* Name: Michelle Wolf
* Organization: The Friends of Cheyenne Canon and the 14th Wine Festival of Colorado Springs
* Position: TFOCC president and event planner and lifestyles co-chair of wine festival
* Hometown: Pueblo
* How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: Since 1974
* Education: Master’s degree in education and administration certification
* A few words about your company: The Friends of North Cheyenne Canon’s mission is to preserve and enhance the natural, scenic and historic resources of North Cheyenne Canon Park through promoting public awareness, providing education and interpretive programs and supporting instructive scientific and historic exhibits.
The Wine Festival of Colorado Springs, previously known as the Wine Festival benefiting the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre, has a new partnership. The event is now sponsored by the Pikes Peak Community Foundation and will create a “Fund for the Arts” with continued support for the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre.
* Recent accomplishments: TFOCC – advocacy efforts have enabled the visitor’s centers (Starsmore Discovery Center and Helen Hunt Falls) to be open a bit longer during the year and we have received some funding from the city to re-build trails in the canon.
The Wine Festival- establishing a partnership with the Pikes Peak Community Foundation
* Biggest career break: The training I received through the Junior League on how to be a volunteer and community leader.
* The toughest part of your job: Staying focused on two projects
n Someone you admire: My youngest son, Javier
* About your family: 2 sons, 2 married step-sons, 2 step-granddaughters
n Something else you’d like to accomplish: To see Helen Hunt Falls Visitor’s Center re-built and all the trails improved for community use.
The wine festival – a week long event, with attendance in the thousands.
* How your business will change in the next decade: The North Cheyenne Canyon will continue to be used more as the city grows. Leaders need to ensure that the city continues to improve and adequately fund the parks, especially North Cheyenne Canon Park while maintaining its visitor centers and educational programs.
The wine festival- continue to research how to make the venue a quality event and raise the awareness in the community for funding of the arts
* What book are you currently reading? I belong to the “almost famous Kite Runner” book club, and I am currently reading “The Fig Eater”
* What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? I would like community leaders to realize that we need a downtown convention center and cultural influences to keep this community vibrant where people from all backgrounds and interests feel this is their community and are proud to live here.