Meredith Jones and her family had trouble adjusting to life on flat land. Jones, the daughter of an airman, grew up in Colorado Springs, but moved to Illinois as an adult for a career opportunity. Mountain biking turned into street biking. Hiking turned into (very flat) cross-country skiing. The...
Bernadette Maisel is a native of Santiago, Chile, but grew up with her adoptive family on Long Island. Her parents lived in Colorado Springs before Maisel was born 34 years ago, and the onetime New Yorker had the opportunity to visit the Rocky Mountains with them before deciding she wanted...
Palmer High School history and economics teacher Hillary Hienton keeps raising the bar. Having earned degrees in history, curriculum and instruction, Hienton taught history and economics in Colorado Springs high schools for a while, then asked herself: Now what? The answer came in the goal of receiving her national board certification...
Erik Huffman has big plans for the future: creating a cybersecurity academy for middle- and high-school students and shaping a solid foundation for the leadership classes in Handshake Leadership — all while finishing up his doctoral degree from the University of Phoenix. Handshake Leadership is a creation all Huffman’s own,...
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...
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...
Nina Lee views her restaurant 503W as more than just an eatery and craft bar. She sees it as a catalyst for change on Colorado Springs’ near Westside. Lee and her soon-to-be husband Rollie Ortiz opened 503W four years ago at 503 W. Colorado Ave. The building was owned by...
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...
Cory Notestine believes that one person can change the world — through improving the life of a child. Currently a counseling facilitator in Colorado Springs School District 11, Notestine wasn’t sure what he wanted to do immediately after graduating from college with a degree in psychology. He started working at...
Haley Chapin ended up in Colorado because she won a contest — and what was supposed to be a three-month stay ended up being a permanent move. As a sophomore at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., Chapin won a contest to go to Denver for three months to...
Leaving Colorado Springs after high school, Abby Kreuser earned a bachelor of fine arts in fine art photography from Rochester Institute of Technology, and she also studied photography and graphic design at Colorado Mountain College. Returning home in 2003, she started Kreuser Gallery, specializing in black-and-white, color and sepia photographs...
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,...