Lindsay Teplesky wants to improve the lives and number of career opportunities available for military spouses in Colorado Springs.

As deputy director and program manager at the nonprofit Hiring our Heroes, Teplesky helps transitioning military members find civilian jobs. The 37-year-old also runs a local chapter for the Military Spouse Professional Network, which provides military spouses networking and career development opportunities.

“I think it’s more challenging to be a career-minded military spouse than it is to be a transitioning service member,” Teplesky said. “When you’re a military spouse trying to maintain a career, you’re always worried about moving every two to three years.”

As former Army and National Guard, Teplesky transitioned out of the military in 2010. Since her husband is still active duty Army, she experiences the challenges of a military spouse.

“I realized when I was looking for a job when our family was stationed in Fort Leavenworth, Kan. [in 2013], I was having a hard time,” she said. “I was frustrated, and I realized there’s not a lot [of opportunities] for working military spouses. Most things are geared toward stay-at-home moms.”

A mother of three, Teplesky was already busy when she retired from the military. But she found volunteer work through organizations including Hiring our Heroes and Military Spouse Professional Network while in Kansas. When her husband was stationed at Fort Carson in 2016, the executive director at Hiring our Heroes in Colorado Springs offered Teplesky her current position.

Through her role at the nonprofit and the military spouse chapter, which meets every month and has more than 20 people in attendance, Teplesky uses her social work experience from the Army to better serve veteran and military spouse needs.

In recognition for her work as a volunteer with her husband’s Army unit at Ft. Carson, Teplesky was also nominated for the 2018 Military Spouse of the Year and made it to the top 18 finalists in the nation.

Teplesky said she and her family have enjoyed living in Colorado Springs. Her brothers live in Denver and the family has been able to explore new territory.

“Colorado Springs is on most military people’s bucket lists for a reason,” said Teplesky. “In terms of military assignments, this is one that’s pretty sought after, because Colorado is beautiful and you have easy access to the mountains.”

Despite the beauty in her backyard, Teplesky doesn’t see staying put in her future. After her kids are grown, she said she would like to find a job that requires international travel — with her husband.

— Audrey Jensen

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to keep doing something that I’m passionate about and get paid to do it. As long as I keep on that path, I’ll be pretty happy.