Women of Influence

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

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...
Tatiana Bailey’s resumé is both impressive and extensive. Her personal and professional aspirations have landed her in a number of unique places — the most recent is Colorado Springs, where she serves as the executive director of the UCCS Economic Forum. Originally from the Washington, D.C., area, Bailey relocated to...
For Cindy Aubrey, love of community dovetails with her professional life. As former news director for KOAA Channel 5 and former chief of communications for the city, Aubrey is focused on improving the region where she grew up. “She bleeds Colorado Springs,” said Stephannie Finley Fortune, executive director of university advocacy...
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...
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...
Michelle Talarico credited the launch of her success in business to being “young, optimistic and dumb” as a Colorado College student. “It was 1989. I was 23, the co-owner of the Dale Street Café. I loved the hospitality business. There was an opportunity to sell Dale Street, and Kathy (Dreiling)...
Stacy Poore came to Colorado Springs in 1986 with a college degree and countless dreams, leaving behind all the foundation and security of her young life growing up in Oklahoma. For nearly 30 years, she has been making a difference, from teaching in high school to leading nonprofits and,...
Una Ng-Brasch has come a long way in her life — both geographically and professionally. She was born and raised in New York City, where her father worked as a scientist at Columbia University. Her family then moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where Ng-Brasch’s mother became one of Canada’s foremost...
Arriving in Colorado Springs seven months pregnant, Sharyn Marcus had an unpleasant surprise; her husband had a girlfriend. Soon after her baby was born, she was a single mom. Like many women in similar circumstances, she did what she had to do. Today, it remains her greatest personal accomplishment. “As...
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...
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...