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MELVILLE, NY, January 16, 2020 – KPMG LLP and ATHENA International today announced Adelphi University President Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D. and Sadia Mehmood, director of development and advancement at the Mary McDowell Friends School, have been presented with the ATHENA Leadership awards.

The awards are presented annually to women who display professional excellence, community service, and who actively assist women in achieving professional excellence and leadership skills. Riordan and Mehmood received the honors January 16 at a breakfast ceremony at The Mansion at Oyster Bay attended by Long Island business and community leaders. It was the eighth annual Long Island award presentation.

In addition to Riordan, finalists for the ATHENA Leadership award were:

  • Linda Armyn, Bethpage Federal Credit Union senior vice president, Corporate Affairs
  • Maria Torroella Carney, M.D., F.A.C.P., medical director and post-acute services chief for Northwell Health’s division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
  • Yolanda Robano-Gross, executive director, Options for Community Living

In addition to Mehmood, finalists for the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership award were:

  • Meredith McCaslin, director of Development Corporate and Event Giving, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island
  • Danielle McKenna, vice president, Relationship Manager, TD Bank, N.A.

“Long Island has a wealth of talented women professionals and, because KPMG is committed to advancing women, we are proud to join with ATHENA to recognize these leaders and their contributions and influence,” said Theresa Ahlstrom, a partner in KPMG’s Long Island office and cohost of the ceremony. “Partnering with ATHENA and our sponsors is an opportunity to bring together our shared values and commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce to spotlight these talented individuals.”

Keynote speaker and rising young professional Execuitive Chef Allison Fasano, who exemplifies the characteristics of ATHENA leadership and professional excellence, spoke on “saying yes” to new opportunities, an approach instilled by her father. She also endorsed the idea of women taking risks outside of their comfort zones in order to advance in their professions.

The ceremony was hosted by the Long Island ATHENA Selection Committee and lead sponsor, KPMG LLP. Program  sponsors included Broadridge, Estee Lauder Companies, Farrell Fritz, Henry Schein, Northwell Health, and Community Partner Sponsors included Adelphi University, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, NY Sports Club, One Purpose Performance, Inc., People’s United Bank, and TD Bank, N.A..

ATHENA Award Recipient Biographies:

ATHENA Leadership Award –  Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D., president of Adelphi University, the first woman to serve in the role. Riordan has been recognized for her contributions in the field of education as one of the 50 most influential people on Long Island (2016 – 2019) by Long Island Power Press List, Who’s Who in Education, Who’s Who in Professional Women, and Top CEOs by Long Island Business News; one of the 25 Top Women in Higher Education Who Are Making a Difference (2018), a recipient of the Monsignor Hartman Humanitarian Award for Commitment to Leadership in the Field of Education, and as the Premier Business Woman of Long Island Award (2019) by the Long Island Herald.

Dr. Riordan is active in the community in roles such as:

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee and Member of the Compensation Committee of RE/MAX Holdings, Inc.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Association (LIA)
  • Co-chair of the Long Island Association’s Women’s Collaborative
  • Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors
  • Vice Chair, Board of Trustees and Executive Committee member of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York

ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award – Sadia Mehmood, is the director of development and advancement at the Mary McDowell Friends School. Previously, Sadia was the Executive Director of the American Heart Association – LI Chapter. She has been recognized by the Long Island Business News as a 30 under 30 Award recipient and  is actively involved in the community in roles such as:

  • Committee member for the Travis Manion Foundation
  • Volunteer for the Center for Integration and Advancement of New Americans


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Founded in 1982 by Martha Mayhood Mertz, ATHENA International develops, supports, and honors women leaders and has recognized more than 7,000 award recipients in more than 500 communities. Professional women have received the prestigious ATHENA Award in the United States, Bermuda, Canada, China, Greece, India, Russia, Unite Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

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