Sunny Norwood Buck is a CrossFit coach, mother of two and a professional space ninja. While serving on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, Buck worked as a command and control systems engineer and satellite vehicle operator. That experience led Booz Allen Hamilton to hire her for her expertise...
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...
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,...
Mia Ramirez found her calling in Chile. The Colorado Springs native traveled there to work for a nonprofit micro-lending agency between receiving an undergraduate degree in Denver and heading to Boston for graduate school. “We were providing mini loans to alleviate poverty in Chile. When working there I realized I wanted...
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...
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...
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...
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...
As the community organizing manager at The Independence Center, Courtney Stone works in a profession that not only matches her college degree in social work, but feeds her calling to help people who have disabilities. “I’ve been fortunate enough to find a job that fits my passion and my skills,”...
Andrea Dubbert has a rare combination of competencies — she blends the soul of an artist with the mind of a businesswoman to make a palpable impact on the community. Dubbert grew up in the Detroit area and moved to Virginia to attend Roanoke College. After graduating, she attended art...
Eric Pizana is making a difference, both in the community and at Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado, where the 34-year-old has worked as the volunteer services and community outreach director since 2015. He has expanded the volunteer base at Care and Share and implemented a system that...
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...