Women of Influence

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

Karla Grazier has served as president and CEO of Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado since April 2010. Hers has been a diverse and interesting career. Starting as a banker in San Francisco, Grazier moved on to head the middle market leveraged buyout group at Wells Fargo in...
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...
Jeanne Salcetti’s goal is to help those around her find the success she has found in her own life. “My ultimate goal is to participate in a nonprofit organization for young women to encourage them to pursue and achieve their life goals in a satisfying career like I have been...
Pat Ellis became executive director of Silver Key in 2011, after having served in leadership roles with Tessa and Cheyenne Village. She’s also worked in private business, and has owned a small business in Colorado Springs. After leaving Tessa, she took a job managing a call center, but found...
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...
Lisa Dailey, president, Lisa M. Dailey law firm Colorado Springs family law practitioner Lisa Dailey has a pragmatic take on her legal specialty. Since at least half of marriages end in divorce, the best thing she can do is make sure her clients, their children and their soon-to-be ex-spouses craft...
Janice Weiland has been playing an influential, behind-the-scenes role in Colorado Springs since she landed here more than 20 years ago. Weiland works as executive vice president of investments for Cascade Investment Group, a firm she joined in 2000. Aside from devoting herself to helping clients manage their portfolios (tax...
Family-owned companies are at the core of the Colorado Springs business community. In 2004, Dean Steward decided to retire from his position as CEO and chairman of Heating & Plumbing Engineers Inc., a company his father started in 1947, putting the family tradition in jeopardy. But that’s when his daughter...
Rosenna Bakari moved to Colorado Springs about a year ago, and her work is already making an impact in the community. In 2010, Bakari started Talking Trees in Des Moines, Iowa. The nonprofit organization and website is dedicated to helping and empowering adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and incest. Before...
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...
Vanessa Moorman, general manager at Lamar Outdoor Advertising, said it was her previous career as a middle-school teacher that prepared her for her career in sales. “I have hired teachers because I think we’re using those same skills. We’re just educating people about our products,” Moorman said. “The flexibility...
Lisa Lyden, Media personality When Lisa Lyden announced she was stepping down as news co-anchor at KOAA-TV after 29 years, the newscaster’s news sent shock waves through the community. Business Journal Executive Editor Ralph Routon wrote about the news. “Usually we hear news stories, think briefly about how they’ll affect us or...