Leslie Foster – Non Profit Leader and Activist, President of The Gathering Place

For nearly 30 years, Leslie has devoted her career and her outside activities to transforming the lives of women, children, and people who are transgender by providing positive relationships, resources and a community of support.

Gerie Grimes – Early Childhood Education activist/Non Profit leader

Gerie Grimes has dedicated and committed her life to the needs of others (especially women and women of color of all ages), building community and using her voice to be a strong advocate for the voiceless.

Susan Helms – Military, Astronaut

The first U. S. military woman in space, Susan Helms is a retired Air Force lieutenant general (LTG) and astronaut who was a crewmember on four space shuttle missions, holds the world record for the longest space walk (8 hours and 56 minutes), and was the first woman to serve on the International Space Station (ISS).

Dorothy Horrell – Education Professional and Administrator, Chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver.

As a community college president, leader of the state system of community colleges, foundation executive, chair of a higher education governing board, and now university chancellor, Dorothy Horrell has a proven record of transformative leadership.

Fay Matsukage – Law/Asian Activist

Fay Matsukage is an accomplished attorney with a reputation for professionalism and integrity who has dedicated her life and career to furthering the interests of women and those of Asian Pacific descent.

Gail Schoettler – Banking, Government and Women’s Activist

Gail Schoettler was the first woman to be both Colorado’s Lt. Governor (elected in 1994) and State Treasurer (from 1987 to 1994). She narrowly lost the election to be Colorado’s governor in 1998.

She founded a group called Women Electing Women supporting candidates running for Governor and U.S. Senators roles. Her latest venture eGlobal Education promotes travel to business people and corporations to develop international business, experience, knowledge, and contacts.


Mae Boettcher – Community Activist, Philanthropist

Long-standing Colorado resident, Mae Boettcher influenced our state and its citizens as a culture-altering pioneer – a figure who led Colorado in its transition from cow-town days into an era of sophistication through her dedication to higher education, championing children’s and women’s healthcare, and her selfless philanthropy.

Ellis Meredith – Journalist/Women’s Suffrage

Ellis Meredith is often called the “Susan B Anthony of Colorado” as she was a leader in the women’s suffrage movement in Colorado who also worked nationally for the women’s vote after Colorado gained suffrage in 1893.

Doreen Pollack – Speech pathologist/Audiologist/Educator of the Deaf

The impact of Doreen Pollack’s method for teaching children who are deaf to listen and talk has literally been “heard” around the world. She was a true pioneer in the field of speech pathology and audiology at a time when the medical community did not believe anything could be done for the profoundly deaf child.

Amache Prowers – Community Builder, Land, and Cattle Owner

Amache (Walking Woman) “Amy” Ochinee Prowers was a full-blooded member of the Southern Cheyenne tribe, born in 1846 in the eastern Plains of what is now Colorado. She and her husband John Wesley Prowers operated a successful cattle-ranching and mercantile business at Boggsville, one of the region’s earliest American settlements, to which Amache contributed her own land, labor, and skills.

Inductees in the News

Five Inductees to Receive Women of Distinction Awards from Girl Scouts

Larae Orullian (1998)

Larae Orullian was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Orullian, a retired bank executive and community activist, Orullian helps provide educational seminars for women in banking and has served on several boards including the World
Board of Directors of Girl Scouts.

Jean Jones (2006)

Jean Jones received the Dedication to Girl Scouts Award. As the former CEO of the Girl Scouts – Mile Hi Council, has made significant and enduring contributions to the lives of Colorado’s girls by creating an innovative and contemporary environment in which today’s girls are cultivated to become tomorrow’s leaders. Jones was born and raised in Denver and is a fifth-generation Coloradoan.

Juana Bordas (1997)

Juana Bordas (1997), was honored with the Progressive Community Leader Award. She immigrated to the US from Nicaragua on a banana boat and was the first in her family to attend university. Juana is President of Mestiza Leadership International a company that promotes diversity and multicultural leadership. She received the Outstanding Women in Business Award from the Denver Business Journal and Denver’s Martin Luther Jr. Social Responsibility Award.

Arlene HirschfeldArlene Hirschfeld (2006), was recognized with the
Accomplished Philanthropist Award. Arlene Hirschfeld has made an indelible mark on Colorado as a life-long community
leader, philanthropist, and tireless activist working on behalf of women, children, education, and the arts. A wife and mother oftwo sons, Hirschfeld has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing the quality of life for others


Jill TietjenJill Tietjen (2010), was honored with the Advocate for Women and Girls Award. A formidable advocate and champion for women, Tietjen empowers women in her role as philanthropist, mentor, and awards nominator. She mentors girls and women in the technology and engineering fields and has established and endowed national and local scholarships for women in engineering and technology.

Board News


The Colorado Women's Hall of Fame (CWHF) Has Named New Board Chair and Three New Directors

Beth Barela is the new board chair. New directors include Deb Dufour, Kirstin Marr and Beth Drum. Betty Heid, outgoing board chair, remains on board and will continue to champion CWHF’s educational video production initiatives.

Beth Barela’s career has been spent leading teams of IT professionals responsible for data centers across the western portion of the US. She currently owns and runs WWC Ltd, an IT consulting and leadership coaching company. Beth is a Coloradonative. 
Deb Dufour is the Director of Business Process Outsource (BPO) at PRG. In her leadership role, Dufour provides strategic and operational oversight to PRG leading the team in its respective business service offerings. She will put those skills to good work for CWHF, leading the organization’s strategic planning process and serving as its historian. 
Representing CWHF in Southern and Western Colorado, Beth Drum currently serves as Senior Vice President for Alpine Bank, Durango. Her primary focus has been in marketing, business, and community development. Drum proudly refers to herself as a “Colorado Girl”, born and raised in Denver. She has lived on Colorado’s western slope for the last 25 years. 
Kirstin Marr is CMO of Valen Analytics, a data analytics firm serving the property and casualty insurance industry. Marr’s background is in marketing leading edge technology firms. She has a Master’s degree from The University of Denver and a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Chico. For CWHF, Marr will manage Inductee relations for the new 2018 Inductees as well as with the more than 150 women currently in the Hall. 
Former Board Chair, Betty Heid, has spent four years ensuring the success of Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. She is now focusing on preserving the history of its Inductees through videos, to be shown on PBS and used as educational material. 

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As a 501c3 organization, the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame would not be able to do what we do to shine a light on the inspiring stories of great Colorado women without the support of our partners in the news media. In this issue and the next, we will tell you a little more about each of our wonderful partners.

Pete Casillas, president and publisher of the Denver Business Journal says, “I like to work really hard and win.” For the DBJ, he’s done just that through innovation in content and content platforms, creation of collaborative business community programs and awards. Through his leadership and the talents and credibility of DBJ’s news team, the weekly is the premier print and digital publisher of Denver’s unique and powerful business stories. CWHF board chair, Beth Barela says, “Having the DBJ’s support is a really big deal for us as we begin our planning for the 2018 Induction Gala in March of next year.” CWHF was an in-kind sponsor at DBJ’s August Outstanding Women in Business awards event. DBJ is sponsoring and providing a promo package for the Hall at the March 28th Gala. Watch for our ads in November.

Breaking the news about the CWHF’s new class of 2018 Inductees was our media partner, KMGH Denver7, the ABC affiliate here in Denver. Through Courtney MacDonald, director of Community Partnerships at Denver7, CWHF is able to tell the stories of our new inductees via television and digital media. Veteran broadcast journalist and anchor, Anne Trujillo, will also serve as the March 28th Induction Gala’s emcee. “We’re thrilled about our Denver 7 partnership,” says Deborah Radman, a CWHF board director. “Our audience targets are aligned and the message about the potential of all women to realize their life and career dreams, hits
both our sweet spots in terms of relevance.” Watch for CWHF on Denver7 throughout the first quarter of 2018 and get details for joining this very special celebration.

KOA 850 and Colorado’s Morning News helped CWHF break the news story of our 2018 Class of Inductees on October 25th. Part of the iHeartradio family, the largest radio/multimedia company in the world, KOA is like a long time friend. They began
broadcasting in Denver on December `15, 1924 at 5000 watts. Ten years later, the power was raised to the current level of 50,000 watts. Through their news, talk, public affairs and sports programming, KOA is the top dog in Denver’s radio scene.
“KOA’s support of CWHF is a real gift to us for this next round of Inductions,” says Debbie Brown, CWHF board director. “I’ve done a great deal of work with the iHeartmedia stations on behalf of my clients, and we’ve got a wonderful partner to help us tell the stories of grit, grace, inspiration and great Colorado women.” Listen for more on Colorado’s Morning News, the Mandy Connell Show and Colorado Front Range shows 850 KOA in the coming months.


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