Meet our People

The Story Of HeadQuarters

HeadQuarters was founded as a response to our valley’s suicide rate and has been an effort to get people to the right place at the right time while eliminating barriers to getting there. Mental illness and substance abuse rank among the top issues that have the greatest impact on health in our community. Hike Hope Heal, an event that raised money for the community’s mental health fund, was the impetus for HeadQuarters.

 

With support of the community and the founder of the Mental Health Fund, Lawrence Altman, HeadQuarters blossomed into an organization connecting community members to early-intervention tools and resources, supporting them via unique modalities and financial assistance, building their knowledge, and inspiring a sense of belonging.

Executive Board

Andrew Pollesel
President

For over 14 years, Andrew Pollesel dedicated himself to working with adults with disabilities, with a specialty in autism. The Chicago native earned a degree in Special Education from Fontbonne University in St. Louis and went on to work tirelessly for people with disabilities, devoting himself to everything from Special Education to coaching Special Olympics. He moved to Aspen seven years ago for a job, met a girl (his now-wife), and decided to stay. “I decided to make a career change and real estate is something I’ve always been passionate about,” he says. “I’ve always worked in human services and I view this path as another avenue to help people facilitate their wants and needs. This is just another way for me to implement my background; the bottom line is still about helping people.”

Nichole O’Neil

Nichole O’Neil is a management consultant with a global consulting firm. A Virginia native, Nichole earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from Virginia Tech. In early 2021, Nichole relocated to the Roaring Fork Valley – seeking a change like most do when moving to a small mountain town. While she loved the immediate access to the outdoors, learning new sports and exploring her new home, other parts of building a life in a new place felt challenging and isolating. She used the provider directory on our website to find a local therapist and began looking for ways to volunteer. Nichole wants to serve our valley in a greater capacity and is passionate about mental fitness, early prevention and equitable access to healthcare. Nichole is humbled and honored to serve on the board for HeadQuarters. Small local communities have so much to offer and she hopes she can help people find their place here as she continues to work on finding hers. Nichole can be found biking, hiking, running and skiing, practicing yoga, tackling her reading list, using her art materials and continuously trying to stay hydrated at altitude. She’s always up for a hike, a coffee and a real conversation. 

Eric Abrahamovich

Eric Abrahamovich is a lifelong Roaring Fork Valley Local with a deep appreciation for what makes this valley so irreplaceable. The outdoors have always been paramount to his mental health and overall wellbeing, causing him to move back to the valley after 8 years away in Texas and Boulder. While in Texas, Eric graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in Economics and a minor in Business Management. After a short stint in commercial real estate while living a lifestyle he was unhappy with, he sought out an all men’s retreat in Steamboat, CO called The Foundry. He spent two months at the Foundry learning about mental health, addiction, physical health, emotional wellbeing, and an overall spiritual education that brought him out of a destructive way of life and into one of deep gratitude and appreciation for the life we all have in front of us despite what our pasts may look like. Yoga was a big part of The Foundry’s curriculum, and after leaving, Eric moved to Boulder, CO and began instructing yoga at an all men’s rehab facility called Choice House with men who were deeply struggling and fresh off of a destructive life path, just as Eric was a year prior. This experience created a deep yearning to help those in need of guidance and established a desire to be involved and give back to the community.

Rachel Cossman

 

Fascinated by the human condition, my career path has consistently been very people centric. From studying English literature and psychology in school, to managing upscale French restaurants, and for the past 27 years, brokering real estate transactions in New Jersey, the Adirondack Mountains of upstate NY, the low country of Charleston, SC, and now in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley with Engel & Völkers. I’ve specialized in relationships and believe they are crucial to maintaining mental fitness which is why I am giving back on the HeadQuarters Board.

Leadership & Advisory Board

Christina M. King
Founder

Christina is a licensed professional counselor specialized in cognitive behavioral therapy. A Philadelphia native, she graduated from Penn State University and West Chester University with her masters in Clinical Psychology. Christina began her therapeutic career in community mental health directing acute and partial programs hospital programs. She is the founder of Aspen Strong (HeadQuarters parent organization) and co-founder of Changing Brains, Changing Lives Symposium. She sits on the Pitkin County Board of Health. She is a member of the Denver Speaker Bureau and has been recognized for her leadership and advocacy in mental health on various panels and magazines including Aspen Peak Magazine’s 2015 Woman of Influence. Christina loves to hike, ski, and spend time with her Australian Shepherd, Adie.

Lawrence Altman
Co-Founder

Lawrence is a successful trader of over 28 years – Trader X Aspen. Lawrence started the mental health community fund to financially support community members of the valley in seeking mental health treatment when they could otherwise not afford to do so. He is the co-founder to Aspen Strong (HeadQuarters parent organization). He is passionate about helping the community of Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley in overcoming their struggle with mental illness.

Resa Hayes

Resa Hayes is a licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Glenwood Springs. She provides psychotherapy, mediation, parent education, and forensic services to families throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. She has a strong commitment to community service which is shown through her positions on boards throughout the valley, as well as her volunteerism for community projects and events.

Karen Bannerot

Karin has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for 27 years. She is an Addictions Counselor in private practice with Counseling Connections, LLC. She is also a nurse with 36 years experience currently working with Aspen Ski Company and Valley Settlement as a Child Care Health Consultant, and with the Pediatric team for Home Care of the Grand Valley. For fun and relaxation, Karin loves teaching yoga and traveling.

Staff

Angilina Taylor
Executive Director

Angilina brings passion for Mental Fitness to the Executive Director position based on lived experiences and is devoted to being a part of the movement to change the conversation around mental health & wellbeing. Before making the switch into the nonprofit sector, Angilina had 17 years of business strategy and development experience leading and inspiring teams in the product creation market both as a corporate leader and an entrepreneur.

Lindsey Lupow
Program Director

Lindsey brings a passion for helping others and an excitement to change the way we approach mental health in America. Lindsey sat on the board for several years before joining the team as their Program Director. She had been in the finance industry for eighteen years before realizing her passion for the mental health sector.  Lindsey states, “It’s time we change the mental healthcare system. We should support Mental Fitness and long-term preventative mental health for all – that way less people end up in crisis in the first place.”