The Western New York Women's Fund and the Buffalo Niagara Partnership have nominated 14 women for the 2005 Athena Award. The winner will be announced at a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on May 3 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.
The award recognizes someone who demonstrates professional excellence, shows support for the goals of professional women and provides assistance on their behalf.
This year's nominees are:
Mary Lee Campbell-Wisley, regional president of Univera Healthcare; Diane Daminski, general manager of the Compass Group, a marketing firm in Amherst for Boston-based New England Financial; Marian Deutschman, professor of communication at Buffalo State College; Nancy R. Dobson, executive vice president of Uniland Development Co.;
Laree Hulshoff, senior investment management consultant and senior vice president of Smith Barney's Buffalo office; Elizabeth Kolber, first vice president of investments and wealth management adviser at Merrill Lynch's Amherst office; Nancy La Tulip, senior vice president of small business lending at First Niagara Bank.
Virginia Mazgajewski, partner in Xtreme Wheels Indoor Skate Park; Mary Kate O'Connell, founder and artistic director of O'Connell & Co.; Isabel J. Robitaille, broker owner of Robitaille Relocation & Real Estate; Irene S. Snow, medical director of the Buffalo Medical Group.
Karen Trabert, chief financial officer of Wendel Duchscherer Architects & Engineers; Brenda Williams McDuffie, president and CEO of the Buffalo Urban League; Penny M. Wolfgang, State Supreme Court justice.
BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and Rite Aid Corp. are sponsoring the luncheon. Tickets are $50 per person or $500 for a table of eight.