Meet the Green Team

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

Dr. Corinna Basler

President

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 Sponsor Relations Director

Suzanne Hageman

Suzanne Hageman

National Sponsor 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

Karen Ferrel

Karen Ferrel

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

Kristen Allen

Kristen Allen

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

Michelle Fortin

Michelle Fortin

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

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.

 

Olivia Terrell - Exhibit and Sponsor Sales and Relations

Olivia Terrell

Olivia Terrell

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.

 

Miranda Weerheim - Exhibit and Sponsor Sales and Relations

Miranda Weerheim

Miranda Weerheim

Exhibit and Sponsor Sales and Relations

Miranda brings eight years of media and sponsorship sales to the Green Festivals team. She is thrilled to be part of such an amazing family and is excited about the future of Green Festivals. She enjoys hiking the mountains, spending time with her dogs, and enjoying all the amazing food that the Asheville area has to offer!

 

Nicole Essawy - Exhibit and Sponsorship Sales

Nicole Essawy

Nicole Essawy

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

Greg Roberts

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

Neil Mork

Neil Mork

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

Robert Butler

Robert Butler

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.

 

Michelle Trontz - Social Media and Marketing Manager

Michelle Trontz

Michelle Trontz

Social Media and Marketing Manager

I’m a multi-disciplined marketer with a rare ability to mold strategic directions and cleverly execute creative solutions, all which solve business problems and bring brands to life. For the past 15 years, I have developed an eclectic marketing background that serves both public and private sectors, with a strong tie to the music, entertainment and the fine art industries. When I am not crafting content or developing designs, you can find me cycling (on or off road) or running/hiking with my husband and pup.

 

Rob Trontz - Creative Director

Rob Trontz

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.

 

Sean O'Daniels - Internet Marketing Director

Sean O'Daniels

Sean O'Daniels

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

Jensen Gelfond

Jensen Gelfond

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

Jim Golden

Jim Golden

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

Bryan Ting

Bryan Ting

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

Amy Galper

Amy Galper

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!

 

Pascale Coupal-Sikes - Los Angeles Regional Director

Pascale Coupal-Sikes

Pascale Coupal-Sikes

Los Angeles Regional Director

Pascale Coupal-Sikes has been involved with Green Festival since 2011. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and received her B.A. at UC San Diego in Psychology and Environmental Studies. Fluent in Spanish, she studied permaculture in Costa Rica. She brings over 8 years experience organizing local and international events which focus on sustainability, social justice, gender equality, and community development.

 

Tracy Marks - Chicago Regional Director

Tracy Marks

Tracy Marks

Chicago Regional Director

A long-time Green Fest devotee, Tracy's delighted to help amp Green Fest Chicago 2014. She has provided communication counsel to an array of conservation-minded organizations and co-authored the e-book, Climate Change Education: A Primer for Zoos and Aquariums. A self-proclaimed eco-freak, she also has led nature-inspired summer camps; writes a biweekly eco-column; and dreams one day of living zero-waste.

 

Orly Telisman - Chicago Regional Director

Orly Telisman

Orly Telisman

Chicago Regional Director

Dozens of clients thank Orly for getting their message out and bolstering business. She brings more than a decade of experience in journalism, public relations, and promotional event management to the Green Festivals, and nearly a decade of on-air journalism experience as a reporter and anchor. Since founding Orly Telisman Public Relations in Chicago in 2011, she has had the pleasure of working with Earth-focused and organic entities such as: The Field Museum, Golden Millstone Sesame Butter and KOVAL Distillery. Orly is excited to take Chicago’s Green Festival to new heights.

 

Danielle Tergis - Washington, D.C. Regional Director

Danielle Tergis

Danielle Tergis

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

Kira Austin

Kira Austin

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.

 

Emily de Castrique - Relations Intern

Emily de Castrique

Emily de Castrique

Relations Intern

Emily is a graduate of Brevard College with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She enjoys hiking and writing as well as being an environmental steward.

 

Lisa Landes - Sales Lead Intern

Lisa Landes

Lisa Landes

Sales Lead Intern

I moved to Asheville in March 2013 from Alpharetta, GA mainly to explore and go hiking. I graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelors Degree. I Majored in Organizational Communications and minored in Sociology. I love the outdoors and have had fun exploring the mountains this past year.

 

Nonprofit Partners

Alisa Gravitz - President/CEO, Green America

Alisa Gravitz

Alisa Gravitz

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

Denise Hamler

Denise Hamler

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

Kevin Danaher

Kevin Danaher

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

Carleen Pickard

Carleen Pickard

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

Kirsten Moller

Kirsten Moller

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.