What do you do with a master’s degree in international political economy of resources from the Colorado School of Mines? Go golfing, of course. That’s a simplified version of 26-year-old Mattie Albert’s professional path. After a short stint behind the scenes in politics, Albert decided her time might be better spent transforming kids, 18 holes […]
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A “quarter-life crisis” led to Hannah Van Nimwegen’s move to Colorado Springs, and her newfound love of living and working along the Front Range has affirmed her decision to leave the Arizona desert behind. Originally from Phoenix, Van Nimwegen, 25, entered the workforce as a contract planner for the city of Chandler after graduating with a […]
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Austin Shepard was in his home state of Florida 12 years ago, playing in just another children’s baseball game, when a throw from the outfield struck him in the head. It was 5 p.m. and his mother Shelly immediately pulled him from the game and took him home. Shortly after, Austin started vomiting. Shelly rushed […]
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Colorado Springs native Taylor Donner sees his passion for beer as an extension of his longtime love for food. Donner pursued his first love to Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts and later found himself working in the Vancouver beer industry. After that, he was sold. He passed the Certified Cicerone Exam in April — an […]
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Mary Coleman graduated in 2000 from Harrison High School — and hasn’t slowed down since. Starting as an administrative assistant at Memorial Hospital, she’s now the manager of network provider relations for Colorado Health Neighborhoods (CHN) at Centura Health. In this role, she manages provider relations strategy across Colorado for the largest integrated physician network […]
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For the son of a summer camp director, the value of healthy living and outdoor experiences was never lost on Andrew VanDerWege. The Colorado Springs native went to camp each summer until leaving to attend University of Colorado at Boulder, where he graduated in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies. After more than […]
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Jonathon Bell, 25, is the CEO of Colorado Springs-based Rainmaker, “the world’s most powerful fundraising automation software.” Bell’s company creates opportunities for organizations to attract and engage donors and supporters online more efficiently. The Arkansas native began his company in October 2014 and his client base has climbed more than five times over. Bell spoke […]
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Ian Lee experienced living and working in each region of the country before he discovered his true calling as an entrepreneur in his hometown of Colorado Springs. Lee, 30, grew up in the Springs before he attended school in Nebraska and Arkansas, and then worked in Los Angeles and New York. Finally, he returned home […]
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Colorado Springs is Jenna Celmer’s first experience living in the United States. When she moved here with her husband, she enrolled in UCCS and then was hired as director of operations and marketing for the Catalyst Campus School of Technology and Innovation, an O’Neil Group company. She brings her international experiences to the position, which […]
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Lyndzi Barnes says she didn’t have the easiest childhood, but she always had dance. At 7, the Colorado Springs native discovered her passion for the art and soon began attending Danceworks of Colorado Springs, where she later became a teacher and apprentice. In 2009, she furthered her passion by buying the business with her grandmother’s […]
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Four days after graduation, Samantha Gunther landed a job with Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma. She served first as an assistant and worked her way up to legislative correspondent. After moving to Colorado Springs, the Pennsylvania native and graduate of Mount St. Mary’s became assistant to Council, putting her education and federal experience to work […]
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Rachel Chaparro, 35, has always had an interest in helping others. That drive led her down a path focused on molding public policy and creating a better place for some of the country’s most underserved demographics. Beginning last summer, Chaparro accepted a position with CALIBRE Systems as a consultant with  the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative, […]
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