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ATHENA International™ Elects New Board Members/Officers

CHICAGO, IL – May 4, 2016 –ATHENA International™, the Chicago-based not-for-profit organization that honors, supports and develops women leaders nationally and internationally, has elected new officers for 2016-2017 and added five new members to its board of directors.

Elected to lead ATHENA International™ for 2016/2017 are:

  • Interim Executive Director – Andrea Stevenson Conner
  • Chair – Judith Lancaster; Attorney and Owner, Judith E. Barnes Lancaster; Canton, OH
  • Vice Chair – Mary MacLaren; Retired Executive Director, The Executives’ Club of Chicago; Chicago, IL
  • Vice Chair – Janine Janosky, PhD; Dean, College of Education, Health and Human Services, University of Michigan; Dearborn, MI.
  • Secretary – Tiffany Hughes; Senior Associate Director of Executive Development Center, University of Central Florida; Geneva, IL.
  • Treasurer – Cathleen Harris; former VP Global Internal Audit and VP Corporate Strategy, General Mills; Eden Prairie, MN

 
The new board members are:

  • Joanne Lally Eberhart; Retired Executive Director of Advancement, the Stark State College Foundation; North Canton, Ohio
  • Cathleen Harris; former VP Global Internal Audit and VP Corporate Strategy, General Mills; Eden Prairie, MN
  • Debbie Peterson; Founder, Getting to Clarify; Cape Coral, FL
  • Ann Playter; retired General Motors Executive; Ft. Wayne, Indiana
  • Dr. Kristine Quade, Jd, EdD, MSOD; Management Consultant; Mesa, AZ
  • William C. Shivers; President of Huntington Bank’s Greater Akron/Canton and Mahoning Valley Regions; Canton, OH
  • Brittany Grimes Zaehringer; Human Resource Director, Brown County, WI; Green Bay, WI 
 

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Founded in 1982 by Martha Mayhood Mertz, ATHENA International is a non-profit organization that seeks to support, develop and honor women leaders through programs that we administer in partnership with ‘host organizations’ from local communities.These programs inspire women to reach their full potential and strive to create balance in leadership worldwide.
 
 
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