Carrie Riffee “epitomizes what the power a personal vision can do,” said nominator Jon Stepleton, executive director of the Pikes Peak Community College Foundation. He met Riffee while she was working as an administrative assistant and attending college.
A non-traditional student who was at one time an abused, homeless, single mother of three children, Riffee began pursing her education at PPCC in 2003. Continue Reading Carrie Lorraine Riffee
The Rising Stars program recognizes business leaders under 40 who have made significant contributions to their chosen industries and community.
On the following pages you will get the chance to learn more about 15 Rising Stars that are making Colorado Springs a better place to live and work. Continue Reading 2007 Rising Stars
With the business in his blood, Kelly Shaffer knows every corner of Add Staff.
Shaffer started working for the company 13 years ago as a technical recruiter, then director of public relations and in 1999 became vice president, continuing as front office manager and director of public relations.
“I am happy with how it has gone this far,” Shaffer said.
As chief operating officer he also maintains the in-house computer systems, for which he selected and implemented the hardware and software. Continue Reading Kelly M. Shaffer
As government affairs director for the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors since 2003, Clarissa Arellano is deeply involved in the government and business issues of the Pikes Peak region.
At 34, Arellano already has a decade of high-level political experience, beginning in 1997 when she worked for U.S. Rep. Joel Hefley. She’s been an independent political consultant and spent four years as a policy analyst with the Bighorn Center for Public Policy in Denver. Continue Reading Clarissa Arellano
After only three months at Vectra Bank Colorado, Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer Jesse Spaeth is already serving as relationship manager for a $20 million loan portfolio.
“Working here has been great”, Spaeth said. “There is a strong team atmosphere where everyone really wants everyone else around them to succeed.”
Management is committed to helping you reach your goals and supporting different ways of doing so.” Continue Reading Jesse Spaeth
A career in multifamily property manage-ment was hardly what Carmen Azzopardi had in mind when she began work as a housekeeper for a California-based manage-ment company in 1986.
Her energy and determination, however, made her a standout, and she soon moved into apartment leasing. Continue Reading Carmen Azzopardi
Danielle Summerville, the manager of corporate partnerships and program director for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, has lived in Colorado Springs since 1990.
While a student at Carmel Middle School, one of her teachers suggested that she might consider applying to Fountain Valley School, the nationally-acclaimed private college preparatory school that occupies more than a thousand acres near Fountain. Continue Reading Danielle Summerville
Pamela Burnelis is the “right hand man” for Kaiser Permanente’s public affairs director C.J. Moore.
“She has assisted me with our corporate contributions program and has been another set of eyes for Kaiser in the community, seeking out worthy nonprofit programs that fit our charitable giving guidelines, and coming to me with suggestions that have really made a difference,” Moore said in nominating Burnelis for the award. “She is something else.”
Burnelis is the executive assistant and office manager for Kaiser Permanente. Continue Reading Pamela Burnelis
For Dr. Nat Timmins, hospice care is the most rewarding medical practice — providing “old fashioned” medicine to the critically and chronically ill.
“Many people think it would be depressing,” he said. “But there are so many options in hospice. We can’t fix the disease, but we can work on the symptoms. And when people are not in such incredible pain, they can get on with the more transcendent parts of life — doing what they need to do with their family, friends, spirituality. Continue Reading Dr. Nat Timmins
With an eye for innovation and a drive to make things happen, natural leadership won Chris Chippindale a spot as a Rising Star.
“Chris’ leadership qualities are clearly exemplified through an unwavering commit-ment to hard work and clear communication. He is a key member of our management team and a valuable asset to our community,” said Matthew Gendron, vice president of operations at Ent Federal Credit Union. Continue Reading Chris Chippindale