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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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. 

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. 

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.