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Woman of Influence: Ann Winslow

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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 only child of a… Continue Reading Woman of Influence: Ann Winslow

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Woman of Influence: Dorothy Williams

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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 raised in the military,… Continue Reading Woman of Influence: Dorothy Williams

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Woman of Influence: Regina Walter

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Regina Walter, 4th Judicial District Judge Regina Walter’s fervor for justice is shaping the way people are treated when they and their families come into the region’s court system. “I am absolutely passionate about issues involving fairness and equitable treatment,” she says. She has harnessed that passion into creating concrete programs and innovations in the… Continue Reading Woman of Influence: Regina Walter

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Woman of Influence: Michelle Vacha

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Michelle Vacha, Senior Mobile Dental On a not-infrequent basis, when Michelle Noblet-Vacha’s phone rings, it’s Doris Fix on the other end. “When are you comin’ in, Michelle?” she asks. “I need my teeth cleaned!” Doris Fix, 83, is one of many elderly clients of Senior Mobile Dental, a nonprofit founded by Noblet-Vacha several years ago.… Continue Reading Woman of Influence: Michelle Vacha

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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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