Response hires Christine Nolen as executive director
Aspen-based Response, which aids victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, has named Christine Nolen as its executive director.
Nolen has been serving in an interim capacity since the beginning of the year. Nolen’s predecessor left the organization in December.
Nolen has been in nonprofit management in the valley for 25 years, the past 15 as a consultant. She once headed the Aspen Chamber Resort Association.
“Chris came to Response with a wealth of experience in nonprofit management. I’m thrilled to see her develop a deep commitment to our mission as well,” said Amy Throm, president of Response’s board of directors, in a statement. “Chris represents the triple threat of nonprofit excellence: passion, vision and professionalism.”
Nolen said: “I think both of us thought it was a good fit and an efficient, if temporary, solution. I really took on Response as a client. But when I dove in, I found a devoted board, a strong staff, generous grantors and individual contributors, all on fire about the mission. It doesn’t get any better than that.”
Response’s services include a 24-hour crisis line, individual advocacy, emergency short-term shelter, help with safety planning and protection orders, support groups facilitated by credentialed counselors, information and referrals to other community organizations and immigration assistance.
The staff includes Nolen, program manager Txell Pedragosa, administrative assistant Eileen Boyle and a bilingual program coordinator.
Aspen City Council approved a contract with Daniel Joseph (DJ) Watkins during Tuesday’s regular meeting to move forward with his intentions to operate his proposed “Aspen Collective,” which is currently occupied by Mia Valley’s Valley Fine Art.