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Colorado Springs native Tara Thomas’ journey to director of Bemis School of Art illustrates her hardworking nature, and the creative path of a true art lover. Thomas has developed the Military Artistic Healing program for veterans and active duty military, and actively works with local organizations focused on at-risk youth. “I’ve...
Rising to the top was always a goal for Danielle Summerville, executive director at Big Brothers Big Sisters Colorado, but what sets her apart is her devotion to lifting others up with her. “Innately I’ve always just wanted to strive for the top,” Summerville said. “... I always felt like...
Chicago native Lola Woloch doesn’t believe in doing things halfway. She’s all in or not at all — and that philosophy and drive has led the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce to success after success. The CEO of the women’s chamber has a long history of business wins. An...
In the 20 years that LexisNexis legal editor Jane Ard-Smith has lived in Colorado Springs, she’s witnessed many changes in the political, environmental and community landscapes. She’s also been a driving force behind some of them. Between serving as board chairwoman at Citizens Project, which is celebrating its 25th year,...
Presented by Legacy Bank If you know Stephannie Finley Fortune, there’s a good chance she’s asked you if you’re having fun. “I ask that of a lot of people because so many of us forget to have fun!” she said. Fortune is having a good time. The executive director of university partnerships...
Jennifer Dodd is in the business of influencing the younger generation — whether that’s at work or on her own time. The graduate of Widefield High School finds plenty of ways to give back to the community, and says it feels natural after so many helped her achieve success. For...
Two days after Lauren Hug moved to Colorado Springs, she was volunteering at the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center to assist those affected by the Waldo Canyon fire. Hug, who founded the marketing and integrated communications company, HugSpeak, had just moved from Austin, Texas, and was in contract...
Kasia King is inspired and motivated by the bravest people in her life — her parents. “We came here in 1981 as martial law was going into Poland,” she said. “My parents escaped and took me with them. … I can’t imagine the courage it took to leave your family,...
Rose Durham’s love of helping others started early. When her family emigrated from Norway, she was a young girl, but spoke English well and soon became the spokesperson for her family. “I remember my mother crying and reading the family Bible,” she says. “Looking back, I think what incredible sense...
After 21 years in business, SocialSEO, the Colorado Springs-based digital marketing firm, has recently seen a significant increase in its clients and revenue. What is the digital marketing company’s secret to success? Being in the right place at the right time and generating new leads, said Greg and Darcie Walthour,...
Revolution Jewelry Works is a custom design fine jewelry studio that’s true to its name. Its full-time staff, with a collective 95 years of experience, pride themselves on being approachable experts, not salespeople. Owner Jennifer Farnes, one of only about 100 master faceters in the country, took a leap...
PeakMed Colorado is changing the way people go to the doctor. Under a direct primary care model, PeakMed bypasses insurance companies and gives patients direct access to a doctor “regardless of insurance, pre-existing conditions, age or illness,” for a fixed monthly membership fee. Also part of the model: same-day appointments, 24/7...