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HealthSTAR Spotlight Article #5: Alexis Ayers, Samantha Mearkle, & Dax Patel

In this issue of “The Spotlight” we will get to know (3) HealthSTAR employees: Alexis Ayres, Samantha Mearkle and Dax Patel.  Samantha and Dax started on the same day in January and Alexis the week before.  All three have something in common and that is they all have worked for HealthSTAR previously and have rejoined us! 

Alexis Ayers and her family

Alexis Ayres rejoins HealthSTAR as an Account Director.  In her new role, she works on new client implementation and account standardization.  Alexis works with most of HSE’s clients while also learning and implementing our new clients. 

Alexis took some time off after the birth of her daughter, Vivienne, but is happy to be back at HSE where she says “HSE has always felt like home, and the opportunities here are endless!  It is great to have a leadership team that wants to develop their teams and give them many opportunities for growth, even outside the typical departmental roles that we have seen.  I am excited to see what the future holds for HSE!”

Some Additional Information About Alexis:

Alexis is originally from NJ but lived in Hawaii as a child.  All her family lives in Oahu, Hawaii.

She currently lives in Stockholm, NJ.

Other roles she has held at HSE include Account Services Manager, Associate Account Director and now Account Director.

When asked what makes the day-to-day special at HealthSTAR, Alexis says “Working with great colleagues who are passionate about their work and are also team players.”

Vivienne, 17 months old

Samantha Mearkle has returned to HealthSTAR as Director of Operations.  She works closely with Kristen Eckert to oversee the Operations department where they create, implement, and execute processes to make it as easy as possible for the end user.  In her role, she has oversight in the day-to-day challenges and provides resolutions where possible while also supporting employee engagement and development.  According to Samantha, she was at a point in her career where she wanted “more” and when the opportunity to re-join HealthSTAR came up, she was extremely excited.  “This role fits where I wanted to be and I am eager to continue learning here!” expressed Samantha.

Samantha and her dog

Some Additional Information about Samantha:

She’s recently engaged and bought a home in Succasunna, NJ.

Samantha is very close with her immediate and extended family and adores her nieces (ages 4 and 7) and nephew (age 9)!

In her free time, she enjoys working on her new home and wedding planning! 

Other interests include exercising, online shopping, cooking and traveling.

When asked what makes HealthSTAR a unique place to work, Samantha shares “The camaraderie and teamwork that is displayed across the Operations department is like nothing I’ve ever seen.”

Advice Samantha would give to someone just starting their career is: “Be very open-minded, meet as many people as you can and form relationships.  You never know what opportunity and from whom, you will come across.”

Samantha and her fiancé!
Samantha, her parents and fiancé.

Dax Patel is back at HealthSTAR as an Associate Director, Account Services where he works on the BI account.  Dax is one of the project leads for steering and managing the implementation of MER360 and Veeva. In his role, he oversees the day-to-day tasks as well as ensures the account and all projects operate efficiently and effectively.  

When our Associate Director role became available, Dax said “I knew it was the best fit for me.  Leaving HealthSTAR was one of the hardest decisions for me but coming back to HealthSTAR was easy because I knew I was coming back to a workplace with great culture and values.”

Some additional information about Dax:

He loves trying new things and his hobbies are always changing as a result.

He’s a huge Eagles and Sixers fan! (but he’s lived in NJ his whole life)

Dax enjoys playing recreational basketball on the weekends.

Dax competing in our March Madness Basketball Shooting Event back when we had fun in-person events.

He’s super close with his family.  He shared the following “I’m very close with my family. Growing up and seeing my single Mother raise both me and my younger brother has taught me a lot about fighting through adversity and always wanting to do better. My Mother came to the US from India as an immigrant when she was a teenager. She did not speak English or have any extensive educational background. She did not allow her limitations to stop her from giving me and my younger brother a better life. I credit my Mother for where I am today. Growing up with a single parent forces you to mature faster since a lot of the day-to-day responsibilities fall on the older child. When my mother worked two jobs, I was looking after my younger brother and making sure the house duties were taken care of. Everything I do today is to make sure I can give back to her and my family.” When asked about the career growth he’s achieved while at HealthSTAR, Dax states “I have achieved tremendous career growth at HealthSTAR. I started at HealthSTAR in 2016 as a temp without any prior background in this industry. As I started to learn more about this industry and adapted my skills, I realized that I can make a career in healthcare communications. I always had a mindset that I never wanted to be content, I always wanted to keep pushing myself and going outside my comfort zone. I have moved through many departments and each position was a building block to get me where I am today.”

We are thrilled to have Alexis, Samantha and Dax and their talent back home at HSE!
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