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...
Catholic Charities of Central Colorado has a new website, a larger photography database and a growing social media presence all because of Stacy Sprewer, its communications and social media manager for the past three years. Sprewer has lived in Colorado Springs most of her life, graduating from UCCS in 2014...
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...
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...
Brittney Stroh, a graduate of Fountain Valley School and Colorado College, joined Atlas Preparatory School in 2012 as director of community programs after working two years as an El Pomar fellow. Four years later, she’s now the school’s executive director and COO, responsible for finance, facilities, fundraising and administration. She...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
(Editor’s Note: The Colorado Springs Business Journal honors the city’s fastest-growing companies each year with a celebration in September. The eight companies who won are being featured in a series of articles discussing their business models, success stories and challenges.) Revolution Jewelry Works, founded in 2013, is a custom jewelry...