Lyn Hogrefe of Lebanon, chief executive officer of the Happy Hormone Cottage, is one of 11 area women selected as an Athena Awards Leadership finalist.
The annual Athena Awards honor greater Cincinnati women who have achieved professional excellence, devoted time to improve the quality of life for others in the community and assisted women in realizing their leadership potential.
A 30-year veteran teacher, Hogrefe moved from teaching middle schoolers to middle-aged women after undergoing emergency surgery related to her own hormone imbalance experience.
“As a woman reaches the age of 35 and beyond, her progesterone levels drop dramatically,” said Hogrefe. “We experience weight gain, sleep issues, depression, anxiety, fatigue and a big drop in libido. These issues are directly related to this resultant drop in progesterone. So checking hormone levels and replenishing depleted progesterone is key. It’s important for women to get tested and get treatment to get healthy again through natural hormone replacement therapy."
Happy Hormone Cottages are located in Mason, Kettering; Vandalia; Crestview Hills, Ky.; and St. Louis. The four-year-old company offers compounded, personalized bio identical hormone replacement therapy through its Piqua Consulting and Compounding Lab.
Hogrefe is founder of the newly-established Lyn Hogrefe Women’s Wellness Foundation, formed to raise awareness of hormone imbalance issues and to offer financial aid to area women who need a helping had in getting tested, treated and better with national hormone therapy. The foundation is actively raising funds to discover ways to prevent breast cancer. Hogrefe has teamed with scientists in Oregon researching breast cancer prevention who need funding for specialized instruments.
Other Athena honorees include: Julie Bauke, The Bauke Group; Janet Chambers, I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation; Carol Silver Elliott, Cedar Village Retirement Community; Crystal Faulkner, Cooney Faulkner & Stevens, LLC; Ruby Crawford Hemphill, UC Health University of Cincinnati Medical Center ; Laura Cook Kroeger, Gateway Community & Technical College; Beth Schneider Naylor, Frost Brown Todd LLC; Kristi Nelson, University of Cincinnati; Cheryl Saylor, Jaymie Jamison Foundation for Hope; and Janice Urbanik, Partners for a Competitive Workforce.
Winners will be announced Thursday, Oct. 25 at a luncheon at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. For event information, go to www.cincymagazine.com, or call 513-421-2533.
For more information about Happy Hormone Cottage, go to www.happyhormonecottage.com or call 513-444-6343.