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of our 2012 Women of Vision

Thank you, Karen Fournier, owner of Starstream Productions, for creating this beautiful video honoring these amazing women!


Thank you for joining Ann Clarke, Dr. Joan King, LeAnn Thieman and Colorado Women of Influence on Wednesday, July 11th at the Ft. Collins Marriott for an evening of celebration, inspiration, networking, motivation and fun!

Our goal was to honor the women of our community who are have demonstrated visionary approaches in their professional endeavors and who have made a contribution to the well-being and empowerment of women, and the betterment of their community. These are women who have enriched the lives of others with intelligence, talent and – of course – vision. They have made significant contributions through outstanding innovation, leadership, and social Impact.


We began with a champagne reception in the garden of the Marriott from 5 to 6pm.

At 6 we moved to the ballrooms where COWOI Founder Ann Clarke emceed this evening of celebration!

The event began when Dr. Joan King shared her inspirational message to open the event.

Keynote speaker LeAnn Thieman then showed us how to “Balance Your Life in the War Zone” as she set the stage to introduce our “Women of Vision.”


Please welcome the 2012 Women of Vision!

1. Elizabeth Lamb Kearney, Berthoud Historical Preservation Commission & Wildfire Community Arts Center.

2. Dr. Diana H Wall, University Distinguished Professor, Professor Biology and Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at CSU.

3. Deborah D. Crawford, MD, pediatrician and volunteer at Larimer Co Child Advocacy Center.

4. Cheryl Miller Thurston, teacher/founder  of Cottonwood Press, Moonlighting Teachers and Closet Accordian Players of America.

5. Teresa Mueller, co-founder of Mueller & Associates, non-profit champion.

6. Kelly Peters, Director of Business Retention & Expansion for NCEDC.

7. Carol Rehme, creator of the Silver Lining Program for seniors and Vintage Voices.

8. Guadalupe Salazar, director of El Centro at CSU.

9. Honorable Mary Joan Berenato, District Court Magistrate, Larimer Co Court.

10. Lindsey H. Deringer, 16 year old school student at Poudre High School, creator of  “Hunger Pains 5K”

11. Denise Burson Freestone, founder of OpenStage Theatre.

12. Candace Mayo, Executive Director of Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity.

Our 2012 Honorees join this illustrious group of past Women of Vision Honorees

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

2010 Women of Vision

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