Growing up on a farm, Lynette Crow-Iverson went from milking cows in the small town of Eads to moving to Colorado Springs in 1990, where she developed a passion for business and civic engagement, acting on one opportunity after another. After working as a nurse for about six years, Crow-Iverson realized she enjoyed administrative work […]
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As CEO of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, Boyd Williams believes strongly in community and family. After all, he ended up marrying his middle-school sweetheart, Rhonda. A “product of the military,” Williams was born in Salt Lake City and raised in Two Rivers, Wis. He got his start in the Neenah-Menasha YMCA in […]
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Patrick Faricy’s life could have gone in many directions. The Pueblo native was born into a car family — his brothers, father and mother have worked in the industry. Faricy’s sister carved her own path as a teacher and Patrick, who thought he’d one day be a priest, went to seminary school before deciding on […]
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Mark Waller had the odds stacked against him, but has been successful in a military and public service career. Born and raised in a small farming community in rural Illinois, Waller has come quite a long way to become a public servant in Colorado Springs. He became the first person in his family to receive […]
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As a young adult, Lynne VanArsdale began looking at colleges with the intention of becoming a doctor. With parents in health care careers, it seemed a likely progression. But her dad, who foretold of the industry’s future, advised her to take a different course. So VanArsdale pursued a path in data and today is the […]
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When Garrison Ortiz says he had to work to get to where he is today, he isn’t kidding. The Pueblo native and county commissioner was raised by his mother and extended family, and recalls, while campaigning, trying to convince his grandmother to vote for him. “She said it depended on where I stood on the […]
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Luisa Graff was born in Lima, Peru, and escaped to the United States after a political coup there. At 14, when she landed in Colorado Springs, it took her only a few months to get a job. Ed Megel had been selling Graff’s family’s emeralds at his jewelry store here, and with determination, she began […]
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Memorial Hospital’s north and central campuses started the new year with a new chief executive officer. Joel Yuhas, 46, began leading the system Jan. 9, taking over from George Hayes, who stepped down in November. Yuhas brings with him 20 years of health care leadership experience, most recently as president and CEO of Dignity Health’s […]
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When Dave Somers moved to Colorado for college in 1980, there was no such thing as a degree program in nonprofit management. Instead, Somers studied journalism and public relations during his time at Colorado State University in Fort Collins and was launched on a circuitous path toward leadership in the Colorado Springs nonprofit sector. After […]
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Not intentionally, Frank Caris stands out. His 6-foot-7-inch frame will dominate, his native-Dutch accent will intrigue, while his humor will create laughs. Ask him a question about dpiX, where he started as interim president and CEO eight years ago and he’ll joke, “I must have done something wrong, because I’m still here.” Then, he gets […]
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Larry Yonker, CEO and president of Springs Rescue Mission, is a Colorado native. Born in Fort Collins, Yonker attended college in Pueblo, where he played football. His wife, Kim, is from the Steel City. The two moved to Colorado Springs in 1977 where Yonker worked in computer sales before answering a higher calling. The man […]
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Keith Barnes, the first-ever executive director of diversity, equity and inclusion at Pikes Peak Community College, has been in Colorado for all of three weeks. The Chicago native worked in Illinois to make his state a more accepting and empathetic place, and is bringing that experience to the community college, where he spoke with the […]
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