2018 Athena Award Dinner

  • Date: May 17, 2018 | 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Location: Mr. Anthony's
  • Address: 7440 South Ave, Youngstown, OH 44512
  • Contact: Cheri Metzinger
  • Email: cheri@regionalchamber.com
  • Phone: 330.744.2131, ext. 1220
The Regional Chamber and The Vindicator/vindy.com proudly present the 26th annual Athena Award Program, celebrating the accomplishments of outstanding professional women in the Valley. Since its inception in our community, no other program has generated as much anticipation, visibility and admiration as this nationally recognized event.
The Valley’s Athena Award program—lauded as one of the top five largest in the country for our number of nominees and attendees—has honored more than 900 women over the past 25 years and stayed true to its mission every step of the way. The Athena Award honors individuals who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishment: women who excel in their chosen field, have devoted time and energy to their community in a meaningful way and also open doors so that others may follow in their path.

This year's nominees are:

Megan Bair Zidian
Ennis Britton Co., LPA
Janet Polish
Director of K-5 Curriculum
and District Programs

Austintown Local Schools
Heather Chunn
Vice President
YSU Foundation
Brenda M. Rider
President & Founder
A Way With Words Foundation, Inc.
Roberta Cykon
Putt Putt Fun Center of Warren
Judge Carol Ann Robb
Seventh District Court of Appeals
Daneen Mace-Vadjunec,
Vice President, Orthopedics & Neurosciences
Mercy Health Youngstown
Phyllis Schaab
Technical Services Manager
ms consultants, inc.
Kristin Malosh
Director, North America Environmental,
Health & Safety

Vallourec USA Corporation
Karen Segesto
Senior Client Advisor,
Vice President/Co-Founder

PNC Wealth Management/
Sight for All United
Cheryl McArthur
Chief of Human Resources/Director of Human Resource
and Operations

Youngstown City Schools/
Mahoning County Educational
Service Center
Amanda Shina-Cutright
Outreach Coordinator/
Marketing Director

Shenango Valley Chamber/
One Hot Dog Designs
Regina Mitchell
Owner & CEO
Recovery Solutions/Hope Village, LLC
Ursula Shugart
Shugart Law Firm/Studio Pump, LLC
Kathy Mock
Director of Education and Initiatives
United Way of Youngstown
and the Mahoning Valley
Shelia Triplett
Executive Director
Mahoning Youngstown Community
Action Partnership
Missy Morehead
Operations Leader
Penny Wells
Executive Director
Sojourn to the Past
Chaney Nezbeth
Development Officer
YSU Foundation
Elisabeth H. Young, M.D.
Vice President for Health Affairs & Dean,
College of Medicine

Northeast Ohio Medical University
 Kyowa M. Pegues
CRA Market Manager
Chemical Bank

Marla Perez-DavisThis year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Marla E. Pérez-Davis, Deputy Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. In her capacity as Deputy Director, Dr. Pérez-Davis shares with the center director responsibility for planning, organizing and managing the Agency level programs and projects assigned to the Center. Prior to her current assignment, Dr. Pérez-Davis served as Deputy Director of the Research and Engineering Directorate, where she was responsible for leading, planning, coordinating and managing all phases of Glenn’s research and engineering activities to accomplish NASA missions. Pérez-Davis is the recipient of NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal; 2015 Crain’s Women of Note, the Top 25 Elite Business Women, Hispanic Business Magazine; Women of Color Career Achievement; Distinguished Alumni Award Alumni Association of University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez; Women in Aerospace Award for Aerospace Awareness; Women of Color Technology Award for Career Achievement; and the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Santiago Rodriguez Diversity Award. Learn more about Dr. Pérez-Davis.

Cost: $70 per person


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