One of Kyle Cunningham’s goals as general manager of 91.5 KRCC is to stay out of the office as much as possible. “I got into this business because I loved the people that were a part of it,” Cunningham said. “I hear from people who say, ‘I literally never turn...
The summer he was 16 years old, Tino Leone attended a weeklong design camp at Kansas State University, Manhattan. That week sparked an interest in architecture and design that turned into a career. Now he’s reached a pinnacle. After 12 years at HB&A Architecture and Planning in Colorado Springs, Leone...
Jody Barker is used to being recognized. After more than 20 years working in the Colorado Springs senior services field, he still answers work-related questions at church or the grocery store. “I really thrive as a resource for people looking for senior services,” Barker said. “Regardless of what I was doing...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...