"It's a blessing. It was easy because I do what I love," Boards said. "This is all about empowering women, and that's what we're all trying to do."
Boards has also contributed to Madison County through community service. She is a supporter of Anderson Girl Scouts and the Dove Harbor Shelter for Women.
"I just want to thank the Athena program for this opportunity, and I would encourage other women to apply," Boards said.
The other 16 Athena finalists were each honored with community Shining Star awards.
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2013 honorees The following were selected as Shining Star Award winners and Athena Award finalists: -- Sherrie Boards, Athena Award winner -- Terri Austin -- Angela Cassidy -- Rich DeHaven -- Elizabeth Dolenski -- Deb Dunham -- Jahnae Erpenbach -- Kandi Floyd -- Stephanie Grimes -- Joyce Hudson -- Kellie Kelley -- Marie Morris -- Jane Ruff -- Lynn Staley -- Deb Stapleton -- Maleah Stringer -- Beth Tharp