Athena award

MANSFIELD -- The Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development on Thursday announced three local women have been selected as finalists for the 2020 ATHENA Award in Richland County.

The award, sponsored by Richland Bank, will be handed out at the Chamber Annual Meeting & Dinner on Jan. 30.

Michele Gorman

Michele Gorman

The ATHENA finalists for 2020 are Michele Gorman, dean of students at The Richland School of Academic Arts; Kristie Massa, central marketing and communication for Park National Bank; and Zoi Romanchuk, president of PR Machine Works and owner of Slick Automated Solutions.

Kristie Massa

Kristie Massa

“The ATHENA award is an internationally recognized brand whose recipients are honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills,” said Jodie Perry, CEO of the Chamber.

Zoi Romanchuk

Zoi Romanchuk

“Our three finalists have all made a unique impact on our community all the while achieving outstanding professional distinction. We are very excited to recognize their achievement," Perry said.

The Richland Area Chamber became the new home for the ATHENA Award in 2016 after being given out by the TWIN (A Tribute to Women & Industry) Committee in Richland County since 1989.

The nominations were reviewed by a panel of past ATHENA Award recipients, who then selected the three finalists and the recipient.

In addition to the ATHENA Award, the Richland Community Development Group and Richland Young Professionals will be giving out several Economic Excellence Awards.

The dinner will be at the Kehoe Center in Shelby. A cocktail hour kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and dinner, which is being catered by The Vault Wine Bar, will be served at 6:30 p.m.

The early bird ticket price of $45 is good through Jan. 15. Sponsorship packages are also available.

Call the Chamber office at 419-522-3211 or visit the website at for more information.

The Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development is the largest business advocacy organization in north central Ohio.

It provides benefits, networking and promotional opportunities to businesses to help them prosper. The Richland Community Development Group is the countywide organization providing economic, workforce, and community development to help the community grow.

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