Board of Trustees

 

Michael Carricarte, Chair
Neal Dempsey
Andy Docken
Ryan Elston
Cindy Kahn
Reenie Kinney
Leslie Lamont
Kim Master
Diane Moore
Gina Murdock
      

Jerry Murdock
Robert Musser
Wally Obermeyer, Treasurer
Sheri Sanzone
Daniel Shaw
Rachel Sherman, Secretary
Maile Spung, Officer
Ashley Schiff Ramos
Alison Wente

Michael Carricarte,
Chair


Michael was born in Miami, Florida. He founded AMEDEX Insurance Company which grew to be the largest provider of International Major Medical Insurance to high net worth individuals living in Latin America and the Caribbean. While in Miami, Michael worked with an inner city school, St. Francis Xavier School, and created the first privately funded scholarship program in South Florida. Michael is passionate about educating kids and creating life changing experiences for them through nature.
  

Neal Dempsey

A lover of risk and adventure, Neal spends a great deal of time exploring. He has climbed six of the seven tallest summits, sailed around the world, and run countless marathons. Neal is a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley. He was named to the Forbes Midas list for the outstanding performance of his portfolio in 2013 for funding big tech companies like Eloqua, Guidewire, Buddy Media, and Xactly. However, Neal spends his free time skiing and hiking in Aspen or at his winery in Italy. His love of the environment has led him to fund scholarships for environmental science students at several universities. Neal received his Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Washington. He loves mentoriing and has provided scholarships for students, athletes and faculty, and also helped establish the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Washington's Foster School of Business. Neal will serve as the incoming Chair of Uplift Family Services, the largest behavioral health provider for children in crisis and their families in California.
  
Andy Docken
Andy has worked for the Aspen Skiing Company since moving to Aspen from Minnesota in 1994. Currently, he is the Ski and Snowboard School Manager on Aspen Mountain. In 2015, Andy was selected to be a member of the Wellness Committee and the Risk Management Committee, which oversees the safety and well-being of more than 4,000 employees. He was elected to the Board of the Professional Ski Instructors of America in 2013, and is currently serving his second term. He is also Vice Chair of the Aspen Skiing Company Employee Environment Foundation which awarded over $200,000 to local non-profits this year alone. When he’s not working, or serving on boards, you can find Andy kayaking, biking, and adventuring outside.
  
Ryan Elston, Vice Chair
An Aspen native, Ryan is a Partner and Broker at Aspen Associates Realty. An avid skier, surfer, mountain biker and recycler, Ryan holds a B.A. in Advertising from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Ryan and his wife Lauren are the proud parents to their three young daughters, Palmer, London, and Wesley.
  
Cindy Kahn, Officer
Cindy is Executive Director of The Manaus Fund. Her primary focus at present is managing a public funding initiative for universal preschool from Aspen to Parachute. In addition, she is engaged in a Valley-wide community organizing initiative. Cindy holds a BA, JD, and MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Interests include yoga, hiking, biking, and spending time with her husband, Steve Marker, their 17-year old daughter Ruby, and Dave the dog. 
Maureen (Reenie) Kinney
Reenie has a BA from Hamilton College and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She worked as a graphic designer at Outside Magazine, Aspen Magazine, and at her own graphic design firm, Redpoint Design. Reenie also worked for a decade as an instructor for Voyager Outward Bound and Colorado Outward Bound Schools. Reenie is currently an artist and mother to three ACES adventurers. An enthusiastic skier, climber, and mountain biker, Reenie is passionate about the backcountry and preserving it for future generations.
  
Leslie Lamont
Leslie grew up in Colorado. She left Boulder for an undergraduate education from the University of Oregon, and then received a Master of Regional Planning degree from the University of North Carolina. After graduate school, Leslie moved to Boston to work for the Boston Redevelopment Authority and moved back to Colorado in 1989 to work for the City of Aspen in the Community Development Department. Leslie served as a County Commissioner for 5 years, 1995-2000. Additional board experiences include the Ross Montessori School Board, the Carbondale Housing Authority and Carbondale Senior Housing Corporation. Leslie currently lives in Carbondale with her husband, Lance Luckett, who served on the ACES Board from 1996-2004, and her two sons, William and Lyle Luckett. She has her own land use consulting firm and looks forward to bringing her local land use experience to the ACES Board. 

  

Kim Master

Kim has been researching and providing guidance on environmental and health issues to private and public organizations for over a decade, designing and implementing sustainable business initiatives for clients such as Alameda County (CA) and The University of Colorado. Kim co-authored the Nautilus-Award winning book, Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time. She graduated from Stanford University with a Human Biology B.A. (focused in Cultural and Ecological Values in Developing Countries), an Anthropology M.A., and a minor in Studio Art. Kim recently founded Red Butte Roasters, LLC, an organic coffee roasting company, with her husband Noah Lieb. Kim and Noah love to grow their own food, cook, and play outside with their fun-loving girls, Avery and Nell.
  

Diane Moore

Diane is a freelance photographer and filmmaker and has worked in the visual arts field for over 12 years.  Her work is driven by a passion for documenting people, landscapes, and places, and utilizing photography and film to inspire change through community engagement. Her recent role as Co-Producer for the documentary Story Swap earned entries into several film festivals, and was premiered at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Through the years, Diane has held leadership roles in various community organizations in Aspen, including Aspen Words and the Roaring Fork Conservancy. Diane was President / CEO of the Aspen Chamber Resort Association. Prior to her position at the ACRA, she served as the Community Development Director at the City of Aspen. She worked as a land use planner for several development companies in Florida prior to moving to Aspen in 1991. Diane maintains professional memberships in the American Society of Media Professionals and the Professional Photographers of America.
  

Gina Murdock

Gina is a writer, yoga teacher, and community organizer. She is founder of the Aspen Yoga Society, The Aspen City of Wellbeing, Lead with Love Retreats, The Love Ninjas and the Mind, Body, Spirit Rx content brand. Gina and her husband Jerry created and support the Mind, Body, Spirit Series at The Aspen Institute hosting speakers and events to raise consciousness. Murdock has a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica with a special emphasis on consciousness, health, and healing. Gina is a certified yoga and meditation teacher.
 Gina is a founding member and active board member of Dr. Deepak Chopra’s Self Directed Biological Transformation Initiative. Gina is also an active board member of  The Center for Living Peace as well as an advisor to CTZNWELL. Gina is an International Editor at Origin Magazine, a contributor to Mantra Yoga and Health Magazine, and an ambassador for the mobile well-being platform Jiyo. Her passion is in protecting and appreciating our beautiful planet Earth. 
  

Jerry Murdock

Jerry is a co-founder of Insight Venture Partners. He has invested in many startups like Twitter, Snapchat, Nest, Flipboard, and Docker. Murdock also serves as a member on the Board of Trustees for the Santa Fe Institute which is a multi-disciplinary research and education center, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, and the Aspen Institute.
  

Robert Musser

Robert’s love for Aspen began when he first visited to ski in 1956. He was born in Minnesota and graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1971. He married Marcie Jordan in 1973 at the Prince of Peace Chapel. From 1974 - 1982, Robert was a dealer of Native American art in Boulder. In 1985, he began his 21 year term as president of the General Service Foundation. Robert served on the board of the Environmental Defense Fund from 1985-1992, before moving to Aspen in 1993. He continues to serve on the boards of General Service Foundation and Aspen’s “A Way Out.”
  

Wally Obermeyer, Treasurer

Wally is co-chairman and president of Obermeyer Wood Investment Counsel, where he oversees operations, manages client relationships, and spearheads strategic initiatives. He has a broad range of business and financial experience including managing his family’s ski apparel business and founding a hydroelectric generation company. Wally earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA, cum laude, from Harvard College. He also serves as a trustee of the Gates Family Foundation and as a board member for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
  

Sheri Sanzone

Sheri is the founding Principal of Bluegreen, a landscape architecture and design studio that combines art and environmental resiliency to create extraordinary places. Sheri arrived in Aspen in 1997 and jumped into the local community with both feet. She is the former board chair of both the Aspen-Pitkin Housing Authority and Roaring Fork Leadership. She also served as a member of the Pitkin County Planning and Zoning Commission and a member of the Oversight Committee for the 2000 Aspen Area Community Plan Update. Sheri is involved in a number of design and sustainability initiatives including the American Society of Landscape Architecture and US Green Building Council. While serving on the board of the USGBC Colorado Chapter, Sheri spearheaded the creation of the Roaring Fork Branch. Sheri lives in Aspen with her husband, Chris Bendon, and their two fur kids, Labrador retrievers Jones and Bates.
  

Ashley Schiff Ramos

Ashley is the head of Sotheby’s Palm Beach. In addition to the ACES board, she serves on the board of the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society and has served on the board at the Wildlife Conservation Society. Ashley and her husband Mike Ramos are dedicated to conservation and love animals.  She and her family live in Palm Beach, FL. 
  

Daniel Shaw

Daniel is a freelance journalist and musician. He currently hosts a weekly show called Check 1,2 on Aspen Public Radio, where he interviews musicians who are in town to perform, and he recently wrote a book celebrating the 50-year history of Anderson Ranch Arts Center. He has written for dozens of publications on subjects ranging from the US Supreme Court to flyfishing. He reviewed music in Los Angeles for Daily Variety and the LA Weekly and spent several years traveling the world writing about the commercial fishing and aquaculture industries. He also served as press secretary for the Navajo Nation. He also is president of the Catto Shaw Foundation and has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the American Farmland Trust, the Aspen Community Foundation and Aspen Words. Currently, he sits on the Leadership Council of Conservation International and on the board of trustees of Aspen Country Day School.
  

Rachel Sherman, Secretary

Rachel earned her B.A. in English from Vanderbilt University. She worked as a middle school English teacher as well as a freelance writer and copy editor. Rachel and her family moved from San Francisco to Aspen in 2006. In Aspen, she has been an active volunteer with the Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities program and the Aspen Education Foundation. Rachel fell in love with ACES while bringing her small children to visit Hallam Lake and the golden eagle. With her children now in elementary school, she sees the significant impact ACES and its educators have on the community and her children’s connection to nature.
  

Maile Spung

Maile was born in Aspen and grew up with the Cardamone children at Hallam Lake, exploring, playing with the animals, and getting into good old-fashioned trouble. She was lucky enough to have her father as a guide and loved skiing (alpine and nordic), climbing, kayaking, and hiking in her own backyard. After graduating from the University of Vermont, where she competed on the Nordic Team, she came back to Aspen, taking a job ski patrolling on Aspen Mountain. During the summers, Maile guided for Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. on Mt. Rainier, Denali, and on some of Ecuador’s highest volcanoes. Maile moved home to Aspen, and has been working for her parents as a buyer at the Ute Mountaineer. Maile loves having the flexibility to give back to our community, one that has provided her with so many invaluable experiences, and is happy to be on the ACES board to help make sure the future generations of this valley are provided with all of the great things she was lucky enough to have growing up.
  

Alison Wente

Alison is an Aspen native, raised exploring the Elk Mountains. She is an ACES alumni and now a mother to a future ACES-goer. Alison works in Holland & Hart’s Aspen office and provides clients with legal strategy in the purchase, sale, ownership, operation, development, redevelopment, and conservation of land and water. Alison holds a law degree, as well as a Master of Laws in water law and land use/zoning law from the University of Denver.


Our thanks goes out to all the dedicated community members that have served on ACES' board throughout the years. Your guidance and responsible management have helped us become the organization we are today.