Few people volunteer; even fewer dedicate their lives to the service of others — but Samantha Chapman is doing just that. At 33, she’s one of the youngest-ever nominated president-elects of the 145-year-old Rotary Club of Colorado Springs. 

Dayton Romero gravitated toward helping seniors at a young age. His childhood included regular visits to his grandmother’s nursing home in his hometown of Trinidad, where he learned how to mingle with the other residents. Those early interactions shaped his perspective on aging and seniors, …

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.

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. 

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…

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…

Ernest Chamblee has treated community service as a fundamental part of who he is, just as much as his real-estate businesses and two related LLCs. He was a Mayor’s Civic Leaders Fellow in 2021 and is involved in the City Investment Advisory Committee, the Boots to Suits program through Veter…

When Fernando Gonzalez confronts aggression in dogs in his work with Two Tails Training, he sees it as reflective of the changes he’s made in his own life. He’s proud of going to therapy and making intentional changes in himself to influence those around him. 

When Joseph Shelton spoke out against transphobia and for the LGBTQ+ community at Colorado Springs School District 11’s Feb. 24 board meeting, he took the podium in a rainbow-colored jacket and made an impression. But he’s been on this mission for years. 

Stephen Martin spent eight years in the United States Army. In that time, he rarely sat behind a computer and hardly ever looked through the lens of a camera. 

There are great combinations that everyone knows, like peanut butter and jelly. And then there are pairings that are less well known, but still worthy of exploration, like poetry and philosophy, or artistry and incarceration.

Daniel Campaña got a very early start as an entrepreneur and leader. At 19, he started a nonprofit focused on encouraging students to leave the confines of church walls and volunteer in inner city communities. That communitarianism also motivated him to help found FOCUS several years later, …

Colorado Springs native DeLovell Earls grew up in Southeast, and attended The Colorado Springs School. As a senior, he was named to the Denver Post’s all-Colorado basketball team, while also excelling academically. A comment he made to the Denver Post about starring for his class 2A team is …

After graduating in 2005 from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in economics and government, Alex Lugo searched for a job that aligned with his values.

Jessi Summers has a passion for helping others, particularly those with disabilities. As the administrative aide for Councilwoman Yolanda Avila, she goes by the nickname “Eyeballs.” 

Joshua Stensrud sees a bright future for Legacy Bank, but he started with the bank at a particularly dark moment in the financial world — and right after he and his wife were hit hard by the 2008 financial crisis.

Paul Brueggemann is no stranger to the Springs — he’s been here 20 years — but his borderline obsession with the art of brewing coffee is still relatively new. He started working at Loyal Coffee in August 2018, and this week was promoted to assistant general manager of the company’s Downtown…

Jessica Beecham’s personal journey as a blind woman combined with her work with individuals with disabilities showed her that there is a need to break down barriers so that everyone has access to a healthy lifestyle.

Joshua Barrett didn’t think he’d ever be in a management position for a Comcast help desk call center in Colorado Springs. The 30-year-old began his professional life working in retail in Minnesota. But for the last 2½ years, he’s led a team of employees for the telecommunications conglomera…

When children crawl through the artificial caves that Dave Jackson has created, they’re able to have a hands-on learning experience in both science and how to safely explore caves.

Located in Southeast Colorado Springs, Kingdom Builders Family Life Center is a nonprofit that provides education and support to victims of domestic violence. Founded in 2013 by executive director Lisa Jenkins, who is herself a survivor of domestic violence, the organization has grown from a…