The Collider Staff

Megan Robinson, Chief Operations Officer

Megan RobinsonMegan Robinson has served as the Executive Director of The Collider since the fall of 2016. She is responsible for the strategic development and execution of fundraising, programming, membership, cowork, and events.

Prior to joining The Collider team, Megan was a Strategy and Management Consultant at LMI Consulting, Inc., a nonprofit consultancy, and was the Program and Policy Analyst for the Deputy Director of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

Megan earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University focusing on Environmental Policy and Administration. She also has a Master of Science in Environmental Science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where her research brought her to the Galapagos to study the socio-economic and environmental factors that contributed to agricultural pesticide use. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Rochester.

Megan also serves on the board of The RUN828 Foundation, a nonprofit working to promote healthy, active, outdoor opportunities for individuals and families in Western North Carolina. She is a member of Leadership Asheville 36.

Leah Donatelli, ClimateCon Project Manager & Events Manager

Leah Donatelli plans and manages events for The Collider including venue rentals for meetings, conferences, workshops, and receptions. She also coordinates the weekly PercCollider gathering, an informal coffee hour for those in climate services and the community at large, and monthly events such as the State of the Climate briefing, the Science Pub with Asheville Museum of Science, and The Collider’s climate and environmental film series called Oskar Blues Presents Movie Night at The Collider.

In addition, Leah is the key contact and planner for a wide variety of groups who use The Collider’s space for events, from lunch ‘n’ learns and board meetings to evening receptions and lectures. She is the lead on planning The Collider’s newest event, ClimateCon 2018, a conference on the business of climate.

Leah earned a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in design, business, and entrepreneurship from Appalachian State University and has served as a wedding planner for the past three years. Before joining The Collider, Leah worked in Asheville with the advertising agency, Market Connections, as Special Projects Coordinator in the PR department, focused on communications and event coordination.

Outside of The Collider, Leah can be found with the Blue Ridge Alumnae of Zeta Tau Alpha as Vice President of Collegiate Relations collaborating alumnae support with regional collegiate chapters. She also enjoys serving her time on a discernment committee with The Cathedral of All Souls and participating in Integrare, an integration of young adults across the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina.

Harper Spires, Development and Operations Coordinator

Harper Spires provides fundraising and development support, as well as event, communication, and administrative assistance. Harper also provides support wherever necessary in organizing The Collider’s newest event, ClimateCon 2018, a conference on the business of climate. She began volunteering with The Collider in the summer of 2017 and was The Collider’s Fall 2017 Thomas R. Karl Intern, assisting with fundraising events, communications management, and donor outreach.

Over the course of her undergraduate career at UNC Asheville where she graduated with a B.A. in Political Science, she studied public policy and researched environmental justice issues in the Asheville-Buncombe County area. Harper also worked at UNC Asheville’s Office of Sustainability as a Sustainability Communications Assistant and spent two summers with Texas-based utility Oncor Electric Company’s Environment Department as a Mickey Leland Environmental Intern. She is currently working towards her Masters of Public Administration at Western Carolina University, with a concentration in Nonprofit Management.

The Collider Board of Directors

  • George Briggs, Executive Director, The North Carolina Arboretum
  • Josh Dorfman, Director of Entrepreneurship, Venture Asheville
  • Chantal Gloor, Vice President of Project Management, Oceanside Resort, Inc.
  • James McMahon, CEO, The Climate Service
  • Mack Pearsall, Founder, The Collider
  • Michael Tanner