By Bridgett Harris Annie Snead has always been devoted to the people of Colorado Springs — and the crisis brought by the COVID-19 pandemic has only increased her dedication to the community she loves. As director of marketing and public relations for Pikes Peak United Way, Snead works with dozens of...
By Bridgett Harris Kassidi Gilgenast is passionate about establishing volleyball as the next big sport in the United States. At the beginning of this year, she took on the role of chief marketing officer at USA Volleyball and got to work building out the organization’s marketing team and supporting all areas...
By Bridgett Harris Carrie Clarke stresses innovation, agility and strategic planning in her work with Springs business owners. They’re also tenets the small business consultant and coach abides by in her own career ambitions — which are plentiful. With a background as an attorney and risk advisor, Clarke co-founded Next Level...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...