When the president of the New Orleans Medical Mission (NOMM) asked Pan-American Life (New Orleans, $1.6 billion in assets) to donate some PCs to the charitable organization, Valerie Moscona, the insurer's second vice president of enterprise computing, had a better idea. "If we're going to give you the PCs," she said, "why don't we just go ahead and help you set up your office?"
NOMM, a publicly supported organization that offers medical care to populations in foreign countries in need, approached Pan-American Life because of the insurer's ties to Latin America, where it has several affiliates and branch offices. "I've seen the conditions in some of these countries and was very willing to do what we could do to support this effort," says Moscona.
She enlisted the help of vendor and business partner Kippers Communications (New Orleans), which agreed to provide wiring and other hardware to set up a network for NOMM. Moscona also accepted the help of Kristopher Francisco, a high school student interning at Pan-American through the New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce's School-to-Career program. "This will give [Kristopher] base business-type experience, but also a taste of other things businesses get involved in outside of the scope of normal daily operations," she says.
Anthony O'Donnell has covered technology in the insurance industry since 2000, when he joined the editorial staff of Insurance & Technology. As an editor and reporter for I&T and the InformationWeek Financial Services of TechWeb he has written on all areas of information ... View Full Bio