Aspen Center for Child Development staff has expertise in caring for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in a group setting.  Depending on the position, staff must fulfill hours, classes, and trainings to be in compliance with state regulations. Aspen Center for Child Development takes pride in our staff. The teachers are professional, well educated, and trained to work in the Early Childhood Education field. All staff members are trained in infant and child CPR, First Aid, and Universal Precautions. The OUR Center provides staff with continuing training throughout the year.

Linda Swedhin,


Linda has been working at Aspen Center since 2007. She has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Metropolitan State University and is director- qualified. She also has a coaching credential and has a Colorado State Trainer’s Letter.

“I’ve always been really passionate about how children are treated in childcare. I love how much children can learn and grow here.”

When not at Aspen, Linda likes to paint with watercolors and spend time with her grandchildren.

Marianne Barton

Lead Teacher

Marianne came to Aspen Center five years ago with a master’s degree in elementary education, as well as two years of experience as a special education teacher. She is also currently working on a master’s degree in museum studies from Harvard University. She loves working with Aspen Center students.

“I like the creativity I get to use with the kiddos. You get a bunch of two-and-a-half-year-olds in a room and it gives a fresh perspective. It is fun to explore with them and see the world through their eyes.”

Barton says that Aspen Center is unique.

“We are the only 5-star Colorado Shines-rated school in Boulder County, and many of the families come here for our integrated services.”

Barton moved here from Maryland five years ago to marry her college sweetheart, and is expecting her first child in August.

Barton lived in Japan for three years as a child and loves to travel – she has also been to Cayman Islands and Thailand.

When she is not at Aspen Center, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs.

Denise Coleman

Infant Teacher

Denise moved to Colorado three years ago and will celebrate three years at Aspen Center in July. She loves the low teacher-to-child ratios and loves working with children.

“We have high quality childcare and the cutest babies.”

She has a BA in communications and history and is ECE-certified. She has several years of experience working in graphic design.

One of her favorite things about Aspen Center is the Christmas program.

“The kids sing out of tune, and everyone has their Christmas sweaters on, and it is just too cute.”

Denise lives with her husband and teenage son and loves to read, garden, swim and travel.

Brittany Ferguson

Float Teacher

Brittany came to Aspen Center in 2008 and said that she really loves the environment and the staff members.

“We are all connected and when need be, we are there for each other.”

This care extends to the families they serve.

“We offer support to the families whether through therapy or knowledge of outside activities.”

Brittany has 15 years of experience in childcare. She has taken early childhood education (ECE) classes, and will be attending Front Range in August 2018 in order to pursue her paraeducator’s certificate.

Brittany loves spending time with her 5-year-old son, as well as reading, camping, listening to music and dancing.

Lynda Friedrichs


Lynda is a Colorado native who came to Aspen Center in 2004, and has 30 years of experience in working with infants and toddlers.

“I enjoy working with kids and helping out the community. When parents walk into Aspen Center, they feel welcomed right away.”

Lynda also loves animals, especially cats and dogs.

Lynda loves adventure- she loves to read, camp and ride 4-wheelers. She has been married for 30 years.

Kori Kohler

Infant Teacher

Kori has been at Aspen Center since 2013. Kori was born and raised in Longmont and is currently working towards her associate’s degree in early childhood education.

She loves to crochet, play the piano and guitar.

Kris Kortgaard

Lead Teacher

Kristina comes to Aspen Center with an Early Childhood Director Certificate from Front Range Community College.  Kristina has been with Aspen Center since 2003 and has worked with children for the majority of her life.

Kristina loves the family environment at Aspen Center. Helping low-income families move forward is important to her.

“We help people who can’t get help other places.”

Kristina is an avid sports fan who “lives and breathes the Broncos” and enjoys watching her son and daughter play softball.

She loves spending time with her two children and her one-year-old grandson.

Sandy McFarland


Sandy came to Aspen Center in April 2018 and has 20 years of early childhood experience.

She is a Colorado native and loves reading, taking her dog for walks and spending time with her husband and family.