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Kristin Kubitschek’s main motivation is to give. She’s always known she would give her lifetime to benefit others.

“One of my greatest blessings is being able to live out my faith through the work I do each day,” said Kubitschek, who has worked solely at nonprofits during her career.

Kubitschek works as the field communications director for Compassion International, a Christian-based organization headquartered in Colorado Springs and dedicated to releasing children from poverty worldwide.

In her role, she helps people throughout the globe promote Compassion International’s programs.

“I coordinate media from Third World countries; I get professional photographers to be videographers and writers,” Kubitschek said. “It’s a very fun but challenging role. I’m passionate about developing people and about communications.”

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She works with individuals in developing countries, and she calls her field staff her “heroes, because they are the ones on the front lines doing the hard work. They are changing the future of kids around the world.”

Because she works with 40 people in 40 different countries and travels internationally, “it was important to me to be very deliberate in being involved in my community,” she said.

In the letter of nomination, Schuyler Foerster, president of the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council, said, “Kristin has been — hands down — one of the most productive and active members of our board.”

There, as vice president of marketing and development, she started the young professionals team.

“In the past few years, others have tried to give this initiative some traction, but Kristin made it happen,” Foerster said.

Also, one of Kubitschek’s most gratifying actions has been helping people who lost their homes through the Black Forest fire sift through their remaining belongings to find salvageable items.

“It’s heavy, but it’s also so rewarding,” she said. “People appreciate the ability to talk, process and share their memories.

“Where we are going to help them with their belongings, it’s much more impactful for them to just listen.”

She’s lived in Colorado Springs more than four years.

“Literally, I flew out to interview, and I was here 24 hours, but it felt so much like home,” she said “I thought why didn’t I move here sooner?”

She holds a bachelor of science in sociology and a master of organizational leadership, both from Evangel University in Springfield, Mo. For her master’s project and while working for an international nonprofit organization, Kubitschek helped start a health, hunger, hygiene and clean water for children in El Salvador.

— Marija B. Vader