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 spending an immense amount […]
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On-air radio personality Sarada Connors never planned on creating and hosting her own show on AM 740 KVOR, a station that draws about 45,000 listeners a week. But she did. Our Town, broadcast on Saturdays from 3-4 p.m., was developed four years ago after Connors connected with the Colorado Springs community while hosting the Radio […]
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Jacob Cheatham does well in the deep end. Since he was a kid in Barberton, Ohio, Loyal Coffee’s 30-year-old chef has been learning by throwing himself into sink-or-swim situations and rising to the top. His father was a pastor and a steelworker, his mother was a floor manager for Apples Market,...
When Amber Lundy isn’t busy helping manage people’s money, she’s doting on her children — both the two- and four-legged varieties. The 31-year-old is a service center manger for Ent Credit Union, where she’s worked for about nine years. Lundy has a 7-year-old and 2-year-old as well as three Shar-Peis that take up her time. […]
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Craig Mount, owner of the digital marketing firm Classy Brain, never wanted to start his own company. He changed his mind when he recognized a critical need for change in the digital marketing industry. Originally from Rapid City, S.D., the 29-year-old journalism major dropped out of college and moved to Colorado to build a career […]
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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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Harris Kalofonos and the ancient Olympic Games didn’t start too far apart. Kalofonos, 33, was born and raised in Athens, Greece, near Olympia, where the Games originated. He earned an undergraduate degree in physical education from a Greek university, spent a couple of  years in the Greek army’s special forces, interned with the U.S. Olympic […]
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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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Ryan Kelley, 28, is a Colorado Springs native who, upon moving north, never thought he’d return to live in his hometown. But following college at Colorado State University in Fort Collins and a couple years living and working in Denver, Kelley came back and now says he can’t imagine living anywhere else. Kelley works as […]
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Throughout Sarah Martin’s life, she’s done her own thing. She’s spent time in different countries, served coffee at Starbucks and, for a while, worked in the nonprofit sector to eliminate petroleum use in transportation through such initiatives as installing public electric vehicle charging stations in Colorado Springs. At 27, Martin enrolled at UCCS and later […]
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Everybody faces adversity, but it takes a special type of person to use those setbacks to help others. And that’s precisely what locally based author Khadija Grant is doing. The 33-year-old moved to the Colorado Springs area about six years ago when her husband received military relocation orders for Fort Carson. A Cleveland, Ohio, native, […]
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