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 (2017-2019)
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.
Rebecca Potter joined us in 2017 as a Board Member and assists with providing fundraising for Athena’s Warehouse. She has worked in Corporate level positions for two Fortune 50 companies. Currently, she is a Process Analyst for State Farm Insurance companies and formerly had over 15 years of experience as a HR Manager for Disney Parks and Resorts. Rebecca earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Central Florida and a Masters in Executive Business Management from Stetson University in 2013. Outside of work, Rebecca loves baking, hiking, and spending time with family.
Nora Benavidez is a civil rights attorney in private practice and based in Atlanta, Georgia. Her practice focuses on constitutional and civil rights litigation, criminal defense, and complex appeals. She also specializes in "movement lawyering" representation to causes, such as the Women's March, immigrant rights demonstrations, Black Lives Matter events, and other social justice causes. In all aspects of her work, Nora seeks to expand the dignity and freedom of her clients as well as break down the various barriers to justice facing people in the South. As a board member of Athena's Warehouse and being Latina herself, Nora is particularly sensitive to these barriers for the girls we serve and their families.
Megan Brown works in Corporate Transactions for Accenture and is a lifelong Excel nerd. She graduated from Auburn in 2009 with her Bachelor’s in Accounting and has lived in Atlanta ever since. Megan is passionate about empowering our next generation of leaders. When she’s not running excel models, she enjoys reading, yoga, and drinking wine.
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.