Tom Bernard, president
Tom Bernard is the president of the board of Aspen Words and an avid participant in AW’s programs. He is the author of Wall and Mean (Norton 2007), a financial crime novel, and he continues to write fiction. Tom began his thirty-year Wall Street career at Salomon Brothers and ended it at Lehman Brothers, where he telecommuted from Aspen from ’02 to ’09. A graduate of Harvard College, he lives in Aspen year-round with his wife Sallie. They have two grown sons.
Mark Tompkins, vice president
Mark Tompkins is an author, photographer, and businessperson. His debut novel, Last Days of Magic, is forthcoming in 2016 from Viking (a division of Penguin Random House). Rooted in mysticism, scripture, and dark magic, this novel blends biblical lore with Irish mythology in a tale that pits the Celtic faeries and other early creations against the Church of Rome and the ambitions of England’s Richard II. His prior books were nonfiction. Mark’s photography is in numerous collections worldwide including the Chinese National Photography Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. His history of successful entrepreneurial businesses now allows him to write fulltime. He lives in the Aspen area with his wife, Dr. Serena Koenig, a research physician whose work focuses on Haiti, and their twin daughters.
Elizabeth Mondry, treasurer
Beth devotes much of her volunteer time to education and youth in the Roaring Fork Valley. She has sat on the Board of Trustees at Cranbrook Schools Brookside and Aspen Country Day School, and on the board of the Aspen Education Foundation. She co-chaired the Aspen High School Accountability Committee and the Colorado Western Slope College Fair Activities Committee. A graduate of the University of Manitoba (BA) and the Kellogg Graduate School Of Management at Northwestern University (MBA), Beth lives year-round in Aspen with her husband Josh. They have three children.
Suzanne Bober, secretary
In her past life in New York City, Suzanne Bober worked as a magazine and book editor and is the co-author of a series of art books for very young children. Eight years ago, Suzanne relocated to Aspen with her husband and three sons. An Aspen Words board member for the past five years, she is a member of the Executive Committee and serves as Secretary and Chair of the Nominating Committee. Suzanne also serves on the board of the Aspen Education Foundation, for which she serves on the Executive Committee.
Read Suzanne’s Top 6 Desert Island Reads
Sandie Bishop joined the Aspen Words Advisory Board in the fall of 2015. She also serves on the board of the Aspen Music Festival & School as well as the Bishop Family Foundation. She has served on many other boards over the years, both in Aspen and in her hometown Knoxville, Tenn, including the Aspen Center for Integrative Health, the Aspen Historical Society, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, East Tennessee Historical Society, Knoxville Museum of Art, the Knoxville Ballet, and many others. She founded the Support Services Department at the Thompson Cancer Survival Center in Knoxville and was a counselor there for eight years. Sandie has a B.A. in Human Services from Memphis State University and a degree in Psychology/Counseling from the University of Tennessee.
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Kitty Boone is Vice President of Public Programs at the Aspen Institute, where she is the primary executive responsible for managing the Aspen Ideas Festival, a week-long conference that is hosted by the Institute and The Atlantic magazine each summer in Aspen. Prior to joining The Aspen Institute, where she also had responsibilities for seminar programs, Kitty served as Vice President, Marketing and Sales at Aspen Skiing Company, where she worked for 11 years. A native of San Francisco and a graduate of Stanford University, Kitty began her career in Washington DC as an intern for a national environmental group, ultimately coming to Aspen in 1989, after stints in the public and private sector and earning her Masters in Public and Private Management at Yale School of Management. She is the proud mom of teenage twins, sits on two boards in Aspen, and is passionate about education.
Christopher Bryan is a Shareholder in Garfield & Hecht, P.C.’s Aspen office, practicing civil and commercial litigation with an emphasis on real estate litigation. He has first- and second-chaired hundreds of cases in state and federal courts throughout Colorado, including frequent appearances before trial courts throughout the state and in the Colorado Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, and in the United States District Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He also handles commercial arbitrations. His practice also includes creditor-side bankruptcy litigation; he regularly represent creditors, lenders, banks, and other financial institutions in Chapter 7, 11, and 13 bankruptcy cases, including adversary proceedings. His local, regional, national, and global clients include individuals, companies, corporations, and other organizations. In 2013, 2014, and 2015, he was named one of the Top Young Attorneys in Colorado and recognized as a SuperLawyer Rising Star.
Sarah Chase Shaw
Freelance writer and registered landscape architect Sarah Chase Shaw is the author of Garden Legacy: the Residential Gardens of Design Workshop, and New Gardens of the American West. She specializes in writing about design and lifestyle in the American West, including landscape architecture, architecture, community planning, environmental design, land use, real estate, gardens, people, families, and history. Her work has appeared in national and regional publications, including Aspen Sojourner, Aspen Magazine, Garden Design, Western Art & Architecture, and Planning Magazine.
Paul Freeman is principal of Glenwood Springs High School and teaches principal preparation classes at Colorado Mesa University and at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Glenwood Springs High School has twice won the Governors’ Distinguished Improvement Award for outstanding student growth. Paul was educated at the University of London, taking a BA in history and an MA in curriculum studies. He started teaching in London in 1977 and became an administrator in 1986. He moved to Kuala Lumpur in 1997, where he worked on the Malaysian government’s Smart School program. He has lived and worked in the USA since 2001. He has been an obsessive reader since the period when, as a small boy, he haunted yard sales equipped with a suitcase he loaded with any books that were for sale. He is working on a novel he fears he will leave to his children to finish.
John Fullerton is currently the general partner of a limited partnership specializing in public equity investments. From 1983 through 1994, he served as an institutional portfolio manager for the Boston Company where he managed US equity portfolios for corporate pension plan and charitable endowment clients. Earlier in his career he worked in various capacities for American Express Company and subsidiaries in budgeting, planning, finance and investments. Born in 1945, Mr. Fullerton was raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He received a BSBA in Economics from Miami University in 1967, and in 1982, earned a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation. He and his wife Jessica have two grown children and seven grandchildren. They live in Aspen, Colorado.
Sue O’Bryan has owned a home in Aspen since 2000, and has lived in Aspen full-time since 2004. She has a BSEE and practiced as an electrical engineer for 12 years. Sue has an MBA with a focus in non-profit management, and a JD, and is a patent attorney licensed to practice in both Florida and Colorado. Since 2004 Sue has practiced as a Staff Attorney at Alpine Legal Services where she focuses on individuals in crisis; specifically victims of violence, children, seniors, and the mentally and physically disabled. Sue is an avid reader and has been a long time supporter of AW. She has two college-aged children.
Retired Landscape Designer. Currently volunteering at The Thrift Shop of Aspen and on the board of Aspen Words. Previously: Chair: Board of Trustees, Marlborough School; VP & Treasurer – Junior League of Los Angeles; translator – Emergency Room, Los Angles County General Hospital. Elementary and High School education split between California & Switzerland. Wellesley College BA; George Washington University – Certificate Landscape Design.