Once a Marine, Always a Marine, ​and We Are All MARINES!


Mission Statement

  • To preserve and promote the history and traditions of women Marines
  • To foster, encourage and perpetuate the spirit of comradeship among women in the Marine Corps
  • To promote the welfare of elderly, disabled and needy women Marines
  • To provide assistance to hospitalized veterans and members of the Armed Forces
  • To promote the civic and social welfare of the community
  • To sponsor or participate in patriotic activities, especially those that perpetuate the traditions and Espirit de Corps of the Marine Corps
  • To conduct programs for charitable and educational purposes
The bond and camaraderie shared by those who have gone through the training to become a UNITED STATES MARINE are ever prevalent among all women Marines — they know no generational boundaries.


Paula Sarlls

Paula Sarlls is a Denver, Colo. native and one of six children. She was a Marine Sergeant, serving as both an air controller and radar controller. She was assigned to the following duty locations across the United States:
Parris Island, S.C.
Millington, T.N. NAS
Quantico, V.A. MCAS
Glynco, G.A. NAS

She is a gold star wife, who met her husband Tony in the Marine Corps. They were married more than 39 years with one daughter. Paula had a 33+ year government career and retired in 2004 after 21 years with US Customs.

She entered into veteran-related volunteer service in 2000 and has expanded that service greatly since her retirement. She served as National President of WMA from 2005 to 2008, and Chapter President from 2002 to present.

Sheila Scanlon
Vice President

Paula Sarlls, President

Sheila Scanlon retired after 32-year years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps with her last tour being a combat tour in Afghanistan.  Sheila is the Chair of the Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs, the Vice President of the Colorado CO-1, Women Marine Association, and a faculty member in the Distance Education Program, at US Army War College, Carlisle PA.

Carron Barella
Treasurer/Event Coordinator

Carron Barella was born and raised on the south side of Chicago to a working-class family. Along with the structure and discipline of Catholic schools, living with three brothers prepared her for life in the Marine Corps.

Carron served as a Military Policewoman. Carron has two children. Carron currently works as the Application Support Analyst for the Colorado District Attorneys Council in Denver.

The chapter was originally named the "Colorado Columbines" after our Colorado state flower. The columbine logo below found inside the red circle was first used in 1970’s on blue jean shirts. It was hand painted by WWII Marine Marge Alexander.