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Colorado Springs
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Beth Roalstad, executive director, Women’s Resource Agency Beth Roalstad admits she can be a tough opponent when it comes to debating issues she’s passionate about. That’s because she got many early lessons in debate around the kitchen table while growing up. “My parents and I have always been on opposite sides...
Lynnette Collins, Fourth Judicial District Court When a friend, coworker or even a stranger approaches Lynette Collins and asks for her advice on escaping domestic violence, she won’t get easy answers. Collins, clerk of court for the El Paso Combined Courts, knows from bitter personal experience how difficult it can...
For Cindy Aubrey, love of community dovetails with her professional life. As former news director for KOAA Channel 5 and former chief of communications for the city, Aubrey is focused on improving the region where she grew up. “She bleeds Colorado Springs,” said Stephannie Finley Fortune, executive director of university advocacy...
Judy Kaltenbacher, Stockman Kast Ryan + Co. Early on in her career, Judy Kaltenbacher was told a part-time accountant could never become a partner in a firm. But with a growing family, she was determined to have a balance between her work and home life, and still move up the...
Gisela Shanahan, Colorado Springs Airport For the first two phases of her life, Gisela (GEESE-sa-la) Shanahan got to know military bases very well. She grew up as a military brat, moving 10 times as her career Army father put in his 30 years of service. Then she jumped bases 10...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tQEg4kGJis Aikta Marcoulier’s introduction to the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center was literally a trial by fire. She’d barely started in the new role as executive director when the Waldo Canyon fire broke out in June 2012. Another fire and several floods later, Marcoulier has developed an active disaster response...
Susan Edmondson, executive director, The Bee Vradenburg Foundation Susan Edmondson appears to have a dream job: She manages a foundation that gives money to arts organizations. But there’s a downside. Today, the need is so great within the arts community that selecting organizations to support has become increasingly difficult. “There are...
Jere Martin, co-founder Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival Jere Martin doesn’t live in Colorado Springs anymore, but her influence remains. She co-founded the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival in Colorado Springs nearly 22 years ago, and even though she moved to Santa Fe, N.M., four years ago with her husband, attorney...
Luisa Graff, Luisa Graff Jewelers When asked how Luisa Graff chose the jewelry business, she replied, “I didn’t chose the jewelry business, it chose me!” Gems, minerals, and precious metals have been a part of her life from the very beginning. Born to a Peruvian mother and American father, Luisa’s early...
Regina Walter, 4th Judicial District Judge Regina Walter’s fervor for justice is shaping the way people are treated when they and their families come into the region’s court system. “I am absolutely passionate about issues involving fairness and equitable treatment,” she says. She has harnessed that passion into creating concrete programs...
Col. Nina Armagno, group commander, Peterson AFB Sometimes falling short of a goal can end up being the best thing for a person. Col. Nina Armagno wanted to be an astronaut, which is why she went to the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1988. But she ended up as commander of...
Robin Roberts, Pikes Peak National Bank A community’s small businesses represent a key piece of its economic foundation. That’s why Robin Roberts devotes so much of her time to stewarding the health of Colorado Springs’ small businesses. And she believes those small economic drivers need support like never before. “People say the...