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
If you've lived in Colorado Springs for any of the last 20 years, you know who Mary Lou Makepeace is.
She served six years as the city's first female mayor and was a member of the City Council for 12 years before that. She has served as chairwoman for Colorado Springs Utilities' board of directors and led an oversight committee for Memorial Hospital. Continue Reading Mary Lou Makepeace
Murder and mayhem are a normal part of Diana May's life. The chief deputy district attorney is an expert in prosecuting violent crimes – and she shares that expertise with police, domestic violence advocates and the courts.
In the midst of death and brutality, May never forgets her primary motivation: justice for the victims of those offenses. Continue Reading Diana May
Some women make achievement look effortless.
Wendy Pifher, managing partner of the Colorado Springs office of Holland & Hart, is one such individual.
During her tenure with the law firm, the office has grown from eight to 13 attorneys and has expanded into new markets, including military law, space law, government contracting, employment law and intellectual property. Continue Reading Wendy Pifher
Sharon Raggio has completed a few 26-mile foot races over the years, but she has yet to cross the finish line on her longest-running marathon: a career in mental health.
Raggio sprinted through miles of professional twists and turns to become the senior vice president of clinical services at Pikes Peak Mental Health. Since 1979, she has served in various capacities in the mental health field, including positions as a social service representative, an alcohol counselor and community educator and a family and marriage therapist. Continue Reading Sharon Raggio
With a degree in organizational management, a love of children and a long history of volunteer service, Trudy Strewler became the first employee for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). That was 16 years ago.
Since then, she's been the driving force behind the organization's success. Continue Reading Trudy Strewler
The Colorado Springs Business Journal is proud to present the
2005 Women of Influence
Congratulations to all these special women, including the nominees, listed below.
The spectacular portraits were taken by BlueFoxPhotography.com, except for
Ms. Lyda Hill, who was out of town. Continue Reading 2005 Women of Influence
If Judy Cara has one thing to lament, it's that her mother did not live to witness the boundless accolades bestowed upon her daughter during the last five years.
"Mummy would never even believe that I spoke in front of 5,000 people," said Cara, community relations manager for Intel Corp. and one of this year's Women of Influence honorees. Continue Reading Judy Cara
Heather Carroll not only works in the field of philanthropy, she lives it.
As the Joseph Henry Edmonson Foundation's first full-time employee and executive director, Carroll dedicates her intellect, skills, leadership, time and moral energy to move the community forward. Continue Reading Heather Carroll
Iris Clark didn't begin her career with the intention to achieve success and influence.
It just found her.
Clark, who is vice president of business lending at Vectra Bank and a member of several business boards and organizations, said a defining point in her life was 10 years ago when she decided she wanted a change. Continue Reading Iris Clark