Women of Influence

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

When asked about being honored by the Business Journal, Lt. Shaye Haver, 25, said, “It’s strange I was named a Woman of Influence for suffering in the woods for six months.” And while many say they “suffer” for their craft, Haver really has suffered. Last summer she, along with Capt....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tQEg4kGJis Aikta Marcoulier’s introduction to the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center was literally a trial by fire. She’d barely started in the new role as executive director when the Waldo Canyon fire broke out in June 2012. Another fire and several floods later, Marcoulier has developed an active disaster response...
Regina Walter, 4th Judicial District Judge Regina Walter’s fervor for justice is shaping the way people are treated when they and their families come into the region’s court system. “I am absolutely passionate about issues involving fairness and equitable treatment,” she says. She has harnessed that passion into creating concrete programs...
Cari Shaffer, Add Staff If you’re looking for a true woman of the West, Cari Shaffer fits the description. Much of her youth was spent in Nevada and Oregon. In the summer, her family retreated even further into cowboy/cowgirl territory, to her grandparents’ ranch outside of Baker, Ore., nestled between two...
Pat Ruffini, executive director, Colorado Springs Teen Court Pat Ruffini thinks it’s a good idea to let teens take the law into their own hands. And she has the statistics to back up her beliefs. She is executive director of the Colorado Springs Teen Court, a program that lets teens charged...
For Cindy Aubrey, love of community dovetails with her professional life. As former news director for KOAA Channel 5 and former chief of communications for the city, Aubrey is focused on improving the region where she grew up. “She bleeds Colorado Springs,” said Stephannie Finley Fortune, executive director of university advocacy...
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...
Everyone makes relationships during their lives, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. One that can be beneficial for women in the business world (as well as life in general) is having another woman as a mentor, said Rosenna Bakari, local psychologist and author. “I think it’s important for women to mentor each other because […]
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Kathryn Young, Colorado Springs City Clerk City Clerk Kathryn Young is rightfully proud of her many achievements since she entered public service three decades ago. But she takes special pride in something that has nothing to do with government — and everything to do with making Colorado Springs a better,...
Linda Ellegard turned personal struggle into professional triumph — and has helped countless Colorado Springs families along the way. A social worker, Ellegard watched special-needs children placed into foster care for a single reason: Parents were too exhausted and stressed out to do the best for their children. “It wasn’t neglect...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSbWqDzgKmk One might think that recent headlines alone perhaps made Judy Mackey one of the Women of Influence honorees for 2013. After all, Mackey helped lead a group of investors that recently purchased the iconic Garden of the Gods Club, returning the facility to local ownership. But that assumption would be...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tp6jpDgJoP8 Kristin Kubitschek’s main motivation is to give. She’s always known she would give her lifetime to benefit others. “One of my greatest blessings is being able to live out my faith through the work I do each day,” said Kubitschek, who has worked solely at nonprofits during her career. Kubitschek works...