Congratulations to this year’s ATHENA recipient, Nisa Hensley. Nisa grew up in Shelby County and is a graduate of Southwestern High School. While in high school, Nisa was a majorette, winning awards for her twirling for Southwestern. The first time that her future husband, Dave, saw Nisa, she was twirling at a Southwestern Basketball game and she just happened to drop the baton. They officially met the summer after her senior year. They married in 1976. Dave is a Triton Central graduate and is retired from Indiana Kentucky Electric. Although they have no children, they have 8 appaloosa horses and trail ride in Brown County.
Nisa is a 1975 graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Home Economics. Upon graduation, Nisa’s first professional job was with the Purdue Co-op Extension Services. As an extension agent, she was the clothing and textiles supervisor over 10 counties. While in this position, Nisa had a local segment on WSVL radio called “Nisa’s Homemaker Hints.” She enjoyed being on the radio and was employed with the Purdue Co-op Extension Service for 3 years.
Nisa left Purdue Co-op Extension Services and began working for Duke Energy, then Public Service Indiana. Nisa was employed with Duke Energy during its change over from Public Service Indiana to PSI Energy, to Cinergy, and finally Duke Energy. During this time, she relocated her home 5 times to work in 10 different locations. She also has worked internationally, spending time in Johannesburg, South Africa, England and Greece. Nisa worked for Duke Energy for 32 years.
Nisa has been a very important part of the Shelbyville community for many years. Nisa has been involved in the Shelby County Development Corporation, Girls Inc., Shelby Senior Service, Zonta, the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, and Shelby County Community Aspirations. She is currently the board president for the Blue River Community Foundation and remains involved with many other local non-profit agencies.
Nisa has been a huge part of the Shelby County International Relations Committee since its inception almost 25 years ago. She was instrumental in the homestay program, placing families from Japan in homes here in Shelbyville. She has served as both past president and treasurer for the SCIRC and has visited Shelbyville’s sister city, Shizuoka City, five times.
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to honor Nisa Hensley as this year’s ATHENA award recipient. Please join us as we celebrate Nisa. The ATHENA Celebration will take place at Indiana Downs on November 14th. Call the Chamber at (317)398-6647 to reserve your tickets today!