The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) would not exist without volunteer leaders. Five women emerged as volunteer leaders to start the HBA in 1977 and thousands of talented women volunteer today throughout our 14 chapters and affiliates.
We are grateful for every volunteer who helps to make up the backbone of our global organization. To recognize them we’ve created a series of awards to honor several of our top volunteer leaders. Each year the HBA also honors a star volunteer who stands apart as a truly exemplary role model for others, and who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to furthering the HBA’s goals.
Charlene Prounis, who has served as president on both the corporate and chapter level, has been named the 2010 Star Volunteer. Ms. Prounis has been extremely active with the HBA for more than a dozen years. Among her many accomplishments, she initiated the Leadership Conference, POWER study and Rising Stars during her first presidency, started the Metro Chapter of the organization in 2004, served on the HBA board for a 10 year period, co-chaired the Woman of the Year fundraising committee for the last three years which broke all records, serves as a chapter mentor and remains involved in promotional material development for the ACE program and the Metro chapter.
Ms. Prounis is a two-time entrepreneur, having started her second advertising agency, Flashpoint Medica, in 2005 which won the prestigious “Agency of the Year” award in 2008. Previously, she had founded Accel Healthcare with other partners, grew it to a top 20 agency and then merged it into Corbett Accel in 2004. Prior to her entrepreneurial run, Ms. Prounis honed her advertising skills as a senior executive Grey Healthcare Group for a decade. Earlier in her career, Ms. Prounis was a professional sales representative for Searle Laboratories, where she was a member of the President’s Club, and began her career as a nurse and moved up to become head of the MICU at North Shore University Hospital. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University and an MBA from St. John’s University.
“The HBA’s success as an organization is a direct result of the efforts and contribution of our volunteers, women who are leading busy, successful lives and who want to provide a forum to develop future female leaders in healthcare,” said Susan Torroella, president of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association and COO of MEDEX Global Group. “Charlene has a ‘make it happen’ approach that is an incredible inspiration to everyone in the HBA and has been instrumental in shaping the organization into what it is today.”