Join us in welcoming our 2018 ATHENA Recipient: WaTasha Barnes Griffin
WaTasha Barnes Griffin is Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Central Indiana, which houses the
only crisis emergency shelter program in Central Indiana, providing safe housing for women,
children, and teens to rebuild after crisis. Barnes Griffin previously served the role of prevention
program coordinator at A Better Way Services, where she established the Community Coalition
against Violence, the coalition joins service providers from the public and private sectors to raise
awareness of the damaging societal impact that crisis and violence has on families served in
education, career, and community.
She is a community champion for crisis prevention and education and works closely with the
juvenile courts systems to combat human trafficking, the commercial sexual exploitation of
youth, and supportive services for women.
WaTasha serves on boards and committees that promote peace, collaboration, and equality for
all. She is currently a member of the Muncie Community School Board of Trustees, the Muncie
Chapter of Indiana Black Expo, Inc., co-chair of the Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Team, and
serves on the executive committee for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie. WaTasha is a mentor
for college-bound students working with Project Leadership, and a College proctor for Southern
In November of 2018, she was named the 2018 Athena International Leadership Award
Recipient for her commitment to advancing the lives of women and children. In February of
2018, WaTasha was presented with Senate Resolution Forty-Four by Senator Tim Lanane and
the Indiana State Senate for her many contributions to Delaware and Madison Counties working
to eliminate racism and empower women and children. She received the NAACP 2017
Community Service Award, and a nomination for the Athena Young Professional award. She’s
been honored with numerous other awards including the Very Important Volunteer (VIVA)
award from Muncie Rotary, and has been recognized with the Muncie City Council Community
Service award, Human Rights Commission Appreciation award, the Prevent Child Abuse
appreciation award, and the Vivian V. Conley award honoring women who push for equality and
empowerment of women and children.
WaTasha Barnes Griffin is a certified family development specialist from the University of Iowa
School Of Social Work and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana Wesleyan
University. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in public administration.
She is married to Elder Shoka J. Griffin Sr. and the mother of Shoka II and Sa’Niya Griffin.
They reside on the eastside of Muncie, Indiana.
11:30 Lunch Buffet & Networking
11:50 Formal Program Begins
12:40 – 30 second announcements ($5 each) * Limit 1 per person
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