January 20, 2017


2019 Nominees

In addition to our 3 esteemed ATHENA Leadership Award® finalists, we have selected the recipient of the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award.

2019 ATHENA Leadership Award® Finalists

2019 Athena nominees with Athena award.Rhonda Duning of Richmond, Indiana, is a realtor at Coldwell Banker Lingle. She has served on Communities in Schools of Wayne County as a founding board member, former president of Richmond Realtors Association, past president of East Central Indiana Workforce Development, Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce board, Girls Inc., and she was the first woman to serve on the YMCA board. Duning is a member of PSI-Iota-XI Sorority, Vintage Wheels, First English Lutheran Church and a member of its council and a women’s Bible study fellowship. Previously, she was a mentor for the Fairview reading and Study Buddy programs.

Jennifer Feaster of Richmond, Indiana, is the director of Financial Administration for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County. She is currently vice president for the Richmond Noon Kiwanis Club. She is also a board member for Safety Village of Wayne County and the IU East Alumni Association. She is a lifetime member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, a lifetime member of the IU Alumni Association, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Indiana Chapter, and a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Additionally, she serves as a secretary for EAA Chapter 373, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s The Professional Association Indiana Chapter, and as secretary/treasurer of the Hagerstown Indiana RC Club.

Melissa Vance of Richmond, Indiana, is the president and CEO of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce. She has served on numerous community boards including Communities in Schools of Wayne County, the Center City Development Corporation, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, and Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Vance has served on advisory councils for IU East, Earlham College and Purdue Polytechnic Richmond, and participated on committees for Girls Inc., Downtown Business Group, Depot District and Centerville Main Street. She is also serves on the Greater Connersville Progress Committee.

2019 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award Recipient

Portrait of Ashley Sieb smiling.The recipient for the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award is Ashley Sieb of Richmond, Indiana. She is the founder of Ashley Sieb Marketing and she is the marketing strategist and storytelling advocate for Stratavize Consulting. She is a visiting instructor and senior thesis advisor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is also an instructor for Richmond Social Media and is a member of the board of directors for Birth to Five.