San Diego, CA (PRWEB) January 11, 2018
Athena, a professional development association dedicated to advancing women in science and technology, announces the appointments of six new members to its Board of Directors, as well as the full slate of officers and board members for 2018-2019.
New board members include Rashmi Char, Vice President, Engineering, Qualcomm; Dr. Katherine Kantardjieff, Dean, College of Science & Mathematics at CSU San Marcos; Dr. Aboli Rane, Senior Product Manager at Illumina; Dr. Catherine Schnabel, Chief Scientific Officer at bioTheranostics; Charity Williams, Associate at Cooley; and Lee Wills, Head of Talent Acquisition & Employee Engagement at Sony Electronics.
“Year after year, I’m amazed at the quality of experience we’re able to access with our board,” said Constance Maples, Chair of Athena’s Board of Directors. “We have a deep bench in place and we couldn’t be more excited with these appointments. Each brings a distinct background and a deep passion around advancing executive women and will further enhance the success of our mission.”
“All of our board members embody the true spirit of community and bring great talent, expertise and energy to the boardroom,” said Holly Smithson, CEO, Athena. “We are particularly fortunate to have them in place as we celebrate Athena’s 20th Anniversary at our Pinnacle Awards on May 5, 2018.”
For more information on nominations for 2018 Pinnacle Awards visit: http://www.athenasd.org/nominate-a-leader-2018
The full slate of Athena Board of Directors for 2018-2019 is:
Chair: Constance Maples, COO, Lanyon Advisory Services
Vice Chair: Sabrina Johnson, CEO, Founder, DARÉ Bioscience
Treasurer: Cathy Gonzales, Partner, KPMG LLP
Athena’s At-Large Board of Directors include:
Claudia Baranowski, Senior Manager, Illumina
Jennifer Brown, Executive Director, EY
Rashmi Char, Vice President, Engineering, Qualcomm
Grace Chui-Miller, CFO, Correlation Ventures
Michele Comtois, Principal, Marsh & McLennan Agency
Shaye Exner, Senior Director, Biocom
Carolyn Fritz, Serial Entrepreneur, Fritz Consulting, LLC
Liz Gasser, Managing Partner, High Camp Ventures
Dr. Katherine Kantardjieff, Dean, College of Science & Mathematics, CSU San Marcos
Judy Müller-Cohn, CEO, MXCglobal; COO, BioFluidica
Dr. Aboli Rane, Senior Product Manager, Illumina
Dr. Catherine Schnabel, Chief Scientific Officer, Biotheranostics
Charity Williams, Associate, Cooley
Lee Wills, Head of Talent Acquisition & Employee Engagement, Sony Electronics
Athena is a 501(c)(6) professional development association dedicated to advancing women in science and technology. Athena’s community of dynamic women accesses networking, mentoring, and leadership development programs that empower women across STEM industries to accelerate their professional ambitions and perform at their highest levels.
Athena members hold positions of senior executive, entrepreneur, educator and manager, from all sectors of STEM: life sciences, healthcare, defense, engineering and related industries, as well as the associated service providers.