Women of Influence

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

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...
Joan Gurvis, managing director, Center for Creative Leadership A circuitous route led Joan Gurvis, the managing director of the Center for Creative Leadership’s Colorado Springs campus, to her job and this city. But the route was far from random. As she moved from one job, and one line of work,...
Women in Abigail Ortega’s professionoften find they’re the only female in the room.
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...
It only takes Patricia Randle three words to sum up what’s most important to her: faith, family and service.
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...
Jane Young, financial planner, Rotary president Jane Young turned a life-long love for money matters into a successful business as a Colorado Springs financial planner. But her advice, expertise and leadership aren’t limited to her clients. Young has strived to share those talents with the Colorado Springs business community in an...
A high school counselor told Kimberly Hessler that she wasn’t college material and should just get married. She has proved that advisor wrong, many times over. As career services manager for SecureSet, a company that trains cybersecurity professionals, Hessler is a tireless advocate who helps graduating students — most of...
Jimmie Keenan, Evans Army Community Hospital As commander of the Evans U.S. Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson, Col. Jimmie Keenan is responsible for the hospital and clinics that meet the medical needs of 66,107 soldiers and their family members. She’s had more than a dozen varied positions in her Army...
Dee Vazquez, community relations manager, Pikes Peak Library District Dee Vazquez was destined to work at a library. Her grandmother had worked for libraries since the 1930s. Then her mother did, too. Vazquez picked up the torch in 2001 when she joined the Pikes Peak Library District as the marketing coordinator. “My...
“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader; a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” That quote from Eleanor Roosevelt is a favorite of Katherine Gaulke.
Leah Davis Witherow will tell you she has the best job in the world.