As Community Manager, Mary Spivey is the primary contact for Collider Members.
Before joining The Collider team, Mary spent seven years interpreting and teaching ecology as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, a field station within the University of Minnesota system. While at Cedar Creek Mary discovered the value and importance of climate communication and became a skilled climate science communicator to K-grey audiences.
Mary holds a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from Texas A&M University, a master’s in Science Education, and a teaching license for high school chemistry.
Previous experiences include teaching science at the university and community college levels, extensive work with K-12 students both in science teaching and curriculum development, and many years creating and presenting relevant, standards-based STEM professional development experiences for teachers.
Santiago first began at The Collider on January 2019. Most of his work involved playing an assisting role in promoting The Climate City Expo (CCx). Santiago is currently The Collider’s Communications Assistant specializing in branding and social media marketing.
Graduating in December 2019, Santiago studies interactive art and design at UNC Asheville. Within his university, he is the Executive of Marketing and Public Relations for UNCA’s Student Government Association and the Programming Chair for the Mu Eta chapter of Sigma Nu.
Santiago is originally from Bogotá, Colombia and has been living in Charlotte, NC since 2007. In his free time, Santiago enjoys salsa dancing, photography, and building connections.
Miles Kish joined The Collider in the fall of 2019 as an Operations Assistant, responsible for supporting the Community Manager and assisting Collider members and guests. Miles additionally aids in event coordination and administrative duties.
Miles is currently a student at UNC Asheville, majoring in Political Science and minoring in History. He is a member of the Honors Program and a Pisgah Fellow, and is Lieutenant Commander of UNC Asheville’s Sigma Nu Fraternity.
A native of Atlanta, Georiga, Miles moved to Asheville for his undergrad and hopes to remain for many years.
Megan began working at The Collider in August of 2019 as an Operations Assistant, with a focus on event planning and coordination. Megan is a current student at UNC – Asheville graduating in December with a double major in International Studies and Leadership Management and a minor in Economics. In her free time, Megan loves practicing yoga, hiking, reading, and spending time with her dog.
Mickey began working as the Communications Liaison at The Collider in August, 2019. He is a graduate student in UNCA’s MLAS program pursuing his Certificate in Environmental and Cultural Sustainability, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. In addition to The Collider, he has worked professionally as a copywriter for Mountain Capital Partners, the Southwest’s largest ski resort collective. When not working, Mickey enjoys running, rock climbing, and hiking with his dog.