Green Festival is America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event. We bring together the world’s most trusted companies, innovative brands, national and local businesses, pioneering thinkers, and conscious consumers in one place to promote the best in sustainability and green living.
Please click on the names below to learn more about us.
Dr. Corinna Basler - President
Dr. Corinna Basler
As President, Dr. Basler brings over ten years of experience in international corporate business strategy, marketing, branding, communications and corporate social responsibility. She also serves as Vice President of the parent company, Messe Stuttgart, Inc. Corinna’s commitment to sustainability is both professional and personal, as she has been vegetarian for over twenty years. If time allows, she is also a passionate long distance runner.
Suzanne Hageman - National Partner Relations Director
National Partner Relations Director
Suzanne joined Green Festival in December of 2011. She volunteers in the Asheville community for the Mission Children’s Hospital and Genesis Alliance for Women, and she loves to hike, garden and play with her two standard poodles.
Karen Ferrel - Exhibit Sales and Sponsorship Director
Exhibit Sales and Sponsorship Director
Karen joined Green Festival in 2011 and brings 20 years of sales, marketing and hospitality experience managing the Exhibit and Sponsorship sales team. She enjoys making culinary masterpieces, photography, tending to her garden, tinkering with her 65 gallon planted fish tank, in-depth conversations with her 3 cats and long walks with her German Shepherd.
Kristen Allen - Senior Exhibit and Sponsor Sales and Relations
Senior Exhibit and Sponsor Sales and Relations
Kristen holds a BFA In Fine Arts and comes from 11 years of professional sales and tradeshow experience. She is a New Englander turned Southerner and is prone to singing, dancing, attending concerts, eating gluten-free, health and sustainability, traveling, nature-loving, creative activities, philosophy and any adventures that come her way!
Michelle Fortin - Exhibit and Sponsor Sales and Relations
Exhibit and Sponsor Sales and Relations
Michelle brings over fourteen years of event experience to Green Festival. As a strong supporter of local businesses, Michelle can be found, along with her husband Chris and their Border Collie Wrigley (yes we are Cubs Fans!), at local farmers markets, at restaurants and enjoying the great outdoors.
Amelia Betts Maxham - Exhibit and Sponsor Sales and Relations
Amelia Betts Maxham
Exhibit and Sponsor Sales and Relations
Amelia-Betts, proud mother of two adorable kittens, serves as Green Festival’s Chief Morale Officer and resident Art Historian. After graduating from Sewanee University in 2010, she decided to return to the beguiling mountains of Asheville, having spent her childhood summers romping around the North Carolina wilderness. Her hobbies include kitten-kissin', chocolate consumption and quoting Tombstone.
Liz McAteer - Exhibit and Sponsor Sales and Relations
Exhibit and Sponsor Sales and Relations
Liz is a girls’ school graduate, and she has a music degree. She is originally from Alabama, but now calls the Smoky Mountains her home. You will often find her singing opera to herself at random moments throughout the day.
Olivia Terrell - Exhibit and Sponsor Sales and Relations
Exhibit and Sponsor Sales and Relations
Olivia is a business graduate from Appalachian State University who fell in love with the mountains of Western North Carolina and never left. When she’s not in the office, she spends her time hiking with her hound, Oliver, playing USTA tennis, listening to live music, playing harmonica and learning about alternative health and nutrition.
Nicole Essawy - Exhibit and Sponsorship Sales
Exhibit and Sponsorship Sales
Nicole is a native German with over 17 years of international tradeshow experience. She has lived in Atlanta, GA since 2003 and is passionate about living the "green lifestyle."
Greg Roberts - Sponsorship Representative
Roberts co-founded Green Festival with Global Exchange and Green America, and he was the Event Producer from 2002-2013. At Green Festival, he created and sold $10M in Green Festival Sponsorship and developed a highly successful Media Partner program, unparalleled in its scope in the sustainability realm. Additionally, he has worked with the United Nations World Environment Day, Mother Earth News Fair, SolFest, Sundance, and was the Producer and CEO of the genre-defining Whole Life Expo from 1993- 2001.
Neil Mork - Lead Development Executive
Lead Development Executive
Do you know Batman? Well, Neil isn’t Batman. It would be pretty cool if he was though, right? Just imagine telling a friend, “Hey Keith, did you know that Batman works for Green Festivals?” and Keith would go “Wait, what? No way!” To digress somewhat, Neil is a man of science, humor, music and movies.
Robert Butler - National Programming Director
National Programming Director
I have been very lucky to have built my career through a wide range of amazing industries that are passionate to me, from Symphony Orchestras to Academia; but, none are as passionate to me as the mission of Green Festival.
Rob Trontz - Creative Director
Robert is a creative designer, developer and master of all things Adobe. His critical eye, along with his talents in multiple disciplines, allows him to create, develop and perfect projects on paper and in the digital space. He also enjoys cycling, running and hiking with his wife and German Shepherd.
Tad Frank - National Director of Logistics, Compliance and Operations
National Director of Logistics, Compliance and Operations
Tad Frank has been with Green Festivals, Inc. for the past 3 years. He utilizes his skills from being a Television Producer for the past 20 years in every aspect of producing a successful and sustainable show for Green Festivals, Inc.
Sean O'Daniels - Internet Marketing Director
Internet Marketing Director
Sean brings over two decades of website building experience to Green Festival. During work hours, he basks before the warm, loving glow of his computer monitor, reveling in supernumerary lines of code and compelling web analytics. In off hours, he can be found loudly deejaying at various music events and festivals around Asheville, as well om-nomming all the fine vegan food that the little mountain city has to offer.
Jensen Gelfond - IT Administrator, Asheville Digital Lifestyle
IT Administrator, Asheville Digital Lifestyle
Jensen Gelfond of Asheville Digital Lifestyle provides technology setup, support and training at the Green Festivals home office in Asheville. When away from the computer, Jensen loves getting outdoors to hike, backpack, and play soccer.
Jim Golden - Head of Controlling
Head of Controlling
Jim brings over thirty years of experience in accounting, finance and human resource to Green Festival. He specializes in reporting, budgeting, analysis, auditing, and event reporting.
Bryan Ting - National Director of Volunteers
National Director of Volunteers
Bryan has been working with the Green Festival since 2009 and became the National Director of Volunteers in 2011. He is currently augmenting his years of Event Planning expertise at the University of California Berkeley in Project Management. He enjoys long distance running, rock climbing and adding stamps to his passport.
Amy Galper - New York City, NY Regional Director
New York City, NY Regional Director
Amy has been passionately engaged with essential oils and natural beauty for over 12 years. She is the owner of Buddha Nose, an award winning yoga-inspired brand of mind-body-beauty products and Executive Director of the New York Institute of Aromatherapy. She has been a strong and visible advocate for safe, toxic-free beauty and body care products for over 14 years. In her spare time she does marketing consulting for businesses that she is passionate about - like Green Festival! Catch her bi-monthly blog at Organic Spa Magazine!
Danielle Tergis - Washington, D.C. Regional Director
Washington, D.C. Regional Director
Danielle is passionate about inspiring people to live lives that are healthy for themselves and for the planet. This passion is intricately woven into her life and shown in ways big and small, including participating in her neighborhood compost pilot program, supporting local farmers and producers, and flawlessly executing innovative marketing and public relations campaigns.
Kira Austin - Washington, D.C. Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
Washington, D.C. Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
Kira, who spent her first career in hospitality and human resources, is taking her plethora of talents on the road. After great volunteering experiences at previous Green Festivals, she was delighted to join the DC Regional Team. She is enjoys gardening and is known for her resourcefulness.
Jason Cory Riggs - Logistics and Compliance Intern
Jason Cory Riggs
Logistics and Compliance Intern
Jason serves as Logistics and Compliance Intern for Green Festivals, bringing years of event management experience from working for the University of North Carolina at Asheville and the wedding industry on the Outer Banks. Jason enjoys brewing his own beer at home and surfing waves around the world.
Seth Carter - Sales Lead Intern
Sales Lead Intern
Seth is a recent Appalachian State University undergraduate in Sustainable Development with a concentration in Appropriate Technology. He strives for a harmonious balance between technology and nature. He loves everything about the outdoors, yet still finds the time to connect with the rest of the world through technology.
Emily de Castrique - Relations Intern
Emily de Castrique
Emily is a graduate of Brevard College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She is an intern at Green Festivals and enjoys helping the Green Team with their important work while chained to her desk. She is fed once a day.
Alisa Gravitz - President/CEO, Green America
President/CEO, Green America
For nearly 30 years, Alisa Gravitz has led Green America, the national green economy organization. Ms. Gravitz is a leading expert on how families and businesses can “go green,” saving money and resources. She is also a nationally recognized leader in the social investment industry. She authored Green America’s acclaimed Guide to Social Investing, with over a million copies in print and the popular Guide to Community Investing.
Denise Hamler - Director, Green Business Network at Green America
Director, Green Business Network at Green America
Denise Hamler is the director and co-founder of the Green Business Network at Green America. She has held senior marketing and publications positions and launched social media programs such as Green Deals, the successful green GROUP.ON. She serves as the publisher for Green America’s publications: The National Green Pages and Green American magazine.
Kevin Danaher - Co-Founder, Global Exchange
Co-Founder, Global Exchange
Dr. Kevin Danaher is the Executive Director of Friends of SF Environment, the non-profit arm of the San Francisco Department of Environment. He is a co-founder of Global Exchange (1988) and co-founder of FairTradeUSA (1997). His 1985 PhD in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz was based on his dissertation, “The Political Economy of U.S. Policy Toward South Africa.”
Carleen Pickard - Executive Director, Global Exchange
Executive Director, Global Exchange
Carleen Pickard is the Managing Director of Global Exchange. She holds a MA in Anthropology and Development from the University of Sussex, UK, and has worked in social justice organizations in London, UK, Chiapas, Mexico, San Francisco, CA, Vancouver, BC and Ottawa, ON prior to returning to San Francisco (again) in 2010. She refers to documentaries constantly and will watch one with you, anytime.
Kirsten Moller - Director of Organizing, Global Exchange
Director of Organizing, Global Exchange
As Director of Organizing at Global Exchange, Kirsten works with campaigners to engage members across the country. She is most inspired by the direct actions of ordinary folks who come to believe, to know, that they can make a difference when they connect directly with their neighbors in their own communities and around the world. She believes whole-heartedly that we all can resist injustice, envision alternatives and take action together.