The Colorado Springs affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness has been a part of the Colorado Springs community for 27 years. Current Executive Director Lori Jarvis has led the organization, which assists the families of those living with mental illness and those with mental illnesses themselves, since 2011. With a full-time staff of […]
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Six years ago, Beth Alessio’s son, then 4 years old, spent two separate occasions in the hospital. The first time was for a dog bite that became infected. “He was bitten on his face and was hospitalized for four days,” Alessio said. “Four months later he contracted E. coli. He was really sick. … That […]
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Michael Thomas is the new superintendent for Colorado Springs School District 11. The job has brought him all the way  from Minnesota to the Front Range, but the road is longer than that. It stretches back 27 years — and it starts with a boy named Reggie. When they met, Thomas was a pre-veterinary medicine […]
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David Hollenbach did his growing up east of the Mississippi River in states including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio, where he graduated from high school. He was then appointed to the Air Force Academy and introduced to Colorado Springs. The former cadet worked several assignments in the space acquisition and space operations fields and eventually […]
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Will Phillips recently put on a seminar for kids who were part of a summer camp that shared a building with Entrepreneur Nation, a nonprofit he founded that focuses on creating entrepreneurs in at-risk and minority communities. “We talked about emerging technologies,” Phillips said from EN’s space on East Moreno Avenue, “[artificial intelligence], autonomous vehicles, […]
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Traci Marques finds herself faced with a paradox. The better the job market, the closer she is to putting herself out of work. And these days, unemployment is near a two-decade low. “When I first started in 2012, the joke was we were going to work ourselves out of a job,” said Marques, executive director […]
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Despite having spent much of his life away from the Centennial State, Pikes Peak Community Foundation CEO Gary Butterworth actually is a Colorado native. “It’s a little-known fact, but I was born in Pueblo,” Butterworth said. The Air Force brat lived in Nebraska and grew up in northern Virginia. His father’s last assignment was at […]
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The operation began with a few volunteers delivering medical care out of a vehicle. Today, under the leadership of CEO Pam McManus, Peak Vista Community Health Centers spans 26 locations serving nine counties. The nonprofit’s mission is to provide health, dental and integrated behavioral care to those with access barriers. McManus began with Peak Vista, […]
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Rainier Ko’s parents gave him three career choices: a doctor, a doctor or a doctor. Somehow, he forged a path in the medical field that’s almost completely his own. He’s one of only seven veterinary neurosurgeons in the world. It’s been a long road — 15 years of post-high-school education in two countries — but […]
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The U.S. Army relies on its officers to act as managers. “As garrison commander, there are a number of challenges you face every day,” said Col. Ronald Fitch Jr. “A lot of them are no different than what a CEO or business owner would encounter, like issues with resources, money and prioritizing things you need […]
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Russ Miller grew up about 45 minutes from one of golf’s most revered sites, Pinehurst Country Club in North Carolina. The Broadmoor hotel’s director of golf embraced the game early and, when playing professionally didn’t work out (“I liked eating three times a day,” Miller said) he pursued a golf management degree at Ferris State […]
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Both service and family are important to Colorado Springs Fire Chief Ted Collas. That’s why it means so much that the 33-year veteran’s son is following in his footsteps. “I got asked when I was interviewing for my job, ‘What’s the greatest contribution that I’ve made to the department?’ I would say, beyond a doubt, it’s […]
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