Athena Awards Program

ATHENA AWARDS PROGRAM

ATHENA Awards®

For more than two decades, the Greater Flagstaff Chamber has presented the ATHENA Award to a local businesswoman who has achieved excellence in her field, served the community and assisted other women in the attainment of their goals. The Young Professional Award was added in 2007, and recognized women who are emerging business leaders and clearly serves as a role model for young women both personally and professionally.

2017 NOMINEES ANNOUNCED!

2017 ATHENA Award Nominees:

  • Janet Sweigart, Owner, SweigART Designs
  • Joanne Keene, Executive VP for University Affairs & Chief of Staff, Northern Arizona University
  • Julie Lancaster, Owner, Lancaster Leadership
  • Theresa Bierer, Assistant Professor of Practice, Management, Northern Arizona University
  • Vicki Burton-Taunton, CEO, Shadows Foundation
  • Heidi Poturalski, Manager, Employee & Labor Relations, UniSource Energy Services
  • Melissa Bernasconi, Co-founder, QCOffice
  • Amanda Kristinat, CEO, Boys and Girls Club of Flagstaff
  • Heather Ainardi, Manager, Special Events, Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation

2017 Young Professional Award Nominees:

  • Amber Ramirez Dorsch, Supervisory Forester, U.S.D.A. Forest Service
  • Davina Vergara, HR Coordinator, Schuff Steel
  • Elise Skorin, Assistant Manager, Capstone Collegiate Communities
  • Khara House, Property Management & Operations Coordinator, Bella Investment Group
  • Maraka Oltrogge, Senior Philanthropy Officer, Grand Canyon Association
  • Rachel Buzzard, Manager, Flagstaff Extreme
  • Sarah Benatar, County Treasurer, Coconino County
  • Stephanie Gerst, Co-Owner, Creative Spirit
  • Colleen Maring, Attorney at Law, Aspey, Watkins & Diesel
  • Michelle Linton Langmack, Realtor, Linton Real Estate

Finalists for the Athena Award and Young Professionals Award will be honored in a special Arizona Daily Sun tabloid and at the Chamber’s Annual meeting February 9 at High Country Conference Center.

2016 ATHENA Awards Recipients!

As a Chamber dedicated to promoting the local business community and outstanding business leaders, we are proud and honored to announce the 2016 ATHENA Award and Young Professional Award recipients:

Cheryl Blume, Housing Solutions of Northern Arizona
Stephanie Smith, Northern Arizona University (ATHENA Young Professional)

Past ATHENA and ATHENA Young Professional Recipients:

2016 Athena Recipient:

Cheryl Blume, Housing Solutions of Northern Arizona

  • 1989 – Kay McKay
  • 1990 – Judy Feldstein
  • 1991 – Colleen Hendricks
  • 1992 – Hazel Robinson
  • 1993 – Marj McClanahan
  • 1994 – Melissa Collins
  • 1995 – Theresa Givens
  • 1996 – Joy Staveley
  • 1997 – Kerren Vollmer
  • 1998 – Susanna Maxwell
  • 1999 – Conny Frisch and Julie Pastrick
  • 2000 – Dr. Kathy Turner
  • 2001 – Elizabeth Archuleta
  • 2002 – Angela Creedon
  • 2003 – Coral Evans and Ronda Stump
  • 2004 – Stephanie McKinney
  • 2005 – Helen Hudgens Ferrell
  • 2006 – Louise Yellowman
  • 2007 – Susan Casebeer
  • 2008 – Dr. Loretta Mayer
  • 2009 – Janetta Beaumont
  • 2010 – Brenda Silveus
  • 2011 – Lucinda Andreani
  • 2012 – Bonnie Stevens
  • 2013 – Dr. Leah Bornstein
  • 2014 – Dr. Ann Roggenbuck
  • 2015 – Kimberly Ott
  • 2016 – Cheryl Blume

2016 Young Professional Recipient:

Stephanie Smith, NAU Office of Alumni

  • 2007 – Heidi Hansen
  • 2008 – Sara Herron
  • 2009 – Emy Tice
  • 2010 – Sarah Holcomb
  • 2011 – Rachel Edelstein
  • 2012 – Ruth Ellen Elinski
  • 2013 – Ande Burke
  • 2014 – Paula Monthofer
  • 2015 – Margaret “Marney” Babbitt
  • 2016 – Stephanie Smith