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PPLD's People of the Peak

Welcome to the People of the Peak podcast, a service of Pikes Peak Library District, introducing your community to you. Join us as we interview some of the fascinating people that live in the Pikes Peak Region.
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Jan 2, 2018

Kathleen Fitzpatrick is a National Alliance of Partnership in Equity (NAPE) Program Manager. In this role, she assists a national team of equity professionals that build educators’ capacity to implement effective solutions for increasing student access, educational equity, and workforce diversity. Her passion has always been in promoting the STEM message for the next generation. In addition to her role at NAPE, Kathleen leads the Southern Colorado Girls’ STEM Initiative (SCGSI), a regional organization that supports more than 500 middle school girls in exploring careers in STEM.  

Nov 30, 2017

Yearning for a change from her Midwest living Jo moved to Colorado a few years ago. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications. She has worked in the art and design fields throughout her career in the corporate, private, ad agency and not-for-profit sectors. Jo primarily works in clay making sculptural objects with a focus on feminine concerns. Recently she has been making utilitarian pieces and mixing multiple surface decoration techniques to create a balance between discord and harmony. Jo likes to make everyday and if she can’t she is sad.

Nov 1, 2017

Your PPLD hosts go on location to Venetucci Farm for a conversation with the farm's manager, Susan Gordon.

Oct 2, 2017

To celebrate Arts Month, PPLD spoke with Andy Vick, Executive Director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. To see more PPLD events, visit ppld.org/arts-month.

 

Jul 17, 2017

In this episode, hosts Antonia and Jeremiah speak with Trisha Winslow, a Christian homemaker and homeschooling parent. Tricia talks about her experience being a "human book" in PPLD's Human Library Project.

Jun 19, 2017

Rod Summitt is a Colorado Springs author who has set many of his novels in a fictional Eastern Colorado town.

May 15, 2017

Linda Smith is an artist and art educator who started a non-profit while living in Kigali, Rwanda, called the “TEOH Project”, which provides cameras and art classes to children in Rwanda, Ghana and Bronx NY. 

Apr 21, 2017

Part 2 of our interview.

Ron Cousar has played R&B, blues, and jazz for many years. In addition to studio work with Savoy Records, he has played with bands in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Baltimore, and now Colorado Springs.

Dr. Wanda Tisby-Cousar uses storytelling and dance to coach innovation and artistic ability. She has studied interpretive dance and tap since the age of four with Sydney King School of Dance and performed with Afi West African Dance Ensemble.

 

Mar 14, 2017

Ron Cousar has played R&B, blues, and jazz for many years. In addition to studio work with Savoy Records, he has played with bands in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Baltimore, and now Colorado Springs.

Dr. Wanda Tisby-Cousar uses storytelling and dance to coach innovation and artistic ability. She has studied interpretive dance and tap since the age of four with Sydney King School of Dance and performed with Afi West African Dance Ensemble.

In this episode, we talk to the Cousars about the way music and dance have shaped their lives.

Feb 16, 2017

When we talked with Dave, we got to discuss mountain climbing, maker culture, STEM education, and adventures in teaching both in Colorado and abroad.

Dec 15, 2016

In this installment of People of the Peak, we speak to Rukhsana Sher. Originally from Pakistan, she teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) at PPLD and also teaches at UCCS. We hope you enjoy learning as much about ESL as we did!

Nov 15, 2016

Today we have an interview with Kevin Cady, a teacher, climber, and author. One of the things we noticed right away about Kevin was his passion for the things that he does. We hope you’ll enjoy this discussion as much as we did.

Nov 1, 2016

Today we have an interview with Donna Vessey, Host and Executive Producer at "Hittin' the Road", an educational adventure television show broadcasting on PBS. We talk about acting, international party planning and of course, how Donna got started making her fabulous show and founded Rocky Mountain Adventure Quest. 

Oct 15, 2016

On this episode, we talk with local author, Margaret Brettschneider, also known as MJ Brett. Margaret shares with us stories of working with the USO, teaching overseas in Dept of Defense schools in Germany, her writing process and of course, MUCH MUCH more. Enjoy!

Oct 1, 2016

On this episode, we talk with Doug Price, President & CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau. Doug has over 30 years’ experience in hospitality and marketing, and he uses that knowledge along with his appreciation for the Pikes Peak region to promote Colorado Springs and the surrounding area. Enjoy!

Sep 15, 2016

Today’s interview is with Matt Mayberry, Director and Cultural Service Manager of Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. We talk about his journey to Colorado Springs, the history of Colorado Springs, and of course the beautiful Pioneers Museum. We also talk about ghost stories, horse's falling through windows, opinions about eBay, and much more!

 

Sep 1, 2016

Today’s interview is with John Poss, Director at Colorado Springs Science Center. John had worked at Hewlett-Packard and saw how our community has changed in terms of technology/engineering and shares that with us along with what he is up to now. We talk about flying circuses, how color of buttons influence sales, quitting your job to play lotto, bag pipes and much much more!

 

 

Aug 15, 2016

Today’s interview is with Sean Anglum, Community Engagement and Outreach Officer for Pikes Peak Library District. Sean is a really interesting guy who has had a variety of jobs in organizations around Colorado Springs. We talk about surprise major changes, Steve Martin, and much, much more! 

Aug 1, 2016

Today’s interview is with Natalie Johnson, who is the Executive Director of the Manitou Arts Center. She’s also owned a book store in Manitou Springs, Black Cat Books, and talks about how she’s transitioned to her current role at the MAC and all the services it provides to the community. We also talk about the rogue creative districts, pink bikes, and much, much more!

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