Founder, Executive Director
Bee Nguyen founded Athena's Warehouse in 2009. The organization is a product of her love for women and girls and entrepreneurship. Her prior experiences include work with Boat People SOS, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and most recently the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. She graduated from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies with a Master of Public Administration in 2012.
In addition to serving as the Executive Director for Athena's, Bee is a member of the Atlanta Regional Board Millennial Committee, a mentor for the Wren's Nest, and a fellow with the 2015 Georgia Women Policy Institute program. She also hosts and facilitates a series of racial justice conversations What We Talk About When We Talk About Race.
Outside of community work, Bee spends her free time running, biking, and hiking with her family and friends.
Board of Directors (2015-2017)
Michelle Schreiner is a cognitive psychologist with 15 years of experience conducting social science research in the insurance and financial services industry, the federal government, and academia. Since 2013, Michelle has worked as a senior research analyst at State Farm to inform business executives about consumers' shopping experiences within the company and with major competitors. Michelle earned her Bachelor's degree in psychology, a Master's degree in developmental psychology, and a Doctoral degree in cognitive psychology from the University of Georgia. Michelle lives in Atlanta with her husband and three dogs.
Phi is an attorney specializing in medical malpractice defense at Bendin Sumrall & Ladner, LLC. She moved to Atlanta in 2006 and obtained her law degree from Georgia State University College of Law in 2009. Phi is a first-generation Vietnamese American whose parents came to the United States as war refugees, a background which helps her understand the importance of public service and fuels her drive to support underserved communities through her involvement with Athena's Warehouse.
Dalia Alvarez, a former program participant, graduated from Cross Keys High School in 2013 and has since stayed involved with Athena’s Warehouse since as a volunteer for multiple events and initiatives. An active member of the community and passionate women’s rights advocate, Dalia served for two years as an Advisory Board Member for Lifting Latino Voices through the Feminist Women’s Health Center.
Dalia is currently working as a Community Lead Manager at an apartment management company. She is enrolled at the Georgia Institute of Real Estate but ultimately plans to go back to school for Business Management.
Jessica is a financial analyst and self-proclaimed Excel junkie. Originally from North Carolina, she attended Duke University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science in 2008. Jessica moved to DC after college to work for an educational consulting company before relocating to Atlanta two years ago in search of new adventures and warmer weather. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys running, Netflix marathons, and exploring the city.
Board Member, Videographer
After filming the Cathy documentary for Athena's Warehouse, Suban joined the organization in 2012. He graduated from Georgia State University and currently works as a Video Producer for Nuesoft Technologies. When he's not watching entire TV seasons in one weekend, he's usually making unnoticeable edits to his video projects. Suban gets so excited for ethic food that he’s managed to travel all corners of Atlanta.
Board Member, Creative Director
Kim Nguyen has a background in visual design, with nearly 10 years of experience in digital advertising. She is currently a user experience designer at AKQA, working primarily on mobile apps and experiences for major brands like Delta Air Lines and Universal Studios. Kim received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia and a Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and yoga.
Sara Lee Parker
Sara Lee is a total do-gooder by nature and worked 10+ years in fundraising and development, prior to becoming an independent business owner and successful real estate broker in the in-town Atlanta market. She is a graduate of Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communications/Public Relations. Sara Lee is also a regular at Philips Arena, where she is known to many as the Atlanta Dream’s #1 fan. When she’s not cheering at the top of her lungs, her love for animals and adventure travel has taken her to far away places, such as Rwanda, the Serengeti, and the Galapagos.
Advisory Board (2015-2017)
Advisory Board Member
After thirty years of teaching French in DeKalb County Schools, Diane is about to embark on her next adventure – retirement. Although she is leaving the classroom, she will continue to work with high school students through Athena's Warehouse. When she’s not at school, Diane enjoys traveling, spending time with her husband and two sons, and challenging herself at the gym. Now that retirement is here, she hopes to travel and explore the world and devote more time to Athena’s.
Advisory Board Member
Arriving at Athena’s Warehouse as a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed graduate intern, Heather was delighted to become a bona fide member of the organization in 2013. Upon earning a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology from the University of West Georgia, she took off to see the world. After living in South Korea, Vietnam, and Laos, Heather returned to her old stomping grounds, recently receiving a master’s in nonprofit management from the University of Georgia.