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Sharie Dodge is serious about throwing herself into the great outdoors, whether it’s for her work, her weekends or her wedding. As office manager for the nonprofit Trails & Open Space Coalition, she’s immersed in a range of environmental advocacy efforts, from trail preservation to “green” races to encouraging Coloradans to visit more parks. Outside […]
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For Colorado College Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Rebecca Barnes, science is much more than just an occupation — it’s a lifelong passion she first developed when she was just 8 years old. Barnes is a biogeochemist and ecosystem ecologist with a bachelor’s degree in geology from Oberlin College, master’s degrees in environmental science and […]
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Volunteering runs in Britt Kwan’s family. Coming from a Christian background, she was exposed early on to volunteering through her church, and she’s known since she was a teenager that she would pursue a career in the nonprofit world. As executive director of The Justice Center, she pairs low- and moderate-income people with pro bono […]
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Somehow, Mike Juran knew he would start his own company one day. “I always had that deep in the back of my mind, even if I didn’t admit it,” Juran said. “I didn’t know how or when.” “When” turned out to be 1991. Juran, then an engineer at Hewlett-Packard, was working on test and measurement […]
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In May 2012, Aikta Marcoulier applied for the executive director position at the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center at midnight — “I totally remember that” — and before she knew it, the job was hers. Eight years later, the Iowa native has become one of the most recognizable faces in the region’s business community, […]
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Like many college students, Jamie Bequette wasn’t quite sure where she wanted her career path to take her. “I knew that I wanted to work with people and be outside,” the 35-year-old Missouri native said. Bequette ultimately earned her bachelor’s degree in parks, recreation and tourism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and eventually landed in […]
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Colorado has a shining reputation when it comes to election security, but given recent headlines regarding a malfunctioning app that delayed the results of the Democratic caucuses in Iowa — and of course, the specter of foreign interference in presidential elections — voters justifiably want assurance that votes cast in this year’s three major elections […]
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Dynelle Abeyta is a bit of a rarity in Pueblo — she’s a young and skilled professional who has chosen to live and work in the town in which she was born and raised. The 28-year-old communications coordinator for the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce is bucking the trend of the city’s brightest permanently taking […]
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Manitou Springs Mayor John Graham knows no matter how much you love your garden, it’s only going to survive and thrive if you tend to it. That’s what the former software engineer and longtime newspaper publisher wants to do during his two-year term at City Hall — and he knows it’ll take a community-wide effort […]
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Amber Ljunggren-Chapman first ventured beyond her comfort zone in 2000, when her family moved to Colorado Springs from Pueblo of Laguna, a federally recognized Native American reservation near Albuquerque, New Mexico. “Coming from a place that I knew everybody, I grew up with everybody, I’d had the same friends since I was in kindergarten — […]
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When David Prosper was a public school student in Florida, he often felt lost and out of place. The traditional educational model — where teachers lecture students who must later recall information during standardized tests — didn’t seem to work for him. After graduating from high school in Fort Lauderdale, Prosper attended St. Norbert College […]
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Catherine Hagenbush has built her entire career around food and nonprofits. As an undergraduate student at Hope College in her native Michigan, she interned at a small organic farm, the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, and the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute. “Food is kind of my thing, so I always knew I wanted to be […]
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