ATHENA Leadership Award® finalists announced

ATHENA Leadership Award® finalists announced

Wayne Bank and Trust Co. and Indiana University East have partnered for the third year to bring the ATHENA Leadership Award® to Wayne County. The ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to an individual who is honored for their professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

The award recipient will be announced at the celebration dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, at Forest Hills Country Club. The event recognizes women leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community.

The request for nominations went out to the community in March. The three finalists chosen are:

Amy Oler Holthouse, of Richmond, Ind., is president and CEO of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce. Holthouse provides positive leadership for the county and for her staff. Through the chamber, she is involved in programs and events as well as partnerships and collaborations with America’s Best Communities Competition, Manufacturing Matters, Starr Piano Festival, Leadercast, Festival of Murals and the Centerville Playground Project. Holthouse is a member of the Richmond Kiwanis Club, and she serves on the Indiana University East Board of Advisors, WCTV Board of Directors, and the Board of Advisors for Center City Development.

Kim Poinsett, of Richmond, Ind., is the vice president of community relations for First Bank Richmond. In her role, Poinsett oversees the community engagement and philanthropic efforts for First Bank Richmond. Poinsett serves on the Reid Health Foundation Events Committee, assisting with the Red Dress Ball, BRAvo! and Reid Ride. Poinsett also serves with the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce’s ACES committee, Richmond Social Media Group, Eastern Indiana Small Business Development Center, Third Grade Academy, Richmond Community Schools Kindergarten Rocks, InConcert, Richmond Lions Club, Richmond Art Museum’s Marketing Committee, and a board member of the YWCA, Civic Hall Performing Arts Center, Richmond Civic Theatre, and past board member of Girls Inc.

Rebecca Studebaker, of Eaton, Ohio, is the executive director of the YWCA in Richmond. As director, she oversees the YWCA’s Genesis Center, which is the program for domestic violence, sexual assault and homelessness for Wayne, Union and Fayette counties. Studebaker inspires those around her to take care of others and she is dedicated to preventing domestic violence and assault. Studebaker serves on community and state committees including for Community Vitality, Joining Forces, Indiana Housing, Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She also serves with the Community Engagement Committee, Wayne County Pro-Bono Commission and Women’s Network on Domestic Violence.

The cost for the dinner is $75. Proceeds will benefit Girls Inc. and the IU East Center for Service Learning.

For reservations, contact Norene Groth at or 765-259-0208.


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