Who We Are

The Arts Campus at Willits board and staff are a group of highly engaged professionals with expertise in performing arts programming, construction, development, design, not for profit arts administration, fundraising and donor management, and unified by an overwhelming commitment to the arts and the community.

Board of Directors

Julia Marshall (President) returned to the Roaring Fork valley in 1988 to start the landscape architectural firm of Mt. Daly Enterprises, LLC after graduating from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Julia has consistently dedicated her time to community service including service on the boards of the Red Brick Art and Recreation Center in Aspen, the Carbondale Community School, the Carbondale Recreation Center and the Art Base. She currently resides in Carbondale.

Michael Lipkin (Vice President) moved to Aspen in the early 1980s and with David Warner formed Lipkin Warner Design and Planning, a broad-based architecture and development practice. Lipkin is the founder of Willits and, with his firm, has been responsible for the vision and master planning as well as the design of virtually every building there. Also a photographer, his work has been shown at the Aspen Institute Gallery, the 212 Gallery in Aspen, and at The Kim Foster Gallery in Chelsea. His undergraduate training was in sculpture and architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a Master’s in Architecture from Yale. Lipkin and his wife, the artist Jody Guralnick, raised 2 children, now 23 and 27, in Aspen.

Jeff Orsulak (Treasurer/Secretary), a graduate of Virginia Tech School of Architecture, has been living and working in the Willits community for 15 years as a project manager and designer. A key member of the Willits design team, Jeff has helped shape the Willits Community into a thriving place to live and work. He has served as a board member for the Mid-Valley Metropolitan District for the past 10 years and also serves on the Town of Basalt’s Public Art Commission.

Richard Carter (Board Member) is a graduate of Villanova University BA and has been a resident of the Roaring Fork Valley since 1971. He has a long history of involvement with numerous visual arts organizations and film production companies in Colorado and Los Angeles. A working artist for over 45 years , his work is in many private, corporate and museum collections. He maintains a studio in Basalt and was the studio assistant to Bauhaus Master Herbert Bayer. He was a founder of the Aspen Art Museum and is currently a board member of the Art Base.

Soren West (Board Member) is the CEO of ATOMIC, a live events business, where he has driven the company’s growth from four employees to over 100 employees in offices across the globe. West oversees large projects for major brands, entertainment properties, television, and sporting events. His 20+ years of experience include work with the biggest names in touring entertainment, Turner, Viacom, A&E, CBS, Target, the NFL, Nike, and icons of Silicon Valley. He is a founding member of Music for Everyone, a nonprofit that supports music education, and he serves on the board of advisors at Millersville University’s Entrepreneurship program. When not at work, Soren enjoys skiing, bike riding, and kite boarding, and more than anything, hanging out with his wife and kids.

Joseph E. Edwards III (Jody) (Board Member) is a skilled attorney whose practice focuses on real estate development and transactions, land use, commercial lending and foreclosures, business organization and municipal law. For nearly 30 years of practice in the Roaring Fork Valley, clients have depended on his counsel for matters ranging from complex real estate acquisitions to the negotiation of planned unit development documents. Prior to founding Klein, Coté and Edwards,  Jody worked for private firms in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley where he developed a reputation for integrity and for finding creative solutions to difficult problems.

Loren Jenkins (Board Member) first came to Aspen some 50 years ago. Educated as a political scientist at the University of Colorado and Columbia University, he then spent 25 years overseas as a foreign correspondent for UPI, Newsweek and The Washington Post. He returned to Aspen in the 1990s to serve for five years as the publisher and editor-in-chief of The Aspen Times. In 1996 Loren joined NPR as Senior Foreign Editor in charge of the network’s award-winning international coverage. Loren was awarded the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for his Washington Post coverage of the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon and its aftermath. His articles and revues have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, Rolling Stone, Salon, Conde Nast Traveler and The New York Times. Loren lives with his wife, sculptor Laura Thorne, at their long-time home in Old Snowmass.

Mary Conover (Board Member) is a practicing artist and longtime resident of the Roaring Fork Valley. Born in Washington D.C.,  she studied art at the Philadelphia College of Art, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. Conover graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Washington where she majored in biological sciences. In addition to her painting, she has worked as a freelance photojournalist, scientific illustrator, photo editor, and film stills photographer. She owns an organic cattle ranch on the Western Slope and is active in land management and conservation issues throughout the west.  She has served on several nonprofit and philanthropic boards, including Western Landowners Alliance, Anderson Ranch Art Center and Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. She is married, with one son, and divides her time between Aspen, her Basalt art studio and Glade Park, Colorado.

Chase Carter (Board Member) Chase Carter was born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley. She went to Wildwood, Aspen Community School, and CRMS. She left the valley for Emerson College where she graduated with dual degrees in Film and Acting. She moved to Los Angeles and has, for the last 21 years worked in the film business in the art department, most recently as a Production Designer. In 2014 Chase and her husband Tate bought a home in Missouri Heights and for the last 4 years have shared their time between Santa Monica and the Valley. When she isn’t working Chase can be found traveling, cooking, making custom Christmas gifts, hosting lavish dinner parties or planning her next travel adventure.

Janie Rich (Board Member) has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley since 1986 after graduating from the University of Colorado. She has worked primarily in the field of education; Classroom Teacher at the Aspen Community School, Arts Educator at Anderson Ranch and the Art Base, Educational Coordinator for Aspen Film. Janie served as board chair for the former Wyly Community Art Center, now the Art Base. She currently resides in Basalt with her husband and two daughters.

Staff

Ryan Honey (Executive Director) was previously the Director of the 50th Anniversary Campaign at one of the nation’s largest nonprofit theatres, Center Theatre Group, in Los Angeles. In that role, he led a $120 million fundraising effort for the construction of a new rehearsal center. Prior to working in arts administration and fundraising, Honey worked as an actor and producer in Los Angeles. As an actor he was seen in numerous TV shows and movies. As a producer, he sold features to Warner Brothers and Anchor Bay Entertainment as well as short films and new media content to Amazon. He and his wife, Amy, and their three children live in El Jebel.

Marc Breslin (Artistic Director) most recently served as general manager of Belly Up Aspen, a state-of-the-art entertainment venue. Prior to Belly Up Aspen, Marc spent nearly two decades with Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS), starting in 1993 as Marketing Director and then becoming Chief Operating Officer. Marc’s tenure at JAS included growing the organization from a small event to a twice a year multi-day festival attracting 30,000 attendees. He helped create JAS’ free concert series in Snowmass Village and JAS’ valley-wide music education programs, which included partnering with Washington, D.C.’s Thelonious Monk Institute. Marc has resided in the valley for 35 years and lives in Carbondale with his wife and daughter.