Helvi Sandvik received the 2013 ATHENA Award at a luncheon in the Dena'ina Center on Monday. The award, which comes with a complimentary one-year lease on a Volkswagen Passat, is presented by the Anchorage ATHENA Society, a program of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce that recognizes, encourages and mentors women in the local business community.
Sandvik, president of NANA Development Corp., where she has worked since 1995.
She has also served as vice president of resources for NANA Regional Corp. and was previously deputy commissioner for the Alaska Department of Transportation.
Ten other women were inducted into the Anchorage ATHENA Society at the luncheon: Rene Haag, owner of Blaine's Art Supply; Caroline Higgins, project and logistics manager, Totem Ocean Trailer Express; Annie Holt, CEO, Alaska Regional Hospital; Nance Larsen, communications manager, Pebble Partnership; Dr. Cheryl Myers, owner of South Anchorage Physical Therapy Inc.; Beth Nordlund, executive director, Anchorage Park Foundation; Deborah Smith, magistrate judge, U.S. District Court; Julie Varee, development manager, Best Beginnings; Pat Walsh, CEO, Walsh Sheppard; and Candace Winkler, president/CEO, Alaska Community Foundation.