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Athena Board Members

Executive Management

Holly Smithson
Chief Executive Officer | Athena



Board Officers 

Athena Board Chair

Liz Gasser
Managing Partner | High Camp Ventures

Athena Vice Chair

Rashmi Char
VP, Engineering | Qualcomm, Inc.

Athena Treasurer

Grace Chui-Miller
Chief Financial Officer | Correlation Ventures


Board of Directors

Associate Lola Adeyemo
Senior Diversity & Inclusion Specialist | Thermo Fisher Scientific

Claudia Baranowski
Senior Manager, Stock Administration | Illumina

Kara Bortone
Head | JLABS San Diego at Johnson & Johnson                     

Jennifer Brown
Executive Director | EY


Michele Comtois
Principal | Marsh & McLennan Agency            

Jaye Connolly-LaBelle
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer | RippleNami, Inc.

Shaye Exner
Senior Director of Corporate Sponsorships | Biocom                         

Carolyn Fritz
President | Fritz Consulting LLC

Sabrina Johnson
President and Chief Executive Officer | Daré Bioscience

Katherine Kantardjieff
Dean, College of Science and Mathematics | Cal State San Marcos

Bridget Kimball
Vice President and Chief Architect, Consumer Group | Intuit

Constance Maples
Chief Operating Officer | Lanyon Advisory Services

Judy Müller-Cohn
Chief Operations Officer | BioFluidica, Inc.                         

Cathy Schnabel
Chief Scientific Officer | Biotheranostics, Inc.

Jean Stadwiser
Partner | KPMG

Revathi Subramanian
Managing Director, Global Data Science Executive | Accenture 

Charity Williams
Associate | Cooley

Lee Wills
Head of Talent Acquisition & Culture | Sony North America

Athena Emeritus and Founding Board Members

We are grateful to all of the women who helped form and shape the Athena organization. Their insight and direction have helped us to succeed in supporting an ever-growing membership of executives, managers, educators, entrepreneurs and service agencies in STEM-related industries. Each and every person has played a monumental role in Athena’s success as an organization.
Emeritus status has been granted to all past Board Members in recognition of their leadership, service, and commitment to Athena.

Helen Adams Karen Garsson Benita Page*
Erna Adelson Brenda Gebler Tracy (Lawhon) Parrott
Cathy Akin* Susan Gonick Sigrid Pate*
Gemini Babla Cathy Gonzales Leni Perciado
Suzanne Biggs Diane Goostree Aboli Rane
Janice Brown Lisa Grillone Rhonda Rhyne
Barbara Bry* Lisa Haile Gwen Rosenberg
Julie Burgess Kathleen Hedges Faye Russell
Anita Busquets Emilie Hersh Killu Sanborn
Donna Caley Leach* Denise Jackson Dawn Saunders
Cathryn Campbell* Wendy Johnson Jeni Schrimsher
Kelly Cashion Deborah Jondall Joleen Schultz
Jennifer Cayer AnneMarie Kaiser Linda Seaton
Kay Chandler Beth Kinsey* Stephanie Shkolnik
June Chocheles Karen Klause* Abby Silverman
Nancy Conyers Sarah Lamade Kim Silverman
Nicole DeBerg Patti Lazard Joan Stafslien
Jan Dehesh Linda Le Beau* Deirdre Stewart
Martha Dennis* Donna Leach Julie Sullivan
Karen Deschaine
Sandra Louis Schmid Susan Ten Eyck Mallory*
Barbara Drinkrow Maggie Lowe Denise Thompson
Berit Durler Catherine Mackey Jackie Townsend
Karin Eastham Margaret Mann Christie Vail
Sue Ebner Vicki Marion Elaine Weidenhammer
Tamar Elkeles* Magda Marquet Sara Wilensky Napoli
Maureen (Makridis) Feerick Lisa Martens Annette Winn
Karen Fisher Donna Nichols Teresa Young
Lynne Friedmann* Barbara Noerenberg Nicola Zahl
Tammy Garbett Anne O’Donnell*  

*Founding Board Member