Colorado Mountain College in Aspen Faculty

Listed below are faculty teaching at the Aspen Campus.

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CHRIS ANDERSON received an MFA from Denver University in 1982. Her work has been showcased locally as well as nationally.

MARY ANDERSON is a certified Yoga instructor in Integrative Yoga therapy, Yin Yang, and Restorative Yoga. She is also a certified Reiki Master.

ALLYSON BELLA-DODDS received her Master’s degree in Education and an endorsement in English as a Second Language from Regis University. She currently teaches language arts and reading for the Roaring Fork School District.

MORGAN BERRY earned a degree from Colorado Mesa University in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Exercise Science. She is a trained rock climbing instructor and a certified personal trainer.

ALEX BLAU received her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and studied Art at the New York Studio School and received her BA at Bradeis University. She also teaches at Anderson Ranch.

HENRY BLOOMER holds a MFA from the University of North Texas. Henry is a functional potter raised in Texas whose work is reflective of the architecture and structures that we associate and interact with every day.

NANCY BOWEN has an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT.

BENNETT BRAMSON holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Florida International University. He is the Executive Director of Aspen Youth Experience. He has prior teaching experience at Johnson & Wales University, Miami-Dade College, Broward Community College, and St. Thomas University.

ROY BRANDT studied organizational behavior and communications at Condordia College. He has more than 15 years of experience on software support and web design and is currently the president of Brandt Creative.

HILDA BRYANT has a MA in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix and holds her American Red Cross Certified First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor for the Lay Responder in English and Spanish. She is a bilingual First Grade teacher at Basalt Elementary School.

TOM BUESCH has a PhD in German Language and Literature from Northwestern University. His bacherlor’s degree in German and English is from Ripon College in Wisconsin. He is Professor of Communications and Humanities at Colorado Mountain College, Aspen Campus. Before coming to CMC, Tom spent 17 years as an engineer with a German automotive products firm and five years as a computer programmer. Tom teaches Music, Philosophy, Literature, and Humanities.

KRISTIN BURKS has an MA from Colorado College and has completed certification in teaching English as a Second Language. She also teaches at Crystal Elementary School.

MARIA CARBONETTI received an MA in Spanish from Middlebury College. She teaches Spanish at Aspen Country Day School.

CATHY CARLISLE-McMULLEN received a BA in public relations and speech communications from Otterbein College. Her work is represented by Agora Gallery, New York. She has taught painting courses for Colorado Mountain College since 2003.

ISA CATTO‘s work has been widely exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. She has spent the last twelve years working in watercolor and mixed media, as well as teaching workshops at arts centers worldwide. She lives in Woody Creek, CO, with her husband and two children. She received her BA from Williams College and studied at Parsons School of Design in New York. She has taught at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado, the Michael Kohler Arts Center, San Antonio Center  for Arts and Crafts, and the Austin Museum of Art.

K RHYNUS CESARK received her MFA in 3 Dimensional Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston MA. K is the former Co-Director of the Carbondale Clay Center in Carbondale, CO. She is currently the CMC Aspen Ceramics Studio Coordinator and Gallery Coordinator. K teaches painting and ceramics and exhibits her work nationally.

STEPHEN COLBY, received his MFA from Pennsylvania State University and his BFA from New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred New York. For more information visit

MICHAEL CONNIFF, a graduate of Harvard University, is the founder and CEO of the leading community blogging company Post Time Media Inc.; editor-in-chief of Aspen Post, a featured blogger on Huffington Post, and the host of “ConGames” in Aspen, the #1-rated talk show on the Western Slope of Colorado. His distinguished career in journalism and media has included news reporting and editing for a variety of national, regional, and local newspapers, magazines, media services, and starting up a number of new media companies.

BOB COOK, is a certified acupressure therapist, and International Martial Arts competition champion. He has practiced martial arts and oriental and natural health throughout the valley for 40 years.

GEORGINA CORNWALL, PHD, Education: PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO: Developmental Neurobiology & Endocrinology, 2000. BA, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO: Environmental, Population & Organismic Biology, 1995. Boise State University, Boise, ID: Undergraduate study with emphasis in Biology, August 1991-May 1992. Harbor Community College, Los Angeles, CA: Undergraduate study with emphasis in Management Theory, August 1989-June1991. Teaching: Guest Instructor/Lecturer: Colorado Mountain College, Aspen, Spring Valley & Edwards: Human Anatomy & Physiology, General Biology, Vinyasa Yoga, August 2009-Present. Assistant Professor: Metropolitan State College of Denver: Genetics, Human Reproductive Biology, Zoology Online, Non-majors Biology & Majors Biology, January 2002-2005.Instructor/Lecturer: University of Colorado Boulder: Non-majors Biology, mixed majors Biology & Environmental Biology, January-December 2001. Graduate Instructor: University of Colorado Boulder, CO: Physiology, Anatomy, Comparative Anatomy, General Biology, Ecology & Genetics, August 1995-December 2000. Research: Developmental Neurobiology & Endocrinology: Investigation of the role of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis in the initiation of hatching in the domestic chicken (Gallusdomesticus). Cornwall, G., White, E., Spencer, R., & Bekoff, A. (1998). Corticosterone appears to be involved in the initiation of hatching in the Domestic Chicken. Soc. Neuroci. Abs. 24: 118.

KATIA CURBELO-DEL VALLE is originally from Puerto Rico (Caribbean island), where she was raised and did all her studies up to college through the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus system. She received her BA in Modern Languages (French and Italian) in 1998. In 2008 she went to Stony Brook University (SUNY System), to work on an MA in Romance Languages in Italian, at which time she has the possibility to live and work in Rome and Sicily (Italy), and eventually returned to PR. After two years there, she decided to go back to work on a PhD, which she currently is finishing at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, through the Institute of Communications Research.

HOLLY CURCIO received a BFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and an MFA from Arizona State University. Holly has been an artist-in-residence at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Mendocino Art Center, Anderson Ranch Arts Center and is currently a resident at the Carbondale Clay Center.

MARYLU CURIEL holds the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Atemajac Valley in Guadalajara, Mexico. She also has teaching experience in Mexico.

DONNA DALTON has a MS from California State University at Fullerton and a BS in engineering from UCLA.

RICHARD DECAMPO is a Senior Associate and Director of Sustainability and Quality Management at POSS Architecture and Planning in Aspen. With more than 20 years experience as a professional architect and engineer, his affiliations and special designations include: AIA, Colorado USGBC, CSI, LEED AP BD+C, CDT.

JANIS DYBDAHL has a PhD, in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis on foreign language pedagogy, from the University of Denver, her MA in Spanish from the University of Northern Iowa, and her BA in Spanish and American Studies from Knox College. She also is a Registered Certified Yoga teacher. Janis is passionate about teaching Spanish and French. Her teaching career began in 1973. She has studied in Canada, France, Switzerland, Mexico and Spain, with adventures to various Latin American countries. Her high school teaching career spans 30+ years and she has recently retired from Aspen High School. Her latest CMC French class “traveled” (via PowerPoint) to various Francophone destinations: Bora Bora, Montreal, France, Guadeloupe, and other intriguing places. Studying languages provides endless entertainment as well as intellectual stimulation. She encourages everyone to sign up and start learning now!

GWYN EBIE has a PhD from Colorado State University, her MBA from the University of Eastern New Mexico, and her BFA from the University of Kansas.

JOYCE FALCONE has been an acting land operator and tour guide specializing in Italian programs for over eight years. A tour designer, land operator, and tour guide specializing in Italy, she has led sixty walking programs in Italy. Joyce is a Travel and Leisure A-List Agent for Italy 2009, and on the Conde Naste Specialist List 2008-2009. jfalcone@coloradomtn.ed

NANCY FEHRMANN taught at St. Mary’s Academy in Denver for ten years before moving to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1989. She recently retired from Aspen High School where she taught Creative Writing, IB World Literature, and sponsored the yearbook & the literary magazine.

BARBARA FORAN is an Educational Therapist, specializing in providing assessment, remediation, and case management. She currently co-teaches a local social skills group, and has mentored  for public and private school teachers and tutors. She received her Master’s in Education in Reading and Language from Harvard University and has numerous related certifications.

LIZ FRAZIER attended the Washington Studio School, Corcoran School of Art, American University, and studied art in Siena, Italy. Exhibitions of her work have been held at the Circle Gallery, the Washington Project for the Arts, the Washington Studio School Gallery, and the University Club of Washington, D.C.

VANESSA FREEMAN has a BS from the University of Colorado in Business Marketing. She is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor through AFAA. 

NOEL GANNETT has an MA from CU Boulder in Spanish and English as a Second Language. Noel is currently a bilingual first grade teacher at Basalt Elementary School. She is an American Red Cross–certified first aid/CPR/AED instructor for the Lay Responder in English and Spanish. She is also an ARC-certified pet first aid/CPR instructor.

JERRY GASAU holds his BME from the University of Missouri Conservatory of Music. He has extensive experience as a private studio instructor and has performed with a variety of music ensembles including the Kansas City Philharmonic.

D. D. GERDIN is an American Red Cross-certified first aid/CPR/AED instructor for the Lay Responder.

ANNE GOLDBERG has been playing with clay since childhood. She is a studio potter based in Carbondale, making both hand-built and wheel-thrown functional ceramics fired in soda, salt, and reduction. She holds a BA from Cornell University and a MBA from Stanford University.

JONI GOODWIN works as the program site coach for the City of Aspen and Kids First. She has worked in early childhood as a consultant, certifier, teacher/trainer and assessor for many years and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in ECE.

CARYN GORALKA has an MA in Science Education- Biology, from Western Governors University; a BS in Animal Physiology, from the University of California, Davis; and did post-graduate work in Neurophysiology, at UC Davis. Caryn’s passion is teaching. Having taught previously at the high school and middle school levels, she now enjoys sharing her excitement for science with adult learners. She has been with CMC Aspen since August 2008 and was named CMC- Aspen Adjunct Faculty of the Year in 2010 as well as CMC College-wide Adjunct Faculty of the Year for 2010.

PENNY GREENWELL received an MFA in sculpture and printmaking from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. She works at the Aspen Art Museum and the Wyly Community Arts Center, and is a professional artist.

LINDA GUGLIELMO holds a BA from the University of Maryland in Hearing and Speech and attended Graduate School at Gallaudet College.

SHELLY HAMILL’s mosaic dress sculptures have been shown in museums and galleries across the United States and Bermuda, and many grace the private collections of discerning patrons. Shelly owned Bermuda Weddings and Specials Events for over 15 years and also founded the Bermuda Friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. “I love to see beautiful fragments from different places come together to create something whole, new and amazing that will last for centuries. Love joy, pain, tenderness and devotion look different on every person. Every landscape vista is unique. Yet all things have beauty. I break up those images into fragments and put them back together in a new way with texture. I invite people to touch the art and experience beauty in a new way.”

RETT HARPER holds an MA from George Washington University. She has taught English and Theater at the high school and junior high levels and has written and directed 22 of the Aspen Community School’s Annual Musicals. She has been teaching at CMC since 1993.

KELLY HARRO is currently the studio technician and resident artist at the Carbondale Clay Center. She also teaches adult and children classes at the center as well as workshops nationwide.

SAM HARVEY  received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and a MFA from Alfred University School of Ceramics. He has been both an artist-in-residence and a ceramic studio assistant at the Anderson Ranch Art Center.

DAVID HATFIELD  holds a Masters in Oriental Medicine. David is an experienced Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner with experience in nutrition, essential oil, herbal massage, and acupuncture therapies.

EDWARD HAYDUK  is a Professor of Occupational Safety and Health at Colorado Mountain College. He is certified for: Occupational Safety & Health Act, Mine Safety and Health Act, American Red Cross First Aid and CPR, and Electrical Instruction for MSHA Surface & Underground Mining.

EILEEN HINCHLIFFE holds her BA from the University of Northern Colorado. She has been teaching various fitness classes at CMC since 1984 and has been a Division Director for CMC since 1986. She currently holds certifications in Personal Training and Group Fitness.

BARBARA HOERR’s passion for the French language and culture led her to pursue a Doctorate of Modern Languages, French and Spanish, at Middlebury College School of Languages in Vermont. Her doctoral dissertation, which she defended in 2013, was “La Gastronomie en France: en crise ou en Renaissance?” She is a National Board Certified Teacher. Although most of her teaching experience has been at the secondary level, Barbara has taught at the middle school, community college and university. As a Fulbright teacher, she taught English to French lycee students and lived near Lyon, a gastronomic city. The year spent in France allowed her to ski the French Alps. After receiving her Master of Art degree in French Literature, she taught Advanced Composition in French at Illinois State University. Her Bachelor of Science degree, which she earned from Western Illinois University, is in Education with a French major and Russian minor. Barbara received a National Defense Education Act Award for intensive study in French at Kansas State Teacher’s College and two National Endowment for the Humanities Grants. She was one of fifteen participants in the US to study the essays of Michel de Montaigne in France. The second NEH Grant was to study Content Based instruction at St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana. Barbara has received several First of America grants for projects in the secondary school including an interdisciplinary project with art classes to study French puppets, Guignol et compagnie. She has received a American Association of Teachers of French Grant and is an AATF National Contest winner of a trip to Paris. She has chaperoned fourteen student groups to France. Her professional affiliations are: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and American Association of Teachers of French (life member). Barbara works as a reader for Advanced Placement exams in French. Her love of cuisine led her to study “nouvelle cuisine” at LaVarenne Cooking School in Paris.

JENNINE HOUGH received her BA in Fine Arts and her MFA in Painting from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with an Art History minor. She received her graduate teaching certificate in 1973 and her work has been featured nationally and internationally.

JAN HUBBELL has her MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and her BA from Bennington College where Jan studied with Bernard Malamud. She worked on Wall Street in New York for ten years as a business writer. Jan’s screenplay, “A Perfect Gentleman” has won five prestigious awards. She has written for non-profit organizations and awaits publication of her two novels.

STU HUCK has been teaching photography for over thirty years. He is well known for his large format landscape photographs and his technical expertise. Most recently, he has been working with Norman Gershman photographing Muslims who saved Jews during World War II.

JANIS HUGGINS is a botanist, author and photographer who’s recent book Snowmass Village-Wild at Heart won the Colorado Non-Fiction Book of the year Award in October 2006. After 40 years in Aspen, she’s still out exploring the area when not involved in rare plant research and monitoring for the Colorado Natural Heritage Program at Colorado State University.

EVA JANKOVSKY holds an MA in Education Administration with an emphasis in Early Childhood Leadership from the University of Denver. She began a non-profit in Cambodia to help under-privileged children attend school. Eva currently works for Kids First in Aspen as a coach to the early childhood teachers in Pitkin County.

ANTHONY JERKUNICA is a professional ballet dancer, builder, yoga studio owner, world traveler, surfer, and husband.

CJ JILEK grew up outside of the Chicago area and found she had a few great loves: ceramics, travel and the natural world. Cj received her undergraduate degree in ceramics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1995. Afterwards she started traveling and exploring her ceramics. Cj moved to Northern California to wood fire where she created vessel forms, exploring the wood fire surface in conjunction with textures representative of the natural world. Cj continued her travels through California and relocated to Santa Barbara where she taught ceramics for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the public school system, and private schools. Cj has always been involved in her community volunteering for organizations such as Empty Bowls, Ventura County Potters Guild, and Santa Barbara City College. While living in Southern California she traveled the western United States. in 2006 Cj took a short-term residency at the  Mendocino Arts Center, leading to her renewed interest in graduate studies. Utah State University provided her with the opportunity to study and travel; she studied in Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and China. She recently completed her MFA degree in 2010. Being inspired by her travels, Cj is now creating porcelain biomorphic forms fired in oxidation with mixed media elements. Through her work she questions ideas of beauty, attraction, eroticism, adaptation and desire. She continues to travel giving lectures and workshops.

WILLIAM (RICK) JOHNSON is Instructional Chair working with CMC-Aspen’s Economic and Community Development programs-including Sustainability Programs, Career and Workforce Development, Computers, Business and EMS. He has a PhD, and MA in Political Science from Duke University, and a BA from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Rick has been a teacher and administrator in higher education for nearly 30 years.

SIMONE JOLLY is a certified Pilates instructor.

STEPHEN KANIPE began working in the code administration and enforcement field in March 1989. Stephen was appointed to his current position as Chief Building Official for the combined City of Aspen/Pitkin Community Development  Department in 1995. He was selected by the Board of Directors of the International Conference of Building Officials in 1999 to participate on the International Energy Conservation Code Development Committee, where he served for 5 years including 2 as Chair. These years moved the development of the 2000 IECC through the 2006 IECC edition. Stephen is the author of Building Code Basics:Energy, based on the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code. In May of 2009, Stephen was appointed to the International Code Council’s Sustainable Technology Building Committee to help develop the International Green Construction Code and currently serves on the Energy/Water IgCC Code Development Committee. Stephen is a Certified Building Official and LEED Accredited Professional.

STEVE KAUFMAN is the founder and CEO of EdTech Consulting, an education consulting company specializing in the utilization of computer science technologies and computational thinking strategies in blended learning models, and Future Force, a business design company specializing in start-up and project development. He is currently working under two National Science Foundation grants to teach and promote computer science for K-12 education within the Roaring Fork Valley region. Previously, Steve was founder and CEO of Kaufman & Harlow; founder and Executive Director of Access Roaring Fork, a regional after school program; and the first board chair of Besa International, now The Eye Contact Foundation, honored for its work by the Israeli Knesset and the United Nations for its contribution toward promoting better understanding between Muslims and Jews.

DEVON KIDD has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business from Biola University, and an Exercise Science Certification from San Diego State University. She has multiple certifications in fitness as well as being a certified Functional Specialist, and Wellness & Nutrition Consultant.

KATLYNN KIDD is a BASI Certified Pilates instructor and has taught Pilates and group fitness since 2009. Katlynn also holds certifications in Personal training and Silver Sneakers.

AMY KNIGHT is a group exercise instructor, fitness coordinator, and personal trainer. She specializes in Ski Conditioning, Bootcamp, Indoor Cycling, and Strength/Body Pump class. Her motto: “If you want to see change, you must feel the challenge.”

SUSAN KOSCH trained and competed for over 13 years in ballroom dancing in Indianapolis, Washington, DC, and New York. She won the nationals as an amateur in her age division in 1985.

SONIA KUNGLI has her MA in Spanish Literature and Culture from the University of Akron, Ohio. She has been tutoring in the Roaring Fork valley and has taught many years for Colorado Mountain College.

HENRY KUNTER graduated from Colorado State University in May 1998 with a BS in Business Administration and The University of Phoenix in February 2005 with a MBA in Accounting. He has practiced Tax and Public Accounting since 2002 in the Vail-Eagle valley and is a very active member of the Vail Rotary Club.

MARY LACKNER has a MA in Architecture and Urban Planning from UCLA and a BA in Resource Studies from the University of Hawaii. Currently she is employed by the City of Aspen/Pitkin County as the GIS manager.

SARAH LEIDNER graduated in May 2008, with a Master’s of Education, Linguistically Diverse Education, from Adam’s State College. She is currently a Spanish teacher at Basalt High School.

FEYHAN LEVINE has taught yoga for CMC since 2011 and has taught yoga for 15 years. She has certifications in Bikrams, Hatha, & Ashtanga, as well as studied Yin yoga.

ADRIANA LISMAN is a native Spanish speaker from Buenos Aires, where she studied fine arts at the Universidad de Bellas Artes.

LINDA LOESCHEN is AFAA certified as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. She has been teaching dance and physical conditioning at CMC for over 34 years.

CATHERINE LUTZ is a freelance writer, editor, and photographer who lives in Aspen. A former reporter and editor at local newspapers, she currently is a regular contributor to Aspen Business Journal, and Aspen Sojourner magazine, among other publications.

KAREN LUTZ holds a Bachelors degree in Physical Education. She competed in the Junior Wimbledon and on the fledgling European circuit while in college. Karen has taught tennis since 1977.

JAMIE MAHAFFEY holds an MEd with an emphasis in ESL/bilingual. She is a teacher with the Aspen School District.

BRAD MANOSEVITZ has been practicing Aikido since 1990. He was promoted to 3rd degree black belt by Linda Holiday Sensei in 2008 and is a member of the Aikikai Foundation (Aikido World Headquarters).

CAROLYN MANOSEVITZ holds a BA cum laude from the University of Minnesota and an MFA from the University of Texas. She is an active professional painter/educator and belongs to the College Arts Association. Her work is part of private and corporate collections in the U.S., Canada and Israel.

MARGARET MAXWELL received her BA in English from California State University, Northridge, and her MFA from University of California, Irvine. Her poetry and non-fiction has appeared in a number of professional journals, including The Southwest Review, The Midland Review, and Southwest Magazine. She has been teaching English and Literature at the college level for over 20 years, and currently serves as Instructional Chair, and Academic Lead for Colorado Mountain College, Aspen campus, with particular attention to the Arts and Sciences. Projects in the last year include: Early Childhood Education initiatives, Teacher Education research and proposal building, and Neuroscience as it relates to education.

KAE McDONALD received her PhD in Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of Colorado in 1994. Her research interests include the Prehistory of the Great Basin and Northern Southwest, Risk Theory, Prehistoric Ceramics, and selected topics in Historic Archaeology. Since 1983, her professional experience includes the management of large and small cultural resource management projects for private firms and government entities throughout Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and parts of Montana. She has owned a cultural resource management firm that specializes in archaeological clearances since 2003.

SCOTT MESSINA is a Level 2 instructor for AIARE, training officer for Mtn. Rescue Aspen, Field Ops for 10th Mountain Huts, and a backcountry ski guide for Aspen Alpine Guides.

LORRAINE MILLER received a BA from San Diego University and an MA from Adams State. She also holds teaching credentials in multiple subjects, as well as ESL and LDS certificates.

BOB MORSE received a BA from the University of Denver. He has been an emergency medical technician (EMT) since 1976 and has extensive experience as a ski instructor and raft guide.

SHANNON MUSE is a professional stained glass artist who owns her own Carbondale studio named Paradise Art Glass.

RICHARD NEDLIN, JD, BA was born and raised in New York. Richard attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice and New York Law School in New York City. Currently he is employed as Deputy District Attorney in Aspen for the Ninth Judicial District. Richard moved full time to Aspen six years ago and enjoys the outdoor life with his wife and two daughters.

JULIE NEMIROFF has practiced Hatha Yoga for 16 years. She completed a Holistic Health Practitioner license and received her International Teacher training and certification as a Kundalini Yoga Instructor. “Namaste.”

TIFFANY NEUMAN is a certified spinning instructor and has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Ferris State University.

SUSAN OLSEN holds a Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa, as well as an MEd. She began her career teaching art at the secondary level and has taught college students and adults. She began figure sculpting over a decade ago, studying under sculptors Paul Lucchesi, Kirsten Kokkin, and Susan Cliard.

ALISON OSIUS has been in magazine journalism for 26 years, and is currently executive editor of Rock and Ice magazine and columns editor of its companion publications, Trail Runner. Past editorial jobs were at the onetime publications Canyon Times newspaper in Salt Lake City and UltraSport magazine in Boston, and at the once locally published Climbing magazine. A longtime active freelancer, she writes a humor column for the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent; elsewhere locally has written for the Valley Journal, Aspen Daily News and Aspen Sojourner; and has published in many newspapers and magazines including The Washington Post Sunday magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe and The Denver Post, with chapters or essays in half a dozen book anthologies. She authored a biography, Second Ascent: The Story of Hugh Herr, published in hardback by Stackpole Books and paperback by Dell Publishing. She graduated with high honors in English from Middlebury College in Vermont, and received a Masters Degree form the Columbia Journalism School, New York. She is winner of the American Alpine Club Literary Award.

VICKI PATTERSON holds an MA in English as a Second Language from Adams State.

SUSAN PEARSON is devoted to the art of living and yoga. She holds a degree in Urban Studies and Planning, along with over 200 hours of yoga training. Susan has experience in Ashtanga, Kundalini, Vinyasa, Anusara, and Hatha yoga.

BO PERSIKO, M Div, did his graduate studies in religion and psychotherapy and was a Lutheran minister. While working as the clinical director of a psychiatric treatment program for adolescents and their families, he became licensed as a clinical social worker. For a time he also studied and practiced Zen Buddhism. After several years of study of the Hebrew bible, he converted to Judaism. He is now a practicing psychotherapist.

CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS, a.k.a. Biff, has been teaching guitar for decades. Chris relocated from Los Angeles to Aspen in 1988 and co-founded the Basalt Battle of the Bands in 1999. Biff teaches the Blues, Classical, Jazz, Bluegrass, and Celtic guitar, along with other instruments like piano, bass and drums. Chris is committed to fostering an ongoing interest in music, and has placed many of his students in performance-ready ensembles with great success.

MICHAEL PIER is a native to the Roaring Fork Valley and believes workouts should be motivating and empowering. He is a certified group fitness and personal trainer.

POLLY POLLARD, BFA, recently earned a CELTA certification in teaching English as a Second Language.

LISA RASHBAUM received a BS from Cornell University. Lisa is a Certified Pilates, Spinning, and Franklin Method Trainer. She has been teaching fitness classes throughout the valley since 2001. 

DEBBIE REDMOUNT earned an MA in TESOL from the Monterey Institute. She is a public school teacher with the Basalt School District.  

ELLEN RIEDER received an MA from George Washington University. She studied Spanish at Estudio Sampere in Madrid and recently earned a CELTA certification.

ADRIAN RIPPY-SHEEHY, BA, has more than 18 years of real estate experience including being a employing broker, multi-million-dollar producer, and former Realtor of the Year in Arizona. She is a certified real estate instructor. She holds Colorado and Arizona broker’s licenses, and is an associate professor/real estate at Colorado Mountain College.

JOANNA RODDEN, BA, holds a bilingual endorsement and lived in Mexico for over twenty years.

ANNE ROLAND has a BA from the Ministry of Education in Belgium in Architecture and Visual Arts/Photography. She has been a freelance photographer and columnist, a private chef and caterer and a French teacher and tutor in the Aspen area.

DAVE RUFFLEY was born in a railroad/coal mining town in western Pennsylvania. His family history is interwoven with the working class of the mining/railroad/steelmaking industries of the Pittsburgh region, and those roots have strongly shaped his outlook on life and education. Dave is a 1983 graduate of the Air Force Academy, where he majored in Russian Area History.  A career Air Force Security Forces officer, he commanded security and law enforcement units in Alaska, Germany and Wyoming. He also served as an Air Force Russian Foreign Area Officer. In that capacity he taught Russian and World History at the USAF Academy from 1990-1992 and from 1998 to 2003. He completed a tour of duty as an United Nations Military Observer in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Following his retirement from the US Air Force, Dr. Ruffley taught Russian, World and Environmental History at Colorado College in Colorado Springs from 2003-2007. He has also been an adjunct instructor for Pikes Peak Community College, Regis University and Colorado Mountain College, teaching multiple areas of History and Political Science, Dr. Ruffley holds Masters Degrees in International Relations from Troy State University, in Russian/Soviet Studies from the University of Washington, and a PhD in Russian History from Ohio State University.

SUSAN SANCHEZ has a BS in mathematics from Colorado State University and a MS from the University of Colorado. She has 35 years experience teaching mathematics including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus.

VINCE SAVAGE has an Ed.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in Counseling Psychology . He was chairperson and professor of the Psychology department at Colorado’s Women’s College and has an additional 10 years off experience working in the college environment.

SARAH SCHMIDT works as the Education Director at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. Prior to moving to Aspen, she taught art in a middle school in Minnesota. Sarah has a MAED in Natural Sciences and Environmental Education and her BFA in Art Education.

NATASHA SEEDORF, a former jewelry-making student at CMC, holds an MFA and a BFA, magna cum laude, in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of Georgia.

LEE SHAPIRO is a professional watercolorist whose paintings are exhibited in galleries across the United States and Canada. He holds a Master’s degree in Hospital Administration.

ELIZABETH SIEGEL has been a 6th grade teacher, a Legislative Affairs specialist with NASA, and an Ethics Counselor to a U.S. senator. She was the founder and Executive Director of DC Action for Children and a board member and Executive Director of Community Council for the Homeless.

STEVE SILBER began his education at CMC. Subsequently he received his BFA in Ceramics from the University of Colorado Boulder, and his MFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design. Steve has shown his work internationally and throughout Colorado, including Denver Art Museum and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Recently he opened Aspen Alternative Artspaces, with his partner Erin Perry, and teaches skiing and snowboarding on Snowmass Mountain.

SHAYNE MORGAN SLEDGE received a BA from University of California at San Diego and has studied yoga and meditation for over 20 years. She is currently teaching yoga and meditation in the Aspen area.

CARL SMITH holds a BS in Public Administration from Metropolitan State College of Denver and an AA in Fire Technology Prevention and Suppression from Red Rocks Community College. Carl is happily married with 5 children and 6 grand-children. He served on the Carbondale Fire Dept., Glenwood Springs Fire Dept., Aurora Dire Dept., and the Sunlight Ski Patrol. Carl has extensive experience in emergency incidents including Emergency Medical, structure fires, wildland fires and hazardous material incidents.

STAN SNYDER is a certified public accountant. He received a BS in Business Administration from the University of Denver and is a certified Quickbooks® ProAdvisor and a certified MOUS (Microsoft Office User Specialist).

MARTI STUDE is a licensed clinical social worker and former healthcare administrator. She has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Louisville and a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Washington University in St. Louis. Past experience includes developing a counseling program for cancer patients and families, directing a cancer center, and hospital administrator. Since moving to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2005, Marti has worked with Pathfinders for Cancer, Valley View Hospital, and Hospice of the Valley. She is married to Ted Stude and they enjoy hiking, biking, golf, and all the wonderful cultural activities in the surrounding area. They have one daughter, Laura who lives in St. Louis, and a frisky 12 year old Airedale terrier, Molly.

CHRISTINA TINKER After teaching adults in the business world as a Corporate Trainer for many years, she began teaching Psychology about 3 years ago, for University of Phoenix, Kaplan University, and CMC, in both in-person and online formats.

CHRISTINE TINNER graduated from Michigan State University (James Madison College), with a bachelor’s degree in Urban Policy and Psychology. After many years as a massage therapist and vocational instructor, Christine obtained a TEFL, taught English in Switzerland, and obtained a Master’s in Education specializing in Literacy from Walden University. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment also from Walden University. Christine serves as the Special Learning Needs Coordinator for developmental courses. She teaches EDU 131, EDU 133, EDU 222, College preparatory reading, Adv. ESL, and GED preparatory courses. 

KATE VAN ALSTINE received a BS from the University of Illinois. Her enthusiasm for clay began at Lill Street Studios in Chicago, and continued at Anderson Ranch.

LEIGH VOGEL holds a MA in Corporate Communications/Public Relations from Georgetown University and is a photographer based in the Washington, DC area. Leigh contributes photographic content to major news and business image content distributors such as Corbis, Getty Images, and Polaris Images, and the Associated Press. She is also a communications consultant at the World Bank and Photography Fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Social Impact Communication. As a consultant she helps organizations communicate strategically via imagery. Leigh was previously Editor-in-Chief at Aspen Peak magazine and Media Relations Director for Aspen Film. 

SARA VOORHEES BERRY graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Philosophy and Literature from Lake Forest College, and completed an MA in English at CSU, where she taught English composition.  She holds an RSA/ESL diploma and has taught ESL in Indonesia.

GEORGEANN WAGGAMAN has a BA in Interior Design and Illustration from the Los Angeles Art Center College of Design. She first worked as an interior designer in Los Angeles and since 1973 as an architectural illustrator throughout Colorado. For the past ten years she has concentrated on painting watercolor landscapes.

CINDY WALLACE-MAESTAS is an AFAA certified personal trainer, has extensive background in coaching and playing soccer, and loves to help students find the joy of exercise.

REBECCA WEISS is a naturalist who has helped conduct local bird counts, biological surveys, and ACES programs over the past 13 years. She holds a BS in Biology and a MA in Environmental Education, and has worked on bird research teams at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory and on Manua Kea, Hawaii.

BRIAN WELLS is a graduate of Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. Brian is a lifelong Roaring Fork Valley resident and brings 8 years of construction management and trade experience to the firm. Brian holds a certificate of designation as a Certified Professional Constructor from the American Institute of Constructors. Additionally Brian holds a light commercial construction BEST card. Prior to joining the Crystal Springs Builders, Brian held a project management position with a large heavy civil construction firm based in Anchorage, Alaska. Brian’s projects ranged from remote airport runway construction, city roadway re-construction, and underground utility installation.

LIMOR WERTZ holds a Physiology degree from the University of Tel Aviv, has classical ballet training, and served in the Israeli army. She holds certification through AFAA, IDEA, and Stott Pilates.

CRAIG WILLIAMS holds a BA, JD, and is a Paramedic. Craig was born in New York City and has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley on and off since 1982. Craig currently lives in Basalt, and works as a Paramedic with Basalt and Rural FPD and at the Aspen Valley Hospital in the ICU and ER departments. Craig has been helping to teach EMT and Paramedic casses at the CMC Aspen and Edwards campuses for several years.

GERRY WILLIS has an Associate of Fine Arts degree and a BS in Digital Design from the University of Cincinnati. He is currently self-employed as a web site designer and developer.

LEE WILSON has a BA in Chemistry from Grinnell College and an MS in Geology from the University of Colorado. Prior to CMC, he taught Geology at Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX.

KERRY WIRTH received a BSE degree from the University of Kansas. She is an American Red Cross instructor and instructor trainer for CPR, first aid, and AED, a water safety instructor, lifeguard training. Kerry is also a PSIA certified ski instructor and American Heart Association Basic Life Support instructor. She is the emergency medical services and risk management coordinator for CMC, Aspen.

ERIC WOOD has a Masters degree in Architecture with a focus on Computer Science and Architecture Software from the University of Colorado at Denver. He taught as an adjunct professor in the College of Architecture at the University of Texas.


Colorado Mountain College Aspen  Staff

LINDA GERDENICH is delighted to be assisting with the front desk at CMC. Linda is the former PR Director for the City of Aspen and Sport Obermeyer, and a long-time ballerina who still takes classes with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.

LIZBETH JACOBS received her BA in English from the University of Maryland University College, Europe. Lizbeth is an Administrative Technician and has been at CMC in Aspen since 2014.

WILLIAM (RICK) JOHNSON is Instructional Chair working with CMC-Aspen’s Economic and Community Development programs-including Sustainability Programs, Career and Workforce Development, Computers, Business and EMS. He has a PhD, and MA in Political Science from Duke University, and a BA from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Rick has been a teacher and administrator in higher education for nearly 30 years.

REBECCA ARRINGTON JONES received her MAEd in Instructional Leadership from Argosy University in 2011 and has a BA in English and EPO Biology from the University of Colorado. She has taught developmental mathematics at CMC and math and science in the RE-1 School District, as well as previously working in the landscaping field.

KELLY KING BEJARANO transferred from Morehead State University in Kentucky, and received her AA degree from Colorado Mountain College and will soon be applying for one of CMC’s BA programs. Kelly has been at the Aspen campus and an Administrative Technician for 6 years and is excited to be here for many more.

ANNE MACLEAN  holds a HBA in Anthropology from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Anne is an Administrative Technician and has worked for CMC in Aspen since 2005.

MARGARET MAXWELL received her BA in English from California State University, Northridge, and her MFA from University of California, Irvine. Her poetry and non-fiction has appeared in a number of professional journals, including The Southwest Review, The Midland Review, and Southwest Magazine. She has been teaching English and Literature at the college level for over 20 years, and currently serves as an Instructional Chair, and Academic Lead for Colorado Mountain College, Aspen campus, with particular attention to the Arts and Sciences. Projects in the last year include: Early Childhood Education initiatives, Teacher Education research and proposal building, and Neuroscience as it relates to education.

CHRISTINA MONTEMAYOR is the Account Manager and received her BA in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. She has over 15 years of banking and financial experience. Christina is very passionate about her career and family. She has lived in the area since 2002 and plans on being here many more with her fabulous family.

DUFFY SNELL is the IT Tech at the Aspen campus and was born and raised in Alaska. Duffy is married to Joanne and has three great kids. He graduated from CMC with an Associates degree in Standard Computer Networking, and Interned with CMC and the City of Glenwood IT departments. Duffy loves to hang out with his wife and kids, mountain bike, build custom PCs and PC gaming.