Women’s Basketball Coach to Keynote Athena Dinner

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Agnus Berenato, a television sports analyst and women’s basketball coach at the University of Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech, will keynote the 24th annual Athena Award Dinner.

Berenato, who was just named head women’s basketball coach at Kennesaw State University in Georgia on Wednesday, will focus on “Having It All But Changing the Rules.”

During the annual program, May 19 at Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Center in Boardman, the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber and co-presenter The Vindicator/vindy.com will honor and recognize 21 Athena nominees. This year’s honorees are:

  • Connie Bobby, vice president and treasury management officer, Huntington Bank
  • Karen Bovard, attorney, Johnson & Johnson Law Office
  • Stacie Butler, head golf professional, North Course, Mill Creek MetroParks Golf Courses
  • Kathy Cook, president, St. Joseph Warren Hospital, Mercy Health
  • Monica Craven, executive director, Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning Valley
  • Sharon DeFrances, managing director, private client services, Talmer Bank and Trust
  • Angela DiVito-McClellan, executive director, Coalition for a Drug-Free Mahoning County
  • Bonnie Dodge, Pinnacle & Platinum premier team leader, Perfectly Posh Independent Consultant
  • Sarah Hadley, executive director, Senior Independence
  • Debbie Horvath, volunteer coordinator, Southern Care Hospice
  • Rebecca Keck, executive director, SMARTS (Students Motivated by the Arts)
  • Susan Krawchyk, executive director, Mahoning County Veterans Service Commission
  • Diana McDonald, president, Mahoning County Medical Society Alliance
  • Dr. Meredythe “Mimi” McNally, gastroenterologist and internal medicine, Salem Regional Medical Center
  • Nina Melfi, assistant vice president, KeyBank
  • Sarra Mohn, partner, Jet Creative
  • Kathryn Orr Scheel, president, Silcox Dental Supply
  • Gina Pastella, executive vice president, operations, VEC Inc.
  • Erica Richley, special education director, Summit Academy Management
  • Gail Riess, executive director, Gateways To Better Living
  • Kenya Roberts-Howard, executive director, YWCA of Warren
  • Barbara Rombach, director, surgical and specialty offices, Mercy Health Physicians Youngstown

In addition, the recipient of the $1,500 Athena Scholarship, created in 2007 through a partnership with the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, will be announced. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield also will present scholarships in the amount of $1,250 each to two more scholarship applicants.

The event will open with a cocktail reception (cash bar) at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 6:15 p.m. Cost of the dinner is $70 per person. Invitations will be mailed. Reservations are required by May 13 by contacting Amy Young at 330 744 2131 ext. 12; by email at [email protected], or by accessing the events calendar on the Regional Chamber website.

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