Nashville ATHENA announces 2017 nominees

It’s that time again for lucky Nashville ATHENA winners to be announced. The Nashville ATHENA recently announced its 2017 ATHENA Award nominees and Young Professional Leadership Award Nominees. Celebrating its 27th year, the Nashville ATHENA Awards Program, presented by Saint Thomas Health is a unique program organized and sponsored through the collaborative efforts of local women’s organizations in partnership with local businesses and individual sponsors, unlike other cities relying on their local Chamber of Commerces. The esteemed ATHENA Awards Program, held on Thursday, March 30, honors business and professional women for their career success, service to community and encouragement of women.

ATHENA_Headshots_ThumbnailsThe 2017 ATHENA nominees include: Council Member Burkley M. Allen; Rebecca Bayne; Renee Bobb; Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Hill Brown Felder; Rebecca S. Climer; Angela J. Gaskin, MD; Rep. Brenda J. Gilmore; Dr. Glenda Glover; Kim Hawkins, ASLA; Rita F. Johnson-Mills; Elizabeth L. Knox; E. Marlee Mitchell; Hasina A. Mohyuddin Mekesha; H. Montgomery; Patricia Glaser; Shea Laura Smith; Joycelyn A. Stevenson; Dr. Wendy J. Thompson; Nicole Tremblett; Evette White; Tawana Williams; Letha Woods, Ph.D.; and Shannon Wright.

ATHENA_Headshots_Thumbnails2ATHENA provides Nashville Cable with the unique ability to feature nominees who use their vision and persistence to excel while reaching out and opening the way for others. This year’s ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award nominees include: Katie Alexander; Sloan C. Allen; Dr. Nicole K. Arrighi; Tonya Austin; Staci L. Bockman; Christina M. Carlisle; Meg M. Chamblee; Erin D. Coleman; Nikki N. Fant; Amanda Strickland; Floyd Meagan; E. Frazier; Hart Harrison; Kellee N. Hill; Monchiere’ Holmes-Jones; Royya L. James; Penny Grace; Judd Daveisha; S. Moore; Sarah S. Moore; Tera Rica Murdock; Chara H. Rand; Dr. Crystal G. Rucker; Crissy Wieck Welhoelter; Caroline Randall Williams; Dr. Tameka Winston; and Alisha Wix.

“Each year our ATHENA nominees exemplify the spirit of Athena, the goddess of truth, wisdom, bravery and fierceness,” said Mendy Mazzo, ATHENA chairwoman. “This year we are honored to celebrate another strong class of women that embody these characteristics through their leadership and community involvement, which continues to elevate our ability to highlight the achievement of women throughout Middle Tennessee.”

Mendy Mazzo, vice president for Skanska USA Building, Inc., serves as the 2017 ATHENA Awards Program chairwoman with the support of Co-chairwoman Roxianne Bethune, senior executive president of Alliance Synergy Group, LLC.

“Both Mendy and I are honored to be involved with this organization and program,” said Bethune. “We look forward to announcing our scholarship recipients soon and hosting the wonderful events leading up to our 27th annual program. It’s important to this program to give back and uplift the great ability and success of women and girls in our community.”
Launched in 1993 through the support of the Patrons Society and local sponsors, the ATHENA Scholarship Program awards Middle Tennessee high school females and young women, both traditional and non-traditional, scholarships for continuing their education. The 27th annual Nashville ATHENA Awards Program will take place on Thursday, March 30, at Oz Arts beginning at 6 pm.

Each year during Women’s History Month in March, Nashville joins more than 500 communities throughout the world honoring exceptional women leaders. In Middle Tennessee nearly 50 women are nominated each year for special recognition as the embodiment of Athena’s spirit.

AETHENA nominees each exemplify leadership, superior performance, commitment to community and unselfish assistance to women and women’s issues. For more information visit or follow Nashville ATHENA Award and Scholarship Program on Facebook and ATHENA Award on Twitter or call 615-321-2260. The ATHENA Award is powered by Nashville Cable.