By Bridgett Harris If you ask veteran, entrepreneur and community advocate James Flowers about his greatest achievement to date, he won’t pick a moment from his long military career, nor any awards for his work in the community. While he is certainly proud of those accomplishments, he says his biggest...
In her early 20s, Esohe Igbinedion got her first taste of the legal system while trying to fight a simple traffic ticket. She remembers the experience was frustrating and nerve-racking and intimidating all at once. “It was really an anxiety-filled situation until I got this attorney that made me feel safe,...
By Bridgett Harris When Candace Woods first came to Colorado Springs at 19, it wasn’t to stick around. She moved here in 2004 to join an international nonprofit organization that focused on relief, youth services and development — in countries all over the world.  Woods spent five years working in countries...
Dr. Phoebe Lostroh has been in the thick of the battle against COVID-19 since it first reared its head in El Paso County. A microbiologist, Lostroh has authored a textbook on virology and was a member of the local bridge club where the disease broke out in March. Although she was...
By Griffin Swartzell Molly McClure took up the family trade. She’s a painter, just like her dad, Riley, and she’s always had a love of portraiture.  Locals may have seen some of the portraits she’s shown in various exhibitions since she became a full-time artist in 2016. But more recently, she’s...
By Griffin Swartzell People always think Keyshon Cooks is older than he is — but the new community coordinator for the Colorado Springs Council of Neighbors and Organizations is only 23.  Cooks is a native of Colorado Springs’ Southeast. He graduated from Colorado State University in 2019 with a bachelor’s in...
By Griffin Swartzell Elizabeth Sottile, manager of member services and events for USA Karate, isn’t a martial arts practitioner. Her background is in sports medicine — she earned her bachelor’s of science degree in sports medicine from Springfield College in Massachusetts — but during her senior year, she realized she wasn’t...
By Bridgett Harris UCCS philosophy professor Mary Ann Cutter was honored last month for her work advancing women in academia, and for her teaching and scholarly contributions. Winning the 2019-20 Elizabeth D. Gee Memorial Lectureship Award is another highlight in her distinguished career as an educator. Cutter earned a Ph.D. in...
By Griffin Swartzell Vanessa Harmoush was bitten by the journalism bug early on, and it gave her a taste for making a difference. The Colorado native worked on school newspapers in middle and high school, and studied journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She started her professional career...
By Bridgett Harris Amber Ptak is the new CEO for Community Health Partners in Colorado Springs — and her appointment is a new milestone in a career devoted to advancing public health. Ptak grew up just outside of Detroit, and after graduating from high school in 1993, she moved to Kalamazoo...
By Griffin Swartzell Commercial real estate wasn’t in Tyson Liese’s plans. After this Highlands Ranch native earned dual bachelor’s degrees in business communication and philosophy from UCCS, he aimed to attend graduate school and study law or public policy. But when he looked at the numbers, his plans changed. “Looking at...
By Bridgett Harris Helping others has always been a powerful motivator for Adah Rodriguez — and that drive has led her to mission-based nonprofits. A Colorado native, Rodriguez grew up in the small town of Gardner, between the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Wet Mountains. She says the strong sense...