Alejandra Molina, assistant professor of Spanish at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, was one of 11 area women honored at the inaugural dinner ceremony for the Geneva Athena Award on Sept. 15.
Each was nominated for the award, which is presented in many communities across the country, on the basis of excellence, creativity and initiative in her business or profession, having served meaningfully in the community and helping other women reach their full leadership potential.
Other nominees were Philomena M. Cammuso, executive director of the Seneca Falls Historical Society; Eileen M. Gage, vice president for nursing at Finger Lakes Health; Kathy Jans-Duffy, collections manager at the Seneca Falls Historical Society; Joyce A. Keeney of Seneca Castle, retired Ontario County treasurer; Kim Reisch of Geneva, an attorney with the Center for Dispute Settlement, Success for Geneva’s Children; Michelle M. Robbins, field director, Finger Lakes Council Boy Scouts of America; Lucile Mallard of Geneva, coordinator of Finger Lakes Drug Court, Canandaigua City Court; Jane S. Shaffer of Waterloo, vice president of Sessler Wrecking & Sessler Development Corps. and a partner in Three S Development, Thruway
Travel Centers and Three S Gateway; and Margaret Kozlowski Wiant of
Romulus, director of public relations for Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service.
Nancee K. Scott of Penn Yan, branch manager of the Geneva office and assistant vice president of Seneca Falls Savings Bank, was the first recipient.
The evening's keynote speaker was Nancy Lee Hurlbert, immediate past president of the National Business and Professional Women and a former civil engineer and the first female vice president of Williams Hatfield and Stoner.
Teresa Angelo co-chaired the Athena Award Committee with Kelly Mittiga. The steering committee included Susan Bassett, former director of athletics at William Smith College; and Jan Regan, whose husband is Chip Capraro, associate dean of Hobart College. The selection panel included Debra DeMeis, dean of William Smith College.
The award, presented locally by the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce, was named after the Greek goddess of strength and wisdom, two traits the panel of judges considered in reviewing the nominations.