Women of Influence

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

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...
Shawnee Huckstep, TechWise Sometimes reality outpaces your dreams. Such was certainly the case with Shawnee Huckstep. “I never expected any of this,” said Huckstep of her international defense contracting company TechWise. “I thought that we’d have a normal small business. Maybe 20 employees. Nothing unusual.” But the small software training company she...
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...
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...
Shortly after Janice Frazier joined Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region’s leadership team in 2011, the nonprofit fell apart — but that didn’t break her indomitable spirit. Instead, the North Carolina native took over and became the voice of the organization, dedicated to resurrecting its team and community center...
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...
Dr. Anita Lane’s fourth-grade science teacher set her on her professional path during a parent-teacher conference. “He told my mom that I was a very bright student and could be anything I wanted to be, including a physician,” Lane said. “I remember thinking, ‘OK then, I’ll be a physician.’ ” Prior...
It was obvious to me when we met for the first time that Deborah Hendrix was a superstar."
Since she was a child, Christy Le Lait has been involved in politics. At the age of 14 she volunteered at Planned Parenthood — and her course in life was set. “I had good liberal parents,” she said. “They made sure I was involved.” From acting as a state director of...
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...
Rising to the top was always a goal for Danielle Summerville, executive director at Big Brothers Big Sisters Colorado, but what sets her apart is her devotion to lifting others up with her. “Innately I’ve always just wanted to strive for the top,” Summerville said. “... I always felt like...
Kristen Christy has been through a stroke at age 15, cancer two years ago and the suicide of her ex-husband in 2008. Having lived through these troubles, she now uses her experiences to help others. “We’re all survivors. We’ve all survived something,” she said. “At the time we go through...