Lynne Maquat, PhD- the 28th Annual ATHENA Award Recipient!

EVENT DATE: January 16, 2014 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center

The Women’s Council, an affiliate of the Rochester Business Alliance, will honor 13 women chosen as this year’s Finalists for the ATHENA™ Award based on their significant professional achievements, their community service endeavors, and their leadership in the advancement of other professional women.

The 2014 Finalists are:

Wanda AcevedoChief Operating Officer, Wilson Commencement Park

Margaret A. Catillaz, Esq., Partner, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

Mariellen Cupini, CEO/Founder, Stepping Stones Learning Center

Carol DeMoulin, President, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester

Beth Galusha, Treasurer & Chief Accounting Officer, Manning & Napier

Christina M. Gullo, President & CEO, Villa of Hope

Suzanne Johnston, President, Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women

Jill Knittel, Chief Operating Officer, ER Associates

Patricia Larrabee, RNNP, CEO/Founder, Rochester Clinical Research, Inc.

Mary C. Loewenguth, Executive Director, Monroe County Bar Association

Lynne Elizabeth Maquat, J. Lowell Orbison Endowed Chair and Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, School of Medicine and Dentistry; Director, Center of RNA Biology, University of Rochester School of Medicine

Mary Moglia-Cannon, Portfolio Strategist and Senior Investment Analyst, Manning & Napier

Daisy Rivera-Algarin, Senior Marketing Specialist, City of Rochester

Tickets for the ATHENA™ luncheon are $85 per person or $750 for a table of 10 (a portion of each ticket sale to benefit the Women’s Council’s Young Women of Distinction Scholarship Program).  Table sponsorships are also available for a cost of $1,000 which includes sponsorship recognition and an invitation to a pre-luncheon, private reception honoring the Finalists—sponsored by the E. Philip Saunders College of Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

For more information or to purchase tickets/tables, contact Susan George at the Rochester Business Alliance at (585) 256-4612 or

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Gidget Hopf, Ed.D

Dr. A. Gidget Hopf is president and CEO of the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired-Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester in New York. This comprehensive not-for-profit agency provides employment to people who are blind in manufacturing, food services, retail and call center occupations.

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