Spring Board develops high potential philanthropic leaders of our generation. Through education and community service, the board works to instill the values of philanthropy throughout the Roaring Fork Valley from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. Our board is made up of a diverse yet dedicated group of young professionals who invest our time, talent and treasure into causes we love.
Lindsay had the great privilege of growing up in the Roaring Fork Valley. She left to attend college at the University of Colorado in Boulder to study International Affairs, after which she moved to Denver to pursue a career in hospitality. However it didn’t take long for her love of the outdoors and her desire to live in the mountains to resurface, so she returned to the incredibly beautiful town of Aspen to join the Operations Team at the Little Nell Hotel. While not at work Lindsay can be found in the hills, whether that involves climbing them, running on them or snowboarding off them depends on the season. Becoming a member of Spring Board has been a wonderful way for Lindsay to reconnect with the community that provided her so much support as a young person. It is a deep rooted gratitude and one that she hopes will shine through as she works with the next generation of Colorado’s students.
A Texan with a love for mountains, Megan Bentzin was born and raised in the live music capital of the world, Austin. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 2014 with a major in Foreign Affairs, she spent a year traveling, cycle touring, and working in South Africa, New Zealand, and the Netherlands. Aspen quickly became home for Megan in early 2016 and she now works at the Aspen Institute on the Society of Fellows team. On any given day you’ll find her trail running with Aspen Trailheads, storytelling at Aspen Story Night, cycling or skiing. She joined Spring Board to better understand the problems the Roaring Fork Valley faces as a community and collectively learn how to actively and positively address these issues.
An opportunity to support the growing team at Backbone Media brought Amanda to the valley in 2013. Now the events & development coordinator for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, she has found a way to merge her passion for the environment with her keen understanding of logistics and technology and has made Aspen her home. Amanda stays balanced through trail running, snowboarding, exploring the Elk Mountains and attending cultural and educational events around Aspen. She joined Spring Board to gain greater understanding of the local philanthropic community and meet like minded peers.
Courtney moved to Aspen from Ohio in the winter of 2009, and she worked as a ski instructor for the Aspen Skiing Company. After teaching skiing for a few winters, she briefly left the valley to gain a Master of Arts in Teaching from Colorado College, but she quickly found her way back home. She currently works at Aspen Country Day School, where she has taught both First Grade and Elementary Spanish. Courtney lives in Snowmass Village and enjoys all recreation activities that her backyard has to offer. Look for her in the mountains, out on the lake, or in the river. Spring Board is an opportunity for Courtney to give back to her community and to learn from her talented peers.
Riley works in finance as the Controller for Related Colorado. He first came to Aspen on a ski trip with friends while studying at the University of Colorado and made it home after graduating. He spends his free time hiking, skiing, road biking, mountain biking, and traveling as much as he can. Spring Board has offered Riley an opportunity to contribute to this spectacular community while working with other young professionals that share the same enthusiasm.
Jason and his wife Shayla began calling the Roaring Fork Valley home in 2012. After extended stints in Austin, Texas and Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jason is elated to live and work near the headwaters of the most iconic river in the western U.S., the Colorado River. Jason is an associate water attorney with Patrick, Miller & Noto, P.C. and is licensed to practice throughout Colorado and Montana. Outside of work, Jason is an avid fly fisherman, trail and ultrarunner, and skier. In 2015, he and his wife welcomed to the world their first son, Henry. Through Spring Board, Jason is thrilled to give back and to connect with his home community.
Carly is a landscape designer and planner rooted in the Intermountain West. Just after graduating
with a master’s degree from Utah State University, Carly packed everything she owned in the back of her car and moved to Aspen to take a job with Design Workshop. The transition from Utah to Colorado was an easy one with all of the opportunities to get outside in the Roaring Fork Valley. When not in the office, you can find her outdoors running, skiing, or climbing. Carly joined Spring Board to play a meaningful role in the valley in which she lives and loves.
Bridget landed in Colorado in 2014 and within her first month in the valley she knew that she would be calling this place home. It’s easy to fall in love with the endless adventures right in Aspen’s backyard, but her relationship was deepened by the community, opportunity, and culture that this valley is run on. She loves working with Ski Co as the assistant to their rental/retail department. Bridget is excited to be a part of Spring Board and is really passionate about their current project that provides kids with financial help when applying to college. When not working, Bridget is off mountain biking somewhere, fishing on the Fork, or skiing.
Amy grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts, a small town north of Boston. She moved out west to go to school at the University of Colorado and hasn’t looked back since! She works as a ski coach for the Aspen Valley Ski Club and in her free time you can always find her outside playing in the mountains! Amy joined Spring Board in order to give back to the community, support higher-level education, and to meet other like-minded individuals!
Shawna is originally from the beautiful Pure Michigan where she grew up and went to college. After finishing Pharmacy School at Ferris State University she opted for a less traditional track and began working as a traveling pharmacist. She took her first assignment in Alaska, where she was introduced to and fell in love with the mountain lifestyle. She was fortunate enough to be offered a position at Valley View Hospital which brought her to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2014. Hiking, biking, skiing, camping, rafting, running, the incredible landscape, the people and sense of community are what keep her here. This is the first non-profit organization Shawna has been a part of and she is looking forward to working with and getting to know like minded individuals. She joined Spring Board to give back to this valley she has fallen in love with. She is looking forward to helping others take advantage of opportunities they otherwise wouldn’t have the resources for.
A local Aspenite, Maxwell, graduated with honors from Babson College in Boston, Massachusetts, with dual concentrations in Finance and Economics in 2014. After training with Merrill Lynch in New York City, Max returned to the mountains to work with the firm as a Financial Advisor. When he is not working with his team Max loves being active. Depending on the season, you can spot Max on his dirt or street motorcycle, hiking, snowboarding, playing squash with friends or listening to music or a lecture on the Aspen Institute Campus. Max is very happy to be a part of Spring Board where he can work alongside others that share the same commitment for improving education throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.
Growing up in the Roaring Fork Valley is one of the things in Leah’s life she does not take for granted. Having been a part of a giving community that emphasis in the outdoors is what ultimately led Leah to decide to settle herself and her career in the Valley. Graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, with a degree in Marketing, Leah is currently the Marketing Manager for The MyersRoberts Collective in Snowmsss, CO. Leah has a background in the hospitality as well as Audio Video industries in sales, events, and marketing. Leah found Springboard Aspen to be the perfect fit to be a part of a young professional environment that gives back to the community she grew up in. Leah enjoys in her spare time hiking, skiing, and any other adventure that brings her outdoors.
Erin moved to the Roaring Fork Valley from Montana three years ago. She was quickly taken with the wonderful community and ample outdoor opportunities and thinks she is here to stay. Erin works as Executive Manager for Equus Private Wealth Management, and in her spare time can be found on her mountain bike, hiking with her dog, skiing, or working in her community garden. She feels so privileged to live in this valley and is looking forward to giving back to a community that has been so inspiring and supportive.