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Woman of Influence: Susan Strasbaugh

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Susan Strasbaugh, Strasbaugh Financial Advisory Inc. While growing up, financial planning wasn’t Susan Strasbaugh’s initial career goal. “Numbers always came easily to me, but I wanted to be a therapist or a teacher. But the more I found out about financial planning I realized it’s almost like therapy focused on financial issues.” She’d seen how… Continue Reading Woman of Influence: Susan Strasbaugh

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Woman of Influence: Brenda Smith

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Brenda Smith, First Presbyterian Church Brenda Smith’s father died when she was two years old, leaving her mother to raise her and her six older brothers alone. Her mom cleaned houses to support the family. Smith remembers it all fondly, “I had a wonderful mother and we had an enormous amount of love.” But, there… Continue Reading Woman of Influence: Brenda Smith

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Woman of Influence: Pam Shockley-Zalabak

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Pam Shockley-Zalabak, UCCS-University of Colorado Springs Growing up in the tiny farming community of Drummond, Okla. played an important part in forming Dr. Pam Shockley-Zalabak into the leader she is today. “It gave me a strong work ethic, a belief in the power of education, an appreciation for living with many generations of people and,… Continue Reading Woman of Influence: Pam Shockley-Zalabak

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Woman of Influence: Gisela Shanahan

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Gisela Shanahan, Colorado Springs Airport For the first two phases of her life, Gisela (GEESE-sa-la) Shanahan got to know military bases very well. She grew up as a military brat, moving 10 times as her career Army father put in his 30 years of service. Then she jumped bases 10 more times after she married… Continue Reading Woman of Influence: Gisela Shanahan

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Woman of Influence: Cari Shaffer

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Cari Shaffer, Add Staff If you’re looking for a true woman of the West, Cari Shaffer fits the description. Much of her youth was spent in Nevada and Oregon. In the summer, her family retreated even further into cowboy/cowgirl territory, to her grandparents’ ranch outside of Baker, Ore., nestled between two eastern Oregon mountain ranges.… Continue Reading Woman of Influence: Cari Shaffer

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Woman of Influence: Cindy Senger

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Cindy Senger, Senger Design Group Cindy Senger, founder and principal of Senger Design Group, grew up on the prairie, in Sioux Falls, S.D. She learned early on from her mother what a prairie woman could accomplish. “My mother was the first female store manager in South Dakota in the history of the Singer [sewing machine]… Continue Reading Woman of Influence: Cindy Senger

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Woman of Influence: Tamra Rank

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Tamra Rank, U.S. Air Force Academy In a city studded with outstanding military personnel, Col. Tamra Rank, vice superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy, stands out. Rank hails from Clarinda, Iowa, a small town that boasts such sons and daughters as Glenn Miller, Marilyn Maxwell and World War II Medal of Honor winner Vernon… Continue Reading Woman of Influence: Tamra Rank

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Woman of Influence: Wendy Pifher

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Wendy Pifher, Holland & Hart Wendy Pifher’s search for a balanced life has often been complicated by her pursuit of her dreams. Pifher can cite many accomplishments in her legal career. But perhaps her most notable accomplishment is the balance she has achieved despite the demands of her profession. “I don’t think I’m good at… Continue Reading Woman of Influence: Wendy Pifher

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Woman of Influence: Lynn Pelz

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Lynn Pelz, Peak Vista Community Health Centers Lynn Pelz’s career really started in elementary school. As a Girl Scout, she was energized by the volunteer work of scouting. Her parents stood as strong examples, since they both invested time in non-profit work. “I love working for non-profits, it is my passion,” Pelz, the director of… Continue Reading Woman of Influence: Lynn Pelz

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Woman of Influence: Meredith Patrick Cord

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Meredith Patrick Cord, Johnson & Cord, P.C. Striking the work-life balance is a common theme within the legal profession. Sometimes those like Meredith Patrick Cord have trouble getting the balance right even when they make choices designed to do just that. Cord is a Buckeye by birth through and through. Born and raised in Columbus,… Continue Reading Woman of Influence: Meredith Patrick Cord

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