Jackie Fletcher Brozena will join a long line of local women today when she receives the Athena Award, given annually by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce to a business woman who’s made an impact in the Wyoming Valley.
Brozena, of West Pittston, serves as the chief operating officer at Clarks Summit-based Allied Services Integrated Health System. That organization operates the John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitative Medicine in Wilkes-Barre Township.
The award will be presented at the Chamber’s annual Award Luncheon today at Genetti’s Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre.
In addition to her paid work at Allied Services, she boasts a long resume of volunteer work, including being a founding board member of Circle 200, a networking organization for executive women from throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.
She serves on the board for several organizations, including the West Pittston Library, the Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, and the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute. In addition, she’s volunteered her time at the Association for the Blind where she’s served as a personal shopper and volunteer assistant for visually impaired individuals.
“The Athena Award is designed to recognize, support, and honor women leaders who not only have achieved professional excellence and have given back to their community, but who have also worked to help women achieve their full potential. Jackie, with her quiet leadership style, is a wonderful example of all that this award stands for. The staff and the members of the Board of Directors of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce are proud to honor her,” said Donna Sedor, the chamber’s executive vice president and a recipient of the award in 2010.
Brozena said the award is “humbling” and that she’s honored to be on a list of honorees that are filled with women she looks up to.
“These are women I’ve long admired, so to be on a list along with them is an honor,” she said.
“Many of the past recipients I know well and they’re such generous people,” Brozena said, noting that they’re accomplished women in both their professional and personal lives. “That’s the balance we all strive for. To be a well-rounded person.”
In addition to Sedor, recent recipients of the award, which has been handed out since 1985, include Marilyn Millington, Liz Graham, Lissa Bryan-Smith, and Catherine D. Shafer.
Brozena’s husband, Jim, is the former Luzerne County Flood Protection Agency director who now owns his own consulting company.