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16th 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 2022 ATHENA honorees are:

  • Cara Mia Bacchiochi of Hope on a Mission
  • Brittany Cataldo of M&T Bank
  • Patty Driever of IBM
  • Jenny Fox of Connexus Credit Union
  • Amy Greiner of Tompkins Community Bank
  • Catherine Merryman, of Our Lady of Lourdes High School
  • Christine Pellegrino of Pellegrino Healing Center and Pellegrino Integrative Cancer Center
  • Patricia Shannon of Community Primary Care
  • Rebecca Simpson of The Pines at Poughkeepsie Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation
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 1, 2022; visit the Chamber’s website for further event information at Additional sponsorship opportunities are available by calling Chamber Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Rich Kleban at 845-454-1700 x 1023.
Thank you to the following sponsors for making this event possible (as of 10/19):
Presenting Sponsor: 
  • Tompkins Community Bank
Profile Sponsor:
  • KeyBank
Gold Level: 
  • Access: Supports for Living
  • Hudson Valley Credit Union
  • RBT, CPAs
Silver Level: 
  • Antalek & Moore
  • DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota
  • Fortress Financial Advisory
  • Hudson Valley Concierge Service
  • Mackey Butts & Whalen LLP
Bronze Level: 
  • Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie
  • Greystone Programs
  • Mount Saint Mary College
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