Hoppe, Servi named 2020 ATHENA Award finalists

Jeremy Ratliff

On Wednesday November 4th, residents of Merrill, Mindy Hoppe, and Dr. Angie Servi, recognized as a finalist for the renowned ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award during the 35th annual award program of the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce.
Hoppe, owner and interior designer of Design Theory 19 (230936 Business Park Drive, Wausau), has been named recipient of this year’s award. Design Theory 19 is an interior design studio that specializes in commercial and residential design for new builds and renovations.

Mindy Hoppe

Hoppe comes from Merrill and has been the owner and operator of Design Theory 19 since 2018. He has 14 years of experience in the interior design industry. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from UW-Stevens Point. Hoppe’s community service activities include providing continuing education opportunities for students attending an interior design school and local professionals. She is also active with United Way, Fairy Godmothers and the Festival of Trees.
“I am honored to receive this award along with the other well-deserved finalists.” said Hoppe. “The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award is exemplary for women who go far beyond that without expecting anything in return. I hope our efforts inspire other young professionals to have a positive impact in their community and to support others in their dreams and aspirations. “
Servi was among 9 finalists for this year’s award.
Dr. A native of Merrill, Servi is currently Dean of Scholarships, Research, and College Effectiveness at Northcentral Technical College, a position she has held since 2018.

Dr. Angie Servi

Servi holds a PhD in higher education from Edgewood College, a master’s degree in teaching from Austin Peay University in Clarksville, TN, and a bachelor’s degree in German and Finance from UW-Green Bay. Servi’s commitment to the community includes membership on the Board of Directors of the Maple Grove Charter School and volunteering as a Sunday School teacher at St. Paul’s Church in Hamburg. Servi is also active at United Way and has served as a family readiness group leader in the US military through two assignments.
2020 marks the second year in a row that local working women have been recognized for their achievements.
Last year Lora Bladow received the award from ReMax / Excel Realty. Bladow was one of two presenters at this year’s awards ceremony.

Lora Bladow,

As a 2019 recipient, Bladow was recognized for her service as a mentor to other brokers and was active in the Merrill community.
Lora serves as the weekly “Big” for Big Brothers Big Sisters and has conversations with her “Little” on topics such as authenticity, education, goals and empowerment. As a broker for Remax / Excel, Lora’s goal is to train her clients and provide the best possible experience. For every home she sells in the Merrill Area Public School District, Lora donates $ 100 to a scholarship fund.
The ATHENA Leadership Award® and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® are given to women or men in recognition of their professional excellence, their non-profit service and their active support of women in achieving professional excellence and leadership qualities.