Kathy Loo, philanthropist, artist Some pillars of the community carve out their turf early on and build their power base from there. Others prefer to take on a role as needed, and then jump in to fill a critical vacuum somewhere else. Katherine Loo is among the latter. “I’ve been active...
Kasi Carter cannot say enough positive about her native Colorado Springs. “I truly love Colorado Springs,” Carter said. “My growth as a leader and a young professional reflects the growth of the community.” Carter, 26, works as program manager for the Leading Edge program at Leadership Pikes Peak. A Colorado College graduate,...
This year, a record 12,422 students enrolled at UCCS are hoping to earn a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree at the 52-year-old university. In 1976, Susan Szpyrka was just like them — a student working toward a degree. Now she has two from the school and has worked at UCCS...
Wendy Pifher, Holland & Hart Wendy Pifher’s search for a balanced life has often been complicated by her pursuit of her dreams. Pifher can cite many accomplishments in her legal career. But perhaps her most notable accomplishment is the balance she has achieved despite the demands of her profession. “I don’t...
Every morning, Master Sgt. Darrin Donovan dons the blue beret that designates he’s part of the force that protects Schriever Air Force Base and its entire workforce. Donovan, who’s served in the U.S. Air Force 16 years, works logistics for Security Forces. He’s the man responsible for making sure airmen...
Imagine French toast stuffed with cream cheese and topped with maple syrup and whipped cream. Maybe add a drizzle of caramel, just for kicks. How about the strawberry cheesecake pancakes, made with New York-style cheesecake chunks, a strawberry compote and more whipped cream? Or perhaps you’d prefer the dense buttermilk...
Linda Ellegard turned personal struggle into professional triumph — and has helped countless Colorado Springs families along the way. A social worker, Ellegard watched special-needs children placed into foster care for a single reason: Parents were too exhausted and stressed out to do the best for their children. “It wasn’t neglect...
The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center presented their annual Small Business Week Awards to honor the achievements of individuals and small business owners during a dinner presentation Thursday evening at The DoubleTree by Hilton Colorado Springs. The 2018 Small Business Week...
Susan Edmondson, executive director, The Bee Vradenburg Foundation Susan Edmondson appears to have a dream job: She manages a foundation that gives money to arts organizations. But there’s a downside. Today, the need is so great within the arts community that selecting organizations to support has become increasingly difficult. “There are...
Luisa Graff, Luisa Graff Jewelers When asked how Luisa Graff chose the jewelry business, she replied, “I didn’t chose the jewelry business, it chose me!” Gems, minerals, and precious metals have been a part of her life from the very beginning. Born to a Peruvian mother and American father, Luisa’s early...
Shannon Brinias, KKTV 11 News Shannon Brinias knew in high school she wanted to be a journalist and has never looked back. “I love the camaraderie in the newsroom,” she says, “when there is breaking news, fire or severe weather, we all pull together and gather information. It’s very satisfying.” With...
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...