• Date: May 14, 2020 | 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Location: Waypoint 4180
  • Address: 4180 Westford Place, Canfield
  • Contact: Chelsea Pascarella
  • Email: chelsea@regionalchamber.com
  • Phone: 330.744.2131, ext. 1225

2020 Athena Award Dinner

The Regional Chamber and The Vindicator proudly present the 28th annual ATHENA Award Program, celebrating the accomplishments of outstanding professional women in the Valley.

The ATHENA Award honors individuals who strive toward the highest levels of 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.

We are proud to recognize the following 28 outstanding nominees:

  • Danielle Adams  //  Social Content Manager, FactSet Research Systems, Inc.
  • Nicole Alexander  //  Magistrate, Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas, General Division
  • Michelle Alleman  //  Library Director, McKinley Memorial Library
  • Carla Baldwin  //  Judge, Youngstown Municipal Court
  • Mara Banfield  //  Director, Mahoning County Career and Technical Center; Valley STEM Superintendent, Valley STEM + ME2 Academy
  • Erin Bishop  //  Health Commissioner, Youngstown City Health District
  • Ruth Bowdish  //  Director of Training and Development, On Demand
  • Shelly Bradley  //  Customer Care Center Director, AT&T
  • Jacqueline Burley  //  Executive Director, Protestant Family Service
  • Heather Craver  //  Director of Mental Health, Cadence Care Network
  • Dr. Valerie Cubon-Bell  //  Associate Professor, Kent State University at Trumbull
  • Sara Daugherty  //  Director of Operations and Economic Impact, BRITE Energy Innovators
  • Theresa Dellick  //  Judge, Mahoning County Juvenile Court
  • Renee DiSalvo  //  Judge, Youngstown Municipal Court
  • Angela Duskey  //  Partner, HD Davis CPAs
  • Cynthia Marie Fernback  //  Principal, Boardman High School
  • Tricia Ferry  //  Executive Vice President, Operations, VEC
  • Julie Green  //  Director, Trumbull County Planning Commission
  • Leigh Ann Greene  //  Director, Youngstown Local Office on Minority Health, Youngstown City Health District
  • Dr. Vicki Haywood Doe  //  President/CEO, Haywood Doe Consulting Co., LLC DBA Vicki Doe Fitness
  • Stacy Howlett  //  President/CEO, Howlett Logistics
  • Brianna Komara Pridon  //  Co-Owner/President, Komara Jewelers
  • Dr. Karen Larwin  //  Associate Professor, Youngstown State University; Owner, REM Consulting
  • Shirley McIntosh  //  IT Field Tech, Laboratory Corporation of America; Mayor, Village of West Farmington
  • Dr. Meredythe McNally  //  Gastroenterologist, Salem Regional Medical Center; Owner, EmpowHERment
  • Lisa Resnick  //  Realtor, Burgan Real Estate
  • LaTisha Weaver Bennett  //  CEO, La La Love Healthcare
  • Julia Wike  //  Executive Director, The Basement Outreach Ministries


Dr. Amy Acton, director of Health for the Ohio Department of Health, will keynote the event, and we will present our 14th ATHENA Scholarship to a deserving high school senior who will attend, or a college student who is attending, Youngstown State University, Kent State University local campuses or Eastern Gateway Community College.

For the eighth year, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield will also present supplemental scholarships in the amount of $1,250 each to two additional applicants.

The event opens with a cocktail reception (cash bar) at 5:30pm, followed by the dinner and program at 6:15pm. If the event is unable to move forward in May due to the State of Ohio's orders governing COVID-19, it will be rescheduled to later this year.



Presented by:
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Dinner sponsor:
Huntington Bank

Corporate Sponsor:
VEC, Inc.


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