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 traveling 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 have no good answer for the common question where I am from. I was raised mostly in Paris, France but prior to that born in the Big Apple and 7 years in Philadelphia constituted home. I went through the majority of middle school and high school in Paris and then Princeton, New Jersey is where I finished up high school. Through all of these moves though, one thing stayed truly the same – Colorado pulsed through my veins.
My roots in the Colorado ski industry hailing back to my grandfather who was the mountain manager and mayor of Breckenridge were always a strong part of me. I studied at Colorado College to ensure I was close to the mountains. After CC, I went on to pursue a MBA/Masters in Accounting at Northeastern University which led me to PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City. It was only so long until the pull of the mountains was too much to resist and number crunching became too easy to leave behind. I packed the car and landed in Aspen, Colorado where I became a Public Relations Manager at Aspen Skiing Company.
My strong sense of adventure and love of the outdoors have landed me in my dream job. When I left my first show at 5Point I left the theater changed. Just as our motto reads – Come Together. Return Changed. I hope to bring that same feeling to all of you.
Volunteer + Dream Project Coordinator
I grew up in Boise, Idaho, but moved to Carbondale in 2006 to hang out with my BFF BJ Sbarra. Climbing is my main passion, along with sharing time with good friends and family, whether it be in a coffee shop or out at the local crags.
I love music, high fives, and the open road. I have a dog named Thunderpup who is every bit as fun as her name implies.
I’ve been involved with 5Point from the first festival in 2008, and I appreciate being able to meet and work with so many great people every year. Each year the collective 5Point community gets stronger, resulting in more adventure and craving for the unknown.
I am passionate about film and what it can teach us about the world and each other, and I’m easy to pick out of the crowd, as I’m the one in the back row tearing up, with Kleenex in hand.
I enjoy strong coffee, splitter cracks and playing chess on rainy fall mornings. I’m also known for having the most put together portrait photo of anyone on staff.