Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and its Women’s Council affiliate recently named finalists for the Athena International Award, Athena Young Professional Award and Athena Organizational Award.
The Athena International Award annually goes to a professional female leader who demonstrated significant achievements in business, community service and the professional advancement of women.
The 2020 finalists are Marlene Bessette, president and CEO, Catholic Family Center; Donna Brink Fox, senior associate dean of academic and student affairs, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester; Stephanie Caffera, partner, Nixon Peabody LLP; Nancy Catarisano, managing partner, Insero & Co. CPAs LLP; Kelly Gagan, vice president of institutional advancement, Nazareth College; Gidget Hopf, president and CEO, Goodwill of the Finger Lakes and Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired; Heidi Macpherson, president, College at Brockport; Julie Marsiglio, director of major gifts, United Way of Greater Rochester; Colleen Matteson, Rochester market president, Bank of America; Arlette Miller Smith, associate professor of English and director of African American studies, St. John Fisher College; Deana Porterfield, president, Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary; Sujatha Ramanujan, managing director, Luminate, NextCorps Inc.; Kelly Reed, president and CEO, Huther Doyle Memorial Institute Inc.; Arline Santiago, senior VP, general counsel and director of legal, ESL Federal Credit Union; and Sharon Stiller, managing partner, Rochester office and director of the employment law practice, Abrams Fensterman.
The Athena Young Professional Award recognizes emerging female leaders ages 30-45 that demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession, and serve as a role model for young women personally and professionally.
The 2020 finalists are Julie Camardo, CEO and owner, Zweigle’s Inc.; Kesha Carter, chief diversity officer, Coordinated Care Services Inc.; Lauren Deutsch, executive director, Worker Justice Center of New York Inc.; Mona Gandhi, associate professor of pharmacy practice and administration, Wegmans School of Pharmacy, St. John Fisher College; Kimberly Harding, associate, labor and employment group, Nixon Peabody LLP; Kristina Johnson, vice president and finance lead, Digital Enablement Project, Constellation Brands; Sarah Knight, founder and director, Roc Girl Gang; Amanda Mari, director of strategic relations, Broadstone Real Estate Inc.; Amy Martin, senior director of communications, Constellation Brands; Jennifer Sahrle, senior director of operations, Trillium Health; Diana Solt, lead, strategy development, L3Harris Technologies; and Alexis Vogt, endowed chair and associate professor of optics, Monroe Community College.
The Athena Organizational Award goes to a woman-owned or -led business or organization that creates a culture encouraging women employees to achieve their full leadership potential and supports leadership development opportunities for women and girls in the community.
The 2020 finalists are Butler/Till Media Services, Helen & Gertrude, Robert F. Hyland & Sons LLC, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, and United Way of Greater Rochester.
Rochester Chamber and the Women’s Council will honor and empower women in business at the 34th annual Athena International Awards dinner on Jan. 23, 2020. Call (585) 256-4612, email or visit for information.