25 Valley women are nominated for 2024 ATHENA Award

This year’s 25 nominees for the 31st annual ATHENA Award program, which celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding professional women in the Mahoning Valley, have been announced.

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

The dinner will take place May 16 at Waypoint 4180 in Canfield. A cocktail reception for all guests will start at 5 p.m., with the program and dinner starting at 6:15 p.m. Tickets cost $100 per person.

The 2024 nominees are:

● Lynne Azar, guardianship manager, Jewish Family & Community Services

● Sherri Bercheni, vice president, remote delivery experience, 717 Credit Union

● Sarah Brown-Clark, retired Youngstown Municipal Court clerk of courts

● Jenna Byler, director of communications, Millwood, Inc.

● Melissa Capple, chief operating officer, United Network Alliance

● Deanna Clement, partner, McConnell Marketing

● Michelle Crawford, chief financial officer, Mercy Health-Youngstown

● Gina DeGenova, Mahoning County prosecutor

● Stacia Erdos, regional development executive of Trumbull, Mahoning and Jefferson counties, Coleman Health Services

• Jennifer Frank, professor, Bitonte College of Health and Human Services, Youngstown State University

• Shari Harrell, retired president, Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley

• Megan Hughes, director of operations, Discover Global / DuraTerrain

• Tiffany Hurlbut, CEO, Aaris Therapy Group

• Carson Lisko, partner, McConnell Marketing

• Kassandra Kornbau, medical director, Natura Behavioral Health

• Traci Manning, curator of education, Mahoning Valley Historical Society

• Lois Martin-Uscianowski, director / founder, Southside Community Garden

• Ashley Morrow, human resources / payroll / grants / safety, Livi Steel Inc.

• Ky Pegues, vice president, community development officer, Premier Bank

• Gina Peplow, employer and community engagement professional, Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates

• Nicolette Powe, associate professor, Department of Graduate Studies in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, Youngstown State University

• Rachael Rankin, head principal, Newton Falls Junior High and High School

• Marisa Sergi, CEO, L’uva Bella Winery


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