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Ben Gallegos-Pardo has experienced the stereotyping that, as coordinator of diversity, equity and inclusion at Pikes Peak Community College, he’s seeking to overcome. “Yes, there’s been people that have heard me speak Spanish with family members in the store, and immediately have said, ‘Go back to your country,’” he said. But Gallegos-Pardo was born in […]
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Chelsy Offutt has found her ideal job, marketing the town she’s lived in all her life. As director of communications for Visit Colorado Springs, she’s been touting the virtues of the Pikes Peak region for the past 11 years. Offutt has deep roots in Colorado Springs. Her paternal grandfather moved his family here after getting […]
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Mary Coleman’s passion lies at the crossroads of health care and education. “I really believe that when you combine health care and education, you can change the world,” Coleman said. Coleman has worked at Centura Health for seven years, most recently as director of philanthropy. In November, she was elected director of the Colorado Springs […]
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Alex Turner faced a career crossroads: athletic training, or beer. It’s three years since she chose beer, and Turner, 28, is now part of the small-but-growing cadre of women brewers in the United States. Three weeks into her new role as assistant brewer for Phantom Canyon Brewing Company, she talked with the Business Journal about […]
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Pam Johnson-Carlson has helped designed the ground floor of nationally ranked pediatric facilities, making decisions on everything from plumbing to door placement. However, those aren’t the experiences she recounts when reflecting on her nursing career. “I took care of a child that was 5 years old and he was really sick and he made it,” […]
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Jeni Kemper hoped dance would take her all over the world — and it did. After earning her bachelor’s degree in dance from the University of Arizona, Kemper landed a job performing with the Royal Caribbean cruise line, dancing in exotic locales such as Jamaica and the Bahamas. “And then after two years, I decided that […]
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When Michelle Farrell’s mother enrolled her in gymnastics, she was just hoping that her spirited 5-year-old daughter would sleep through the night. By 13, Farrell was competing at the elite level. At 15, she won a silver medal in the 1984 Olympic Games — held in her hometown of Los Angeles — which set in […]
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Janna Hoiberg’s path has led her from a plan to be a law enforcement officer to a successful career as a business coach, writer and speaker. She specializes in working with family businesses and is the author of two books: “The Family Business: How to Be in Business with People You Love — Without Hating Them” […]
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Like many others, Sami Meyer came to Colorado Springs for sports, but stayed for the people. “You really do get to meet people so quickly here, and the people are genuinely looking to help others succeed,” Meyer said. “I’ve had so many amazing mentors in Colorado Springs.” Meyer, 24, moved from her native California to […]
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Something clicked in young Tarikh Brown’s brain when he opened his first “Luke Cage” comic book, a gift from his aunt. Cage’s initial appearance in 1972’s “Hero for Hire” marked the first black superhero to feature as the protagonist and title character of a comic book. When Brown opened that comic more than a decade […]
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From the time he was about 6 years old, Colorado Springs military and community advocate Terrance McWilliams knew he wanted to spend his life serving his country. And despite retiring in 2007 from a 31-year career in the Army that saw him ascend to the rank of Command Sergeant Major at Fort Carson, McWilliams continues […]
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Statewide nonprofit Mental Health Colorado’s leadership has shuffled around a bit in the past year, but its mission remains the same: “promoting mental health, ending stigma, and ensuring equitable access to mental health and substance use services.” The shake-ups started when former CEO Andrew Romanoff resigned from his role at Mental Health Colorado early this […]
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