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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
In all areas of Buddy Newton’s life — whether preparing people’s taxes, being a good father or volunteering as a reserve deputy sheriff in El Paso County — the 30-year-old’s main mission is to help others. As a tax manager and certified public accountant at Stockman Kast Ryan + Co,...
Ben Taylor, 33, is a Palmer High School graduate and a native of Colorado Springs. Today he works as provider relations coordinator for Southern Colorado at Centura Health. His supervisor and Rising Stars nominator Mary Coleman, manager of provider relations and legislative advocacy at Centura, said Taylor deserved recognition for...
Here’s advice from a 1960s songwriter’s that Tarah King has never followed: “Slow down, you move too fast…” King, a 2007 graduate of the University of Colorado, is a vice president/financial center manager for UMB Bank and is now responsible for two Colorado Springs branches, which have excelled under her...
In college, Colorado Springs native Corban Stettler was on a career path to become a police investigator. He completed an externship at the Colorado Springs Police Department, worked in the evidence lab and later passed the entrance exam for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. And he walked away from law...
Erin Poovey believes in the city of Colorado Springs so much that she gives part of her business’ profits back to the community. Set up as a social enterprise, Camino Massage Therapy provides a portion — in 2016, it was 20 percent — of its net profits to local charities. “I...
Maintaining a sense of creativity in Colorado Springs is an important part of keeping the arts alive, says Kate Perdoni. As a musician and as a producer at Rocky Mountain PBS, Perdoni is doing her part to create a robust arts community, said Abigail Kreuser, owner of Kreuser Gallery Inc. “She’s...
Every morning, Master Sgt. Darrin Donovan dons the blue beret that designates he’s part of the force that protects Schriever Air Force Base and its entire workforce. Donovan, who’s served in the U.S. Air Force 16 years, works logistics for Security Forces. He’s the man responsible for making sure airmen...