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Community Member Spotlights

It’s more important to understand someone than to judge them. We think the first step to understanding someone is asking them the fundamental questions about who they are and how they became the person they are today. Understanding and empathy are essential building blocks for a better, more compassionate world. We’re incredibly fortunate to be able to ask these questions each week through our interview series. Below you’ll find interviews from our community members and content partners – the folks who’ve been heavily involved with us, collaborating with us on content, sponsoring our mission and spreading the word about the work we do.

Lexi Zadak Schmidt | Nutrition & Wellness Coach

My name is Lexi and I currently run my own business called LZS Nutrition Ltd where I guide clients through personal health and wellness plans & protocols based on their goals and needs. I initially got into health and wellness through Crossfit! I started my second career as a part time Crossfit coach and became fascinated by how food can be used as FUEL for performance! I’ve since gotten several nutrition certifications and have expanded my knowledge so that I’m now able to use food not only to help improve people’s athletic performance, but to address other health conditions, as well! I see food as medicine! If we can understand how to fuel our bodies for our individual needs, we can optimize our health, increase our longevity and live each day feeling our absolute best! My goal is to help all my clients understand their own personal needs and develop a lifestyle that allows them to be the healthiest versions of themselves! Read more>>

Lizzy Brodie | Consultant

My name is Lizzy Brodie. I’m a 35 year old mother of 1, business owner and dream chaser. Being a mother is one incredible job that I’m proud to have and second to that is helping people achieve success as well as providing inspiration to do so. I have a Hip-Hop/Culture based blog that i launched 8 years ago. In 2018 I launched Lizzy Brodie Consulting as well as The Hustler’s Brunch. I aspire to inspire others with my story, my knowledge and experience. Read more>>

Alexa Hesse | Jam Enthusiast

I’m Alexa, owner & founder of Yummy Lotus. Yummy Lotus is a gourmet jam company with a specialty in pepper jams. They are vegan, gluten free and small batch crafted with the intent to nourish your soul and enjoy with the ones you love. Read more>>

Jim (Doc) Dorkins | Owner/Founder

Doc Goodbeard Beard Care Products was established in 2017. Owner and founder, Jim (Doc) Dorkins is a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He spent his enlistment as an aircraft refueling vehicle repairman. Working as a tractor/trailer mechanic for almost 35 years after exiting the military and he was medically retired due to injury in early 2016. Read more>>

Melissa Lycan | Vocalist, Speaker & Educator

My name is Melissa Lycan, the vocalist for a Colorado based folk rock band Nordic Daughter, keynote speaker of truths and educator in mathematics and business. Read more>>

Kelly Schexnaildre | Owner, Merfs Condiments

I was born and raised in South Louisiana, and I started cooking at 8 years of age. I have always had a passion for exceptional food, and all the experience and community it offers. I relocated to Denver, Colorado in May 2010, and I am an avid gardener who uses fresh, organic, and local ingredients in all my dishes whenever possible. I started making condiments about 8 years ago, and through experimentation and creativity, discovered that I love it. My idea for Merfs Condiments came to fruition in January 2014, and Merfs’ current line-up consists of 8 different hot sauces ranging in flavor from fruity and mildly spicy to savory and extremely spicy. The goal is to continue to offer condiments that are affordable and made from fresh, quality ingredients. Keep a lookout for some new sauces dropping in late 2021! Read more>>

DeAnna Weyhrich | Certified Professional Birth Photographer

I am a sentimental mom, a very protective grandma, and a certified professional birth photographer (CPBP) that you can trust to capture the raw, intense, and emotional moments the day you deliver your baby. I started my photography business four years ago, so I know the importance of supporting local businesses-especially during this pandemic! I will pick a beach vacation over snow packed places every time. I can be a bit of a penny pincher at times, which drives my husband crazy, but I am more than willing to pay for things that mean a lot to me (such as professional photography). Read more>>

 Jeffrey Riley | Owner & Cinematographer

Hi, My name is Jeffrey Riley and I am part-owner of the Denver-based video production company, Noble Bison Productions. We create content of all shapes and sizes such as corporate interviews, commercials, short films, music videos, and everything in between. We are very passionate about the work we do and truly strive to put the client first so that their needs are served to the best of our abilities. Read more>>

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