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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

C.J. Moore, Kaiser Permanente If ever an employee deserved the title, “Good Will Ambassador,” C. J. Moore is that person. The line between her job and her personal life is so fine that it’s all but disappeared after years of tireless community involvement. Moore arrived in Colorado Springs the way so...
An owner of Blakely + Co., Camille Blakely grew up in the advertising industry. Her father owned an advertising agency and brought his work home. “We sat around the dinner table talking about advertising strategy. That was kind of part of my DNA at a very young age,” Blakely said. Later,...
Susan Davis, Wells Fargo For a banker, Susan Davis, doesn’t talk much about money. The vice president and trust officer at Wells Fargo Bank says her job is all about the people and the relationships she builds. “It’s the people, the families,” she says, “it’s about wealth management, life management. It...
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...
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...
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...
In the 20 years that LexisNexis legal editor Jane Ard-Smith has lived in Colorado Springs, she’s witnessed many changes in the political, environmental and community landscapes. She’s also been a driving force behind some of them. Between serving as board chairwoman at Citizens Project, which is celebrating its 25th year,...
Rose Durham’s love of helping others started early. When her family emigrated from Norway, she was a young girl, but spoke English well and soon became the spokesperson for her family. “I remember my mother crying and reading the family Bible,” she says. “Looking back, I think what incredible sense...
Nancy Saltzman, motivational speaker When you have experienced what Nancy Saltzman has in her life, you can do one of two things: Curl up in a ball and give up on life, or share what you have learned with others.  Saltzman chose the second path. “We can all make a difference...
Kristen Christy has been through a stroke at age 15, cancer two years ago and the suicide of her ex-husband in 2008. Having lived through these troubles, she now uses her experiences to help others. “We’re all survivors. We’ve all survived something,” she said. “At the time we go through...
Janet Suthers, executive director, Colorado Springs Leadership Institute If at times it appears that Janet Suthers has a lot on her plate, she comes by multi-tasking honestly. “I’d have to say my mother was far and away the biggest influence on my life,” says the executive director of the Colorado Springs...
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!”...