Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Katie Tiffany {general manager} 

Originally from Upstate New York, Katie started her career managing restaurants and teaching skiing in the Catskill mountains. Now she gets to do what she loves on a larger scale. Katie honed her passion for hospitality working at the historic Mohonk Mountain House while attending the State University of New York at New Paltz. Katie has been with the Hearthstone since 2011 and in the fall of 2014 she joined the management team. Thrilled by the reception she received when she moved to the area, Katie enjoys helping newcomers and visitors become acclimated and oriented in the town of Breckenridge. Katie is thankful that her position at the Hearthstone allows her to coach and mentor staff and play with wine. If not at the restaurant, Katie can be found cross country skiing the local trails with her rescue puppy Ginger or searching for her golf ball on the local courses. 

Michael Halpin {executive chef} 

Mike joined the Hearthstone culinary team in 2005, serving as our executive chef until the spring of 2012, at which time he followed his passion for music and spent a year in Steamboat Springs managing a live music venue. In the spring of 2013 Mike and his wife Kristin returned to Breck, and Mike resumed his role as the Hearthstone’s executive chef. Originally from Chicago, Mike attended culinary school at Kendall college, and later worked as chef de cuisine at Merriman’s, on the big island of Hawaii. Mike’s culinary passions center on great taste first and foremost, followed by freshness of ingredients, a belief that simple is often better, and a commitment to using locally sourced and sustainably raised foods whenever
possible. Mike is a lifelong and always believing Chicago cubs fan, and would tele ski right through the summer, if there was only enough snow still left to do it. 

Kristin Kennedy {dining room manager} 

Kristin grew up in metro Detroit where she started “playing restaurant” at her grandparents’ house. Her grandma had a stepstool in the kitchen so she could see over the counter to measure and mix and her grandpa taught her the fine art of pouring a beer and a drink for friends and family in the basement bar. Her love of serving others continued while she studied Studio Art at Michigan State University and truly blossomed when she became lead bartender, mixologist and a sommelier at a fine dining restaurant in Detroit. Kristin moved to Colorado Springs in 2012 where she continued to gain knowledge of the industry. Her love for the outdoors and the call of the mountains moved her to Breckenridge in early 2016 where she has found her home as the assistant manager for the Hearthstone. When she is not “playing restaurant” you will most likely find Kristin on the slopes, hiking, playing hockey, behind the lens of her camera, or cooking for friends and family. 

Jim Zoeller {sous chef} 

Hailing from Vermont, Jim came to Breckenridge 13 years ago after living and working in Mt. Hood, Oregon. With his extensive experience here in Summit County as a successful Sous Chef and Executive Chef, Jim joined the Hearthstone’s culinary team in February, 2014. Jim’s focus during his 15 years of professional cooking experience has been on artistic, precision plating, and creative, cutting edge cuisine. Jim lives in Breckenridge with his wife and 2 young children. 
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