Trish Kramer honored as Athena Award recipient |

Trish Kramer honored as Athena Award recipient

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Trish Kramer

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Poet Maya Angelou once said that people won’t remember you for what you said, or what you’ve done. They will remember the way you made them feel.

According to Nancy Reinisch, anyone who’s known Trish Kramer will remember exactly how she made you feel.

Trish Kramer’s ability to motivate, encourage, and make each person who knows her, feel better about themselves after spending time with her, is what makes Kramer special, according to Reinisch.

It’s that kind of sentiment among Kramer’s friends that made it no surprise when she was honored as the 2010 recipient of the Athena Award for professional excellence, Thursday evening, at the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s 23rd Annual Awards Gala at the Aspen Glen clubhouse.

This marks the 17th year for the Athena Award, which honors a local who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in assisting women in reaching their full leadership potential.

Kramer’s list of accomplishments over the past 34 years illustrates her commitment and passion to her community and people within it. A registered nurse for over 30 years, Kramer has held several administrative positions at Valley View Hospital during that time. For the past 12 years she has been the Practice and Clinical Manager at Women’s Health Associates. She helped develop Colorado Mountain College’s nursing program and has also served as a member of CMC’s Community Advisory Board. She’s been Director of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, of which she is a founding member, for over 20 years, and has personally housed over 25 international exchange students. And those are, literally, just a few accomplishments that make her stand above the crowd.

She’s involved in so many different community service organizations, clubs and boards, that it would likely be shorter to list which ones she wasn’t involved in. Plus, when talking about the Healthy Beginnings Program, which provides indigent and uninsured women in the community with pre-natal and delivery services, it’s no surprise that Kramer’s name surfaces as a founding member.

Presenting Kramer with the Athena Award was 2009 recipient, and longtime friend, Alexandra Yajko, who called Kramer a “powerhouse” for women in the community.

“You are the most positive, amazing woman I know. You deserve this award,” Yajko said. “This award was made for you.”

Kramer said that she hoped the ceremony would be like the Oscars in that there would be a lot of nominees and she could play the gracious runner up. But not this night. This was an opportunity for the people who know her to recognize her for all that she has done, not only for the women in the community, but what she has done to make the community better as a whole.

“I am very humbled by this recognition,” Kramer said. “And really, mostly uncomfortable by this recognition. Because I know so many women in this wonderful valley that deserve this as much as I do, or more.”

Women who travel in smaller circles and shine in quieter ways, she said.

“Thank you for the honor and the recognition,” Kramer told the audience in closing. “I hope to live up to it.”

In the eyes of her family, friends, colleagues and neighbors, she already has.

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