The Richland Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that three local women have been selected as finalists for the 2018 ATHENA Award in Richland County.  The Award, which is being sponsored by Richland Bank, will be handed out at the Chamber & Richland Community Development Group (RCDG) Annual Meeting & Dinner on January 25.

The ATHENA finalists for 2018 are Veronica Groff, President & CEO of Catalyst Life Services, Patti Kastelic, Director of Cancer Services and Imaging Company at OhioHealth, and Zoi Romanchuk, Owner of Slick Automated Solutions and Vice President of PR Machine Works.

 “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 & RCDG. “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!”

The Richland Area Chamber of Commerce 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, who will be announced at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting.

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 held on Thursday, January 25 at the Kehoe Center in Shelby. A cocktail hour kicks off at 5:30 PM and dinner, which is being catered by Ed Pickens Café on Main, will be served at 6:30 PM.  The early bird ticket price of $45 is good through Tuesday, January 16. Sponsorship packages are also available.  Call the Chamber office at 419-522-3211 or visit their website at for more information.

The Richland Area Chamber of Commerce is the largest business advocacy organization in north central Ohio.  They provide 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.

Source, Photos: Richland Area Chamber of Commerce

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