Tasha L. Jones, 38 (top left)
Director of marketing, Forest City Stapleton, Inc.
Secret talent: I make pretty creative cupcakes. Martha Stewart awarded me a prize!
I’m a sucker for: A deep, sultry voice.
Part of my charm: I mix up common quotes and phrases all the time, like “pulling the cat out of the hat” and “letting the rabbit out of the bag.”
Childhood crush: Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block fame.
Biggest fear: Letting my ego get in the way. I like to keep it in check.
Dream vacation: A week at the Ritz in Paris.
What I look for in a significant other: A thoughtful and humorous gentleman who is tenaciously successful.
Great night out: A concert at Red Rocks or at a park.
My hero(es): Empowering women such as Jill Scott, Oprah Winfrey, and Condoleezza Rice.
You’d never guess: I was a really good sprinter. Well after I graduated college, I still held the record for the 100-meter dash at my junior high school in Fort Collins.
Guilty pleasure: Cold Stone Creamery’s banana caramel crunch with extra almonds.
TiVo embarrassment: I’m unapologetic about my TiVo.
If I had one wish: Knowing that I’d be able to care for my parents, that they’d be OK as they grow older.
Matthew Moon, 40 (top right)
I can’t live without: My Australian labradoodle, Charlie.
I’m a sucker for: A girl who knows how to cook.
Part of my charm: I’m an excellent listener.
Great night out: Good friends, dinner at Carmine’s on Penn, and home before midnight.
Favorite musician: Paul Simon.
On the bucket list: Living on a tropical island where I can walk out my door 100 yards and sit on the beach and swim in the ocean.
iPod embarrassment: The Bee Gees.
Biggest accomplishment: Completing my fifth studio album.
What I look for in a significant other: Somebody caring, thoughtful, and nurturing.
Guilty pleasure: Popcorn.
When I’m not working, I am: Doing something outside, like hiking or skiing.
Dating deal-breaker: A girl who talks too much.
Dream vacation: With my girl traveling through Austria to Vienna and Salzburg.
The Gal Pal
Sally Walker (left), 33, & Bre Ortola, 26 (bottom right)
Co-owners, Alchemy Mineral Blends
I can’t live without: GPS on my phone.
I’m a sucker for: Sour Patch Kids.
Rainy-day activity: Oil painting.
What I look for in a significant other: Connection, chemistry, and a good sense of humor.
You’d never guess: I’m a really good cyclist. I can ride some of the hardest climbs in Boulder.
Dream vacation: Southern France.
Secret talent: Making a good Irish stew.
Great night out: Having someone cook me dinner and take me to see one of my favorite bands.
On the bucket list: A scuba diving trip to Belize.
Childhood crush: River Phoenix.
When I’m not working, I am: Cooking, cycling, climbing, hiking, or listening to music.
If I could have a superpower: I’d read minds.
On the bucket list: I really want to be on Wheel of Fortune.
I can’t live without: Pizzeria Locale pizza and Champagne.
What I look for in a significant other: A witty personality, honesty, and a sexy smile.
Biggest accomplishment: Starting Alchemy on a shoestring with Sally.
Rainy-day activity: Baking and eating it all.
Celebrity crush: Ryan Reynolds.
Guilty pleasure: Anything and everything that is salted caramel.
I’m a sucker for: Dessert. And my niece and nephew. Anything they ask me for, they get.
Dating deal-breaker: Selfishness and not opening the door for me.
Dream vacation: Thailand or Croatia.
You’d never guess: I was on Escape Routes, a reality show on NBC.
What I’m reading: I’m rereading The Alchemist.
Dave Sevick, 53 (bottom left)
Director of marketing and communications, Tennyson Center for Children
If I could have a superpower: I’d see into the future.
Dream vacation: New Zealand.
Dating deal-breaker: Whiners and complainers.
Guilty pleasures: Politics, college football, and vodka martinis.
What I’m reading: Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris.
Rainy-day activity: Cleaning and hanging with my dog.
Part of my charm: My humor. I play pranks on my friends.
I’m a sucker for: Tearjerker movies.
What I look for in a significant other: A guy who makes me laugh, wows me, and makes me antsy until I can see him again.
Find me here on a Saturday night: In the summer, I’m camping in the mountains. Otherwise, I’m hanging out with friends.
You’d never guess: I write “adult” Dr. Seussstyle poetry for my friends’ birthdays.
I’m so over: Political divisiveness.
If I had one wish: I would have 30 more minutes with my mom and dad.
Michele Goodman, 49 (top left)
Executive director, Insight Oncology, Inc.
I can’t live without: My sons, Sinjin and Sean.
I’m a sucker for: Bald men and biceps. I love a man with the confidence to just shave his hair off.
Part of my charm: My distinctive laugh.
You’d never guess: I throw a better spiral than Peyton Manning any day.
Biggest accomplishment: Finding a really good balance between work, play, and family.
Dating deal-breaker: Someone who doesn’t ask questions or texts while on a date.
Guilty pleasure: Lemon-drop martinis.
Celebrity crush: Jon Hamm.
What I look for in a significant other: Energy that equals mine, intelligence, and compassion.
Favorite band: Fitz and the Tantrums.
Once-in-a-lifetime moment: I just ran my first marathon. It’s going to be my last.
Rainy-day activity: Reading or cleaning out my closet for Goodwill.
Secret hobby: Kickboxing.
On the bucket list: Finding a soul mate.
If I could have a superpower: I’d touch my nose and make things appear and disappear, like in Bewitched.
The Boy Next Door
Yoni Geffen, 27 (top right)
Student support specialist, Denver School of Science and Technology: Green Valley Ranch High School;
co-founder, First Ascenders
Guilty pleasure: Good Times drive-thru for a milkshake after a soccer game.
If i could have a superpower: I’d read animals’ minds.
Secret talent: I can do a front handspring. And I’m really good at remembering people’s names.
You’d never guess: I’m afraid of heights.
iPod embarrassment: Annie Lennox’s “Walking on Broken Glass.”
Biggest fear: Not becoming a father.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone intelligent, active, good at communicating, and thoughtful.
Great night out: Dinner with friends at an amazing ethnic restaurant (Ethiopian, sushi, or Indian), drinks at a local, hole-in-the-wall bar, then a game of Bananagrams.
Childhood crush: Danielle Fishel [Topanga on Boy Meets World].
Favorite movie: The Princess Bride.
If I had one wish: I would wish every kid growing up in Denver could have the opportunity to experience the outdoors in the way I have been lucky enough to.
I can’t live without: The mountains, my dog, dark chocolate, and purpose.
I’m so over: Social media.
I’m a sucker for: Someone who can kick a soccer ball.
Biggest accomplishment: My time spent in the classroom as a teacher, the day-to-day accomplishments with students.
The Fitness Buff
Emily Schromm, 24 (bottom right)
Owner/founder, Unleashed Fitness; CrossFit coach, CrossFit Park Hill
Rainy-day activity: Running. I’m from Missouri. I love the rain.
Secret talent: Knitting scarves—although they never get very big, out of impatience.
On the bucket list: Getting my pilot’s license.
I can’t live without: Bacon, a barbell, and my Steve Madden motorcycle boots.
You’d never guess: I’m obsessed with Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and John Coltrane.
TiVo embarrassment: Shark Tank.
What I look for in a significant other: I’m a personality girl. I want someone funny and interesting, enough to where I can’t figure them out on the first date.
Dream vacation: A two-month motorcycle road trip of the West Coast.
Great night out: Lots of tequila and lots of dancing.
Find me here on a Saturday night: Breckenridge, waiting for the snow.
Dating deal-breaker: People who are too needy.
Guilty pleasure: Really long bubble baths while watching shows on Hulu.
Biggest fear: Limiting myself. Not living or experiencing enough.
My hero: My mom.
Steward Ceus, 25 (bottom left)
Goalkeeper, Colorado Rapids
Celebrity crush: Alicia Keys.
I’m a sucker for: A girl with really good style, top to bottom.
Favorite movie: Any sports movie based on a true story.
Secret talent: Bowling.
On the bucket list: Skydiving.
You’d never guess: I’m an underground video gamer.
Dating deal-breaker: Clinginess.
Guilty pleasure: All types of bread, especially Irish soda bread.
Biggest fear: Failure.
What I look for in a significant other: An independent woman who is intelligent, has a good sense of humor, can appreciate my sarcasm, and who I can have a conversation with.
Dream vacation: Somewhere that has a lot of history, where I could see the sights and learn a lot. Maybe China or Japan.
If I had one wish: To see all of my good friends and family succeed.
TiVo embarrassment: Jersey Shore.
The Wine Guy
Jason Strauss, 37 (top left)
Executive producer, Colorado International Wine Expo; owner, Strauss Productions
Great night out: Dinner at Wazee Supper Club followed by a Nuggets game and dancing.
You’d never guess: I grew up working at our family-owned salvage yard dismantling old trucks.
On the bucket list: Riding in a fighter jet and taking a trip with my dad to a Duke-North Carolina basketball game.
If I could have a superpower: I’d be able to transport myself and others to any location instantly.
Secret talent: I throw really great themed birthday parties.
Part of my charm: I never want to lose the kid side of me.
Nickname: White Chocolate.
What I look for in a significant other:
Someone kind, genuine, and respectful with a smile and eyes that light up a room.
When I’m not working, I am: With my doberman at Wash Park or at a Nuggets or Broncos game.
I can’t live without: My family, friends, dog, and the 1972 Ford Bronco I’ve had my whole life.
What I’m reading: Daily sports updates.
Dating deal-breaker: Rude, flaky girls and girls who don’t like kids or dogs.
Guilty pleasure: Ending a good night at the Denver Diner with a buddy of mine.
Claudia López, 44 (top right)
I can’t live without: Coffee.
I’m a sucker for: Fast cars.
Part of my charm: My accent.
Biggest fear: Losing my eyesight.
Biggest accomplishment: I was the first Latin American (man or woman) to summit Ama Dablam in the Himalayas.
When I’m not working, I am: Planning adventures to far-flung places.
What I look for in a significant other: An intellectually curious, progressive thinker who’s open-minded, embraces differences, has a witty sense of humor—and, if he can’t cook, has excellent takeout on speed dial.
Great night out: A farm-to-table dinner followed by dancing.
Biggest influence: My grandfather. He was the most eccentric, witty, creative person I’ve ever met.
If I had one wish: Safer times in Colombia, my country.
You’d never guess: I know how to kill a chicken, old-style. I had to learn when I was nine years old.
iPod embarrassment: Sir Mix-a-Lot.
Guilty pleasure: Mochi ice cream.
Quincy Dancer, 35 (bottom right)
Enterprise cloud engineer, Dell
I can’t live without: Snowboarding.
Secret hobby: I throw the biggest flip-cup tournament in the United States.
Guilty pleasure: Strawberry Pop-Tarts.
I’m a sucker for: A big booty and a smile.
You’d never guess: I was a band nerd and went to band camp—and loved it.
Biggest accomplishment: Having a successful, self-taught career.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone intelligent, open-minded, and laid-back, who has a sense of humor and loves the mountains.
If I had one wish: To time travel.
Find me here on a Saturday night: In the winter: a club in Breckenridge. In the summer: camping, at a concert, or on a bar crawl.
Biggest fear: Not finding love.
What I’m reading: SuperFreakonomics.
Dream vacation: Surfing in Australia.
If I could have a superpower: I’d be immortal.
Heather Snow, 33 (bottom left)
Senior business analyst, PropertyInfo Corporation; comedian
I’m a sucker for: Karaoke and broad shoulders.
Nickname: Six feet of snow.
Childhood crush: Bill Murray in Ghostbusters.
I’m so over: Mustaches.
You’d never guess: I drew caricatures and portraits at amusement parks for 12 years. I was basically a carny.
Secret hobby: Poker.
On the bucket list: Doing a comedy tour for the troops.
Dating deal-breaker: Bad manners.
What I look for in a significant other: I’m an old-school girl. I like when guys open the door for me. I want someone adventurous and motivated with a sense of humor.
When I’m not working, I am: Skiing, at an open mic, doing yoga, or working in my garden (I’m a community garden leader).
Dream vacation: The coast of Italy, like Naples and Pompeii.
What I’m reading: A People’s History of the United States.
Biggest fear: Bombing on TV. I have a little bit of stage fright.
TiVo embarrassment: Glee.
Jose Antonio Mercado, 38 (top left)
Actor; director; professor of theater and film, University of Colorado Denver
I’m a sucker for: Nice legs.
Secret talent: I’m a pretty damn good salsa dancer.
Guilty pleasure: Tequila.
On the bucket list: Doing a movie with Jack Nicholson and starting an acting studio.
You’d never guess: I was raised in the projects north of Greeley.
Biggest fear: Immobility, physically and professionally.
Find me here on a Saturday night: At a play, movie, or cultural event that will hopefully lead to
What I look for in a significant other: Someone who’s spontaneous, passionate, physical, has a sense of humor, and is comfortable in her own skin.
Biggest accomplishment: As an educator: graduating 97 percent of the students in my theater program at North High School. As an actor: performing in the Pulitzer Prizewinning play Wit and seeing my mom sitting next to Tom Hanks on opening night in Los Angeles.
Once-in-a-lifetime moment: Meeting author Gabriel García Márquez in Mexico. It was like meeting Jesus.
Dream vacation: I’d start in Barcelona, then travel south to Grenada and experience all the flamenco, wine, poetry, love, and passion that land has to offer.
If I could have a superpower: I’d breathe underwater like Aquaman. He was my favorite comic book character as a kid.
The Dream Maker
Mary U. Stein, 43 (top right)
Owner and director, Dream Big Day Camp
Guilty pleasure: Half-and-half in my coffee, spicy bean burritos from Taco Bell, and Nutter Butter cookies.
Secret talent: I’m a really good snow shoveler.
Dream vacation: Tahiti, where they have those huts in the water with glass floors.
Rainy-day activity: Popcorn, a cuddly blanket, my DVR list, and the phone on vibrate.
Biggest accomplishment: Being the mother of my twin boys.
Biggest fear: Not living my life with integrity.
What I look for in a significant other: Kindness, patience, faithfulness, wit, chivalry, athleticism, sex appeal, and a man who can laugh at himself and ask for directions.
Celebrity crush: John Travolta in the Welcome Back, Kotter days.
I’m a sucker for: Getting coffee delivered in bed.
I can’t live without: Alba moisturizing lotion and Burt’s Bees fig lipstick—Colorado is so dry!
When I’m not working, I am: With my children on the lacrosse field, skiing, playing tennis, cycling, or putzing around in my backyard.
Part of my charm: The ability to problem-solve creatively. I can always turn a negative into a positive.
On the bucket list: Taking the year off to travel the world with no agenda—just wherever I end up going next.
Andrew Freedman, 29 (bottom left)
Chief of staff to Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia
Part of my charm: Looking like I’m 12 but talking like I’m 40.
I’m a sucker for: Staying for “one more drink” at an event.
On the bucket list: Seeing the Northern Lights from the hot springs in Iceland.
Dating deal-breaker: Lack of passion.
Great night out: Starting early with a play or musical or something cultural, then meeting up with a big group of friends, staying out way too late, and having to catch a taxi home.
What I look for in a significant other: Someone to have a great conversation with, who’s funny, genuine, and really kind.
I can’t live without: Reading political blogs.
Rainy-day activity: I’m trying desperately to learn how to play guitar.
You’d never guess: I live in a converted church.
iPod embarrassment: I have way too many Disney songs.
Find me here on a Saturday night: The governor’s mansion for an event.
Biggest accomplishment: We just won $30 million to make sure kids in need have access to high-quality early childhood education.
Dream vacation: I did it. I once spent 14 months traveling around the world.
Joanna Powell, 24 (bottom right)
Pastry chef, Cafe Aion
Guilty pleasure: Gambling.
Rainy-day activity: Listening to vinyl.
I can’t live without: Bourbon.
On the bucket list: I’d like to see somebody from Led Zeppelin perform live before they all die.
Dating deal-breaker: A Raiders fan.
Find me here on a Saturday night: In bed. Sunday is brunch day.
Biggest influence: My dad. I’m still rocking all of his jokes.
Dream vacation: Anywhere in South America.
What I look for in a significant other: A good sense of humor, a mellow personality, and someone who’s not too similar to me.
Biggest accomplishment: Getting a double double bull’s-eye (two double bull’s-eyes) playing darts with friends.
Great night out: A comedy show or dueling piano bar.
If I could have a superpower: Invisibility.
TiVo embarrassment: Law & Order: SVU.