Erica Oakley-Courage worked in communications with sports teams in Seattle and Chicago before moving to Colorado Springs nearly a decade ago. Since coming to the Pikes Peak region, she’s married, found her dream job with Palmer Land Trust and poured her energy into a long list of volunteer endeavors. “Erica...
For Mundi Ross, it all started with a cookie. She developed Salt + Butter Co. to market locally made gourmet cookies, and then grew her local network into not one, but two jobs. Ross left Leadership Pikes Peak last month to start developing marketing ideas and designing restaurant areas and product...
Rachel Beck, government affairs manager with the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC, is a native of Southern California who moved to Colorado in 1995. She graduated from high school while living in Golden before making her way to Colorado Springs to attend the Beth-El College of Nursing...
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...
Abigail Simpson is a product of Southeast Colorado Springs. The 39-year-old grew up in the Hillside neighborhood and today is branch manager of the Pikes Peak Library District’s Sand Creek and Fountain libraries. She says she’s able to contribute as a professional to the community that raised her, and...
If you want to spend some quality time with Chance Hill, you might have to put your name on a waiting list. The Colorado Springs transplant and newly sworn attorney with Sherman & Howard has become involved in a laundry list of activities since he moved to the city...
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...
Grace Houser is the type of young person the community should do its best to recruit and retain, said Greg Raymond. The regional vice president of Children’s Hospital in Southern Colorado, Raymond nominated Houser, a Colorado Springs pediatric pulmonologist employed by the University of Colorado Denver. “My main driver for nominating...
Continual investment in the environment and people are the keys to  34-year-old Chris Aaby’s success. As executive director of Catamount Institute in Colorado Springs, his passion for the Colorado Springs-based nonprofit is evident. He’s worked for the organization for more than 10 years, serving as marketing director and assistant director...
Ian Lee wanted to do more than just sell gin — he wanted a place that created a special kind of atmosphere. Just a few years later, there’s nearly always a wait to get into Brooklyn’s on Boulder, which acts as the tasting room for Lee Spirits Co. Lee started...
Lindsay Teplesky wants to improve the lives and number of career opportunities available for military spouses in Colorado Springs. As deputy director and program manager at the nonprofit Hiring our Heroes, Teplesky helps transitioning military members find civilian jobs. The 37-year-old also runs a local chapter for the Military Spouse...
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...