Athena Ramos, MS

program coordinator

Center for Reducing Health Disparities
College of Public Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center
984040 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4040
Phone: (402) 559-2095
Fax: (402) 559-6493

Academic Background and Work Experience

Athena Ramos received a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) in 2009, a Master’s degree (MS) in 2004 in Urban Studies, and her Bachelor’s degree (BS) in 2002 in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  She also received her national certification as a Public Manager (CPM) in 2008.  Athena Ramos is currently the Program Coordinator for the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska.

Athena serves as the President of the Heartland Latino Leadership Conference.  She is also the Vice-Chair of the City of Omaha Parks & Recreation Advisory Board and co-chair of the UNMC Employee Diversity Network.  She serves on the Nebraska Minority Public Health Association Board of Directors, Nebraska Kidney Association Board of Directors, Justice for Our Neighbors Board of Directors, and United Way of the Midlands’ Heartland Blueprint Committee.  Previously, she has served as the President of the South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, Inc., President of the Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition (MOTAC) as well as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Greater Omaha Young Professionals Board of Directors.  Ms. Ramos is member of the National Association of Professional Women and National Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention (LCAT) network. 

Athena has been recognized numerous times for her commitment and dedication to making Omaha and Nebraska a better place to live, work, and play. Athena was recognized as one of the “40 Under 40” by the Midlands Business Journal, one of the Ten Outstanding Young Omahans, the American Heart Association’s Advocacy Volunteer of the Year Award, Latina of the Year, and was recognized as one of Sarpy County’s 40 Women Under 40.  She was also named an Honorary Admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska.  She has received the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Women of Color Award for community service, the Community Leader of the Year award from the Lincoln County Boys & Girls Club, and the Outstanding Community Service Award from the South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance.  

Athena enjoys the arts and participates regularly in local theatrical productions.  She is a founding member and Treasurer of Teatro Areté.  Athena continuously strives to bring a sense of hope and vitality to the work that she does both personally and professionally.  Athena is the mother of two boys, Jonathan and Nicholas.