A native of Slovakia, Marina Funtik first came to Colorado Springs  — and the United States — as a dental assistant student at Pikes Peak Community College in 2000. “Everything was so big — the cars, the pizza,” she said of her first impressions of the U.S. After she received her dental...
Rebecca Jewett puts her love of the Rocky Mountains to work as executive director of the Palmer Land Trust. It’s a passion that grows from her family’s long presence in the shadow of the mountains. “I’m actually a fifth-generation Coloradan on both sides of my family,” she said. “My great-great grandparents...
If you want to spend some quality time with Chance Hill, you might have to put your name on a waiting list. The Colorado Springs transplant and newly sworn attorney with Sherman & Howard has become involved in a laundry list of activities since he moved to the city...
Hannah Widmer’s passion for education was born at Colorado College, where she also discovered the city’s heart as she watched the community work together to recover after the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires. “That’s when I knew I wanted to live here,” she said. “Everyone was working together; it...
If you ask those who nominated her, Lynne Jones, vice president of marketing and business development for Colorado Springs Health Partners, has been a woman of influence for years. She’s just now receiving the recognition. Jones currently serves as the vice president of business development and marketing for Colorado Springs...
When Linda Warren decided to start a business of her own in 1992, she never imagined it would grow into one of the largest and most successful of its kind in Colorado Springs. “I never intended to grow a business … and now I have 21 employees,” Warren said. “It’s...
Few people understand the local, regional and state real estate regulatory environment like Clarissa Arellano. As director of government affairs, media and public policy for the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors, Arellano makes it her business to know about upcoming legislation that could affect the local housing market — and...
Yemi Mobolade’s downtown coffee shop/gathering place/restaurant/bar/entertainment venue, the Wild Goose Meeting House, which he started with business partner Russ Ware in November 2013, has enjoyed phenomenal success. Even after a recent expansion into adjoining space on Boulder Street, the Goose overflows with patrons from dawn to dusk — and...
Amy Sufak, president and founder of Red Energy Public Relations, Advertising & Events, is all about the little details. “A signature task I do on a daily basis is make sure my staff is armed with ‘thank you’ notes, envelopes and stamps,” she said. “We send handwritten notes — not...
Editor’s note: We will feature each of the 13 winning fastest-growing companies in upcoming CSBJ editions. The founder of AdvantEdge Drywall has provided drywall installation in Southern Colorado for more than 20 years. He built on that experience to create one of the fastest-growing companies in the Springs. The company has...
Janet Kerr has spent almost 30 years as a psychotherapist, nonprofit administrator and volunteer working in particularly challenging and stressful area – the prevention of domestic and sexual violence. Beginning as a volunteer for Tessa (then known as the Center for Prevention of Domestic Violence) in 1987, she served as...
Kelly Shelton grew up in Texas, but couldn’t wait to find a home in Colorado. More than five years later, she’s heading up fundraising efforts at the internationally known Space Foundation. “I was one of those people from Texas who just said, ‘Let’s move anyplace in Colorado,’” she said. “And...