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 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 have gotten to work with some of the most amazing creative people. Luckily, I found my way to Colorado in 2008, and now, I am grateful and excited to have film and the creative world, back in my career and life.
I define adventure in so many ways, but my favorite tools for adventure are my mountain bike, motorcycles, skis, and guitar.
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.
Program and Creative Director
Before sustaining a spine injury at the end of 2014, I made my living from hard days in the mountains. Following six years of teaching wilderness mountaineering courses, I began shooting photos, video and writing for clients like National Geographic, Camp 4 Collective, Powder Magazine, and outdoor brands. My work reflects a deep firsthand expertise of wilderness travel and DIY adventure. Since being paralyzed, I have pushed towards a remarkable recovery and am finding fresh opportunities be involved in adventure storytelling.
About 5 minutes into my first visit to Carbondale, Colorado I knew I was going to have to live here. It took a few years to figure it out…. but after sitting in the audience at 5Point Film Festival 3 years in a row, all that inspiration got into my bones and I made the leap. A year into my Carbondale life, I’ve joined the 5Point Team! I guess we all gravitate towards what moves us the most, and being a part of the 5Point staff feeds my creative spirit in the best ways possible.
If I’m not gazing deeply into the belly of our beautiful Mount Sopris, I’m probably jumping in rivers, mountain biking to secret picnic locations or transcribing my imagination into inspiring graphic illustrations.
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.
Southeast Event Manager
I’m inspired by my son, Coletrane’s curiosity, wisdom, & awe for our natural world, & by his ability to draw beauty from every moment. Coletrane keeps me grounded, present, alive, & aware–not to mention enjoying spontaneous dance parties or impromptu adventures in the woods.
I love my Western North Carolina community, with its vibrant arts & outdoors culture. I adore these ancient mountains, & the stories they tell. I love putting on events in Asheville, bringing people together, & creating magic in my hometown.
I’ve been a letterpress printer & bookbinder, wilderness instructor, school teacher, adjunct college professor, & race director (among many manifestations). Today, I focus entirely on quality event production. I’m also proud to serve on the Board of the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, an organization that is near & dear to my heart.
I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to share 5Point with the region I love!
Pacific Northwest Event Manager
I love the rain.
A Northwest girl through & through, nothing makes me feel more at home than listening to the pitter-patter of rain on my tent as I contemplate firing up the stove for my first cup of coffee.
As much as I love the perfect sunny day – there’s something to be said about getting caught in a downpour. Switching gears from multi-pitch rock climbing objectives to a rainy-day chantrelle hunt, from glassy paddling in the San Juans to white-capped channel crossings, from a blue-bird backcountry day to getting caught in a Mt. Baker whiteout.
These are the types of moments that I reflect upon and smile.
These are the types of moments that bring focus and meaning into people’s lives and are remembered year after year after year.
These are the types of moments that 5Point Film celebrates & I am thrilled to be able to bring these moments to my community.