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September 05, 2023

DES MOINES, Iowa — Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield congratulates employees Valora James and Rob Johnson for their continued commitment to their community by volunteering their time and talents to positively impact those around them.

On Sunday, Sept. 3, 2023, James and Johnson were each awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing the important role of volunteers across America. Founded by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, the award program External Link allows certifying organizations to recognize their local volunteers. James and Johnson, and 26 additional central Iowa volunteers, we’re recognized for their exceptional contributions at an award ceremony held in Des Moines.

James is a team leader in operations at Wellmark and holds many volunteer recognitions for her dedication to the community. James serves as co-chair for the Many Shades of Colour Young Women’s Conference, serves as secretary of the board for Hip-Hope, a nonprofit focused on using arts and culture to promote and advocate for hope, and volunteers with many additional charitable and religious organizations. She also serves on the Wellmark Inclusion Council.

Johnson, a Wellmark field sales representative, has been a community advocate in Des Moines since 2006. He is an active leader with the Iowa Juneteenth organization, a volunteer with his local church, and creator of Code R.E.D. mental health forums, The Urban Impact Show which is a news and culture program that highlights people of color, and started the Rob Johnson Birthday Gas Giveaway, among many other volunteer roles.

Community impact at Wellmark

As the leading health insurance company in Iowa and South Dakota, our stakeholders and our communities are counting on us to listen, educate, learn, protect, show up and speak up. Our diverse workforce and our culture of diversity, equity and inclusion lets us collectively accomplish amazing things that none of us could do alone. The work that Rob and Valora are doing in service to their friends, family and neighbors is just one example of the impact Wellmark employees have on our communities, and how they are helping us live out our mission of making health care better.

See how Wellmark is showing up in the communities across Iowa and South Dakota.