The Space Foundation is set for a $1.5 million shot in the arm via a grant from the Department of Defense’s National Defense Education Program, to expand its Junior Space Entrepreneurship program. The grant was announced Oct. 20.

From the burnished repurposed wood walls to the state-of-the-art goldsmithing equipment in a back room, Lance Dunlap has crafted Kind Find Jewelry and Piercing Boutique into a reflection of his own meticulous attention to detail. 

When Alexis Knox-Miller was appointed Colorado Springs School District 11’s first director of equity and inclusion in July 2020, she knew she’d be breaking new ground: D11 is the first district in the region to have an equity policy.

Megan Leatham is the new president and CEO at Colorado Springs Sports Corporation — a sprawling role that oversees the Rocky Mountain State Games, The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb, Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack, Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off, and the Colorado Springs Sports Hal…

When he accepted the position of chief operating officer at Colorado Springs Conservatory in July of 2020, Scott Marble never imagined he’d be stepping into the acting CEO position a year later.

Ellen Kerchner’s parents were botanists who spent summer vacations exploring the western United States and teaching their daughter about wildlife, nature and the outdoors. Those road trips led Kerchner, owner and farmer at Ellen’s Flowers, to her life’s work.

Hurricane Katrina hit two months after Alana Lipscomb graduated high school, right as she was getting ready to start college in Mississippi. It changed her perspective on everything.

Lauren Reece has found her niche as marketing director for Axe and the Oak Distillery, but it’s not that long since she had her heart set on a career in medicine.

When he’s explaining oral immunotherapy, Dr. Daniel Soteres will quote lines from The Princess Bride. It’s the part where the Man in Black wins a battle of wits against the Sicilian, over goblets laced with iocane powder. “They were both poisoned,” the Man in Black says afterwards. “I’ve spe…

Brittany Nunez Olvera was still in high school when she went on her first humanitarian mission — an early sign of her drive to help people. 

Phonephet Southichack is the head sushi chef at B&R Sushi, the new extension of Bonny and Read Seafood. B&R Sushi opened July 1 in a prime spot at the corner of North Tejon and East Kiowa streets and — along with Westside Cantina — is one of the latest ventures by Colorado Springs re…

Lesa Brown was born in Aurora, grew up in Kansas City, and has lived, worked and studied in the safari capital of the world: Nairobi, Kenya — all before moving to the base of America’s Mountain. She and her husband are the music directors of Grace + Peace Church, which meets in the basement …

On July 11, Terri Hayes hit a major milestone: serving 10 years as the president and CEO of the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Corp. & Visitor Center. Hayes moved to Black Forest from Ely, England, about 14 miles northeast of Cambridge, in 2007 after her husband’s dea…

Jeresneyka Rose always has wanted to be identified as an artist first, the creator of colorful caricatures and social-activism portraits that have garnered her a bevy of customers and enthusiastic reviews on her Art by Rizzo website. But it is Rose’s community activism in feeding and housing…

Logan Powell is a Colorado Springs native working as a certified public accountant for R.S. Powell, Inc. — his father’s accounting firm, established in 1986. Powell’s father went to Colorado Springs School District 11’s Coronado High School and his mother went to Air Academy High School, whe…

When you’ve managed to grow a dermatology and skin-care practice to six regional clinics in 12 years, with three more planned in 2021, a little pride might be in order. When you’ve also managed to publish a memoir about a boat escape from Vietnam, which received accolades in 2014, a touch of…

Christine Costa is an architect from 9-to-5 and a woodcarver after sundown. She works in the Downtown office of RTA Architects on Tejon Street, and prior to her arriving in Colorado Springs, she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from Lawrence Technological Unive…

Raised in Tompkins County, New York, in the Finger Lakes region, Ashley Klein eventually made her way to Colorado Springs, where she now lives and works in real estate as a new-build sales consultant. Klein is the daughter of a taxidermist who owned an archery shop for 15 years. Her mother w…

Take a look at Antonio Rosendo’s résumé and you’ll likely notice his commitment to multiple community boards: Colorado College, Atlas Preparatory School, Downtown Development Authority, and Pikes Peak Community Foundation, among many others. Rosendo, who is founder and partner at Spur Philan…

Shawna Kemppainen is the daughter of a carpenter and a cook who met in a small-town tavern on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She’s also executive director of The Place, an Colorado Springs organization that helps lead youth out of homelessness — and there, the Nordic edges of her upbringing hav…

Paula Andrea lives on the Southside of Colorado Springs and is passionate about human beings and their quality of life — simply, their joy. Andrea’s seemingly meandering journey took her from South America to the East Coast of the United States — to Hawaii, South Korea and eventually here to…

Caitlin Robinson is a board-certified dermatologic surgeon with the Colorado Springs Dermatology Clinic. She is trained in the Mohs micrographic technique, having completed her residency in Houston and her fellowship in micrographic surgery and dermatologic oncology at the University of Cali…

Laetitia Ouadah was born and raised in Strasbourg, France, on the border with Germany. She grew up trilingual — French, German and English — and studied at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, earning a master’s in human resource management before moving to the United States in 2016. 

Zachary Barker is a Louisiana transplant, a certified economic developer, president of the Startup Support Center, and a proud member of the “chest of misfit toys” that is Colorado Springs Rising Professionals. 

Sometimes, the arc of an entrepreneur’s startup concept dovetails unexpectedly with the headlines. Mike Crandall saw this happen to an extent during his Air Force service, but even more so with Digital Beachhead, the risk assessment and security company he founded in 2015. 

Lauren Ripko has coordinated some of the Front Range’s biggest festivals: Rocky Mountain Showdown, Denver’s Big Air, People’s Fair, and the Colorado Restaurant Association’s Taste of Pikes Peak.

Colorado College history professor Carol Neel has spent a decade working with Pueblo Community College and Colorado’s Department of Corrections to bring literature, art and the humanities to incarcerated youth. The work mirrors and augments a later program, The Prison Project, in which CC un…