Regna seeks to make the world a better place through creative and impactful work in service to community development, education, and wellness. As a director and producer for the arts, she has worked in both the private sector as a business owner as well as in human services, and arts-based non-profits. Most recently, Regna was Director of Operations and Education for Aspen Film where she was responsible for the overall operations as well as for producing the three signature festivals. Prior to her move to the Roaring Fork Valley, she was the Artistic Director and co-owner of the historic Paradise Theatre in Paonia, CO. Programming included first-run movies, independent and foreign cinema, national musical touring acts, and original theatrical productions. Currently, she works with Carbondale Arts as Board Chair. She holds a M.Ed. from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She is a proud mom of two boys and enjoys hiking, gardening, painting and getting down on the dance floor. Photo Credit: Mike Lyons
Christine moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1995 to go to Vet Tech school at Colorado Mountain College. Her first love is animals, film is a close second. She has worked as a veterinary nurse throughout the valley and been a buyer/manager for the Aspen Skiing Company as well, but really prefers volunteering. That’s how she got involved with 5Point in 2014. Falling in love with the Flagship Festival made her want to get involved on a different level. Volunteering with people like Tracy Wilson and getting to know the directors, talent, and guests has kept her coming back year after year. She has been known to “ugly face cry” through many of the films regardless of the subject matter. Christine is honored to have gone from volunteer to staff member. Raised in Southern California, the ocean is always calling, but the mountains are home. She loves skiing, hiking, surfing, horseback riding, and spending time with her dogs. Photo Credit: Frances Marron
British-born, Sarah-Jane has lived and worked in all four corners of the world, but Colorado stole her heart in 2002 and since then she's spent most of that time living the dream in the Roaring Fork Valley. SJ began her journalism career in the frantic world of newspaper reporting, before she made the switch to public relations to pursue a career path more aligned with her passion and interest for the travel industry. She worked on global marketing campaigns at international PR agencies for brands including tourism boards, airlines and hotel brands, before taking a more focused approach to support smaller grassroots organizations within the sectors of tourism, lifestyle and outdoor recreation. SJ lives with her family, including Finn and Matty who are devoted 5Point attendees, and enjoys spending her time planning the next big trip-- be it home to Cambridge, England, the Great Lakes of Michigan, the rainforests of Ecuador, or mountains of Northern India.
Phil Mollenkof has worked in marketing and brand strategy for most of his career, helping nonprofits, for-profits and social enterprise businesses tell their story better. A big believer in the power of film storytelling, he seeks to use 5Point as a tool of change and empowerment for organizations, communities and individuals. He is also passionate about bringing other brands alongside the 5Point journey, allowing them to be agents of positive change. He was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, and now calls the mountains his home, along with his wife and two boys.
Shannon Outing came to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2014 to pursue a degree in photography and Colorado trout. Now that she's caught both, Shannon devotes her dual talents to guiding Taylor Creek's clients and documenting the fly-fishing life with her cameras. In addition to being a personable guide, she is fast becoming a known professional photographer and has multiple published images in magazines throughout the fishing industry. Shannon is passionate about 5Point's mission of igniting adventure in others through sharing meaningful stories. Telling her own stories through her images, you can see them in the Fly Fishing Journal and find her work on Instagram (@shannonouting) or her website, shannonoutingphotography.com.
Charlie’s background in journalism, enthusiasm for travel, and keen interest in diff erent cultures has led him to the world of documentaries. After working around the globe as an expedition leader for several years, Charlie graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney, with a Bachelor of Communications in 2015. During this time Charlie traveled to Central Asia to work on his fi rst fi lm project: a 25-day canoe journey from Mongolia to Russia. Since then he has produced short, adventure-based documentaries in Iceland and Finland, (Summer Dreaming 2016) and a six-part web series (Tales to Tell 2015) in Australia. He has also worked as a news journalist in print media.
Tracy Wilson, an Idaho native moved to Carbondale, CO in 2006. For the past twenty years, Tracy has coordinated volunteers for large-scale events such as marathons and Iron Man races. She has grown her involvement in the festival since its inaugural year through expansion of the 5point Dream Project and education programming. In addition to her work at 5point, Tracy has co-founded Bonedale Bike Week and teaches 9th-grade history at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, as well as co-teaching the University of Colorado and ACES night class, Tomorrow’s Voices. She serves as the Vice-Chair on the Town of Carbondale Parks & Recreation Commission. Tracy is motivated by cultivating powerful relationships in her community. She is a passionate climber, but when she is not out at the crag, you can find her playing chess at a coffee shop, volunteering, or coordinating a variety of community events. Photo credit: Katrin Bell
Paddy O’Connell is a freelance creator and storyteller, and the host and co-writer of Safety Third podcast. When he’s not practicing Footloose inspired dance moves, Patrick Swayze-esque hair flips, and grooming his mustache to resemble Tom Selleck’s lip caterpillar, Paddy can be found in the mountains — mostly likely being a bit loud and doing something a lot weird. He is based in Carbondale, Colorado. Photo credit: Mike Thurk
Benjamin Taylor Cole Hunter is from Fort Collins Colorado and has been living in the Roaring Fork Valley for the past four years. He attends Colorado Mountain College and works as a freelance Videographer and Photographer. Photo Credit: Catherine Aeppel
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Our family adventures to the slopes of Northern Michigan is where the real magic began. My enthusiastic parents introduced me to alpine skiing at the age of four, and that was it. Little did I know how that first moment I felt my skis floating down the massive 300-foot slopes at the Otsego Ski Resort would shape my life. School—I got through it and boogied directly to Aspen, Colorado at the ripe age of 19. I lived the life of a committed ski bum, teaching for the Aspen Ski Company and working evening restaurant shifts so I could master my passion for skiing and a life adventuring in the Elk Mountains. It wasn’t until I met my true love, Michael Kennedy, at the Sundeck Restaurant on top of Aspen Mountain, that I truly embraced my commitment to adventure of all kinds. My mission in life is quite simple—to connect people so they too can fulfill their inspired dreams and that is why I created the 5Point Film Festival.
President - Laura has over ten years of experience in marketing, PR, and communications, she has a strong knowledge in digital marketing, content distribution and loves helping clients grow their business. For the last eight and a half years, Laura has worked in the outdoor industry in roles like 'Associate Media Director', where she was responsible for full funnel media planning strategies and 'Account Director and Senior Strategist’ where she has worked on developing and implementing brand strategy. One of her greatest passions is working with storytellers and film makers to ensure that their stories are being seen by as many people as possible. She believes that film has the power to move people and spark change.
Vice President - Lindsey Hagen is an Executive Producer and emerging Director canvassing the film market across branded documentary work, cause related film making and commercial production. She spends her time amidst the mountains and the sea and comes from a background in journalism, marketing, sales and non-profit start ups. Lindsey's passion is creating cause related films and pursuing topics she feels need a podium. She believes as storytellers we have a responsibility to share truth, while creating opportunity for the voices seldom heard and advocating for the changes we want to see in our world.
Treasurer - Roger Hennefeld and his wife moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1998 after he completed business school. A firm believer in 5Point, Roger believes everyone needs the spiritual uplift that being in nature brings, and feels that film and great social events are an amazing facilitator.
Lou Eppelsheimer is currently the Director of Sales & Marketing at The Gant, Aspen, Colorado’s finest condominium resort where he directs the total operations of The Gant’s sales and marketing efforts. Lou has spent the entirety of his fifteen post-graduate years in the hospitality industry, and has worked with a variety of hotels and resorts across the country, from Charleston to Maui, but he specializes mainly in condominium resort management. Outside the office, Lou is an avid backpacker and skier, pensive photographer and intrepid world traveler.
Derek Johnston has been a professional artist for over thirty years and his fine art landscape photography has been widely collected and exhibited. It is included in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and has been honored with a Colorado Council on the Arts Grant in Visual Arts. Derek is currently a professor and Director of Professional Photography at Colorado Mountain College, where he initiated a partnership with 5POINT to help inspire young storytellers.
Arriving in the Roaring Fork Valley after graduating from the University of Denver, Summers has been an integral part of the community. Her love for the area is immeasurable. Her latest passion finds her in the art/photography scene while raising two beautiful daughters.
Beatriz is originally from Chihuahua, Mexico, where she grew up in a bi-cultural setting between Mexico and the United States. She graduated from Basalt High School and went on to study architecture in Chihuahua City. Having the opportunity to work in both the US and Mexico, she has engaged in a diverse range of architectural and community projects, always with a focus on environmental and social justice. She is very passionate about sustainable and conscientious design. Regularly being a part of two different worlds, she tries to bring people together and be a liaison for people in any community she’s a part of; from Chihuahua City, to the tiny beach town of San Pancho, to the Roaring Fork Valley.
Greg joined Backbone Media in 2005 after managing the advertising team at Climbing magazine and co-founding the Philadelphia Rock Gym. At Backbone, Greg has worn many hats both on the PR and media team and has been instrumental in establishing and growing the media buying and planning side of Backbone’s business. Backbone’s media work spans all channels and includes award winning digital campaigns and national TV brand campaigns. Greg is an all-around outdoor enthusiast and lives in Carbondale with his family – Carolyn, Sage and Luke.
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