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Woman of Influence: Dee Vazquez

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Dee Vazquez, community relations manager, Pikes Peak Library District Dee Vazquez was destined to work at a library. Her grandmother had worked for libraries since the 1930s. Then her mother did, too. Vazquez picked up the torch in 2001 when she joined the Pikes Peak Library District as the marketing coordinator. “My family has been… Continue Reading Woman of Influence: Dee Vazquez

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Woman of Influence: Lonzie Symonette

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Lonzie Symonette, chaplain, Pikes Peak Hospice We sometimes say that leaders are born. The truth is, they are — but generally not on the day of their natural birth. The Rev. Lonzie Symonette clearly recalls the day of her birth as a leader. The year: 1973. “I was sitting in my kitchen, working on what… Continue Reading Woman of Influence: Lonzie Symonette

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Woman of Influence: Janet Suthers

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Janet Suthers, executive director, Colorado Springs Leadership Institute If at times it appears that Janet Suthers has a lot on her plate, she comes by multi-tasking honestly. “I’d have to say my mother was far and away the biggest influence on my life,” says the executive director of the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute (among other… Continue Reading Woman of Influence: Janet Suthers

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Woman of Influence: Pat Ruffini

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Pat Ruffini, executive director, Colorado Springs Teen Court Pat Ruffini thinks it’s a good idea to let teens take the law into their own hands. And she has the statistics to back up her beliefs. She is executive director of the Colorado Springs Teen Court, a program that lets teens charged with minor offenses —… Continue Reading Woman of Influence: Pat Ruffini

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Woman of Influence: Beth Roalstad

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Beth Roalstad, executive director, Women’s Resource Agency Beth Roalstad admits she can be a tough opponent when it comes to debating issues she’s passionate about. That’s because she got many early lessons in debate around the kitchen table while growing up. “My parents and I have always been on opposite sides of a lot of… Continue Reading Woman of Influence: Beth Roalstad

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Woman of Influence: Susan Presti

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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 civic projects. “It’s one… Continue Reading Woman of Influence: Susan Presti

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Woman of Influence: Marcy Morrison

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Marcy Morrison, Colorado insurance commissioner Marcy Morrison’s political career started with the Manitou Springs library board. Now, four decades and countless challenges later, she may be headed back to the library board. “I may be out of job here pretty soon,” says the Commissioner of the state Division of Insurance, referring the possible turnover in… Continue Reading Woman of Influence: Marcy Morrison

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Woman of Influence: Debbie Miller

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Debbie Miller, president, Woodland Park Chamber Debbie Miller’s description of the Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce as “chamber heaven” seems an apt description for a “city above the clouds.” The description is more of a personal reference about the organization’s size and proximity to a major metropolis, Colorado Springs, said Miller, who is president… Continue Reading Woman of Influence: Debbie Miller

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Woman of Influence: Leslie McGinn

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Leslie McGinn, executive director, American Heart Association Leslie McGinn couldn’t have known it at the time, but her sales jobs were the perfect preparation for her move into the nonprofit world. Before arriving in Colorado Springs in 1989, McGinn was a buyer for Macy’s in California, worked at a car dealership in Alaska and worked… Continue Reading Woman of Influence: Leslie McGinn

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Woman of Influence: Shirley Martinez

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Shirley Martinez, equal employment specialist, Colorado Springs Utilities For 22 years, Shirley A. Martinez lived in a world defined by perfect order: the military. Though she knew it was time for a change in 2000, she couldn’t have imagined she’d be stepping into a world nuanced by the ambiguity of diversity. Martinez, equal employment specialist… Continue Reading Woman of Influence: Shirley Martinez

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