Jordan McHenry, a Colorado native, has returned to Colorado Springs to open a studio for the newly-renamed Dance Alliance of the Pikes Peak Region, after a storied career working with Cirque du Soleil and the Martha Graham Dance Company. 

The YouTube channel for TEDx Talks includes a 16-minute discourse by Dr. Erik Huffman on cybersecurity called “Human Hacking: The Psychology Behind Cybersecurity.” For some, cybersecurity may sound dry or daunting, but Huffman’s talk — posted to YouTube in October 2019 — is more of a storyte…

David Prosper and his wife, Audrey Mabrey Prosper, came to Colorado Springs two years ago from Bradenton, Florida, when she felt a spiritual calling to the city. Prosper said his interest in education always felt akin to pastoring, but not being an ordained minister, he visualized a school a…

Family Care Center is an award-winning, comprehensive behavioral health care facility operating as a one-stop shop for mental health. The center provides a wide range of services under one roof: child therapy, individual and group counseling, medication management, transcranial magnetic stim…

As a young man, Diego Lujan bounced back and forth between the dusty San Luis Valley and the urban neighborhoods of Colorado Springs. The men in his family laid concrete and built roofs. Meanwhile, Lujan “ran the streets,” as he puts it. He had no desire or expectation of one day working lon…

He knew he didn’t want to be a cop and he didn’t want to be a lawyer, but finding an occupation within the criminal justice field has been important to Erick Groskopf since he was in high school. 

Stephany Garza, member engagement manager at the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC, is pretty new to the city — but the 33-year-old is already making a positive impact. Her responsibilities at the chamber include connecting members to business resources and finding ways to engage them with …

When it comes to philanthropy, Jennifer Smith is like the Energizer Bunny — she just keeps  on going. She has worked as the family outreach coordinator for the Colorado International Language Academy for the last five years, and since 2013 she’s served as president of the nonprofit she found…

Ron Sparkman was watching TV in his Myrtle Beach apartment seven years ago when he came across a show he’d never seen before — “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.” It changed his life.

With much of the nation working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, IT firms across the country are facing unprecedented challenges. The surge in traffic might slow other companies, but Amnet is helping more customers than ever — and Jessica Ostley, Amnet’s client account manager, has bee…

A gymnast as a child, Grant Jones visited Colorado Springs frequently to train at the United States Olympic Training Center. As an adult, he found the allure of those five rings and the city he loved as a youngster irresistible. So he moved here to continue to be part of the city’s Olympic t…

As a young woman in Southeast Colorado Springs, Latrina Ollie looked around and saw all the problems many others see when they visit her corner of town: higher rates of crime and poverty than most other parts of the city, a lack of economic development, and too few opportunities for young pe…

If you’ve ever ventured into the artificial caves beneath CityROCK climbing gym or tried a CaveSim mobile cave at a school or science event, you’ve had a glimpse into the mind of inventor, entrepreneur and CaveSim LLC creator and founder Dave Jackson.

When Keeley Griego graduated in 2018 from the women’s and ethnic studies program at UCCS, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. She took a chance and signed up for Leadership Pikes Peak’s LeadershipNow! program.

Before working for Ent Credit Union, Amber Lundy was immersed in an endeavor she’s still passionate about: the care and upbringing of children.

Ashley Cornelius came to Colorado Springs from Flint, Michigan as a 3-year-old. She had been diagnosed with severe, even life-threatening asthma, and her mother decided that moving here might save her daughter’s life. Ashley has survived and thrived, forging an exceptional life and career — …

Alicia Klausmeier is prescient, fortunate or really smart — and maybe all three.  In February 2019 she opened her home-based business, Dream Accounting Solutions. She calls it a “virtual bookkeeping service.” She doesn’t come to your business, sort through your scraps of paper and misfiled b…

Creating a culture of compassion, kindness and connection is the core focus of Alex Baker’s leadership and student engagement philosophy at UCCS. Baker, who serves as the case manager for the Office of the Dean of Students, says he didn’t experience that type of inclusiveness very often grow…

Dr. Jake Cripe, 40, hopped around a bit before landing in Colorado Springs in late 2018. He’d spent some time in Hawaii, where his mom is from, and Louisiana, where his dad is from, but a good chunk of his life played out in Texas.