Athena Announces New Board of Directors for 2019

SAN DIEGO – January 8, 2019  Athena, California’s premier advocate for women working in the STEM economy, announces its appointment of six new board directors in addition to the slate of officers and directors for 2019-2020. 

“Following a thorough search for diverse candidates, we are joined by leaders with expertise in tech, life sciences, finance and entrepreneurism,” said Liz Gasser, Athena’s Board Chair. “This board aligns with both our mission and future growth plans as Athena continues to advance the cause of gender equality in STEM professions.”

New Directors include Accenture’s Revathi Subramanian, Managing Director and Global Data Scientist; Intuit’s Bridget Kimball, Vice President and Chief Architect; KPMG’s Jean Stadwiser, Partner; JLABS’ Dr. Kara Bortone, San Diego Head; RippleNami Inc.’s Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, Chairman and CEO; and Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Lola Adeyemo, Project Manager.

“These industry leaders represent the very essence of the Athena community; accomplished, visionary and empowered to create enduring societal change,” said Athena Board Vice Chair, Rashmi Char. 

As Athena leads the STEM community through this decade of the woman, this board’s strategic vision is paramount as we continue this journey to achieve gender equality in the STEM workforce,” said Holly Smithson, CEO, Athena. 

Athena’s 2019-2020 Board of Directors includes:

Athena Board Officers

Chair: Liz Gasser, Managing Partner | High Camp Ventures

Vice Chair: Rashmi Char, Vice President, Engineering | Qualcomm

Treasurer: Grace Chui-Miller, CFO | Correlation Ventures

Secretary: Holly Smithson, CEO | Athena

Athena's At-Large Board of Directors

Lola Adeyemo, Project Manager | Thermo Fisher Scientific

Claudia Baranowski, Senior Manager | Illumina

Dr. Kara Bortone, Head | JLABS San Diego at Johnson & Johnson

Jennifer Brown, Executive Director | EY

Michele Comtois, Principal | Marsh & McLennan Agency

Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, Chairman & CEO | Ripplenami Inc.

Shaye Exner, Senior Director | Biocom

Carolyn Fritz, President | Fritz Consulting, LLC

Sabrina Johnson, President & CEO | Daré Bioscience

Dr. Katherine Kantardjieff, Dean, College of Science & Mathematics | CSU San Marcos

Bridget Kimball, Vice President & Chief Architect, Consumer Group | Intuit

Constance Maples, COO | Lanyon Advisory Services

Judy Müller-Cohn, COO | BioFluidica

Dr. Catherine Schnabel, Chief Scientific Officer | Biotheranostics

Jean Stadwiser, Partner | KPMG

Revathi Subramanian, Managing Director & Global Data Science Executive | Accenture

Charity Williams, Associate | Cooley

Lee Wills, Head of Talent Acquisition & Culture | Sony North America 

Athena is empowering progress together by advancing professional women in the STEM workforce. Athena offers its member community instruments for change through professional development, community investment, and market research. Its 20-year history of advancing women in one of the nation's leading STEM hubs marks Athena as a premier women's empowerment advocate. For more information visit: and follow @athenasandiego.

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