Women of Influence

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

Amy Lathen, Board of County Commissioners Amy Lathen, the El Paso County Commissioners chair, will tell you sleep is overrated. “I used to love to sleep in,” she says. “But it just isn’t possible any more. I had to get used to getting less sleep, and you know, you really...
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...
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...
Rosana Ramponi is a straight-shooter, and it serves her well.
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,...
It wasn’t until her late 40s that Susan Davies decided to reinvent herself.
Chamisa MacIndoe knew she wanted to be a physician when she was a teenager. Growing up in a small, rural southern Colorado community with a single mom and three sisters, she had to work harder than most to achieve that goal. “I grew up very poor and had to work...
Torie Giffin’s dream of founding and operating a cycling-centric lodge began as just that — a dream. “I always wanted to do my own thing,” Giffin, owner of the Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort, told the Business Journal. “Two nights in a row I had a dream about a hotel that...
Barbara Zoet Vidmar has been told she has too many good ideas. But her track record of accomplishment argues that, in her professional life and her service to the Pueblo community, there’s no such thing. Vidmar broke the glass windshield in the automotive industry, starting as a payroll clerk and...
Bonnie Martinez barely warranted a passing glance from her peers when she walked into her first board meeting as managing officer for Norwest/Wells Fargo Bank’s San Antonio market. Finally a male executive, noticing the only woman in the room, told Martinez he would take his coffee with sugar. “I looked at...
As a child in Upper Michigan, Shawna Kemppainen was always aware of her privilege. But it wasn’t until her time volunteering for Care and Share Food Bank in 2004 that she came face to face with it. While manning the food bank’s phone lines, Kemppainen answered a call from a...