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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
“I’m a little deaf in one ear,” said Anthony Carlson, 33, as he sat for an interview in a noisy coffee shop. “That’s because I spent 15 years sitting in front of a trumpet section.” Carlson, a clarinet player, graduated in 2008 from Midwestern State University in Texas with a...
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...
One can tell by Eads’ volunteer work that she’s an animal lover. In fact, her personal philosophy perfectly captures that admiration. “Be the person your dog thinks you are,” she said.  When not around her four-legged friends, Eads is audit manager at BKD LLP, where she’s worked since 2011. It’s a...
Show Melissa Howard a challenge, and she’ll dive in head first. “We heard the Carter Payne Chapel might be available ... nobody knew if the tenant was going to stay or not,” she recalls, “so like a crazy person I got in the car and drove to Texas and found...
He learned the lesson early, growing up in a family with a father, grandfather and uncle who served in the military. Following in their footsteps and enlisting in the Army — complete with multiple deployments, a Bronze Star with Valor and a Purple Heart — Garfield Edwards now is...
Colorado Springs native Terrell Brown grew up in the Hillside neighborhood and graduated from Palmer High School. He was a pretty good basketball player, and decided to take his shot at Division I. “I went to three colleges in four years,” he recalled. “Started at South Dakota, then transferred to...
Alex Belding moved to the Pikes Peak region in 2015, for the simplest of reasons — his spouse, Samantha Nemecek-Belding, had just taken a job as sports performance manager for USA Fencing. Alex, who was living in northern Colorado, was delighted. “I wasn’t that happy with Denver,” he said, “and I...