Staff List

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Debbie Contini Braun

President and CEO

Q. What's your favorite meal/restaurant in Aspen?

A: The chicken sandwich from White House Tavern - dare I say twice a week.

Q. What's your favorite outdoor activity?

A: Taking advantage of the 10th Mountain Division Hut system. What could be better than a long hike, a roaring fire in an amazing log cabin with views for miles.

Q: What's your favorite Arts and Culture event?

A: Sitting on the lawn at the Aspen Music Festival listening to amazing music, it's the best time to decompress and enjoy date night with my husband. 

Q: What's your favorite park?

A: Wagner Park in downtown Aspen- it's always filled with children and puppies- how can that not put a smile on your face?

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Jennifer Albright Carney

Vice President of Event Marketing

Q: What's your favorite outdoor activity?

A: Hiking. And now that I'm fortunate enough to have a small yard, a new love of perennial gardening has emerged. 

Q: What's your favorite hike?

A: Smuggler is great for lunch-break exercise and amazing views of Aspen Mountain and town. If you have a little more time, head back to the Hunter Creek Loop. I love the way you feel like you're so far away from everything when really, you're still so close to town. 

Q: Where's the best view in Aspen?

A: Everywhere surrounding Aspen!

Q: What's your favorite Aspen event?

A: Well all of the events ACRA produces, of course! But if I have to choose- the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen

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Eliza Voss 

Vice President Destination Marketing

Q: Where's the best view in Aspen? 

A: Red Butte - has a panorama of the upper valley. 
 
Q: What's your favorite winter activity?

A: Powder skiing

Q: What's your local beverage of choice?

A: A glass of rose on the Ajax Tavern Patio.

Q: What's your favorite park?

A: Check out the Grotto's Ice Caves on Independence Pass

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Sarah Reynolds Lasser

Senior Director of Business Development

Q: Where's the most relaxing spot in Aspen?

A: Reading a book while listening to the Aspen Music Festival at the Benedict Music Tent.
 
Q: What's your favorite Arts and Culture event?

A: The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.

Q: What's your favorite summer activity?

A: SUPing Northstar.

Q: What's your local beverage of choice?

A: St. Germain Cocktail at Steakhouse No. 316.

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Liz Cluley

Senior Sales Manager

Q. What's your favorite meal/restaurant in Aspen?

A: The L'Hostaria bar menu can't be beat. I love the Melanzane alla Parmigiana!

Q: What's your favorite hike?

A: American Lake or West Maroon Pass to Crested Butte.

Q: Where's the best view in Aspen? 

A: Take a jeep tour to the historic area of Lenado, the view can't be beat!

Q: Where's the most relaxing spot in Aspen?

A: Remede Spa at the St. Regis.

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Jessica Hite

Senior Marketing Manager

Q. What's your favorite meal/restaurant in Aspen?

A: Campo De Fiori's Penne Vodka. 

Q: Where's the best view in Aspen? 

A: A window seat on the flight into the Aspen Airport.

Q: What's your favorite Arts & Culture event?

A: Summer Sunday afternoons on the lawn listening to Aspen Music Festival and School's Aspen Festival Orchestra and JAS Cafe shows.

Q: What's your local beverage of choice?

A: The hot chocolate in The Living Room at The Little Nell or an espresso martini from L'Hostaria.

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Bridget Crosby

Marketing Manager

Q: Where's the best view in Aspen? 

A: Paragliding off of Aspen Mountain

Q. What's your favorite meal/restaurant in Aspen?

A: Any ramen takeover night from King and Cook is always my favorite. On the non-takeover nights, the Jalapeno Linguine & Clams from Clark's Oyster Bar is life changing.

Q: What's your favorite summer activity?

A: Sunset watching on the top of Red Mountain or at Smuggler Park. 

Q: What's your local beverage of choice?

A: Can't go wrong with a dirty or espresso martini from Campo de Fiori.

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Susan Bantis

Airport Guest Service Director

Q. What's your favorite outdoor activity?

A: Riding my horse in the beautiful mountains around Aspen! 

Q. What's your favorite meal/restaurant in Aspen?

A: Crab cakes and Chardonnay at Jimmy's bar!

Q: What's your favorite Arts and Culture event?

A: Aspen Music Festival, in the tent or out on the lawn. Just love attending the 4th of July celebration with family and friends! 

Q: What's your favorite winter activity?

A: Skiing, hiking, watching the moon and stars! Just being outside in our amazing surroundings. 

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Diana Morrissey

Director of Visitor Services

Q: Where's the most relaxing spot in Aspen?

A: Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

Q: What's your favorite Aspen event?

A: FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen

Q: Where's the best view in Aspen?

A: Everywhere surrounding Aspen!

Q. What's your favorite meal/restaurant in Aspen?

A: Cache Cache

Kristen Anderson

Kristen Anderson

Executive Assistant

Q: What's your favorite summer activity?

A: Hiking and SUPing with my friends and family.

Q: What's your local beverage of choice?

A: Jalapeño margarita from Meat & Cheese

Q: What's your favorite winter activity?

A: Skiing

Q: Where's the best view in Aspen? 

A: On top of Ajax, about to ski down after a powder day.

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Mackenzie Sexton

Program Assistant

Q. What's your favorite meal/restaurant in Aspen?

A: The Salade de Chèvre Chaud and Steak Tartare from French Alpine Bistro!

Q: What's your favorite Arts and Culture event?

A: Aspen Laugh Festival. Nothing beats comedy midway through the winter!

Q: Where's the best view in Aspen?

A: Halfway up the Silver Queen Gondola. You get the view of town and Ajax.

Q: What's your local beverage of choice?

A: Nitro Espresso Martinis from 7908

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Alycin Bektesh

Communications Manager

Q: What's your favorite park?

A: Glory Hole Park. I love the rich history including the namesake sinkhole, and my dog loves hazing the growing duck population.  

Q: What's your favorite Aspen event?

A: Aspen History 101 and the screening of Aspen Extreme during Winterskol. I love watching the skits going through Aspen’s colorful past, and dressing up in vintage ski clothing and cheering for the good guys with the rest of the theater during the Powder 8s scene.

Q: What's your favorite winter activity?

A: Snowboarding Ajax. I’m going for my 1,000-day pin, so I’ve got a lot of work to do up there.

Q: What's your local beverage of choice?

A: An Aperol Spritz at the Sundeck winter or summer.

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Melany Muro

Special Events Coordinator

Q. What's your favorite meal/restaurant in Aspen?

A.  Fettuccine alla Bolognese at L’Hostaria. Yum!  

Q: What's your favorite Arts and Culture event?

A.      Although it’ll take place in a different location this year, due to COVID, The Meeting FlimFest at the Wheeler Opera House has always been one of my faves.

Q: Where's the best view in Aspen?

A.    Aspen Meadows!

Q: What's your favorite winter activity?

A.    Skinning up Snowmass Mountain for Ullr nights!

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