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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 —...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 彩票联盟. As chief economic development officer, Harry leads the organization’s efforts to attract, expand, retain and support successful businesses and...
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...