Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 ATHENA Awards®, scheduled for March 12, 2015, noon, at Jumer’s Casino & Hotel, Rock Island. Presented in affiliation with Athena International by the Women’s Connection and the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, the awards will honor outstanding women leaders in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Missman, Inc. is the title sponsor of the 2015 ATHENA Awards, with additional sponsorship from DHCU Community Credit Union, Quad City International Airport, Quad-City Times, River City Tire and Senior Star at Elmore Place. Deadline for nominations is January 19, 2015.

Honorees for the 2015 ATHENA Awards will be selected based on the following criteria:

·Nominee is a leader in business or her profession

·Nominee serves as a role model to other women in her profession and community

·Nominee displays creativity and innovation, and contributes these talents to the growth of her profession

·Nominee contributes time and energy to community betterment

Again this year, during the event, the Male Champion of Change Award will be presented to a regional man who exhibits exceptional commitment to the acceleration of women in leadership, and who utilizes his influence, talents and abilities to enhance gender diversity.

Nomination forms for the Athena Award and for the Male Champion of Change Award are available atwww.quadcitieschamber.comand at For more information, call (309)791-1603.

The mission of Athena International is "to support, develop and honor women leaders; to inspire women to achieve their full potential; and to create balance in leadership worldwide.” The mission of the ATHENA Award program is to elevate and honor those women who are setting a gold standard in their business and community leadership, and who are helping to bring along the next generation of women leaders.

Since 1982, 6,000 ATHENA Awards and Global ATHENA Leadership Awards have been presented by Athena International in more than 500 communities in the United States, Canada, Russia, China, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Past ATHENA Award recipients in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois:


·Marie Ziegler, Deere & Company

·Cathy Whiteside, Quad City Bank and Trust

·Dr. Barbara Suelter, Superintendent United Township High School District #30

·Denise Spindel, Quint Co. Inc.

·Pamela Fisher, Two Rivers Massage and del Sol


·Michelle Gau, Alleman Catholic High School

·Roxanne Kramer, Always A Woman Boutique

·Mary Lagerblade, retired Relocation Director, Mel Foster Company

·Diane Nelson, Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois


·Mary Junck, Lee Enterprises, Inc.

·Christy Kunz, Junior Achievement Worldwide

·Jan Masamoto, JTM Concepts, Inc.

·Linda Newborn, Deere & Company

·Heidi Schultz, Management Resource Group


·Lisa Brothers Arbisser, MD, Eye Surgeons Associates

·Kim Armstrong, PhD

·Cheri Bustos, Iowa Health Systems

·Hon. Linda Neuman

·Dana Wilkinson, Paragon Commercial Interiors, Inc.


·Stephanie Acri, Evans Premium Manufacturing

·Linda Duffy, Assumption High School

·Jennifer Rowe, Serv-A-Lite

·Cynthia Tidwell, Royal Neighbors of America


Recipient: Sr. Joan Lescinski, St. Ambrose University


·Julie Bechtel, Quad-City Times

·Denise Bulat, Bi-State Regional Commission

·Caroline Ruhl, Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors

·Jackie Staron, River City Tire

·Ginny Wilson-Peters, Integrity Integrated


Recipient: Gayle Roberts, Stanley Consultants


·Diane Campbell, Muscatine Community School District

·Carmen Darland, Quad City Arts

·Kelli Grubbs, Victory Enterprises

·Pat Shouse, Trinity Regional Health System

·Sally Welvaert, John Deere Classic


Recipient: Sarah Lande, former Executive Director of Iowa Sister States


·Joy Boruff, Moline Foundation

·Angela Moody, Arrowhead Ranch

·Heidi Parkhurst, Merrill Lynch


Recipient: Mary Ellen Chamberlin, Riverboat Development Authority


·Teri Johnson, Jason’s Box and UnityPoint Health-Trinity

·Meg Schebler, Ashford University

·Laura Swift, Quad Cities Investment Group

2014 Male Champion of Change Recipients

·Pat Eikenberry, Missman, Inc.

·Bill Leaver, UnityPoint Health

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