Women of Influence

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

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...
“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.
Rosana Ramponi is a straight-shooter, and it serves her well.
Leah Davis Witherow will tell you she has the best job in the world.
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...
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...
Karen Palus credits her father, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, with instilling in her a “leadership heart.” “My dad set that example well for me,” Palus said. “He always showed me what servant leadership looked like — not only putting your life on the line for your country, but...
Stella Hodgkins knows the importance of preparing for the future — and not just because of her background in sustainability. As a sustainability specialist for GE Johnson Construction Company over the past six-plus years, Hodgkins led the company’s efforts to meet the needs of its clientele through ecologically, socially and...