Linda Mojer, executive director, Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce When the economy crashes, people either learn to adapt or get trapped under the debris. Linda Mojer found herself in that situation a couple of years ago. What she discovered about herself surprised her. “It was a hard decision to start my...
Paula Miller, executive director, Pikes Peak Library District When ranking the institutions crucial to a community’s well-being, a library is always going to be near the top. That’s why Paula Miller has devoted more than three decades of her life to libraries, including the last four years as executive director of...
Jere Martin, co-founder Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival Jere Martin doesn’t live in Colorado Springs anymore, but her influence remains. She co-founded the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival in Colorado Springs nearly 22 years ago, and even though she moved to Santa Fe, N.M., four years ago with her husband, attorney...
Kathy Loo, philanthropist, artist Some pillars of the community carve out their turf early on and build their power base from there. Others prefer to take on a role as needed, and then jump in to fill a critical vacuum somewhere else. Katherine Loo is among the latter. “I’ve been active...
Jill Gaebler, development director, Greccio Housing Sometimes making it “all about the kids” can benefit the parent as much as the child. Take, for example, the story of Jill Gaebler. Anyone in charter school circles has likely heard of Gaebler, who has become one of the educational movement’s most vocal proponents after...
Marcia Jackson, director, SACHS Foundation Research Marcia Jackson’s life has followed an elegant arc curving around the ideal of giving back to the community so that others can make a future contribution. The Sachs Foundation research director, clinical psychology doctoral student and Women of Influence honoree freely admits she didn’t do...
Donna Guthrie, co-founder Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival Donna Guthrie is an idea person. A Colorado Springs-based writer of children’s books and producer of online educational videos, Guthrie’s ideas usually benefit the community, bring people together and advance a cause. Take, for example, the 23rd Annual Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival,...
Joan Gurvis, managing director, Center for Creative Leadership A circuitous route led Joan Gurvis, the managing director of the Center for Creative Leadership’s Colorado Springs campus, to her job and this city. But the route was far from random. As she moved from one job, and one line of work,...
Paulette Greenberg, co-founder, The Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance Don’t tell Paulette Greenberg she can’t do something, unless you really want her to do it. Every time she hears “You can’t do that!” it strengthens her resolve to make it happen. “I do not like to hear those words!”...
Barbara Furr-Brodock, Senior Development Officer, Pikes Peak United Way As a child growing up in a military family in Germany, Barbara Furr-Brodock learned early on what it meant to pay it forward. Her dad was a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. Her mom had her hands full raising four children....
Susan Edmondson, executive director, The Bee Vradenburg Foundation Susan Edmondson appears to have a dream job: She manages a foundation that gives money to arts organizations. But there’s a downside. Today, the need is so great within the arts community that selecting organizations to support has become increasingly difficult. “There are...
Lisa Dailey, president, Lisa M. Dailey law firm Colorado Springs family law practitioner Lisa Dailey has a pragmatic take on her legal specialty. Since at least half of marriages end in divorce, the best thing she can do is make sure her clients, their children and their soon-to-be ex-spouses craft...