The Collider Staff

Josh Dorfman, Chief Executive Officer

Josh Dorfman is Chief Executive Officer of The Collider. An environmental entrepreneur, author, and media personality, he focuses on scaling mission-driven organizations and connecting them to mainstream audiences.

Josh launched and led Vine.com, an Amazon-owned e-commerce venture specializing in natural and organic products. He was Vice President of Marketing for GoodGuide, a “TechCrunch 50” provider of information on the health, green, and ethical performance of consumer products. Josh was also founder & CEO of Vivavi, a pioneering retailer of modern, sustainable furniture, named to Inc. Magazine’s “Green 50” as an innovator accelerating the green economy.

Josh is perhaps best known as the Creator and Host of The Lazy Environmentalist, an award-winning reality TV show on Sundance Channel, radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio, book series, and blog. He and his ventures have been widely profiled including in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times and on Morning Joe, Fox & Friends, and The Big Idea with Donnie Deutsch. He is also the only guest to have ridden a bicycle onto the set of The Martha Stewart Show.

Before joining The Collider, Josh led Venture Asheville, a public-private initiative to grow Asheville’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. He co-founded and directed Asheville Angels, an early-stage angel investor group with portfolio investments in cleantech, EV infrastructure, and numerous other industries.

Josh holds an MBA from Thunderbird, The School of Global Management, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.


Megan Robinson, Chief Operations Officer

Megan RobinsonMegan Robinson served as the Executive Director of The Collider since Fall 2016, shifting into the role of Chief Operations Officer in Spring 2018. 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 Quintal, Marketing Manager

Leah Quintal joined The Collider team in Spring of 2018 to serve as the Marketing Manager. She is a SEO expert and digital marketing strategist focused on data-driven tactics to build authentic audiences and engagement online.

Prior to joining The Collider Leah was the Director of SEO and Content Strategy at JB Media, a B-Corp certified digital marketing company, and an instructor in the JB Media Institute, an online and in person marketing training program.

Her current volunteer work includes serving on the Board of Directors for the Buncombe County Literacy Council. Leah has received training at the USFWS National Conversation Training Center and holds a BA in English and Environmental Science from Warren Wilson College.


Tatiana Rivest, Events Manager

Tatiana Rivest plans and manages The Collider events as well as private rentals. Tatiana serves as the key contact and planner for the wide variety of groups who use The Collider’s space for events.

Tatiana holds over 7 years of event management experience and has previously served as Events Manager for The North Carolina Arboretum as well as Special Events Coordinator for The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Tatiana earned her Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Geography and is currently pursuing an Undergraduate Certificate in Horticulture from North Carolina State University.


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.


Kelsey Hall, Events Assistant

Kelsey Hall began volunteering for The Collider in January 2018, assisting with events, administrative tasks, and ClimateCon 2018. Kelsey now supports the Events Manager, assisting with the planning and management of various conferences, workshops, and receptions. She is currently a student at UNC Asheville, majoring in Environmental Policy & Management with minors in Mass Communication and Economics. Kelsey works for the UNCA Student Environmental Center as the EcoRep Coordinator, supporting the advancement of sustainability in campus residence halls. She is also involved with the UNCA Divest Coalition, a student-led organization that is actively working to remove the university’s current & future direct investments in fossil fuel companies.

Before moving to Asheville for her undergrad, Kelsey interned for the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s marketing department near her hometown of Alpharetta, Georgia. Outside of The Collider, she enjoys camping, hiking, contra dancing, photography, and riding horses.


Shayla Trent, Communications Intern

Shayla Trent, one of The Collider’s Tom R. Karl Interns for Summer 2018, is a senior at Western Carolina University pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Communications with a concentration in Broadcasting and Public Relations. She is a member of WCU’s chapter of PRSSA where she serves on the executive board as their Public Relations Director. Shayla also works for WCU’s campus activities team, Last Minute Productions, as their Marketing & Events Coordinator.

Shayla volunteered for The Collider during their recent conference on the business of climate, ClimateCon 2018, coordinating a social media team and creating content throughout the conference. This summer, she will support The Collider’s marketing manager in social media strategies and brand development. Shayla hopes to pursue a career in social media or event planning.


Anna DaSilva, Intern

Anna DaSilva is one of The Collider’s Tom R. Karl Interns for Summer 2018 after winning ClimateCon’s Summit for Emerging Climate Leader’s business pitch competition. Her winning pitch was on her business concept TerraFemme, a service that collects and composts non-synthetic menstrual napkins. Anna has presented her undergraduate research on composting menstrual waste at the local, state, and national level, and hopes to one day make Terrafemme a reality.

Anna is a recent Applied Mathematics graduate with a minor and passion for environmental studies from UNC Asheville. Although she does not consider herself to be a “math wiz,” she hopes to solve environmental and climate related issues using the creative problem-solving techniques she acquired from her mathematics background. In the near future, Anna will make up her mind and go to graduate school to study either social entrepreneurship, resource management, or urban design and planning. In her free time, Anna loves to coach a local competitive gymnastics team and play classical guitar.


Ingrid Kalwitz, Intern

Ingrid Kalwitz moved to Asheville from Chile a year ago and is now a senior at the School of Inquiry & Life Science at Asheville High School. She is passionate about changing human conditions around the world with sustainable methods. Ingrid wants to major in a social science like sociology or political science while in college. She is part of Girl Up club, Student Government, and Field Hockey at her school. Outside of The Collider, she enjoys volunteering, reading, hiking, and spending time with her dog.

 

 


Henry Haggart, Intern

Henry is serving as an intern at the collider for Summer 2018. Here, he is doing research for and helping to structure a podcast on natural disasters that are influenced by climate change. An NC native, Henry now attends Duke University and is a rising sophomore. There, he plans to double major in both public policy as well as Global Health. In the future, Henry hopes to work in the realm of environmental policy.

Previously, Henry has taken part in multiple local initiatives to study and fight the ecological effects that climate change has. At Duke, he has worked with professors to study how climate disruption affects seabird migration and survival patterns as well as the ranges of various lichen species.


Alexis Hall, Intern

Alexis Hall, a senior at Southern High School (MD), is interning with The Collider for a few weeks this summer and providing assistance with overall content organization and creating reports from our Lunch and Learn series.

 

 

 


The Collider Board of Directors

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