Women of Influence

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

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...
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...
Sallie Clark, El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark said she didn’t choose to be a community activist. She was thrust into the role out of concern for her community. What made Clark concerned was the prospect of Colorado Springs Fire Department Station No. 3, on Limit Street and Colorado Avenue, being...
Erin Hannan, U.S. Anti Doping Agency "We are battling the notion that there are shortcuts in life,” Erin Hannan said, “that you can just take a magic pill and excel.” Hannan, the communications and outreach director for the United States Anti-Doping Agency, lives that philosophy. She has spent over 20 years...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCYLwWJi6qA Balancing two jobs plus family has been the largest challenge to Dana Capozzella. She works as a partner for Cascade Investment Group and as a leader in the Colorado Army National Guard. A high achiever, Capozzella became the first female brigadier general in the Colorado National Guard, where she serves as...
Robin Roberts, Pikes Peak National Bank A community’s small businesses represent a key piece of its economic foundation. That’s why Robin Roberts devotes so much of her time to stewarding the health of Colorado Springs’ small businesses. And she believes those small economic drivers need support like never before. “People say the...
Regina Lewis has lived a textured life. She was raised as the daughter of a soldier and lived in a series of culturally diverse countries. She lived in poverty while her father fought in Vietnam. She also is a war veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force during Operation...
Ann Fetsch, former owner of Colorado Classics Furniture, Operation 6035 volunteer As a former business and building owner, Ann Fetsch brings a solid point of view to her current endeavor: environmentally healthy businesses and buildings. “I’ve developed a passion for sustainability, in particular green buildings for a sustainable business community,” said...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJHDUjLioGA As general manager of distribution, collection and treatment of both water and wastewater at Colorado Springs Utilities, Leah Ash is one of only three women in the entire department. But that doesn’t bother her. “It’s actually pretty great,” she said. “I’ve worked in a number of different areas at Utilities. I...
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...
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...
Jill Gaebler, development director, Greccio Housing Sometimes making it “all about the kids” can benefit the parent as much as the child. Take, for example, the story of Jill Gaebler. Anyone in charter school circles has likely heard of Gaebler, who has become one of the educational movement’s most vocal proponents after...