Finalists for the three categories of the 2024 ATHENA Awards have been announced by the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and its Women’s Council affiliate.
The ATHENA program is designed to honor and empower Greater Rochester’s female leaders in business. Recipients will be announced on Feb. 1 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
There are 14 finalists for the ATHENA International Award, which is given to the professional female leader “who has demonstrated significant achievements in business, community service, and the professional advancement of women.”
Julie Chapus, founder/director, Miss Julie’s School of Beauty
Lisa Harris, senior vice president, chief medical officer, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Christina Lee, global education coordinator/Board of Education vice president, Monroe Community College/Brighton Central School District
Lynn Malooly, executive director, Water for South Sudan
Kim McCluski, board chair, Golisano Children’s Hospital
Denishea Ortiz, executive director, strategic marketing, Rochester Institute of Technology
Tiffany Owens, executive vice president of programs, Urban League of Rochester
Angelica Perez-Delgado, president & CEO, Ibero-American Action League
Gerianne Puskas, vice president of development & communications, Lollypop Farm
Cassandra Rich, special counsel/Real Estate Group, Barclay Damon LLP
Julie Sadwick, director of admissions & equity, diversity and inclusion special projects, Simon Business School at University of Rochester
Stephanie Schaeffer, vice president, chief legal & ethics officer, and corporate secretary, Paychex
Stephanie Seiffert, partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
Stephanie Von Bacho, senior director, learning & development, University of Rochester Medical Center
Finalists for the ATHENA International Young Professional Award, which 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:”
Elissa Burke, chief program officer, Starbridge
Collene Burns, vice president of global talent, ITX
Lindsay Connelly, owner/CEO, Linden Digital Marketing
Nicolette Gaesser, project manager, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
Agathi Georgiou-Graham, owner, Arbor Venues
Brie Harrison, finance director & capital projects manager, Monroe County Library System & Rochester Public Library
Jazzmyn Ivery-Robinson, assistant director of community & belonging, RIT
Kristin Merrick, partner, Faraci Lange LLP
Tyana Rene Velazquez-Smith, assistant vice president for education, The Strong National Museum of Play
Nicole VanGorder, chief operating officer, Rivent Partners
Finalists for the ATHENA International Organizational Award, which honors 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:”
AAC Contracting, LLC
JK Executive Strategies, LLC
Littler Mendelson P.C.
Van Bortel Auto Group
YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County
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