“What took us so long?” That’s what Nicholas Gledich’s wife of 40 years, Nora, wanted to know when they decided to move to Colorado Springs from Florida nine years ago when Gledich became Colorado Springs School District 11 superintendent. They’d always wanted to come here, and the position sealed the deal. In those nine years, […]
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As a full-time research program manager for Apogee Engineering, Michelle Alvarez-Rea, 35, manages a team of six contractors who support the United States Air Force Academy’s $55 million in government research program efforts. In addition, she works as a photojournalist for the Colorado Air National Guard out of Buckley Air Force Base, traveling nationally and […]
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Not giving it his all has never been an option for Brandon Bornes. Once pursued by the Chicago Bears, he now takes his leave-nothing-on-the-field mentality and channels it into his business, BornesPro Media, where, among his many services, he captures and packages stories and testimonials for his clientele. After college, he worked with The Navigators […]
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Taj Stokes is putting into practice the quote, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” The former pastor of Passion City Church on the Southeast side of Colorado Springs is a keep-it-real, street-level guy who knows people find […]
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Heading up two programs at Leadership Pikes Peak is 29-year-old project manager, Sloan Gonzales. Gonzales is in charge of the Women’s Community Leadership Initiative — a program for women who recently experienced a crisis and/or are going through a transition, and Leadership NOW!, which helps young professionals develop leadership skills and become engaged with the […]
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Kristen Ezakovich has been making sure things go according to plan since she was 11. That’s when she drew up a contract, signed by both her and sister, to split up some of her stepmom’s tabloids. At 35, as the events director at the Ivywild School, she’s no longer divvying up Star Magazine and the […]
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She’s seen a lot in her 32 years. Anna Katherine “AK” Barnett-Hart, an accomplished violinist from Broomfield, went straight from high school to The Juilliard School to study music in New York City. After a year, she decided Harvard University was where she wanted to be instead, and it was there she went on to […]
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The ability to read proficiently greatly enhances life. Gina Solazzi, executive director of the Children’s Literacy Center, understands the importance of reading and has made it her mission to ensure that kids are reading at their proper grade level. Through CLC, children along the Front Range receive free, one-on-one tutoring to help bring them up […]
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He started as a contract compliance manager with the city of Colorado Springs. Now Ryan Trujillo heads up its Office of Innovation and Sustainability, where he’s instrumental in leading one of the city’s innovative new projects — Smart COS — a priority of the mayor, city council and the utilities board. He came to his […]
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Born in Colorado Springs, Terrell Brown’s life hasn’t gone exactly as planned but, in some ways, it’s been better than he expected. While he’s faced some blocked shots, he’s grown from them. Brown’s also brought his passion for volunteering to help better the lives of kids in his old neighborhood in Southeast Colorado Springs. Through […]
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Tammy Donahugh’s done Crankworx, a world-class mountain biking competition. Now she does the books. But whether she’s tackling terrain or managing numbers, she always likes to make sure she’s in control. A California native, she lost the crowds and gained more “terrain” when she moved to Colorado over a decade ago. Now she focuses on […]
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Rachel Ribich, a 2011 graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale (and a Chicago native), has been making waves since arriving in Colorado Springs in 2015. The one-time interior design major is now marketing manager for Colorado Springs’ Nunn Construction, which also has a remote office in Cortez. Ribich, 28, spoke with the Business Journal […]
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