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…

Aaron Ewton moved to Colorado Springs from Claremore, Oklahoma — the birthplace and hometown of Will Rogers, “Oklahoma’s Favorite Son.” In Claremore, there’s a memorial museum dedicated to the entertainer, actor, cowboy, columnist and humorist.

Greg Thompson kept finding himself hitting the ceiling and feeling boxed in professionally, but eventually he punched up and through — finding success and personal fulfillment in massage therapy.

The title of executive chef for Weidner Field — home of Switchbacks FC — could seem unusual at first blush. But sports fans who think stadium food is all hamburgers and nachos are forgetting that corporate boxes and special events call for a more sophisticated hand.

To the uninitiated, it might seem unusual that a Colorado Springs Utilities employee won Partner of the Year, awarded by the Colorado State Forest Service. But Eric Howell’s dual titles of forest program manager for the Watershed Planning Section, and deputy administrator of the Colorado Spr…

Katrina “Kat” Miller-Stevens spent her young life moving frequently, as the daughter of a political science professor who taught at colleges and universities in Arkansas, Illinois, Wyoming and Utah. Following in her father’s footsteps, Miller-Stevens is an associate professor with Colorado C…

Adopted at birth by a white family in Minnesota, Brittany Nash struggled to find her roots in Black culture for much of her young life. She describes her childhood as one colored by loss of identity and a yearning to belong. 

Abragail Kappel worked in evening news production in laid back Grand Junction, and in bustling Albany, New York, before settling in Colorado Springs in 2016. Journalism was one of her first passions, Kappel says, but she’s starting a new chapter. This week, she’s taking on the role of market…

Barry Brown never intended his window coverings franchise to be a test bed for a UCCS business mentoring program. In fact, he never meant to be a franchise owner in the home design world at all. Brown, a UCCS graduate and Army veteran, ran Barry Brown Photography in Colorado Springs for a de…

After traveling across four continents to 11 countries in 11 months, Jennifer Denman is certain of one truth: Food is the throughline that connects people of different cultures and backgrounds. On a mission trip in 2009, Denman traveled from Switzerland to South Africa to the Dominican Repub…

As a personal trainer, Julien Stoutt’s not short on credentials — or the wins that come from years of exceptionally hard work. He’s a three-time world record holder with the International Powerlifting Association for the deadlift, squat and total. 

At 25, Doug Palmer is the deputy director of regional partnership at El Pomar Foundation, which provides grants for arts and culture, civic and community initiatives, education, and health and human services.