Liz Denson considers herself fortunate to have found her dream job, she said. “I’m so lucky because I’m in the position I’ve always wanted to be in,” said the vice president of community engagement at Early Connections Learning Centers. The Conroe, Texas native’s path to Colorado included a stop in New...
No matter who’s doing it, no matter how supportive their surroundings, coming out is difficult and scary. It was true for Sophie Thunberg, a Manitou Springs native, which might surprise some, given Manitou’s liberal reputation. But she had help. She found Inside Out Youth Services while looking for resources. “I...
Chad Eckles is committed to serving his country and community. At 21, the southern California native joined the Air Force. He served four years active duty before transitioning into the Reserve. About two years ago, Eckles decided to switch from enlisted to officer and received his commission as an information wartime...
Lana Rodriguez didn’t become one of the best Realtors in Colorado Springs by paying for sources or leaning on gimmicky sales tactics. She was rated the seventh-best Realtor in the city in 2018 on referrals alone using the strength of a simple secret. “You work for people, you follow up...
Two things have been fixtures in Jason Feld’s life since childhood — Colorado and helping others. “It’s one of those things that gets instilled in you by your parents,” said Feld, who grew up as the son of two firefighters in the suburban Chicago area. “I like to help people...
Deborah Mynatt moved to Colorado Springs as a 13-year-old Army brat. The El Paso County Sheriff’s sergeant hopped around from school to school before settling at and graduating from Sierra High School. Today, Mynatt heads the office’s community relations and outreach unit. For instance, the sergeant oversees the office’s Citizens Academy,...
Mattie Gullixson is no stranger to shaping public policy. At only 30 years old, she has built an impressive resume effecting tangible change for her fellow Coloradoans. “I like new challenges,” Gullixson said. “There’s no doubt about that.” Gullixson rises to those challenges, both in her job as a senior regulatory...
Adam Morley stands out. He’s tall, so that gives the mustachioed 32-year-old an instant advantage when it comes to visibility. But mix in his eye for fashion (check out the socks), his involvement in the community and convivial personality, and Morley rises from mere standout to a 2019 Rising Star. Morley...
Francisco Montes has built his life around two bits of wisdom he received from his parents. “My mom said, ‘Cisco, I don’t care what you do — just be the best at it. You could be the garbage man, just make sure you’re the best garbage man,’” Montes said. “And...
Mark Perrault’s interest in finance predates his high school diploma. He bought stock in the multinational technology corporation Intel in 2001 — his senior year. “I remember the whole excitement of following a company,” Perrault said. “I always had an appreciation for the stock market and investing.” Perrault’s early business savvy...
When Natasha Main stepped up as executive director at Peak Startup in June last year, she also took a “step back.” “For Peak Startup, we took a step back when I was hired — in a really great way — to reassess and speak with the community ... looking to...
Growing up in Tennessee, Allison Moix carried a small camera with 110 film on her keychain. The middle-schooler who was always taking photos of friends blossomed into an in-demand professional and owner of Stellar Propeller Studio. Besides helping businesses to succeed and capturing her subjects’ special days, she contributes her...