About Us

HessMike Hess, Founder
Mike Hess is the founder of Philantopia and a 30-year veteran of the resort, real estate, and hospitality industries. Mike has provided strategic, tactical, financial, and transformational leadership resulting in many successful ventures such as; The Peaks Resort & Spa, Epiphany Clubs & Resorts, Abercrombie & Kent Destination Club, Angel Fire Ski Resort, Telluride Ski & Golf Resort, and EuropeByAir.com. Today Hess devotes time to helping non-profit organizations fulfill their mission. Mike can be reached at 970.708.0336 or mhess@philantopia.com.


Kate woodsKate Woods, Director of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships
Kate started her career in high-tech and software sales in Denver, and made her move to Telluride, CO in 2003. She quickly found her niche in resort real estate sales and hospitality management, and enjoys the dynamic nature of resort lifestyle, its seasonality, and the friends and clients she has made over the years through her work in Telluride. As a 10-year veteran of resort real estate sales and hospitality management, and a lifetime veteran of worldwide travel, Kate joined Philantopia in 2012 after earning her M.B.A from the University of Washington. She enjoys working with and creating new Philantopia partnerships, and creating the best fundraising solutions for Philantopia’s clients, partners, and customers. When she isn’t working, Kate enjoys traveling, skiing, live music, yoga, and reading. Kate can be reached at 970.708.0969 or at kwoods@philantopia.com.

joanneJoanne Cole, Fundraising Advisor
Joanne worked in Community Radio as a Development Director for 18 years before joining Philantopia in 2010. Her passion is connecting with organizations to make their fundraising efforts successful, thereby aiding in the great work being done. She currently divides her time between Boulder, CO and New Orleans, LA where she is involved in several philanthropic endeavors. Her strong organizational skills and dedication to creating lasting relationships has earned her high praise from both peers and clients. When she is not outside flyfishing, hiking with her dogs, or enjoying the wildflowers, she can be reached at 877.738.1978 or jcole@philantopia.com.


tiffanyTiffany Raif, Fundraising Advisor
Tiffany Raif assists charities and non-profits with fundraising efforts through the development and execution of extraordinary travel packages. Prior to assuming her role at Philantopia, Tiffany served in senior sales and marketing positions for travel brands such as; Premier Hotels & Resorts, Spa magazine, Luxury Spa Finder, Spafinder.com,Resorts & Great Hotels, Premier Honeymoons, Premier Spas and Travel Agent.  For two decades Tiffany has had pleasure of working with, and experiencing,  many of the world’s best!  As a fundraising advisor for Philantopia, Tiffany can recommend travel packages that will appeal to the demographics of your attendees, resulting in more sales and more money for your cause.  Tiffany can be reached at traif@philantopia.com.


carolynCarolyn Barlow, Roaring Fork Valley Fundraising Advisor
A longtime resort specialist with a background in the ski and equestrian industries, Carolyn Barlow brings over fifteen years of experience in sales and marketing to Philantopia. Carolyn’s diverse history varies from caretaking horse farms for to handling large real estate transactions in the Rocky Mountain region. Having been with Philantopia since the onset, her vast knowledge of the intricacies of working with non-profits is unparalleled. Her primary focus is working with charitable organizations in the beautiful Roaring Fork Valley, serving Aspen to Glenwood Springs and everywhere in between. Contact her at auctions@philantopia.com


pamPam Shifrin, Accounting Manager
One of Philantopia’s newest team members, Pam is a motivated, personable business professional with over 25 years of accounting experience in a wide variety of industries including hospitality, healthcare, real estate, non-profit, and government entities. She is diplomatic, flexible and versatile with the ability to maintain a sense of humor under pressure. Pam grew up in Carefree, Arizona and has lived in Telluride Colorado for 10 years with her family. In her precious little free time, Pam enjoys hiking, biking, and enjoying the beauty of Telluride. Pam can be reached at pshifrin@philantopia.com.