Nina Lee views her restaurant 503W as more than just an eatery and craft bar. She sees it as a catalyst for change on Colorado Springs’ near Westside. Lee and her soon-to-be husband Rollie Ortiz opened 503W four years ago at 503 W. Colorado Ave. The building was owned by...
While walking through Acacia Park in downtown Colorado Springs, passersby might have seen Victoria Stone, the executive director of nonprofit Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission, and mistake her for a homeless woman. The next day, she would be walking out of the courthouse after assisting as an outreach case...
David McDivitt felt he had a promising future as an investment banker while working in London and New York, but he wanted more. His desire was to help people and to do it face to face. So, he returned to his alma mater and enrolled in the University of Colorado...
Growing up in Atlanta, 2018 Rising Star Annie Snead spent her college years interning and working at networks including CNN and WSB-TV. “By attending college close to my hometown, it gave me the perfect opportunity to learn from some of the top journalists in the country,” she said. “It was...
As Patrice Ravenscroft sees it, much of Colorado Springs is an untapped resource. She’s on a mission to do more for El Paso County’s lower-income population — and get more of the city involved in philanthropy. Ravenscroft, 34, joined Reach Pikes Peak as director of development last April, and quickly...
Erica Oakley-Courage worked in communications with sports teams in Seattle and Chicago before moving to Colorado Springs nearly a decade ago. Since coming to the Pikes Peak region, she’s married, found her dream job with Palmer Land Trust and poured her energy into a long list of volunteer endeavors. “Erica...
Lindsay Teplesky wants to improve the lives and number of career opportunities available for military spouses in Colorado Springs. As deputy director and program manager at the nonprofit Hiring our Heroes, Teplesky helps transitioning military members find civilian jobs. The 37-year-old also runs a local chapter for the Military Spouse...
Many people meet Colin Mossbrook and figure the 23-year-old is too young to have much of an impact on the Colorado Springs community. He’s proving them wrong. “Colin is very engaged in making Colorado Springs the best place to live and his passion for our city is infectious,” said Jonathan...
Although Sloan Gonzales was born in Texas, she doesn’t hesitate for a moment to call Colorado Springs home. The Doherty High School graduate moved here at age 6, and went on to complete both her undergraduate (sociology) and master’s (communication) degrees from UCCS. Today, Gonzales, 29, is employed by Leadership Pikes...
Erik Huffman has big plans for the future: creating a cybersecurity academy for middle- and high-school students and shaping a solid foundation for the leadership classes in Handshake Leadership — all while finishing up his doctoral degree from the University of Phoenix. Handshake Leadership is a creation all Huffman’s own,...
While living in Illinois, Jacqueline Staples, 35, earned an associate’s degree in graphic design, but later decided to switch career paths and pursue financial advising. Her newly found passion stemmed from a class she completed about the financial industry. There she found her calling: helping others wisely manage their...
Sally Roberts knows first-hand that sports can be a powerful positive force. “I was a terrific failure,” Roberts said. “Growing up, I was in and out of challenging circumstances. I got arrested so often that the detention officer said, ‘Find something to do or you’re going to jail.’” Her saving grace...