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Flying through the air with the greatest of ease, 23 feet in the air on the flying trapeze
Founder & 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 550 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
Chief Program Officer
Laura develops innovative strategies and unique partnerships to empower students to help schools and society embrace a comprehensive, public health approach to mental health. Prior to Active Minds, Laura led public health initiatives at the National Association of County and City Health Officials and Tulane University. Laura earned her Master of Public Health degree in community health sciences from Tulane University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Loyola University New Orleans. She enjoys running, reading, finding adventure with her husband and three girls, and following the Washington Nationals and New Orleans Saints. Laura works from Philadelphia.
Sitting poolside, lakeside, on a beach or on a boat
Margo J. Collins
Chief Development & Marketing Officer
Margo has spent her 14-year career helping worthy causes realize the resources needed to continue their important work. Most recently, Margo served as the Vice President, Development & Communications for Grameen Foundation. Prior to that role she served as Director of Development, Campaigns for the United Nations Foundation, guiding the fundraising and donor communication programs of the Shot@Life, Girl Up, and Nothing But Nets campaigns of the UN Foundation, which cumulatively represent more than 1 million supporters and advocates of global development. The first half of Margo’s career was spent as a Vice President at CCS, one of the largest strategic development consulting firms in the industry, where she directed multi-million dollar campaigns and assisted clients in enhancing their fundraising program efficiency. Originally a Midwesterner, Margo has lived in 13 cities across 9 states, and has toured 6 continents since graduating from Lehigh University. She and her husband now happily reside in Washington, DC.
I love spending time with my family, trying new restaurants, and watching any kind of Bravo programming!
Program Associate, K-12 Initiatives
Maddie is a Texas native and 2019 graduate of the University of Virginia where she studied English and history. During her time at UVA, she worked at the University of Virginia Women’s Center and spent her summers interning in various service and youth development roles. After moving to DC, Maddie spent a year working as an AmeriCorps Member with City Year and volunteering with 826DC, a creative writing and literacy initiative for students in the DCPS system. Her passion for mental health stems from her work in education and youth advocacy. On the weekends you can find her enjoying a bagel on the Georgetown waterfront or taking one of her many family dogs for a walk through Rock Creek Park.
If I am not able to be with friends chatting it up, I scrapbook or make jewelry.
Senior Manager of Health Equity
Dr. Tanya Bass previously served as Program Supervisor managing the Cultural and Community Initiatives in the NC Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCOMHHD). At NCOMHHD, she worked with agencies and individuals to advance racial justice, health equity, and inclusion. As a member of the North Carolina Society for Public Health Education (NCSOPHE), the Association of Black Sexologist and Clinicians (ABSC), and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), she remains engaged in professional growth and development. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE). Tanya is an alumna of North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) Department of Public Health Education, where she has served as an adjunct instructor for several years and is currently the lead instructor for Human Sexuality. She has a PhD in Education at Widener University in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies. She also has a Master of Science in Health Promotion and Human Services from NCCU and a Master of Education from Widener University. When she is not working, she loves to scrapbook and make beaded jewelry. Tanya uses she/her pronouns.
I love listening to music and baking!
Program Associate, Active Minds Speakers
Maya, a Maryland native, comes to Active Minds with over 5 years of meetings planning experience. The Johnson & Wales University alum earned a B.S. in Sports/Entertainment/Event Management in 2016 and is currently pursuing a Master’s at San Diego State University in Meetings and Events Management. Upon graduating from her undergrad, she landed an internship at The Mansion on O Street, a luxury boutique hotel in Dupont Circle. In 2017, she earned another internship at Walt Disney World in the Disney College Program. In her spare time, Maya enjoys cooking, baking, traveling, and attending concerts.
Backyard hangouts with my partner and friends, hiking in the Colorado mountains, and trying to master new baking recipes.
Senior Manager of K-12 Initiatives
Lauren has spent her entire career advocating for youth and young adult programming in K-12 education, higher education, and community spaces. Most recently, she worked for the Colorado School of Public Health School recruiting schools to participate in the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS), Colorado’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), and Smart Source. In this role, Lauren supported schools in administering the surveys and provided technical support to schools and community partners as they navigated using results to inform school and adolescent health work across Colorado. She is a strong advocate for LGBTQ+ inclusive school board policies and ensures the work she is a part of has an equitable and intersectional lens. Lauren’s background is in student leadership, health education and equity, policy and advocacy, and equity and inclusion. She enjoys hiking, baking, and exploring the Denver art and music scene.
Reading, taking a long walk, and doing a SoulCycle ride.
Special Projects and Operations Manager
Finding solitude in nature, blasting music at the gym, feeding homemade goodies to friends and family
Development Manager of Mid-Level Giving
For over 15 years, Ginger has supported arts, education, and policy non-profits through strategy and donor relationship building. She grew up splitting time between the DC metro area and New England and values the variety and depth of cultural resources at one’s fingertips all along the East Coast. Ginger’s been involved in all aspects of non-profits since childhood, in capacities from volunteering “on the ground” in shelter environments to serving on fundraising committees and many experiences in between. She brings this personal perspective to her work in supporting the mission and philanthropists of Active Minds. Ginger earned her BFA in Interior Architecture and Design from MICA (Maryland Institute, College of Art) in Baltimore, Maryland. Before joining this team, she supported special events and development endeavors at the education-, national park-, and performing arts-focused Wolf Trap Foundation. Ginger lives in Vienna, Virginia, with her husband and two children. When she’s not volunteering or volunteering non-profits, Ginger enjoys remodeling her home (a family endeavor), hosting friends, attending live performances, and exploring new cuisine.
Trying each flavor of Ben & Jerry’s, one pint at a time
Visual Brand Manager
Having grown up in Ohio, Emma moved to Indianapolis to study digital media production at Butler University. While in undergrad Emma grew as a visual storyteller through her internships with documentary filmmaker, Ted Green, WFYI Public Media, Butler University’s Office of Marketing & Communications, and at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts here in DC. The semester spent on the East Coast sparked a love for the city that brought her back after graduating from Butler in 2017. She is grateful for the opportunity to combine her passions for peer education, creative collaborations, and storytelling through her work at Active Minds. Outside of the office, you can find her wandering the National Portrait Gallery or Rock Creek Park.
Music! Finding, listening or sharing music always puts me in a good mood.
Francis was born and raised in the Philippines and has been a DC resident since 2012. Previously working at the Capital Area Food Bank whose mission was to solve hunger where he learned all about Salesforce and the power of data and automation. He jumped at the opportunity to work at Active Minds understanding that people need to take care of their minds just as much as their physical body. Outside of work, Francis loves to travel to new places and enjoys going to music events. He’s also a DJ who likes to mix deep and melodic tracks together for anyone who will listen.
Hiking in the redwoods with her favorite four-legged friend, Daisy
Director of Training & Engagement
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.
Spending time on the boat or taking a long walk
Senior Manager of Higher Ed & Evaluation
Amy is interested in the relationship between health and education. Blending together her experiences as a former high school teacher, higher education health educator, and young adult health researcher, she has found a niche in working to improve adolescent and young adult mental health. Amy is a doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida in the College of Public Health, holds a Master in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Elon University. To find balance, Amy seeks out new adventures, teaches and practices yoga, and is usually working through a new DIY home project.
Doing crafts that don’t necessarily require artistic ability (because I lack it entirely)
Send Silence Packing Manager
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!
Taking my dog, Blu, on a walk & binge watching trash TV
Senior Manager of Marketing & PR
Taking as long a walk as possible around my neighborhood
Social Media Manager
For as long as she can remember, Chloe has loved to connect with others on a personal level and find connections among the things that make us all unique. This interest led her to pursue degrees in Communication Studies and Graphic Design while at the University of Maryland and inspired her to pursue a career in social media, a field she doesn’t think she’ll ever get bored of. Chloe believes good content is made with integrity, good humor, and honesty, and she’s thrilled that this aligns with the work Active Minds does through their online presence.
Chloe makes sure she spends a good amount of time offline as well, usually via a walk to the local gelato shop or a movie night with friends.
Coloring with scented markers
Send Silence Packing BOLD Fellow
Julia (they/she) graduated from Ithaca College in May 2021 with a major in sociology and minors in art, education studies, and counseling. While at IC, Julia was awarded the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network scholarship, which allowed for Julia and their cohort of fellow scholars to create and fund a project for change on IC’s campus. Through BOLD, Julia has also been given the opportunity to pursue a postgraduate fellowship with Active Minds, where they now work closely with Send Silence Packing. Julia has been passionate about combating the stigma around mental health challenges and suicide since middle school, so in many ways, working with Active Minds is something that Julia’s younger self would be proud of. Outside of work, Julia can be found exploring small towns to find their best local restaurant, adding even more books to their TBR (to-be-read), or snuggling their cat, Theo.
Traveling and taking photos!
Reading a book with my cats on my lap!
Program Associate, Chapters
Through her work as a Programs Associate in Chapters at Active Minds, Kelly supports more than 620 student-led chapters and over 15,000 student leaders as they develop mental health programming, facilitate suicide prevention training, and lead institution-wide advocacy campaigns. Daily, she works with students from varied backgrounds and experience levels to grow as leaders, advocates, and young professionals and elevate their voices and the voices of their communities. Through her community advocacy efforts over the past few years, she has engaged in, created, and fostered partnerships between students and their campus administrators to work together for change. Kelly received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with concentrations in Counseling and Sociology from Ithaca College. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Social Work at the University at Buffalo. Kelly enjoys reading, video games, tending to her plants, and hanging out with her partner and stepchildren. Kelly uses she/her pronouns.
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.
Skating some laps at my local ice rink.
Manager of Impact & Engagement
Markie oversees the Active Minds Chapter Network and plays a key part in chapter activations along with the strategic planning of how Active Minds will use and empower its chapters across the country. Markie is originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin and received her Bachelor’s in psychology from Marquette University. During her time at Marquette, Markie served as her Active Minds’ Chapter President and the President of the Student Advisory Committee from 2015-2016. Markie went on to receive a Master’s of Science in higher education and student affairs from Indiana University-Bloomington. After graduate school, Markie worked at Auburn University for three years in Health Promotion and Wellness Services under the Division of Student Affairs focusing on mental health programming and peer health education. During her time at Auburn, Markie was the co-advisor for the campus’ Active Minds Chapter. In her spare time, you can find Markie coaching figure skating at her local ice rink, cheering on her hometown team, the Green Bay Packers, or playing with her dog, Brooks.
Riding my bike around the district!
Originally from New Jersey, Sam studied psychology at Ithaca College and was involved in IC’s Active Minds chapter. During his time at IC, Sam interned with the local Department of Social Services and worked at a summer camp for youth experiencing mental health struggles. Since moving to D.C., Sam worked as a barista and local LGBTQ event producer before joining the Active Minds team. Outside of work, you can find Sam riding his bike, exploring new coffee shops, or eating ice cream with his boyfriend.
Getting my hands dirty and working in the garden.
After interning with Active Minds in his college days, Luis is thrilled to return as Development Manager and continue to change the conversation about mental health. Previously, Luis has had the opportunity to work for two incredible organizations: Food & Friends, a DC based nonprofit providing medically tailored meals to people living with serious illnesses, and Rebuilding Together, a leading home repair nonprofit focused on revitalizing communities and rebuilding lives across the country. Luis is a firm believer that donors should be celebrated at every opportunity and works to build relationships based on trust, transparency and a culture of philanthropy.
Luis holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Health from the University of Maryland. He and his partner live in Riverdale, Maryland with their cat and two dogs.
Yoga or traveling to the ocean
Senior Manager of Health Promotion
Maribeth’s work focuses on promoting comprehensive, interactive, and inspirational speaking events with schools and professional groups that focus on mental health education and personal stories. She enjoys working with clients and speakers to help create tailored event experiences through a health promotion lens. Maribeth studied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Maryland for her undergraduate career. She has a graduate certificate in Business Marketing from Liberty University and is currently completing two Master of Science degrees in Health Promotion and Nutrition at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Outside the office, you can find Maribeth soaking up the sun, finding the closest beach, doing yoga, running, or hiking with her husband and their two dogs. Maribeth is originally from Annapolis, MD, and currently works from Reno, NV.
Traveling to a beach, experiencing new foods and culture, and going to live concerts
Active Minds Speakers Manager
Joy Sheppard, a Maryland resident and Pennsylvania native, joins Active Minds with a background in live entertainment, event production, and sponsorship sales. Joy has over ten years of specialized experience in building relationships and has spent much of her professional career managing high profile people and events with a wide range of corporate, government and non-profit clientele. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from George Mason University and enjoys traveling, tasting new cuisines, and living up to her name.
Watching a comfort movie or sitting outside and reading.
Hannah is originally from Chesapeake, Virginia, and loved growing up at the beach, going camping, and spending time outside. She then decided to trade the ocean for mountains, and attended college in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the University of Virginia, where she received a degree in politics with a minor in public policy and leadership. Throughout her time in college, she developed a passion for communications, through various internships in marketing, public relations, and social media. Mental health has always been a part of her and her loved ones’ stories, so when Active Minds presented a chance to combine her love of advocacy and communications, she was all-in. In her spare time, she enjoys enthusiastically cheering on her favorite sports teams, adding to her “Best Movies Ever” list, and reading new books.