Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Announces Eleven Finalists for Prestigious ATHENA Award

August 4th, 2011

(PHOENIX) - After a three-month nomination process and over 50 Valley women nominated, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce announced the eleven women chosen as finalists for its prestigious ATHENA Awards. The ATHENA Businesswoman of the year award recognizes a woman in the public and private sector, in addition to highlighting an upcoming leader in the Valley as an ATHENA Young Professional. The finalists were announced at a special nominee reception Thursday, August 4 at the InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa in Paradise Valley.

ATHENA Private Sector finalists:
Lorraine Bergman, Caliente Construction
Shelly Esque, Intel Corporation
Sue Navran, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Pam Overton, Greenberg Traurig

ATHENA Public Sector finalists:
Jessica Berg, Lodestar Day Resource Center
Janice Ertl, St. Vincent de Paul
Pam Gaber, Gabriel's Angels
Darlene Newsom, UMOM New Day Centers

ATHENA Young Professional finalists:
Gelie Akhenblit,
Jaclyn Keller, Valley of the Sun United Way
Andrea Stouder Pursley, ASU

Named after the Greek goddess of wisdom, the ATHENA Awards honor women who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishments, excel in their chosen field, and have devoted time and energy to their community. Nominees are judged on leadership and achievement, community service, and support for the professional development and mentorship of women.

Three ATHENA Award recipients will be announced at the Chamber’s 24th Annual ATHENA Awards luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. To register visit, questions call 602.495.2182.

The Chamber also congratulates all of the 2011 Nominees:

Maureen Baker, MIM (Musical Instrument Museum)
Kelly Barr, Salt River Project
Maryglenn Boals, MgBoals and Associates, LLC
Cheryl Bunting, DeVry University
Megan Casey, Goodman Schwartz Public Affairs
Sunitha Cheruvu, Ria's Entertainment LLC
Michelle A. De Blasi, Quarles & Brady LLP
Joanna De'Shay, APS
Fatimah Halim, Life Paradigms, Inc.
Jackie Hammond, Musical Theatre of Anthem
Kathy Heasley, Heasley & Partners
Jennifer Jackson, Rock Me Arizona
Gina Johnson, Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona
Kathleen Kassmann, The Moulton Law Firm
Robyn Klawitter, Mountainside Fitness
Jill Kohler, Kohler Academy
Janet LaBar, Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Sharon Lechter, AICPA
Linda Little, Clear Channel Media
Brittany Manning, American Diabetes Association
Rebekah Morris, AZ Builder's Exchange, LLC
Peggy Mullen, Beatitudes Campus
Carol Olson, District Medical Group, Inc
Catherine Pearson, Bryan Cave LLP
Angela Perez, Snell & Wilmer
Jessica Pierce, Career Connectors
Susan Rothery, Teen Addiction Anonymous
Monica Ryden, Fennemore Craig, P.C.
Carrie Severson, Severson Sisters
Linda Stanfield, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing
Charlene Tarver, Tarver Law Group, PLLC
Tracy Taylor, Mountainside Fitness
Marcia Veidmark, Specialized Services Co. (SSC)
Lynda White, Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc
Blanca Williams, Azteca America
Susan Wissink, Fennemore Craig, P.C.
Rosemary Ybarra-Hernandez, Aguila Youth Leadership Institute
Julie Young, TriYoung Business Solutions, Inc.

About the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
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