Aspen Strong

Leadership & Advisory Board

Aspen Strong’s Leadership & Advisory members believe in and advocate for mental health and Aspen Strong’s mission. . They provide counsel for the organization and their financial support aids in long-term sustainability.

Christina M. King
Founder

Christina is a licensed professional counselor specialized in cognitive behavioral therapy. A Philadelphia native, she graduated from Penn State University and West Chester University with her masters in Clinical Psychology. Christina began her therapeutic career in community mental health directing acute and partial programs hospital programs. She is the founder of Aspen Strong and co-founder of Changing Brains, Changing Lives Symposium. She sits on the Pitkin County Board of Health. She is a member of the Denver Speaker Bureau and has been recognized for her leadership and advocacy in mental health on various panels and magazines including Aspen Peak Magazine’s 2015 Woman of Influence. Christina loves to hike, ski, and spend time with her Australian Shepherd, Adie.

Lawrence Altman

Lawrence is a successful trader of over 28 years – Trader X Aspen. Lawrence started the mental health community fund to financially support community members of the valley in seeking mental health treatment when they could otherwise not afford to do so. He is the co-founder to Aspen Strong. He is passionate about helping the community of Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley in overcoming their struggle with mental illness.

Resa Hayes

Resa Hayes is a licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Glenwood Springs. She provides psychotherapy, mediation, parent education, and forensic services to families throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. She has a strong commitment to community service which is shown through her positions on boards throughout the valley, as well as her volunteerism for community projects and events.

Karen Bannerot

Karin has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for 27 years. She is an Addictions Counselor in private practice with Counseling Connections, LLC. She is also a nurse with 36 years experience currently working with Aspen Ski Company and Valley Settlement as a Child Care Health Consultant, and with the Pediatric team for Home Care of the Grand Valley. For fun and relaxation, Karin loves teaching yoga and traveling.

Kevin Smiddy

Kevin was raised in Aspen Colorado. He is the father of two Aspen teenagers and owns and operates Smiddy Limousine. He is the Deputy Chief and long time volunteer of the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department.

Bryan Baker

Bryan grew up in Vero Beach, Florida and moved to Colorado to continue his education at the University of Denver. After graduating, Bryan moved to Aspen in 2013 and became the general manager at Hickory House. Bryan has always had a passion to help and work with others and is excited to continue that passion through Aspen Strong. When not at work, you can find Bryan roaming the Rockies with his big fluffy dog, Rooky.

Lady Fuller

Lady Fuller is a serial entrepreneur, and currently CEO of IGC (International Gifting Co.). Lady has been in the retail space for 15 years, and is the former owner of the national chain of The Blues Jean Bar stores.

Lady served most recently as President of YPO Aspen 16-18. She has appeared on CNBC’s The Profit,is a recipient of ICSC’s coveted “Hot Retailer” of the year award, has contributed to Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” blog and has recently authored a memoir entitled: Lady about the suicide of her mother, and its implications on her own life from childhood through adulthood. The book describes her lifelong journey for connection with others and herself.

Lady has an MBA from University of San Francisco, is a graduate of the Hoffman Process, and has a passion for entrepreneurs, traveling to remote places in the world, and the environment.  Lady lives in Woody Creek with her husband and two children.

Carly Knauf

Carly is a Rehabilitation Counselor and co-found of a community-based program for adults diagnosed with an emotional, behavioral, and/or developmental disorder. Currently, Carly is working towards her Doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Denver with a focus on mental health diagnosis and counseling. Carly loves cheese and hiking with her Great Pyrenees, Rooky.

Mark Devlin

Mark Devlin is the founder and president of Devlin Financial Services. His expertise is in financial planning, asset management and insurance consulting. A private pilot, Mark also enjoys mountain biking, backpacking, golfing, and snowboarding.

Elizabeth Rush

A University of Kentucky graduate, Liz studied Family Sciences, Psychology and Human Nutrition. Liz has owned and managed several restaurants in Lexington, KY and New York City. With both personal and education experience with mental hygiene, it is very important to Liz to stay involved in local organizations that aid individuals in getting whatever help they may need. Liz also volunteers as a Crisis Text Line counselor.