Higher energy prices are just one of the factors likely to make this year’s Christmas spending a little tighter for the average El Paso County resident. For the county’s low-income families, it’ll be tighter still. That’s why Bart Givens and the Pikes Peak Community Action Agency are partnering with the Rock Bottom Foundation to coordinate the Miracle on Tejon Street. The Miracle on Tejon Street will serve a complete Christmas Day meal at Old Chicago to 450 of El Paso County’s low income families. Givens is the executive director of the PPCAA, which helps low-income families with basic needs and attaining self sufficiency.
* Name: Jose Aponte * Organization: Pikes Peak Library District * Position: Executive director * Hometown: New York, N.Y. * How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: A year and a half * Education: Bachelor’s degree in general studies from Bard College; master’s degree in library science from the University of Arizona * A […]
Erica Shafer’s always had a fierce work ethic, but she knows sometimes hard work alone just isn’t enough. Shafer, associate director of financial aid at Colorado College, is driven by the example of her great-grandfather, an Italian immigrant who worked the mines in Cañon City, her mother, a teacher, and her father, who was a […]
* Name: Robert Ginnett * Organization: Center for Creative Leadership * Position: Senior Fellow * Hometown: Camp Springs, Md. * How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: Since March 1980. * Education: Too much. BA, Psychology, University of Maryland; MBA, University of Utah; MA, Organizational Behavior, Yale University; M.Phil. Organizational Behavior, Yale University; Ph.D. […]
Twelve years ago, Holly Kortum was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was working for Kaiser Permanente in Colorado, where she began her career as a pharmacist, for more than a decade and half already. Kortum said that diagnosis provided some clarity as to why she chose a career in health care. “I think you have […]
Although he says he could think of better ways to have fun, fundraising is a big part of Michael Walker’s job. As CEO of The Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region, Walker finds ways to keep the longstanding African American movement going strong. ULPPR’s mission is to promote equal opportunities for African Americans, other minorities and the disadvantaged through education, economic empowerment and advocacy.
Throughout Sarah Martin’s life, she’s done her own thing. She’s spent time in different countries, served coffee at Starbucks and, for a while, worked in the nonprofit sector to eliminate petroleum use in transportation through such initiatives as installing public electric vehicle charging stations in Colorado Springs. At 27, Martin enrolled at UCCS and later […]
Six years ago, Beth Alessio’s son, then 4 years old, spent two separate occasions in the hospital. The first time was for a dog bite that became infected. “He was bitten on his face and was hospitalized for four days,” Alessio said. “Four months later he contracted E. coli. He was really sick. … That […]
Daisy McConnell is the new co-director of the UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art. GOCA is a nonprofit art center and school. It offers visual art exhibitions from emerging and mid-career artists from its two galleries, one downtown at 121 S. Tejon St. and one on the UCCS campus, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway.The downtown gallery opened […]
* Name: Kathleen Vanden Broecke * Organization: Effective Business Solutions * Position: Founder and owner * Hometown: Minneapolis * How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: Eight years * Education: Bachelor of arts in education from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. Sales training from the best, including Tony Robbins, Stephen Covey, Harvey Macay and […]
Jenny Stafford is an East Coast transplant who moved to Colorado Springs to take a chance on her then-boyfriend — who is now her husband of nearly 16 years. Stafford is the philanthropy director for Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation in southern Colorado. Originally from Baltimore, she attended the University of Maryland in College Park, where […]
Jessica Turnwald, who has directed the $30.5 million campaign to finance the Fine Arts Center’s dramatic addition, remembers interviewing for the job with President Michael De Marsche in early 2005. “Mike asked me about my fundraising experience, and of course I had come from the foundation side, so I knew about making grants and writing checks, not the other way around,” she said. “So I started by saying, “Well, I sold Girl Scout cookies!” Turnwald got the job and has succeeded. The campaign has exceeded its initial goal, and, according to Turnwald, is within $1.5 million of meeting its revised target.