Non-Profit in the Spotlight

Every month, Aspen Public Radio picks a non-profit in the Roaring Fork Valley that is focused on service and improving the community for all. Each week, you'll hear a different aspect of our Non-Profit in the Spotlight as they explain their mission, challenges, and successes.

Germaine Dietsch founded Spellbinders in Denver in the 1980's. She discusses the organization's history , her personal inspirations, and how the organization grew from an idea to 18 national and international chapters today.  

Learn more about Spellbinders and how you can get involved at www.spellbinders.org.   

Kelly Murphy is the Executive Director of the Aspen Historical Society. She discusses the challenges and marks of success of the organization, as well as the future. Nina Gabianelli, vice president of education and programs, also contributes. 

To learn more about the Aspen Historical Society, visit www.aspenhistory.org, and to visit the archives, go to www.archiveaspen.org

3rd grade Aspen Elementary School teacher Dana Pingatore shares the importance of the Aspen Historical Society's school programs and the power of being submerged in history for her students. Nina Gabianelli, vice president of education and programs, also contributes. 

Learn more about the Aspen Historical Society and their education programs at www.AspenHistory.org

Nina Gabianelli is the Vice President of Education and Programs at the Aspen Historical Society. You may have seen her sporting a Victorian-era costume at one of the historical society's properties or giving a walking tour around town. 

Gabianelli describes the summer programs and tours offered by the historical society, and discusses the organization's archives, which is comprised of over 50,000 objects, photographs, documents, and records. 

  Tony Vagneur is a past president and current board member of the Aspen Historical Society. He shares the history of the historical society and the organization's role in Aspen's evolution. Executive Director Kelly Murphy also contributes. 

Learn more about the Aspen Historical Society at www.AspenHistory.org and access the archives at www.archiveaspen.org

If you visit the town of Marble this summer, tucked into the woods right off the main road, you'll notice a flurry of marble dust, the roar of power tools, and over 60 artists working on marble sculptures. This is the MARBLE/Marble Symposium and Joshua Weiner, a professional sculptor, has been actively involved for 23 years.

Weiner discusses the culture of the organization and the easygoing nature of the symposiums, and how his time spent with the symposium has transformed his own work. 

Mark Browning is a sculptor and an active member of the MARBLE/Marble Symposium summer crew. He runs the kitchen during the summer workshops, but finds lots of time to interact with the symposium participants and work on his own sculptures. 

Browning shares his personal experiences with the symposium and the importance of the organization for the town of Marble and greater art communities. More information about the symposiums can be found at www.MarbleInst.org.   

The MARBLE/Marble Symposium is a series of three week long sessions where sculptors of all ages and abilities come to the town of Marble to carve. Founder Madeline Weiner and Sculptor Dawn Record discuss the symposium, participants, and power of carving marble stone. 

Registration is now open for summer symposiums and tours are available for visitors. More information at www.MarbleInst.org

Madeline Weiner is the founder of the Marble Institute of Colorado, a non-profit organization that runs the MARBLE/Marble Symposium in Marble, Colorado. Founded in 1989, the symposium draws professional artists and hobbyists from around the world to the town of Marble every summer. Weiner shares the history of the organization and the art of stone carving. 

Andrew Vick is the President of the Board of Directors for the Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership. He's proud of where the organization is going, but there are challenges. Vick shares his vision for the future of the organization, including the building of a physical space.

Learn more about Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership, and find the application for the class of 2017 at www.rfleadership.org.   

Derek Hanrahan is an alumnus of Roaring Fork Leadership and serves on the Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership's Board of Directors. He talks about his experience in Roaring Fork Leadership and the impact the program has had on his life both professionally and personally. 

The application for the class of 2017 is now available online at www.rfleadership.org

The Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership is best known for their year-long program, Roaring Fork Leadership, where individuals go through 10 months of classes and training with the end goal of becoming better leaders and more engaged citizens. Andrea Palm-Porter is the Executive Director of the organization. 

Learn more about the Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership at www.rfleadership.org, or find the application for the class of 2017. 

John Sarpa is a long-time local who is a graduate of  the Roaring Fork Leadership program and then served as the President of the Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership. Often confused for the name of the organization, Roaring Fork Leadership is the 9-month long program that trains professionals in the Roaring Fork Valley to become better leaders, thinkers, and activists in their communities. 

Sarpa shares the history of the organization and its importance today. 

Buddy Program Executive Director, David Houggy, talks about the organization and his vision for the future. The Buddy Program has been expanding its services in Carbondale, and are anticipating more growth in the coming years. 

Buddy Program Board Member and former Big Buddy, Peter Waanders, is joined by his little buddy of 10 years, Egbert Ospina. Waanders and Ospina met almost 14 years ago when Ospina was in 3rd grade. Now studying at American University and set to graduate in spring 2016, Ospina credits Waanders with his success and confidence. The two say their involvement as buddies with the Buddy Program's Community Mentoring Program not only changed their daily lives, but gave them a lifelong friendship.

Lindsay Lofaro is the Assistant Director of the Buddy Program. She discusses the organization's various mentoring programs, including the popular Community Mentoring Program, where adults are paired with little buddies, and the newest program, LEAD, or Leadership through Exploration, Action, and Discovery. 

Sole Lowe is the Buddy Program's Community Program Director and is based out of the Third Street Center offices in Carbondale. She joined the Buddy Program team in 2002 and shares the history and evolution of the mentoring non-profit over the years. 

More information about the Buddy Program and how you can get involved at www.BuddyProgram.org

Sallie Bernard is the Founder and Board President of Ascendigo, and says that the need for providing services to individuals and their families  on the autism spectrum is growing. Bernard is joined by Ascendigo's Executive Director, Hugh Zuker, and Ascendigo's Adult Program Manager, Carly Knauf. 

Learn more about Ascendigo and their programs in the Roaring Fork Valley at www.Ascendigo.org

 Ascendigo Executive Director, Hugh Zuker, discusses the organization's programs and the importance of the organization's work in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Ascendigo is best known for its summer camp.  Through individualized instruction, participants do a host of outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, water skiing, and rock climbing. Ascendigo also offers an adult enrichment program and a winter sports program.

Every summer since 2004, Ascendigo has brought children with autism to the Roaring Fork Valley to participate in an overnight sports camp. 

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