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  • Presented by The Chamber Foundation Inc. and the 
    Women’s Leadership Alliance of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce
    The 17th Annual ATHENA Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 to celebrate this distinguished group of professionals who are making a difference for women by providing guidance, mentorship and encouragement in many ways.

    Bestowed annually, the ATHENA Award is given to a member of the Hudson Valley community who best embodies the ATHENA Leadership Model. The Model is unique in that it focuses on personal traits of strong, successful leaders. It captures the spirit and collaborative leadership style often exemplified in women leaders, while also recognizing the importance of traits such as courageous acts and fierce advocacy in the pursuit of excellence.


  • 17th Annual ATHENA Awards Ceremony - Wednesday, November 29, 2023

    Register here for the awards ceremony

    Additional sponsorship opportunities are available by emailing Chamber Director of Engagement, Josh Galow at jgalow@dcrcoc.org.

  • Congratulations to our 2023 Honorees!


    Maria Boonie
    IBM Corporation


    Jill Brodsky, MD, MBA


    Jo Ann Brown
    NAMI Mid-Hudson, Inc.


    Anne Constantinople, PhD
    Vassar College


    Leah Feldman
    Family Services, Inc.


    Faezeh Gholami, PhD
    IBM Corporation


    Rachel Johnson
    The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse
    Christie VanHorne, M.Ed, MPH
    CVH Consulting, LLC
    Nicole Wong, LMSW
    Teamer Counseling 
  • Thank you to our generous sponsors!*


    Tompkins Community Bank




    DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota




    Intelligent IT Designs


    Access: Supports for Living

    Stenger, Diamond & Glass, LLP

    Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County



    Fortress Financial Advisory
    Mackey Butts & Whalen LLP
    Mount Saint Mary College
    NBT Bank
    Ulster Savings Bank



    Children's Home of Poughkeepsie

    Fit and Fun Playscapes LLC
    Hudson Valley Concierge Service
    Hudson Valley Credit Union


    *(As of 11/3/2023)

  • Past ATHENA Honorees

    2022 HONOREES

    Cara Mia Bacchiochi

    Brittany Cataldo

    Patty Driever

    Jenny Fox

    Amy Greiner

    Catherine Merryman

    Christine Pellegrino

    Dr. Patricia Shannon

    Rebecca Simpson


    2021 HONOREES

    Michele Babcock, Esq.

    Cheryl Bowers

    Erin Cafarelli

    Marie Cole

    CMSgt Elizabeth Colton

    Londina Cruz

    Jasmin Nicole Davis

    Christine Manning

    Tina Tarquinio

    Robyn Williams


    2020 HONOREES

    Elizabeth Donohue

    Ellen Gambino, EdD

    Theresa Giovanniello, LMSW

    Donna Johnson-Klonsky

    Cammie Jones

    Crys McCuin

    Mecca Mitchell, Esq.

    Lauree Ostrofsky

    Kate Rabe


    2018 HONOREES

    Shirley Adams

    Filomena Fanelli

    Holly Kramer

    Maureen Lashlee

    Tina Ludwig

    Dr. Carol Ann Malizia

    Melissa McCoy

    Alexis Mills

    Dr. Lubna Somjee


    2017 HONOREES

    Molly Ahearn

    Diane Allenbaugh

    Kathleen Durham

    Ruthfen Faircloth

    Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt

    Pari Forood

    Lori A. Jiava

    Annette Marzan

    Irene Monck

    Dr. Greer Rychcik

    Rachel Saunders Esq.


    2016 HONOREES

    Gloria Cukar

    Pamela R. Edington, Ed.D.

    Renee Fillette, Ph.D.

    Lauren Gillett

    Krista Jones

    Cynthia Keller

    Kelly Lyndgaard

    Ruth Mahoney

    Major Kathleen Sileno

    Catherine O. Spratt

    Bettina “Poet Gold” Wilkerson


    2015 HONOREES

    Dana Diorio-Casey

    Jeffery Fox, Ph.D.

    Carla Goldstein, JD

    Perrinella F. (Penny) Lewis

    Lara Litchfield-Kimber

    Gaye Mallet

    Lori Rivenburgh

    Rev. Luader Smith

    Marjorie Smith

    Karen Zobel


    2013 HONOREES

    Ellen L. Baker

    Natalie Borquist

    Linda G. Campbell

    Lisa M. Cathie

    Steven J. Chickery

    Peter Maher

    Michelle Martin

    Gertrude O’Sullivan

    Kelly Outwater

    Angelline Smalls

    Sue Sywetz Sullivan


    2012 HONOREES

    Joan Crawford, LCSW

    Geeta Desai

    Cecilia Dinio Durkin

    Jacqueline Goffe-McNish

    Maureen Kangas

    Dr. Kathleen Mantaro

    Sharon Matyas

    Sister Rose Marie Mullen, osf

    Dr. Michele Winchester-Vega


    2011 HONOREES

    Irene Andujar

    Maureen Crush, Esq.

    Jen Dunn, CPCU

    Marcine Humphrey

    May Mamiya

    Nancy O’Donnell

    Caryn Solomon

    Cathy Varunok


    2010 HONOREES

    Laurie Cohn

    Denise Doring VanBuren

    Carol Gordon

    Fran Knapp

    Barbara Kram

    Danielle Anderson

    Carmen McGill

    Ann Pinna


    2009 HONOREES

    Eleanor Charwat

    Teri Egitto

    Clara Lou Gould

    Alexandra Putman

    Sandra Ludlum

    Donna McAleer

    Lisa Morris

    Janet Ready

    Andrea Reynolds

    Lillian S. Weigert


    2008 HONOREES

    Renee Bulla

    Sandra Cassese

    Arlene Chiaramonte

    Brian Giorgis

    Sabrina Marzouka

    Hilda Merolli

    Patricia Prunty

    Lori Traboldt

    Mary Kay Vrba

    Carole J. Wolf


    2007 HONOREES

    Ann Armater

    Jennifer Bates

    Judith “Kip” Bleakley-O’Neill

    Anne N. Conroy

    Susan LaFosse

    Suzanne McLaughlin

    Rita McPeck

    Marjorie Rovereto


     2006 HONOREES

    Sheila Appel

    Deborah Bailey Browne

    Betsy Brockway

    Lisa Daniels

    Karen Hansen-Simon

    Colette Lafuente

    Mary Madden

    Regis Obijiski

    Joan Pagones

    Kelley Redl Hardisty

  • ATHENA Selection Committee

    Robyn Williams
    Hudson Valley Credit Union

    Erin Cafarelli
    Children's Home of Poughkeepsie

    Michele Babcock
    J&G Law, LLP

    Londina Cruz
    Londina Cruz Inner-Leadership

    Jasmin Nicole Davis
    City of Poughkeepsie

    Elizabeth Donohue
    Marist College

    Patty Driever
    IBM Corporation

    Jenny Fox
    Connexus Credit Union

    Theresa Giovanniello
    Dutchess County Dept. of Community & Family Services

    Catherine Merryman

    Christine Pellegrino
    Pellegrino Healing Center & Integrative Cancer Center

    Rebecca Simpson
    The Pines at Poughkeepsie Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

    Tina Tarquinio


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