About PWN

Our mission: We create an environment where women connect, grow, and inspire each other to reach new levels of success. We elevate and empower the women in Durango to do remarkable things and exceed their goals.

Furthermore, the Professional Women’s Network of Durango celebrates women and the accomplishments of women. Through collaboration and storytelling, we make a stand for women’s voices to be heard and to reflect on the progress women have made throughout history, honoring the courageous steps taken to create positive change in the world and discuss the changes that still need to be made.

WHY?
We have seen that PWN of Durango helps women improve their confidence and self-esteem when it comes to meeting other like-minded women. Women more readily share and celebrate small victories in both personal and professional areas in female-only environments. Most importantly, PWN cultivates hope and determination and gives our members and participants a reason to believe when they run out of reasons.

MONTHLY EVENTS
Our monthly events occur on the second Tuesday of the month from 5:30-6:30pm. Join us as we host our Inspirational Speakers Series, Speed Networking sessions, Workshops, leadership book club and other events that support our community.

Meet the PWN Board and Ambassadors

PWN Board Members and Ambassadors

Blair Ohmert - Board Secretary

Blair Ohmert is a Colorado native and moved to Durango five years ago. Durango holds a special place in her heart because it gives people the opportunity to be in a vast variety of landscapes in a matter of minutes or hours. You can be peeking over the rim of the Grand Canyon, a Wonder of the World, in five short hours!  Blair has always been an entrepreneur at heart and has always pursued her interests. She owns a jewelry shop on Etsy, loves photographing anything that can stand still, and enjoys keeping up with the growing area. She is competitive and a force to be reckoned with. Friends describe her as fiercely loyal and a great listener.  Blair’s business is centered around her clients and their needs. She believes her job is to be of the best service to her clients and add value to their real estate experience whether it's picking out their dream home, saying goodbye to a lifetime of memories, or helping them on their next big investment. She believes success is created by being of service to others and is a by-product of helping all walks of life, so her clients have the peace of mind that she is putting their needs before hers. She is committed to being a lifetime learner and prides herself on her resourcefulness.

Bonny Wayman - Board Treasurer

Bonny Wayman (formerly Bonny Fetterman) was born and raised in Cortez, CO and has spent most of her life in the 4 Corners area. Bonny attended the University of Denver where she completed both her Bachelors degree (BSBA Hospitality Management) and her Masters degree (MBA with a focus in Marketing).  While completing her degrees Bonny worked full time for the University of Denver doing marketing and event planning. After DU, Bonny went to work for DaVita Inc. She managed the marketing for seven nephrology practices and two medical service companies. She managed websites, digital advertising, social media, print advertising, email campaigns, patient communication, conferences, and more for the nine separate brands. Bonny opened 4 Corners Marketing Events in 2019 and loves serving a variety of local businesses and non-profits.  When not working, Bonny can be found outside enjoying all the 4 Corners area has to offer. Bonny loves to ride her horses, hike and coach youth soccer. Bonny lives in Hesperus with her husband, son, dog, two cats and two horses. You can contact Bonny at treasurer@pwndurango.org

Dannielle Arceneaux - Board Member

Dannielle Arceneaux, Health and Wellbeing Coach with over 25 years in the alternative health and healing arts. Her gifts and certifications range from backgrounds in energy work & massage therapy, martial arts, yoga, & corrective exercise to coaching for deepening body-mind connections and personal transformation. Relocating to Durango from Southern Utah in 2019, she is grateful to have received a warm welcome and is thrilled to bring her contribution to the community. She has a curious, enthusiastic nature with a passion for inspiring and helping people identify their superpowers and develop their personal brand of success in their businesses & lives.  She loves connecting with nature, creating healing spaces and finding playfulness in the ordinary. Dannielle is Mom to four boys, four grandchildren and a fur baby Rye. You may find her out exploring mountain biking and hiking trails, at the farmers market, playing in the kitchen, nerding out on a passion project, lavishing in some alone time or happily getting lost chatting it up!!

Derya Anderson - Ambassador

Derya moved to Durango from Boulder, Colorado in January of 2021 to enjoy all the beauty and activities that this special town has to offer. Derya loves to spend time outdoors with her husband and their two fur babies, Hazel and Rufus. Derya began working as a physical therapist in a busy clinic and now owns her own small practice, Essential Physical Therapy. Derya started her own clinic because she wanted to incorporate a whole body, whole person approach and to spend more time with her patients. Derya is dedicated to contributing to her community and to her own continued growth and learning. She loves connecting with people and believes in educating her community on better health through better movement. Derya also teaches restorative yoga, which she loves to share with others and see the changes and benefits they gain from the practice.

Molly Pagano - Board President

Molly is a Colorado native and grew up in the foothills of Denver, where her love of the outdoors was introduced. Molly, her husband and their four-legged pup have called Durango home for 6 years and have no plans to ever leave.  Molly’s professional career began when working for the Colorado Public Defenders Office.  From there she obtained a degree in Paralegal studies and has since been a Paralegal for over 14 years, working in a variety of areas.  Currently, Molly is the owner of San Juan Paralegal Services, providing contract paralegal support to attorneys throughout Colorado.  Molly’s passion for her community continues to grow, as a graduate of the 2018-2019 Leadership La Plata Class and recently obtaining a Certificate in Non-Profit Management she is excited to continue her growth professionally and move towards non-profit work.

Renee Dixon - Board Member

Renee is the co-owners and therapist at Durango Family Therapy. She has her master’s degree in Social Work and worked for 10 years in the child welfare system before beginning her private practice in Durango. Originally from Texas, Renee has lived in Colorado for 13 years and move to Durango in 2016 with her husband and two children. She loves being a part of a smaller community and regularly takes advantage of all the amazing activities Durango offers. As a therapist and small business owner, Renee recognizes the immense value in having a community of women to support and empower each other and is excited for the opportunity to service the community of PWN.

Shanon Hansen - Board Member

Shanon is a Durango native currently working full time as a virtual executive assistant to the CEO of an online compliance training company. She spent some time living in Texas where she was 1/3 of a team who developed and organized an aircraft flying competition and spectator event. It was during this time, where she learned about her passion for organizing events - finding fun ways to bring people together all while supporting local communities and businesses. Delighted to return home to Durango a few years ago, Shanon has a new dedication to her community and is excited to be a part of the growth, knowledge, support, love and empowerment that is PWN and the Durango community as a whole.

Sonya Valles- Board Member

Sonya has lived in the 4 Corners area her entire life, and she and her family have lived near downtown Durango for the last 2 years.  Sonya and her husband have 3 kids, one fur baby, and several businesses. An entrepreneur at heart, Sonya has always got a business in the background that she is growing and refining. Currently she and her husband own a construction/handyman business, a virtual administrative assistant agency, and are about to launch their next big business venture. Sonya is passionate about women supporting women in business and in life and is excited and honored to be a part of PWN Durango.

PWN History

In the fall of 2014, founding board members and local businesswomen, Melissa Glick and Jessika Buell, were inspired by international startup entrepreneur Daniel Epstein, Founder and CEO of Unreasonable Institute who challenged entrepreneurs to step up in their communities, form support groups and foster creativity and innovation.  Taking this message to heart, Glick and Buell teamed up, combined their passion for business and community, and created a space for professional women to thrive.  At their first event, women poured through the doors, enthusiastic yet starved for more opportunities to connect with each other.  Attracting women-thought leaders on a local and national level to their events, PWN brings in speakers and interactive experiences for women with the purpose of elevating and empowering women. Today, PWN is the largest professional women’s group in the Four Corners Region.

Thank you to our past full term Board Members:

  • Tracy Kellermeyer (2019-2021)

  • Melissa Glick (2015 – 2020)

  • Jenna Black (2017-2019)

  • Susan Lander (2016-2018)

  • Jessika Buell (2015-2018)