Women of Influence

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

Luisa Graff, Luisa Graff Jewelers When asked how Luisa Graff chose the jewelry business, she replied, “I didn’t chose the jewelry business, it chose me!” Gems, minerals, and precious metals have been a part of her life from the very beginning. Born to a Peruvian mother and American father, Luisa’s early...
Ann Fuller, American National Bank If one defines “influencer” as “someone who gets others to do what she wants them to do,” then Ann Fuller is definitely a big influencer in Colorado Springs. Fuller, vice president of business development for American National Bank, practices community involvement at work and in her...
Cindy Fowler, OfficeScapes Cindy Fowler’s courage in the face of adversity has served as an inspiration to many in Colorado Springs. Since her diagnosis with cancer, friends wonder aloud where she finds the strength to not only carry on day by day, but to perform at high levels both at...
Yolanda Fennick, The Law Office of Yolanda M. Fennick Helping others has always been a part of Yolanda Fennick’s life. Even while growing up as an Army brat, giving back to the communities where she lived mattered. “I started at 14 as a Red Cross volunteer at the Army hospital in...
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...
Connie Dudgeon, Colorado College Some folks seem to have the “as-the-crow-flies” path to success. For others — Connie Dudgeon included — the path has a few twists and turns. “I’m living proof that anyone can change their life and turn it around,” she says. She grew up in a small town in...
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...
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...
Debbie Chandler, Colorado Springs Health Partners Few industries anticipate as much upheaval over the next few years as health care, and Debbie Chandler, the chief executive of Colorado Springs Heath Partners, is set to lead the change, not react to it. “I’ll admit what health care is going through is daunting,...
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...
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...
Aileen Barrios, Vectra Bank Teamwork has been a recurring theme in the life and career of Vectra Bank Senior Vice President Aileen Berrios. From her days as a starting forward on the Palmer High School women’s basketball team to her mentoring of other women in business to her co-founding of...