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Joan Jackson Johnson named 2016 ATHENA Award recipient

Monday, November 7, 2016   (0 Comments)
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City of Lansing Human Relations Director to be honored
at annual ATHENA Award luncheon on December 8

Joan Jackson Johnson, director of the human relations and community services department for the City of Lansing, will be honored by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce as the 2016 ATHENA Award recipient. Jackson Johnson will be honored at the annual ATHENA Award Luncheon on Thursday, December 8. The luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.

 Her altruism to humanity is beyond measure and something that can’t be communicated in a format that has been so eloquently articulated through action,” said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero. “Dr. Johnson’s accomplishments and generous demeanor have served her and the community well. She is truly one in a million and is worthy of this recognition.”

Joan Jackson Johnson used her education background and training to impact the community — the most vulnerable in the community. With a PhD in Psychology and the owner of a local business, Joan could have chosen the path of clinical therapy that focused on the more affluent portion of the community. Instead, she has dedicated the past 35 years as a visible advocate trying to bridge the disparity gap.

Prior to becoming an employee with the City of Lansing in 2008, Dr. Johnson served as a psychologist within her own practice, the East Lansing Center for the Family, which was established in 1990. Additionally, she served on numerous boards that focused solely on improving the quality of life for women, men, children and families. Dr. Johnson is an extremely charitable person who is widely known for hosting an annual fundraiser that generates funds for several shelters and ministries. She has been a vigorous advocate for the homeless and underprivileged.

Started in Lansing in 1982 by Martha Mertz, the ATHENA Award is presented annually in over 500 communities internationally, recognizing individuals for professional excellence, for providing valuable service to the community and for actively assisting all women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills. By honoring exceptional leaders, the ATHENA Award seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence.


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