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Alumnus Spotlight – Corinne Gammichia

March 27th, 2013

Corinne Gammichia of Alchemy Hair Salon is a 2012 Athena Alumnus. Established in 1998, Alchemy was built to bring all of the artists of hairdressing in Orlando together to inspire and encourage constant growth and progression. Corrinne’s main focus has always been to motivate her employees and help them grow as professionals and individuals. In 2012, the Orlando Weekly named Alchemy Hair Salon Orlando’s Best Hair Salon.

Alumnus Spotlight – Jennifer Dickerson

March 20th, 2013

Jennifer Dickerson, 2012 Athena alumnus and President of EnRep, Inc. holds more than 22 years of project management experience in environmental & safety compliance as well as hazardous waste management. EnRep, Inc. provides environmental and safety consulting services to environmental management and remediation companies and government programs, including CH2M HILL, the Department of Energy, and Lockheed Martin. Currently, EnRep is ranking #514 on Inc’s Top 5,000 fastest growing companies.

Alumnus Spotlight – Denise Imbesi

March 13th, 2013

Denise Imbesi, 2012 Athena alumnus and President of Muscle Mixes Music found a need in the marketplace for pre-mixed music compilations. That’s why in 1988, she lunched her business after noticing many fitness instructors piecing music together on audio-cassettes. Since, Denise has created hundreds of high-quality fitness music compilation cassettes and CDs and markets them to the fitness industry worldwide. Today, she believes the key to her company’s success has been due to one simple methodology– “customers are why we exist”.

Alumnus Spotlight – Kimberly Lawton Koon

March 6th, 2013

Kimberly Lawton Koon is a 2012 alumnus of the Athena program. Kimberly is the 5th generation of Lawton family to lead Lawton Printers, an 112-year-old commercial printing firm based in Downtown Orlando. Today, she combines her role as President with that of overseeing all production and reaching new technology to offer to clients. She currently sits on the Board for he Printing Association of Florida, working hard to encourage students to get interested and excited about the Graphics Arts industry. In 2009, the Orlando Business Journal honored Kimberly for her career accomplishments during the Woman Who Mean Business awards.

Alumnus Spotlight – Amy O’Rourke

February 27th, 2013

Amy O’Rourke, 2012 Athena alumnus is the founder and president of the Cameron Group Care Management Services. The Cameron Group is a full-service professional care management company that provides relief and reassurance to elders and their families by assisting with a wide range of services. Her goal is to maintain the dignity, independence and quality of life of each individual. Amy has over 30 years experience in the health care field, 25 of those years in the field of aging.

Alumnus Spotlight – Leslie Christin

February 20th, 2013

Leslie Christin, 2012 Athena alumnus and founder of Cara Cosmetics, a professional makeup line created for global beauty. For over 14 years, Leslie has thrived as a film and television makeup artist, creating looks of models, actors and celebrities. Now she brings her expertise and her line of cosmetics to the community by opening Studio CARA in Maitland, FL. Here mission has always been to offer high quality professional makeup line at an affordable price.

Alumnus Spotlight – Gail Mears

February 13th, 2013

Gail Mears is the owner of Club Z! Tutoring Services, offering educational guidance for students of all ages, grades, and subjects. With her expertise she has helped Club Z! become the fastest growing one-on-one in-home tutoring service. Her passion for helping the youth led Gail to direct youth programs at a YMCA Training Facility in Chicago until 2003. Gail also taught and coached at Lake Highland Prepatory School until 1997. Gail serves as a positive asset to the Orlando community with her teaching, staff development, coaching, tutoring, and management skills.

Alumnus Spotlight – Stacy Ethun Stevens

February 6th, 2013

Stacy Ethun Stevens is the owner of Park Avenue Group, part of the Management Recruiters International network (MRI). She opened Park Avenue Group in January 1998 after two decades of service in various financial institutions. Stacy won the Rookie Office of the Year award in her first year at Park Avenue. She has also won Top 10 Billing Manager of over 800 offices and President’s Club each year since, marking the top 25% of the MRI network. In 2005, Stacy was nominated to the Pinnacle, recognizing the highest levels of achievement nationally in Executive Search. One year later she was elected to their Board of Directors. Most recently Stacy won the 2012 Orlando Woman Business Owner of the Year and attributes this success to the expertise of Athena members and her own driven mindset.

Alumnus Spotlight – The Ladies of Eola Eyes

January 30th, 2013

Eola Eyes, has provided eye care services and designer eyewear to the Orlando area and is co-owned by three renowned optometrists. Brighid Williams graduated with her optometry degree from the University of Missouri, receiving awards in primary care and contact lens fitting. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of College Park and the Central Florida Society of Optometric Physicians. Kerry Giedd graduated from Ohio State University College of Optometry, receiving her Master of Science and Doctorate of Optometry. She is a member of the American Academy of Optometry and is active in the Florida Optometric Association. Kerry serves as the 2012 President of Florida Executive Women. Nicole Beedle graduated from Florida State University with her Bachelor of Science. She received her doctorate from the Illinois College of Optometry and then worked in a Primary Care Residency at the Illinois Eye Institute. Nicole is involved with the Lighthouse of Central Florida and has served on the Board of Directors for 3 years. She is also a member of the American Optometric Association and the Florida Optometric Association.

Alumnus Spotlight – Sheryl Batchelder

January 23rd, 2013

Sheryl Batchelder is president of the National Indexing Systems, a printing organization that provides all inclusive information-packaging solutions. She is an active member of the National Association of Women Business Owners and the Physician Reference Directory. After graduating with her bachelor of science from the university of florida, Sheryl began working at The Beacon Network to focus on the integration of diversity in her community. With her help, National Indexing Systems has grown to be a recognized industry leader in index tabs, file backs and fasteners, stock products, binders and menu covers, and printing/finishing services.

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