Kathryn Young, Colorado Springs’ longtime city clerk, is weathering an unusually contentious campaign season. The Business Journal asked for her thoughts. How long have you been city clerk? How has the job changed since you’ve been there? I was appointed city clerk in May 1994. The duties of the job have...
After serving more than 10 years in the Navy, 28 in the insurance industry and now as board chairman of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance — Matt Coleman is not one to sit back and watch the world go by. “It’s almost impossible for me to not be involved...
By Bridgett Harris Helping others has always been a powerful motivator for Adah Rodriguez — and that drive has led her to mission-based nonprofits. A Colorado native, Rodriguez grew up in the small town of Gardner, between the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Wet Mountains. She says the strong sense...
Corinne LaValley learned to live life while assisting patients during their final moments. “As a young person caring for people who were dying all of the time — it really made me realize how fragile life is,” she said. The 36-year-old nurse believes happiness comes from not wasting a moment and...
ITT Mission Systems, located in Colorado Springs, provides technological services to the military in Iraq and Afghanistan, so it seems fitting that a retired Army general who served in Iraq lead the company’s efforts in the Springs. Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Kenneth Hunzeker worked in both infantry and armored positions in...
Colorado Springs native Gentle Fritz, co-owner of downtown bar/event venue Zodiac, has taken an interesting path to business ownership. She attended Palmer High School, then worked as an exotic dancer, used car salesperson and bartender before partnering with Christina Stone to open Zodiac in 2011. Since then, Zodiac has become...
Mara Purl is a teacher, author and actor who has made Colorado Springs her home during the past 12 years. She is part of a small, independent publishing company, Haven Books, which has four writers and describes itself as an “artists’ collective, a consortium of creative experts.”
Shawna Kemppainen looks forward every day to get to work. That’s because each day is an opportunity to help a youth who is experiencing homelessness in Colorado Springs. Originally from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Kemppainen describes herself as a yooper, for the U.P.), she spent 16 years in Arizona before...
Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado is a nonprofit that distributes 11 million pounds of food annually to more than 400 agencies in 31 counties. Numerous organizations and thousands of people depend on it. The organization found itself in troubled waters last year, firing its executive director, who...
Zuleika Johnson grew up in the Bronx, the daughter of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, and the first generation in her family to go to a university. Today, as assistant director of development at UCCS, she’s helping to build the scholarships and support that help countless students swap struggle...
Colorado Springs filmmaker Pete Schuermann, 50, began making movies with the Star Trek parody Hick Trek: The Moovie, produced in 1999. He settled in Colorado Springs in the late 1980s and has been here ever since. He owns and operates Schuermann Collective, a video production company. He directed the award-winning...
Ian Johnson is a broad thinker with broad experience. As the sustainability director at Colorado College, he said he’s taken a sociological approach — giving students the information and tools, while letting them identify what’s important and needed on campus and in Colorado Springs. “Most of the change and drive for...