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ATHENA Awards finalists named

By: Daily Record Staff//October 23, 2018

ATHENA Awards finalists named

By: Daily Record Staff//October 23, 2018//

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Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and its Women’s Council affiliate have announced the finalists for the ATHENA Award, the ATHENA Young Professional Award, and the ATHENA Organizational Award.

The 33rd annual awards are schedule to be presented at a dinner on Jan. 24.

The ATHENA Award is given annually to a professional female leader who has demonstrated significant achievements in business, community service, and the professional advancement of women.

The 2019 ATHENA Award finalists are:

  • Jill Cicero, owner and founder of the Cicero Law Firm LLP
  • Amy DelCorvo, CEO and executive director, New York State Association for Computers and Technology in Education
  • Andrea DeMeo, president and CEO, Trillium Health
  • Cheryl Dinolfo, Monroe County Executive
  • Mary Jo Gugino-Colligan, president and founder, Angels of Mercy
  • Mary Alice Liotta, senior vice president, director, operations, ESL Federal Credit Union
  • Bridget Martin, vice president, Monroe Capital
  • Angela Panzarella, interim CEO and consultant, YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County
  • Hilda Rosario-Escher, CEO, Ibero-American Action League
  • Pamela Schickler, founder, CEO, and director, 25 North Dance, Sea Her Shine, Tessa’s Treasures
  • Jane Shukitis, president and CEO, UR Medicine Home Care
  • Sara Taylor, vice president of employment, Rochester Rehabilitation Center and CEO and founder of Positive Steps Consulting

The ATHENA Young Professional Award recognizes emerging female leaders in the 30- to 45-year-old range who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession and serve as a role model for young women both personally and professionally.

The 2019 ATHENA Young Professional Award finalists are:

  • Megan Alchowiak, director of business development, Image360 Rochester
  • Shaquana Divers, executive program manager, Excellus BCBS
  • Jennifer Dunivent, director of operations, Outpatient Services, United Memorial Medical Center
  • Leticia Fornataro, senior associate, senior project manager, SWBR
  • Lori O’Brien, deputy director, Legal Assistance of Western New York
  • Sarah Rutherford, self-employed visual artist
  • Michelle Schleher, senior construction project manager, Rochester Regional Health
  • Karen Webber, founder and president, Webber CPA, PLLC
  • Melissa Wentland, project manager, DGA Builders, LLC
  • Caroline Whelan Tolbert, associate director, advancement events, University of Rochester

The ATHENA Organizational Award goes to a woman-owned or woman-led business or organization that creates a culture encouraging women employees to achieve their full leadership potential and supports leadership development opportunities for women and girls in the community.

The 2019 ATHENA Organizational Award finalists are:

  • Broadstone
  • Capstone Information Technologies
  • HCR Home Care

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