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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.  



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.



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. 



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.


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.


Matthew Pearson

Matt grew up in Chicago and moved the the Roaring Fork Valley to teach skiing. He graduated from law school at John Marshall in Chicago. He also has his MSW from the University of Denver.  He is former deputy district attorney and has been working at Silverman Law for 3 years.  


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Operations Team


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.

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McKenna Kiker

Student Intern

McKenna Kiker was born and raised in Aspen, Colorado. She is senior at Aspen High School and is involved in the community through both service and clubs including Future Business Leaders of America and volunteering for Shining Stars. She is on the ski team and soccer team for Aspen High School. She is dedicated to grow the youth connection with Aspen Strong and become more involved in mental hygiene in the Roaring Fork Valley

In Remembrance


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!


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.

  • 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!

  • Ericka Anderson, MA LPC, Trauma Specialized Psychotherapist in Roaring Fork Valley & ASF Provider

    Because of Aspen Strong there is a place to turn to when someone needs help. I am deeply appreciative of their commitment to mental health in our valley.

  • Amanda Friend, Valley Settlement Project (2015 Symposium)

    I am so grateful to the Aspen Strong Foundation for bringing such amazing information and experts to our valley. I walked away from this symposium with a toolbox of strategies for immediate implementation that I use with my students, my children, and myself. I am a better parent, better teacher, and better self after this amazing experience.

  • Christopher May, Forum Phi founding partner and ASF event sponsor

    We felt that mental illness is under-addressed by society and Aspen Strong fills this gap locally. Your mind is an organ like any other and deserves treatment and resources. One single point of contact and coordination is especially helpful for the most in need, the young and the poor.

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