Mayor's Young Leader Award Winners

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2021 Winners


winners and mayor suthers

Left to Right

Corey Williams (Harrison School District 2) Education; Dayton Romero (Silver Key Senior Services) Sports, Health & Wellness; Brother Luck (Four by Brother Luck and Lucky Dumpling) Creative Industry; Mayor John Suthers; Captain Ethan Heckmann (UCCS) Military Young Leader Community Impact; AJ Frasca IV (Panino’s Restaurants) Community & Economic Impact; Natasha Main (Exponential Impact) Technology & Sustainability

  • Military Young Leader Community Impact Award: Cpt. Ethan Heckmann | UCCS
  • Community & Economic Impact: AJ Frasca IV | Panino’s Restaurants
  • Creative Industry: Brother Luck | Four by Brother Luck and Lucky Dumpling
  • Education: Corey Williams | Harrison School District 2
  • Sports, Health & Wellness: Dayton Romero | Silver Key Senior Services
  • Technology & Sustainability: Natasha Main | Exponential Impact

2020 Winners


photo of 2020 MYLA winners

Clockwise, from top left: David Siegel, David Jackson, Dr. Carole Frye, Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Parks, Timothy Corner Jr., Rodney Gullatte Jr.

  • Community and Economic Impact: David Siegel, Bee Vradenburg Foundation
  • Creative Industry: Dave Jackson, CaveSim
  • Education: Dr. Carole Frye, Colorado Springs School District 11
  • Military Leader: Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Parks, Peterson Air Force base
  • Sports, Health and Wellness: Timothy Corner Jr., Man 2 Machine
  • Technology and Sustainability: Rodney Gullatte Jr., Firma IT Solutions & Services

2019 Winners


winners pose with mayor suthers

Left to right: Jake Eichengreen, Staff Sgt. Barbara Kendricks' wife, Dr. Manya Whitaker, Mayor John Suthers, Forrest Senti, Cody Burket, Brian Moreno

  • Community and Economic Impact: Jake Eichengreen, Quad Innovation Partnership
  • Creative Industry: Cody Burket, ESports Arena
  • Education: Dr. Manya Whitaker, Colorado College
  • Military leader: Staff Sgt. Barbara Kendricks, U.S. Army
  • Sports, Health and Wellness: Brian Moreno, Colorado Springs Little League
  • Technology and Sustainability: Forrest Senti, National Cybersecurity Center

2018 Winners

  • Community and Economic Impact: Jeff Finn, Norwood Development Group
  • Creative Industry: Aisha Ahmad-Post, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • Education: Erik Huffman, Handshake Leadership
  • Sports, Health and Wellness: Ian Ratz, University of Colorado Colorado Springs (College of Business)
  • Technology: Erin Miller, Center for Technology Research and Commercialization

2017 Winners

Left to Right:
  • Innovation in Education: Scott Fuller: School District 11
  • Future Industries: Dr. Rebecca Decker, Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation
  • Economic Impact: Doug Martin, Colorado Springs Sports Corporation
  • (Mayor John Suthers)
  • Sports, Health and Wellness: Terrell Brown, Hillside Connection
  • Creative Industry: Drew Johnson, TechWears

2016 Winners

Left to Right:
Economic Impact: Todd Baldwin, Red Leg Brewing Company
Innovation in Sports, Health and Wellness: Megan Leatham, Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
(Mayor John Suthers)
Creative Industry: Claire Swinford, Downtown Partnership
Future Industries: Allison Plute, Colorado Springs Utilities
Innovation in Education: Brittni Darras , Academy School District 20

October 2015 Winners (Mayor Suthers)

Creative Industry: Mundi Ross, Colorado Collective 
Economic Impact: Nick Ragain, Colorado Springs Switchbacks 
Future Industries: Jennifer Peterson, Rocky Mountain Field Institute 
Innovation in Education: Justin Carpenter, Pikes Peak Community College 
Innovation in Sports, Health and Wellness: Aron McGuire, United States Olympic Training Center 

January 2015 Winners (Mayor Bach)

Creative Industry – Jorden Smith, A Positive Note
Economic Impact – Yemi Mobolade, The Wild Goose Meeting House
Innovation in Education – Dr. Wendy Birhanzel, Harrison School District
Innovation in Sports, Health and Wellness – Nikki McComsey, Kids on Bikes
Future Industries – Conor McCluskey, BombBomb