Women of Influence

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

Amanda Mountain, Rocky Mountain PBS When Amanda Mountain says she’s passionate about partnerships, she isn’t just tossing out a sound bite. She believes the future of media hinges on strategic partnerships. In fact, she was the catalyst for creating one that could revitalize Colorado media. In July, Rocky Mountain PBS, parent of...
Martha Marzolf, ERA Shields/FAC Board In Colorado Springs, it’s often hard to tell where business life ends and personal life begins. Such is certainly the case with Martha Marzolf. A highly recognized and successful Realtor, Marzolf moves seamlessly from home tours and listing presentations to community involvement and enjoying life in...
Jerri Marr, U.S. Forest Service It’s not often that forest supervisors have twitter followers, fan groups, Facebook pages and people urging them to run for president. But most forest supervisors aren’t Jerri Marr. As the supervisor of the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands, part of Marr’s...
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...
Carolyn Kruse, Community Leader Carolyn Kruse’s dedication to sports, and especially to figure skating, demonstrates the power of focused philanthropy. The Topeka, Kan., native resettled in Colorado Springs in 1963 and has since continued to lead the way in the development of the region’s amateur sports programs. With her late husband, she...
Judy Kaltenbacher, Stockman Kast Ryan + Co. Early on in her career, Judy Kaltenbacher was told a part-time accountant could never become a partner in a firm. But with a growing family, she was determined to have a balance between her work and home life, and still move up the...
Shawnee Huckstep, TechWise Sometimes reality outpaces your dreams. Such was certainly the case with Shawnee Huckstep. “I never expected any of this,” said Huckstep of her international defense contracting company TechWise. “I thought that we’d have a normal small business. Maybe 20 employees. Nothing unusual.” But the small software training company she...
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...
Suzi Bach, Ramsgate Management Services “The Mayor’s wife” still has an odd ring in Suzi Bach’s ear, but it’s starting to grow on her, as the “job” of being the First Lady of Colorado Springs becomes increasingly fascinating. “It’s kind of funny when we’re out and about and somebody says to...
Sandi Yukman, Colorado Springs Utilities Show Sandi Yukman a mountain, and she’ll climb it. Whether trekking Colorado’s highest peaks, rising through the ranks of the business or lending a hand to young people, the Denver-born Yukman is up for the challenge. As a “14er,” Yukman has climbed all 59 of Colorado’s...
Ann Winslow, Winslow BMW Ann Winslow knows her automobiles. And although it took her a few years to apply that knowledge on the job, it was inevitable that one day she would be involved in the car business. Winslow, vice president of corporate communications for Winslow BMW, grew up as the...
Dorothy Williams, Regis University Just like many of the adult students who attend Regis University, its Colorado Springs director, Dr. Dorothy Williams, took a winding path to the institution. “You never know how your life will unfold,” she says. The vagaries of her own career are proof of that. Williams was...