Dec 29, 2022
Introducing Cigna’s 2023 Community Ambassador Fellows
15 photos of Cigna's 2023 Community Ambassador Fellows

Each year, Cigna selects up to 15 employees as Cigna’s Community Ambassador Fellows and awards each person as much as three months of paid leave and up to $20,000 to develop and launch programs to improve the health and well-being of people around the globe.

Since 2017, Cigna Fellows have followed their passions to make lasting changes in the communities we serve. In 2022 alone, these Cigna employees have done important work in seven U.S. states and four countries.

This year’s class is kicking off a wide variety of projects. Meet the class of 2023 below, and learn more about their important work.

photo of Jasmine Baten

Jasmine Baten will partner with World-Wide Lighthouse Missions to help people in Manchester, Connecticut, who are in financial need after experiencing a traumatic event. Her project will develop community partnerships and processes to maintain consistent aid and donations.

photo of Riley Bundren

Riley Bundren will partner with The Tegan and Sara Foundation to help members of the LGBTQ+ community in the United States find inclusive healthcare by launching a database of providers who specialize in LGBTQ+ care and ensuring it stays relevant.

photo of Kelly Cates

Kelly Cates will partner with the Forrest Spence Fund to expand access and opportunities for counseling and community support for family members grieving the loss of a child or caring for a chronically ill child in Tennessee.

photo of Sydney Cohen

Sydney Cohen will partner with the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine to provide hands-on nutrition education to families in New Orleans, Louisiana, who are struggling with diabetes.

photo of Jennifer Kabiu

Jennifer Kabiu will partner with Usikimye in Nairobi and Kiambu counties, Kenya, to help young girls and female adolescents who’ve experienced gender-based violence find assistance without fear of retaliation from their abusers.

photo of Ashley Kinney

Ashley Kinney will partner with Prevention Partnership to reduce deaths due to opioid overdoses in the Chicago, Illinois, area.

photo of Helena Kriel

Helena Kriel will partner with Canine Inspired Change to help youths who’ve experienced trauma by connecting them with therapy dogs in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

photo of Gabrielle Lopez

Gabrielle Lopez will partner with Project Headspace and Timing to provide struggling veterans in Kankakee County, Illinois, with access to mental health services.

photo of Andrea Maney

Andrea Maney will partner with The Exceptional Sidekick Service Dogs in Newtown, Connecticut, to spread education and awareness of federal laws to reduce discrimination faced by service dog handlers.

photo of Niki McKnight

Niki McKnight will partner with Spruce Street Community Development in Nashville, Tennessee, to purchase major kitchen items for the feeding program at Spruce Street Baptist Church to provide food security for homeless people, the working poor, homebound children, and seniors.

photo of Elizabeth McLean

Elizabeth McLean will partner with Children's Hospital Colorado to provide testing and resources for children in Denver who have cancer and whose insurance does not cover diagnostic testing.

photo of Shelly McMillan

Shelly McMillan will partner with Help at Your Door to provide food security for senior citizens on fixed incomes in Minnesota who cannot afford increasing food prices.

photo of Danny Norbury

Danny Norbury will partner with Colin's Wish to help people across the U.S. impacted by a loved one’s addiction by providing podcasts to help them overcome feelings of guilt and helplessness.

photo of Sofie Peeters

Sofie Peeters will partner with Hadithi Crafts community-based organization to improve reproductive health by empowering women and girls in Tsavo County, Kenya, through dialogue and education.

photo of Marvin Wolgast

Marvin Wolgast will partner with Innov8 Africa to provide computers in three classrooms for children in the Maasai tribe in Kenya to improve their education and exposure to the global economy.

Careers at Cigna

At Cigna, we’ve made our commitment to help everyone live healthier, happier, and more fulfilling lives. We’re making real progress, but we still have work to do. That’s where you come in.

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