where she coordinates a cookie drive for athletes and volunteers, and is a ribbon writer on event days. Additionally, King volunteers her time for events at Duncannon EMS/PCRA and the PA Dairymen's Association Farm Show. King currently resides in Dauphin, Pa.

Meggan Merritt, Jefferson Award Winner

Meggan Merritt

Manager, customer service, Highmark West Virginia

Meggan Merritt is a manager of customer service at Highmark West Virginia Inc., where she is responsible for overseeing customer service operations for Medicare Advantage members. Prior to her current role, Merritt served on the complaint resolution team as a lead customer service advocate and supervisor. She holds a bachelor's degree in business from West Virginia University at Parkersburg. In the spirit of serving others, Merritt founded the Boggsstrong Foundation, an organization which honors her brother's memory through its charitable donations. The foundation provides financial assistance to children and families in the local community, donating basic needs, clothing, sporting equipment, as well as scholarships. Merritt's passion for volunteerism is driven by the legacy of her brother, who believed in helping anyone in need and gave much of his time to local children and the community.

Satish Muluk, MD, Jefferson Award Winner

Satish Muluk, MD

Director, vascular surgery, Allegheny Health Network

Satish Muluk, MD, is the system director of vascular surgery at Allegheny Health Network (AHN), where he has served in other clinical roles including director of the vascular noninvasive laboratory at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) and co-director of the AGH advanced wound healing and lymphedema center. He also holds academic appointments as professor of surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine and program director of the vascular surgery residency and fellowship programs. Dr. Muluk has authored over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and has given over 60 invited talks on surgery and clinical research. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree and Doctor of Medicine from Boston University and is cited in numerous "Best Doctors" lists. In addition to his clinical, research, and academic roles, Dr. Muluk is also an active volunteer at the Chinmaya Mission Pittsburgh, an organization dedicated to teaching the values of Vedanta, a fundamental philosophy underlying Hinduism, through spiritual, educational, and charitable activities. Dr. Muluk donates his time as a teacher, administrator, and board member to the organization, teaching this self-development philosophy to children.

Audrie Noll, Jefferson Award Winner

Audrie Noll

Associate capability manager, HM Health Solutions

Audrie Noll is an associate capability manager at HM Health Solutions and is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Organizational Development and Leadership at Shippensburg University. Inspired by the power of community and the lives of women and girls with Turner Syndrome, Noll also volunteers as the Local Resource Group Leader of Pennsylvania for the Turner Syndrome Society of the United States. Each year, Noll runs the group's two major fundraisers: The Chasing Butterflies Walk and Turner Up: Battle of the Bands for Turner Syndrome, as well as hosts Paint Date events throughout the year. Noll also volunteers as a counselor for the National Turner Syndrome Camp, which is an experience dedicated to enabling teens and young women with Turner Syndrome to gain confidence and realize their full potential through friends, exploration of the arts, and healthy living.

Victor Parker, Jefferson Award Winner

Victor Parker

Regional sales director, HM Insurance Group

Victor Parker is a regional sales director for HM Insurance Group. In Parker's hometown of Syracuse, NY, he served on several boards of directors focusing on animal welfare and families in need and currently serves on the board of directors for Leadership Greater Syracuse. Passionate about serving his community, Parker immediately became involved in several programs after moving to Cincinnati, Ohio in 2016. He is a graduate of Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's leadership program C-Change, serves as a committee member of Fall Feast, an annual event which feeds hundreds of homeless individuals and families in need on Thanksgiving, and volunteers at local animal shelters. Parker is also a Big Brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati program. He spends time with his Little Brother, Christian, taking him to various sporting events, and mentoring him around life, school, sports, and hobbies.

Mark Sciacca, Jefferson Award Winner

Mark Sciacca

Practice manager of pulmonary, critical care, sleep and allergy, Allegheny Health Network

Mark Sciacca is the practice manager of pulmonary, critical care, sleep, and allergy for Allegheny Health Network (AHN). He comes from a health care/public health consulting background, and has worked with a healthcare startup company in Chicago, focused on value-based health care for seniors in underserved communities. An avid sports fan, Sciacca also spent time working as the UIC Men's Basketball play-by-play broadcaster. His background in aiding different organizations with health policy, community engagement, and educating seniors on the importance of preventative health has inspired him also actively volunteer with the American Lung Association (ALA) of the Mid-Atlantic. He is involved in a variety of initiatives including fundraising, event planning, community engagement, and health advocacy. He also serves on the ALA board of directors as the board chair, supporting their mission of improving the lung health of the Mid-Atlantic region.

Mark Sciacca, Jefferson Award Winner

Michael Simon, RN

Nurse Recruiter, Allegheny General Hospital

Michael Simon, RN, is a second career nurse with a background in government service, working with at-risk youth throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Michael currently serves as a Highmark Health nurse recruiter for Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) nursing administration, and has served for several years at AGH in various roles as a nurse and unit director. Passionate about community service, Michael has also served on the board of directors of the Southwest Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders 2017-2018 City of Pittsburgh as the Emerging Nurse Leader.

With a background in health care and leadership, Michael founded Picnic in the Park, an annual event which provides health screenings, clothing donations, and a BBQ lunch for the homeless living on the North Side of Pittsburgh. Michael designed Picnic in the Park to help local nursing students develop their nursing and leadership skills while providing proactive health care to populations in need. Over the past six years, Picnic in the Park has served more than 500 homeless individuals.

Robin Steiner, RN, Jefferson Award Winner

Robin Steiner, RN

Registered Nurse, Allegheny Health Network

Robin Steiner, RN, is a nurse in the non-invasive lab at Allegheny General Hospital, where she has worked in several other units since 1989. Steiner holds a Master's Degree in nursing and business and has earned the highest level of achievement and a number of accolades in the Professional Development Program at National Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Outside of the hospital, Steiner has been a highly active volunteer to the Civil Air Patrol, USA Air Force Auxiliary in West Mifflin, Pa, since 2001, where she dedicates at least 20 hours a week to the program. Steiner serves as the deputy commander for seniors, leadership officer, and color guard coach, and has previously served as squadron commander for ten years, group 1 deputy commander, certified flight instructor and check pilot, and orientation pilot for the cadet program. Since 2010, Steiner has coached the color guard team which she started in 2005 to regional, state, and national level competitions, and volunteers for various other programs holding different leadership positions for Cadet Training Schools, Fort Ligonier Days, and Wreaths Across America. While working full time and leading a highly active squadron, Steiner served as part time faculty for three years at the Community College of Allegheny County teaching in the aviation program. Steiner's volunteerism is inspired by seeing young adults transform into confident leaders as well as the opportunity to serve her country. She continues to be actively involved in her local squadron and assisting her son, who is current squadron commander.

Kenneth VanTine, Jefferson Award Winner

Kenneth VanTine

Supervisor, Intake Coordination, Highmark Inc.

Kenneth VanTine is a supervisor of intake coordination for the pharmacy support team at Highmark Inc. In addition to his role at Highmark, VanTine is a volunteer fireman for the past 24 years and currently serves as the assistant chief at Arnold Volunteer Engine Company #2. During this time, VanTine has served in a number of other leadership roles including vice president, treasurer, and lieutenant. He was also an emergency medical technician for a number of years. Each year, VanTine's fire department collects donations for the Salvation Army and provides cookies to the public during the holiday season. VanTine believes that being a volunteer fireman means you are providing service to someone in their most dire time of need and asking for nothing in return, not because it's part of your title, but because it's simply a part of who you are as a person.

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