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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. 

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. 

Ascendigo has been operating out of the Roaring Fork Valley since 2004. Founded by Sallie Bernard, who now serves as the Board President, the autism services organization has grown from a summer sports camp to a nationally known group that offers a range of outdoor sports programs. 

Bernard is joined by Ascendigo's Clinical Coordinator, Sami Henry, M. Ed., BCBA, to discuss the organization's history and programs.  

Angie Callen, executive director of the Red Brick Center for the Arts, discusses the art center's recent success and her vision for the future. 

Learn more about the Red Brick Center for the Arts at www.AspenArt.org

Angie Callen is the Executive Director of the Red Brick Center for the Arts. She discusses the Valley Art Auction, taking place at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen on Tuesday, January 19th from 4 to 7 pm. The auction will feature local art at all prices points, and food and entertainment will be provided. 

Go to www.AspenArt.org to learn more about the Red Brick Center for the Arts and the Valley Art Auction. 

The Red Brick Center for the Arts is home to nine non-profit organizations (including Aspen Public Radio), fine art and rehearsal studios, public conferences spaces, resident artist studios, and a gallery space. Board Member Emeritus, Bob Camp, explains the history of the organization and how it came to acquire the Red Brick building, which was previously occupied by the Aspen School District. 

To learn more about the history of the Red Brick Center for the Arts and their programs, visit www.AspenArt.org

"With guns you can kill terrorists, with education you can kill terrorism" - Malala Yousafzai

Executive Director Jodi Fischer and Board Co-Chair Chelsea Dillon discuss the future of the Marshall Direct Fund and their long-term goals. 

Learn more about the Marshall Direct Fund and how you can get involved at www.MarshallDirectFund.org

Kristen Zodrow, a 6th grade science teacher at Aspen Middle School, discusses the Global Kid Connect Program and the impacts the program has had on her students. Global Kid Connect is a modern day pen pal program between Elementary and Middle School students in the Roaring Fork Valley and students in Pakistan. 

Nine schools in the Roaring Fork Valley, and over 300 students and teachers, have participated in the Global Kids Connect program, which is run through the Marshall Direct Fund. Jodi Fischer, executive director of the Marshall Direct Fund, also contributes. 

Jodi Fischer, the U.S. Team Executive Director of the Marshall Direct Fund, and Chelsea Dillon, Board Co-Chair, discuss the programs and projects the Marshall Direct Fund run in the U.S. and Pakistan. The organization has three major programs and areas of focus: primary education, economic empowerment and vocational training for women, and a pen pal program between students in the U.S. and Pakistan. 

Visit www.MarshallDirectFund.org to learn more about the organization and their educational programs in Pakistan and the U.S. 

The Marshall Direct Fund takes its name from the Marshall Plan, which was created in 1948, after World War II, in an effort to strengthen war-weary countries by aiding in their recovery.

Silbi Stainton, the founder of the Marshall Direct Fund, discusses the organization's history, her personal interest in counter-terrorism and international studies, and the importance of education. The Marshall Direct Fund invests in education and women's economic empowerment in Pakistan in an effort to build a more peaceful world. 

Lisa Max Zimet and Kim Nuzzo are the co-founders of the Aspen Poets' Society. Celebrating its 9th year anniversary this month, the organization was formed after Zimet, who was doing marketing for the former Zele Cafe in Aspen, had the idea of bringing live poetry readings to the cafe after a series of successful evening events with music. 

Zimet and Nuzzo share the history of the organization and the power of poetry. The Aspen Poets' Society hosts live poetry readings every month at Victoria's Cafe in Aspen. To learn more about the organization and their events, visit www.AspenPoetSociety.com or (970) 379-2136. 

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