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.
My life revolves around the idea that business and art are two of the most powerful forces for good in a world fraught with daunting problems. I’ve helped catalyze conscious living in the winter sports community with the non-profit Alpine Initiatives, spent months of my life volunteering my photography skills for non-profits and social ventures in far-flung destinations and like to focus my working hours on promoting stories that catalyze personal growth and social progress. I believe we all have the potential to be agents of change and one of the most impactful things we can do is inspire the multitudes by amplifying the powerful voices and narratives of those leading the way. We are all in this together, so let’s make the best of it and have a damn good time creating the change we want to see in the world.
Partnerships + Engagement
I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, but I moved out west to go to college and never looked back. I developed a deep passion for the outdoors during college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Trail running was a gateway drug to rock climbing and the two combined now take up the vast majority of my free time. I moved to Boulder, CO in 2009 to explore a new place and fell in love with the state of Colorado. These days, I live in Las Vegas, NV, soaking up the sun and climbing as much as possible.
A good day starts out with lots of coffee, a walk with my dog, and a plan. I love to make lists almost as much as I love ticking things off them. I strive to live each day to the fullest, and I believe that relationships are the most important thing in this world. I’ve been working in the non-profit world for over 12 years, and I’ve been lucky to have a career that allows me to exercise my love for connecting with people.
I get a lot of joy from connecting people with the things that give their life meaning– which led me to work with 5Point Film Festival. I believe that 5Point’s film programs and festivals have the power to change lives, communities, and ultimately, the world. I am in awe of the impact a good story can have on someone’s life. And I know that the bigger 5Point grows its partnership family, the better stories we will have to share and inspire people with.
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.