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Jill Tiefenthaler, Colorado College When Jill Tiefenthaler left her family’s Iowa farm for St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Ind., it was a transformative experience. “We took trips to New York, and saw live dance, music and theater performances. We went to art museums, and I decided I never wanted to...
Robin Roberts, Pikes Peak National Bank A community’s small businesses represent a key piece of its economic foundation. That’s why Robin Roberts devotes so much of her time to stewarding the health of Colorado Springs’ small businesses. And she believes those small economic drivers need support like never before. “People say the...
Carrie Perkins, Veda Salon Carrie Perkins dedicates herself to healthy living — for herself, her Veda guests and staff and for those supported by the nonprofits she has embraced in the Colorado Springs community. To say she worked her way up in the salon and spa business is no exaggeration. She was...
Amanda Mountain, Rocky Mountain PBS When Amanda Mountain says she’s passionate about partnerships, she isn’t just tossing out a sound bite. She believes the future of media hinges on strategic partnerships. In fact, she was the catalyst for creating one that could revitalize Colorado media. In July, Rocky Mountain PBS, parent of...
Martha Marzolf, ERA Shields/FAC Board In Colorado Springs, it’s often hard to tell where business life ends and personal life begins. Such is certainly the case with Martha Marzolf. A highly recognized and successful Realtor, Marzolf moves seamlessly from home tours and listing presentations to community involvement and enjoying life in...
Jerri Marr, U.S. Forest Service It’s not often that forest supervisors have twitter followers, fan groups, Facebook pages and people urging them to run for president. But most forest supervisors aren’t Jerri Marr. As the supervisor of the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands, part of Marr’s...
Lisa Lyden, Media personality When Lisa Lyden announced she was stepping down as news co-anchor at KOAA-TV after 29 years, the newscaster’s news sent shock waves through the community. Business Journal Executive Editor Ralph Routon wrote about the news. “Usually we hear news stories, think briefly about how they’ll affect us or...
Carolyn Kruse, Community Leader Carolyn Kruse’s dedication to sports, and especially to figure skating, demonstrates the power of focused philanthropy. The Topeka, Kan., native resettled in Colorado Springs in 1963 and has since continued to lead the way in the development of the region’s amateur sports programs. With her late husband, she...
Judy Kaltenbacher, Stockman Kast Ryan + Co. Early on in her career, Judy Kaltenbacher was told a part-time accountant could never become a partner in a firm. But with a growing family, she was determined to have a balance between her work and home life, and still move up the...
Shawnee Huckstep, TechWise Sometimes reality outpaces your dreams. Such was certainly the case with Shawnee Huckstep. “I never expected any of this,” said Huckstep of her international defense contracting company TechWise. “I thought that we’d have a normal small business. Maybe 20 employees. Nothing unusual.” But the small software training company she...
Christina Baker, Mortgage Solutions of Colorado Drive, discipline and determination are qualities Christina Baker has never run short on. Whether it was leading troops in Iraq, running trails, giving her time to Project Angel Heart or climbing the ranks of the mortgage industry, Baker always set her sights high. “It started with...
Suzi Bach, Ramsgate Management Services “The Mayor’s wife” still has an odd ring in Suzi Bach’s ear, but it’s starting to grow on her, as the “job” of being the First Lady of Colorado Springs becomes increasingly fascinating. “It’s kind of funny when we’re out and about and somebody says to...