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...
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...
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...
Eric Liebold has been golf pro at The Broadmoor, a co-founder of an innovative local charity funding group, the creator of at least two successful startup businesses and currently is the COO of a long-established legacy company in Colorado Springs. That’s the kind of varied and impressive resumé that any...
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...
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...
Brittney Stroh, a graduate of Fountain Valley School and Colorado College, joined Atlas Preparatory School in 2012 as director of community programs after working two years as an El Pomar fellow. Four years later, she’s now the school’s executive director and COO, responsible for finance, facilities, fundraising and administration. She...
Charlie Dunn is an impressive figure in the community, especially given his age. In fewer than eight years working for Northwestern Mutual in Colorado Springs, he has become a successful wealth management adviser with an independent practice; he has a family, a love for cycling and a penchant for community...
Forrest Senti always planned to forge a career in marketing. He majored in marketing and minored in entrepreneurship while at UCCS, but once he graduated, he discovered even greater passions for social impact businesses and working with startups. In his developing career, he’s managed to combine all three. “Everywhere I’ve...
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...
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,...
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,...