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...
Jan Mchugh-Smith, Humane Society Anyone who loves animals understands the value of Jan McHugh-Smith’s professional accomplishments. For 27 years, Humane Society CEO McHugh-Smith has focused her career efforts in service of animal welfare, leading others to save and improve the lives of animals through educational programs, spay and neuter clinics, awareness-building...
Col. Nina Armagno, group commander, Peterson AFB Sometimes falling short of a goal can end up being the best thing for a person. Col. Nina Armagno wanted to be an astronaut, which is why she went to the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1988. But she ended up as commander of...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwOl0guyd8E Doris Ralston is a modest woman who’s most comfortable shining the spotlight on the people around her. Ralston works as executive director of the Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation. She’s also the only employee, so she does it all there, from making bank deposits to organizing board meetings and writing the...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tQEg4kGJis Aikta Marcoulier’s introduction to the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center was literally a trial by fire. She’d barely started in the new role as executive director when the Waldo Canyon fire broke out in June 2012. Another fire and several floods later, Marcoulier has developed an active disaster response...
Debbie Chandler, Colorado Springs Health Partners Few industries anticipate as much upheaval over the next few years as health care, and Debbie Chandler, the chief executive of Colorado Springs Heath Partners, is set to lead the change, not react to it. “I’ll admit what health care is going through is daunting,...
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...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YpFMaGTyWo Friends and associates of Sandi Briggs describe her as a humble woman who swoops in to take care of business. “Those who know Sandi say she is quick to get involved in any effort needing attention, happy to lead the charge on tackling initiatives that improve people’s lives or create...
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...
Christina Baker, Mortgage Solutions of Colorado Drive, discipline and determination are qualities Christina Baker has never run short on. Whether it was leading troops in Iraq, running trails, giving her time to Project Angel Heart or climbing the ranks of the mortgage industry, Baker always set her sights high. “It started with...
Susan Presti, community relations manager, Colorado Springs Utilities Being the face of Colorado Springs Utilities has its advantages, especially when leading a community-improvement activity. In her self-described third career, CSU’s Community Relations Manager Susan Presti has found a perfect fit with a company integral to the city and heavily involved in...
Summit Technical Solutions’ founder, President and CEO Kelly Terrien certainly is a woman of influence in the Pikes Peak region. An Air Force veteran and entrepreneur who launched a high-tech company in Colorado Springs, Terrien leads her business with these rules in mind: “Be fair. Be honest. Be generous. Be...