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15th Annual ATHENA Award Honorees Announced

15th Annual ATHENA Award Honorees Announced

The Chamber Foundation, Inc.—the leadership and community advancement organization of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce—is happy to announce this year's honorees for the ATHENA Award.
Bestowed annually, the ATHENA Award is given to a member of the 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.
The 2021 ATHENA honorees are:  

  • Michele Babcock, Esq, Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP
  • Cheryl Bowers, Rondout Savings Bank
  • Erin Cafarelli, Children's Home of Poughkeepsie
  • Marie Cole, IBM Corporation
  • CMSgt Elizabeth Colton, 105th Airlift Wing
  • Londina Cruz, Londina Cruz Inner-Leadership, LLC
  • Jasmin Nicole Davis, City of Poughkeepsie
  • Christine Manning, 4th Wall Theatrical Productions & Events, LLC
  • Tina Tarquinio, IBM Corporation
  • Robyn Williams, Hudson Valley Credit Union
The ATHENA Award recognizes those, regardless of gender, who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishment by excelling in their chosen profession, devoting time and energy to their community in meaningful ways, and actively guiding or mentoring women to become great leaders.
This year, the honorees will be recognized in a ceremony on December 2, 2021; visit the Chamber’s website for further event information at Additional sponsorship opportunities are available by calling Chamber Vice President Nicholas Shannon at 845-454-1700 x 1026.
Thank you to the following sponsors for making this event possible:
  • Gold Level:

Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie


  • Silver Level: 

DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota
Tompkins Mahopac Bank


  • Bronze Level: 

Mackey, Butts & Wise
Mount Saint Mary College
Royal Carting Service Company


  • Profile Sponsor: 
Hudson Valley Credit Union

The Chamber Foundation, Inc., was established in 2002 to promote education and training programs for local youth and professionals with the goal of enhancing the Hudson Valley region’s future of economic growth. Its mission is to provide educational opportunities for youth and the workforce, to build and strengthen personal and business capacity, develop leadership skills and foster a commitment to community service. For more information, visit