Women of Influence

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

Leslie McGinn, executive director, American Heart Association Leslie McGinn couldn’t have known it at the time, but her sales jobs were the perfect preparation for her move into the nonprofit world. Before arriving in Colorado Springs in 1989, McGinn was a buyer for Macy’s in California, worked at a car dealership...
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,...
Zelna Joseph, CEO, SET Medical Clinics Zelna Joseph has a long history of being a voice for the underserved in Colorado Springs. Joseph, chief executive officer for SET Family Medical, has used that voice to help the city’s poor, minorities, battered women, troubled teens and now the medically malnourished. “If I’m able,...
Ann Fetsch, former owner of Colorado Classics Furniture, Operation 6035 volunteer As a former business and building owner, Ann Fetsch brings a solid point of view to her current endeavor: environmentally healthy businesses and buildings. “I’ve developed a passion for sustainability, in particular green buildings for a sustainable business community,” said...
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...
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...
Paula Miller, executive director, Pikes Peak Library District When ranking the institutions crucial to a community’s well-being, a library is always going to be near the top. That’s why Paula Miller has devoted more than three decades of her life to libraries, including the last four years as executive director of...
Jere Martin, co-founder Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival Jere Martin doesn’t live in Colorado Springs anymore, but her influence remains. She co-founded the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival in Colorado Springs nearly 22 years ago, and even though she moved to Santa Fe, N.M., four years ago with her husband, attorney...
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...
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...
Marcia Jackson, director, SACHS Foundation Research Marcia Jackson’s life has followed an elegant arc curving around the ideal of giving back to the community so that others can make a future contribution. The Sachs Foundation research director, clinical psychology doctoral student and Women of Influence honoree freely admits she didn’t do...
Donna Guthrie, co-founder Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival Donna Guthrie is an idea person. A Colorado Springs-based writer of children’s books and producer of online educational videos, Guthrie’s ideas usually benefit the community, bring people together and advance a cause. Take, for example, the 23rd Annual Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival,...