Aspen Family Connections


In 2016, Pitkin County, Aspen School District and a number of local organizations and community members teamed up to create Aspen Family Connections, designed to serve as a one-stop family resource center. Aspen Family Connections provides families with information on academic or emotional support organizations, financial assistance, extracurricular activities or summer camps. In addition, we offer a number of popular workshops on parenting and education throughout the year.

 
 
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Katherine Sand, Director of AFC

Katherine Sand has a thirty year background of work in local and internationally-based non-profit organizations, and is finding her work as director of Aspen Family Connections to be the most powerful and rewarding of her professional career. Since moving to Aspen in 2001, she has been involved with a number of wonderful organizations in the community, including Theatre Aspen and the Aspen Thrift Shop, for which she is proud to still serve as a Board member and chair of the Grants Committee. Katherine is married to Scott and they have twin sons, Alex and Jeremy, who are sophomores at Aspen High School.

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Erin Kinney, M.A. LPC, Case Manager

Erin Kinney is a part-time case manager for Aspen Family Connections. She has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley since 2014. Prior to working at AFC, Erin worked as a school based therapist, taught parenting classes and provided therapy to children, teens, and adults in a community mental health setting. Her master’s degree is in clinical psychology, and she is a licensed professional counselor. Her family includes her husband and two daughters. In her free time, Erin enjoys trail running, mountain and road biking, skiing and hiking.

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Meg Dangler, MA Ed and Licensed Life and Family Coach
Event Coordinator

Meg Dangler works part time for Aspen Family Connections as the Family Matters Event Coordinator. Meg joined us after being part of community-wide team that created Aspen Family Connections. Her passion as a parenting educator, a part- time reading specialist at Aspen Elementary School and her certification as a family and life coach drew her to support the family engagement and parenting workshop arm of AFC, which is called Family Matters. Meg is passionate about bringing out the best in our parents and educating them on the most current issues they face. Meg is married to Dan and they have three daughters that all attend Aspen schools.

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Ericka Dries,
Family Support Specialist and Intensive Case Manager

Ericka is a Roaring Fork native, bilingual in Spanish thanks to her service as a linguist in the military. She studied International Relations, Economics and Spanish at the University of Miami, and after several years teaching in the Denver Public Schools, returned to the valley and established Pitkin County’s Colorado Community Response program, now an integral part of AFC’s offering.  Ericka is a passionate life-long learner, and in addition to her full-time job, is currently studying for her Masters in Social Work at the University of Denver.  Even with all this, Ericka finds time for her other passions – adventure, travel and being outdoors at any opportunity! Please note, her picture is while on vacation! She does work in Aspen!!!

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