A local business owner and Caddo Parish School Board Member has been selected for a prestigious award.

Deneé Locke is the 2016 ATHENA Leadership Award-winner. She received her award at the annual luncheon held at Sam's Town Hotel & Casino.

“Deneé is a marvelous selection as this year’s ATHENA recipient,” said Dr. Timothy Magner, President of the Greater Shreveport Chamber. “as a business owner, civic leader and mentor, she embodies all that the ATHENA award stands for.”

According to a news release from the Chamber, this award "honors individuals who have attained the highest level of professional excellence by showing creativity and initiative in their business or profession; have devoted time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community in a meaningful way; and have opened doors of leadership opportunities for women in order for them to achieve their full potential."

Locke is a Shreveport native who divides her time among running three local businesses -- Closets In Order, Locke Homes and Locke Properties, serving as a School Board member, participating in philanthropic activities and spending time with her family.

“As a Shreveport native, I believe in serving our community. To be recognized by the community I love is a tremendous honor,” said Locke.

She was selected from a large field of qualified candidates, including Margaret Scott Shehee, daughter of the late Virginia Shehee; local chiropractor Dr. Kimberly Woods, and Tiya “Ty” Scroggins with Scroggins Consulting.