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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

Arriving in Colorado Springs seven months pregnant, Sharyn Marcus had an unpleasant surprise; her husband had a girlfriend. Soon after her baby was born, she was a single mom. Like many women in similar circumstances, she did what she had to do. Today, it remains her greatest personal accomplishment. “As...
Tamra Rank, U.S. Air Force Academy In a city studded with outstanding military personnel, Col. Tamra Rank, vice superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy, stands out. Rank hails from Clarinda, Iowa, a small town that boasts such sons and daughters as Glenn Miller, Marilyn Maxwell and World War II Medal...
They come from a variety of backgrounds, not to mention professional careers. Together, the 13 members of the Colorado Springs Business Journal’s 2014 Women of Influence make a statement about the apparently endless supply of remarkable women across the area. The winners, selected by a committee of past honorees from a...
Colorado native Tammy Rivera has lived the familiar saying: When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Originally from Sterling in the northeastern part of the state, Rivera received a degree from Colorado State University and moved to Colorado Springs in 2000 to work for national accounting firm BKD...
Pam Shockley-Zalabak, UCCS-University of Colorado Springs Growing up in the tiny farming community of Drummond, Okla. played an important part in forming Dr. Pam Shockley-Zalabak into the leader she is today. “It gave me a strong work ethic, a belief in the power of education, an appreciation for living with many...
Janice Weiland has been playing an influential, behind-the-scenes role in Colorado Springs since she landed here more than 20 years ago. Weiland works as executive vice president of investments for Cascade Investment Group, a firm she joined in 2000. Aside from devoting herself to helping clients manage their portfolios (tax...
Pat Ruffini, executive director, Colorado Springs Teen Court Pat Ruffini thinks it’s a good idea to let teens take the law into their own hands. And she has the statistics to back up her beliefs. She is executive director of the Colorado Springs Teen Court, a program that lets teens charged...
Kim Nguyen has made it her life’s mission to help others overcome trauma through the arts. Nguyen, a native of Vietnam, recalls fleeing her war-torn country at 13 in 1975. The boat carrying her four siblings, mother and father lost power and was caught in a storm. Her father fell...
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...
Christina Baker, Mortgage Solutions of Colorado Drive, discipline and determination are qualities Christina Baker has never run short on. Whether it was leading troops in Iraq, running trails, giving her time to Project Angel Heart or climbing the ranks of the mortgage industry, Baker always set her sights high. “It started with...
When asked about being honored by the Business Journal, Lt. Shaye Haver, 25, said, “It’s strange I was named a Woman of Influence for suffering in the woods for six months.” And while many say they “suffer” for their craft, Haver really has suffered. Last summer she, along with Capt....
Summit Technical Solutions’ founder, President and CEO Kelly Terrien certainly is a woman of influence in the Pikes Peak region. An Air Force veteran and entrepreneur who launched a high-tech company in Colorado Springs, Terrien leads her business with these rules in mind: “Be fair. Be honest. Be generous. Be...