Hello! I’m Melissa Temple and have been a member of the AspenOUT board since 2014, and became the president in early 2016. Born and raised in Sydney Australia, but now consider Aspen to be my home. I’m a luxury real estate broker in the valley, however my real passion is equality, acceptance, and tolerance. Because of this, I would like to introduce to you one of our beneficiary’s, the Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is a nonprofit organization founded in 1998, focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.
Board Member, AspenOUT
Charlie joined the board in 2018 with the goal of creating year-round programming for the local community. He has a background in nonprofit accounting and works as the assistant controller at the Aspen Music Festival and School. On the side, he teaches fitness classes at Pure Barre Aspen. His favorite hobbies are knitting socks, doing gymnastics, snowboarding, and playing tennis. He lives in Aspen with his two dogs, Fajita and Tortilla.
Todd joined the AspenOUT board in 2012. Todd is a native Coloradoan and is a Freelance Digital Marketing/eCommerce Consultant. Todd and his partner, Corey, moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2007. In his spare time, he loves spending time with their 2 dogs, camping, hiking, snowboarding, rafting, traveling, going to the theatre. Todd also does a lot of volunteering in the Carbondale community and with the Sierra Club.
Board Member, AspenOUT
I'm Reed Lewis. I've played, lived, and worked in Snowmass Village, since 1996 and love the outdoor recreation it affords us. Skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and SUP are my sports of choice when heading outside. I own and manage independent retail shops on the Snowmass Mall: 81615 T-Shirt & Gift, Grain Fine Food, Anadipsia Art Gallery, and the Daly Bottle Shop. The mission of You Can Play over the last several years has given me renewed hope in the continued support AspenOUT has been able to provide organizations like this as agents of inclusion.
Executive Director, AspenOUT
Hi, my name is Kevin McManamon, I am the Executive Director of AspenOUT. AspenOUT is the nonprofit that produces Aspen Gay Ski Week, as our annual fundraiser. I first became involved with the organization as a volunteer. Later, I joined the board and then became President of the board. About two years ago I became Executive Director. As Executive Director, it was my initiative that created our alliance with Aspen Film, and created the AspenOUT College Scholarship Fund. To date we have awarded more than $23,000 to graduating high school seniors from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. We continue with our local outreach programs, such as our monthly social soaks in Glenwood Springs. Please help AspenOUT by supporting Aspen Gay Ski Week events and activities, as well as finding out more about our new summer fundraiser, AdventureOUT Snowmass! I can’t wait to meet all of you in person!
Board Member, AspenOUT
Kristi Kavanaugh, known by many as K2, has been in the mountain tourism industry for 25 years where she served in several roles including Director of Sales and Marketing for the St. Regis, and Aspen and Group Sales Director for Snowmass Tourism. Since 2012, K2 has led the sales effort for the Aspen Skiing Company, where she is responsible for a team of 20 who handle all sales and marketing internationally, the community’s central reservations team, local training and lodge programs, domestic travel trade sales efforts, ski shows, and all group sales efforts. Her career began in hospitality with Ritz-Carlton after she earned a marketing degree from Virginia Tech. Her experience includes group, leisure, and catering sales, as well as marketing and PR globally and around all regions of the United States. She resides in Aspen with her husband and two daughters, is an avid skier, traveler, and cake aficionado.
Board of Directors, AspenOUT
Karen loves the mountains and Aspen. She’s a downhill and backcountry skier. She’s a mountaineer who’s climbed all 54 of Colorado 14,000 ft peaks, Mont Blanc, and trekked to the Everest base camp. She’s also a physician member of GLMA (Gay Lesbian Medical Association), WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgendered Health,) and the Gender Identity Center of Colorado. A long time member of the AspenOUT board, she also volunteers for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Theatre Aspen, the Wheeler Opera House, and Food & Wine.