ATHENA on the Lakeshore

The ATHENA on the Lakeshore is a program of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and The Chamber Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg. The award is presented annually and recognizes outstanding lakeshore women who have demonstrated excellence in their business or profession, have provided valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in their community, assists other women in reaching their full potential and who exhibits the spirit of regional collaboration. The luncheon event is held the first Tuesday in October.

2018 Award Luncheon:

Tuesday, October 02, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Muskegon Country Club

This year’s keynote speaker is Carole R. Valade. Valade is the Immediate Past Editor of Gemini Publications, where she was responsible for editorial policy, planning and development of publications and the editorial staff. As one of the first women in the U.S. to be named editor of a regional business newspaper, Valade has received awards for news writing, feature writing, column writing and newspaper design. She has served the West Michigan community through the Metropolitan YMCA, Grand Valley State University, PBS affiliates and many more.

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ATHENA Award Recipients:

Kelly Springer (2017), Tracy L.N. Wilson (2016), Renae Hesselink (2015), Helen Zeerip (2014), Leslie Brown (2013), Patricia VerDuin (2012), Candace Dugan (2011), Elizabeth Rolinski (2010), Blanche Smith (2009), Judith Hayner (2008), Nancy Miller (2007), Nancy McCarthy (2006), Nancy Crandall (2005).

ATHENA Young Professional Award Recipients:

Stefanie Herder (2017), Sara Julius (2016), Sarah Rinsema-Sybenga (2015), Kris Collee (2014).


Committee Members:

Jennifer Scofield, Chair, Shoreline Vision
Carolyn Taylor, Fifth Third Bank
Bari S. Johnson, The Stanton Group
Cindy Achterhoff, PNC Bank
Dwana Thompson, City of Muskegon
Kris Collee, Age Well Services of West Michigan
Pamela Blake, The Chamber Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg
Pat Shafer, Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
Kristin Knop, Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce






2018 Sponsorship Form