Andrea Barker, HB&A Architects On any given day, you might see Downtown resident Andrea Barker pedaling down Tejon Street in heels with her skirt flowing in the breeze. Barker is big on the environment. She composts, has no grass in her yard, grows a vegetable garden, and rides her bike almost everywhere....
“I’m a little deaf in one ear,” said Anthony Carlson, 33, as he sat for an interview in a noisy coffee shop. “That’s because I spent 15 years sitting in front of a trumpet section.” Carlson, a clarinet player, graduated in 2008 from Midwestern State University in Texas with a...
Brenda Smith, First Presbyterian Church Brenda Smith’s father died when she was two years old, leaving her mother to raise her and her six older brothers alone. Her mom cleaned houses to support the family. Smith remembers it all fondly, “I had a wonderful mother and we had an enormous...
Employee health has a direct impact on the well-being of a company. “Vectrus is a government services contractor, so our greatest assets are our people,” said Frank Peloso, the senior vice president and chief human resources officer, via email. “We believe that good health — from a physical, mental, financial...
As Patrice Ravenscroft sees it, much of Colorado Springs is an untapped resource. She’s on a mission to do more for El Paso County’s lower-income population — and get more of the city involved in philanthropy. Ravenscroft, 34, joined Reach Pikes Peak as director of development last April, and quickly...
Being healthy isn’t a fad or a trend — it’s a lifestyle. And in Colorado Springs, companies are working to make sure they have a healthy workforce, understanding that it’s the best way to increase productivity and reduce costs. We at the Business Journal celebrate health and wellness with our business...
Pam Shockley-Zalabak, UCCS-University of Colorado Springs Growing up in the tiny farming community of Drummond, Okla. played an important part in forming Dr. Pam Shockley-Zalabak into the leader she is today. “It gave me a strong work ethic, a belief in the power of education, an appreciation for living with many...
David McDivitt felt he had a promising future as an investment banker while working in London and New York, but he wanted more. His desire was to help people and to do it face to face. So, he returned to his alma mater and enrolled in the University of Colorado...
Marcy Morrison, Colorado insurance commissioner Marcy Morrison’s political career started with the Manitou Springs library board. Now, four decades and countless challenges later, she may be headed back to the library board. “I may be out of job here pretty soon,” says the Commissioner of the state Division of Insurance, referring...
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...
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...
Susan Strasbaugh, Strasbaugh Financial Advisory Inc. While growing up, financial planning wasn’t Susan Strasbaugh’s initial career goal. “Numbers always came easily to me, but I wanted to be a therapist or a teacher. But the more I found out about financial planning I realized it’s almost like therapy focused on financial...