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It’s hard for Valerie Terrill to predict what she’ll be doing on a day-to-day basis. Her job as community wealth management trust advisor for U.S. Bank has her tackling a variety of tasks and responding to her clients’ needs as they come up, which makes it sound like her...
By Bridgett Harris Annie Snead has always been devoted to the people of Colorado Springs — and the crisis brought by the COVID-19 pandemic has only increased her dedication to the community she loves. As director of marketing and public relations for Pikes Peak United Way, Snead works with dozens of...
By Bridgett Harris Kassidi Gilgenast is passionate about establishing volleyball as the next big sport in the United States. At the beginning of this year, she took on the role of chief marketing officer at USA Volleyball and got to work building out the organization’s marketing team and supporting all areas...
Sharie Dodge is serious about throwing herself into the great outdoors, whether it’s for her work, her weekends or her wedding. As office manager for the nonprofit Trails & Open Space Coalition, she’s immersed in a range of environmental advocacy efforts, from trail preservation to “green” races to encouraging Coloradans...
Volunteering runs in Britt Kwan’s family. Coming from a Christian background, she was exposed early on to volunteering through her church, and she’s known since she was a teenager that she would pursue a career in the nonprofit world. As executive director of The Justice Center, she pairs low- and moderate-income...

Bequette connects cultures

Like many college students, Jamie Bequette wasn’t quite sure where she wanted her career path to take her. “I knew that I wanted to work with people and be outside,” the 35-year-old Missouri native said. Bequette ultimately earned her bachelor’s degree in parks, recreation and tourism from the University of Missouri-Columbia,...
Dynelle Abeyta is a bit of a rarity in Pueblo — she’s a young and skilled professional who has chosen to live and work in the town in which she was born and raised. The 28-year-old communications coordinator for the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce is bucking the trend of...
Amber Ljunggren-Chapman first ventured beyond her comfort zone in 2000, when her family moved to Colorado Springs from Pueblo of Laguna, a federally recognized Native American reservation near Albuquerque, New Mexico. “Coming from a place that I knew everybody, I grew up with everybody, I’d had the same friends since...
Catherine Hagenbush has built her entire career around food and nonprofits. As an undergraduate student at Hope College in her native Michigan, she interned at a small organic farm, the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, and the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute. “Food is kind of my thing, so I always knew...
Liz Calhoun planned to become a nurse practitioner, but marrying a U.S. Army staff sergeant changed her path. “Every time you look at nursing school, it’s like a three-year commitment — and that’s once you get in,” said Calhoun, facilities coordinator for Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs. “I just don’t...
A Southerner at heart, Liz Borris is happiest when she’s uniting people around food, drink and entertainment. “It’s pretty simple, but that’s what it’s all about, right?” said Borris, events and group sales manager at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew on North Tejon Street. Born in Georgia and raised in Tennessee, Borris...
Rachel Beisel has always been fascinated with how things are made, and she knows from experience that life itself is often what you make it. The 35-year-old entrepreneur and senior vice president for CableLabs — a nonprofit research and development company that serves the cable industry — is a self-made...