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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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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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Manitou Springs may not officially be called “The New Orleans of the West,” but entrepreneur and Louisiana native Josh Stelly said it’s the closest thing he’s found. Raised in Arnaudville, La. (population 4,500 “on a sunny day,” he said), Stelly earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Northwestern State University, lived in the Big […]
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A “healthy” environment is a lot more important than many people think. According to Aubrey Day, healthy environment planner for El Paso County Public Health, a simple difference in ZIP code can result in an additional 16 years of life. A lot of the 36-year-old’s job involves the city’s Southeast side, as residents there struggle […]
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By Erinn Callahan Stephanie Adams’ childhood dreams were made of white walls, empty space and animated discussions about beautiful concepts. Adams’ office at UCCS’ newly christened downtown campus isn’t quite the art gallery she imagined, but it still manages to tick each of those boxes. “In my new role, I have a beautiful space that […]
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Mark Tegtmeier is a Colorado native, originally from the Denver area, who has been on a journey both geographically and entrepreneurially. Tegtmeier’s family moved to San Diego, where he spent his high school years before relocating to Washington State to attend Seattle Pacific University. There he earned an undergraduate degree in Latin-American Studies and traveled […]
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Brittany Barden isn’t your stereotypical coach. The 29-year-old Kansas native and CEO has forgone a whistle and knee-high socks for a keen understanding of how Millennials approach the world of business. Barden earned an online degree in social sciences from Thomas Edison State University, in New Jersey. Her first job out of college was as […]
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Chelise Foster, 32, has made a name for herself through giving back to the community. She originated the Waldo Waldo 5K race.
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The role of a journalist is to tell the stories of one’s community, Abigail Beckman says. “It’s really rewarding and important to me that I help people in my community stay well-informed,” she said. “To be able to provide that service and answer questions about things people might not know or even realize are going […]
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When Maria Bay, a native of Peru, was asked what she wanted on her 15th birthday, a traditional quinceañera celebrating the transition from childhood to womanhood, or a trip to London to study English, Bay chose the latter — and the flame for travel was ignited. “I went with a group of 14, 15 kids […]
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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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Erica Shafer’s always had a fierce work ethic, but she knows sometimes hard work alone just isn’t enough. Shafer, associate director of financial aid at Colorado College, is driven by the example of her great-grandfather, an Italian immigrant who worked the mines in Cañon City, her mother, a teacher, and her father, who was a […]
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