Every year since 2010, we’ve received dozens of nominations from all over Northern Colorado. What a challenge to narrow the selection to only twelve!
The wonderful women who ended up on our stage each year undertook huge projects and changed lives. We are proud to call your attention these women who are true Women of Vision!
2010 Women of Vision, an abundance of 20 amazing women!
Dr. Temple Grandin, Colorado State University
Denny Moyer, founder of Ensight Skills Center
Pamela Cook, creator of “Cut It Out” domestic violent program
Maury Dobbie, founder Young Women of the West
Lydia Dody, Founder Hope Lives Breast Cancer Foundation
Roxie Ellis, founder of two therapeutic riding clubs (Front Range Exceptional Equestrians and Hearts & Horses), co-founder of Alternatives To Violence
Diana French, inventor, Founder of Brand Spanking New
Grace Hanley, Whole Foods coordinator of Whole Planet Foundation
Kristi Helzer, non-profit champion of Greeley
Jeri Howe, founder The Matthews House
Dr. Joan King, speaker, author, coach
Heather Janssen, founder Get Born Magazine
Gailmarie Kimmel, founder BE Local No Co
Carmeen Klausner, founder Pathways To Spirits
Dr. Lori Kogan, founder Pets Forever, and the Crosstrails Program at Crossroads Safehouse
Dorsi Smith, Shannon Lopez and Amy Snider, founders of sports programs for girls & women
Dr. Barbara Wallner, Poudre School District
Elise Walsh, retired teacher
Lu Anne Aulepp, Pioneer of The Women’s Movement
Linda Wheeler Holloway, former FC Police Detective
2011 Women of Vision:
Floss Blackburn, founder of Denkai Animal Sanctuary
Lori Hentzenroeder, North Beach Dental
Sherri Frye, University of Northern Colorado
Betsey Hale, City of Loveland
Betty Aragon-Mitotes, founder of Museo de Las Tres Colonias
Jenny Langness, Alpha Center
Wendy Ishii, founder of Bas Bleu Theatre Company
LeAnn Thieman, nurse, speaker & author
Kerrie Flanagan, founder ofNorthern Colorado Writers
Leslie Young, Loveland Police Dept., founder of Journey Conference for Young Women and Loveland’s Restorative Justice Program
Donna Visocky, Founder of BellaSpark Productions,
Marilyn Shock, CEO of Banner Health
Special Posthumous Award: Ann Azari, former Mayor of Ft. Collins
2012 Women of Vision
Hon. Mary Jo Berenato, Magistrate 8th Judicial Dist
Dr. Deborah Crawford, Forensic Pediatrician
Lindsey H. Deringer, 17 year old student, creator of “Hunger 5K Run”
Denise Burson Freestone, Open Stage Theatre
Dr. Diana Hall, Colorado State University
Elizabeth Lamb Kearney, Wildfire Community Arts Center
Candace Mayo, Habitat For Humanity
Teresa Mueller, CPA
Kelly Peters, Northern Co Economic Development Corp
Carol Rehme, Silver Linings Program for seniors
Guadalupe Salazar, El Centro
Cheryl Miller Thurston, Moonlighting Teachers
2013 Women of Vision:
Jackie Bebo, founder of Adoption for All Children
Sandi Brown, founder of Tutor Doctor Front Range
Dr. Ada Chen, founder of Soaring Hope Inc.
Dr. Kathleen Cooney, founder of Home to Heaven
Dr. Leslie Cunningham-Sabo, life-long dedication to the issues of childhood obesity
Linda Hughey. co-founder of No Colo Nonprofit Resource Center
Brooke Hupp. founder of Team STABOS (Save Them All Big or Small)
Sister Mary Alice Murphy, The Mission CARE Housing, the Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope in Ft. Collins and the Guadalupe Center in Greeley.
Tara Pogoda, founder of Fifth Element Ranch
Dr. Amy Prieto, founder of Prieto Battery Inc.
Irene Castillo Romsa, founder of “Rincon de Cuentos” Spanish literacy program and “Imaginates” youth program in Colorado and of “Casa de Vida” a shelter for survivors of domestic violence in Guatemala.
Cindy Sarai, founder of the Dream Guild and the Dream Room
2014 Women of Vision:
Michelle Lubick-Boyle, founder of RamStrength
Megan Chenoweth, spokesperson for C.L.E.A.R.
Wendy Cohen, le the passage of Lacey’s Law in honor of her daughter, murdered by a police impersonator
Dr. Caroline Creager, entrepreneur, mentor and author
Melisa Esposti, tireless volunteer, fund raiser, event organizer and grant writer for many NoCo nonprofits
Teresa Funke, author, speaker and teacher who created literacy and reading programs for children and the El Centro Triunfo Tutoring Program.
Jennifer Gray, founder of the Dare To Move Project, speaking against drunk driving
Libby James, elite athlete at age 77, still setting records.
Stacy Johnson, active bringing business to NoCo
Rose Moon, founder of HalfMoon Arts
Kathay Rennels, former county commissioner who had a key role in development of The Ranch.
Maria Secrest, community leader in Greeley, advocate for Hispanic educational excellence and Veteran’s programs and liaison between Congressman Cory Gardner & constituents.
2015 Women of Vision:
Debra Benton from Livermore, Author, Speaker and CEO Coach
Dr. Jill Baron from Ft. Collins, Senior Research Ecologist with the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at CSU
Judy Calhoun from Ft. Collins, Executive Director, Larimer Humane Society
Louise Creager from Rist Canyon, Realtor and volunteer with RCVFD
Dixie Daly from Loveland, entrepreneur & inventor
Beth Heckel from Loveland, founder of Think Humanity
Cheryl Redmond, RDH from Loveland, provider of free or low cost dental care for many non-profits, veterans, low-income and under-served residents
Anne-Marie Scherrer from Loveland, founder of Women Awaken
Teri Segelke from Greeley, unstoppable entrepreneuer, community leader, volunteer
Melissa Venable from Ft. Collins, Executive Director of Hope Lives! Lydia Dody Breast Cancer Support Foundation
Tricia Vincent from Fort Collins, Employment Engagement Specialist with OtterCares Foundation
Allison Yacht and her daughter Meredith from Longmont, founders of BraveHoods line of hoodie clothing for kids with cancer