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For more than three decades, the Greater Flagstaff Chamber has presented the ATHENA & ATHENA Young Professional Awards to local businesswomen who have achieved excellence in their field, served the community and assisted other women in the attainment of their goals. In 2023, the award was expanded to differentiate the unique challenges and achievements inherent to the public sector and private sector work respectively. The ATHENA awards are presented every February at the Chamber's Annual Meeting luncheon, one of Flagstaff's most highly-anticipated business gatherings.

2024 ATHENA Award Recipients

With an incredible breadth of nominees from across the Flagstaff region this year it was determined to award two women, one from the public/non-profit sector and one from the private sector.  Congratulations to our 2023 ATHENA® Award recipients Jenny Siess of Westside Veterinary Clinic and Ross Shaefer of Flagstaff Shelter Services and to all of the award nominees!

Kate Wyatt

Kate Wyatt

ATHENA Young Professional

Devonna McLaughlin

Devonna McLaughlin

Housing Solutions of Northern Arizona


Lisa Lamberson

Mountain Sports Flagstaff

2024 ATHENA Nominees

Becky Halstead Headshot

Becky Halstead

Allstate Insurance – Halstead Agency

Mary P Head Shot

Mary Pasternacki

Mary Pasternacki Family Healthcare, PLLC

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Nevitta Mason

Mariposa Healing With Faith

Christine Laguna

Christine Laguna

Civil Design & Engineering | CD&E


Julie Lancaster

Lancaster Leadership


Josie Ribelin

Maggie’s Hospice & Palliative Care

Kelly Faith Arnold

Kelly Faith Arnold

Evergreen Academy Preschool

Kelly Faith Arnold

Mary Kershaw

Museum of Northern Arizona


Dr. Alice Christie

Tynkertopia, Inc.


Dianna Sanchez

Coconino Community College Foundation

2024 ATHENA Young Professional Nominees

Kati Wasserman

Kati Wasserman

Flagstaff Skincare


Linny K. Jones

Tandemly/Dwell/Curios Mindset

Kim Ward

Kim Ward

Weatherford Hotel


Belen Mendez

DoubleTree by Hilton


Gissell Chiarez

Brandon Redfern State Farm

Mariah Zavala Headshot

Mariah Zavala

Mountain Mojo Group Marketing Solutions

Past ATHENA and ATHENA Young Professional Awards

2023 Athena Award – Public/Non-profit

Jenny Seiss,

Westside Veterinary Clinic

2023 Athena Award – Private Sector

Ross Shaefer

Flagstaff Shelter Services

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