Here are the finalists for the Phoenix Chamber’s Athena Awards

Business News | 22 Aug, 2021 |

The Greater Phoenix Chamber announced the 11 women chosen as finalists for its prestigious 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, in addition to highlighting 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.


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The 11 finalists are:

Private Sector finalists:

Catharine Ellingsen, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary, Republic Services

Christine Gannon, Founder & CEO, Brightworks Consulting

• Molly Stockley, Regional Vice President of Marketing, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

• Kathleen Winston, PhD, RN, Dean, College of Nursing, University of Phoenix

Public Sector finalists:

• Jeanine Bashir, Regional Director, First Things First

• Debbie Esparza, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix

• Lauren Henschen, Chief Executive Officer, Phoenix Center for the Arts

• Mona Mehta Stone, SVP, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, Corporate Secretary, Goodwill of Central & Northern Arizona

Young Professional finalists:

• Christina Ngo, Director of Social Embeddedness, Arizona State University

• Stella O’Rourke, Corporate Development & Events Manager, UMOM New Day Centers

• Kimberly Roland, Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneur Programs, Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest

“Each year, the ATHENA Awards reminds us why the Greater Phoenix region is the best place to live, work and do business—it is driven by these incredible leaders and the Chamber is honored to spotlight their achievements,” said Todd Sanders, president & CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber. “These women are making unbelievable contributions to enact positive change and ensure the Greater Phoenix region remains strong. They represent the best of the best our community has to offer, and I look forward to seeing how they will lead us into the future.”

The ATHENA Awards highlight women who have achieved the pinnacle of success within their industry, have mentored women throughout their career, 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 ATHENA Awards luncheon.

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (tentative)

WHERE: JW Marriott Desert Ridge; virtual option available as well

REGISTER: Register here | Registration closes on Monday, Nov. 15th at 5 p.m.

QUESTIONS: Email [email protected] with any questions.

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The Chamber congratulates all of the 2021 ATHENA Nominees:

Private Sector Nominees

Juliet Burgess | Founding Partner, The Burgess Law Group

Katy Campanini | Director, Software Engineering Product Manager, Nationwide Insurance

Gaby Cardenas | CEO, The Colibri Collective

Grenee Celuch | CEO, Concord General Contracting

Taylor Chopko | Director of Marketing and Communications, Team Select Home Care

Helen Davis | President/Managing Partner, The Cavanagh Law Firm PA

Catharine Ellingsen | Chief Legal Officer, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary, Republic Services

Christine Gannon | Founder and CEO, Brightworks Consulting

Alexis Glascock | Attorney, OF Counsel, Fennemore

Kelly Hermann | Vice President, Accessibility, Equity & Inclusion, University of Phoenix

Julie Johnson | Executive Vice President, Colliers

Sun Jones | Systematic Plan of Evaluator and Curriculum Evaluator, University of Phoenix

Nancy Keane | Public Affairs and Charitable Giving, Albertsons Safeway

Crystal Lehman | CTO and Deputy CEO, BrightFi

Amy Lindsey | Publisher, AZ Big Media

Jessica Lopez | Chief of Staff, U-Haul International

Andrea Lovell | Shareholder Attorney, Littler

Jodi Low | Founder/CEO, U & Improved

Andrea Marconi | Attorney; Director and Vice-Chair Litigation, Fennemore

Richelle Miller | Phoenix General Manager, Cruise Automation

Christina Neider | Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Phoenix

Treena Parvello | Director of Public Relations & Government, Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise

Amilyn Pierce | VP, Government Affairs, Arizona Diamondbacks

Niki Reppy | Supervisor, Talent Acquisition and Development, Centuri Group Inc.

Katie Riesenbach | Development Product Owner, Senior, USAA

LaShandra Sartor | Vice President, Client Experience Ops, Rocket Mortgage

Peggie Simmons | Broker/Owner, Realty Marketing Group

Tina Slankas | Senior Manager, Accenture

Julia Staten | Project Manager, Hensel Phelps

Molly Stockley | Regional Vice President of Marketing, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Billie Tarascio | Attorney and Owner, Modern Law & Modern Law Practice

Catharine Teeter | Managing Director, CBRE

Mistie Weishaar | Marketing Manager, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Dr. Kathleen Winston, PhD, RN | Dean, College of Nursing, University of Phoenix

Kari Zangerle | Attorney, Senior Director, Campbell, Yost, Clare & Norell, P.C.

Public Sector Nominees

Jeanine Bashir | Regional Director, First Things First

Amber Cordoba | Director of Business Education, CPLC Prestamos CDFI

Libby Corral | COO, Valley of the Sun YMCA

Debbie Esparza | CEO, YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix

Kathy Gamboa | Assistant Director, Arizona Department of Revenue

Lauren Henschen | CEO, Phoenix Center for the Arts

Susana Lopez | Family & Community Partnership Coordinator, Isaac Elementary School District #5

Myriah Mhoon | Chief Executive Officer, New Life Center

Elizabeth Paulus | Executive Director, College Bound AZ

Shelby Pedersen | CEO, ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth

Katie Prado | Director of Admissions, Arizona State University

Debra Preach | Chief Development Officer, Catholic Education Arizona

Mona Mehta Stone | SVP, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, Corp. Secretary, Goodwill

Francine Sumner | CEO & Founder, Kid in the Corner

Shantoya Thomas | Founder/ Executive Director, Brighter View Foundation

Brenda Thomson | Executive Director, Arizona Humanities

Young Professional Nominees

Ashlee Atkins | President, Greater Phoenix Urban League Young Professionals

Bethany Bennick | Sr. Manager, Domestic & International Engagement, Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Ashley Bunch | Public Affairs Manager, APS

Melissa Diaz | Partner and Co-Founder, Rebel Rock PC

Lora Hobaica | Assistant Corporate Secretary, Salt River Project (SRP)

Lindsay Moellenberndt | Chief Business Development & Marketing Officer, Fennemore

Bethany Mok | Marketing & Development Manager, Foothills Caring Corps

Christina Ngo | Director of Social Embeddedness, Arizona State University

Stella O’Rourke | Corporate Development & Events Manager, UMOM New Day Centers

Haylye Plaster | Operations Manager, OH Predictive Insights

Kimberly Roland | Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneur Programs, Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest

Kiri Semerdjian | Attorney, Rutila, Seibt & Nash, PLLC

Susana Trasente | Project Manager, City of Peoria

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