Athena Valley of the Sun
Dr. Kristine Quade, JD, EdD, MSOD
Founder, Athena Valley of the Sun
An self-proclaimed “agent of change” Dr. Quade was instrumental in developing leadership programs for women at McDonnell Douglas & Boeing. She has extended that focus to other women leaders as the founder of Athena Valley of the Sun.
Chantel Dooley works in Impact Assessment for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Chantel is the proud surviving fiancée of Captain Alex J Stanton, United States Air Force. In honor of Alex, a Special Agent with the Office of Special Investigations in Phoenix, Arizona, Chantel joined TAPS as a survivor and is now giving back to continue the mission of providing comfort, care, and resources for all who grieve the death of a military loved one. Chantel holds a BS in Biology from Arizona State University, an MA in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix, and will earn her Ph.D. from Grand Canyon University.
Dr. Massey serves as Director of the Young Athena program with ATHENA Valley of the Sun where she is passionate about working to develop young woman leaders of local high schools. As an agent of change, Dr. Robin Massey brings more than 20 years experience in academia and leadership.
Dr. Susan Taffer
Dr. Susan Taffer is an American business and social entrepreneur, a Transition Strategist, Global Educator, and a Humanitarian. She is an Intercultural Ambassador for Universities, businesses and Governments, an Educational Ambassador for Global Peace Initiatives, and the principal founder of World Connections Foundation.
Dr. Taffer has served on the Athena Valley of the Sun executive leadership team for over 2 years and is currently the Facilitator for the AVOS Executive Leadership Certificate Program for selected Athena Members. She serves as an executive advisor for the recipients of the Athena Principal Woman’s Leadership Award and counsels the Young Athenas Program Development.
Expanding on her life-long passion to transition individuals to greatness, Dr. Taffer is aligning her talents and connections to create and produce a documentary film, entitled ‘As I Rise’. The film speaks to individuals of all ages. It is a story of courage and discovery; of women rising to their full potential and galvanizing change within their lives and communities. Featuring the true stories of three inspiring women, the film demonstrates that all of us have within us the potential to live a life of greater purpose, power and productivity. Their stories illustrate that no one is ever too far from making a difference – or from healing through education. And it is a gripping reminder of the power of leadership. “You can’t emulate what you can’t see. With that in mind, we’re using the power of storytelling to inspire what is possible for every woman to achieve.” Dr. Susan Taffer.
Membership Chair, Website Specialist
Karen Estrin has spent more than 20 years in marketing with 10 years of that focused on marketing via the Internet. She founded Playbook Media & Marketing to offer affordable website design and Internet marketing services for small businesses. She provides personal service and high-quality solutions to improve your business presence and get you found online.
Cindy Gordon is the founder of Business Rescue Coaching (www.BusinessRescueCoaching.com) a boutique coaching company that provides a unique leadership experience to executives and small business owners who are overwhelmed by the challenges that arise from the growth of their organization.
In 2017, Cindy successfully completed the ATHENA Executive Leadership Program and has begun delivering training programs to corporations and individuals on the ATHENA Leadership model.
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