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Her day job combines Col. Elizabeth Anderson’s dual talents as a leader and work force organizer.
With responsibility for more than 6,000 officer, enlisted, civilian and contract employees as well as 7,000 family members who are part of 44 units assigned to the world’s largest U.S. Air Force base, she carries an impressive workload. Continue Reading Col. Elizabeth Anderson
Rita Burns believes in working as a team, creating partnerships. But people who know her say it’s her drive and ability that gets things accomplished.
“Rita is a woman of influence, working quietly to get it done,” said C.J. Moore, public affairs director for Kaiser Permanente. “Making sure that the hospital is well taken care of. She gives so much time in addition to her very busy job to so many organizations. She has been a quiet champion of health care for those who cannot afford it. She has worked to help others, and mentored those below her. She is such an asset.” Continue Reading Rita Burns
June Chan’s health care career started in one of the nation’s first neonatal intensive care units, and now she administers Colorado Springs’ only fully accredited children’s hospital.
Chan has worked at Memorial Health System for seven years, and spearheaded the movement for the Children’s Hospital, which is affiliated with Denver’s Children’s Hospital. She also launched the hospitals’ Memorial Star Transportation, a helicopter transport system that brings adults, mothers, children and high-risk premature babies to Colorado Springs for treatment. Continue Reading June Chan
Master Sgt. Kristin Clark helps guide young airmen, helping them decide which direction their military careers should take.
After 13 years as a member of the Air Force security forces — the service’s law enforcement branch — Clark now works at Peterson Air Force Base as a career assistance adviser.
“I love helping people figure out their futures,” she said. “That’s the most rewarding thing I do.” Continue Reading Master Sgt. Kristin A. Clark
A Tennessee native who moved to Colorado Springs in the mid-1970s, commercial real estate broker Mary Francis Cowan finds opportunity during both up and down cycles.
A licensed real estate professional since 1979, before joining Grubb & Ellis Quantum Commercial Inc., Cowan was a partner and owner in Commercial Properties Group, a full-service commercial brokerage company. Continue Reading Mary Francis Cowan
Children’s scripts are written by the age of 5 — and Noreen Landis-Tyson is committed to helping guide those scripts in the right direction.
As CEO of Community Partnership for Child Development, Landis-Tyson focuses on the development of up to 1,450 children.
“About 75 percent of those children are living in poverty and about 25 percent have special needs,” she said. Continue Reading Noreen Landis-Tyson
Although she inadvertently began working with the parks and recreation in Colorado Springs, Nancy Lewis said she couldn’t have scripted anything better.
Her love for the environment and her passion for Garden of the Gods Park, and an interest in finding a mechanism to provide funding, is what landed her the job of president/CEO of the Garden of Gods Foundation and Visitor Center.
The visitor center is a for-profit business that gives its money to the foundation, she said. Continue Reading Nancy E. Lewis
Got a problem? Call Robin McGrath.
She’s the chief operating officer for Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care.
And, with a more than 30-year career as a CPA, you’d think McGrath’s talents would be described merely as “right-brained.”
“I’m a CPA, so I’m basically your boring kind of accounting type of person,” McGrath said.
But, she’s a lot more than that, say those who know her.
“She’s a CPA that is gifted in using both sides of her brain,” said Martha Barton, president and CEO of Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care. “Her perceptions seem to come from several points of view at the same time, and what results are fresh approaches, spirited considerations and successful outcomes.” Continue Reading Robin McGrath
“I showed up, so I got the job.” That is Becky Medved’s joking claim to fame as a woman of influence.
“Part of success is just showing up,” she tells her kids. “Just show up and do it. If you say you are going to do something, you have to do it.”
Perhaps that is one reason for her long list of community involvement, but her nominee, Brooke Bower, said she’s a terrific asset to the community because “she is a very articulate, dedicated professional and a tremendous leader, advocate and supporter of the nonprofit sector in Colorado Springs.” Continue Reading Becky Medved