Staff

Kelly Murphy
President & CEO, District Manager
970.925.3721, ext. 101
director@aspenhistory.org

A licensed attorney, Kelly’s deep love of Aspen and the Valley prompted her to leave law practice and join the staff of the Historical Society in 2014. Kelly first moved to Aspen in 1987, after graduating from the University of Michigan. During the ‘80s, Kelly worked at the Paragon, Andre’s, Timberline Bookstore, the James E. Moore pool, and some other Aspen places that no longer exist. She later worked at Aspen Skiing Company in marketing and public relations before attending law school at the University of Colorado. During law school she interned with the U.S. Department of Justice and federal District Court for the District of Colorado. After earning her law degree, Kelly clerked for the Colorado Supreme Court, practiced civil litigation at large and small Denver-based firms, prosecuted criminal cases as a deputy district attorney at the Boulder District Attorney’s office, and prosecuted ethical violations of attorneys as a trial attorney for the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel.  She also practiced at an Aspen litigation firm before joining the Historical Society. Kelly was recently appointed by the Colorado Supreme Court to serve on the Bar Committee of the Colorado State Board of Law Examiners. When she’s not having fun at the Historical Society, Kelly loves spending time with her husband and son, and playing outside in our beautiful Valley.

Lisa Hancock
Vice President, Curator of Collections
970.925.3721, ext. 110
curator@aspenhistory.org

Lisa Hancock, Vice President and Curator, began her museum career in 1990 as the Archivist here at the Aspen Historical Society.  After receiving her BA in Art History from the University of Colorado, Lisa returned to her hometown of Aspen and was able to put her local knowledge to work.  Lisa lives in Aspen with her husband, Jim, and a cat named “Kitty.”

As Curator, Lisa manages the Aspen Historical Society’s collection of over 54,000 items and curates exhibits. Lisa also participates in educational programming, museum planning and site interpretation.

Christine Benedetti
Director of Marketing
970.925.3721, ext. 102
christine@aspenhistory.org

Christine Benedetti is the marketing director for the Aspen Historical Society. She is also a freelance writer and the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Aspen Daily News. She has a BA in journalism from the University of Washington. She moved to Aspen to be a reporter and spent a lot of time getting to know the town through government meetings and special events; it ended up grabbing her heart. She also serves on the boards for the Wheeler Opera House, Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ The Band,  and the Next Generation Advisory Commission. And even though she loves living here, one of her favorite things to do is hop on plane to explore other parts of this planet.

Megan Cerise
Archive Technician
970.925.3721, ext. 103
megan@aspenhistory.org

BA in History and Fine Arts the University of Colorado, Boulder.  She was on the Dean’s List all eight semesters of college at Boulder, and graduated with distinction.  Megan joined us as an intern in the summer of 2007 and was offered a full time position in the fall of the same year.  She has completed training through the National Association for Interpretation and is now a certified interpretive guide.  In addition, she has taken several online courses in archival practices.

Jane Click
Docent/Part Time

Jane Click wears a lot of hats at the Aspen Historical Society. During the winter, she dons a ski helmet while giving ski history tours at Aspen Highlands. In the summer, she puts on a bonnet for West End Walking tours which explore the neighborhood’s architecture and past. Throughout the rest of the year, she wears a thinking cap as a docent at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, giving visitors an intimate exhibit experience. She started out nearly a decade ago, volunteering for the Aspen Music Festival & School, and joined AHS “because it’s quite wonderful, and you get to learn about, and tell, the history of this town which is fascinating.” She’s lived in the valley for more than four decades–three of which were spent running her beloved store Geraniums in Sunshine. Her two daughters, Carrie and Cathy, still call the valley home. Jane can often be seen walking her bichon frise, Casper, around town.

Travis Lane McDiffett
Director, Programs and Events
970.925.3721, ext. 107
travis@aspenhistory.org

Travis Lane McDiffett has many years of education and performance under his belt.  Starting after college, he successfully taught K-8 vocal/instrumental music but then decided to “do” as well as teach and ventured into the world of professional theatre.  Over the past 12 years he has appeared in various venues around the country, most notoriously as a member of The Crystal Palace Theatre Restaurant from 2002 until its demise in 2008.  Although he left for a time the draw of Aspen was inexorable, and in the summer of 2014 he returned first as an intern then transitioned into his current position.  He is excited to be using his education credentials again, as well as for the opportunity to put on his hiking boots, get onto his snowboard and rejoin the wonderful local theatre scene.

Nina Gabianelli
Vice President, Education and Programming, CIG, CIT, CIHT
970.925.3721, ext. 104
nina@aspenhistory.org

Nina studied theater and music in college and graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Boston Conservatory. Her career with the Aspen Historical Society began in the spring of 2008. Over that past few years, the education and programming department has increased to three full time staff members, four part time docents, and hires eight interns each summer season. The Aspen Historical Society manages two museums, two ghost towns, offers tours all over town and educates children and adults year round. As a Certified Interpretive Guide, through the National Association for Interpretation, Nina and her staff have created dozens of programs and tours for all ages and abilities. Nina is also an Certified Interpretive Guide and Host Trainer. The Aspen Historical Society holds a place of honor and recognition in our little town and Nina proudly represents our community, by training hotel and guide staffs throughout the Aspen area.

Kelly May
Director of Development
970.925.3721 ext. 105
kmay@aspenhistory.org

Kelly May is the development director at the Aspen Historical Society. She manages membership while raising the necessary funds for the AHS Campaign to renovate the archives and strengthen the endowment. Kelly has over a decade of museum experience at the Aspen Art Museum, Elk Grove Historical Museum, and the Figge Art Museum. Previously, she worked as the Campaign Associate at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Kelly was raised in Iowa and attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts where she graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Visual Arts History. While living in Illinois, Kelly earned a MA in Art History and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Kelly is a proud to be a seven year Aspen resident and enjoys living here with her husband and son.

Michael Monroney
History Coach/Community Trainer
970.925.3721, ext. 114
michael@aspenhistory.org

Mike is a Colorado native who first ski-bummed in Aspen in 1979. He has BA in Speech and Drama with a Minor in Music from Occidental College, Los Angeles, and has many years’ experience in theater and television, as well as a life-long love affair with museums and history.  He came to work at the Aspen Historical Society from the venerable Crystal Palace after the theater-restaurant shut its doors in 2008, and was one of the “Aspen Today” hosts on Channel 16. His play, “A Briefly Complete History of Aspen”, performed by three actors in 45 minutes, has been performed up and down the valley, as well as at Museum conferences from LA to Lincoln, and you can often find him behind the wheel of “The History Coach”, the electric tour vehicle which belongs to AHS. In his spare time, he writes, directs, and performs with many of the local theater companies in the valley.

Anna Lookabill Scott
Archivist
970.925.3721, ext. 103
archives@aspenhistory.org

BA in Anthropology/Archaeology, Western Washington University, WA.  Internship at the Whatcom Museum Photo Archives. Employed as an Archaeologist with the BLM in Cottonwood, Idaho- for the Lower Salmon River District in 2000 & ‘01.  Worked as an archaeologist for consulting companies In the Northwest and Colorado, graduated from the Roaring Fork Leadership program in 2007, is a certified interpretive guide for NAI, manages the preservation projects at both ghost town sites and has continued with education courses in archival practices and emergency planning for cultural resources.