Longtime Colorado Springs resident Whitley Crow graduated from Pine Creek in 2007 and from Montana State University four years later. Happily for Colorado Springs, she deserted Big Sky Country after a brief stint as a bank teller and returned home. By 2016, she had a three-pronged job as research...
Stockman Kast Ryan’s Marjorie Noleen is known not only for her professional strengths, but also for her personal stamina. Five years ago, Noleen discovered she had BRCA2, a common type of inherited breast cancer gene. The 39-year-old and mother of two said it was a life-altering experience that changed her mind,...
Sally Roberts knows first-hand that sports can be a powerful positive force. “I was a terrific failure,” Roberts said. “Growing up, I was in and out of challenging circumstances. I got arrested so often that the detention officer said, ‘Find something to do or you’re going to jail.’” Her saving grace...
Cycely McMillan is so well known, six people from different industries nominated her for the Rising Stars award. Rita Short has known McMillan more than 15 years, having supervised her work at a small business in Texas, McMillan’s home state. “She really does give 100 percent,” Short said. “She’s very outgoing,...
Although Sloan Gonzales was born in Texas, she doesn’t hesitate for a moment to call Colorado Springs home. The Doherty High School graduate moved here at age 6, and went on to complete both her undergraduate (sociology) and master’s (communication) degrees from UCCS. Today, Gonzales, 29, is employed by Leadership Pikes...
At 28, Grace Harrison might be the youngest CEO in Colorado Springs — and there’s no doubt she’s one of the most energetic. The Eaton, Colo., native started working as a teenager for the Keirnes Companies, a family-owned real estate development and management company — and she never looked back. “We...
Work and family life can be a challenging balancing act for many, but Deborah Helton makes it look like a breeze. For the last 13 years, Helton has been the director of Physician Group Services at BiggsKofford CPAs. Before the age of 30, Helton became the youngest partner at the...
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...
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,...
Lana Rodriguez didn’t become one of the best Realtors in Colorado Springs by paying for sources or leaning on gimmicky sales tactics. She was rated the seventh-best Realtor in the city in 2018 on referrals alone using the strength of a simple secret. “You work for people, you follow up...
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...
Mark Perrault’s interest in finance predates his high school diploma. He bought stock in the multinational technology corporation Intel in 2001 — his senior year. “I remember the whole excitement of following a company,” Perrault said. “I always had an appreciation for the stock market and investing.” Perrault’s early business savvy...