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.
Damn it feels good to be a gangster. I grew up in Compton, CA and after a brief stint as a photography intern at the New York Times, I decided I wanted to set a world record. So I circumnavigated the globe by swimming the oceans with floaties. The trek exhausted me so I settled down to try my hand at making sushi. I was no good. Finally, my agent, Marty Schottenheimer, told to me to check out 5Point Film Festival, the best damn festival in the land, and here I am.*
*This is entirely untrue, but until Anders gives me his real bio, it stays
(Anders has in fact seen this, but finds this bio to be much more entertaining)
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.
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.
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.