28th annual ATHENA nominees announced

CANFIELD — This year’s 28 outstanding nominees for the 28th annual ATHENA Award Dinner have been announced, and include women in the legal, educational, health and finance fields — among many more.

The award and dinner are presented by the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber and The Vindicator.

The ATHENA Award honors individuals who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishment: women who excel in their chosen field, have devoted time and energy to their community in a meaningful way and also open doors so that others may follow in their path.

The dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. May 13 at Waypoint 4180 in Canfield and includes a VIP reception for the sponsors, nominees and nominators. This will be followed by the public reception, dinner, keynote speaker, presentation of the ATHENA Scholarship, recognition of all nominees and the announcement of this year’s recipient.

The cost of attendance is $75 a person, and registration will open in April.

The keynote speaker will be Tammy Whitworth. She and her husband, Todd, purchased Window World in 2007 from Leon Whitworth, Todd’s father. Then a series of personal tragedies struck.

In 2008, their daughter was born prematurely and spent considerable time in children’s hospitals. In 2010, Todd suddenly died at 40. Two years later, Tammy was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The single mother of three has overcome all setbacks, grew Window World to 228 stores in 48 states with annual sales of nearly $400 million and uses her experience in life and business to guide aspiring working professionals, especially women who are pursuing their own dreams.

Here are this year’s nominees:

Danielle Adams, associate content manager, FactSet Research Systems, Inc.;

Nicole Alexander, magistrate, Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas, general division;

Michelle Alleman, director, McKinley Memorial Library, Niles;

Carla Baldwin, Youngstown Municipal Court judge;

Mara Banfield, director, Mahoning County Career and Technical Center / Valley STEM Superintendent, Valley STEM + ME2 Academy;

Erin Bishop, health commissioner, Youngstown City Health District;

Ruth Bowdish, managing director, On Demand Occupational Medicine;

Shelly Bradley, customer care center director, AT&T;

Jacqueline Burley, executive director, Protestant Family Service;

Heather Craver, director of mental health, Cadence Care Network;

Dr. Valerie Cubon-Bell, associate professor, Kent State University at Trumbull;

Sara Daugherty, director of operations and economic impact, BRITE Energy Innovators;

Theresa Dellick, Mahoning County Juvenile Court judge;

Renee DiSalvo, Youngstown Municipal Court judge;

Angela Duskey, chief financial officer, The Muransky Companies;

Cynthia Marie Fernback, principal, Boardman High School;

Tricia Ferry, executive vice president, Operations, VEC;

Julie Green, director, Trumbull County Planning Commission;

Leigh Ann Greene, director, Youngstown Local Office on Minority Health, Youngstown City Health District;

Dr. Vicki Haywood Doe, president / CEO, Haywood Doe Consulting Co., LLC DBA Vicki Doe Fitness;

Stacy Howlett, president / CEO, Howlett Logistics;

Brianna Komara Pridon, co-owner / president, Komara Jewelers;

Dr. Karen Larwin, associate professor, Youngstown State University / owner, REM Consulting;

Shirley McIntosh, IT field tech, Laboratory Corporation of America / mayor, Village of West Farmington;

Dr. Meredythe McNally, gastroenterologist, Steward Medical Group / owner, EmpowHERment;

Lisa Resnick, Realtor, Burgan Real Estate;

Latisha Weaver Bennett, CEO, La La Love Healthcare;

Julia Wike, executive director, The Basement Outreach Ministries



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