January 20, 2017


2018 Nominees

In addition to our 3 esteemed ATHENA Leadership Award® finalists, we have 3 finalists for the new ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award.

2018 ATHENA Leadership Award® Finalists

2018 Athena Leadership Award Nominees.

Janis Buhl-Macy of Cambridge City, Indiana, is the founder and owner of the Western Wayne News. She retired as the publisher in August 2017. Before establishing the newspaper, Buhl-Macy and her husband, Ed (deceased) helped to establish the Milton Lions Club in 1965. They owned and ran the former Fireside Restaurant. Within the community, Buhl-Macy has been a foster parent and a mentor at Western Wayne Elementary School. She has served on the committee for the Greens Fork Alumni and as a board member for Wayne County, Indiana Convention Tourism Bureau, the Town of Cambridge City and the Cambridge City Chamber of Commerce.

Susan Isaacs of Richmond, Indiana, is a trustee for Wayne Township. She is the co-founder and a board member of Sprout of Control. She is also the founder and director of the Grassroots Action Resource Center. She researched and uncovered historic information about Kings Cemetery in Richmond, and worked to restore the original tract that is now a space for the public. Isaacs has served as a board member for the Society for Preservation and Use of Resources (SPUR) and Wayne County Foundation. She served as the coordinator for the Hope House Dinner Project.

Amanda Marquis of Richmond, Indiana, is the Executive Director of The Leland Legacy, a licensed assisted living community in Richmond, IN.  Her passion for the senior population does not stop in Wayne county but reaching to the statehouse to be an advocate for them there as well. She is a strong supporter of the city of Richmond, women achieving their full leadership potential, buying local, rescue/therapy dog programs and helping grow nonprofits by serving on various boards over the years. Amanda has served on the Women’s Fund Committee, YMCA Board President, Center City Development, BNI President and Ambassador.  Nonprofits such as Girls Inc, WCTV, All Aboard Event, Area 9/LifeStream, Richmond Civic Theater, United Way, Townsend Center, In Concert and Genesis have been on the receiving end of support and contributions under Amanda’s leadership at the Leland.   A video was created of her testimony to be shared by the Women’s Resource Network, used as a training tool for high school classes and used in leadership training for managers of various industries.

2018 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award Finalists

2018 Athena Young Professional Award Nominees.

Roxie Deer of Richmond, Indiana, is the director of programs and events for the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce. She previously worked with The Excel Center-Richmond as the college transition and career pathways coordinator, instructor, life coach, and she worked for IU East as a student success coach and counselor. Deer is a board member of Helping Young Professionals Engage (HYPE). She is a board president for Youth as Resources and she is the events coordinator for Liberty Acres United Animal Sanctuary. She is also a volunteer for Reid Foundation’s BRAvo! initiative.

Brittany Irvine of Richmond, Indiana, is the director of the Indiana Cuddle Cot Campaign, a cooling device that allows families of stillborn babies the chance to spend more time with their child during such a horrific time. The Indiana Cuddle Cot Campaign also provides bereavement services to families dealing with pregnancy or infant loss and strives to educate the public about the issue. She is the founder and facilitator of Still Breathing (an online support group), and a mentor for the StillBirthday Doula Program. Irvine is also the practice manager for Runnels Chiropractic.

Jessie Pilewski of Richmond, Indiana, is a career coach for the Earlham College Center for Career and Community Engagement. Her work with first-generation and underrepresented students has led her to also become a mentor and role model for many of these students. Previously, she worked with WorkOne in Randolph County as a youth services advisor. In 2018, she received her certification in Identity and Leadership Development for Teen Counseling from Ball State University. Jessie also dedicates time to support students who are studying pre-health, applying to medical school, and job shadowing at health organizations in the Richmond community.