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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 (that was the name at the time) 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, in December 1977, that I truly embraced my commitment to adventure of all kinds.
What makes me most happy is witnessing our son, Hayden, live a life full of adventure, integrity and conviction, and travelling with my husband who has been my best friend for over 35 years.
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.
I love how film can open eyes, inspire someone’s spirit, and change lives. I am thrilled and humbled to be a part of 5Point Film.
From the countryside of Southern Indiana, to the country music scene in Nashville, TN, I found my way to Colorado in 2008, and now am enjoying the Roaring Fork Valley. What a gem.
I have gotten to work with some of the most amazing people in my previous roles as Owner of Knock on Wood Productions, as Director of the American Mountaineering Museum, and most recently as Development Officer at the American Alpine Club. Now, I am grateful and excited to welcome film and the creative world, back into my career and life.
5Point is an incredible experience, in a fantastic community, and a beautiful place. What more could someone ask for? More hours in the day to enjoy it all, of course.
After growing up in Iowa, I headed out east to study at Colby College in Maine. At Colby, I pushed my passion for the outdoors in the outing club, stretched my mind intellectually studying the likes of Kant and Sartre and explored my creative side through design, photography, film and murals.
My passion for film came in a flurry — A friend and I decided to pack our bags, pull together some cameras and head out west to sleep in the back of my Subaru for the month of January and tell stories through film. It was good. It was cold. And it’s all grown from there.
When the opportunity to move to Colorado presented itself, I jumped at the chance. It was the opportunity to blend my passions: outdoor adventure and creative expression. I strive to live creatively — 5Point has been the perfect place to grow my two loves, work with inspiring people and it keeps me excited for each new day.
Festival Manager + Dream Project Coordinator
Deciding to explore the West, I spent four years at Colorado College, racing bikes, working towards an economics degree, and expanding my mind in various ways. After, going through the mind-boggling, career decision process, I figured that if I was going to be at the bottom of the pile, I might as well be riding bikes and skiing in the beautiful state of Colorado!
Looking for that tight knit community, I was drawn to Carbondale; the mountains, the companies, and the community…it has it all. On top of this, working at 5Point Film, I get to help kids articulate and accomplish their dreams, inspire thousands through film, and, yes, sneak out of the office from time-to-time when the snow falls, but most importantly I get to love my work. I consider myself very lucky to work with the films, stories, companies, and people involved with 5Point Film.
* I must confess that, at heart, I am a New Englander, and I have the scars from hearty winter days and a gallon of pure, grade A, light amber maple syrup in my fridge to prove it.