Here is a look at the 2014 Athena Award honorees:
- Mary Ellen Chamberlin has been president of the Riverboat Development Authority since its inception in 1989. She has overseen the distribution of $56 million in gaming funds to non-profit organizations and civic groups.
She has served on a number of boards, including Vision Iowa, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission of the U.S. Justice Department, Scott County Welfare Board, Scott County Riverfront Council, Davenport DARE and RiverVision steering committee. She serves on the Davenport Civil Service Commission, Downtown Partnership and Regional Opportunity Council of the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce.
She resides in Davenport with her husband, Lynne. They have two daughters.
- When Teri Johnson's son, Cpl. Jason Pautsch, was killed in Iraq in 2009, she vowed to turn her grief into passion to honor his fellow service members. She created her own foundation, Jason’s Box, Inc., which honors and assists service members while deployed and after they return from war.
Since 2009, Jason’s Box has grown to include a board of directors and a network of community volunteers and partners dedicated to improving the health and well-being of military men and women.
Selected in 2013 as UnityPoint Health-Trinity’s first military affairs liaison, Johnson formerly was coordinator of Advancement and Community Outreach at Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences.
Her memberships include the Quad-Cities Chamber Military Affairs Council, Gold Star Advisory Council for Army Community Service and Behavioral Health Working Group of Illinois Joining Forces.
She lives in Moline and has five children, ages 17-28.
- Meg Schebler joined Ashford University (then Mount St. Clare College) in 1998 as athletics director, and has served the institution as a coach, administrator and adjunct faculty member.
Under her leadership, the university implemented academic support services for athletes. In 2013, all 15 intercollegiate athletic teams were recognized with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Scholar Team Award.
She serves a number of boards in the Clinton community, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, YWCA, Relay for Life and Clinton Half Marathon.
She resides in Davenport.
- Laura Swift, a former vice president of Piper Jaffray and UBS, became a partner in Quad-Cities Investment Group, LLC in 2009.
She has consistently been honored for her leadership and business acumen. She was one of 10 people interviewed for the Options Industry Council’s 2013 whitepaper “Tales from the Front: How Advisors Successfully Use Options in Their Practice,” and she was invited to participate in the 2013 Barron’s Top Women Advisors Summit.
Her philanthropic endeavors include the Community Foundation’s Power of the Purse event and organizing the region’s first women’s giving circle, which funds vital programs for non-profit organizations.
Her other board memberships include YogaG and Davenport Rotary.
She and her husband, Shane, live in Bettendorf, and they have two sons.