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Grazier finds her place on nonprofit scene

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Grazier finds her place on nonprofit scene

Karla Grazier grew up in Indianapolis with three sisters and parents who instilled in them a love of education. Grazier says their belief that “we are responsible for everything that happens to us” has carried through all aspects of her life. After earning a bachelor’s from Notre Dame and an MBA from Indiana University, she… Continue Reading Grazier finds her place on nonprofit scene

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Building relationships keeps Ayers in banking

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Building relationships keeps Ayers in banking

Kelly Ayers, vice president of business development at Peoples Bank, moved to Colorado 20 years ago after growing up in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area of Florida. She enjoys hiking in Woodland Park, Palmer Lake and on Barr Trail, going to concerts and spending time with her family and children — two grown and one in… Continue Reading Building relationships keeps Ayers in banking

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Tighe brings passion to Community Action Agency

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Tighe brings passion to Community Action Agency

After growing up in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and living 15 years in Trumbull, Conn., John Tighe (pronounced “tie”) moved to Colorado Springs with his wife Shari in 1997. Being fond of golf and skiing and having traveled all over the world (London is one of his favorite spots), he knew Colorado would be the right… Continue Reading Tighe brings passion to Community Action Agency

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Fitzgerald Mosley leads athletes, staff by example

Benita Fitzgerald Mosley has been chief of organizational excellence for the United States Olympic Committee since August. In this role, she oversees athlete career programs, the athlete ombudsman’s office, diversity and inclusion, human resources, facilities, organizational development for national governing bodies, security and strategic planning. For the past four years, Mosley has been chief of… Continue Reading Fitzgerald Mosley leads athletes, staff by example

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Stafford leads rise of Kirkpatrick Bank

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Stafford leads rise of Kirkpatrick Bank

Trenton Stafford, market president of Kirkpatrick Bank, first took the direct route to banking and then made a circuitous return to the industry five years later. He’s bullish on Colorado Springs, establishing many connections in the city during the year he and his family have lived here. Recently Stafford took time to talk with the… Continue Reading Stafford leads rise of Kirkpatrick Bank

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Hemenway helps bank find its local niche

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Hemenway helps bank find its local niche

Leann Hemenway is vice president and branch manager of First Commercial Bank Colorado in downtown Colorado Springs. After working as a certified nursing assistant in North Dakota, she moved to Monument, where she’s fond of the milder winters. Hemenway has been branch manager at four bank locations on the Front Range and is happy to… Continue Reading Hemenway helps bank find its local niche

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Thirion looks at business world from PPCC role

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Thirion looks at business world from PPCC role

After graduating from Doherty High School, Rod Thirion earned three degrees, worked in a variety of industries and owned a restaurant/bar in Denver. But while teaching his first class — the first night — at Pikes Peak Community College, Thirion knew he’d found his niche. Recently, he took time to tell the Business Journal in… Continue Reading Thirion looks at business world from PPCC role

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Currance challenges mental-health stereotypes

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Currance challenges mental-health stereotypes

Lana Currance started in the health care field as a nurse — working in critical care, emergency rooms and flight nursing. But six years ago, she discovered a new passion that changed her career completely: behavioral health. The new CEO at Peak View Behavioral Health, a mental health facility that includes both inpatient and outpatient… Continue Reading Currance challenges mental-health stereotypes

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Henry takes leadership role at PTAC

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Henry takes leadership role at PTAC

Gary Henry first came to Colorado Springs as a member of the Air Force. After he retired from military service, he joined the board of directors of the newly created Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center. Recently, he was named the PTAC’s third director, after Ken Knapp moved to Pennsylvania to be closer to family. In… Continue Reading Henry takes leadership role at PTAC

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Dummermuth keeps YMCA on track

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Dummermuth keeps YMCA on track

When Dan Dummermuth started at the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region a decade ago, he brought a wealth of experience with him. Dummermuth has worked at YMCAs for 27 years, starting at the Valley of the Sun YMCA in Phoenix, then moving to the YMCA of Middle Tennessee. When he found the position as… Continue Reading Dummermuth keeps YMCA on track

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