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Kunes-Mincer wins Canandaigua Athena Award

Rochester Business Journal
November 18, 2013

Stephanie Kunes-Mincer received the Canandaigua Athena Award, the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce & the Professional Women of the Finger Lakes announced at an awards celebration Friday at Finger Lakes Community College Student Center.

Kunes-Mincer is president and CEO of the National MS Society, Upstate New York Chapter.

Erica Bapst, owner of Adorn Jewelry & Accessories, was the recipient of the Canandaigua Athena Young Professional Leadership Award. 

The other Athena Award nominees were:

  • Mary Allhusen, clinical staff nurse, F.F. Thompson Hospital;
  • Marjorie Donhauser, nurse/owner, Donhauser Nursing Service;
  • Mary Green, retired, New York State Police;
  • Ginny Gumaer-Muller, probation supervisor/alternative-to-incarceration, Ontario County Probation Dept.;
  • Peggy Kane, retired educator, Genesee Community College;
  • Lauren Kolb, vice president and business development officer, Genesee Valley Trust Co.;
  • Laurie O’Shaughnessy, CEO, Greater Canandaigua Family YMCA;
  • Kathleen Quinn, president, New Perspectives Coaching; and
  • Mary Savastano Cutting, director of Case Management, Thompson Health.

In addition to Bapst, the other nominees for the Canandaigua Athena Young Professional Leadership Award were:

  • Lindsey Dixon-Marianetti, director of development/communications, Greater Canandaigua Family YMCA;
  • Mandy Friend, realtor, Keller Williams Realty Inc. Greater Rochester;
  • Trista Merrill, professor of English-Humanities Department, Finger Lakes Community College;
  • Jessica Nava, senior account manager, Finger Lakes Technologies Group Inc.; and
  • Heidi Solimine, area sales manager, Five Star Bank.

Athena recipients embody the eight tenets of the Athena Leadership model: learning, collaboration, relationships, fierce advocacy, the authentic self, giving back to others, courageous acts, and celebration and joy.

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