A Colorado Springs native, Latrina Ollie is hoping to inspire fellow entrepreneurs to follow their dreams and promote growth in the Southeast.

Originally from Rockford, Illinois, Mindi Linscombe came to Colorado Springs in 2004 to complete a master’s degree in education, with an emphasis in English as a second language. She worked as a Spanish and ESL teacher in Colorado Springs before starting her bridal boutique, Something New, i…

Local craft brewery and restaurant Cerberus Brewing Co. has cultivated a stellar reputation based on its excellent food, hip atmosphere and, of course, its beer. The man responsible for Cerberus’ brews, head brewer and co-owner Josh Adamski, is a 20-year Springs resident who turned his home-…

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Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Eric Phillips decided to make Colorado Springs his home after 14 years of service in the Army. Phillips is the owner of 3E’s Comedy Club, Colorado Springs’ newest comedy venue, located in Bancorp Plaza on Nevada Avenue.

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Silvia Deen draws inspiration from nature. She enjoys exploring Colorado’s mountains and natural landscapes, observing the way light hits the trees or how scenery changes with the seasons.

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By Christina Cavazos Victoria Atencio loves the simple act of creating. Whether she’s leading a digital marketing campaign for the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, doing graphic design or honing her skills as a photographer, Atencio is dedicated to communicating ideas that will inspire, inform and captivate audiences. “I love all things digital, visual […]

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By Christina Cavazos When Vicki Proffit first meets the young women who come to stay at Sarah’s Home, located in Peyton, the executive director knows she has an uphill battle ahead — loving the girls until they learn to love themselves. Those who Proffit encounters are scared and angry when they first arrive, and she […]

By Christina Cavazos When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, Lynn Phillips knew she had to act quickly if her nursing students were going to graduate on time. Amid the pandemic, Phillips believed it was crucially important to graduate nurses who could help create healthier communities. Phillips is a Registered Nurse with a Ph.D. […]

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By Christina Cavazos As Charmas Lee walked the halls of his elementary school alma mater more than 50 years later, he envisioned a program that would help youths today achieve personal and academic success. Lee owns Building Champions, a Colorado Springs business that specializes in personal and professional development in corporate, academic and athletic areas. […]

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By Christina Cavazos Dr. Kenya Lee believes there is an abundance of beauty in the world, and it is her mission to help her clients find it within themselves. “I most enjoy helping my clients feel confident and helping them realize the beauty that exists within them,” said Lee, co-founder and lead doctor of PureLee […]

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When people ask Jarrod Headley, owner and founder of North Park Studios, what he does for a living, his answer is simple: “All things audio.” The California native has been playing music since he was 4 years old, performed and toured in a successful rock band, and has composed and engineered for television, with his […]

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Becca Sickbert has two jobs. She serves as Manitou Springs’ interim economic recovery director and executive director of the Manitou Springs Creative District. As head of the creative district, Sickbert’s job is to promote and strengthen the Manitou Springs arts community. And as interim economic recovery director, she steps into the economic development role held […]

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Abigail Kreuser isn’t technically a Colorado Springs native, but the photographer, gallery owner and entrepreneur has a passion for promoting the city she’s called home since she was 3 years old. Kreuser’s family moved here in 1983 and she later attended Doherty High School, where one of her teachers nurtured her love and talent for […]

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By Griffin Swartzell Compassion and family anchor every business decision Maya Hetman makes. Originally from Gara Muleta, a small town in Ethiopia’s Ch’erch’er Mountains, Hetman fled to France after a Soviet-backed military coup established a junta known as the Derg in 1974. She married an American soldier, with whom she lived in California before moving […]

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By Bridgett Harris If you ask veteran, entrepreneur and community advocate James Flowers about his greatest achievement to date, he won’t pick a moment from his long military career, nor any awards for his work in the community. While he is certainly proud of those accomplishments, he says his biggest achievement lies in the success […]

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In her early 20s, Esohe Igbinedion got her first taste of the legal system while trying to fight a simple traffic ticket. She remembers the experience was frustrating and nerve-racking and intimidating all at once. “It was really an anxiety-filled situation until I got this attorney that made me feel safe, made me feel heard, […]

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Dr. Phoebe Lostroh has been in the thick of the battle against COVID-19 since it first reared its head in El Paso County. A microbiologist, Lostroh has authored a textbook on virology and was a member of the local bridge club where the disease broke out in March. Although she was not involved in the […]

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By Bridgett Harris UCCS philosophy professor Mary Ann Cutter was honored last month for her work advancing women in academia, and for her teaching and scholarly contributions. Winning the 2019-20 Elizabeth D. Gee Memorial Lectureship Award is another highlight in her distinguished career as an educator. Cutter earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at Georgetown University […]

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By Bridgett Harris Amber Ptak is the new CEO for Community Health Partners in Colorado Springs — and her appointment is a new milestone in a career devoted to advancing public health. Ptak grew up just outside of Detroit, and after graduating from high school in 1993, she moved to Kalamazoo and completed a Bachelor […]

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By Griffin Swartzell Commercial real estate wasn’t in Tyson Liese’s plans. After this Highlands Ranch native earned dual bachelor’s degrees in business communication and philosophy from UCCS, he aimed to attend graduate school and study law or public policy. But when he looked at the numbers, his plans changed. “Looking at having $200K in student […]

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By Bridgett Harris Helping others has always been a powerful motivator for Adah Rodriguez — and that drive has led her to mission-based nonprofits. A Colorado native, Rodriguez grew up in the small town of Gardner, between the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Wet Mountains. She says the strong sense of community she experienced […]

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By Bridgett Harris As a leader invested in community-centered work, Keith Willschau has always been devoted to supporting the Pikes Peak region. His résumé reads like a who’s who of the region’s favorite nonprofits. He’s worked with the Trails and Open Space Coalition and the Rocky Mountain Field Institute — and so many campaigns and […]

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By Bridgett Harris  As a self-described Jill-of-all-trades, Jolie NeSmith brings an array of unique experience to her role as executive director of Pike Ride, Colorado Springs’ first and only nonprofit bike share program. She’s opened restaurants, bartended, worked with at-risk youths and driven all over the southern half of Colorado as the regional manager of Special […]

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By Bridgett Harris Carrie Clarke stresses innovation, agility and strategic planning in her work with Springs business owners. They’re also tenets the small business consultant and coach abides by in her own career ambitions — which are plentiful. With a background as an attorney and risk advisor, Clarke co-founded Next Level Consulting & Coaching to […]

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For Colorado College Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Rebecca Barnes, science is much more than just an occupation — it’s a lifelong passion she first developed when she was just 8 years old. Barnes is a biogeochemist and ecosystem ecologist with a bachelor’s degree in geology from Oberlin College, master’s degrees in environmental science and […]

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Somehow, Mike Juran knew he would start his own company one day. “I always had that deep in the back of my mind, even if I didn’t admit it,” Juran said. “I didn’t know how or when.” “When” turned out to be 1991. Juran, then an engineer at Hewlett-Packard, was working on test and measurement […]

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In May 2012, Aikta Marcoulier applied for the executive director position at the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center at midnight — “I totally remember that” — and before she knew it, the job was hers. Eight years later, the Iowa native has become one of the most recognizable faces in the region’s business community, […]

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Colorado has a shining reputation when it comes to election security, but given recent headlines regarding a malfunctioning app that delayed the results of the Democratic caucuses in Iowa — and of course, the specter of foreign interference in presidential elections — voters justifiably want assurance that votes cast in this year’s three major elections […]

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Manitou Springs Mayor John Graham knows no matter how much you love your garden, it’s only going to survive and thrive if you tend to it. That’s what the former software engineer and longtime newspaper publisher wants to do during his two-year term at City Hall — and he knows it’ll take a community-wide effort […]

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When David Prosper was a public school student in Florida, he often felt lost and out of place. The traditional educational model — where teachers lecture students who must later recall information during standardized tests — didn’t seem to work for him. After graduating from high school in Fort Lauderdale, Prosper attended St. Norbert College […]

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For Jim Harris, banking is personal. As U.S. Bank’s community bank president and commercial team leader for Colorado and southeast Wyoming, he spends a lot of his time establishing the personal relationships and partnerships he considers key to U.S. Bank’s success. And he enjoys having close, personal ties with people in the community. Harris’s father […]

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Cecilia Harry migrated from the Upper Midwest to the Pikes Peak region to join the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC just over a month ago, but she’s already feeling at home. As chief economic development officer, Harry leads the organization’s efforts to attract, expand, retain and support successful businesses and improve the local economy. Harry […]

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Manya Whitaker isn’t interested in hearing what her students think. “The statement that most reflects how I approach teaching and learning is, ‘I don’t care what you think. I care why you think it,’” said Whitaker, an associate professor of education at Colorado College. “I’m not here to tell you what to believe. What I care […]

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Micah Rice has high hopes for “the largest mountain bike race Colorado Springs has ever seen,” and what it will mean for the city and local cycling. Pikes Peak APEX got the official go-ahead last October and kicks off Sept. 24, with four days of endurance events covering in-town trails, alpine single-track and back country […]

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Dr. Mike DiStefano’s favorite part of his job is swapping his suit and tie for a lab coat and a 12-hour emergency room shift. As chief medical officer at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs, ER shifts are not exactly part of the job description for DiStefano anymore. But the Texas native doesn’t want to lose […]

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The summer he was 16 years old, Tino Leone attended a weeklong design camp at Kansas State University, Manhattan. That week sparked an interest in architecture and design that turned into a career. Now he’s reached a pinnacle. After 12 years at HB&A Architecture and Planning in Colorado Springs, Leone has been named one of […]

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One of Kyle Cunningham’s goals as general manager of 91.5 KRCC is to stay out of the office as much as possible. “I got into this business because I loved the people that were a part of it,” Cunningham said. “I hear from people who say, ‘I literally never turn the radio off — it’s […]

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Jody Barker is used to being recognized. After more than 20 years working in the Colorado Springs senior services field, he still answers work-related questions at church or the grocery store. “I really thrive as a resource for people looking for senior services,” Barker said. “Regardless of what I was doing as a full-time job, people […]

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Pam Johnson-Carlson has helped designed the ground floor of nationally ranked pediatric facilities, making decisions on everything from plumbing to door placement. However, those aren’t the experiences she recounts when reflecting on her nursing career. “I took care of a child that was 5 years old and he was really sick and he made it,” […]

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When Michelle Farrell’s mother enrolled her in gymnastics, she was just hoping that her spirited 5-year-old daughter would sleep through the night. By 13, Farrell was competing at the elite level. At 15, she won a silver medal in the 1984 Olympic Games — held in her hometown of Los Angeles — which set in […]

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Janna Hoiberg’s path has led her from a plan to be a law enforcement officer to a successful career as a business coach, writer and speaker. She specializes in working with family businesses and is the author of two books: “The Family Business: How to Be in Business with People You Love — Without Hating Them” […]