Meet the Athena Team

Meet the minds behind Athena, a global team dedicated to providing comprehensive and persistent support for the world’s top women leaders.

Where we are

Globally Located, United in Mission

We are a modern workforce living in and representing numerous cultures, with wide ranging backgrounds, ideas, and capabilities. We are united in our shared passion for supporting all women at the top of business and in shaping modern leadership and the modern boardroom.

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North America
South America
Asia
Europe
Africa
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Athena Alliance

CEO & Board

coco brown

Coco Brown

Founder & CEO

key connections

Liz Tinkham

Board Director

member success manager

Rhonda Mims

Board Director

Michele Bettencourt

Board Director

The People Behind Athena

self service

Lexie Banks

Marketing Manager

accelerator lite

Annie Dabrowski

Director of Member Success

executive education

Marbella Daniel

Project Coordinator

executive learning

Kate Batten

Chief Product Officer

challenges

Alex Duffner

Head of User Experience & Design

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Maya Bliss

Member Success Manager

boardroom experts

Priscilla Brenenstuhl

Director of Learning & Events

executive development

Cata Chacon

Member Success Manager

anelia de klerk

Anelia De Klerk

Social Media Coordinator

powerful network

Oscar Malgiaritta

Developer

opportunities

Dominika Palinko

SalesForce Administrator

carol winfrey

Carol Winfrey

Chief Growth Officer

education

Arturo Garcia

Member Support Specialist

top executives

Gabriela Aneas

Member Success Manager

top leaders

Tamas Zolcsak

Lead Designer

onboarding

Gabrielle Hoffman

Director of Community Development

analuisa martinez

Analuisa Martinez

Member Success Manager

ross todorovic

Ross Todorovic

A/V Editor

key connections

Amy Smith

Recruitment Specialist Board & Investor Services

accelerators

Samantha Lorenzo

Director of Board, Recruitment & Investor Services

investor partners

Beau Parker

Member Success Manager

brand package

Stacy Crooks

Network Broker

marek suchanek

Marek Suchanek

A/V Editor

athena accelerators

Andreina Gomez

Member Success Manager

Layne Johnson

Layne Johnson

Sales Development Representative

federica merola brewer

Federica Merola Brewer

Sales Operations Associate

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Pushpender Sharma

Developer

digital community

Paramjit Kaur

Developer

justin reeves

Justin Reeves

Event Producer

Britt de Visser

Chief of Staff

coco brown

Coco Brown

Founder & CEO

Pronouns: She / her

I lead change and transformation, accelerating multimillion-dollar growth through vision, strategy, technology, and people leadership. I have held leadership roles including CEO, COO, President, board member, and advisor, partnering with F1000 companies, start-ups, and nonprofits, delivering successful outcomes for Apple, Cisco, eBay, Facebook, Silicon Valley Bank and many others. Currently, I am the founder, CEO, and board member of The Athena Alliance a game-changing executive firm helping to position top 10% of executive women for advancement and board opportunities while also transforming the board room towards a modern composition model. Since founding Athena in the Spring of 2016, I have led the organization to a network of over 1000 C-Level women, VCs, and CEOs from over 150 companies including Accenture, Cisco, Microsoft, Intuit, Autodesk, and Alphabet / Google. Within two years, we have overseen 20 board placements and have secured $2 million in income through corporate and investor service offerings.

MIGHT BE:

Gardening, baking, or throwing pottery

KNOWN FOR:

An unconventional view of the world and a bold leadership style

DESCRIPTORS:

key connections

Liz Tinkham

Board Director

Pronouns: She / her

Liz Tinkham is a dynamic and well-respected advisor to C-level executives on issues of leadership, digital transformation and technology. Her talent for understanding the impact of the intersection of people, business and technology brought her to a top leadership position at Accenture, and enabled her to advise dozens of C-suite executives at global F500 companies. In addition to Athena, Liz also sits on the board of Particle and serves as an adjunct professor at University of Washington. She also hosts Athena’s podcast, Third Act.

MIGHT BE:

At SoulCycle, hiking, thinking about her Third Act

KNOWN FOR:

Her ability to see the best in people

DESCRIPTORS:

member success manager

Rhonda Mims

Board Director

Pronouns: She / her

Rhonda is an experienced executive and board director with vast expertise in public affairs, corporate communications, DEI, corporate social responsibility, and marketing. In addition to sitting on Athena’s Board of Directors, Rhonda also serves on the boards of Orion Acquisition Corp. and Kymera International.

MIGHT BE:

Looking at fashion magazines, decorating her home or producing a film/documentary

KNOWN FOR:

Her emotional intelligence and reputation management skills

DESCRIPTORS:

self service

Lexie Banks

Marketing Manager

Pronouns: She / her

Lexie sits at the helm of our marketing and communications wheel. She’s the brains behind our content strategy, social media, and digital marketing efforts. From flawlessly coordinated communication strategies and media outreach to fine-tuned editing and crafting marketing collateral, Lexie juggles it all while keeping our brand in line.

MIGHT BE:

Camping in the desert

KNOWN FOR:

Never turning down an adventure

DESCRIPTORS:

accelerator lite

Annie Dabrowski

Member Success Manager

Pronouns: She / her

A people person at heart, Annie excels at delivering exceptional service to Concierge Service members and corporate clients. Hailing from Canada and based in Nicaragua, Annie’s background in customer relations, strategic development and logistical operations is leveraged to help members realize the full value of their membership and get closer to achieving their goals. Her professional, approachable and curious attitude allows her to connect with members, ensuring they have a strong advocate within Athena. Annie thrives on creativity, time spent adventuring outdoors with loved ones, and finding humor in everything. Annie’s personal philosophy: a positive attitude and a friendly smile goes a very long way.

MIGHT BE:

Either above (surfing) or below (scuba/free diving) the ocean, driving across Central America or crafting a piece of jewelry

KNOWN FOR:

Her positive, energetic attitude and making people feel comfortable. Also for laughing, a lot, mostly at herself

DESCRIPTORS:

executive education

Marbella Daniel

Project Coordinator

Pronouns: She / her

Marbella works closely with the Operations and Product teams to document and standardize company processes. She runs our help desk, and can assist members with technical support issues they may run into on the Athena platform.

MIGHT BE:

Diving into a new book, exploring different restaurants, or biking around Washington DC

KNOWN FOR:

Finding joy in the small things

DESCRIPTORS:

executive learning

Kate Batten

Chief Product Officer

Pronouns: She / her

Kate is a versatile product leader with extensive experience in software and project management. She has a track record of collaborating seamlessly with developers to deliver an engaging member experience. From member research and testing to driving our overall roadmap, Kate is always one step ahead with the future Athena.

MIGHT BE:

Hiking in the woods, exploring bookshops around the globe, listening to a true crime podcast, or doing yoga

KNOWN FOR:

Her optimism, talking fast

DESCRIPTORS:

challenges

Alex Duffner

Head of User Experience & Design

Pronouns: He / him

Alex approaches everything at Athena with an eye for user experience, design, and brand. He leads the effort to imagine and iterate the next versions of Athena, setting the tone for Athena’s entire visual identity and product flow. From visual identity and user experience, he is dedicated to constant improvement and an intuitive user experience.

MIGHT BE:

Cooking up a spicy dinner or taking photos

KNOWN FOR:

Always remaining calm and spreading Zen

DESCRIPTORS:

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Maya Bliss

Member Success Manager

Pronouns: She / her

Maya helps to ensure Athena Self-Service members are engaged and ensures the community is invigorated and active. She is instrumental in setting up and onboarding new members. She also helps ensure events run smoothly by helping with event promotion and marketing.

MIGHT BE:

Backpacking

KNOWN FOR:

Making you laugh, even on your worst days

DESCRIPTORS:

boardroom experts

Priscilla Brenenstuhl

Director of Learning & Events

Pronouns: She / her

Priscilla has a strong knack for organically and enthusiastically bringing communities together. We count on her to drive every aspect of Athena’s events and learning, from program strategy to securing speakers to flawless execution. She brings an intuitive sense – and endless creativity – to everything she touches.

MIGHT BE:

Floating in the ocean

KNOWN FOR:

Finding meaning in all things

DESCRIPTORS:

executive development

Cata Chacon

Member Success Manager

Pronouns: She / her

Cata’s global-minded and results-oriented personality is coupled with her varied background in non-profits, research, international relations and clinical psychology. With her professional experience and passion for helping others, she serves as our members’ advocate for all that Athena Alliance can deliver. She is strategic, resourceful and thoughtful — always thinking a few steps ahead to anticipate our members’ needs to advance their interests and achieve their goals.

MIGHT BE:

Playing with her family, which includes her one-year old daughter, Australian partner, five dogs and cat (in no particular order) on a Costa Rican beach

KNOWN FOR:

Her great sense of humor, passion for projects, and dance moves

DESCRIPTORS:

anelia de klerk

Anelia De Klerk

Social Media Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her

MIGHT BE:

Found on the beach, but also loves a good hike. As long as it’s outdoors and active, it’s her happy place.

KNOWN FOR:

Unlimited positive energy that she showers on everyone. Strongly believes that the energy you give is what you receive. Always staying curious and on the lookout for the next big adventure or challenge. Fierce protector of the people she loves and cares about.

DESCRIPTORS:

powerful network

Oscar Malgiaritta

Developer

Pronouns: He/ him

Oscar works on both frontend and backend development for the Athena platform, directly impacting user experience. He leads all technical requirements for new product features.

MIGHT BE:

Playing racquetball or soccer, hanging out with friends over a beer

KNOWN FOR:

Problem solving and spending a lot of time in front of his computer