Regional Chamber Announces Athena Award Nominees

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber on Monday announced the 28 nominees for the 2023 Athena Award.

The Athena Award is given each year to business and professional women in recognition of their leadership in the community and their mentorship to other professional women.

The recipient, along with all nominees, will be honored at the 30th annual Athena Award dinner May 18 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. The cost is $75 per person. Register HERE.

This year’s nominees are:

  • Dr. Sarah Aronson, anesthesiologist, Trumbull Regional Medical Center and Sharon Regional Medical Center;
  • Dr. Virginia Deeane Banks, infectious disease specialist, Northeast Ohio Infectious Disease Associates;
  • Tracey Behnke, senior development consultant – Midwest region, American Heart Association;
  • Elayne Bozick, Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Stouffer Realty;
  • Sherry Cross, director of Adult Education, Choffin Adult Career & Technical Center;
  • Lena Esmail, CEO, QuickMed Urgent Care;
  • Danielle Fraelich, vice president, The J. Arnold Wealth Management Co.;
  • Trish Gelsomino, foundation giving coordinator, Premier Bank;
  • Kathleen Harley, president, Mercy Health – St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital;
  • Lorena Hegedus, director, Hubbard Public Library;
  • Sarah Keeler, district director for U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson;
  • Chaya Kessler, director of Jewish Studies, Kent State University;
  • Stella Kotsatos-Angelo, real estate sales professional, Century21 Lakeside Realty;
  • Jane MacPherson, CEO, MacPherson & Co.;
  • Jamie Marshall, chief strategy officer, Henry H. Stambaugh Auditorium Association;
  • Candace Madden, grant manager, Panerathon coordinator, Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley;
  • Dr. Penelope Mashburn, general surgeon, director of Trauma Services, Trumbull Regional Medical Center;
  • Audrey Novotny, executive director, Square One Health LLC;
  • Kristen Olmi, CEO, KO Consulting LLC;
  • Deidre Petrosky, mayor, city of Cortland;
  • Rachael Rankin, head principal, Newton Falls Junior High and High School;
  • Roxann Sebest, vice president, United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley;
  • Marisa Sergi, CEO, L’uva Bella Winery;
  • Jillian Smith, assistant fire chief, Ellsworth Township, Mahoning County;
  • April Snyder, senior personal risk manager, Gibson Insurance Agency;
  • Tracie Stephens, principal, Schroedel, Scullin & Bestic LLC;
  • Lisa Taafe, clinical administrative director, Akron Children’s Hospital;
  • Nancy Voitus, executive director, Catholic Charities Regional Agency.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.