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2013 Board Candidates - Vote June 19
Each year, a slate of new board members is presented to the assembled membership at the Annual Business Meeting, for up/down approval by vote, and appointment to three year terms.
This year two seated members are eligible for re-appointment - Patrice Christian and Amber Dodge-Pike (right) - along with first-term candidates Sandie Guenther and Beth Roalstad (shown below, with expanded bio materials).
Sandie Guenther was born and raised in Denver and truly loves living in Colorado. Returning to the state after a few years in the Pacific Northwest, she earned a BS in Business with an emphasis in personnel from CU Denver. For more than 20 years as an administrator of business law firms, she found that managing a Denver firm of 38 attorneys with a support staff of 45 was challenging. She coordinated human resources, insurance, information technology, benefits, accounting and payroll functions, and later accepted a similar position in Colorado Springs. Redirecting her career in 2006, Sandie became a loan originator and began building a truly rewarding career with Cherry Creek Mortgage in 2007, assisting first-time buyers with a mortgage that allows them to own their first home, or securing reverse mortgages for seniors to improve cash flow in retirement.
Colorado Springs has so much to offer its residents, and Sandie enjoys volunteering with community organizations that contribute to its growth and development. She has been a member of the Colorado Springs Chorale for many years, currently sings with The Chamber Singers of the Colorado Springs Chorale, and served as a board member of The Colorado Springs Chorale Society. She's also a volunteer at Urban Peak, has adopted and cared for city owned gardens over the years, is the outgoing President of the Business Women Network and now looks forward to the many opportunities presented by the SCWCC.
Beth Roalstad is passionate about creating opportunities for women and girls, connecting individuals who have a passion for change and a commitment to the community in which they live. In her role as Executive Director of the Colorado Springs Women’s Resource Agency she has overseen an organization revival, led the strategic planning and implementation of board and fund development programs, and has spearheaded fundraising efforts that brought in over $1,000,000 from gifts, grants, and special events. Notably, she has brought the Seal of Excellence to the Women’s Resource Agency that was awarded by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence in December 2011.
Beth received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work in 2000. She also received her Bachelor of Science from the State University College of Oneonta in 1991. She has held positions such as a legislative aide for Congressman Hamilton Fish, Jr., legislative assistant for SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals and a development director for a small nonprofit organization, Project WISE. She has served on the Steering Committee of the Women’s Community Leadership Institute of Leadership Pikes Peak. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of an adult women’s mentoring program, Woman to Woman, and is the current President of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence Board of Directors.
Board, Staff & Committees
2013 Board of Directors, pictured at Accolades. L-R: Torie Giffin, Sandy Wenger, Hillary Reed, Jen Furda, Patrice Christian, Mark Bittle, Lisa Yens, Cass Mullane, Tami Forero, Elaine Anderson, Meredith Masse. Photo: Evie Petrikou.
The SCWCC utilizes a policy governance model, which includes strong bylaws and operating procedures, dynamic committee structures and staff-driven daily operations. The current board and staff include:
|Board Members||Office | Committee Chair|
|Lisa Yens||President-Elect | Board Development chair|
|Hillary Reed||Secretary | Linkage co-chair|
|Mark Bittle||At large|
|Patrice Christian||Programs chair|
|Jen Furda||At large|
|Torie Giffin||At large|
|Gina Kaiser||At large|
|John Lee||At large|
|Aikta Marcoulier||At large|
|Meredith Masse||Past President|
|Cass Mullane||CEO Evaluation chair|
|Candy Vandenberg||Linkage co-chair|
|Sandy Wenger||Accolades Chair|
|Search and locate remaining members via the SCWCC Directory|
The SCWCC Board of Directors invites members in good standing to serve on any of the committees shown below that may be of interest. Volunteer by contacting the designated Committee Chair at any time, and we thank you for your support!
|Committee / Description & Members|
|Accolades Committee ... to plan and execute the annual fundraising luncheon that honors the Business Leader of the Year.|
|CEO/ED Evaluation and Compensation Committee ... to evaluate executive performance and make recommendations to the Board regarding compensation.|
|Community Engagement Committee ... to provide comprehensive information delivery, understanding and interpretation of the business and civic issues that impact SCWCC ownership (women in business and members), including, but not limited to: healthcare, equal pay, public benefits, business regulations/taxation, state and local budget initiatives and issues.|