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Hunter Harrell special sections editor

4 Letter from the Editor 6 Meet the Selection Committee 8 Kerry Siggins, Professional 12 Monique DiGiorgio, Nonprofit/Volunteer 14 Kelly McAndrews, Business Owner 18 Beverly Capelin, Outstanding Woman 20  Gloria Mora, Emerging 22 Miki Harder, Creative Industries 26 Rita Simon, Community Ambassador 28 Cecile Fraley, Health/Wellness 32 Libby Culver, Child care/Education 34 Sheldonna Zwicker, Agriculture 36 2020 Nominees

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ON THE COVER: Beverly Capelin, the 2020 Outstanding Woman award winner poses with books that include uplifting stories and writing inspired by her professional work. Hair styled by Shay Freese. Makeup by Faith Kimbrel. Photo by Jerry McBride.

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Letter from the Editor

how it worked

• Nominations were open to the public for a month. • A committee of eight local stakeholders (read about them on page 6) chose the top nominee in each category. • The committee selected the Outstanding Woman award winner from among all nominees in each category.

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A lesson in success

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH is a reminder to be thankful for the women who came before us. We stand on their shoulders today in search of a better perspective for our own future. As we celebrate the second edition of Southwest Colorado Women in Business, it is my honor to share the stories of 10 females who are making a difference in our communities. These women are currently creating the building blocks to improve the quality of life for thousands of residents and visitors for years to come. Through each success, they construct a path to progress and inspire others to follow in their footsteps. Working on this project opened my eyes to a number of life lessons, such as how wonderful it is to embrace our multifaceted personalities, and for that I’m very grateful. Our differences make our stories unique, and the routes we take are not always direct. Through interviews with the winners selected by this year’s committee, I learned that their interests and skills are diverse, but they have several things in common as well. Each has a great desire to make a difference in the world, and they do so while balancing

many personal and professional responsibilities. They collaborate with resourceful people and organizations often, and they face the challenges ahead with confidence. They also enjoy empowering and encouraging others. But many of these women admitted that they had very different plans for their own life before finding their place in the world. Their successes are consequences of their choices and profound persistence. The women featured in this edition overcome their own doubts like many of us, but they do so with an innovative spirit. I believe this is the greatest lesson. While we recognize the accomplishments of these daughters, mothers, sisters and wives, I hope you can see yourself in their stories, too. Ballantine Communications is proud to produce the Southwest Colorado Women in Business to acknowledge accomplishments of women in La Plata and Montezuma counties. We extend our gratitude to our readers for supporting this endeavor by nominating dozens of deserving women in business, and to our advertisers, partners, sponsors and committee members for strengthening a truly special magazine and event. Thank you for making it all possible.


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Selection

Regina

Jessika

Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk is a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and an advocate for animals and the environment. Born and raised in Towaoc, she attended school in Cortez and traveled to Montana and Illinois to continue her education. She is currently working on obtaining her masters degree in Environmental Management. Lopez-Whiteskunk is a former co-chairperson of the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition and Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Councilmember. She also served on the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs. More recently, she was elected to the Montezuma-Cortez School District Board. “I love seeing how individuals reach outside their boundaries and comfort zone,” she said.

Jessika Buell is a local entrepreneur and business owner. In 2015, she started the app-based errand running company Lucky Services, where she manages 50 employees. Last summer, Buell expanded Lucky Services to cover Santa Fe. Buell’s seven years of experience in sales and marketing led her to open a second business, Marketing Concepts Squared, in 2016. She co-owns a local gym called The Vault as well. Buell received the Ed Morlan Entrepreneur of the Year award at the 2019 Durango Rocks event hosted by the Durango Chamber of Commerce. “I think all the support and encouragement I have received from Durango has made me want to give back even more,” she said.

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Lynn URBAN

Lynn Urban is president and CEO of the local nonprofit United Way of Southwest Colorado. In her day to day, she works with other nonprofits and individuals to help residents build more stable lives by focusing on education, health and personal financial stability. “There are so many caring people in our community,” she said. “We are working together to continually make systems and programs better to help more people. So much of our work is focused on how we can do things collaboratively to go further than we can on our own.” Urban is a former instructor and college dean, and has a background in psychology. She and her husband, Jeff, have owned and operated College Plaza Laundry together for 15 years.

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Sharon CRAIG

Sharon Craig is the vice president for Ignacio Chamber of Commerce and represents the town on the La Plata Economic Development Alliance Board. She is also on the steering committee for the Ignacio Creative Arts District and a member of the Colorado Municipal League Executive Board. “I am so proud to represent Ignacio in so many ways,” she said. “I think it makes it easier for collaboration between all the organizations.” Craig also works to provide affordable housing for residents in her community. She and her husband, Clark, co-own and operate Meadow Brook Mobile Home Park. Craig said her husband is her biggest supporter and her three daughters are her greatest success story.


Committee Vivienne

Andrea

Vivienne McIntyre is the owner of Nifty Nanny, a child care business and app-based babysitting service in Durango. McIntyre was named the winner of the Emerging Award in 2019. She is a Fort Lewis College graduate with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. While pursuing her degree, McIntyre simultaneously created her own business model for child care services to more closely mirror her experience with home schooling growing up in Indiana. “Support systems are important, and as a teacher, you are one of them,” she said. “Everyone needs a little push sometimes. I love giving kids these opportunities.” When she isn’t taking children on field trips in Durango, McIntyre plays softball, cruises around on her bike and spends time with her husband, Patrick.

Andrea Avantaggio is a part owner of the family-run Maria’s Bookshop on Main Avenue. Her husband, Peter Schultz, and their son Evan, help her balance the books, manage the store and organize events. “We have great support,” Avantaggio said. “I think that helps keep all of us from feeling overwhelmed from how much there is to figure out all the time.” She joins our committee as the 2019 winner in the Business Owner category. Avantaggio is a member of several groups associated with her business, including the American Booksellers Association, Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association and Independent Booksellers Consortium. She navigates the challenges of running a business with ease, while keeping up with changing technology and providing excellent customer service.

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JERGENS Rose Jergens is executive director of the Four Corners Child Advocacy Center in Cortez, and the 2019 recipient of the Outstanding Woman award. She serves families in Montezuma and Dolores counties and members of the Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute tribes. She is a member of the National Children’s Alliance and enjoys working in a small community. “I think this is a wonderful place to be, and the people I work with are all really passionate about what they do,” Jergens said. She teaches a variety of classes to community members about healthy sexual development and recognizing signs of assault, abuse or neglect. When she isn’t working, she enjoys camping and hiking in the high desert and raising peacocks.

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SHINKLE Ellen Shinkle is an educator, philanthropist, fitness professional and personal trainer from Mancos, and last year’s winner in the fitness category. Shinkle owns and operates Crossfit Cortez/ Evolution Gym, where she meets with clients one-on-one and hosts classes daily. “I just knew this was where I wanted to be,” Shinkle said. “Some days it feels like a lot, but it is totally worthwhile.” Last April, Shinkle moved to a new location with more space to meet growing needs of clients. Teaching and providing opportunities for young people to exercise and enjoy the natural open space is her passion. She is an active volunteer, board president of the School Community Youth Collaborative, and served as coordinator for the Montezuma Inspire Coalition.

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t’s a dirty world, and there is always something Siggins’ responsibilities included overseeing engineering, to clean, said StoneAge CEO Kerry Siggins. She purchasing, production control work and customer service. guides the local manufacturing company that is “I spent a lot of time getting to know my employees at leading the world in automated industrial water StoneAge, helping them align their roles with their talents blast equipment and technology. The business and strengths,” Siggins said. “I found I had a knack for serves customers around the world, customizing getting people into the right seats on the bus, so to speak. equipment to offer safer solutions for jobs that require Because of this, some of my employees started calling me industrial cleaning tools. a ‘human engineer.’ I love finding ways to help people be “I don’t know that anybody gets into high pressure water their very best.” jetting and industrial cleaning on purpose,” Siggins was promoted from operations Siggins said. “I certainly didn’t. When I moved manager to general manager in summer 2008. “We have a to Durango 13 years ago, I asked, ‘How can I find In November 2009, she was promoted to a great job in Durango that uses my talents and CEO at age 31. Even 10 years later, Siggins still lot of exciting skills?’ StoneAge fit the bill.” takes a hands-on approach in her current opportunities in role by providing feedback for employee As a student, Siggins was quick to learn and excelled in subjects like math and science. Her front of us. It’s presentations, mentoring staff members and high school math teacher encouraged her to interacting with customers. about picking pursue a career in engineering. Anxious to leave Siggins likes the complex nature of working Montrose, she earned a softball scholarship to for a manufacturing company. She also sits the right ones Colorado School of Mines. on the board of the Waterjet Technology and saying no to Association, and has been working to create “Mines provided me with a great education but I was a bit lost once I graduated,” Siggins the right ones. I global standards for industrial cleaning said. “I knew I didn’t want to be an engineer, through a grassroots movement by forming think our future partnerships with industry professionals to and I wanted to live somewhere warm, so I packed up my belongings and moved to Texas.” create the Global Industrial Cleaning Coalition. is incredibly In 2002, Siggins moved to Austin to bask in “There’s no one way, anywhere around the bright.” the sunshine but eventually, city life and the world, to do this work,” Siggins said. “Through unrelenting heat wore her down. After five GICC, we are creating baseline safety principles years in Austin, she moved in with her mother in Durango. that safety associations can adopt all around the world. “At that time, I was living an uninspiring life,” she said. The purpose is to save lives and reduce injuries.” “I had no plan and no money. I was 28 years old and living In addition to working on this industry initiative, Siggins with my mom. This was not the vision I had for myself, so is involved in her local community. She is on the board of it was a pretty hard time in my life. I was seriously in debt, E.P.I.C. Conscious Living Magazine and is a member of the so I didn’t really know what I was going to do.” Business Advisory Committee at Fort Lewis College. Siggins saw an ad in the newspaper for a job at “I love mentoring and helping people think about StoneAge. Though she felt underqualified, she applied for business in a different way,” Siggins said. “I like to pull from the general manager position as an opportunity to put her my experience and learn from their experience to help foot in the door, even if she didn’t receive the position, develop strategies and find solutions.” l she said. In January 2007, the founders offered her the job under the title of operations manager. “Our founders, John Wolgamott and Jerry Zink, took a risk by handing me the reigns at such an early age. They were fundamental in my growth as a manager and leader,” Siggins said. “They gave me leeway to make decisions and make mistakes. I look back, and I cannot tell you how grateful I am for the opportunity they gave me.”

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ork ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit are the “I thought it would be an interesting fit for me and keys to making things happen in the nonprofit give me an opportunity to reach outside the conservation sector, said Monique DiGiorgio, executive field into the economic development world, specifically director of Local First Foundation and cosupporting local, independent businesses,” DiGiorgio said. owner of Table to Farm Compost. She is also an “People thought that Local First had a tremendous amount environmentalist and outdoor recreationist, which of potential. I had no idea how much fun it would be.” brought her west from Wyckoff, New Jersey. Nine board members placed several objectives on “I’m an outdoor and nature enthusiast,” DiGiorgio said. the new managing director, including increasing business “I’ve been doing environmental work since I was 16, and engagement and growing the organization. DiGiorgio I really wanted to move out West. When I strengthened several ongoing initiatives, came to Durango in 1997, I knew this place such as the Be Local Coupon Book and Noel “There’s a lot was awesome. I definitely got that sense, like Night. She collaborated with other local of good work many people do, ‘This place is special.’” business owners and leaders of other business Before her gig with Local First Foundation, organizations, such as Durango Chamber of that needs to DiGiorgio enjoyed a mixture of environmental Commerce, Business Improvement District happen out and nonprofit work. She was a biological and Durango Area Tourism Office. field technician on conservation projects of my strengths, I think, is just being there, so I think able“One for University of Maryland, Dartmouth to take a vision that the community has the challenge is College, the National Park Service and the and make it happen,” she said. U.S. Forest Service for seven years. Then she DiGiorgio helped establish the Durango getting people to Creative led an organization called Southern Rockies District, form the Southwest Health listen and pay Ecosystem Project, which focused on safety Alliance and convinced the city of Durango for wildlife and people on road. to adopt goals to reduce greenhouse gas attention.” As a conservation strategist for Western emissions and support renewable energy. Environmental Law Center, she developed In 2019, the board of directors created conservation programs for the law firm. DiGiorgio also Local First Foundation, a community-based 501c(3) managed a variety of projects for Future West, a nonprofit nonprofit organization, and promoted DiGiorgio to dedicated to collaborative conservation and local executive director. She said the purpose of forming the economies. In 2010, she founded Chama Peak Land Alliance, foundation was to broaden the public mission around local and spent seven years developing programs to promote self-reliance, building an economy that values people, the responsible land, water and wildlife stewardship. planet and prosperity for everyone. Each experience allowed DiGiorgio an opportunity to “The foundation allows us to build out what it means as affect change. But to do so on a larger scale, she looked an individual to take part in supporting your community,” to Local First, a 501c(6), membership-based organization. DiGiorgio said. “The Local First mission is really aligned There was an open position for a managing director. with my value system, so it doesn’t feel like a job. It’s super inspiring and motivating because anytime I succeed in my work, the impacts are beyond myself or Local First.” DiGiorgio said there are so many good causes in Durango, and the biggest challenge for Local First Foundation is growing its initiatives and educating community members about the importance of local self-reliance. It takes a remarkable work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit to succeed in the nonprofit sector, and DiGiorgio is brimming with both. l

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elly McAndrews uses a number of different With a small workforce, juggling multiple assignments resources to find success as an archaeological in different states with conflicting standards can be consultant and business owner. Some of those challenging for a company. However, McAndrews mentors tools are artifacts of a bygone era, while others team members to tackle tasks with confidence and manage are new technologies that keep company data their own time, budgets and projects with ease. organized. However, McAndrews believes her “It helps our business in every way to teach and employees are the company’s greatest assets. empower our employees,” McAndrews said. “Sometimes As co-owner of Woods Canyon Archaeological you just need more help, so you teach people to do other Consultants, McAndrews supervises eight full-time things. The scales tip, they are not always balanced. That’s employees at the office in Cortez. During why building a great staff gives us the ability spring, summer and fall seasons, Woods to take time off.” “I came home Canyon contracts as many as 20 workers for With the help of her team, McAndrews has land surveys and excavations. been able to search for opportunities to grow for a summer “We do everything from producing budgets the business. More recently, she has formed and had an to work scopes for archaeological projects partnerships with nonprofit organizations and that range in size from less than an acre to land management agencies, leading to fun opportunity 5,000 acres,” McAndrews said. and rewarding projects. through the Job Employees at Woods Canyon gather “Lately, we’ve been doing some really background research about the regions where exciting things, partnering with nonprofits Corps in Cortez clients want to develop land to prepare field and land management agencies to try to to work on an crews. In the field, archaeologists gather bring more people on board and do some data, mark areas where cultural resources preservation,” she said. “It opens up the door archaeological are found and write reports about their for financing projects.” project with the observations. Sometimes, they draft design The company has ongoing projects with recommendations for clients to help them Ute Mountain Ute, Northern Ute, Navajo and University of avoid costly excavation of ancient artifacts. Hopi tribes. Woods Canyon also assists with Colorado. I was database development and teaches them to McAndrews guides her team, collaborates with clients and other organizations and use digital tools to simplify data-gathering. just completely manages the projects for Woods Canyon from Another partnership with the World cemented.” start to finish. She values the contributions Monuments Fund is in the works, as well. of each employee and enjoys creating McAndrews said the international nonprofit meaningful work for people. Her goal is to keep employees organization is partnering with a regional nonprofit engaged in exciting projects, creating a positive workplace. organization in Utah, Friends of Cedar Mesa. The cultural “You want to work with people who are passionate resource project will include sites on Forest Service, BLM and delighted, so you build on that. Find their interests and state lands in southeast Utah. and indulge those things, and you will have a better work “I enjoy people and learning about people. We are always environment,” McAndrews said. learning new things and partnering with new people,” The company works with both public agencies and McAndrews said.“This is not about me. It’s about cultural private companies in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, resources, and it’s about people. People first, I think.” l including the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, and clients in industries like oil, natural gas, mining, construction, utility and telecommunications. “We work primarily in three states with 10 agencies, and every agency in every state has a different set of standards,” McAndrews said. “They call us because they need to have cultural resource clearance when they conduct projects.”

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everly Capelin encourages others to find strength For some groups, this means working with the U.S. Forest amid the richness of nature and the power Service or the Bureau of Land Management to increase of teamwork, helping them enjoy a life with access to wilderness areas and restore sites impacted by less fear and more success. Capelin set these humans and weather. intentions long ago and continues to find ways For others, the service component focuses on crossto transform the lives of young people in our cultural exchange projects. Participants help members of communities and beyond. Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute, Hopi and Zuni tribes with tasks Capelin is an educator with a passion for guiding others like reconstructing traditional stone bread ovens, mending through obstacles and educational experiences. She moved fences, shearing sheep and painting and plastering buildings to Durango to attend Fort Lewis College and in ceremonial Hopi plazas. earned a bachelor’s degree in education. After In 1998, Capelin formed a nonprofit “We’re very graduating, Capelin taught elementary school to offer scholarships to young people group-oriented. participating in Deer Hill Expeditions. Through in Silverton and Dolores for seven years. During those years, she led service projects the Deer Hill Foundation, Capelin has helped Our philosophy for her third graders, such as picking up trash more than 1,000 underserved scholarship is if you’re a in alleys near the schools. Seeing children students participate in their expeditions. engaged and empowered through community Capelin has a pioneer’s spirit, unafraid of leader in a efforts was inspiring, she said. new ventures. When her daughter, Emily, program, then In 1984, she and her husband, Douglas, struggled to find a preschool program to left their teaching jobs and founded Deer enroll her own daughter, Capelin decided to you take the Hill Expeditions, a wilderness and cultural help her establish an alternative option for rear up and exchange program for teenagers. early childhood education in Mancos. Together, they built a basecamp on Capelin, her daughter and young Mancos help your friend their property in Mancos, and they formed parents formed an initial board of directors that is having partnerships with families and community to help them reach their goal. leaders in Southwest Colorado, including Several volunteers offered to provide trouble.” Native American tribes across the region. accounting services, write grants and develop Capelin said the cultural exchange projects a website. Classroom space was a primary borne out of these relationships were rooted in shared concern. After several failed attempts to find a suitable experience, connection and support. space, Capelin sectioned off 3 acres of land near the Deer “Most of our programs are from 21 to 24 days, so you Hill Expeditions basecamp and funded the creation of a have time to immerse, and every program is different,” new 2,000-square-foot preschool. Capelin said. “We make sure that the participants are truly In April 2019, contractors broke ground; by September, connected with the expedition from the beginning to end.” they opened the doors to Mancos Dragonfly Preschool. Over the past 35 years, Capelin has been involved from The preschool offers opportunities for children ages 2 beginning to end, formulating programs alongside field through 6 to develop a love for learning staff and an administrative team. through a Waldorf-inspired curriculum. The Programs focus on river experiences, school currently has 18 families enrolled and such as rafting, canoeing and will welcome more children in the spring. kayaking or take teenagers to the While she continues work with teenagers mountains for backpacking, rock at Deer Hill Expeditions, Capelin continually climbing, mountain biking and focuses on developing more fearless and canyoneering adventures. But all successful youths in the region. programs have a service component. “I’d like to make sure that Dragonfly Groups participate in conservation Preschool really maintains its strength,” and community service projects in Capelin said. “I want to make sure this partnership with other organizations. endeavor takes wing and flies.” l

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loria Mora is a busy college student from Council to engage with other students studying subjects northern California focused on reaching her like accounting, computer information systems and goals and living her best life. When she’s not economics. The club works to identify opportunities for attending classes at Fort Lewis College to pursue professional development. a bachelor’s degree, Mora enjoys escaping to “I feel like their role will fill the divide between students the mountains to go hiking or snowboarding with and faculty,” Mora said. friends. The school’s proximity to scenic Mora is also the president and founder views, outdoor recreation and community of Women in the School of Business “I think success activities enticed her to plant her roots in Administration Club, which was created Durango, at least temporarily. to help students build their professional can mean a “I came to Fort Lewis because it was an personas. Mora said the club offers students lot of things. affordable liberal arts school,” Mora said. opportunities to engage in fundraising and “I wanted to get away, and the mountains networking, and attend professional events I think being enticed me. I really wanted a small school so on and off campus. Mora and the other active successful is I could have personal relationships with my members of the club organized a Professional professors and not just be another number.” Clothing Drive, which the Leadership Center being happy By building those personal relationships, recognized as Program of the Year. with what Mora is opening doors of opportunity for “We did community outreach in order to not only herself, but her fellow students acquire professional clothing. We gathered you’re doing at FLC. She is studying marketing and that clothing and hosted the Professional and living your Clothing Drive event so that students and entrepreneurship in the School of Business Administration. In class, Mora is learning the community members in need can sort truth.” ins and outs of building a successful business. through the clothes and take what they need She is designing websites and diving into in exchange for a donation of their choice digital marketing services, too. Mora said she enjoys her to the club,” Mora said. “I’m really proud of that event classes because she is learning to reshape old ideas to because I feel like it helped a lot of people. As college make something new. students, we don’t always have the money to buy the “A lot of marketing is coming up with products, branding clothes that we need for interviews and presentations.” them and finding different ways to promote them,” she Mora’s inspiration for this program came from said. “I like that it gives me room to be really creative.” borrowing, exchanging and sharing clothing with peers Mora is balancing three classes and an internship with to piece together outfits for professional events and job the Center for Innovation. She is also involved in several interviews. The event was so successful the club members extracurricular activities, including two organizations are currently planning another clothing drive in the spring. she helped create. She sits on the School of Business Mora hopes to help others while she pursues her degree, Administration Advisory Council, which helps guide but she doesn’t want to stop there. After graduation, she initiatives and strategies to meet the wants to apply her organizational needs and goals of the School of skills, business knowledge and formal Business Administration. Through her education to continue to help others involvement in this organization, Mora in different disciplines, such as the recognized the potential to do more. nonprofit sector or the outdoor and “It’s not in one day that we see travel industry. progress or change,” Mora said. “It Mora said: “After I graduate, I plan takes a lot of people working toward on moving back to California. I hope the same goal and dividing up tasks to work for a company whose values and holding people accountable.” and ethics align with my own in a role She helped co-found the School where I can make a positive impact in of Business Administration Student other people’s lives.” l

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iki Harder is an expressive individual and her After college, she spent the next 20 years working at energy is contagious. She smiles from ear to ear regional restaurants such as Carvers Brewing Co., Diamond as she recalls moving from Sunnyvale, California, Belle Saloon and Ore House, to name a few, and has been a to Colorado Springs when she was just a ski instructor at Purgatory Nordic Center for 30 years. daydreaming 10-year-old. Through these different experiences, Harder made “When I was a kid, I always had a crayon in my connections with many people who needed an artist to hand and I loved horses,” she said. “So my mom and design logos or T-shirts for their businesses. She enjoyed dad got me horseback riding lessons, and all I wanted to helping others bring their creative vision to life. do was draw and ride ponies. When we moved to Colorado So, when the San Juan Mountain Association invited from California, I worked hard and, dream come true, I got Harder and 28 other artists to participate in a public art a pony. Art was always on the side.” project to raise money for environmental Harder said her parents facilitated her “For the longest education programs called Pumas on Parade in creative and educational interests by keeping 2005, she was excited and nervous. time I kept my paper, crayons and other classic art supplies “It was the first time that I publicly in stock. She would draw cartoon horses, but acknowledged, ‘I am an artist,’” she said. “I personal and she has struggled with embracing her inner didn’t want anyone to judge me for being bad, my art life as artist for most of her life. for not being good enough, for not doing it “I grew up thinking art had to be a certain the way it was supposed to be done.” two individual way,” Harder said. “It did not appear to be The kind public reception gave Harder more things. Looking confidence the non-linear way I saw life, so I always to pursue art full time. She applied second-guessed myself. I separated cartoon for and was accepted as an artist in residence back now, I see illustration from ‘real art.’ I think that is what at Aspen Garden Station that same year and that art is a kept me from doing art professionally. I never Great Basin National Park in 2016, where she thought that I was doing it the right way, so I way I connect to participated in interactive programs. These kind of had this imposter syndrome.” experiences solidified her passion for art and people.” She transitioned to drawing cartoons the beautiful places it could take her. because they felt like a safe way to express “Artist residencies are fantastic,” Harder the light-hearted and off-kilter side of the world around said. “They used to be these isolating experiences, which her. After graduating high school, Harder attended Fort can be wonderful, but Great Basin switched it up. The Lewis College, where she planned to earn an associate resident was responsible for facilitating weekly creative degree in biology and then transfer to Colorado State workshops for visitors. I did two bird-spotting tours and University to become a forest ranger. But transitioning to two hikes into bristlecone pines to sketch. One afternoon college was difficult for her, so she took a semester off while sitting under one of those trees, it dawned on me from school and worked at a day care in Colorado Springs. that my three favorite things had been combined. I was After rethinking her future outside, I’m connecting with people and I’m drawing! It was and with encouragement exactly where I wanted to be.” from her parents, Harder Since then, Harder has expanded her skills and overcome decided to pursue a degree in challenges, like marketing herself as a creative artist. She both art and biology at FLC currently sells artwork at Studio & Gallery on Main Avenue instead. She graduated with a in Durango and the Valkarie Gallery in Lakewood. She also bachelor’s degree in 1990. collaborates with authors illustrating children’s books and “I ankle-waded into art but completes commissioned projects for clients. I didn’t take it seriously until “I’m the luckiest person in the world, and I’m really years later,” Harder said. “I grateful,” she said. “I want to thank every person who loved the sciences but didn’t believed in me more than I did. I rest upon the shoulders really understand what my of so many amazing individuals. I absolutely love and relish place would be in them.” this life I get to live.” l


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upporting the businesses that attract families and opportunities to business owners and a platform for individuals to Durango, whether for a quick visit community leaders to share information. or a lifetime, is Rita Simon’s specialty. When she “We do a ton of events, like Eggs & Issues, Business After moved here in 1998, she fell in love with all the Hours, Lunch and Learn, Coffee at Carvers,” she said. “I love region has to offer through the eyes of visitors. planning events, making them fun and coming up with new “I started working part time in ideas. Even sitting at the events and talking the visitor center on the tourism side,” to all the people as they come in, I love that Simon said. “I’ve just worked my way up the part as well.” “I love the ranks, I guess. The job has definitely evolved Alongside Executive Director Jack Llewellyn, community from one thing to a multitude of things.” Simon sorts through dozens of proposals Simon is the chamber manager at Durango for speakers and workshops every month. involvement Chamber of Commerce, a membership-based Together, they look at the topics presented in here. It just organization that seeks to support local past events and determine which programs businesses. Simon was promoted to office and speakers will benefit area businesses. One seems different manager, business manager and then to her of the most popular types of events are those than other current position as chamber manager. In this that help business owners with organizational role, she controls financial functions and places I’ve lived. skills, management and marketing. manages human resources challenges. “Everybody has something interesting And people Helping visitors has led to a career that to share,” Simon said. “I always come away keeps her close to the community. For more learning something, so I think our members seem to really than 20 years, she has helped the organization are the same. Obviously, they are coming care about grow and prosper. because they are interested in the topic.” “The community has definitely grown,” For Simon, working closely with other local other people Simon said. “The chamber has taken a strong organizations, such as Durango Area Tourism and about their role in helping businesses be better at what Office, Business Improvement District, Local they do, and providing them with education First and La Plata Economic Development community.” and events – things they can do to grow their Alliance, is crucial to identifying the barriers business.” to success for businesses, and choosing topics Simon said she often feels like her job has to address at their events. Collaboration helps two different sides. While the financial administration and each of these organizations achieve their own missions in human resources aspects of her job allow her to exercise different ways and prevents them from duplicating work. her critical thinking, planning events for businesses gives “It’s super beneficial for us to know what each other is her space to be creative. doing. There are ways we can collaborate and help each Some of the biggest events Simon plans annually include other out,” she said. the Girls Gone Golfing and the Chamber of Commerce Simon said that’s the Durango way. She witnesses Durango Rocks Awards. While Simon loves celebrating the the effort business owners make to provide benefits community at Durango Rocks, Girls and opportunities for their staff Gone Golfing holds a special place firsthand, and applauds the number in her heart because she loves to of individuals and small businesses golf. Simon said the event has grown that seek to help other independent year after year and provides an companies thrive. opportunity for women in our region “I’ve been here a long time,” Simon to learn about golf while networking said. “I love it, I do. I don’t think you with other professionals. can be in a job for 20-plus years if you In addition to these big events, don’t love it. But I’m looking forward Simon is responsible for planning to that next chapter, and what it regular events to provide educational might hold.” l

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ches and pains. Coughs and sneezes. “The role as CEO has evolved,” Fraley said. “As we’ve Hyperactivity and tantrums. Parenting dilemmas. gotten bigger, it became challenging to manage the “It’s all part of the human condition, which business and see patients full time. I still see patients one we take care of,” said Cecile Fraley, a founding day a week. The rest of the time, I run the business.” member and current CEO of Pediatric Partners of Transitioning day-to-day responsibilities allowed Fraley the Southwest. to create new partnerships in the community, and beyond. As a pediatrician and business partner, Fraley works Fraley helped establish a PPSW school-based health clinic tirelessly to provide care to children and young adults at in Bayfield in 2018, and PPSW took over operations for the her practice in Durango. She’s been helping parents raise school-based health clinic at Durango High School in 2019. healthy children for more than 25 years. Fraley meets with practitioners in the region to share Fraley began her career in this community successful implementation of new processes in 1994 after completing her residency at and discuss best practices. She is also helping “I think being Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. other practices in Montrose and Farmington She was looking to settle in a mountain streamline their own telemedicine programs. able to see how town and received an opportunity to join Fraley impacts state health care policy the community Southwest Pediatrics. by serving on the board for the American In 2005, Fraley and three other regional Academy of Pediatrics Colorado, and a comes together pediatricians came together to form a new Medical Services Board for Colorado Health to support kids pediatric practice, Pediatric Partners of the Care Policy and Finance. She was selected to Southwest. The PPSW team offers holistic be part of the Rural Colorado Primary Care and families, physical and behavioral health care for Leaders program sponsored by Colorado I’m just really residents from birth to 21 years old. They Health Foundation, Center for Creative administer routine vaccinations, diagnose Leadership and Colorado Rural Health Center. moved by that. illness, provide parents with growth and “It’s really neat to be here in Southwest I’m honored that Colorado but involved in statewide efforts,” development guidance for their children and support young adults. Fraley said. “We just got back from presenting we got to raise “It runs the gamut of routine illness to at the national conference for American our kids here.” really complex illness because we are far from Academy of Pediatrics in New Orleans. the front range children’s hospitals,” she said. We had six rounds of presentations on Fraley said the practice uses telemedicine to work with telemedicine to general pediatricians at this conference. It specialists at the Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver to was really amazing to realize that we are on the forefront provide a higher level of care and to allow PPSW patients of something that is not commonly done. But here in our to be seen at their home for some health care. This is just small town, it really makes sense.” one of the many ways Fraley is using health innovations to Fraley works with attorneys, teachers and health remove barriers to better health care in the rural region. professionals as a member of the Colorado Department of “The business has just grown tremendously, both in Health and Human Services Behavioral Health Task Force to innovations and offerings,” she said. “It’s really great to identify challenges for delivering care. be able to offer that level of care here, so people aren’t After 25 years, she is the oldest partner in her practice. needing to drive, whether to our offices or to Denver.” Still, she loves staying connected to the community. As the company grows, so do the tasks ahead for Fraley Fraley said: “Every day I’m seeing patients of mine having as CEO. Today, there are eight pediatricians and four their own kids. Seeing the cycles of life in the community is advanced practice providers, as well as four behavioral amazing. I am incredibly proud of the PPSW team.” l health experts offering integrated behavioral health care, and about 20 other staff members. As a leader of the small business, she carves out time to consider new advancements in care and how to implement those systems in the practice.

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n her 39 years as an educator, Libby Culver never work on transitioning kids into kindergarten,” Culver said. fancied herself a businesswoman. “I go to the preschools to talk to them about transitioning “I’ve never thought of myself as being in into kindergarten, so we can make that situation easier.” business. However, I know that what I do Culver handles financial administration and professional supports business,” she said. “We are the funnel.” development opportunities for teachers in the school As coordinator of Early Childhood Education for district. She also shares her advice and encouragement Durango School District 9-R, Culver is responsible for with teachers from time to time. creating safe spaces for children in La Plata “It takes really positive, wonderful people County to grow and develop. that are working with those kids every “One of my In 1980, Culver moved to Durango and day,” she said. “Teachers try to differentiate was looking for a preschool program for her instruction for their students and they have goals is to be 2-year-old son. Through her search, she found all these kids who come in at different levels. the welcoming a job opportunity at New Horizons Preschool. It is a teacher’s job to know what her kids Culver worked at the school for 12 years, need and how to best meet those. My job is first voice. An then took an opportunity with the Southern to empower, to support, to encourage and elementary Ute Community Action Program to provide give tools to those teachers.” low-income families with literacy education Over the years, she has crafted creative school sounds and guide parents through supporting their solutions for teachers and pushed boundaries so scary and it children’s education. After eight years with to ensure preschool programs are creating SUCAP, she received an opportunity to a safe and successful learning environment doesn’t have continue her work in the county with 9-R. despite budget challenges. For 14 years, she to be. It can be As a teacher, she enjoyed supporting both was a board member of the National Even children and parents. very welcoming Start Association, where she worked on “All of our classes are nurturing, positive curriculum on a national level. and nurturing. and supportive for kids and their parents,” she She established a Child Care Crisis said. “We are in a partnership with parents. We want it to be Committee in partnership with Durango It’s our responsibility to be there for kids. It’s Chamber of Commerce to look at the costs the very best for of child care, wages for child care workers really not about teaching them; it’s all about helping children develop a love for learning, and reasons for the decline in child care a child.” and gain the executive function skills they providers. The group is testing solutions, such need to be successful.” as providing child care classes for high school To strengthen her ability to form those partnerships students, and guiding residents through the process of with parents, Culver became a Love and Logic instructor. opening a licensed day care facility in their homes. Love and Logic is a research-driven philosophy dedicated “All kids are kids, and they are important to me,” Culver to giving parents techniques and tips to help children said. “It’s my job to be sure that we provide the very best develop positive patterns and healthy relationships. for them. This is a small pond, and it is an opportunity to “I was trying to find a way to give parents the tools they do great stuff in my own little town.” l need because they love their children a great deal, they don’t know how to put that love into action,” Culver said. This experience helps Culver in her current role as coordinator of Early Childhood Education, where she is responsible for organizing preschool and kindergarten programs as well as registering children for school. She opened 12 preschools in the Durango community school district, which serves just over 200 children. “I coordinate all of the preschool programs, but I also

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Projects and Projections RANCHER WORKS TO REVIVE LAND THROUGH REGENERATIVE GRAZING

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heldonna Zwicker gazes at a herd of cows grazing from her grade school teacher. She didn’t attend high the land in Yellow Jacket, Colorado. Though school, earning her GED instead, and pursued a college this is one of her favorite pastimes, it is also education through Pueblo Community College. She important research. later transferred to Colorado State University to earn “I spend a lot of time watching cattle because a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and Agricultural it’s fun, but my daughter thinks I’m weird,” Zwicker Economics. She also has a Master of Agricultural Education said grinning at a video she took of a cow gnawing on from Utah State. a cattail. “Most people don’t think that cows eat cattails, “My professors said they love home school kids but they love them.” because they know how to get an education, not be fed Zwicker is a mother of three and a an education. Once you’re out of school “The animals, self-employed cattle rancher, born and there is no reason to quit being educated,” raised in McElmo Canyon. She describes her Zwicker said. “That’s when real education the ground and occupation as a lifestyle, rather than a job. starts: How do you use your education to everything was “In this business, you have a lot of little make a difference or do what you really want projects you do every day,” she said. “So it to do?” really designed doesn’t feel like a real job.” Zwicker applies a variety of different to work together. science, Days are filled with small tasks that will technology, engineering and help Zwicker complete bigger projects. After mathematics skills to help her accomplish I think more sending her children to school, she checks both personal and professional goals. While and more people on the cows and watches what they eat to watching cows graze, she takes note of what determine the health of the herd and when it they are eating, how much ground they cover are finding out is time to move them to the next pasture. and how eating habits change over time. that if we take Zwicker also oversees all operations of “If your cows have what they need, they the ranch – meeting cattle buyers, finding are pretty good at staying healthy,” Zwicker something out suppliers, running errands, paying bills and said. “I don’t want to be feeding the animals of the equation, leasing land for the cows to graze. She for the sake of keeping them fed. I want installs and maintains fences, water tanks then it screws up to figure out how to use them for tools to and other equipment. She helps her husband, improve the land because that is what you’re other stuff.” Dean Ives, run his farm as well. Most of going to pass on to somebody else.” all, she is always learning to better manage her herd to Zwicker said animals and the land are designed to work improve soil health and adapt to the dry conditions. together, and her goal is to find new ways to establish “You start out and you kind of think you know what sustainable practices in Montezuma County through you’re doing,” Zwicker said. “And then you get a few years regenerative dryland grazing. She is developing community down the road, and you realize how much you don’t know. partnerships with other farmers, ranchers and landowners And that’s when you really start trying to learn. It makes through collaborative projects and hopes the outcome you more humble.” increases agricultural opportunities for the next generation. Zwicker went to Battle Rock Charter School until fifth “More than anything, I want to be in a position where grade, then was partially home-schooled with assistance I am able to help other people who are not as fortunate,” she said. Her commitment to the community extends into her volunteer efforts as well. Zwicker serves on the board for Dolores Water Conservancy District and she is a volunteer firefighter for the Yellow Jacket Fire Department. “I always thought it would be cool to be a firefighter when I grew up,” Zwicker said. “Just because you’re a female, or you’re a different color, or you’re from the wrong side of the tracks, none of that should limit your potential.” l


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Nominees 2020 BUSINESS OWNERS

In the second year of Southwest Colorado Women in Business magazine and event presented by Ballantine Communications, we were thrilled to have such a diverse class of nominees. We received 177 nominations for 135 unique women who help our communities thrive. We are pleased to share the list of this year’s nominees.

Allison Ragsdale Amanda Goad Amber Gilchrist-Morris Christina Padilla Cindi Taylor Colleen Clausen Daniella Phillis Deborah Demme Ellen Babers Emily Hutto Erin Neer Holly Jason Holly Zink Ivy Dalley Jaide Glenn Jamie King Jane Jaber Joanna Tucker Johnna Bronson Julie Dunn Brown Keena Kimmel Kelly McAndrews Kira Gosney Laura Corder Leeann Villejos Lisa Marie Jacobs Marla Sherman-Bird Michele Redding Michelle Hicks Natalie Boyer McLain Ruth Chou Simons Sandra Tischaefer Sara Sheeler Sarah Balfour Sarah Tingey Shanan Campbell

Sharleen Odell Sheri Tingey Sheryl Lock Susan Frantz Tiffani Waters Tina Ooley CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

Beth McMacken Elizabeth Kinahan Emily Baumgartner Janna Small Karyn Gabaldon Lisa Bourey Lisa Hunter Miki Harder Natalie Boyer McLain Sarah Syverson Suzy DiSanto CHILD CARE PROVIDERS & EDUCATORS

Beverly Capelin Libby Culver Jennifer Chamblee Kendra Gapp Sherri Haldorson Mary Polino Rebecca Trefry Sherri Maxwell Tegan Lewis Tiffany Aspermonte COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS

Ashleigh Tarkington Barbara Bowman Rita Simon

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Danielle Coronado Gloria Mora Kate Thomas Sopko Tiffany Fancher HEALTH & WELLNESS

Alison Jackson Amanda St. Pierre Brenda Sima Candice Seay Cecile Fraley Chandace Jeep Charlotte Lenssen Ellen Campbell Haley Roop Jan Gardner Jennifer Berridge Jenny Diehl Jessica Reed Jolie Ensign Kelly Busby Megan Lott Michelle Goedken Sarah Klein Sarah Packard Normand Sophie Owen Suzanne Ciotti Terri Oliger NONPROFITS & VOLUNTEERS

Angie Beach Ashley Hein Brenda Macon Doty Shepard Elizabeth Perry

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Lauren Berutich Laurie Dickson Laurie Knutson Lexie Stetson-Lee Linda Towle Mary Monroe Brown Monique DiGiorgio Necole Rosenbaugh Paula Woerner Precious Collins Sayra Siverson Shirena Trujillo Long Trennie Collins PROFESSIONALS

Linda Buzzalini Bernadette Cuthair Daisy Grice Daryn Rosenberger Jenna Hankins Karen Zink Kerry Siggins Kristen Muraro Lee Ann Hoven Marsha Porter-Norton Melissa Glick Meredith Mapel Micah Juntunen Michelle Kress Millie Winder Rhonda Villasenor AGRICULTURE

Hannah Usher Katie Minkler Mae Morely Megan Tallmadge Morgan Di Santo Sheldonna Zwicker


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