2024 Feather in Her Cap and High Flyer Award Winners Named for Outstanding Achievements in Animal Health Industry
Andrea J. Gonzales, Ph.D., at Zoetis received 2024 Feather in Her Cap; Katharina Bohnenblust, Ph.D., at Elanco Animal Health was awarded 2024 High Flyer award.
ORLANDO, Fla. (January 16, 2024) – The Feather in Her Cap Association, Inc. and 300 industry leaders honored 11 women for their outstanding career achievements in Animal Health at the seventh annual Feather in Her Cap awards ceremony. Andrea J. Gonzales Ph.D., vice president of Global Companion Animal Therapeutics at Zoetis, Inc., (NYSE: ZTS) was awarded the 2024 Feather in Her Cap award and Katharina Bohnenblust Ph.D., senior director, head of Formulation Development at Elanco Animal Health (NYSE: ELAN) was this year’s recipient of the 2024 High Flyer award.
The awards were started in 2017 by a group of veterans of the Animal Health industry to celebrate the achievements of women in the Animal Health industry and serve to inspire the next generation of industry leaders.
“This year’s field of nominees and our award winners Andrea and Katharina are outstanding leaders whose accomplishments range from developing blockbuster veterinary therapeutics to creating new animal health startups to building a sustainable future,” said Julia Stephanus, president of the Feather in Her Cap Association. “These are the leaders that are moving our industry forward. We are honored to provide a spotlight on their success.”
2024 Feather in Her Cap Winner: Dr. Andrea Gonzales –
Vice President of Global Companion Animal Therapeutics, Zoetis
The Feather in Her Cap Award is given to a woman with at least 10 years in the Animal Health industry who has made significant contributions to her field and exhibited a commitment to mentoring women in the industry.
Dr. Gonzales holds a Doctorate in Toxicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Michigan. She leads a group of 40 scientists at Zoetis. Her passion is to build an innovative R&D pipeline of animal health therapeutics. She joined the company in 2007 as part of the Companion Animal Internal Medicine group. Her teams have worked relentlessly to deliver first-in-class approvals of therapeutics including Apoquel® (oclacitinib) and Cytopoint (lokivetmab) for canine atopic/allergic dermatitis, and most recently Solensia™ (frunevetmab) and Librela™ (bedinvetmab) to control pain associated with osteoarthritis in cats and dogs, respectively. As a mentor, she respects the uniqueness of each mentee and aspires to listen, support, share successes and failures, provide growth opportunities, and inspire others to want to achieve their personal best.
Each year, the Feather in Her Cap award winner chooses an animal-related non-profit organization to receive a $5,000 donation. This year, Dr. Gonzales chose Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, as the recipient. Opened in 1969 as the first therapeutic riding center built especially for the purpose of serving those with special needs in North America, the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center serves riders of all ages who have physical, emotional or cognitive disabilities. Cheff’s mission is to enhance the lives of individuals who have special needs through equine assisted services while leading the industry in education.
This year’s Feather in Her Cap nominees included:
- Caroline Belmont – Vice President, US Global Innovation and US Regulatory Affairs, Boehringer Ingelheim
- Katie Cook – Vice President, Global Farm Animal Innovation, Livestock Sustainability & US Marketing, Elanco Animal Health
- Divya Divakaran, M.V.Sc. – Assistant General Manager, Natural Remedies
- Tyre Grant Ph.D. – Vice President, Global Product Development and Project Management, Elanco Animal Health
- Laura Villarreal Ph.D. – Executive Director, Livestock Business Unit, Brazil, MSD Animal Health
- Kim Young – President, KC Animal Health Corridor
2024 High Flyer Award Winner: Dr. Katharina Bohnenblust –
Senior Director, Head of Formulation Development, Elanco
The High Flyer Award was established in 2022 and is given to a woman with 4-10 years in the Animal Health industry who has achieved at least one major accomplishment and demonstrates a working relationship with a mentor in the industry.
Dr. Bohnenblust holds a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Technology from the University of Düsseldorf. She joined Elanco in 2016 as a laboratory manager in formulation development. In 2021, she began leading a pharmaceutical development unit and since 2022 she has led a global team of formulation development experts. She developed the new Elanco JAK-inhibitor formulation and manufacturing process from the first prototypes to scale-up. While assuming more management responsibility and leading a larger team, she supported the scientists through submission and product launch readiness. Dr. Bohnenblust also serves as a mentor for young female scientists encouraging them to achieve next steps in their careers, grow their professional networks, and learn to balance the needs of the business with scientific discovery.
This year’s High Flyer nominees included:
- Christine Colamonico, DVM – Founder, Jope – Joy of Pets
- Elizabeth Creveling – Senior Director, Inclusion & Engagement, Zoetis
- Yumiko Domen – Manager, Regulatory Affairs Group, R&D Division, ISK – Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha
New Feather in Her Cap Association, Inc. President
After serving a four-year term as president of the Feather in Her Cap Association, Julia Stephanus, partner at Borealis Ventures, will pass the presidency to president-elect, Christine Jenkins, DVM, DACVIM. She is a long-serving volunteer director at Feather in Her Cap Association and recently retired Animal Health and Veterinary leader who held senior leadership roles at Hill’s Pet Nutrition and most recently at Zoetis.
Follow the Feather in Her Cap on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/feather-in-her-cap-awards and at www.featherinhercap.org. The nomination process will reopen in Q3 of 2024 to celebrate more outstanding women in Animal Health in 2025.
About the Feather in Her Cap Association, Inc.
The Feather in Her Cap Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the achievements of women in the animal health industry.
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Women Leaders in Animal Health Industry Recognized with 6TH Annual Feather in Her CapSMAwards
ORLANDO, January 17, 2023 More than 250 attended the sixth annual Feather in Her Cap Award celebration on January 16, 2023, recognizing women leaders in the animal health industry for their significant contributions. Two awards were given this year, the Feather in Her Cap Award and the High Flyer Award.
The 2023 Feather in Her Cap Award was given to Dr. Véronique Kodjo, a leader in global manufacturing, supply chain and quality in the animal health industry. The 2023 High Flyer Award was given to Saba Belay, a leader in data analytics.
Dr. Kodjo is Executive Vice President, Head of Global Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Quality at Ceva Santé Animale. She has led international teams in areas ranging from marketing, R&D and quality to her current specialization in manufacturing. Dr. Kodjo became the global head of manufacturing for two of the top animal health companies overseeing 19 manufacturing sites in 10 countries as well as the supply chain for a global multi-billion-dollar business. She optimized manufacturing capabilities with significant facility upgrades including construction of a 200€ million manufacturing facility. Dr. Kodjo holds a DVM from École Nationale Vétérinaire de Lyon.
In addition to her business leadership, Dr. Kodjo has been an inspiring role model and mentor for many in the industry, promoting women in manufacturing, supply chain, and site direction.
The 2023 High Flyer Award was given to Saba Belay, Head, Commercial Data Science and Analytics Engineering at Zoetis. She leads a cross-functional team developing tools that leverage advanced analytics to drive sales and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of digital marketing initiatives, field force, and inside sales representatives. Ms. Belay holds MS degrees from Rutgers and University of Arkansas. She received the first-ever High Flyer award.
Ms. Belay runs a mentorship program in Ethiopia for underprivileged women with strong math and science aptitude to support their education, personally providing full financial support and housing for participants.
About The Feather in Her Cap Award
The award was established in 2017 to honor women who have made outstanding contributions in animal health through scientific, industrial, or commercial excellence and by demonstrating commitment to mentoring women. In addition to Veronique Kodjo, the award winner, nominees included:
- Louise Grubb, MBS, BSc, Dip Diet – CEO and Founder, TriviumVet
- Rhonda La Fleur, PhD – Principal Scientist, Merck Animal Health
- Roxanne Lagano, JD – Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer and Global Operations, Zoetis
- Laura Letendre, PhD, DABT— Executive Director of Drug Safety and DMPK, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health
- Fatou Sow, PhD— General Manager, Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Medicine Belgium
- Anne Traas, DVM, Dipl ACT— Chief Development Officer, Scout Bio, Inc.
About The High Flyer Award
The award was established in 2022 to honor a mid-career professional woman with 4-10 years in the animal health industry who has achieved at least one major accomplishment, and demonstrates a working relationship with a mentor in the industry. In addition to Sabay Belay, the award winner, nominees included:
- Samantha Peck, BS – Channel Excellence Senior Analyst, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health
- Amanda Welsh, MBA – Director of Marketing, US Cattle Business, Merck Animal Health
- Jessica Wofford, DVM, PhD – Senior Scientist, Non-Infectious Disease Research, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health
About The World Poultry Foundation
The animal-related charity selected by the Feather in Her Cap winner for a $5000 donation was the World Poultry Foundation. The World Poultry Foundation’s mission is to be a catalyst for improving lives globally through the sustainable production of poultry by empowering farmers in developing regions to increase their income, develop resilience to economic shocks, consume a healthier diet, and increase engagement throughout their communities.
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June 20, 2022
Feather In Her Cap Association announced the addition of a second award to honor the accomplishments of up-and-coming women leaders in the animal health industry.