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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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Interior designer Courtney Sikora was absolutely determined not to become an interior designer. “I grew up in a design-build firm — my mom’s an interior designer, my dad’s a general contractor — so it was always just a part of my life,” she said. “As a kid, I wanted absolutely nothing to do with it. […]
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Aidan Ryan’s career path has taken some interesting twists. One: She took a job as a sales rep with an adventure travel company in New Zealand after discovering she’d already been the “face of the company” for a year and a half. Another: She was just four months into her role as marketing and communications […]
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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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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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What started as a project at Zac Chapman’s alma matter, Colorado College, is now a small (but growing) movement to create equity in the city’s food system. Originally from Scotch Plains, N.J., “your standard suburb,” Chapman is the executive director of the nonprofit Colorado Springs Food Rescue. The philosophy major moved to Colorado Springs in […]
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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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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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Fields dreams big

Niki Fields was 25 when she and husband Travis launched FH Beerworks, and 30 when they opened their new Eastside expansion three weeks ago — and she’s not one to let obstacles win. When the couple fronted the Downtown Review Board for approval of their downtown brewery, then known as Fieldhouse Brewing, Niki was nine […]
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Chris Hoppe can tell you about all the times his recovery didn’t work — and why. “I struggled with alcohol and drugs my entire life, from early on in middle school, high school, all the way through,” he recalls. “I never used drugs and alcohol normally, if that makes sense. It was never like, ‘Oh, […]
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Patrick Alldredge still has about a year left at UCCS, but already he’s helping families plan and save for their children’s college education. At 21, he’s balancing a full-time course load with his position as college financial representative at Northwestern Mutual. “Parents saving for their kids to go to college is a big thing — […]
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Robert Houston II, aka Black Pegasus, achieved success as a rapper when he was still in his teens. By age 23, after placing second in a rap battle in Cincinnati, he had forged a solid national presence in the hip-hop world. Today, at 38, he still performs, but he also is an entrepreneur who owns […]
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