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RAPS to Honor Lena Cordie, Alan McEmber for Outstanding Community Leadership

Posted 28 September 2018 | By Zachary Brousseau 

RAPS to Honor Lena Cordie, Alan McEmber for Outstanding Community Leadership

RAPS has announced the recipients of its 2018 Community Leadership Award. They are: Lena Cordie, president, Qualitas Professional Services, and Alan McEmber, MS, RAC, head, therapeutic area regulatory strategy, Shire. The Community Leadership Award recognizes RAPS members who have helped build thriving local networks, supported fellow regulatory professionals and acted as RAPS ambassadors. Cordie and McEmber will be honored and receive their awards next week during RAPS’ annual Regulatory Convergence conference, being held in Vancouver.

“Community is the essence of RAPS, and dedicated members like Lena Cordie and Alan McEmber, help make our community the vital, passionate and supportive one that it is—from the local on up to the global level,” said RAPS Executive Director Paul Brooks. “Their commitment not only to their own professional excellence, but also to their fellow regulatory professionals, is what makes them exemplary leaders.”

Under Lena Cordie’s leadership as chair of the RAPS Twin Cities Chapter, the chapter was completely revitalized, quickly becoming among RAPS’ most active and successful. One of her key contributions was to develop relationships with Minneapolis-area universities to engage students in chapter activities. Cordie also has taken on leadership roles in RAPS’ UK Local Networking Group and RAPS Roadshow events. She sits on the RAPS European Council, and has been an enthusiastic participant in RAPS global planning meetings. In addition, she often generously shares her subject matter knowledge on Regulatory Exchange, RAPS’ online community for members.

Alan McEmber has been volunteering and sharing his knowledge in the regulatory community for more than a decade. He has served as workshop facilitator, session leader and presenter at numerous RAPS annual meetings. Throughout his career, McEmber has trained and mentored many junior regulatory professionals as part of formal and informal training within the companies he has worked for, and through several professional organizations, including RAPS. He co-developed coursework and served as lecturer of biotechnology and regulatory at Columbia University and as a guest lecturer at Stoney Brook University, Manhattan.

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