GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Louise Goodman’s experienced many challenges growing up in Denver leading her to dream big.

Goodman moved to the Western Slope from Denver in 2003. She started out as a mortgage loan officer at Timberline bank, but slowly worked her way up. She is now a branch president here and found a meaningful way to help other people and businesses in the Latin-X community.

Goodman helped found the Western Colorado Latino Chamber of Commerce and is also on the board for the Riverside Education Center, a tutoring and mentoring project that helps younger generation forge a future.

Miguel Molina, a business banking officer at Timberline also relies on his roots to reach out and help others.

The Latin-X community in Grand Junction is something they both help in different ways. Goodman helps REC with it’s upcoming Taste of Riverside event and cinco cinco, which is a 5k scheduled around Cinco de Mayo.

Their heritage helped make them who they are and fuels a passion that reflects into their everyday lives, helping new generations and businesses carry their culture forward, while honoring their past.