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.

2018 Officers

Patrice Christian, Financial Services, President

Shelly Vanderlinde, Owner, BodyBrite Colorado Springs, President-Elect

Robin Depies, Financial Advisor, Pennica Financial Group, Secretary

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

Board Members

Doug Kelley, Independent Associate and Director, LegalShield

Patricia Kessack, Business Development Officer, The Eastern Colorado Bank

Frances McLaurin, Agency Owner, Farmers Insurance

Stacy Osborne, Certified Medicaid Planner, Medicaid Consulting Group

Bree Shellito, Education Coordinator, Ent Credit Union