ATHENA International is a non-profit organization that seeks to support, develop and honor women leaders. The program was founded in 1982 by Martha Mayhood Mertz. Since the program’s inception, more than 7,000 awards have been presented in over 500 communities across 8 countries.
The ATHENA leadership model identifies eight attributes that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership: living authentically, learning constantly, advocating fiercely, acting courageously, fostering collaboration, building relationships, giving back and celebrating.
This committee gathers monthly to produce the ATHENA on the Lakeshore Awards.
Cindy Achterhoff, Chair, PNC Bank Carolyn Taylor, Co-chair, Fifth Third Bank
Kristin Knop, Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
Bari S. Johnson, The Stanton Group Dwana Thompson, City of Muskegon Ellie Holman, The Chamber Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg
Stefanie Herder, Spring Lake Country Club
Brianna T. Scott (2019), Mary Boyd (2018), 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)
Abby Selby (2019), Meghan Heritage (2018), Stefanie Herder (2017), Sara Julius (2016), Sarah Rinsema-Sybenga (2015), Kris Collee (2014)
The 2020 ATHENA on the Lakeshore Award Luncheon will be held on October 6 at the Delta by Marriott Hotels in Downtown Muskegon.