Women of Influence

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

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...
Fine Arts Center curator Joy Armstrong moved to Colorado Springs at age 7 when her father was transferred here. She started second grade here, then graduated from high school and attended the University of Denver. She studied photography and film production in college, worked various jobs including acting for a...
Rebecca Jewett puts her love of the Rocky Mountains to work as executive director of the Palmer Land Trust. It’s a passion that grows from her family’s long presence in the shadow of the mountains. “I’m actually a fifth-generation Coloradan on both sides of my family,” she said. “My great-great grandparents...
If you ask those who nominated her, Lynne Jones, vice president of marketing and business development for Colorado Springs Health Partners, has been a woman of influence for years. She’s just now receiving the recognition. Jones currently serves as the vice president of business development and marketing for Colorado Springs...
When Linda Warren decided to start a business of her own in 1992, she never imagined it would grow into one of the largest and most successful of its kind in Colorado Springs. “I never intended to grow a business … and now I have 21 employees,” Warren said. “It’s...
Mari Sinton-Martinez was born to love Colorado Springs. She comes from a long line of influential area natives — including the founders of Sinton Dairy in Colorado Springs and owners of the Dalton Ranch community in Durango — but determined at a young age she wanted to help the region...
Amy Sufak, president and founder of Red Energy Public Relations, Advertising & Events, is all about the little details. “A signature task I do on a daily basis is make sure my staff is armed with ‘thank you’ notes, envelopes and stamps,” she said. “We send handwritten notes — not...
Colorado native Tammy Rivera has lived the familiar saying: When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Originally from Sterling in the northeastern part of the state, Rivera received a degree from Colorado State University and moved to Colorado Springs in 2000 to work for national accounting firm BKD...
Few people understand the local, regional and state real estate regulatory environment like Clarissa Arellano. As director of government affairs, media and public policy for the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors, Arellano makes it her business to know about upcoming legislation that could affect the local housing market — and...
Rosemary Lytle’s dedication to public service was born out of her grandparents’ struggles in Jim Crow’s Mississippi, their successes in Gary, Ind., and her family’s insistence to give back generously to the communities that embraced them. Lytle’s life — both personal and professional — stemmed from lessons learned as part...
A native of Slovakia, Marina Funtik first came to Colorado Springs  — and the United States — as a dental assistant student at Pikes Peak Community College in 2000. “Everything was so big — the cars, the pizza,” she said of her first impressions of the U.S. After she received her dental...