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As an introvert, Chris Jordahl relies on his years of improv training to better communicate with others. He also uses his theater training to help run Black Tie Beverages, the bartending business he co-owns with his wife, Melodie Jordahl. “Running the business and having to be a bartender, it definitely takes me out of my […]
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James Garofalo’s first exposure to counseling was helping fellow soldiers who were returning from a yearlong deployment in Iraq. “My unit had, just by pure randomness, selected me to attend a two-day, very brief, very introductory training course on working with guys who are coming back struggling with substance abuse and/or family issues,” he said. […]
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It often takes lawyers decades to make their mark. At 31, Joel Pratt has already earned a reputation as a skilled attorney and valued member of the legal community. An attorney with Dailey Law PC, he specializes in family law.  He also volunteers extensively with legal organizations and puts in many pro bono hours serving […]
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Ashley Felice fulfilled a dream of becoming a police officer while serving with the Army. “As a little kid, I actually wanted to be a homicide detective,” she said. “And I still have a passion to be a police officer.” Now, married to a Colorado Springs Police detective and the mother of five kids ranging […]
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Cooking began as a family bonding experience for Hannah Cupples, but she knew from an early age that it would one day become her livelihood as well. “I pretty much knew I wanted to cook since I was 4 years old,” said Cupples, now 24 and the chef de cuisine at Four by Brother Luck […]
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The signs were there early. As a kid in small-town Alaska, Katherine Rhoades says, her friends hated playing Barbies with her. “I was just terrible at it,” she recalls. “I would rather sort the clothes than dress the dolls. “My family and friends definitely recognized me as a natural for organizing. Even as a child, […]
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Two worlds collided one day when Tonia Nifong was performing with the Flourish Dance Company in Colorado Springs. On that stage, Nifong took her first step toward her job as communications manager for The Arc of the Pikes Peak Region, which provides a range of services and advocates for people with disabilities and their families. […]
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JonMarc Radspinner never anticipated staying in the Springs — where he moved at age 3 from his native Houston — beyond his 2014 graduation from Colorado Springs Early Colleges. “When I was 18, I wanted to move away because I felt like I was going to stagnate in Colorado Springs,” said Radspinner, the 23-year-old general […]
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Jacy Rittmer grew up on a little farm outside Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and she can see the stark change in farmers’ fortunes. “Our rural economies right now are suffering,” she said. “I drive back and forth from Colorado all the time and that drive takes you through rural Kansas, through rural Nebraska. And the closer […]
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Montana Horsfall moved to Colorado Springs with two suitcases, one guitar, no job and no place to live. It’s not the craziest thing she’s ever done. She’s been an EMT, an office assistant, a veterinary technician, a social work student, a science student, a restaurant manager, and a Nashville stage manager. Now an acclaimed bartender […]
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