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Women of Influence

Honoring Women of Influence in the Colorado Springs community that have numerable professional accomplishments and consistently give back to the community

Mari Sinton-Martinez was born to love Colorado Springs. She comes from a long line of influential area natives — including the founders of Sinton Dairy in Colorado Springs and owners of the Dalton Ranch community in Durango — but determined at a young age she wanted to help the region...
Jayme McConnellogue, as battalion chief, is responsible for the medical division and 911 responses for the Colorado Springs Fire Department.
Erin Hannan, U.S. Anti Doping Agency "We are battling the notion that there are shortcuts in life,” Erin Hannan said, “that you can just take a magic pill and excel.” Hannan, the communications and outreach director for the United States Anti-Doping Agency, lives that philosophy. She has spent over 20 years...
Queen Brown is a woman with a lively career and a refreshing sense of humor. The president of Queen E. Brown and Associates Management Consultants in Colorado Springs started out knowing she wanted to work in “corporate America,” she said laughing while recalling her early life. “My parents were...
Carrie Perkins, Veda Salon Carrie Perkins dedicates herself to healthy living — for herself, her Veda guests and staff and for those supported by the nonprofits she has embraced in the Colorado Springs community. To say she worked her way up in the salon and spa business is no exaggeration. She was...
Empathy comes naturally for Melissa Marts. “In my heart, there’s always been this piece dedicated to educating and empowering people,” she said. Formerly the chief programs officer at Care and Share Food Bank, her last position as executive director at Women’s Resource Agency came about organically. “I met staff from Women’s Resource...
Jan Martin, City Council/Martin Business Group On Aug. 23, Jan Martin gave a demonstration of her ability to influence outcomes. The president pro tem of City Council had worked for two years to persuade her peers on council, and the community, that it was time to convert city-owned Memorial Hospital...
Jan Mchugh-Smith, Humane Society Anyone who loves animals understands the value of Jan McHugh-Smith’s professional accomplishments. For 27 years, Humane Society CEO McHugh-Smith has focused her career efforts in service of animal welfare, leading others to save and improve the lives of animals through educational programs, spay and neuter clinics, awareness-building...
Vanessa Moorman, general manager at Lamar Outdoor Advertising, said it was her previous career as a middle-school teacher that prepared her for her career in sales. “I have hired teachers because I think we’re using those same skills. We’re just educating people about our products,” Moorman said. “The flexibility...
Suzi Bach, Ramsgate Management Services “The Mayor’s wife” still has an odd ring in Suzi Bach’s ear, but it’s starting to grow on her, as the “job” of being the First Lady of Colorado Springs becomes increasingly fascinating. “It’s kind of funny when we’re out and about and somebody says to...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tp6jpDgJoP8 Kristin Kubitschek’s main motivation is to give. She’s always known she would give her lifetime to benefit others. “One of my greatest blessings is being able to live out my faith through the work I do each day,” said Kubitschek, who has worked solely at nonprofits during her career. Kubitschek works...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YpFMaGTyWo Friends and associates of Sandi Briggs describe her as a humble woman who swoops in to take care of business. “Those who know Sandi say she is quick to get involved in any effort needing attention, happy to lead the charge on tackling initiatives that improve people’s lives or create...