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6 Wildly Successful Colorado Women


Wildly Success Interview #6 Susan Saksa
Wildly Success Interview #5 Mary Kelly, PhD
Wildly Success Interview #4 Sallie Clark
Wildly Success Interview #3 Janet Foy
Wildly Success Interview #2 Patsy Buchwald
Wildly Success Interview #1 BJ Scott


Wildly Successful Woman #6

Susan SaksaHigh Profile Expert: Ms. Susan Saksa

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Executive Director

Susan Saksa



Susan is a nonprofit management professional who has worked extensively in the nonprofit sector for the last twenty five years as a trainer, executive director, facilitator, and community leader.


Susan joined Leadership Pikes Peak as their Executive Director in January 2005. Her extensive and varied experience with nonprofit organizations has enabled Leadership Pikes Peak to expand its fundraising efforts and look strategically for new opportunities. Susan spent 1995-2004 at the Chamber Nonprofit Partnership where she initiated new programs and services to serve southern Colorado nonprofit organizations. Through out her career, Susan has been actively involved in board training, strategic planning, team building, consulting and evaluation projects. She has taught seminars on fundraising, board roles and responsibilities, grant writing and strategic planning for local, national and international audiences.


Susan Saksa is a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.S. degree in Education and Psychology. She received her Master's degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She has been recognized by “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges,” The Gazette’s “Women Who Make a Difference,” El Paso County PTA’s “Top Hat Award” and with a Springs Area Beautiful Association award.


Susan loves to attend nonprofit charity events and to meet new people. She is a mother of two talented daughters and is not enjoying the empty nest thing one bit.

Wildly Successful Woman #5

mary KellyHigh Profile Expert: Mary Kelly, PhD


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Mary Kelly, PhD, is an economist and university professor who specializes in improving profit growth. She retired from active duty in the Navy as a Commander, with specialties in logistics and human resources. She has lead multi-cultural teams all over the world and loves working with organizations that want to improve effectiveness and productivity.


A frequent TV commentator, Mary authored the award-winning Master Your World: 10 Dog-Inspired Lessons to Improve Productivity, Profits and Communication, 15 Ways to Grow Your Business in Every Economy, 360 Degrees of Leadership: Steering Around the Icebergs, and the In Case of Emergency, Break Glass! program.


Wildly Successful Woman #4


High Profile Expert: Sallie Clark

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Commissioner Sallie Clark represents much of the Western portion of El Paso County and is the current Vice Chair of the El Paso County Board of Commissioners and Chair of Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments. She serves at both the state and national levels as a member of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Justice and Public Safety Committee and Court Subcommittee Chair, Large Urban County Caucus and the Arts and Culture Commission as well as Vice Chair of Colorado Counties Inc. Health and Human Services Subcommitee. She serves on many additional boards and commissions as well as liaison to the Sheriff, Coroner, Treasurer, Department of Human Services and Board of Health. In addition to her commissioner duties, Commissioner Clark is a small-business owner of Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn along with her husband ,Welling Clark, and has been involved at the state level with tourism and small business issues. As a military wife, Sallie continues to support our military families through participation in regional issues and initiatives for active duty and military veterans. She has also been active with many non-profit organizations including the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign, Pikes Peak United Way and Peak Vista Community Health Centers, among others.


Wildly Successful Woman #3


High Profile Expert: Janet Foy

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Janet is a native of Colorado Springs. She graduated from JanetBookthe University of Colorado with a degree in advertising and marketing. Riding western and hunters from an early age, she was named the “Girl of the West” for the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo in 1973.


Her interest in dressage started when she lived in Oxford, England, and she passed several British Horse Society Instructor Exams. She is currently an FEI “I” judge, USEF “S” Dressage Judge and an USEF Sporthorse “R” Breeding Judge. She has judged at all major shows in the United States including the FEI North American Young Rider Championships, the FEI North American Junior Championships, the USA World Cup League Finals, the FEI North American Championships, Dressage at Devon, USET Festival of Champions and FEI shows in California, Illinois, Arizona, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Colorado, Florida, Washington, and North Carolina.


She has also judged national championships and CDI***/W in Guatemala, England, Columbia, Costa Rica, Barbados, Canada, Poland, Australia and Mexico as well as the FEI World Cup League Finals for the United States, Canada and Australia. Janet was on the panel that selected the USA team for 2004 Athens, the 2006 WEG, the 2007 Pan American Games, 2008 Bejing and the 2010 WEG. The FEI appointed her to judge the 2010 Central American Caribbean Games in Puerto Rico.


She has passed her FEI Exam to be a Young Horse Judge, and has judged the USEF Young Horse and Developing Horse Championships several times. She is currently an apprentice FEI Technical Delegate.


As a rider, Janet has won her USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals and gives clinics throughout the United States. Her students have also won many Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals.


She writes articles for various horse magazines and was involved in producing and writing the scripts as well as doing the voice overs for several USDF judges training videos and USDF On The Levels.


She is a former member of the USDF Executive Board, the USA Equestrian Board of Directors, a current member of the federation Dressage Committee and the International High Performance Dressage Committee. She is also on the USDF “L” Faculty and instructs federation judges training programs throughout the United States for dressage and sport horse breeding.


She travels around the country conducting highly successful Trainer/Judge Symposiums with Steffen Peters and Debbie McDonald. She currently has a book in production highlighting the training of the non perfect dressage horse.


Wildly Successful Woman #2


High Profile Expert: Patsy Buchwald

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“The sky is not the limit. The only limits we have are those that we place on ourselves.”

Patsy is a wildly successful entrepreneur in Colorado Springs and was most recently awarded the Small Business Hero award by the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. Patsy is the CEO, president and owner of the Colorado Balloon Classic which has been dubbed the “Top 100 Events in the USA” and also travels worldwide to consult on large scale balloon festivals around the world. She is very invested in her local community and has received numerous awards and recognition from the business community. Patsy is a role-model for women with her success in a non-traditional field and she lives her life to the fullest pursuing fascinating hobbies like Harley’s, Kung Fu, private piloting and skydiving. Patsy believes “the sky is not the limit. The only limits we have are those that we place on ourselves.”Patsy is the oldest of five daughters and the proud mom of an USAF reservist and a proud grandmother, too.

Please visit her website: www.balloonclassic.com

Wildly Successful Woman #1

BJ ScottHigh Profile Expert: BJ Scott

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Ms. Scott is the Executive Director of the Peak Vista Community Health Centers Foundation in Colorado Springs, which was formed in 2005 and is operated exclusively for charitable purposes to benefit Peak Vista’s healthcare programs and services. Peak Vista Community Health Centers, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a private non-profit multi-specialty primary care healthcare provider that has been in existence since 1971 and today serves over 60,000 people in the Pikes Peak region through nineteen clinic sites. An executive at Peak Vista since 1996, Ms. Scott served as President & CEO from 2001 to June of 2011 as the principal leader of the organization, exercising general and active control of its business affairs and $47 million budget. In June of 2011 she stepped down as President-CEO to devote her full-time efforts to the Peak Vista Foundation.



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