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Executive Board

Aspen Strong’s executive team is the backbone to our operations. They are strong advocates for mental health and their executive director. They intricately and voluntarily support the operations, programs and events, sustainability of finances and progress of goals to support Aspen Strong’s mission.  

President

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Keir Gallik

Keir is originally from Bozeman, MT but has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for two years now working at Jaywalker Lodge – a residential drug and alcohol treatment center in Carbondale. He is pursuing a business degree at CMC.

Vice President

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Angilina Taylor

Angilina was in an executive role as the Design and Development Director in the footwear industry prior to moving to the RFV in 2015.   Moving here from Los Angeles county was a quality of life decision that she is so happy she made.  Angilina now owns and operates a footwear company with her husband out of Carbondale, CO.  The company is committed to donating a portion of sales to mental health organizations and is on a mission to break the stigma behind mental health issues.

Treasurer

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Lindsey Geary

Lindsey grew up in Aspen making her a true local. Currently, she works for Alpine Bank and has been in the banking industry since 2001. Lindsey spends the majority of her time outside of work with her family and in the great outdoors. Lindsey takes pride in our community and truly believes that there is no better place to live in the world than here.  She comes to Aspen Strong with excitement to see what a little mental floss can do for our community. 

Secretary

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Jeff Hembury

Jeff moved to the valley from the U.K in 2000. Jeff has a background in the restaurant business & currently works in Human Resources with Aspen Skiing Company. When he isn’t teaching spin, you can find him running trails, skiing up or down a hill or road biking. Spending time outdoors helps keep a healthy mental balance so he can strive to be a better husband & dad.

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Georgina Melbye

Georgina Melbye is an attorney at the law firm Kalamaya | Goscha. Her practice focuses on family law and other types of personal disputes. Originally from Boulder, she graduated from Cornell University and pursued a law degree at the University of Colorado.

Shortly after graduating in 2014, she moved to Aspen to begin her legal career. In her practice, she often works with professionals in the mental health field to assist on disputes relating to child custody. Recognizing the great need for mental health support in the valley, she is excited to serve Aspen Strong and support the greater community. When not on the slopes or in the office, Georgina can be found mountain/dirt biking, hiking and camping.  

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Andy Godfrey

Andy is a husband, father, wealth advisor, and coach who has lived in the Aspen area for the past 45 years. Having arrived in the Roaring Fork Valley under very unusual circumstances, surviving a plane crash in 1974, he strives to make every day count by helping others in any capacity that he can. The quote from James Taylor’s song the Secret of Life “is enjoying the passage of time” resonates with him as a constant reminder that we all need to live within the moment and give back.

He has recently produced a documentary called “3 Days 2 Nights” that  chronicles his experience and serves as a guidepost for people trying to move on from traumatic events.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Karin 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.

Leadership & Advisory Board

Aspen Strong’s Leadership & Advisory members believe in and advocate for Aspen Strong and our mission. They support a specific advisory position to meet the needs of our organization. They also provide financial support for long-term sustainability. They are advocates of mental health and Aspen Strong.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Emily Supino, LPC

Interim Executive Director

Emily is a licensed professional counselor with a private practice in Aspen, where she provides client-centered play and talk therapy to individuals and families.  Emily grew up in St. Louis and has a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Missouri. After living and teaching in Crested Butte, CO, she received her Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado-Denver.  Emily was a school counselor in Durango, CO before moving to Aspen and opening her practice. Emily believes it is important to identify mental health trends that are impacting our community.  She is dedicated to supporting the mental health needs of the Roaring Fork Valley through education and collaboration. Emily loves the mountains and enjoys hiking, skiing, reading, and spending time with her family.

Rodney O'Byrne

Rodney O’Byrne

Director of Marketing & Communication

Rodney is a seasoned veteran in the world of marketing and software development. After spending nearly 20 years in Seattle working with high profile clients like Microsoft, Eli Lilly, 2000 Democratic Nation Convention, T-mobile, HTC, Mark Burnett, and Janus Mutual Funds, he decided it was time for a major change for him and his family. Searching for a simpler, more grass roots way of living, he packed the family up and and moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2011. Rodney enjoys exploring the local mountain biking and hiking trails with his two inspiring daughters, and their high energy rescue dog Rocky. Rodney joins Aspen Strong with not only a strong business acumen, but a passion for being involved with, and serving his mountain community.

In Remembrance

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Carlin Brightwell

Aspen Strong Board 2017

Originally from Cincinnati, OH Carlin has called CO home for ten years. She manages the Emporium and Flying Circus. Carlin takes pride and passion for her love of the arts and the Aspen community. Carlin enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her Aspen family. She is Aspen’s SUNSHINE!

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Ryan Marcil

Aspen Strong Board 2016-2017

Ryan Marcil grew up in Vero Beach, Florida and attended Bucknell University where he studied psychology and played Division I Tennis. After working in the foreign exchange industry for two years in New York City, he decided to make a change and pursue his passions for the outdoors, athletics, and mental health.

 

Get Involved

If you are interested in being involved in the Aspen Strong Foundation at a board level, please email us.

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    "This was a very effective presentation and helped numerous employees connect to local resources and improve their mental hygiene. We will want to do it again," 2018 Workplace Partner

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    "In Aspen we spend so much time talking about and working on our physical and spiritual fitness, but for some reason we completely ignore our mental wellness. Its as if we believe mental illness is reserved for those far removed from us, as if we are too "fit" for that type of thing. I would argue there is a fine and precarious line between mental wellness and illness. It is our duty to all of the parts of ourselves to keep our minds strong. Aspen Strong aims to do just that through ensuring that valley wide there are resources available to each of us that assess and support our mental hygiene, our mental fitness and our mental wellness. We can't be well in our physical and spiritual realms if our mental selves are not part of the equation. We truly are as great as the sum of our parts."

    Lady Fuller, International Gifting Company

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    "Aspen Strong plays an essential role-- increasing awareness of community resources, decreasing stigma, and advocating for the most vulnerable.  Their annual symposium empowers professionals in the community, and their year-round efforts educate and connect people to mental health resources in order to reduce substance abuse, mental health crises, and suicide.  By focusing on mental health hygiene and emotional literacy, as well as supporting the front line professionals, and promoting connections and various resources, Aspen Strong’s commitment to health wellness is inspiring."  

    Tina Payne Bryson, PhD; Co-author of The Yes Brain, and bestsellers The Whole-Brain Child, No-Drama Discipline; Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Connection & The Play Strong Institute

  • Lawrence Altman, CBD Trading & ASF donor.

    I realized younger in life that it was important to help other people any way I could. I have been involved in many causes that I thought were important, but mental health as dominated my interest. My own mental health struggles led me to a wonderful doctor and through him I started the Aspen Mental Health Fund which lead me to an amazing young woman Christina King. Christina brought the Aspen Strong Foundation idea to me. I was so impressed with her incredible energy and determination to make a difference in the world of mental health that it had become my passion as well. I believe we help many people who desperately need it. We are determined to rid people of the stigma of getting help for mental health issues. I am proud to be involved with Aspen Strong!