Rose Durham’s love of helping others started early. When her family emigrated from Norway, she was a young girl, but spoke English well and soon became the spokesperson for her family. “I remember my mother crying and reading the family Bible,” she says. “Looking back, I think what incredible sense...
This year, a record 12,422 students enrolled at UCCS are hoping to earn a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree at the 52-year-old university. In 1976, Susan Szpyrka was just like them — a student working toward a degree. Now she has two from the school and has worked at UCCS...
Two days after Lauren Hug moved to Colorado Springs, she was volunteering at the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center to assist those affected by the Waldo Canyon fire. Hug, who founded the marketing and integrated communications company, HugSpeak, had just moved from Austin, Texas, and was in contract...
Rosenna Bakari moved to Colorado Springs about a year ago, and her work is already making an impact in the community. In 2010, Bakari started Talking Trees in Des Moines, Iowa. The nonprofit organization and website is dedicated to helping and empowering adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and incest. Before...
Patty Erjavec took a “giant, giant leap of faith” to become president of Pueblo Community College — and her impact after eight years in the role has been just as great. “Dr. Erjavec encourages her faculty and staff to be creative, innovative and ambitious,” PCC Dean of Arts and Sciences...
In the 20 years that LexisNexis legal editor Jane Ard-Smith has lived in Colorado Springs, she’s witnessed many changes in the political, environmental and community landscapes. She’s also been a driving force behind some of them. Between serving as board chairwoman at Citizens Project, which is celebrating its 25th year,...
Jennifer Dodd is in the business of influencing the younger generation — whether that’s at work or on her own time. The graduate of Widefield High School finds plenty of ways to give back to the community, and says it feels natural after so many helped her achieve success. For...
Chicago native Lola Woloch doesn’t believe in doing things halfway. She’s all in or not at all — and that philosophy and drive has led the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce to success after success. The CEO of the women’s chamber has a long history of business wins. An...
Empathy comes naturally for Melissa Marts. “In my heart, there’s always been this piece dedicated to educating and empowering people,” she said. Formerly the chief programs officer at Care and Share Food Bank, her last position as executive director at Women’s Resource Agency came about organically. “I met staff from Women’s Resource...