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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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwOl0guyd8E Doris Ralston is a modest woman who’s most comfortable shining the spotlight on the people around her. Ralston works as executive director of the Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation. She’s also the only employee, so she does it all there, from making bank deposits to organizing board meetings and writing the...
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...
Debra Eiland, Law Offices of Debra Eiland, P.C. For Debra Eiland, serving as city prosecutor for Manitou Springs perfectly rounds out her legal experience. The part-time position balances her mostly civil work as a private practitioner with an office in downtown Colorado Springs. “I do it because I’ve always loved Manitou...
Lynnette Collins, Fourth Judicial District Court When a friend, coworker or even a stranger approaches Lynette Collins and asks for her advice on escaping domestic violence, she won’t get easy answers. Collins, clerk of court for the El Paso Combined Courts, knows from bitter personal experience how difficult it can...
If you ask those who nominated her, Lynne Jones, vice president of marketing and business development for Colorado Springs Health Partners, has been a woman of influence for years. She’s just now receiving the recognition. Jones currently serves as the vice president of business development and marketing for Colorado Springs...
Leah Davis Witherow will tell you she has the best job in the world.
Laura Muir, Momentum Advertising Public Relations Laura Muir owes much of her professional success to her father, Robert Muir, who served as architect on many Colorado Springs projects as well as his daughter’s career. Muir grew up in Colorado Springs, graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School, and graduated from CU Boulder...
Shirley Martinez, equal employment specialist, Colorado Springs Utilities For 22 years, Shirley A. Martinez lived in a world defined by perfect order: the military. Though she knew it was time for a change in 2000, she couldn’t have imagined she’d be stepping into a world nuanced by the ambiguity of diversity. Martinez,...
Kathy Boe, Boecore Boecore, the defense contractor founded by Kathy Boe, employs 150 and has a wholly-owned subsidiary. Boe herself has been named “Entrepreneur of the Year,” and now a “Woman of Influence,” and it all started in Southern California with a job tip. At age 20, Boe, who grew up...
A native of Slovakia, Marina Funtik first came to Colorado Springs  — and the United States — as a dental assistant student at Pikes Peak Community College in 2000. “Everything was so big — the cars, the pizza,” she said of her first impressions of the U.S. After she received her dental...
Shannon Brinias, KKTV 11 News Shannon Brinias knew in high school she wanted to be a journalist and has never looked back. “I love the camaraderie in the newsroom,” she says, “when there is breaking news, fire or severe weather, we all pull together and gather information. It’s very satisfying.” With...
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...