LIMA — Angie Clark, Julianne Frankhouser and Annette Swisher are finalists for the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce 2018 ATHENA Award.
The three were nominated because they have demonstrated excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business, have invested time into the community and have empowered women to be successful leaders.
The Emerging Business of the Year Award winner will be announced at the Chamber’s 16th annual Awards Gala May 2 at the University of Northwestern Ohio Event Center.
While in the banking industry for 31 years, Angie Clark assisted various women with advancing their careers. One of her mentees, Erin Hardesty, was always grateful for her commitment to her leadership and mentorship, Clark said.
Clark is also a founding member of United Way “Women’s Initiative Group” and was a former Rhodes State College board member, a former Rotary Club member, is on the St. Rita’s board, is a Jefferson Award winner, is on the Shawnee United Methodist Church Finance committee, and is a part of various other organizations.
Clark has been committed to giving back because when she and her family migrated to Lima from Germany, the community embraced them and made an effort to get them acclimated to the area.
“I’m extremely humbled and extremely grateful to be nominated, and it’s certainly my goal to make a difference in the community,” Clark said. “I do the work that I do because I love this community for providing me and my family with so many opportunities.”
Since a child, Lima native and full-time nurse Julianne Frankhouser has been passionate about making the Lima community grow and prosper. In 2009, Frankhouser started Guiding Light Ministries, a non-profit faith-based organization that houses women in need.
Today, the nonprofit has three homes — Resting Place, Kathy’s House, and a men’s emergency shelter — which provide services for men and women of all ages who seek support from human trafficking, need emergency shelter or recovery services. Her goal is to continue to grow and eventually become a national organization .
Aside from being the founder and director of Guiding Light Ministries, Frankhouser is also the pastor of Living Faith Temple and a home health registered nurse for Mercy Health-St. Rita’s.
She was also a board member of Allen County Metropolitan Housing, was the former chair for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Taskforce and was a finalist for the 2017 Chamber Non-profit of the Year Award.
“It is our duty to do what we can to invest in others within the community,” Frankhouser said. “Whether women come to the church or seek services through the Guiding Light, its important that they receieve the influence and structure that they need.”
Over the last 35 years, Annette Swisher, the general manager of the Wingate By Wyndham Lima Downtown Hotel, has dedicated her time to working with more than 1,200 women in Girl Scouts. supporting more than 6,000 girls.
Her devotion to the young women is important to her because she has always wanted to encourage them to be productive thinkers and show them that they are appreciated. In general, she made a conscious effort to build partnerships with women because she wants them to be successful in all their endeavours.
Swisher is involved not only in Girl Scouts but also as a board member of Lima Downtown Inc, was the Lima Downtown Neighborhood Association Secretary, was on the Lima Downtown Program Committee and various other organizations.
“I believe that it is important to give back to the community and not want anything in return,” Swisher said. “I just hope that all girls and women are able to take on all the opportunities that are in front of them, because can’t is not an option.”
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