Gala Honorees

Every year since 2010, we received dozens of nominations for our Women of Vision Honorees from all over Northern Colorado. What a challenge to narrow the selection to only 10. It’s no wonder that some years we couldn’t stop at 10 - we just HAD to put MORE women into the spotlight!

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!

Meet our 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), and 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 and Founder of NoCo Women in Business

Jeri Howe -  Founder The Matthews House

Dr. Joan King - Speaker, author, coach

Heather Jansen -  Founder Get Born Magazine

Gailmarie Kummel -  Founder BE Local No Co

Carmeen Klausner -  Founder Pathways To Spirits

Dr. Lori Kogan -  Founder Pets Forever, and the Crosstails 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


2010 Woman of Courage: Linda Wheeler-Holloway

2010 Woman of Inspiration: Dr. Temple Grandin

2010 International Woman of Vision: Dr. Joan King


Meet our 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 u0026amp; author

Kerrie Flanagan, founder of Northern 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


2011 Woman of Courage: LeAnn Thieman

2011 Woman of Inspiration: Betty Aragon-Mitotes

2011 International Woman of Vision: Donna Visocky


Meet our 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


2012 Woman of Courage: Dr. Guadalupe Salazar

2012 Woman of Inspiration: Dr. Deborah Crawford

2012 International Woman of Vision: Dr. Diana Wall


Meet our 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


2013 Woman of Courage: Irene Castillo Romsa

2013 Woman of Inspiration: Tara Pogoda

2013 International Woman of Vision: Dr. Ada Chen


Meet our 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 u0026amp; constituents.


2014 Woman of Courage: Megan Chenoweth Hauschulz

2014 Woman of Inspiration: Libby James

2014 International Woman of Vision: re-dedicated to the late Dr. Joan King


Meet our 2015 Women of Vision:


Debra Benton - Author, Speaker and CEO Coach

Dr. Jill Baron - Senior Research Ecologist with the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at CSU

Judy Calhoun - Executive Director, Larimer Humane Society

Louise Creager - Realtor and volunteer with RCVFD

Dixie Daly -  entrepreneur & inventor

Beth Heckel - Founder of Think Humanity

Cheryl Redmond, RDH - Provider of free or low cost dental care for many non-profits, veterans, low-income and under-served residents

Teri Segelke - unstoppable entrepreneur, community leader, volunteer

Melissa Venable  - Executive Director of Hope Lives! Lydia Dody Breast Cancer Support Foundation

Tricia Vincent  - Employment Engagement Specialist with OtterCares Foundation

Allison Yacht and her daughter Meredith - founders of BraveHoods line of hoodie clothing for kids with cancer


2015 Woman of Courage: Beth Heckel

2015 Woman of Inspiration: Dixie Daly

2015 The Dr. Joan King International Woman of Vision: Debra Benton


Meet our 2016 Women of Vision:


Dr. Gillian Bowser -  CSU Research Scientist who has devoted her career to increasing opportunities for women & minorities in science

Patricia Campbell - RN/NP, a vital part of health education on a state & Federal level.

Jean Daviet - Computer Science & Systems Management, programming pioneer.

Rikke Liska - Attorney and advocate for seniors and elder care.

Dr. Janice Nerger - CSU Dean of the College of Natural Sciences, an innovative and active advocate for women throughout her distinguished career.

Becky Safarik - Assistant City manager, 38 years making her community exceptional.

Patti Smith -  RN health education consultant

Tami Spaulding - FC Realtor with The Group and speaker

Cathy St. Germain - Mom on a FB mission to prevent sexual abuse by step-dads.

Kim Swaney - co-founded Happiness Through Horses, funding horse camps and horse-related activities for underprivileged children.

Linda Winter - 38 years as an innovative business owner and community leader

Adrienne Zoble - 39 years as a Marketing Consultant, national speaker, author


2016 Woman of Courage: Catherine St. Germain

2016 Woman of Inspiration: Tami K. Spaulding

2016 The Dr. Joan King International Woman of Vision: Dr. Janice Nerger


Meet our 2017 Women of Vision:


Bihn Rybacki  - Founder, Children Peace International

Ellen Javernick  -Garfield Elementary School teacher and writer

Glenda Haines  - Co-owner, Eves & Haines Wealth Management

Glenda Shayne  - Executive Director, Alternatives to Violence

Heidi Olinger -  Founder, Pretty Brainy

Heidi Zeller-Dart  - Founder, Colorado Farm Therapy, co-owner Dart Farms

Dr. Jean Morrell - Vice President Morrell & Assoc/Dean of Students Emerita University of Northern Colorado

Julie Piepho - Nationally recognized as a leader in the mortgage lending industry

Kristin Stephens - Fort Collins City Councilperson

Mindy McCloughan - President & CEO  Chamber of Commerce

Val Orr - Cowgirl who fought for fairness all the way to the Supreme Court

“X”-  B.A.C.A. Bikers Against Child Abuse


2017 Woman of Courage: “X”

2017 Woman of Inspiration: Heidi Olinger

2017 The Dr. Joan King International Woman of Vision: Binh Rybacki


Meet our 2018 Women of Vision


Kay Broderius - Founder of Weld Women2Women

Georgia Evans - Business Entrepreneur and Founder of Clean Water in Africa Project

Dr. Ann Gill - Former Dean of the College of Liberal Arts

Jill Grossman-Belisle  - Mayor of Timnath

Dr. Sonia Kreidenweis - University Distinguished Professor, CSU

Lisa Krizman - Founder, Sierra’s Race Against Meningitis

Betty Moseley - 91 year old Champion of respite care and senior services

Dr. Deirdre Pilch - Superintendent of Greeley-Evans School District 6

Sosamma Samuel-Burnett - Founder G.L.O.B.A.L. Justice

Judy Scherpelz  - Founder of Rocky Mountain Raptor Program

Sarah Swanty - Founder of Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic

Maddy Thompson - 19 year old Founder of Sweet Destinee Foundation


2018 Woman of Courage: Madison “Madi” Thompson

2018 Woman of Inspiration: Georgia Evans

2018 The Dr. Joan King International Woman of Vision: Sosamma Samuel-Burnett


Meet our 2019 Women of Vision


Ann Yanagi -  MD and Founder of SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) Program

Carol Ann Hixon -  Founder of Hixon Family Scholarship at CSU

Danette Haag - Founder of Soul on Fire, Beauty From Ashes and Mrs. Windsor 2019

Debby Baker -  Retired Air Force Colonel and Founder of The Community Grief Center

Flo Mikkelson -  Senior Advocate

Holly Petitt - Pilot for Southwest Airlines and Founder of Africa Bags

Jacki Marsh - Mayor of Loveland, lifetime athlete and long-time advocate for women in sports

Jane Brewer - Chiropractor dedicated to healing in El Salvador & Guatemala

JoAn Hopkins - Mental Health Counselor and Founder of SAVA (Sexual Assault Victims Advocates group

Meredith Hodges - Animal advocate and Lifetime Sponsor of Hearts & Horses

Rudi Taylor - Animal advocate and Founder of Harley’s Dream

Ruth Alexander - Chair of CSU History Dept and historian of race, gender and sexuality


2019 Woman of Courage: Danette Haag

2019 Women of Inspiration: Rudi Taylor

2019 The Dr. Joan King International Woman of Vision: Holly Pettit

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