Honorees for the 2013 Celebrate Women of Jefferson County


Presented in alphabetical order by last name.

The West Chamber Celebrate WomenBarbara Brohl – Executive Director, Colorado Department of Revenue

Barbara Brohl is not only a professional trailblazer, but also exhibits tireless dedication and leadership. Barbara was appointed by the Governor to co-chair the Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force, charged with identifying issues and recommendations regarding the sale of Retail Marijuana. As an RTD Board member, she introduced a workforce development program for transit projects promoting the introduction of women in non-traditional positions. During her career at Qwest she worked her way from the ground floor to representing the company in complex legal matters. Many of those years were spent developing software while raising a young family and completing her law degree in the evenings. Barbara continues to be very active in the community – from her “Newborns in Need” baby showers to her mentoring programs to the organizations she supports – including The Gathering Place and the Hispanic Advisory Council for Florence Crittenton, an alternative high school for pregnant and parenting teens.

The West Chamber Celebrate WomenMichelle Claymore – Vice President, Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation

Michelle Claymore’s enthusiasm for Jefferson County’s economic vitality is both evident and contagious. She helped set in motion the AddOne campaign, improving the economy one job at a time, and has attracted, expanded and retained employment through her role as the Vice President of the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation for the past 18 years. Michelle’s innovative business incentive structure was instrumental in attracting the Coleman Company’s corporate headquarters to relocate to Jefferson County in 2011. Understanding the importance of professional development, she started and runs the first nationally accredited economic development training program in Colorado. The program has trained over 200 students so far. In addition to her management position, Michelle serves as a dependable and engaged mentor and a strong community supporter, serving on numerous boards. Her passion for the county, its businesses and its citizens knows no bounds.

The West Chamber Celebrate WomenAnn Demers – Retired Jefferson County Psychologist & Ralston House Board Member

Ann gives out of pure love, and anyone who knows her would say that his or her life is better because she is in it. As a Special Needs teacher in Jefferson County she always gave above and beyond, such as arranging a camping trip in the mountains, giving many their first magical night under a sky devoid of city lights. Eventually becoming a school psychologist, Ann led training for the Second Step Curriculum and was a member of the Crisis Response Team during the Columbine High School tragedy. Involved in her neighborhood, church, and family, she also organized an annual luminary lighting along the Meadowglen Lake. In the spring, she literally uses her canoe to clean up the lake. She created a church community service group known as the Red Tent Ladies, and once she started on the Ralston House Board, she took their pinwheel fundraiser and more than quadrupled the funds in just three years. Her spirit and smile are intoxicating and she is truly an extraordinary woman.

The West Chamber Celebrate WomenMaro Dimmer – President and CEO, Rheinlander Bakery

Maro is co-owner of the Rheinlander Bakery in Olde Town Arvada. For over 27 years now, she and her husband Ed Dimmer have successfully grown the bakery founded by Ed’s parents in 1963 into a true community jewel. The bakery operates with the mission to serve and treat the community and tithes at least 10% of its profits for charitable activities. Maro is instrumental in running the bakery’s fundraising events, including the now annual King Cakes for A Cause, a benefit for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The King Cake sale was a response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but now benefits disaster relief wherever it’s needed most. Along with celebrating Rheinlander’s 50th year in business last year, the bakery raised over ten thousand dollars in their Bake Out Hunger Campaign, benefiting the Arvada Community Food Bank. Maro is also a cheerleader for Arvada, speaking for both the bakery and the town. She is a pioneer of the Historic Olde Town Arvada Partnership and served as HOTA’s first president for 3 years. She is a huge advocate of small business development and actively mentors bakeries in the Metro Denver area in addition to her own employees, teaching about inventory, margins, marketing and longevity.

The West Chamber Celebrate WomenLoretta DiTirro – Realtor & Founder, Wheat Ridge Business Association

Loretta is an extremely passionate and persuasive individual, especially when it comes to community. She spends much of her energy for the benefit of others and regularly displays targeted and dedicated talent for getting the job done. She was instrumental in changing the name of the Wheat Ridge Business Association (WRBA), which gave more definition to the purpose and future of the group. WRBA is committed to educating, training, and connecting over 250 Wheat Ridge businesses. Loretta ensures that the Wheat Ridge business members are well informed and well connected to the community at large, and she drove the membership from 30 to 200 members. She hosts events in her home to raise money for the Feed the Future Backpack Program, giving back to the children of her community. She offered up her garden in the Inaugural Wheat Ridge Garden Tour, and recruits volunteers for the historic Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival. As an influential leader and organizer, she is a valuable asset to the Wheat Ridge and Jefferson County communities.

The West Chamber Celebrate WomenSonya Estes – Owner, Runners Roost

As the owner of Lakewood’s Runners Roost, Sonya is dedicated to the health and fitness of her community. For over nine years she has promoted the sport of running and its opportunities for community involvement. She was recognized by Jefferson County Public Schools for her support of cross-country and track events, and she sponsors middle school and high school races and Girls on the Run. She has opened up her store as a lecture and event location for local charities including Team Challenge, the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado and the American Lung Association of Colorado. She has also donated thousands of recycled shoes to the More Foundation. In 2011, her store was ranked amongst the top fifty running stores in the nation. Working with the City of Lakewood Parks and Recreation she contributes to the Lakewood Trail Running Series, the Bear Creek Grin and Bear It. Sonya doesn’t walk the talk…she runs it!

The West Chamber Celebrate WomenColleen Jorgensen – Vice President, Red Rocks Community College

Colleen’s creativity and innovation in education has left a lasting impact on thousands of college students, hundreds of colleagues and the business community. Facing numerous public education funding cuts, Colleen found a way to get the job done. She launched a campaign to make Red Rocks Community College “green,” resulting in reduced paper consumption, in a recycling program, and a boiler system that reduced 30% of carbon emissions. She has translated the value of mentorship into Community Learning Centers, the Gateway program, and a shadowing program for potential Principal Investigators. She began her teaching career at Red Rocks as a part time math teacher and worked to become the Vice President of Instruction and Chief Academic Officer by 2005. In her new position, Vice President for Workforce Development, she is responsible for the development of new RRCC non-credit programs as well as seeking external funding from organizations such as the National Science Foundation. Colleen stays active in her greater community by serving on numerous boards and area chambers.

The West Chamber Celebrate WomenPage Lambert – Writer & Motivational Speaker

Page’s motto—Connecting People with Nature; Connecting Writers with Words—describes her passion and her life. Recipient of numerous awards, her books and writing appear in dozens of collections. For 17 years, she has partnered with professional organizations such as True Nature Journeys, Grand Canyon Field Institute, and the Aspen Writers’ Foundation to help women connect more creatively with the natural world. A keynote speaker, she has presented at over 250 gatherings, and leads by example—coaching, editing, and mentoring writers. She serves as an advisor to national writing organizations and nonprofits such as the Children & Nature Network and Women Writing the West, and also donates services locally—co-leading a two-year volunteer effort to build a community horse barn for Mount Vernon using fire-mitigation timber, and serving as Creative Consultant for the Clear Creek Land Conservancy, helping to foster a deeper appreciation for Colorado’s open spaces.

The West Chamber Celebrate WomenPatsy Mundell – Division Chief, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

Division Chief

Patsy Mundell is a 28-year veteran of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and oversees the Jefferson County Jail, one of the largest detention facilities in Colorado. Recognized by her peers as an innovator of inmate management and program development, she has implemented successful inmate education and mental health programs. She created the position of mental health transition planner, one who can work with the mentally ill and provide services in and out of the facility. She has also reformed ADA policies regarding inmates and developed video visitation in the jail. In addition to her advocacy for women in law enforcement, Patsy Mundell mentors individuals within the organization on career goals and promotions. As a Metro State University graduate, she is also a mentor for the Metro State Women’s Basketball team.

The West Chamber Celebrate WomenCarol Salzmann – Vice President & Executive Director, Lutheran Medical Center Foundation and Community Development

Carol lives the wellness message and believes in it with all of her heart. She leads without hesitation, and exudes grace and confidence in front of any audience. She began her career as a critical care nurse at Exempla Lutheran Medical Center (ELMC) in 1978 and is now the executive director of the ELMC Foundation. Two signature fundraising events she created and leads are the White Rose Evening and the Leaves of Hope Run/Walk, which support Lutheran’s hospice and cancer programs respectively. Carol has a passion for community health improvement and serves as the executive lead for Lutheran Medical Center’s wellness efforts. She believes that through partnerships with Jefferson County Public Health and other community organization, we can address important community concerns like tobacco and obesity. The mother of 3 adult children, Anna, Adam and Brita, she lives in the Applewood area with her husband Allen.

The West Chamber Celebrate WomenBarbara Scripps – Owner/Partner, Scripps, Taylor & Associates, PC

Barb never hesitates to take the role of the leader in her business and on multiple non-profit boards. She creates momentum and develops a trajectory to get things done. The Colorado CPA Society recognized Barb with an award as a “CPA Making A Difference”, based on her strong support for her community. She has run her own accounting firm in Evergreen for over twenty years, growing it to a staff of 8, while raising three children with her husband, Tom. With her participation, community boards have undergone positive, significant financial changes and growth. As current president of the Evergreen Rotary Club she is helping to implement a fundraising strategy transition. She is a long-serving board member of both Evergreen Country Day School and Mt. Evans Hospice, both of which have seen significant growth in her tenure, and she saw the Center for Arts Evergreen through its creation of a visual arts center, and continues to serve on that board. She also recognizes the potential in her employees and trains them in becoming more successful team members, while encouraging each to learn and grow to their own ability.

The West Chamber Celebrate WomenMag Strittmatter – Executive Director, The Action Center

It takes great strength to face the heart-breaking issues of poverty day after day, and even more strength to lead others in that fight. Leading The Action Center, Mag has that strength in abundance. Even while leading this drive, Mag adds an infectious dose of humor and kindness. She has overseen a revolution in volunteer engagement at the Action Center, where more than 7,000 volunteers contribute annually for the good of the community. She has built on-going partnerships with Red Rocks Community College, Jeffco Human Services and the Metro Community Provider Network to bring resources to clients in one location. In her mentoring she can identify strengths and build the organization around them, with the deep wisdom to see that each person has an important role. Under her leadership, The Action Center’s revenue increased by more than 600% since 2002. She displays passion and shares compassion, carrying with her that spark of inspiration and sharing it very generously.

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