The Chamber of Northwest Douglas County is honored to recognize Women Who Soar in the Denver Metro Community. This event is being hosted by the Women in Networking (WIN) which is a program of The Chamber of Northwest Douglas County.
The women who were selected to be honored inspire us to be better leaders and are blazing the path for future generations. They have made a difference to us in our community and have positively impacted the lives of others.
Please join us as we honor:
- Gracie Parrish, Wife of Fallen Deputy Zack Parrish and Founder of The Shelter Foundation
- Amara Martin, Executive Director of Dress for Success
- Susan Hicks, CEO of Sky Ridge Medical Center
Help us celebrate the women while enjoying the amazing food and relaxing atmosphere at Perry's Steakhouse. Lunch includes your choice of Perry's Famous Pork Chop, Gilled Salmon, or Chicken Parmesan (ordered at the event) paired with a Wedge Salad, Seasonal Vegetables, Whipped Potatoes, and a Dessert Trio.
Susan Hicks President & CEO
Sky Ridge Medical Center
Susan Hicks was named President and CEO of Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree in August 2014. She was promoted from her previous role as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Sky Ridge. Susan has been an integral member of the Executive Team at Sky Ridge since the hospital opened in 2003, and has been a major contributor to its success as well as its superior results in patient safety and satisfaction.
As COO, Susan was instrumental in developing comprehensive programs in spine, orthopedics, cardiology, stroke and general surgery, to name a few, that have made Sky Ridge a destination facility for care. The Sky Ridge team and its medical staff gave her leadership, clinical depth and business acumen a resounding vote of confidence when she was named to her present post. She has been a nurse for more than 30 years and brings expansive clinical perspective to her position.
Prior to joining Sky Ridge Medical Center, Susan was the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and VP of Patient Care Services at Rose Medical Center for six years, where she was responsible for the operations of all patient care services. She previously held a number of key leadership posts, including Director of Surgical Services at Rose. Susan also worked as a consultant for four years in which her primary role was to work with hospitals across the country to grow their surgical expertise and volume.
Susan has a Master’s in Nursing Administration and Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing and Sociology. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
She is currently on the boards of the Denver South Economic Development Partnership and the Colorado Hospital Association. She is a past board member of the HCA Hope Fund and First Commercial Bank as well as a graduate of Leadership Douglas County.
An avid adventurer, Susan and her husband Don reside in Lone Tree. They have two children.
Founder of The Shelter Foundation
At 7:55 am, on December 31, 2017, Gracie was startled awake by The Knock. The Knock is the nightmare of every law enforcement family member. The deputies proceeded to tell her that her husband, Deputy Zack Parrish, had attempted to offer assistance to a man with a long history of mental illness during a domestic disturbance. Zack’s offer was met with gunfire; Zack had been shot numerous times and did not survive. Her 29-year-old husband of 8 ½ years, father to 4-year-old Caroline and 18 month old Everly, had been killed in the line of duty. The hopes and dreams for their future together would not come to be, and instantly, her life was forever changed.
None of Gracie or Zack's family members or close friends worked in law enforcement, so they were both just “winging it” as they learned about life in law enforcement and all the occupational nuances. As a new LEO wife, she quickly discerned there wasn’t much information readily available to guide and assist LEO spouses, partners, kids, families, and significant others. Comprehending the unique “norms” that came with the profession felt complicated and confusing. The demands of the job on the officer and family, the differences in workplace culture, and a schedule where it was necessary to specify A.M. or P.M. requires a new understanding. Gracie felt she couldn’t be alone in this, but it felt so isolating.
Shortly after Zack’s death, it became abundantly clear to her that she was being called to pick up the torch Zack carried while serving others in our community. Reflecting on the beginning of her journey as a police officer’s wife, she recognized the need for brotherhood and sisterhood among those who are directly affiliated with the law enforcement community. She created The Shelter Foundation to meet this need.
The Shelter Foundation is a non-profit organization to guide and assist LEO spouses, partners, children, families, and significant others through the trials often associated with a career in law enforcement. The accomplish this by providing: education to officers and their families, on a variety of topics, to help tackle these challenges head-on; a protected and positive forum for social support, based both in faith and fellowship; and a place for officers and their families to foster friendships, and find community through like-minded social events and consistent connection.
They firmly believe the best time to build a firm foundation is before tragedy strikes; however, if tragedy becomes reality, they will stand with those families.
Executive Director, Dress for Success Denver
The mission of Dress for Success® is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Every woman has the right to realize her full potential and achieve financial independence in a more egalitarian world. Dress for Success® believes that with the proper education, tools, and action this world is possible.
Poverty often affects women the most, and its effects on them and their families can be long-lasting. Therefore, addressing women’s needs is central to improving the quality of life for not only that woman but also her family, future generations and her community. In fact, recognizing the significant role of women in economic development is the smart thing to do, as well as being socially and morally right.
Amara Martin has a strong background in communications including Public Speaking, Facilitating and Program Development. She has over 10 years of experience in nonprofit management and operations. In February 2016, Amara released her first novel, "Heritage of the Cemetery; Ruin is the Road to Salvation".