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Luis Yllanes

Luis Yllanes

Executive Director

Luis has always believed in the power of images to change people’s lives and that art can bring people together from diverse backgrounds. As a lifelong art professional, he has worked in multiple capacities through various arts and educational organizations. Luis moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2009 to work at the Aspen Art Museum where he was promoted up through the organization and most recently was the Chief Operating Officer. Luis was also appointed to the Carbondale Town Council in August 2017 and was subsequently elected to a 4-year term in April 2018. Since moving to the Roaring Fork Valley, he has volunteered his time with various organizations such as KDNK, English in Action, and Carbondale Arts. In his free time Luis enjoys snowboarding, stand up paddle boarding, surfing and gardening. He holds a BFA in Fine Art Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. Luis currently resides in Carbondale with his wife and two children. Photo Credit: Summers Moore

Christine Helling

Christine Helling

Administrative Assistant + Guest services

Christine moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1995 to go to Vet Tech school at Colorado Mountain College. Her first love is animals, film is a close second. She has worked as a veterinary nurse throughout the valley and been a buyer/manager for the Aspen Skiing Company as well, but really prefers volunteering. That’s how she got involved with 5Point in 2014. Falling in love with the Flagship Festival made her want to get involved on a different level. Volunteering with people like Tracy Wilson and getting to know the directors, talent, and guests has kept her coming back year after year. She has been known to “ugly face cry” through many of the films regardless of the subject matter. Christine is honored to have gone from volunteer to staff member. Raised in Southern California, the ocean is always calling, but the mountains are home. She loves skiing, hiking, surfing, horseback riding, and spending time with her dogs. Photo Credit: Frances Marron

Sarah Jane Johnson

Sarah Jane Johnson

Publicist

British-born, Sarah-Jane has lived and worked in all four corners of the world, but Colorado stole her heart in 2002 and since then she's spent most of that time living the dream in the Roaring Fork Valley. SJ began her journalism career in the frantic world of newspaper reporting, before she made the switch to public relations to pursue a career path more aligned with her passion and interest for the travel industry. She worked on global marketing campaigns at international PR agencies for brands including tourism boards, airlines and hotel brands, before taking a more focused approach to support smaller grassroots organizations within the sectors of tourism, lifestyle and outdoor recreation. SJ lives with her family, including Finn and Matty who are devoted 5Point attendees, and enjoys spending her time planning the next big trip-- be it home to Cambridge, England, the Great Lakes of Michigan, the rainforests of Ecuador, or mountains of Northern India.

Phil Mollenkof

Phil Mollenkof

Director of Marketing + Partnerships

Phil Mollenkof has worked in marketing and brand strategy for most of his career, helping nonprofits, for-profits and social enterprise businesses tell their story better. A big believer in the power of film storytelling, he seeks to use 5Point as a tool of change and empowerment for organizations, communities and individuals. He is also passionate about bringing other brands alongside the 5Point journey, allowing them to be agents of positive change. He was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, and now calls the mountains his home, along with his wife and two boys

Shannon Outing

Shannon Outing

Operations Manager

Shannon Outing came to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2014 to pursue a degree in photography and Colorado trout. Now that she's caught both, Shannon devotes her dual talents to guiding Taylor Creek's clients and documenting the fly-fishing life with her cameras. In addition to being a personable guide, she is fast becoming a known professional photographer and has multiple published images in magazines throughout the fishing industry. Shannon is passionate about 5Point's mission of igniting adventure in others through sharing meaningful stories. Telling her own stories through her images, you can see them in the Fly Fishing Journal and find her work on Instagram (@shannonouting) or her website, shannonoutingphotography.com.

Charlie Turnbull

Charlie Turnbull

Director of Programming

Charlie Turnbull is a documentary filmmaker with an interest in the American West. Originally from Australia, he worked around the globe as an expedition leader before graduating university with a journalism degree and setting off to America. His debut feature documentary, The Bikes of Wrath, premiered at 5Point in 2018 and went on to broadcast and theatrical success. He currently splits his time between California and Texas but would rather be in Carbondale

Tracy Wilson

Tracy Wilson

Community Liaison and Educational Engagement

Tracy Wilson, an Idaho native moved to Carbondale, CO in 2006. For the past twenty years, Tracy has coordinated volunteers for large-scale events such as marathons and Iron Man races. She has grown her involvement in the festival since its inaugural year through expansion of the 5point Dream Project and education programming. In addition to her work at 5point, Tracy has co-founded Bonedale Bike Week and teaches 9th-grade history at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, as well as co-teaching the University of Colorado and ACES night class, Tomorrow’s Voices. She serves as the Vice-Chair on the Town of Carbondale Parks & Recreation Commission. Tracy is motivated by cultivating powerful relationships in her community. She is a passionate climber, but when she is not out at the crag, you can find her playing chess at a coffee shop, volunteering, or coordinating a variety of community events. Photo credit: Katrin Bell

Paddy O'Connell

Paddy O'Connell

Host and All-Around Great Guy

Paddy O’Connell is a freelance creator and storyteller, and the host and co-writer of Safety Third podcast. When he’s not practicing Footloose inspired dance moves, Patrick Swayze-esque hair flips, and grooming his mustache to resemble Tom Selleck’s lip caterpillar, Paddy can be found in the mountains — mostly likely being a bit loud and doing something a lot weird. He is based in Carbondale, Colorado. Photo credit: Mike Thurk

Benjamin Taylor Cole Hunter

Benjamin Taylor Cole Hunter

In-House Editor and Technical Manager

Benjamin Taylor Cole Hunter is from Fort Collins Colorado and has been living in the Roaring Fork Valley for the past four years. He attends Colorado Mountain College and works as a freelance Videographer and Photographer. Photo Credit: Catherine Aeppel

Julie Kennedy

Julie Kennedy

Founder

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 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, that I truly embraced my commitment to adventure of all kinds. 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.

Ryan Ernstes

Ryan Ernstes

Production Manager

Ryan hails from the lakes of north Georgia, but quickly fell in love with the mountains when she moved to Colorado in 2014. Her experiences as a ski instructor, ultrarunner, and world traveler have shaped her belief in the power of outdoor storytelling. After five years working as an international travel specialist, Ryan is now pursuing a Masters of Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder, with an emphasis on feature writing and documentary film. She hopes to use the lens of outdoor recreation to incite change in areas such as the climate crisis and social inequality.

 Jamie Wall

Jamie Wall

Production Assistant

Jamie moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2017 when she accepted a position with the Town of Carbondale as a Special Events Coordinator. Originally from Wisconsin, Jamie chose to move out to Colorado to pursue her passion in the outdoors. She enjoys skiing, hiking, mountain biking, painting, camping, and fly fishing. Since living here in Carbondale, she has taken on various roles such as: Carbondale Farmers’ Market Manager, Board Member of the Tourism Council of Carbondale, and recently assisted with 5Point Film Festival at the Earth Day Pop-Up show. As a Special Events Coordinator for the Town of Carbondale Parks and Rec Department, Jamie has been able to experience the 5Point Film Festival the last four years. This year, she will be working directly with 5Point as a Production Assistant.

Evan Witt

Evan Witt

Graphic Designer

Evan is an active member of the outdoor community who spends his free time skiing/snowboarding in the winter and longboarding or mountain biking in the summer. He is a recent CMC graduate who also operates a freelance design business based in Basalt

Festival Board Members

Laura Merino
Laura Merino

President - Laura has over ten years of experience in marketing, PR, and communications, she has a strong knowledge in digital marketing, content distribution and loves helping clients grow their business. For the last eight and a half years, Laura has worked in the outdoor industry in roles like 'Associate Media Director', where she was responsible for full funnel media planning strategies and 'Account Director and Senior Strategist’ where she has worked on developing and implementing brand strategy. One of her greatest passions is working with storytellers and film makers to ensure that their stories are being seen by as many people as possible. She believes that film has the power to move people and spark change.

Lindsey Hagen
Lindsey Hagen

Vice President - Lindsey Hagen is an Executive Producer and emerging Director canvassing the film market across branded documentary work, cause related film making and commercial production. She spends her time amidst the mountains and the sea and comes from a background in journalism, marketing, sales and non-profit start ups. Lindsey's passion is creating cause related films and pursuing topics she feels need a podium. She believes as storytellers we have a responsibility to share truth, while creating opportunity for the voices seldom heard and advocating for the changes we want to see in our world.

Roger Hennefeld
Roger Hennefeld

Treasurer - Roger Hennefeld and his wife moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1998 after he completed business school. A firm believer in 5Point, Roger believes everyone needs the spiritual uplift that being in nature brings, and feels that film and great social events are an amazing facilitator.

Massimo Alpian
Massimo Alpian

Massimo Alpian grew up in New York and now resides in Boulder, Colorado. With an accomplished international non-profit career, Alpian focused on human rights, climate change and its effect on refugees. A love for the outdoors and bike racing are what brought Massimo to leave his non-profit career for a marketing and communications career in the outdoor industry. Alpian has worked for outdoor brands like CamelBak, Fjällräven, HOKA, Tracksmith and KEEN. In his current role managing global communications for Cannondale, he works on making cycling and bikes accessible to all, while working on the ground with various non-profit organizations focusing on social and racial justice, as well as a proud board member of 5Point.

Lou Eppelsheimer
Lou Eppelsheimer

Lou Eppelsheimer is currently the Director of Sales & Marketing at The Gant, Aspen, Colorado’s finest condominium resort where he directs the total operations of The Gant’s sales and marketing efforts. Lou has spent the entirety of his fifteen post-graduate years in the hospitality industry, and has worked with a variety of hotels and resorts across the country, from Charleston to Maui, but he specializes mainly in condominium resort management. Outside the office, Lou is an avid backpacker and skier, pensive photographer and intrepid world traveler.

Michael Fox
Michael Fox

Michael lives in the Roaring Fork Valley with his Fiancée and Swiss Mountain Dog named Tater. He works as an attorney for the firm Kalamaya Goscha. The 5Point Film Festival has been inspirational to him in many ways, and he looks forward to growing their mission and presence.

Derek Johnston
Derek Johnston

Derek Johnston has been a professional artist for over thirty years and his fine art landscape photography has been widely collected and exhibited. It is included in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and has been honored with a Colorado Council on the Arts Grant in Visual Arts. Derek is currently a professor and Director of Professional Photography at Colorado Mountain College, where he initiated a partnership with 5POINT to help inspire young storytellers.

Candice Kozark
Candice Kozark

Candice is a Texas Native with an Ozark mountain pull and resides in Northwest Arkansas. She's an avid mountain biker, van-lover, kayaker, and explorer. Over the year's she's worn many professional hats, including bookkeeper, marketing manager, mental health therapist, and most recently Development Director for a regional cycling advocacy organization. Candice is a big believer in the healing power of immersing oneself in nature; her favorite way to do this is taking off into the wilderness in her van or biking down a long flow trail. She's currently halfway through her goal of exploring every National Park in America before she turns 40 and is working on building the van community through her side-gig, Vanarchy in the Ozarks.

Summers Moore
Summers Moore

Arriving in the Roaring Fork Valley after graduating from the University of Denver, Summers has been an integral part of the community. Her love for the area is immeasurable. Her latest passion finds her in the art/photography scene while raising two beautiful daughters.

Jasmin Rameriz
Jasmin Rameriz

Jasmin is one of the original founders and now serves as a program coordinator for Voces Unidas. Before joining Voces Unidas, Jasmin was a facilitator for a nonprofit serving veterans in the Roaring Fork Valley. In 2013 she made her way back to Colorado and began her teaching career. Jasmin is the proud daughter and wife of immigrants. She graduated from Glenwood Springs High School and is a first-generation college graduate. She resides in Glenwood Springs with her children and her husband who is a small business owner. Jasmin was elected in November of 2019 to the Roaring Fork School District’s Board of Education, where almost 60% of students are Latino. She also serves on the Parks and Recreation Commission for the City of Glenwood Springs.

Greg Williams
Greg Williams

Greg joined Backbone Media in 2005 after managing the advertising team at Climbing magazine and co-founding the Philadelphia Rock Gym. At Backbone, Greg has worn many hats both on the PR and media team and has been instrumental in establishing and growing the media buying and planning side of Backbone’s business. Backbone’s media work spans all channels and includes award winning digital campaigns and national TV brand campaigns. Greg is an all-around outdoor enthusiast and lives in Carbondale with his family – Carolyn, Sage and Luke.

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