After growing up in Colorado Springs and graduating from Palmer High School in 2009, Jacob Eichengreen, executive director of the QUAD Innovation Partnership, decided to pursue higher education away from home. So the 27-year-old obtained his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. From there, Eichengreen went to work for Tony Hsieh, CEO of online […]
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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 change on campus comes […]
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Entrepreneurship has been ingrained in Timothy Zercher’s psyche from a young age. While watching multiple people in his family build their own businesses — including his father and two sisters — Zercher always knew he would one day do the same. In May 2016, Zercher graduated from Colorado State University-Pueblo with his master’s degree in […]
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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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Brett Garman’s story of coming to work for UCCS is similar to those of many of the university’s employees. They went to college there and, “just fell in love with the school,” the Pagosa Springs native said. “The staff, the students, the campus — what isn’t there to love about UCCS?” Garman moved to Colorado […]
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Aubrey McCoy is a native of Colorado’s neighbor to the north. Born and raised in Laramie, Wyo., McCoy met her future husband Brandon, a Colorado Springs native, while attending the University of Wyoming where she earned her degree in business marketing. The couple, who have since added 2-year-old daughter Maggie to the mix, moved to […]
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When Sonia Ruelas joined the Peak Education scholarship program in middle school, it changed her life forever. The program gave her the resources and inspiration to become the first in her family to graduate from college. Program mentors and resources led the California native to participate in clubs and sports at Harrison High School. She […]
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Though she considered moving away after college, Colorado Springs native Cynthia Parr couldn’t help but to take advantage of the opportunities she saw in her hometown. Parr, 35, works as the product management coordinator at elope inc., a wholesale costume accessory manufacturer based in Colorado Springs. She is also the co-founder of Dragon Theatre Productions, […]
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Jenny Stafford is an East Coast transplant who moved to Colorado Springs to take a chance on her then-boyfriend — who is now her husband of nearly 16 years. Stafford is the philanthropy director for Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation in southern Colorado. Originally from Baltimore, she attended the University of Maryland in College Park, where […]
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One common theme in Spencer Boyles’ short restaurant career has been his uncanny ability to set up shop near bodies of water — the majesty of Prince William Sound outside Alyeska Resort in Alaska, the awe-inspiring Puget Sound off Seattle’s shore and now the iconic Palmer Lake in northern El Paso County. Boyles, 29, and […]
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For Colorado Springs native Ashley Schuermann, Colorado Springs is home — and she’s never strayed far away. Born and raised in the Pikes Peak region, she attended Cheyenne Mountain High School before leaving for the University of Colorado Boulder, where she earned her undergraduate degree. She immediately moved back to the Springs and enrolled at […]
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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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