Twenty-five Local Women Named 2012 Athena Award Nominees
- March 28, 2012
An impressive group of 25 professional women from the area are finalists for the 2012 Athena Award, and one will be named the recipient at the 20th-anniversary Athena Award Dinner May 24 at Mr. Anthony’s, 7440 South Ave., Boardman.
The dinner, one of the five largest Athena Award events in the U.S., is sponsored by the Regional Chamber and The Vindicator/vindy.com. The Athena Award recognizes area business and professional women who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen career, provided leadership in the community and mentored or contributed to the growth of other professional women.
The keynote speaker — presented by Huntington Bank — is Annika Sorenstam, regarded as the greatest female golfer of our generation and likely the best of all time. During her 15-year Hall of Fame career, Annika rewrote the LPGA and Ladies European Tour record books, won countless awards and changed the way women’s golf was played, viewed and covered. She amassed 89 worldwide professional victories, including 72 LPGA wins, 10 of which are major championships.
Also during the dinner, the recipient of the $1,500 Athena Scholarship, created in 2007 through a partnership with the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley (CFMV), will be announced. The scholarship fund, a component fund of the CFMV, furthers the goals of the Athena mission and promotes education. The recipient of the Athena Scholarship has demonstrated initiative and excellence in her educational or work pursuits, a proven record of community involvement and service and commitment to, and experience in, mentoring others.
The event opens with a cocktail reception (cash bar) at 5:45 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 6:30 p.m.
Cost of the dinner is $50 per person. Invitations will be mailed in mid-April. Reservations are required by May 16 and may be made by contacting Jennifer Mascardine at 330.744.2131, ext. 12; by email or by accessing the Chamber's events calendar.
2012 Athena Award Nominees
Senior Vice President, Trust Advisor
PNC Bank, NA
President and Executive Director
OH WOW! Roger and Gloria Jones Center for Science & Technology
Director of Marketing
VTI American Express Travel
Judge, 7th District Court of Appeals
American Heart Association
President, 7th Ward Citizens Coalition, Inc.
Community Legal Aid Services
HandsOn Volunteer Network of the Valley
Director, Center for Transportation Materials Engineering
Youngstown State University
Amanda R. Frost
Vice President, Business Relationship Specialist
First Place Bank
Maplewood Local School District
Manufacturing Integration Manager
Natalie Lariccia, CRPC®
The Jones Group/Merrill Lynch
Sharon M. Letson
Ingrid A. Lundquist
Penn State University Talent Search Program, New Castle Area Schools
Suzanne M. Myers
Commercial Health Care Team Leader – Senior Vice President
Huntington National Bank
Director of Teleservices – Media
InfoCision Management Corporation
Youngstown Columbiana Association of REALTORS
Chief Nursing Officer
Northside Medical Center
Commissioner, Mahoning County
Dr. Marybeth Shaffer
Stephanie L. Shaw
Eastern Ohio P-16 Partnership in Education
Shelley Taylor Odille
Vice President & Principal
Paige & Byrnes Insurance
Trumbull Memorial Hospital
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