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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.

 

Karen Ferrel - Partner and Sponsor Director

Karen Ferrel

Karen Ferrel

Partner and Sponsor 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 - Head of US Sales

Kristen Allen

Kristen Allen

Head of US Sales

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!

 

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.

 

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!

 

Jim Dunton - Exhibit and Sponsor Sales and Relations

Jim Dunton

Jim Dunton

Exhibit and Sponsor Sales and Relations

Jim is a seasoned sales professional with a solid background in PR & Marketing. When not working you can find him exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains with his kids and 3 dogs. He is an advocate for buying local and being a conscious consumer.

 

Erica Jones - Exhibit and Sponsor Sales and Relations

Jim Dunton

Erica Jones

Exhibit and Sponsor Sales and Relations

Erica brings ten years of multimedia sales experience. She enjoys trail running, hiking, local craft beers, good food, beach trips, and spending time with her family, especially her sweet baby boy!

 

Neil Mork - Business Development Executive and B2B Strategy

Neil Mork

Neil Mork

Business Development Executive and B2B Strategy

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.

 

Sally Custer - Portland Regional Director

Sally Custer

Sally Custer

Portland Regional Director

Sally has established herself as a creative visionary and communications expert with access to top-ranked industry resources through her professional relationships and ongoing accomplishments spanning four decades. As principal of Lupin Communications, her success leading marketing campaigns, along with community outreach is demonstrable. This along with a highly successful history of media and corporate sponsorship recruitment, coordination and fulfillment, makes vision, big-picture thinking and innovation a reality.

 

Josh Owen - Operations and Logistics Manager

Josh Owen

Josh Owen

Operations and Logistics Manager

Josh is a recent graduate of UNC Asheville with a BA in Economics. He hails from Saxapahaw NC, grew up on a flower farm, and enjoys movies. He is extremely excited to join the Green Festivals team.

 

Fred Thomas - Sponsorship Sales

Fred Thomas

Fred Thomas

Sponsorship Sales

With over 14 years of trade show industry experience in leading, designing, and synchronizing business development and global information technology infrastructure across the world, including Germany, USA, Canada, Mexico, and China, he evaluated new standards, and trends to proactively formulate industry-leading strategies.

 

Lisa Landes - Social Media and Marketing Director

Lisa Landes

Lisa Landes

Social Media and Marketing Director

I am an Atlanta native graduating from Kennesaw State University with an Organizational Communications Major. I have experience in social media, marketing and event planning. I love hiking and anything that has to do with the outdoors, great vegetarian food, visiting new places, and listening to great music.

 

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 - Volunteer Director, Regional Director San Francisco

Bryan Ting

Bryan Ting

Volunteer Director, Regional Director San Francisco

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.

Karen Baker - Washington, D.C. Regional Director

Karen Baker

Karen Baker

Washington, D.C. Regional Director

Karen has been a strategic and experiential marketing consultant for the past seventeen years, having done work for company icons, large arts organizations, AIDS/HIV causes, and elementary education. She recently designed the first farmers market on the Route 1 Corridor in MD. Karen is an advocate for alternative health practices, and she owned a tea business for five years. She holds an MA in Design Management from SCAD and an MTA in Event Management from GWU.

Ken Carroll - Asheville, NC Webmaster

Karen Baker

Ken Carroll

Webmaster and Future Development - MaxWebGear, Inc.

MaxWebGear has joined the Green Team in 2015 headed by Ken Carroll. Ken Carroll is an award-winning marketing, design, and web development expert. He was certified by Adobe Systems (4 apps), USM, and and is an active member of SEMPO. During his career, Ken has teamed up with some of the most well-known brands in entertainment, education, and other verticals. In 2014, Ken authored a book to help small businesses understand how to achieve success on the web. His book is schduled for release in 2015. Ken is also co-founder of IntegrisDesign and President of MaxWebGear, Inc.

 

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.”

 

Ashley Cline - Executive Director, Global Exchange

 

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.