Dr. Nancy Saltzman grew up in Bloomington, Indiana and moved to Colorado Springs to attend Colorado College in 1970. Upon graduation she taught elementary school in Colorado Springs, received her master’s from the University of Colorado then completed her doctorate at the University of Denver. She served as the principal of Broadmoor Elementary School for 16 years before retiring in 2006. During Nancy's 31 year career in education she was recognized as Colorado’s National Distinguished Principal, the recipient of the Milken Family Foundation Educator Award, and as the American Cancer Society's Sword of Hope winner for her work with breast cancer survivors.
Saltzman continues to stay busy as an emeritus member on the board of Kidpower, working as a volunteer at the Humane Society, participating in three book clubs, and speaking about her recently published memoir, Radical Survivor: One Woman’s Path Through Life, Love, and Uncharted Tragedy. The memoir chronicles Saltzman’s extraordinary saga as a two-time cancer survivor who lost her entire family in a small-plane crash. Told with honesty, insight, and laugh-out-loud flashes of humor, plus the added richness of letters Saltzman received, Radical Survivor traverses the full spectrum of human emotions. Her journey reminds us that the heart can make
room for both loved ones lost and happiness found, offering a compelling gift of hope.
Saltzman presently lives in Colorado Springs with her fiancé, Greg Roman, and her dogs, Nacho and Macy.