We asked everyone: "What's your favorite way to unplug and recharge?”
Flying through the air with the greatest of ease, 23 feet in the air on the flying trapeze
Founder and Executive Director
Alison Malmon is the founder and Executive Director of Active Minds, and a sought after mental health expert. Alison formed the organization in 2003 as a 21-year-old, following the suicide of her brother and only sibling Brian. Wanting to end the silence that caused her brother to suffer alone and ultimately take his own life, Alison created a group on her campus at the University of Pennsylvania to promote open dialogue around mental health. Since then, Active Minds has grown into the country’s foremost mental health organization for students and young adults, with award-winning programs and a vibrant network of campus chapters located at more than 450 colleges, universities, and high schools nationwide.
Alison lives in Boulder, Colorado, and is the mother of three young girls. In her spare time, she loves flying 23 feet in the air at the Trapeze School in Washington, DC.
Talking on the phone and hosting friends & family for meals
Chief Operating Officer
Carin, a Bethesda, MD native and resident, comes to Active Minds with a background in entrepreneurship, business development, and management. She owned Hitched, a bridal boutique in Georgetown, for almost ten years and is also the co-founder and owner of the start-up, FONBOOTH. Prior to starting her own businesses, she worked as a consultant and large scale event producer for non-profits and national corporations. Carin received a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and an MBA from Yale School of Management. Carin loves spending time with her husband and two elementary school age children and hosting friends.
Read, run (either on the treadmill or after my girls), and disconnect from social media
Director of Programs
Prior to Active Minds, Laura led public health initiatives at the National Association of County and City Health Officials and at Tulane University. She studied communications at Loyola University New Orleans and earned her Master of Public Health degree from Tulane University. She also has certification as a Health Education Specialist by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. She enjoys running, reading, finding adventure with her husband and two girls, and following the Washington Nationals. Laura works from New Orleans.
Remembering and singing 80s music (the oldies!)
Director of Communications and Marketing
Much of Pam’s background is in public media, first at PBS and then at WETA. She earned a degree in English at the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in information science at the University of Maryland. Before joining the Active Minds team, Pam was a communications and marketing officer at George Mason University. Pam lives with her husband in Fairfax, Virginia, and enjoys pilates and fierce game nights with three college-aged kids.
Trying each flavor of Ben & Jerry’s, one pint at a time
Originally from Ohio, Emma moved to Indianapolis to study digital media production at Butler University, trading in her pointe shoes for video equipment. Peer education, creative collaborations, and storytelling are her main sources of inspiration. As a new DC-resident, you can find Emma playing tourist any day of the week (National Portrait Gallery is her go-to).
Hiking in the redwoods with her favorite four-legged friend, Daisy
Associate Director of Programs
Becky oversees and leads the Active Minds California Mental Health Services Act (CalMHSA) funded initiative. She has been supporting the creation of peer-powered student advocacy programs, under CalMHSA contracts, for five years, beginning in 2012 at Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University. Becky served as Adjunct Faculty at Santa Rosa Junior College, where she taught a course on personal health and issues at the forefront of public health. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from University of California, Davis, and a Master’s of Public Health from Columbia University. Becky also co-founded the Powerful Voices Project, a documentary film series highlighting the stories of resilience and recovery from people who have experienced sexual assault. In her spare time, you can find Becky hiking among the oak trees and redwoods of Northern California.
Crafts, concerts, and camping.
Angela is a southern-grown storyteller who recently cooked her way through 50 Shades of Kale. She graduated from Clemson University with a degree in communications and journalism, and has since pursued a variety of copywriting, digital storytelling, and marketing opportunities. If she’s not hosting tea parties you can find Angela biking, hiking, or camping with her favorite Englishman.
Doing crafts that don’t necessarily require artistic ability (because I lack it entirely)
Hayley, having spent most of her childhood in Salt Lake City, UT, and high school years in Houston, TX, considers both places to be home. She graduated from the University of Rochester in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and was immersed in Active Minds throughout her undergraduate career. Joining at the beginning of her freshman year and serving as Co-President for her junior and senior years, Hayley considers Active Minds to be a pivotal part of her college experience. In addition, Hayley served as a member of the Active Minds Student Advisory Committee, an intern at the national office, and as a Spring 2016 Send Silence Packing Tour Coordinator. With friends and family spread out over the country, you’re likely to find Hayley traveling in her free time (or catching up on sleep). Her favorite DC spot is District Doughnut in Georgetown!
Michael, originally from Connecticut, is a big believer in PPA (Power of Positive Attitude). He studied Political Science at the University of Connecticut before joining the Active Minds team. He was drawn to the organization because of its focus on the younger generation. Outside the office, you might find him teaching fitness classes, catching a movie at E Street Cinema or trying to pet strangers’ dogs.
Cooking from scratch and without recipes
Emelyne comes to Active minds with a background in international programs and operations, and has worked in conflict zones for the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Previous to Active Minds, Emelyne served as the Procurement staff at the United Nations office in Ivory Coast. She has over 10 years providing operational support and program/project management support in the nonprofit realm. In her spare time, Emelyne enjoys cooking, spending time with family and friends, and being outdoors with her daughter.
Equal parts exploring outdoors and playing videos games/watching tv
Program Manager, Send Silence Packing
Josh, having grown up right outside New York City, moved to DC to study Government and Politics, with a Leadership Studies minor, at the University of Maryland, College Park. He fell in love with the region and decided to stay in the nation’s capital following graduation. Josh loves to get involved in the community. He has volunteered as a firefighter and EMT, ran for school board, and worked on local elections prior to joining the Active Minds team. His favorite local spot is Teddy Roosevelt Island and until he gets a puppy of his own, you might find him trying to get the attention of dogs he walks past!
Yoga or being immersed in nature
Sales and Marketing Manager, Active Minds Speakers Bureau
Maribeth, originally from Annapolis, MD, was drawn to Active Minds for the advocacy, message and empowerment it shares with audiences all over the country. She studied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Business Marketing at Liberty University. Prior to joining Active Minds, Maribeth was a 200 Hour Yoga Instructor, underwent a Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training Program where she learned how to integrate self-care and mindfulness practices into the workplace, and was a Community and People Development Lead of lululemon athletica. Outside the office, you can find Maribeth running, walking, or hiking with her two German Shepard/Labrador Retrievers mixes and husband.
Ironically, plugging in and playing video games or chilling with my cat, Luna
Robyn has been immersed in intersectional mental health advocacy on his campus, in the community, and on a statewide and national level. He graduated from Cabrini College with a dual degree in Philosophy and English, and concentrations in Social Justice and Women’s Studies in 2014. He was involved in the Active Minds chapter at Cabrini starting his freshmen year when he took over the presidency. From there, he served on the Active Minds National Student Advisory Committee, the Active Minds Board of Directors, and as a Programs Team intern. Robyn has struggled with mental health for most of his life and through Active Minds, he channels his journey into transformational advocacy. Robyn founded a group for transgender men and transmasculine individuals, he is a Crisis Counselor for Crisis Text Line, and he is on the steering committee of a transgender legal advocacy group. Robyn uses he/him pronouns.