Leading by Doing

When help is needed, these volunteers are among the first to raise their hands

Each year we recognize our outstanding employee volunteers who consistently show leadership initiative and are quick to mobilize others to support a cause. The Volunteer of the Year award winners are nominated by their peers. The honor includes a company grant to a nonprofit of their choice.

New winners also join past award winners on an advisory board that influences and guides the direction of HCSC’s Blue CorpsSM employee volunteer program.

The 2017 Volunteer of the Year award winners are:

Tracy Trice-Watts
Assistant Manager, Internal Audit, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

Tracy has served the community since she was a Girl Scout. But she really found her purpose as a young adult, when she started teaching Sunday school and mentoring young teen girls. For Tracy, there is no greater goal than to help young women discover who they are in this world and help them navigate some of the pitfalls they encounter.

Find out what inspires Tracy to make a difference:


Cliff McKay
Wellness Analyst, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana

Cliff inspires his co-workers through his leadership qualities and contagious positive attitude. A modest and natural leader, Cliff leads others to improve their health in any way they can. He is a volunteer coach for the Capital High School Bruins wrestling team, and he continues to work with athletes in the off-season strength and conditioning program.

See how Cliff is making an impact in his community:


Doug Anaya
Member Care Coordinator, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico

As the president of Hellfighters Soul Snatchers Unit — the Rio Rancho/Albuquerque chapter of the Hellfighters national motorcycle club — Doug started Mercy After Dark, a ministry that provides food and clothing to more than 350 homeless in Albuquerque. Doug and his family started the ministry five years ago, and they now have about 50 volunteers who join the outreach efforts each Saturday. They help teen runaways, veterans, families and others who have found themselves homeless in Albuquerque.

Learn more about Doug’s volunteerism:


Pam VanMeter
Unit Manager, Medicare Government Programs Division, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma

Pam leads Volunteer Steering Committee meetings and motivates other employees to volunteer in the community. She makes countless personal contributions toward improving the quality of her community, including volunteering with Life Senior Services and Tulsa Quilts for Kids. Pam is a true humanitarian and inspires others every day to give back to the community.

Find out what makes Pam a Volunteer of the Year award winner:


Sebrena Bohnsack
Manager, Occupational Health Services, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

If you ever are out and about in Richardson with Sebrena, you will be amazed at how many people know her. She has made lasting connections through her involvement with many community organizations. You may find her stocking shelves at the local food pantry, preparing for the public library book sale, reading to preschoolers in an English as a second language program, cooking dinner for families at Ronald McDonald House or acting for a cause with a local community theater. She inspires others to give back to the local community by investing her own time.

Learn how Sebrena makes giving back a priority.