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Dear Lydia, I am writing you to check if your magazine is the one that did an article on Hair Dynamics in Fort Collins [April 2010 Style]? The reason I am asking is because my son is going to school there and I would like to buy the issue that this article is in. This way he has it for himself and to show his kids. He loves what he is doing and so enjoys the school. I’ve not seen my son so happy in a long time. Please let me know if it was your magazine and, if so, where I can get a copy or two of the issue. Thank you for your time, ~ Ruth Klein, Sterling Ruth, Thank you for your email. Yes, we wrote an article called “Fast Track Careers” in our April issue of Style, which included a section about Tina Matuska and Hair Dynamics. It is a wonderful that your son has found his passion and is happy at the school. We would be happy to provide you with two free copies of the issue. Come by our office anytime. Good luck to your son, ~ Lydia Dody
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Making a Difference in the Health of the Community Hello Lydia and Corey, I wanted to let you know that I think the women’s heart article turned out very nice (May 2010 Northern Colorado Medical & Wellness). We are receiving a lot of positive feedback from co-workers and patients. Thank you so much for featuring women’s heart health. I think it is really going to make a difference in the health of our community. Thanks also for helping to further introduce me to the community. Sincerely, ~ Dr. Wendy Austin Heart Center of the Rockies pleasant surprise I received the issue (May 2010 Northern Colorado Medical & Wellness) with the pet food information in it and was pleasantly surprised to turn the page and see my daughter and family in the Youth Clinic ad. And the hCG article (“The hCG Diet – Can it Help You”) is especially interesting. Nicole and I are both on it. I am a week into Phase 3 after losing 20.6 pounds and Nicole starts Phase 3 this weekend after losing 23.8 pounds. It is a terrific diet and everything the article said it is. Thanks for spreading the word on both counts (pet food and hCG) with this issue. ~ Jan Thydean
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Fort Collins High School alumnus ventures into space.
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Fort Collins resident Gretchen Osborn fly fishes around the globe.
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oday women are breaking through the glass ceiling. They are business owners, entrepreneurs and going back to school to embark on new careers. They are following their passion in work and play and finding the courage to live with purpose; they are not afraid to challenge themselves to explore new possibilities. Twenty-six years ago Style Magazine featured working women in its fall issue, and that focus quickly became an annual tradition. I am excited to celebrate the many varied women professionals in this issue. Their stories will intrigue you and acquaint you with the amazing women of our Colorado Front Range. Our fashion section is always one of my favorites, and it was especially fun to discover the delightful fashions and accessories available at Twenty Three Trees Medical & Wellness Spa. Our lovely models gathered at one of my favorite coffee shops, Moxie Java, to be photographed in some great fall looks. Thanks to Jen and her wonderful team of gals at Moxie for their hospitality that day. And thank you Marilyn and Lori for all your help picking out the perfect outfits for our beautiful models. Be sure to visit Twenty Three Trees and see their fall line of fashions and tell them you saw them in Style! As I look back to 1966 when I opened my first retail store, or to 1984 when I launched Style Magazine, I remember that female role models were scarce then. Today, not only are women excelling in most career avenues, they also find support in a variety of women’s business organizations. Read “Join the Club” to get acquainted with Ann Clarke, a well known speaker and talented leader of women’s organizations in Northern Colorado for more than 30 years. She is the founder of Colorado Women of Influence, an elite group of women professionals who meet to support and socialize with one another. At their recent 2010 Women of Vision Gala, I was thrilled to be honored along with 21 very accomplished area women. Thank you, Ann, for providing a venue for women to network and build relationships with female business peers. This annual Women & Business issue is one of my favorites because it gives women the opportunity to promote themselves and their businesses. Again, I encourage you to patronize the women in this issue and keep our disposable dollars right here in our region. These women contribute to the overall health of our economy and deserve our support! Thank you for supporting Style these past 26 years!
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The Wild Blue
By Laura Sebastian
On April 5, 2010, Fort Collins High School alumnus Dorothy MetcalfLindenburger made her first journey for NASA on a space shuttle mission. To her, it was more than just a dream that had finally come true; it was an experience she found both humbling and exhilarating.
“In space, the colors are intense. The oceans are a range of blues you’ve never seen before,” Metcalf-Lindenburger says. “Contrast that with the deserts and the burnt rust oranges and browns, so sinuous and beautiful. We saw Jupiter, Venus and Mars, which look like they do from Earth, only in more brilliant colors. When you’re up there and you have a few moments, you just cheer it’s so amazing. Then, later when you’re floating and have time for introspection, you shed a few tears for the beauty of it all. It’s humbling to be in space, you feel how small the Earth is, how small you are. It’s also very honoring to represent the United States and to know you’re getting this chance that so few people get.” The STS-131 mission voyaged to the International Space Station aboard the space shuttle Discovery and lasted 15 days, during which Metcalf-Lindenburger, along with her crew members, delivered more than 27,000 pounds of hardware, supplies and equipment. After completing their task, they returned to Earth carrying more than 6,000 pounds of used hardware, science results and trash. Metcalf-Lindenburger, 35, served on the crew as a mission specialist. She is what is known as an “Educator Astronaut,” which means she is a fully qualified astronaut who also has expertise as a teacher. After attending Fort Collins High School, she graduated cum laude from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in geology. Wanting to give back to the community, she decided on a teaching career, and obtained her teaching certification from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. She was in her fifth year of teaching earth science and astronomy at Hudson’s Bay High School in Vancouver, Washington, when one day a student had a question: How do you go to the bathroom in space? Metcalf-Lindenburger didn’t know the answer, so she went home that night to her computer and found herself directed to the NASA website. (Go to nasa.gov for the answer.) While on the site, she read they were looking for Educator Astronauts who, as part of their work, “help in the development of new ways to connect space exploration with the classroom and inspire the next generation of explorers.” Metcalf-Lindenburger applied, along with 8,000 other educators. From the huge number of applicants, only three were accepted, and she was one of them. She went on to complete the rigorous training needed to become an astronaut, which began with Astronaut Candidate Training in scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training, T-38 flight training, and water and wilderness survival training. Though it was a dream come true, becoming an astronaut was not a new dream for Metcalf-Lindenburger. Space and space travel had been virtually a life-long love. As a child she had watched space shuttle launches, and she even attended Space Camp. “I remember when Dorothy was in third grade and was given the assignment to take a bottle of any kind and make what you wanted to be when you grew up out of it,” her mother, Joyce Metcalf, says. “She chose
a ketchup bottle and used paper maché to America, the National Science Teacher’s Assocreate her project. She made an astronaut.” ciation, the International Technology EducaWhen Metcalf-Lindenburg was a little girl, tion Association, and the National Council her father used to come home from work and of Teachers of Mathematics, and has won build rockets for his daughters, then take them numerous awards for both her teaching and outside to let the girls watch as he fired them athletic skills. off into the night sky. Life always seemed to “She’ll always be a teacher in some include learning about the joys of outer space. respects,” her mother says. “She always wants A Colorado girl through and through, to educate and teach people to get out and Metcalf-Lindenburger was born in Colorado see life.” Springs to a family filled with teachers. Her In her free time, Metcalf-Lindenburger mother was a math teacher (as is her sister, enjoys biking, rollerblading, hiking and runNeva) and her father was an industrial scining, and has completed numerous marathons, ence teacher. Even a cousin, aunt and two including the Boston Marathon. She also blows grandmothers had been teachers. off steam as a vocalist with the Houston-based The Metcalf family moved to Loveland when rock ‘n’ roll band MaxQ, which is composed Metcalf-Lindenburger’s father left teaching of fellow astronauts. to work at Hewlett Packard, which had an Though, after 30 years and 132 launches, office there. Later, when he was transferred the U.S. Space Shuttle Program will be ending in February of 2011, the NASA website states by the company, they moved to Fort Collins. their revised budget “proposes several new Though she was 12 when she came to live in Fort Collins, Metcalf-Lindenburger considers programs that seek to foster a sustainable it to be her hometown. human space exploration enterprise. Although “Growing up in Fort Collins was wonderful,” our philosophy and approach to exploration she says. “Until you leave a place you don’t will change, our fundamental goal remains realize how much you love it. I was given so the same: to send human explorers into the many opportunities there and had so many solar system to stay.” wonderful teachers.” Metcalf-Lindenburger will be a part of Along with the encouragement of her those future explorations. “I’m really glad teachers, Metcalf-Lindenburg was also lucky to see we’re going to continue funding the enough to have parents who were highly International Space Station until 2020. I hope supportive. we continue to explore in outer space. For “She was a very inquisitive child,” her myself, I’d like to spend some time living at mother says. “We did not want our daughthe International Space Station as well. ters to experience the glass ceiling. We’d “We learn so much from space travel,” she always told them they could do whatever continues. “The most striking thing to astrothey wanted to do and become whatever nauts is seeing how thin the atmosphere is they wanted to be.” around the earth, knowing that atmosphere And Metcalf-Lindenburger did just that. is required for life, and yet is so fragile. It She was not only an inquisitive child but was makes you realize how much it needs to be an ambitious one as well, featured in this protected. Being the only place in space that we know of that has life, you definitely feel very magazine in 1992 for an article entitled, “Saints Alive: Our Kids are A+,” which spotthe need to protect the planet, you feel a lighted Fort Collins’ young achievers. Said the responsibility to be a good steward and leave then 17-year-old Dorothy “Dottie” Metcalf, the earth in at least as good of shape as when “Everything I do, I do to the best of my abilyou received it.” ity.” Back then, her best was aimed at such activities as studying singing, art and piano as well as being a top athlete in track, crosscountry and swimming. In 2000 she married Jason Lindenburger, a Laura Sebastian, who lives in Fort Collins, has middle school history teacher, and the couple worked as a freelance writer for 11 years. decided to each take the other’s last name and combine them into Metcalf-Lindenburger. Since being accepted into the space program in May of 2004, the couple moved to Houston (where the astronauts train), where they live with their three-year old daughter. Metcalf-Lindenburger still uses her skills as a teacher, traveling extensively to speak at various schools as a NASA Metcalf-Lindenburger orbits Earth during her 2010 representative. She’s space shuttle mission. also a member of the Geological Society of
HER PASSI N Is it the thrill of the hunt? Or the physical challenge of the catch? Or just all that time spent out on a river communing with nature? Ask Fort Collins resident Gretchen Osborn what makes fly fishing her passion and she is likely to tell you a little of each, plus a whole lot more.
By Angeline Grenz
“I didn’t fish as a kid,” she says, “despite the fact that my maiden name was Fischer. But 17 years ago a dear friend, Dr. Lee Jeffery, introduced me to fishing and I just took to it. It must be in my DNA.” That one experience kindled a love of fly fishing that has taken Osborn to exotic locales across the globe. Her first fishing expedition beyond Colorado’s borders was a salmon fishing excursion to Alaska with a group of friends more than a decade ago. The next year she traveled with those same friends to New Zealand. “It was the trip to New Zealand that sealed it for me. It was such a beautiful place and the fishing was fantastic,” she says. Now she goes back every winter (New Zealand’s summer) to fly fish – often traveling alone, though she meets up with trusted guides with
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Every winter Gretchen Osborn, of Fort Collins, travels to New Zealand’s North Island to fly fish.
Osborn is pictured with her trophy brown trout from her 2008 New Zealand trip.
Osborn proudly displays a rainbow trout from her 2010 New Zealand trip.
whom she fishes every year. She has also fished along the Green River in Utah, Yellowstone National Park, rivers in Montana and Wyoming, the Catskills in New York, New Mexico, and Wales and Ireland. Her next trip? Scotland, with a group from the International Women’s Fly Fishing Federation, of which she is a member. What drew this mother of two grown sons and grandmother of four to become an angler extraordinaire? The challenge for one, both physical and mental. In New Zealand she does sight fishing, where she and her guide hike for miles along riverbanks during the day, “hunting” for fish. When they have one in their sights, they quietly stalk the fish, deciding how best to cast and catch their prey. “I learn more and more each time I fish,” says Osborn. She is learning how to mimic an insect hatch, casting, and studying aquatic life to know best how to find, and fool, fish. The physical challenge is significant and Osborn religiously weight trains for strength and takes yoga for balance. And when she is on a river, with the sounds of water and wildlife in her ears, “I really lose myself in the moment. Life, and its worries, all go away.” But this self-described “outdoor” girl didn’t grow up trudging through the wilderness. “We went on the occasional camping trip growing up, but I wasn’t raised in a very ‘hardcore’ outdoorsy environment.” What did stick with Osborn was her experience as a young girl in the Girl Scouts. “I got to do so many things outdoors and it is amazing how some of that just takes hold.” Besides, she adds, “where we live, you just can’t help but enjoy
the outdoors.” Though her husband David, attorney with Osborn Law Firm in Fort Collins, is not an angler, they do enjoy hiking and sporting events together. And Osborn hopes to instill this love of the outdoors, and fishing, into her young grandchildren. Recently, her oldest grandchild, Olivia, 10, trekked with Osborn to the back jungles of Belize to volunteer with the Mayan people through Sustainable Harvest International. Next year she will introduce her granddaughter to fly fishing and see if it kindles the same passion in her. Osborn continues to embrace new challenges, as well. She has recently begun to learn to tie her own flies and is planning a horseback fishing trip. She would also like to learn to bonefish, a saltwater version of fly fishing. While thoughts of waders, flies and fishing gear might not spark excitement in everyone, Osborn knows through personal experience that finding her passion has given her a deeper sense of happiness. “You grow and become a better person. Your relationships deepen with the ones you love. You are open to learning new things.” And, she concludes, you get that immensely satisfying sense of accomplishment that comes from challenging yourself. To learn more about fly fishing for women, check out these websites for information: Colorado Women Flyfishers, www.colowomenflyfishers.org, or Reel-Women, www.reel-women.com. Angeline Grenz is editor for Style Magazine.
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Xanadu. It was a place made famous by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem of 1816, Kubla Khan. Today, Xanadu simply means an idyllic location. Exotic and luxurious… ideal for the name of a beauty spa where comfort and healing take place.
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t actually popped into my head one night when I was lying in bed, and I thought its meaning was just perfect,” says Susan Muhlenkamp, CEO and founder of Xanadu Med Spa, which opened in Fort Collins on Valentine’s Day of 2009. “Our slogan is, ‘Enhance your natural beauty, the beauty that you deserve’,” Muhlenkamp says. “I like to work hard and I like making people feel better about themselves, improving their self esteem, and Xanadu is a business that allows me to do that.” The spa specializes in what are known as “medical cosmetic enhancements,” minimally invasive, nonsurgical cosmetic procedures such as Botox, wrinkle filling injections, laser skin resurfacing and various skin peels that bring a more significant result than a simple facial, though facials are offered as well. And, as required for a medical spa, Xanadu has a medical director, Dr. Timothy Allen of Fort Collins Neurology Associates, who oversees their supplies and medical records and ensures they are in compliance with health and safety codes. With a staff of 10 that includes a registered nurse, esthetician, massage therapist, acupuncturist, and even a makeup specialist, Xanadu is able to offer an extensive menu of other services, such as laser hair and vein removal, microdermabrasion, treatments for acne, aging or sun damaged skin, massage techniques such as hot stone and Swedish, and even the popular Latisse eyelash growth-enhancing treatments. Born in Evansville, Indiana in 1946, Muhlenkamp has always had a strong work ethic, for which she credits her parents. Her father worked for Whirlpool
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in Evansville for 42 years, and her mother was a homemaker who raised seven children. Because of their influence, she says, “I always like to have something going on. I like to keep busy.” After completing her early schooling in Indiana, Muhlenkamp left home for nearby Chicago, where she continued her studies at the city’s American School, similar to a community college. In 1964, Susan married her hometown sweetheart James Morton, and the couple relocated to upstate New York in the late 1970s. “My husband suffered a broken neck while in the US Navy and we moved to Buffalo so he could get treatment at the VA hospital there,” explains Muhlenkamp. “Caring for him brought out my nurturing instinct and also taught me about the medical field itself. His injury also brought out my strength and independence. He spent 19 months at Great Lakes Hospital in Chicago. He was in constant pain and suffering up until his death. He prepared me to take care of myself and my sons after his death.” Morton died of cancer not long after they moved to New York. In 1979, Muhlenkamp found work at a nearby food processing plant called the Red Wing Companies (now part of The Carriage House Companies), which manufactured such items as preserves, peanut butter, sauces and syrups. Muhlenkamp started in an entry-level position and, during her 12 years with the company, worked her way up to the laboratory and, finally, the front office. It was at this job that she began learning about nutrition.
“Working in the lab there was what truly influenced me,” she says. “I’d take samples off the line and test them for quality. I became interested in nutrition because I got to see how they produced each product, what they put in it and what the nutritional values were. It sparked my interest in health issues and in how different foods affect people.” Love struck again for Susan when, a few years after she started at Red Wing, Ben Muhlenkamp was hired as the company’s new president. The two worked together for eight years before they began dating and then married. Later, he was offered a position at a nutritional company in California, and the couple moved to a small town just outside of Pasadena so he could take the job. “That company manufactured nutrition bars for weight loss companies such as Weight Watchers and Slim-Fast,” Muhlenkamp says. “Ben was a wonderful businessman and expanded the company to Canada and New York.” Though the business thrived, the marriage eventually ended, amiably, and the two are still friends. Fort Collins came into the picture in 2007 when Muhlenkamp came out to visit her son, Christian, 27, who was attending school in the area. (Her two other sons are Jeffrey, 41, and James, 42.) “It was so clean here compared to California and the people were so nice, so I decided to move here,” she says. “Soon, I felt ready to take the leap into owning my own business, which I’d always wanted to do. I’d been a client at Planet Beach Contempo Spa, which is a franchise specializing in skincare and
various tanning techniques and was next door to where Xanadu is now. The franchise came up for sale and I decided to buy it.” As a way of sharing her success, which Muhlenkamp is adamant about doing, when business took off, she donated some of her profits to one of her favorite causes, that of impoverished children in Third World countries. Her business holdings grew when a space became available for lease next door to Planet Beach. She snapped it up and opened Xanadu Med Spa, while still maintaining ownership of Planet Beach. But she didn’t do this without careful consideration. “I’d wanted to open a medical spa for a long time but I didn’t just jump in, I did my homework before going ahead,” she says. “I’d advise anyone starting a business to have a business plan and good advisors, as I did, and to choose a location that’s visible and accessible. I’d also advise watching your spending. I spent too much on advertising with Xanadu in the beginning. I did almost every form, even television commercials and billboards, but I’ve learned that in Fort Collins, the most effective advertising is positive word of mouth and providing clients with individual care, listening to their concerns, goals and special needs.” Once word of mouth got out, Xanadu followed through with great customer service. “There are a handful of other med spas in the area, but I’ve been told by our clients that one of the things that differentiates us from them is our customer service,” she says. “We know our clients well as individuals, know their concerns and needs. We also protect their privacy.” Melissa Wynne, a registered nurse who performs the spa’s Botox, dermal filler, laser treatments and medical strength chemical peels, agrees that Xanadu is special. “We offer a wide range of premium services, which include practices from both Eastern and Western medicine, as well as aspects of holistic medicine,” Wynne says. “And I think one of the things that makes Susan herself unique is her ability to create an environment where both employees and clients enjoy being.” Muhlenkamp’s son Christian is also on staff and has been working as Xanadu’s marketing director since it opened. In the fall he’ll also be attending Colorado State University with an eye towards a possible career in medicine. In addition to creating and maintaining Xanadu’s website and marketing materials, he recently won a photography contest with National Geographic magazine and, with a specialty in what he calls “world and cultural photography,” has been invited to be a stock photographer for the magazine. But for now, Xanadu is his main priority until he starts school this fall. Along with his mother, Christian was key in creating the company’s own product line, Xanadu SpaCeuticals, which was launched on August 1. The line is made with organic ingredients and features body lotions, exfoliants, soy candles, and soaps in unusual scents, such as London Air (a lavender and oatmeal scent), Italian Espresso (a coffee scent), Parisian Desire (pomegranate and vanilla) and Riviera (vanilla and rose scented). A medical-grade skincare line, to be called Xanadu MedCeuticals, is also in the works. “The line is an affordable way to bring the spa treatment experience home,” Christian says. “What we do is help people overcome their insecurities and feel good about themselves with the highest quality of care in medical aesthetics. No matter your age or gender there’s something at Xanadu for you. It’s not just for women, a lot of men come in for treatments
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like laser hair removal, facials and even Botox.” As with Planet Beach, Xanadu is also an opportunity for Muhlenkamp to aid in some of the causes she believes in. On July 22, she closed the spa off to the public to offer a free spa day to 10 women from a local battered women’s shelter, Family Center in Fort Collins. Muhlenkamp plans to donate a day of care to an additional 12 women from the Family Center this month. “It’s a chance for these women to feel taken care of and, I hope, to lift their spirits a bit,” she says. “I’d like to continue to do this, because these women have been through so much.” Animals too are a passion of Muhlenkamp’s, whether it means taking in strays or donating to shelters. Her own brood includes Courtney, a miniature poodle, Anju and Sir Winston, both Yorkies, and Lilly, a cat. “I would rescue any animal,” she says. “I love them all.” Christian adds, “When it comes to people and animals, my mother has this aura that says, ‘I’ll take care of you.’ I remember one day, when we were living in California, a lost parrot flew in the house and landed on my mother’s shoulder. It ended up staying with us for six months and would whistle and say, ‘I love you! I love you!’ Then one day it flew off and she was just heartbroken and desperate to find it. We hadn’t given the bird a name so my mom put up photos and went up and down the neighborhood streets calling “I love you! I love you!” hoping the bird would answer ‘I love you’ back.” The parrot never returned, but the neighbors were surely entertained by a woman who must have seemed to love just everyone.” Travel is another passion of Muhlenkamp’s, who has visited exotic locales such as Germany, Greece, Russia, Thailand and Bangladesh. “Some of the places we’ve visited have been heartbreaking, like Bangladesh, where you see so many people, children especially, in such extreme poverty,” she says. “I’d like to go back and do something for them. I’ve always wanted to help, ever since I was a little girl.” As for her business future, Muhlenkamp would like not only to expand Xanadu but to add additional business interests. “Eventually, I’d like to move to a larger, more visible location,” she says. “We’ve had a steady climb in profits so someday I’d love to own a building where I could offer different services on each floor; Xanadu on one, a gym on another, even a floor with doctors on staff in a hospital setting where we could offer a full array of cosmetic surgery procedures. I see the whole thing in my mind’s eye and I get excited and want it to materialize. And it will.” Until then, Muhlenkamp will keep growing Xanadu. “The most rewarding thing for me is making people happy,” she says. “Each person that walks through Xanadu’s door is unique and beautiful and needs to be reminded they are truly special.” Xanadu Med Spa 1112 Oakridge Drive, #106 Fort Collins, CO Phone: 970-482-1889 www.XanaduMedSpa.com Open Monday – Thursday 10am-6pm, Friday 10am -7:30pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm, Sunday by appt. only.
Laura Sebastian, who lives in Fort Collins, has worked as a freelance writer for 11 years.
boost your chambers of commerce
By Kimberly Lock
Brian Willms, president and CEO, Loveland Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center
As a small business owner, how do you connect with other businesses and increase your exposure to potential customers? With a membership in the local chamber of commerce you gain exposure to new clients, advertising and networking opportunities you might not have any other way.
hambers of commerce are voluntary organizations whose members join for various benefits. Chambers are involved in local governmental affairs as advocates for their members, and they provide information on governmental changes that affect their members. The chamber is also a source of education by offering classes for young professionals, new business owners and the community. These classes offer information on green business practices, increasing your Internet traffic and adapting to tax code changes. But chambers aren’t only there for their members; they also provide support for community programs and activities. The local chamber of commerce often supports parades, community outreach, festivals
and fundraisers that are recognizable by community members who may not be aware of the chamber or its function. Northern Colorado is home to four chambers of commerce: Loveland, Fort Collins, Greeley and Windsor. These chambers are representative of the needs of each community and have different responsibilities. One local chamber uses an “avatar” to guide visitors around its website, while another chamber deals with straddling a county line and having businesses operate on both sides of the divide. These snapshots show how the local chambers are a reflection of each city and its members.
LOVELAND The Loveland Chamber of Commerce refers to
its members as “investors” to remind them that their membership is an investment in their business and their community. The chamber has almost 700 members, with 85 percent of those businesses having less then 10 employees. “The remaining 15 percent of our investors fill the wide range of having more than 10 employees to more than 100,” says Brian Willms, president and CEO of the Loveland Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center. The chamber actively supports community activities in Loveland, with the annual Corn Roast being the largest Chamber event of the year. “We also are involved in the Valentine re-mailing program; last year we helped mail 250,000 valentines for the holiday,” Willms says. The chamber plays an integral role in the business world, working with the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corp. to attract new business to the city while ensuring current companies remain in town. Willms says the chamber monitors the economic climate and is aware of business needs and concerns. “We hope to address the needs of our investors and represent them,” he says. “The reality is that often time the business person doesn’t have the time to follow how the local government impacts
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FORT COLLINS The Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce is the largest in the area, with over 1,200 members. The chamber focuses on the economic vitality of businesses in the city and on networking and marketing its members. Chamber membership encompasses a broad range of employers, industries and employment sizes. Fort Collins’ major employers (with over 100 employees) consist of 10 percent of the membership, including Colorado State University and Hewlett-Packard Co. Thirty-seven percent of its members have fewer than five employees. “We have large institutions and major corporations in Fort Collins and it can be easy to lose track of the fundamental business climate issues – that is why we are so active in government affairs,” says David May, president and CEO of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce. “I think the local govDavid May, president and CEO, Fort Collins Area Chamber ernment has a better understandof Commerce ing of the importance of business development than in the past. I think they feel some pressure and them. They also don’t have the resources to easily are putting a significant priority on business connect with other business people… that’s why development.” we focus on networking our investors.” The chamber is active with the Northern ColoConnections are made at the chamber’s Busirado Legislative Alliance (NCLA), the lobbying voice ness After Hours and Business Before Hours events. of the Greeley, Loveland and Fort Collins Chambers These functions are held outside business hours at of Commerce as well as the Northern Colorado a member’s place of business. They encourage a Economic Development Corporation. The NCLA relaxed environment to meet and talk with chamber represents the interests of these organizations on staff about concerns. the state and federal government level. “We also have CEO lunches, which is an invitation“We are working with the NCLA and the governonly, intimate lunch where I sit down with as many ment affairs committee on legislation; currently we are working on the changes with workers as 15 investors and just talk,” Willms says. “It is an open-forum and the subject matter varies depending compensation rules,” May says. “Our members on who comes – we talk business, news, and we know that we have their backs with the governonce spent the time discussing whether the Cutler ment and it is important to know that the business trade from the Broncos was a good deal. “ voice is being heard in all levels of government.” The chamber is especially proud of the interactivity The chamber is active in planning unique netof its website. Visitors are greeted by a videoedworking events for its members. In addition to avatar to answer questions they may have about the standard Business Before Hours and Business the organization. After Hours, the chamber also offers an annual “We are also active on using social media to interact member dinner and a golf tournament during with our members,” he says. “We are on Facebook the summer. and Twitter and we offer ‘Hot Deals’ on our website, In 2006, the chamber started offering “Enviwhich is a coupon offered by an investor to the sion Young Professionals,” a mix of networking community and other members.” and education geared for working professionals Loveland doesn’t have a convention and visiwho are under 40. tor’s bureau, so the chamber is also responsible for “This is a way for young professionals to develop marketing the city to visitors. The chamber’s offices insight and gain knowledge at these after-hours are located in the visitor’s center building near the events,” says May. intersection of Interstate 25 and U.S. Highway 34, The chamber’s Knowledge Bites is a lunch a hot location for visitors to gather information program where attendees focus on marketingabout the city. based topics. The chamber also offers four Leads The chamber is content to continue handling the groups, which focus on exchanging leads between responsibilities of a convention and visitor’s bureau, members and building relationships. but there is potential to separate them at some point New members of the chamber are given a in the future. A recently passed lodging tax will help warm welcome by the Red Carpet Committee, a market the city and could help sustain a convention group that helps introduce new members to the and visitor’s bureau. chamber at their place of business. “The lodging tax was passed in November 2009 “We do so many things for Fort Collins and our and we started to see the returns from that in Janumembers,” says May. “But our primary focus is ary,” Willms says. “We keep our focus on Loveland, on networking and connecting our members and and that includes the tourism arm as well.” marketing their businesses to others.”
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The Greeley Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Bureau wears two cowboy hats. The Chamber merged with the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) in 2005, when CVB president Sarah MacQuiddy temporarily took over the reins of the Chamber of Commerce. MacQuiddy held both positions, and since the CVB was once part of the chamber, it made sense to incorporate the two into one again. The membership of the chamber is mostly made of small businesses – 86 percent of its members have less than 50 employees. “The largest market share of our members is small mom and pop companies, but the chamber also serves the largest employers in the area,” MacQuiddy says. “It is quite a diverse membership base.” To help its members meet and network, the chamber just started offering two new programs called “Where’s Lunch? Tuesdays” and “Friday Afternoon Connections.” “Where’s Lunch?” encourages members to have business lunches at a spotlight restaurant. The idea highlights local restaurants and encourages networking over lunch once a month. “Friday Afternoon Connections” provides members with an informal setting to mingle and network at a member establishment. The chamber also offers monthly Business Before Hours and Business After Hours events to help
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members connect. Because the chamber and the visitors bureau are so closely intertwined, the chamber has a very strong community focus, and actively promotes the Greeley Stampede, the Greeley Jazz Festival and other community events. Members also have access to discounts offered between members. MacQuiddy says one of the most popular coupons on the website is for a local urgent care center. “We offer coupons on the website and they are also available to the 27,000 convention and special
event visitors that visit Greeley every year,” she says. The chamber offers a leadership academy to educate attendees on how to run for government offices. Leadership Weld County helps people understand the needs of the area and connects potential candidates with current leaders to discover more about Weld County. “It is a regional leadership candidates academy… we graduated 25 people for the 25th anniversary of the program,” says MacQuiddy. While the chamber is not directly responsible for economic development for Greeley, the organization works with Upstate Colorado Economic Development on attracting new businesses to the area and retaining current employers. “We support the local city government and Upstate Colorado as well as the Greeley Downtown Development Authority,” MacQuiddy says. “We each have an area of responsibility and we all work well together and are aware of what everyone is doing. We all operate with open lines of communication.”
Erich Ehrlich, president, Windsor Chamber of Commerce
WINDSOR The Windsor Chamber of Commerce has two stories to tell. One of its stories involves being a small town with members who focus on meeting the needs of its residents. The other story involves being at the epicenter of the new clean energy sector, which is quickly becoming a growth industry in the region. The chamber also has two stories to tell simply by straddling the Larimer/Weld County lines. “We are in the unique position where we have two economic development groups – NCEDC and Upstate Colorado – advocating for us with new business,” says Erich Ehrlich, president of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce. “They handle what companies look for in Windsor and tell
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them about our lifestyle and amenities.” The chamber consists of almost 400 members, with a majority being small businesses. Members also include Vestas Blades America Inc., one of the largest employers in the town. The chamber is a volunteer, member-supported organization whose goal is to encourage businesses within the community. It offers ribboncutting ceremonies for members when a new business opens or when it comes under new management. It also offers monthly Business Before Hours and Business After Hours to connect members. The Windsor Chamber is struggling to inform the general public about its mission and this task is getting more difficult with a decreasing membership roster. “Windsor is still a bedroom community, where it is smaller in size and most of the people work outside of the community, so they don’t see us in the day-to-day operations of the town,” Ehrlich says. Residents will notice the chamber at community events like the Harvest Festival and Pelican Fest. Ehrlich says the chamber is active in running the all-town barbecue and the Thursday night summer concerts at Boardwalk Park. The chamber also hosts local arts festivals and trickor-treat activities for kids in the downtown business district. “We have before and after business events along with educational classes,” Ehrlich says. “We partner with small businesses to develop discounts to chamber businesses and we see ourselves as the 411 on recommending businesses and providing information to the community.”
Kimberly Lock is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids in the Colorado outdoors.
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Colorado Women of Influence members at a recent meeting at Best Western in Loveland.
Join the Club Professional Groups for
Women in Business
By Laura Sebastian
Men have always known one of the secrets to business success is networking; they make socializing part of their business plan. 30
o them, friends, neighbors and acquaintances are all sources of mutual support, potential business and useful information not only about work but also about life in general. They join private clubs and toast each other’s success while trading stock tips and business advice, they play golf with the boss, wine and dine clients, even help an associate’s son or daughter land a summer job. Men know they help themselves when they help each other. But, if the boys have always had their boys’ clubs, nowadays the girls have theirs too, and many find it’s just the thing to boost both their business and their spirits. “Women are starting small businesses at a rate that’s higher than that of men, and professional women’s groups are a great way to grow those businesses,” says Ann Clarke, founder and CEO of Colorado Women of Influence, a business group for executive-level women. “I tell them, when you go to these networking events don’t go with the attitude of ‘Help me. I need…’ but instead go with the attitude of ‘What can I do for you? What do you need and how can I help you?’ Act as a resource for other people, because it’s not about making a sale, it’s about making a connection.” And Clarke is an expert at making positive connections. For more than 30 years she has been one of Northern Colorado’s most influential women: an accomplished author, photographer, speaker and, closest to her heart, an ardent supporter of women in business. Clarke is known as an expert in what she terms “personal promotion marketing,” and has served in such capacities as executive managing director of the Northern Front Range chapter of the country-wide eWomenNetwork group. She is also the founder of “GR8 Ideas at Work,” also a women’s business group, and is both a sponsor of and speaker at workshops, seminars and conferences across the country. She founded her latest endeavor, Colorado Women of Influence (CWOI), in February 2009, and defines it as “not a traditional networking or leads group, but a CEO-level peer support group. “I’ve had a hand in founding many networking groups in Northern Colorado and thought we needed a ‘master’ group, and that’s what CWOI is,” Clarke says. “At CWOI, members connect with women who’ve attained the same level of success they’ve attained, or higher.” The members of CWOI are indeed impressive and, Clarke says, include owners, executive directors, presidents and CEOs from the business world, as well as leaders of academic, government and community organizations. The group has already grown to include 90 members and, on average, five new women are accepted each month. Would-be members must be nominated by current members and must meet certain qualifications for inclusion (examples include having executive status within a company, being an entrepreneur with an annual business gross of $100,000 or more, or being an educator associated with a higher learning institution). If accepted, the new member pays $250 in annual dues… and a world of elite networking opens up to her. This world includes events such as “Influential
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Ann Clarke, founder of Colorado Women of Influence, at the 2010 Women of Vision Gala. Introductions,” which are held each month, offering the chance for individual women to have the group over to her place of business to learn what she does and come up with ideas on how to support her. Then there’s “masterminding,” which is when each woman has five minutes to get advice and brainstorm ideas with other members about her specific business. Some events are open to non-members (men too!), such as CWOI’s quarterly breakfast networking events. There are also “SAVI Salons,” where an expert speaks on a particular subject, and activities such as weekend retreats called “Girlfriend Getaways.” Also open to the public is the annual “Women of Vision Gala,” which took place July 21 at the Fort Collins Hilton and honored 22 Colorado women who, according to CWOI’s website, “have made a contribution to the well-being and empowerment of women and the betterment of their communities.” Clarke feels the group offers many additional benefits aside from those to do with business. “They get moral support,” she says. “They learn how to build relationships and they get girlfriends at a whole new level.” If CWOI isn’t a good fit for someone, Clarke believes joining one of the many other networking groups is a great, and necessary, alternative. “Business in Northern Colorado is relationshipdriven, so it’s especially important here to join a group to do relationship marketing and to support one another,” Clarke says. “You have to give your business to other women because when you do that, you’re doing what you’d like other women to do for you. Don’t just collect business cards, make real connections.” And what about that boys’ club mentality of old? “Sexism is becoming less prevalent,” Clarke says. “Not too long ago women who wanted a loan to start a business used to need their husbands or fathers to co-sign. But nowadays banks love women, because women repay loans. And we’re good at
business. We focus on goals and we tend to create teams. It’s like sports, if you watch the NBA it’s ‘All Stars,’ but if you watch the WNBA it’s all teamwork. We’re more collaborative, we talk to each other. We find out what’s going on in each other’s lives. Women are solution seekers. “When confronted with a money problem in her business, a woman will not just start laying people off, she might instead go to her employees and ask, ‘How can we as a team save money to save your job?’ A woman tends to get everyone involved instead of making a pronouncement, which makes our businesses successful.” But Clarke warns against a shooting-in-the-dark mass approach to marketing. “Take aim at your market,” she says. “Don’t think your market is ‘everyone.’ Become a specialist and know who your customers are. Do tracking, find out details about the customers you already have. What car do they drive? What magazines do they subscribe to? Do they have children? These things tell you about your customers’ needs and give you a way to truly connect. And you only find these things out by talking to them, so become a conversationalist. “Women drive consumer spending,” Clarke continues. “We buy 83 percent of all products and services, we directly purchase or influence the purchase of 90 percent of homes. Women have power. And we’re relationship-oriented, which means we create companies with family-friendly policies and we treat our employees well. We’re literally changing how business is done. And always remember, people do business with people they know, with people they like. It’s all about relationships.”
Relationship-building and Power Marketing: Connect with a Local Professional Women’s Group Colorado Women of Influence “Our goal is to create a community of supportive colleagues at an executive level, women who understand the challenges at our advanced stage of business.” Ann Clarke, Founder and CEO Phone: (970) 669-5089 Website: coloradowomenofinfluence.com
Time to Thrive – Women Who Thrive Luncheon “The monthly Women Who Thrive Networking Luncheon is open to women who want to grow their business through genuine connections and who have a positive outlook on life.” Michelle Vos, Founder Phone: (970) 377-2367 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: timetothrivesymposium.com
American Business Women’s Association “To bring together business women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.” For Event Reservations: Joy Brownrigg at (970) 669-8533 Email: email@example.com Fort Collins Chapter Website: fortnet.org/ABWA_CCC/
Women’s Development Council “The mission of the Women’s Development Council is to develop, organize and promote activities that educate, encourage, support and enhance the development of women in business.” Susan Jewell-Klema, President Phone: (970) 231-8750 Website: wdccolorado.org
Northern Colorado Women in Business “[A] dynamic group of women established to help one another meet business goals in building market share to sustain and grow our individual businesses and refer business to each other.” Phone: (970) 506-1882 Email: Info@NorCoWIB.com Website: norcowib.com
Business Women’s Network of Fort Collins “Through networking with other members you will develop relationships and naturally grow your business.” Lori Moore, Chairwoman Phone: (970) 266-8790 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: bwnfc.org
Loveland Business Women’s Network “Our mission is to develop, organize and promote activities that educate, encourage, support and enhance the development of women in business.” Website: meetup.com/LBWNCO
eWomenNetwork “Our vision is to provide women with unprecedented access and exposure for the purpose of building their enterprise, fast tracking their career, providing convenient access to resources and generating revenue for each member through the sale of their products/services.” Colorado chapters in: Boulder, Longmont, Greeley, Colorado Springs, Denver and the Northern Front Range. Sandra Yancey, Founder and CEO Website: eWomenNetwork.com
Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce “The Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce is the premier organization that provides opportunities and visibility for women in business through relationship development, education, mentorship, partnership and alliances.” Phone: (303) 458-0220 Website: cwcc.org
Colorado Business Women “Colorado Business Women is a multi-generational, bipartisan membership organization located in communities throughout Colorado…[working] to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, information, and to promote economic self-sufficiency for Colorado’s working women.” Janet Canaan, President Phone: (303) 985-4479 CBW General Email: email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: Coloradobusinesswomen.org
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Jennifer Guerriero CO-OWNER Business Description: I am part owner of The Light Center in Fort Collins. We provide Northern Colorado with access to the world’s largest selection of lighting for residential and commercial applications. We specialize in offering expert lighting advice, quality products for any budget, and efficient/green lighting options. Education and Certifications: I graduated with a marketing degree from Arizona State University’s College of Business. I’m currently a member of Vistage, an international CEO leadership organization. To what do you attribute your success? Having learned about lighting from people in our business that have been working with us for over 25 years brings unparalleled knowledge and insight. Our strong customer relationships and high service level is what keeps our business successful year after year. What is your most proud accomplishment? Continuing to grow our business through the recession. What is the best part of your job? The fact that I love the lighting business and all 27 of my coworkers who make our business run daily. Who is your role model? My father, Larry, who started The Light Center in 1971. He is a great businessman who is well respected and gives back to the community. In what ways do you give back to the community? The store donates items to every silent auction request we get and places ads in fundraiser or non-profit booklets (we give to over 30 causes each year). We help supply LED holiday lighting for Realities for Children’s annual NightLights fundraiser. We provide education and tools to help community members save money on their electricity bills. We have also given products to those in need or for schools’ educational purposes. As a member of Junior League of Fort Collins, I volunteered over 300 hours in 2009 as co-chair of the Garden Tour fundraiser committee and continue to volunteer now. I am planning a large fundraiser this year with friends.
What qualities do you appreciate in people or strive for in your own life? I appreciate honesty, a sense of humor, consideration for others, desire to overcome challenges with a positive attitude and being open minded. These are all things I have made part of my life because of the people who’ve influenced me.
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Kaye Firestone VIce PresIDenT Business Description: Lighting Designs is a retail and design showroom featuring lighting, home automation, flooring and specialty home merchandise. We cater to homeowners, contractors and interior designers for both residential and light commercial applications. Education and Certifications: My education began at Colorado State University in the Fashion Merchandising program, but I quickly learned my strengths are in management, operations and accounting. I gained some of my best experience on the job with Vipont Pharmaceutical and Colgate-Palmolive in Fort Collins, and I learn every single day at Lighting Designs. To what do you attribute your success? Our success at Lighting Designs is due to hard work, a focus on the customer, and our ability to evolve with changing market conditions. My father instilled in me a strong work ethic. He always told me that the benefit of being a business owner is that you get to pick which 20 hours of the day you want to work, and if you work hard you will get thru the tough times and it will always pay off. In what ways do you give back to the community? I believe it’s a necessity to give back, particularly to those organizations in our community that help those who are least able to help themselves – places like Respite Care and the Weld Food Bank. I also have a strong faith and for that reason support K-LOVE Radio. And in honor of my Dalmatian puppies, I like to give to Dalmatian Rescue and the Humane Society.
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Lori keeps in touch with business while looking feminine and perfect for the season. The Iceland Design jacket features boiled wool with cotton shearling trim and hand embroidery, $284, accenting trendy Worn skinny stretch jeans, $72.50. Bronze Mark Edge chain drop earrings, $69.50, add a flirty touch. Courtesy of Twenty Three Trees Medical & Wellness Spa
Fashions and accessories courtesy of Twenty Three Trees Medical & Wellness Spa, Fort Collins Photography by Marcus Edwards | Hair Design by Jennifer Murray, Stylist at The Parlour, Fort Collins Makeup by Lori Moore at Merle Norman, Fort Collins | Shot on Location at Moxie Java, Fort Collins
Michelle conducts business over coffee, sporting an Icelandic Design boiled wool Hepburn charcoal jacket with button closure and zip pockets. Pleated silk trim and stand collar add stylish details, $218. Skinny stretch jeans finish the look, $72.50. Courtesy of Twenty Three Trees Medical & Wellness Spa
Sandra shows off a work to evening ensemble from DreamSacks in easy Viscose/Spandex blend. A stylish short wrap jacket in mushroom, $74.50, tops a cream banded tank, $53, and easy wide leg pants with fold over waistband, $86. Accessories add sizzle, from Ayala Bar in glass, metal and fabric: exquisite necklace, $320, and matching earrings, $44. Dline bracelet in silver, $60, and Geneva watch, $19.95, complete this sophisticated look. Courtesy of Twenty Three Trees Medical & Wellness Spa
e h t t e e M Models Sandra Anderson Sandra is stepmother to Serena, age 24, and grandmother to Vincent, age 4, and Ava, age 18 months. She is an active retiree who volunteers with many organizations, including The Marketplace at MCR, where she uses her creativity to make beautiful displays. “The fitting process was great, and getting to choose accessories for the clothes was fun. Jenny at The Parlour did a great job on my hair, and I loved how Lori at Merle Norman did my makeup. I had a great time and would love to do it again. I felt like a queen for the day.”
Kim Baker Kim is a kindergarten teacher with Poudre School District. In her off hours, she is a singer with the prestigious Larimer Chorale, and also enjoys running, road biking and hiking in the great Colorado outdoors. “I enjoyed having the opportunity to try on so many beautiful clothes at Twenty Three Trees. All the ladies were so helpful, and the clothes were extremely comfy – always a plus. It was fun to be a model for a day.” Kim plans her schedule while enjoying a warm treat. Her Last Tango ensemble fits and flatters. A scoop neck white ruche tee top, $48, tops a fun and flirty ruche black skirt, $64. The lace embellished scarf, $24.50, Geneva watch, $19.95, stretch sequin bracelet, $60, and trendy earrings, $18.50, add pizzazz. Courtesy of Twenty Three Trees Medical & Wellness Spa
Michelle Davis Michelle is married to Jerry. She is an exercise therapist with Poudre Valley Hospital. She enjoys cooking, gardening, collecting antiques and breeding Australian shepherds. “The modeling experience was good because it made me feel comfortable. It was nice to be pampered. The fitting process was great, and I love the clothes from Twenty Three Trees. It was so much fun to shoot at Moxie Java.”
Lori is mother to Leanna, age 25, Michael, age 22, and Jeffery, age 17. She is a registered nurse and electronic health record specialist at Poudre Valley Hospital. She loves boating, travelling, playing piano, singing and spending time with Cody, her 5-month-old black lab. “It was a very positive experience. Everyone at Twenty Three Trees was very helpful, and the clothes were comfortable and stylish. I really enjoyed working with Lydia and Marcus. It was fun to spend time with the other models – I always enjoy being around women that look good from the inside out!”
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Growth of Community
& Career Colleges Northern Colorado places a high value on education. With Colorado State University, University of Colorado and University of Northern Colorado all within an hour’s drive, higher education has helped the Front Range draw and retain a highly educated workforce, been a major employer in the area and helped shape the region’s view of the importance of education. 44
By Angeline Grenz
ut these three “biggies” are just the tip of the iceberg. Northern Colorado also boasts a wealth of additional education options that offer an economical alternative to the four-year degree, fast-track careers choices, and help adults returning to school. Community colleges, career colleges and online universities are able to offer smaller class sizes, versatile options for working students, and more one-on-one attention for their students. Whether just starting on your career path or returning to school after years in the workforce, here are a few of the options available in Northern Colorado.
Front Range Community College
www.frontrange.edu Front Range Community College (FRCC) opened their Larimer County campus in 1988. The campus is situated on 47 acres, with 175,000 square feet of space spread across seven buildings. Additional campuses are located in Boulder County, Westminster and Brighton. Over the past year, FRCC has experienced tremendous growth in all areas, according to Sharon Robinson, dean of instruction at the Larimer Campus.
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Opposite: Students in the Aims nursing program practice their skills on SimMan, a High Fidelity Patient Simulator that is programmed to react like a real patient. Above: Aims professor John Mangin (left) demonstrates series and parallel electrical connections on a battery bank for a solar panel array to students in the Sustainable Industrial Technology Program.
A Front Range Community College student receives specialized bio-energy training at the Energy Boost customized employee training course.
“Our biggest trend is greatly increased total enrollment, especially first-time students,” says Robinson. In 2009, first-time student enrollment was up 26 percent over the previous year and enrollment was up 19 percent overall. The age group that showed the greatest increase last year was the 26 to 30 year old category, a 43 percent increase. “Our campus is overflowing,” continues Robinson. “The majority of career programs are full.” While a full classroom is not uncommon – programs have been largely full for the past five years – the wait lists for classes that FRCC is now experiencing is a new ballgame. “Even our new science building is already full,” she says, referring to the building scheduled to open in Spring 2011. The new building doubles the number of labs and classrooms at the Larimer campus. Robinson attributes the increase in part to the troubled economy. “When the economy goes down, enrollment [in higher education in general] goes up.” She adds that each time the cycle goes around, “it is always higher at the bottom.” Adults reenter the classroom for a variety of reasons: to brush up on their career training as technology changes, to get degreed in their career path, or to switch gears to an entirely new career after losing a job. The student population is also rising in another sector: FRCC’s youngest students, under age 18. These students are taking advantage of new state legislation that enables them to received college credits while still in high school. This segment of FRCC Larimer Campus is up 33 percent over last year. These “concurrent” students are able to get a jumpstart on their careers. As concurrent programs continue to evolve at FRCC, they will enable students to graduate high school with a two-year degree, says Robinson. More than 25 percent of credit courses taken at
concurrent enrollment students in their Career Academy program, according to Paula Yanish, director of the Student Success Center. The program allows qualified high school juniors and seniors to take courses that give them high school and college credits simultaneously, and they can graduate with a college certificate upon completion. Courses are taught by certified college instructors on the college campus. “We have also had a significant increase in the number of non-traditional students,” says Yanish, many of whom have been laid off by an employer and are coming back to retool their skill set or reinvent themselves with a new career direction. Aims provides several career and technical programs to help students with fast-track training, including nursing, accounting, automotive, aviation, business, criminal justice, education, graphic design, welding and more. Business and medical courses continue to be among their most popular offerings. In recent years, however, Aims has also responded to changing employment trends. They have added the MIST Program to provide job training in the energy and manufacturing fields. The certificate programs (I and II) prepare students for entry-level energy, bio-energy and manufacturing jobs, with specialized course offerings similar to FRCC’s Energy Boost program. Aims also opened their state-of-the-art Automotive & Technology Center in Windsor in January 2010, and are continuing to upgrade and renovate their Greeley campus to better suit the needs of their students, creating a centralized student service facility with library, tutoring and an academic resource center. According to Yanish, Aims’ adult students “are very serious – they do not have time and money to waste.” At the same time, many of them are anxious about
FRCC Larimer Campus are in the career/technical areas, including automotive technology, dental assisting, emergency medical services, nursing, veterinary technology and HVAC. FRCC places emphasis on choosing programs that reflect large employers in Northern Colorado. To this end, FRCC has created two customized employee-training courses that are zoned in on the employers hiring in Colorado right now, such as Vestas and Abound Solar. The first is Energy Boost, an entry-level program that was developed with the help of Vestas, Woodword Governor and others. The program features short-term training with a focus on the energy industry. Classes include subjects such as math skills, teamwork, measurements, blueprint reading and more. The 92-hour class has been a huge success, and more classes are scheduled for this fall. The second program is geared toward the bioscience industry. Bioscience Boost is a 72-hour program and includes similar training as Energy Boost. Both courses are paid for in part by a Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development grant. “These courses offer industry-specific training and we follow the industry – who’s hiring and where – to design the classes,” says Lynn Vosler, FRCC Larimer Campus director of continuing education.
Aims Community College
www.aims.edu Aims has been educating students since 1967. More than 40 years later, they offer upwards of 160 degree and certificate programs at their three campuses in Greeley, Loveland and Fort Lupton. They also offer affordable tuition, day and evening classes, and extensive online courses. Similar to FRCC, Aims is seeing an influx of
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CollegeAmerica students practice drawing blood in their phlebotomy class.
returning to the learning environment. To that end, Aims expends significant energy on career counseling and efforts to help them meet their goals. “We really are here to help our students be successful. Often we can help them make something positive out of what was a negative situation [like losing their job].”
www.collegeamerica.edu CollegeAmerica is a career college designed with the non-traditional student in mind. Their courses are a hybrid of classroom and online formats. A student can earn an associate’s degree in as little as a year and a half, and a bachelor’s in three years, if they pick a fast-track program. CollegeAmerica’s most popular programs are the medical and business courses. They also have a large number of Information Technology students, and offer courses in graphic arts and accounting as well. New classes start every month, so students don’t have to wait for a new semester to begin. They also offer a mixture of day, evening and online classes. CollegeAmerica attracts an adult population, many of which grew up “where college was not part of their culture,” according to Joel Scimeca, Executive Director of the Fort Collins campus. Among these students are many who are single parents, or who have been out of the school environment for several years. “We do a lot of hand holding here,” says Scimeca, who was similar to most CollegeAmerica students – he wasn’t raised with the goal of a college education and did not start his college career until age 27. “Our students have a lot on their plate. We really try to help them out: help them with what is going on outside the classroom and help them stay in school.” “Last year we saw a lot of our students come
here after losing a job,” says Scimeca. “We work with these students very carefully. We don’t want them to enroll here, then get their job back as the economy improves, quit school and end up owing a lot of debt. We help them find balance and help them figure out how to finish.” CollegeAmerica starts this process from the very beginning, with their career services department, that helps students find employment in their chosen field from day one. The department also provides help with interview skills, resume writing and more. Free remedial English and math courses are also offered to help students brush up on the basics and “get their confidence level back up,” says Scimeca. “We care about students. We want to become like a second family to them.”
University of Phoenix
www.phoenix.edu University of Phoenix offers the ultimate choice for students who need a schedule tailored to their busy lives. The private online university recently moved into a new suite of offices at Front Range Village in Fort Collins. The offices were designed to give the largely online student body a sense of community by giving them a central location to come to study, for tutoring and even for some on-location classrooms. “Our students still enjoy the community feel, even though their classes are largely online,” says Brent Seifried, Campus Director for Northern Colorado and Wyoming. “We host alumni nights, student nights and new student orientations here.” Roughly three out of every four students at University of Phoenix students are nontraditional, estimates Seifried. He adds that many students have some college experience, but had to leave because of family or work responsibility. A small number come
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Brian Seifried, campus director for Northern Colorado, stands in University of Phoenix’s new student center at Front Range Village, Fort Collins.
to Phoenix directly out of high school. To prepare these students, University of Phoenix offers a free three-week orientation to help students with study skills and time management. Additional workshops are available for other basic skills in reading and math. New students also meet with a counselor to discuss personal and professional goals and potential challenges to reaching these goals. Classes start weekly, and the schedule is flexible enough that students can choose to take class after class to get their degree, or put a 2-3 week break between classes for an easier approach. Class sizes are limited to between 15 to 20 students and they have 24 hour a day, 7 day a week access to their online classroom. The tuition pays for all the necessities: online books, a reference library and use of the campus location for studying and tutoring. In Northern Colorado, University of Phoenix’s most popular programs are their Masters in Business Administration and their education programs. They also offer criminal justice, nursing, communication and other programs. Within their business program, students can choose concentrations ranging from marketing to management to information technology. Classes are set up for participation online. The professor will “lead” the discussion, students must do the reading, then an ongoing discussion is posted online. Everyone is required to participate, even the professor. However, the schedule for participation is left up to the student. The flexibility offered at University of Phoenix is often the biggest draw for busy students. “This is the only place where you can receive a degree this quick and still be with family and go to work.” Angeline Grenz is editor of Style Magazine.
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ometimes an interior is more heavily dependant on function than any other design element. This is especially true when the space must accommodate special needs, such as a mobility-impairment, a disability or an illness. HighCraft Builders has a special interest in remodel projects that require intense attention to detail to make them suitable to an individual’s needs and still result in beautiful, tranquil spaces. That is the challenge HighCraft took on when they remodeled the master bedroom and bathroom suite for Steve and Lorraine Dellenbach. When Lorraine’s mother suffered a stroke, she and Steve decided to provide care for her in their home. The challenge was to create a space for her mother that was comfortable, accessible and aesthetic. At the same time, Steve and Lorraine wanted to be able to reclaim the space for themselves as her mother’s health continued to improve and she could return to her home. “We needed something that would accommodate my mother now, but we could also use in the future,” says Lorraine. In order for the space to be functional, it needed to accommodate a wheelchair and enable Lorraine’s mother to be as independent as possible. Since her stroke affected one side of her body, further mobility issues were present. Doorways were widened, the layout of the bath was reconfigured to accommodate the wheelchair, vanities were lowered and grab bars were installed in the shower and toilet. The tub was also removed in favor of a large walk-in shower. But HighCraft’s attention to detail went further: light switches were moved to make them more accessible, fixtures at the sink were changed to a single handle to make them easier to use, additional custom cabinets made clever storage areas where items were in reach. Even the tile mosaic installed in the shower served a dual purpose: beautiful to look at but also providing a natural non-slip surface. In order to avoid an institutional look and create a comfortable, sumptuous space, HighCraft’s Interior Designer Kira Koldeway started with custom maple cabinets with a tinted lacquer and glazed finish. The cabinets were sized specifically to fit the space, offering great storage and convenience, such as a small wardrobe where clothing was at hand. Carpet in the master suite was removed and a handsome hardwood was installed in the bedroom, with large square espresso tiles in the bath. The dark floor and countertops contrast nicely with light cabinets and a crackle tile brick-pattern wainscoting. The wainscoting is not only elegant – the tile is durable and easy to clean. Oil-rubbed bronze fixtures and cabinet pulls add a luxurious finish, and matching grab bars in oil-rubbed bronze are decorative while avoiding the typical stainless steel institutional feel. The double vanity features one sink with a lower countertop and open area underneath to allow wheelchair access. Another vanity is
similarly designed for makeup application. When Lorraine’s mother no longer needs the suite, a few adjustments can be made – grab bars removed and a taller cabinet box installed – and the Dellenbachs can move back in to the space with little effort. In the bedroom, a cozy fireplace was added, allowing the room’s temperature to be kept a little warmer without heating the entire house. Everything from fireplace to theater system to lighting can be accessed at the bedside. The remodel has made all the difference in the ease of caring for her mother, says Lorraine. “I love it and my mom does, too. Bringing my mother into our home was a big change for all of us, but when you go into that big beautiful area – it makes a big difference in the day. The design works and looks really beautiful,” she says. The Dellenbach’s remodel was led by Gordon Winner, HighCraft’s “Get it Done Guru” and project manager. “Gordon was just awesome,” says Lorraine. “Any little detail we brought to him – he thought them all through. No matter how small it was, he felt it was important to get it right.” HighCraft is dedicated to exceptional remodel projects and home service options. For more information about them, visit their website at www. highcraft.net or call (970) 472-8100.
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By Connie Hein
At Aspen Grove Veterinary Care, business is a family affair. Jaime Cawthron is wife, mother, clinic director and co-owner. She works side-by-side with her husband, Bobby Cawthron, DVM, their daughter Ally (the official pet cuddler), 11 employees that have become like family, and their golden retriever Bossman, who really is the boss.
ow does Jaime manage all this while being successful in both business and marriage? With the help of a loving husband, a little spicy food and good wine, she makes it sound
fun and easy. Cawthron says the family business works well in her life and is very successful because it includes not only their immediate family, but also their close group of employees. “Most of us are transplants from various parts of the country, and have become like one big, happy family,” she says. “We are blessed with the best staff in the world and couldn’t do this without them.” She believes this is part of the reason for the rapid growth of the business since they purchased it in November 2006. She says everyone at the clinic loves and respects each other, and they all love what they do and are good at it. “I believe clients can feel the warm family atmosphere of the clinic. We get to know our clients well when treating and boarding their pets, so they are like family to us, too,” she says. “Lots of them have watched Ally grow up and love the family feeling she brings to the clinic.” She believes another reason for their success is her husband’s passion for educating clients about
the care of their pets, and taking time to explain any disease or illness they might be dealing with. “He is not only a caring, talented vet, but is also a natural born teacher and is constantly educating our clients, as well as all of us at the clinic,” e ether: wif she says. omes tog old Ally. c y il m fa arthe Another factor she and 11-ye ary Care ve Veterin e, husband Bobby believes has contribro G n e sp Jaim At A uted to their success is their determination to be honest and honorable in doing business, making sure clients are clear about Cawthron and her husband were living in Dripping their pet care options and treatments with fair and Spring, Texas, and were each working 45 minutes away competitive prices. from home in opposite directions. They wanted to be Cawthron has not always been in the veterinary able to spend more time as a family, so they started field. She started her career in marketing after getting looking for a clinic they could purchase. a degree in public relations and journalism at Texas She says they were so excited when they found the A&M. She worked in the corporate arena for 10 years clinic for sale in Fort Collins, close to the mountains. before they purchased the clinic. They read about the clinic on a Tuesday and hopped
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on a plane to visit the city that Friday. “After we saw the clinic, we went and sat on the patio at Austin’s that summer evening,” she says. “We watched families walking around with their children and dogs and knew this was where we wanted to raise our family.” She says they immediately fell in love with the city and its people, so they purchased the business and moved to Fort Collins that fall. Cawthron says she loves working with her husband and enjoys their family business, but there are many things they have had to do to make it work for both of them. “I work at the front of the office doing all the business work, while Bobby is in the back working with patients,” she says. “So there are days when we hardly see each other.” She says there are also days when they are together all the time. She says one thing that keeps the relationship from getting stale when living together and working together is on date nights and family nights they have agreed not to talk business. Instead, they discuss their many hobbies and interests outside the clinic, much of which revolves around Ally’s active third-grade social life. She says it is a joy to be able to share their business with their eight year old daughter. “Ally loves being at the clinic and has her own little spot where she plays when she is here,” Cawthron says, “and she also loves cuddling the pets and being part of the action in back when possible.” Ally knows all about sterile environments and how to “glove up.” “She seems to have inherited the best of both of us,” Cawthron says. “She is methodical and scientific like her father and loves learning what is happening with ‘her’ beloved pets, but is also like me in her love of creativity and change.” Cawthron says she is not sure how Ally will feel about being an official part of the business someday. “We are not pushing her to do that,” she says, “but to find her own interests and passions in life.” In the meantime, she says they love being part of each other’s lives almost 24/7 and would not change a thing about their passionate, fun-filled, people-loving, animal-loving, football-movie watching, ski-racing, Mexican food eating, intertwined lives. Connie Hein is a family-loving, animal-loving, book writer and storywriter living in Windsor.
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Sometimes quiet activities just aren’t enough, and a woman needs to feel the adrenaline rush aggression brings, or the raw excitement of a competitive edge. Just ask the female roller derby enthusiasts who put themselves out there on a regular basis, the biking babes that conquer mountains, or the devoted softball leagues that hit the field to vie for the top spot. 52
Roller Derby “It’s incredibly physical,” says Emily Zaynard, member of the FoCo Girls Gone Derby in Fort Collins. Zaynard, known in the rink as “iOna Switchblade,” says that’s exactly what she likes about the sport. “Not only are you trying to maintain speed but you have to think about accuracy as well as impact. There are three different aspects going on at the same time. You are playing offense and defense at the same time, kind of like playing football with two balls. You’re consistently having to readjust and strategize on the fly.” Zaynard captains the Chanel Cartel, one of FoCo’s home teams, and also plays on the FoCo Micro Bruisers traveling team. Jayne Kafka, aka “Aimee Arma Lite,” and Zaynard’s teammate on both teams, adds, “When you first join, you make 30 new girlfriends and you hang out with the girls two to four times a week. You are competitive together and against each other. The camaraderie, the athleticism and being strong women are all part of it. And it keeps you in shape.”
One of the founders, Jerica Trevena, aka “urrk’n jerk’n as booty block ‘ya,” says a number of factors helped create the league in 2006. “My sister Jhantel was playing in a Denver league. I got excited about it and she said, ‘Why don’t you start a league in Fort Collins?’” She didn’t need to be convinced. “I grew up skating. My parents owned the skating rink in Brighton and they own Rollerland Skating Center in Fort Collins. It’s second nature for me to skate and I’m an athletic person at heart so it made sense. My sister Tawnika and I decided to do it.” Zaynard attended the second practice the sisters held and put her skates on. “It had been a good 11 or 12 years since I had skated, but I spent a lot of time at the rink as a kid and liked that this was for my age group and it was happening down the street and all local gals were doing it,” she says. Trevena says the first meeting drew about six people, but that’s changed, with about 50 people – including skaters and volunteers – currently involved
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FoCo Girls Gone Derby at an August 2010 practice session. Their season runs from March through November.
with FoCo Girls. They also have a loyal fan base, she says. “We have home games every month beginning in March and playing through until about November,” says Trevena. Interest is growing, she says. “I think the fascination with roller derby is that we are tough women who have ordinary lives but want to be competitive and have a good time doing it.” Off the rink, Trevena, 36, works at Good Samaritan’s in medical records and teaches skating classes on the side. Zaynard, who just turned 32 and is the creative director for Rocky Mountain Parent magazine, says she got in just as roller derby was finding its way as a sport for women. “It started as coed, but then the women’s arm became more popular. It has recently gone through a lot of changes and has become more legitimate as a sport and less of a theatrical kind of thing. We’ve gone through several rules permutations and we’re looking at the soccer governing body as a model. We also now have penalties for poor sportsmanship and fighting.” Kafka, at 27, says she had time on her hands and wanted something physical and rough. “We go in and out of injuries but it’s a lot of fun.” In her daytime hours, she’s the office manager for RB & B Architects. Anyone can play, Trevena says. But, she adds, they have to come to boot camp. “We teach the basic fundamentals of skating and then the derby fundamentals. I incorporate a four-month skating course they have to go through before they can bout. We want to make sure they are safe and not injured. “We are starting a junior league – ages 4 to 17,” she continues. “We like to start them young and once they turn 18, they can start with us right away. That will make our league better. Our oldest skater is 43 right now and we are always looking for people that are interested in being on a competitive league and working hard.”
FoCo Girls Gone Derby was established in 2006. The roller derby league gains new fans every year.
Team BOB (Babes On Bikes) promotes mountain biking for women at both recreational and competitive levels.
Biking If rough and tumble contact sports are not for you, biking might be more your style, and Team BOB (Babes On Bikes) is a great way to get started. Team BOB is a Fort Collins women’s mountain biking club that promotes mountain bicycling as a sport and encourages women to participate on both recreational and competitive levels. Team BOB, founded in 1992, was created by four women who wanted to establish a network of support for women in what was typically a male sport. The club currently boasts a membership of over 70 members of varying abilities. It holds weekly rides for experienced and novice riders and provides skill seminars, says Barb Allan, a Team BOB member since 2000. “It’s very grassroots,” Allan says. “We like to create and promote opportunities around the country and especially in Colorado for racing. We’re hoping this year to create a high school mountain biking league that will take part in competitive races.” There are different approaches, she says. “Not all of our members are racers, and most are recreational riders. Some are endurance riders. It’s all about the adrenaline rush and the physical challenge. You can challenge yourself to ride longer and harder.” There are some technical aspects to mountain biking, she says. “You figure out the position your body needs to be on the bike, where to look as you ride, how your weight needs to be shifted. And, as a group, it’s empowering to see women riding trails hard.” Members come from all walks of life and are of varying ages. Sharon Staples, a 50-year-old veterinarian, says she rides “for fun, for camaraderie, for exercise, to get somewhere (I ride to work whenever I can), for competition and
to challenge myself. Most of the bike races I do are long distance (100 miles), so the competition is mostly mental. I am trying to better my time or just finish the race in a certain time. Cycling gives me an opportunity to reflect, think and enjoy life while I am pedaling.” Her association with Team BOB has served several purposes. “The friendships I forged through the club sustain me through tough times (through her military deployments to the Middle East) and make my great times greater. The mental fitness these relationships bring complement the physical fitness cycling brings.” Allan says she began riding seriously at age 12. “Fort Collins use to have a great race called the Horsetooth Mini Classic that was a threestage road race for kids under 16. So I started by training for that, and then eventually expanded the races I did. About 1990, I lost interest in road racing, and took up mountain biking.” Now, at 38, Allan, who is a geotechnical engineer currently working on a teaching license, says she is still competitive as a cyclist. “There is something addictive to feeling strong, and the endorphins that kick in during a race. I like going fast, and what can I say ... I like passing people. I like walking around the house the day after a really hard ride or race, and feeling the little wobbliness in my legs, because that means I rode hard, and I’ll be getting stronger.” Her reasons for riding also vary. “I want to stay in shape, and I feel really fortunate that I’ve found an activity I really enjoy doing. Mountain biking is also a great way to get out and explore the trails, see some wildlife, smell the fresh air,” and, she says, jokingly, “get hailed on.” And when she’s not with the Babes, she also rides with her husband. “Tim and I both love to ride, and it’s something we can share together.”
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Softball Women’s softball teams are tougher to find these days, with more of the competitive teams having turned to coed line-ups. There are, however, still a few holdouts, with 13 women’s teams scheduled for play through the City of Fort Collins this summer. One of those teams, the Martini Mamas, has been together since 1997 and is still going strong, says M.B. Houlihan, team member and manager of Lucky Joe’s Sidewalk Saloon, which sponsors the team. “That was the first time I attempted to play softball. We were truly the ‘bad news bears.’ We have come a long way since then.” The Mamas recently joined forces with the Truck and Car Wash Clean-up crew when it saw team numbers dwindling. The team now has 14 players on its roster, and Houlihan says she sees the team getting stronger. “Even though we’re a leisure league, there’s still that sense of competition and the thrill of the win.” At 38, Houlihan says, “I consider myself a competitive person ... I don’t mind losing if we play a good game but I definitely love the thrill of winning, especially in a close game.” She chose softball because, she says, “I love being part of a team and I’m terrible at volleyball and soccer. This is the most competitive thing I do with the exception of skiing, but with skiing I’m only competitive with my husband... very competitive,” she adds. Stacy Overton, one of Houlihan’s teammates, says she started playing t-ball in first or second grade. “I eventually moved on to a very competitive fast pitch league and played throughout junior high and high school.” At a “proud 42 and counting backwards,” Overton says softball has always been part of her life. “As an adult, whenever I’ve moved to a new city the first thing I do is look for a softball league to help meet people
and feel grounded.” Overton, who is a mental health specialist for the Poudre Valley Health District, says, “Softball has always been such a positive experience. I’ve always had such supportive coaching and my parents were very involved. The most important thing about being involved in softball growing up is that it has taught me some very important ‘adult’ lessons:
Play well with others • Always show good sportsmanship and thank the guys in charge (the umpires), even when you don’t agree with them. • Give 100 percent and don’t dwell on your mistakes, just try harder next time • Work as a team, even when everyone doesn’t play to your level or has a bad attitude. • Be respectful of others, and Don’t put your hands down when you slide!”
The Martini Mamas 2010 team, one of 13 women’s leagues that play in the city of Fort Collins.
While her current team is in a leisure league, she echoes Houlihan in saying, “There’s still the sense of competition and the thrill of the win. I would say I used to be a very competitive player and I can occasionally get caught up in that, but I mostly play for the camaraderie, the chance to go run around the bases and, of course, for the beer that follows. I would not say that I play to compete any more but it’s great to have a win here and there. Softball has always been my foundation but
being involved in softball has evolved for me to other things such as running, skiing and mountain biking. I couldn’t imagine my life without sports. I feel like my parents gave me a lifetime gift by signing me up for that first t-ball team.” Kay Rios, Ph.D., is a freelance writer who plays softball with the Martini Mamas and the coed Swine Dogs.
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If you are interested in one of the sports leagues mentioned in the article, would like to venture into a new sport or just check out a game, take a look at these websites for more information: Roller Derby Greeley: Slaughterhouse Derby Girls www.slaughterhousederbygirls.com email firstname.lastname@example.org Fort Collins: FoCo Girls Gone Derby www.focogirlsgonederby.com
Basketball Greeley: http://greeleygov.com/Recreation 651 10th Avenue, Greeley, 80631 | (970) 350-9400 Loveland: www.ci.loveland.co.us/parksrec/Adult.htm Program Coordinator (970) 962-2444
Biking Babes on Bikes | www.coteambob.org
Rugby http://fcwr.fortrugby.org, Keith Slate, FortRugby Admin, FCWR@FortRugby.com | (970) 388-4997
Hockey Fort Collins Flames | www.fcflames.net
Softball Estes Park: www.estesvalleyrecreation.com/recprograms.html Fort Collins: www.fcgov.com/sports/softball.php. Or call Ralph Mirelez, Adult Sports, (970) 221-6356 or Tom Zimdahl, Youth Sports, (970) 221-6385. Greeley: www.greeleygov.com/Recreation Or call (970) 350-9400. Loveland: www.ci.loveland.co.us/parksrec/Adult.htm Or call (970) 962-2444.
Volleyball Estes Park: www.estesvalleyrecreation.com/recprograms.html Fort Collins: www.fcgov.com/sports/volleyball.php Or call Ralph Mirelez, Adult Sports, (970) 221-6356 or Tom Zimdahl, Youth Sports, (970) 221-6385. Greeley: www.greeleygov.com/Recreation Or call (970) 350-9400. Loveland: www.ci.loveland.co.us/parksrec/Adult.htm Or call (970) 962-2444.
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P I N K R O C K S ! AWA R D S L U N C H E O N May 15 :: Marriott :: Fort Collins More than 200 guests representing area healthcare providers, women’s health advocates, women’s reproductive cancer survivors, business and civic leaders, city and state government representatives, and philanthropic organizations attended the 4th annual luncheon to recognize six individuals that have made a difference in Larimer County in the fight against women’s breast and reproductive cancers. The event raised $10,000 to support outreach, women’s wellness education, and connection to low-cost breast and reproductive healthcare provided by the Women’s Resource Center to more than 5,000 Larimer County women each year.
Carolyn Woodley, Annie Brunsell (Honoree), Patty McCartan, Lynne Niemeyer, Carl Peterson, Karen Chipley, Jill Fricker (Honoree), Amarillis Viera-Simoes
Dr. Kimberly Hayes (Honoree), Dr. David Cloyd (Honoree), Betty Moseley (Honoree), Dr. Larry Kieft (Honoree), Annie Brunsell (Honoree), Annette Zacharias, Peggy Wagner (Honoree)
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COMMUNITY CLASSIC BIKE TOUR May 16 McKee Medical Center :: Loveland Nearly 1,500 bicyclists enjoyed this 23rd annual early morning biking event. Four different routes started and ended at McKee Medical Center providing riders a challenge along the scenic courses. Scores of volunteers made the event possible assisting on the course, registering riders, handing out food and water at aid stations, providing safety on the course, and cheering on riders. A hearty breakfast, massage and giveaways awaited the cyclists when they returned. More than $80,000 was raised at the event, with 100 percent of registration fees and sponsorships benefiting the Stepping Stones Adult Day Care Program at McKee.
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MEMORIES IN THE MAKING ART AUCTION May 20 :: Drake Centre :: Fort Collins The 10th Annual Alzheimer’s Association Memories in the Making Art Auction provided 330 guests with a night of fabulous food, drinks, music and art. The evening’s highlight was a silent and live auction of 53 framed paintings created by individuals with dementia and memory loss. Over $50,000 was raised for the Northern Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to fund their broad range of programs and services, including a 24-hour helpline offered at no cost to families, and also funds advancements in research. Photos courtesy of Heidi Muller Photography.
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HOPE LIVES! PINK BOA RUN May 22 Front Range Village :: Fort Collins More than 600 participated under blue skies in this sanctioned 5K run/walk event, many of them in pink to honor those touched with breast cancer. The family event celebrated life and survivorship and included prizes for top winners, flowers for survivors, a memory balloon release and more. More than $16,000 was raised for Hope Lives! Lydia Dody Breast Cancer Foundation and their programs of complementary care for women battling breast cancer in Larimer County.
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Debbie Lloyd, Mary Golbuff
James Mayberry, Ken Sargent, Scott Charpentier
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R E A L I T I E S R I D E , R A L LY & K I C K - O F F C O N C E R T May 28-30 (Memorial Day Weekend) :: Old Town Square :: Fort Collins :: 100-mile Ride Northern Colorado This 9th annual event is one of Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest charity motorcycle poker run events with more than 10,000 motorcyclists and spectators attending. Sixty vendors, live music, stunt shows, rat rod shows, tattoo competitions, and more added to the weekend. New this year, a Friday night party and concert kicked off the three-day event, which culminated in a 100-mile tour of Northern Colorado with more than the 4,000 motorcyclists. This exciting weekend raised over $90,000 for the Realities for Children Charities Emergency Fund, which serves abused and neglected youth in Northern Colorado. Photos courtesy of Larry Hartshorn.
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W E L D C O U N T Y R E L AY F O R L I F E June 4-5 :: Island Grove Regional Park :: Greeley Known as the largest Relay for Life in Colorado, this 16-hour event had a huge outpouring of participation from the community. Over 6,000 people attended the event including 2,100 participants, 853 purple t-shirt clad survivors completing the Survivor’s Victory lap, and scores of friends, family, caregivers and Stacey Brown, Lesley Aiken, Kristi Passard, Kay Albert, Kim Rios, Melonie Adamson, Thurman Albert individuals supporting the cause. The sea of 471 lit candles at the Luminaria Ceremony honored those who lost the battle and those who have survived. This year’s theme – Finding More Cures, Lighting More Candles – inspired all at this synergistic event that raised more than $341,000 for the American Cancer Society for research, advocacy, education and patient services. Deena McBain, Karyl Pierpont, Donny Kozak Venea Thompson
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MULLIGAN’S PUB CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT June 19 :: Southridge Golf Course :: Fort Collins Nineteen teams of four hearty men and women showed up to the sound of a bagpiper playing Amazing Grace for the 7:30 a.m. start of the scramble format. More than 200 participants including players, volunteers, sponsors, staff and patrons took part in the 3rd annual golfing event. Included was a delicious buffet, live auction and fun Fantasy Golf Contest. The day of play raised nearly $12,000 to benefit Shared Journeys Brain Injury Foundation whose mission is to empower survivors of brain injury the hope and support needed to reclaim life! Nate Jorgenson, who sustained a severe brain injury in 2004, is the inspiration for Shared Journeys.
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onnie Hanrahan, owner of Mantooth Company in Fort Collins, believes her success in life and business is due to her simple philosophy: “I don’t believe we were put on this earth to take, but are here to give, and to make each day a better one, not only for ourselves but for everyone around us.” This philosophy has served Hanrahan well in all aspects of her life and is the motivation behind her extensive volunteer efforts in the community. “I’ve always enjoyed the work I’ve done with area non-profits over the years.” She believes this is an important part of giving back to her community. And her efforts have been noticed. After serving on the CSU Ram Club board, as well as many committees connected to CSU athletics, Hanrahan was recently named board president. “I’m really excited about this honor,” she says. “I’m a strong believer and supporter of this scholarship program.” She says she is so proud to follow in the footsteps of the great leaders that have come before her, especially the last three under which she served – Rulon Stacey, Mike Pierce and Jim Hunter. “I hope to step into this legacy and move the Ram Club forward into its future.” With every non-profit competing for the dollar, Hanrahan feels her job is to educate everyone she can about
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our clients.” She says she has been fortunate to be able to put together a dedicated team of employees who have the same passion she does when it comes to being positive and honorable and giving back to the community. “We all have a really strong work ethic, but love having a good time and enjoying life.” She says they serve their clients with honor, loyalty and integrity, and says these qualities attract clients with similar values and beliefs. “We have the greatest group of clients who have all come to us through word of mouth.” She says they choose their clients as much as their clients choose them. For Hanrahan life is not all about work, despite her time serving her clients and the community. What does she do in her small amount of spare time? Crime solving! At least in theory – she loves “solving” crimes along with authors like James Patterson or the folks at CSI. She also loves golfing with her family, spending time and traveling with her girlfriends, or traveling and golfing with husband, John Hanrahan, who is the director of golf at the Fort Collins Country Club and who she says is her best cheerleader. Hanrahan also takes inspiration from her dogs. She says her Boston Terriers Georgie Girl and Miss Lily are part of the Mantooth Company logo to serve as humble reminders of important things in life that often get lost in our fast-paced world: Eat slowly and only when hungry; don’t take what isn’t yours; get plenty of rest – find the warmest spot you can – it aides in relaxation; stretch at least three times a day; jump in the air as often as you like for no reason at all – it will set you free; be excited to see everyone – one person can change your day…or your life; cuddling each day – a must; listen to direction – but go out on your own when the opportunity arrives; taking a break in the day will make the day more enjoyable; be dependable; honest and above all … be loyal! Connie Hein is a freelance writer living in Windsor and hoping to learn to live like Georgie Girl and Miss Lily.
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