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Gundega Stevens has a passion for contemporary abstracts, and a gallery on South Eighth Street, and a knack for helping people feel at home with art. “People get nervous about artwork if they don’t know anything about art,” she says, “and I tell them — it’s like the wine world too, you know — it’s […]
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One of Kevin Laudner’s priorities as the new dean of the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at UCCS is to honor the school’s long tradition of providing health care practitioners to the community. The school dates to 1904, when it was founded to train nurses who ministered to […]
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Despite having called Colorado Springs home for just 3½ years, Daniel Sexton has been at the forefront of both preserving the city’s past and shaping its future. Sexton, a principal planner with the city of Colorado Springs, served as project manager for HistoricCOS, an update to the city’s original historic planning preservation plan created in […]
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College opened up a previously inaccessible world for Megan Bell. Now, she has made a career of bringing that access to students much like herself. “I just love the college experience and making it possible for students to go to college and be successful here,” said Bell, who is UCCS’ executive director of community learning […]
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As the new Southeast Region manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Brett Ackerman’s love of the outdoors is a foregone conclusion. But only a brief conversation is required to realize that he may love people even more. “Nothing is harder for me than when somebody feels frustrated because of exclusion,” Ackerman said. “I think it’s […]
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Assuming the role of interim chief operating officer at the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame felt more organic than Peter Maiurro expected. “I never anticipated this, but when I think about it, it’s actually a very good convergence of interests of mine,” Maiurro said. “I love history and storytelling; I’ve always loved the […]
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Heather Steinman doesn’t set unattainable goals. She’s simply trying to change the world every day. “That’s all,” Steinman said with a laugh. As the Colorado Springs Conservatory’s chief operating officer, Steinman is well-positioned to do exactly that. The Aurora native brings a wealth of experience from her previous career with the YMCA, for which she […]
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Chef José Mota brings a love of seafood and dedication to customer service to his catering business, Mota’s Best. Of course, the Mexico native creates gourmet Hispanic dishes, but he also loves French cooking. Although he has no culinary school training, he learned by working with some of the most skillful U.S. and international chefs. […]
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Stuart Coppedge wanted a career that would allow him to simultaneously nurture the technical and creative sides of his brain. He “happily” ended up in architecture. “I actually started out wanting to be a marine biologist and then shifted to chemical engineering,” said Coppedge, one of five principal owners of RTA Architects in Colorado Springs. […]
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When Jon Severson’s mother gifted him with a copy of “The Bug Club,” the then 9-year-old immediately took to the streets of his Winona, Minn., neighborhood in search of fellow bug collectors. “I went door to door with a notepad getting everybody’s phone number and asking if there were any kids who’d like to join […]
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For those who have lived in southern Colorado for some time, Jay Cimino is a familiar face. He is recognizable not only for his appearances in local Phil Long auto dealership television commercials, but for his multiple other businesses and tremendous community involvement as well. Cimino is a Colorado native, hailing from Trinidad. He’s a […]
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For Spark Mindset CEO Lawrence Wagner, 2019 is a big year. He just spent three months running Spark Mindset’s first pilot program with high school students in New Orleans, La. — and this week he’s back in the Springs to get started with Exponential Impact’s 14-week accelerator program. Spark Mindset is one of seven startups in […]
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