FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 22, 2022
(PHOENIX) – The Greater Phoenix Chamber announced the 11 women chosen as finalists for its prestigious 35th Anniversary ATHENA Awards, continuing its strong tradition of recognizing outstanding Valley businesswomen.
The ATHENA Businesswoman of the Year Award recognizes a woman in the public and private sectors, and highlights an upcoming leader in the Valley as an ATHENA Young Professional. ATHENA finalists are chosen for their excellence in business and leadership, dedication to the community, and support and mentorship of other women.
The 11 finalists are:
Private Sector finalists:
- Deb Gullett, CEO, Arizona Association of Health Plans
- Delma Herrera, Vice President of Field Sales, West Region, Cox Communications
- Sissie Roberts Shank, President & CEO, Chas Roberts A/C & Plumbing Inc.
- Marcia Veidmark, Owner, Founder, CEO & Chairman of the Board, SSC Underground (Specialized Services Co.)
Public Sector finalists:
- Jennifer Caraway, Founder & Executive Director, The Joy Bus
- Christine Mackay, Director, Community & Economic Development, City of Phoenix
- April A. Salomon, Executive Director, Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)
- Kate Smith, Ed.D., President, Rio Salado College
Young Professional finalists:
- Veronica Aguilar, Vice President, Teach for America
- Lindsey Beagley, Senior Director for Mirabella at ASU, ASU Enterprise Partners
- Amber Cordoba, Director of Business Education and Consulting Services, CPLC – Prestamos CDFI
The ATHENA Awards highlight women who have achieved the pinnacle of success within their industry, have mentored women throughout their careers, dedicated their time to their community, and are making a difference in the lives of others.
Join the Greater Phoenix Chamber to celebrate outstanding businesswomen in our community and to support all nominees, finalists, and recipients past and present.
WHO: Three ATHENA Award recipients will be announced during the Greater Phoenix Chamber’s 35th Anniversary ATHENA Awards Luncheon.
WHEN: Thursday, October 13, 2022 | 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
REGISTER: Register here | Registration closes on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 5 p.m.
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The Chamber congratulates all of the 2022 ATHENA Nominees:
Private Sector Nominees
Kris Adair | Owner & Nurse Practitioner, Adair Family Clinic & Medspa
Wynne Angell | Founder & CEO, Angell Marketing
Sadhna Bokhiria | Vice President, Darwin Research Group
Dr. Jen Bonilla | Executive Director of Academic Operations, Arizona College of Nursing
Kim Marie Branch-Pettid | CEO, Owner, LeTip International, Inc.
Juliet Speisman Burgess | Founding Partner, The Burgess Law Group
Ginger Clayton | CEO/President, Elontec
Martha dePlazaola Abbott | Managing Director-Principal, Gensler
Joanna de’Shay | Creative Director | Fashion Designer, Black Russian Label
Virginia Fargo | Sr. Loan Consultant, Caliber Home Loans
Angelina Flores | Chief Human Resources Officer, Gila River Resorts & Casinos
Julie Giese | President, Phoenix Raceway
Sarah C. Gonzalez | Founder & Community Change Agent, Gonzalez Consulting LLC.
Elizabeth Goodman | Principal, Husch Blackwell Strategies
Deb Gullett | CEO, Arizona Association of Health Plans
Charlotte Gurule | Senior Medical Director, Oak Street Health
Delma Herrera | Vice President of Field Sales, Cox Communications
Jill Krigsten | Media Consultant, Cox Media
Crystal Lehman | Chief Technology Officer, BrightFi LLC.
Amy Lindsey | Publisher, AZ Big Media
Laurie McCartney | President of Global Fitness and Wellness Solutions, Ascend Learning and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
Audra McQuarie | Vice President, Registrar, University of Phoenix
Annette Guerra Musa | Senior Vice President, Private Client Manager, Bank of America Private Bank
Christine Nowaczyk | Corporate Banking Executive, BOK Financial
Amilyn Pierce | Vice President, Government Affairs, Arizona Diamondbacks
Jessica Raymond | Executive Vice-President, Atlantic Development & Investments, Inc.
Angela Salazar | Community Affairs Director, ALPFA Phoenix
Marie Saloum | CEO, GreenPharms
Britton Sanchez | Vice President, Franchise Operations, HomeSmart
Adrienne Sanford | Vice President, People Operations, Carvana
Doris Savron | Vice Provost – Colleges, Assessment, Curriculum, University of Phoenix
Sissie Roberts Shank | CEO & President, Chas Roberts A/C and Plumbing Inc.
Marcia Veidmark | Owner/Founder – CEO & Chairman of the Board, SSC Underground (Specialized Services Co.)
Kisshell L. Wilson | Director, Water Information Technology Services, Salt River Project (SRP)
Public Sector Nominees
Sarah Amaral | Development Director, American Lung Association in AZ
Aysha Bell | Director, Grand Canyon University
Laura Bulluck | Chief Executive Officer, Hope’s Crossing
Jennifer Caraway | Founder & Executive Director, The Joy Bus
Dr. Maria Romo Chavira | Chancellor, The Diocese of Phoenix
Briana Clark | Program Director, New Pathways for Youth
Lisha Dunlap | PR Marketing Manager, Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Joan Koerber-Walker | President & CEO, Arizona Bioindustry Association (AZBio)
Gervonni Sherrod Leggett | Executive Director, Gervonni Cares Inc.
Ashleigh Leite | Senior Vice President, Major Gifts, HonorHealth Foundation
Bianca Lochner | Chief Information Officer, City of Scottsdale
Christine Mackay | Director, Community and Economic Development, City of Phoenix
Fran Mallace | President & CEO, Make-A-Wish Arizona
Nancy Padberg | President & CEO, Catholic Education Arizona
April A. Salomon | Executive Director, Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)
Kate Smith | President, Rio Salado College
Francine Sumner | Founder & CEO, Kid in the Corner
Lorraine Tallman | CEO and Founder, Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels
Mònica Villalobos | President & CEO, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce & Foundation
Young Professional Nominees
Veronica Aguilar | Vice President, Teach for America
Lindsey Beagley | Sr. Director, Lifelong University Engagement, Mirabella at ASU (ASU Enterprise Partners)
Dr. Meg Byrne | Co-Owner/Chiropractor Physician, Acacia Natural Medicine
Ashley Bunch | Public Affairs Manager, Arizona Public Service (APS)
Amber Cordoba | Director, Business Education & Consulting, CPLC – Prestamos CDFI
Melissa Diaz | Co-Founder + CFO, Rebel Rock PC
Erin Garcia | Vice President, Social Services & Education, Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc.
Marette Hahn | Director of Academic & Career Excellence, Grand Canyon University
Anne Landers | Vice President, Strategic Impact, Junior Achievement of Arizona
Vanessa Lister | Area Executive Meetings Manager, Pacific Hospitality Group
Lindsay Moellenberndt | Chief Business Development and Marketing Officer, Fennemore Attorneys
Angela Palmer | Director of Events & Marketing, Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits
Danielle Puente | CFO, DP Electric Inc.
Kristin Rodney | Workforce Talent & DEI, REI
Terry Simpson | VP People & Culture, OneAZ Credit Union
Emily Taracena | Senior Program Manager, New Pathways for Youth
Amanda Ventura Zink | Public Affairs Manager, Waymo
About the Greater Phoenix Chamber
Representing 2,400 businesses across the Greater Phoenix region, the Greater Phoenix Chamber promotes regional prosperity by serving as a catalyst for economic vitality and strong communities. The Chamber pursues this mission by collaborating with business, political and community leaders to grow the regional talent pool, create a regional approach to economic development and drive a pro-Arizona agenda.
About the ATHENA Award
The ATHENA Awards, an internationally prized honor, recognizes the achievement of businesswomen across the Greater Phoenix region. ATHENAs are challenged across industries to continue their dedication to leading, serving and mentoring. The award highlights three women every year who are at the top of their field and who invest in their career, their community and especially other women. ATHENAs demonstrate inspiring leadership within their industry, mentor women throughout their career and dedicate themselves to the community.
About the ATHENA Young Professional Award
ATHENA International established an award to honor emerging young leaders in our community. The ATHENA Young Professional Award officially launched at the 2007 International ATHENA Leadership Conference and Phoenix was proud to be one of the first cities to present it within their community. These are the “women to watch.”