The Southern Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce, SCWCC, Foundation logo

Established in 2005, the SCWCC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation, operated in partnership with the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce. 

The mission, “Advancing women’s success through education and community engagement,” is accomplished through two avenues – supporting women in their pursuit of formal education and by conveying the value of becoming a community leader.   

The SCWCC Foundation provides educational support through programs such as the Karen Possehl Women’s Endowment, which offers scholarships to assist “unstoppable women” attending UCCS in achieving their educational goals. The Foundation also sponsors programs, workshops, and seminars that communicate the importance of community service and the essential knowledge needed for effective participation.  

To support these efforts, the Foundation receives funding through the Accolades Luncheon Silent Auction, ASK campaigns and a variety of other fundraising initiatives to include individual private donations. For additional information, email the Foundation at and visit our Facebook page.

2017 Officers

Patrice Christian, Financial Services, President

Frances McLaurin, Agency Owner at Farmers Insurance, Secretary

Patricia Kessack, Business Development Officer at The Eastern Colorado Bank, Treasurer

Board Members

Tonya Carrera, Marketing & Sales Director at The Bridge Assisted Living

Gemma Delgaudio, Regional Marketing Specialist at Pacific Dental Services

Robin Depies, Financial Advisor at Centennial State Financial

Sheri Gagliardi, Private Banking Officer at Ent Credit Union

Niki Hankins, Niki Hankins Consulting, LLC, Your CFO for Hire

Maria Holloway, Mortgage Loan Officer at The Eastern Colorado Bank

Doug Kelley, Independent Associate and Director at Legal Shield

Stacy Osborne, Certified Medicaid Planner, Medicaid Consulting Group

Shelly Vanderlinde, Owner at BodyBrite

Tascha Yoder, Owner at Center for Powerful Living

Terry Zarsky, Business Services Librarian at Pikes Peak Library District