Monmouth Regional chamber announces Athena Leadership Award finalists


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The Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists, representing communities throughout New Jersey, for this year’s Athena Leadership Award and Athena Young Professional Leadership Award.

A luncheon is planned for Nov. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jumping Brook Country Club Neptune, where the 2022 Athena Award recipients, selected by a group of community leaders, will be announced and all finalists will be honored, according to a press release.

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The International Athena Leadership Award Program celebrates women as valued members and leaders of the community who serve as role models and encourage all women to achieve their full potential, according to the press release.

Each year, the Athena Awards honor individuals who are nominated in recognition of their business or professional accomplishments, community service and mentoring of others. The program was established in 1982.

This will be the 37th year the Athena Leadership Award will be presented by the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce, the only organization in New Jersey that is licensed to do so.

This will be the eighth year the chamber will present the Athena Young Professional Leadership Award, which recognizes emerging community leaders between the ages of 24 and 40, according to the press release.

To be considered for an Athena Leadership Award, nominees may represent the profit or not-for-profit sector and must demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession; provide valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community, and actively assist women in achieving their full leadership potential.

The 2022 Athena Leadership Award finalists include:

• Helen Archontou – CEO of YWCA Northern New Jersey and co-chair of the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking Legislative Committee;

• Erin Avery of Fair Haven – President of Avery Educational Resources, LLC, and commissioner of the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners;

• Vicky Flynn of Holmdel – New Jersey State Assemblywoman;

• Chaya Pamula of Bordentown – President and CEO of PamTen Inc. and founder of the nonprofit Support Organization for Kids in Need and SHETEK;

• Marta Quinn of Red Bank – Senior Development Director of HABcore.

The 2022 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award finalists include:

• Devin Carrick of Red Bank – Older Girl Program Specialist for the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore;

• Rachel Mitzelman of Freehold – Paramedic and Field Training Officer for Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health;

• Stephanie Toal of Pine Beach – Marketing and Communications Coordinator for OceanFirst Foundation;

• Dawn Doherty of Freehold – Executive Director of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide.

Tickets for the luncheon are $60 per person through Oct. 21 and $70 per person from Oct. 22 through Oct. 31. There is an additional 5% discount for tables of eight. Registration closes on Oct. 31; walk-ins cannot be accepted. Everyone in the community is invited to attend the event, according to the press release.

For tickets, sponsorship opportunities and additional details, visit Sponsorship and ad payments and materials are due by Oct. 19.

For information about the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce, visit

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