“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...
Sarah Garza is an assistant vice president for U.S. Bank, a mentor, a military brat, an optimist and a cheerleader — for the things that matter. “I believe you never give up,” the 31-year-old said. “Be a cheerleader for the things that you really love. Be passionate. If there’s something...
Rodney Gullatte Jr. didn’t waste a second getting to know his new community upon arriving in Colorado Springs in August 2015. When the 37-year-old Air Force veteran relocated to the city with his wife (who is currently in the Air Force) and their two daughters, Gullatte promptly joined a...
Show Melissa Howard a challenge, and she’ll dive in head first. “We heard the Carter Payne Chapel might be available ... nobody knew if the tenant was going to stay or not,” she recalls, “so like a crazy person I got in the car and drove to Texas and found...
One can tell by Eads’ volunteer work that she’s an animal lover. In fact, her personal philosophy perfectly captures that admiration. “Be the person your dog thinks you are,” she said.  When not around her four-legged friends, Eads is audit manager at BKD LLP, where she’s worked since 2011. It’s a...
He learned the lesson early, growing up in a family with a father, grandfather and uncle who served in the military. Following in their footsteps and enlisting in the Army — complete with multiple deployments, a Bronze Star with Valor and a Purple Heart — Garfield Edwards now is...
Colorado Springs native Terrell Brown grew up in the Hillside neighborhood and graduated from Palmer High School. He was a pretty good basketball player, and decided to take his shot at Division I. “I went to three colleges in four years,” he recalled. “Started at South Dakota, then transferred to...
Alex Belding moved to the Pikes Peak region in 2015, for the simplest of reasons — his spouse, Samantha Nemecek-Belding, had just taken a job as sports performance manager for USA Fencing. Alex, who was living in northern Colorado, was delighted. “I wasn’t that happy with Denver,” he said, “and I...
No matter who’s doing it, no matter how supportive their surroundings, coming out is difficult and scary. It was true for Sophie Thunberg, a Manitou Springs native, which might surprise some, given Manitou’s liberal reputation. But she had help. She found Inside Out Youth Services while looking for resources. “I...
Beka Adair is the associate director at the Quad Innovation Partnership, as well as its director of project operations. She was previously a program manager at the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC. A 2016 graduate of Colorado College, Adair spent her last year in college as president of the Prison Project...
Clay Guillory still has the $400 “monster” that first propelled him into the world of 3D printing. “I wanted to get into make-n-bake 3D print stuff,” he recalls, “but I started with a little kit I found online. It was a terrible kit — kept falling apart — so I...