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International Women's Day and outdoor rec in Pikes Peak region 

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March 8th is International Women's Day, and the 2019 theme is "Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change."

In the Pikes Peak region, many women hold positions of influence and leadership in the field of outdoor recreation, and there seems to be no better time to recognize who they are.

In no particular order:
  • Mary Jo Lewis, Supervisor, El Paso County Parks, Bear Creek Nature Center
  • Nancy Bernard, Supervisor, El Paso County Parks,  Fountain Creek Nature Center
  • Debbie Bibb, Board President, Friends of Bear Creek Equestrian Skills Course
  • Anne Schofield, Board President, Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers
  • Karen Palus, Director, Kim King, Recreation and Administration Manager, and Britt Haley, Parks Design and Development Manager and TOPS Program Manager, Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
  • Susan Davies, Executive Director, Eileen Healy, Deputy Director, Emily Danti, Board President, Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC)
  • Becky Leinweber, Executive Director, Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance (PPORA)
  • Darcy Mount, Senior Ranger, Cheyenne Mountain State Park
  • Pat Cooper, Board President, Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park
  • Rebecca Macnamee, Board President, Friends of Cheyenne Cañon
  • Rebecca Jewett, Executive Director, Palmer Land Trust
  • Jennifer Peterson, Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI)
  • Jolie NeSmith, Executive Director, PikeRide
  • Mina Liebert, Chair, Colorado Springs Parks Advisory Board
  • Julie Mach, Conservation Director, Colorado Mountain Club
  • Colleen Cameron, Board President, Women's Mountain Bike Association of Colorado Springs
  • Stephanie Wurtz, Board President, Pikes Peak Roadrunners
  • Jackie Hillaire, Board President, Corral Bluffs Alliance
  • Teri Peisner, Board President, Friends of Monument Valley Park
  • Cathe Bailie, Co-Chair, Friends of Boulder Park
  • Randi Hitchcock, Executive Director, UpADowna
(I apologize if I missed anyone.)

In addition, there are many, many women on advisory and friends groups boards, in staff positions, and operating as volunteers in our parks and open spaces. 

As part of Women's History Month, the El Pomar Foundation will be hosting "Women in the Backcountry and the Boardroom," a round-table discussion about women’s opportunities, contributions and engagement in the outdoor industry, from 4 to 6:30pm, March 19 at the Ent Center for the Arts. Click here for more information.

Happy Trails!

Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, business owner and author of Hiking Bob's Tips, Tricks and Trails, available via his website. He has lived in Colorado Springs for more than 26 years. Follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (Hiking Bob), Instagram (@HikingBob_CO) or visit his website (Hikingbob.com). E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob: info@hikingbob.com.

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