Anne-Marie Keane, Chair
Anne-Marie Keane moved to Vail from Massachusetts where she held a number of executive positions at Staples, including Vice President of Global Communications. Among many other things, she helped the company launch its first Ecommerce Website in 1998. An expert in marketing and strategy, she heads the VMS Marketing Committee and also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Dance Assist. Born and raised in Southern California, she studied geography at Dartmouth and was a competitive sailor. After completing her MBA at Harvard, she founded Harvard Business School’s Network of Women Alumnae and led the fund raising efforts of her Dartmouth Class to build Habitat for Humanity homes in New Hampshire. She lives in Vail, and has four children at VMS who are also competitive skiers training with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail.
Juan Carlos Aziz owns Selvatica Adventure Park and a restaurant by the name of Tinto in Cancun, Mexico. He holds a degree in Industrial relations from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Five years ago, he moved to Vail with his family and is co-owner of SOLS VAIL with his wife, Norma. He is also on the board of the Sebastian Hotel as well as five other companies in Mexico. Juan Carlos has two children at VMS and is the parent of a graduate, as well.
David Bentley is a retired International Captain for American Airlines. He has a degree in Advertising and Journalism from the University of Florida and is a member of the Mensa Society. He is a former U.S. Air Force pilot and veteran of the Vietnam war. He has lived in the Vail valley since 1978 and most recently was the president of the Cordillera Transition Corporation and the Cordillera Property Owners Association. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Yankee Pacific, an aviation investment and business development company. David's son attends VMS.
Charlene Chen moved from to Vail from New York City where she had previously worked in finance. Originally from New Jersey, she studied Economics and Art History at Stanford and has an MBA from Wharton. She has two children at VMS.
Michele Evans is one of the owners of Evans Chaffee Construction Group, a general contractor in Vail Valley, specializing in high end residential and commercial construction. Her company has been awarded Vail Valley Partnership Business of the Year twice. She has served on the boards of Mountain Montessori school, Avon Affordable Housing, and The Alternative Board. From Gladstone, New Jersey, she studied architecture at the University of Virginia and civil engineering at Stanford. She lives in East Vail, and has three daughters at VMS.
Richard Geisman is the Chief Financial Officer of Aspen Grove Capital, LLC, a family office located in Avon, CO. Geisman is responsible for banking relationships, financial reporting, internal and external compliance and takes a leadership role within the public investments of the family office. In 2012, Geisman and his family moved to Avon from Los Angeles. He has two daughters, one of whom attends VMS and trains full time with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail through the VMS/SSCV partnership.
Sally Johnston has deep roots in education. She has been involved with VMS since since moving here in 1976 and prior to that held a diverse range of positions from Kindergarten teacher to university professor. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from the Crane School of Music, she went on to do graduate work at Boston University, Boston College, and Harvard. She served as the head of the Education Department of the Judge Baker Children’s Center (an arm of the Harvard Medical School) and taught in the Department of Child Psychiatry at University of Oklahoma. She is on the board of Third Way in Denver and is a mentor at the Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts in Denver, which was founded by her son, Colorado State Senator Michael Johnston. Sally is the owner and operator of the Christiana Lodge in Vail and has two sons, John and Michael, who graduated from VMS.
Joshua Lautenberg is the owner of Engel & Völkers real estate in Vail Village. He serves on the board of Eagle County’s Open Space Advisory Committee and enjoys the countless recreational opportunities of such areas. From Montclair, New Jersey, he graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and now lives in Edwards. He has two children at VMS.
Kaia Moritz has worked formerly as a consultant and financial analyst, and dedicates her time to her family and local non-profits. She is a trustee of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail and the Borgen Family Foundation, and serves on the Education Committee of the Youth Foundation. She has also served on the board of the Children’s Hospital Foundation. From Denver, she attended VMS her sophomore year, and majored in art history at Dartmouth, where she was also a competitive skier, and then studied business at the University of Denver. She and her husband, who is also a VMS alum, live in Edwards, and have four children at VMS.
Eric Resnick is managing director at KSL Capital Partners in Denver, a private equity fund which specializes in investing in travel and leisure businesses such as hotels, ski resorts, golf courses, health clubs, and resort real estate development. In the world of education, he is a former board member of Rocketship, a charter school operator in Northern California as well as the Denver Museum of Science and Nature. He currently serves on the non-profit boards of the United States Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation, United States Ski and Snowboard Association and the Vail Valley Foundation, as well as the corporate board of ClubCorp and Whistler-Blackcomb. He is a graduate of Cornell University and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He has three children at VMS.
Dave was a senior managing director and partner of Bankers Trust Company, which is now part of Deutsche Bank, chairman and CEO of worldwide software provider, IQ Financial Systems, and executive director of business development for public radio station WNYC in New York. He is currently a full-time parent and part-time ski instructor. He received a B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. His daughter attends VMS.
Steve Spessard runs Vail-based Gore Creek Partners, LLC which invests in commercial real estate assets as well as companies in various other industries on a national basis. With nearly 30 years of business experience, he formerly served as CEO and co-owner of Asset Plus Corp., and Asset Campus Housing, Inc., two Houston-based commercial real estate investment and development firms. Like many Vail converts, he moved here full-time in 2009 after a longstanding love affair with the Valley dating back to the 80s. He has two children at VMS.
Kristin Tang is the owner/director of the Gore Range Montessori preschool, and a former kindergarten teacher at VMS. From New York City, she studied Asian Studies at Skidmore and special education at NYU. She lives in Edwards, and has four children at VMS.