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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 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 13-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.
Trying each flavor of Ben & Jerry’s, one pint at a time
Visual Brand Manager
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
Director of Engagement and Training
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.
Doing crafts that don’t necessarily require artistic ability (because I lack it entirely)
Program Manager, Send Silence Packing
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!
Going to the beach with a good book!
If you have any questions about the ice cream scene in DC, look no further. Nicolle, proud INFJ and Type 6 on the Enneagram, grew up in Eastern Connecticut. She attended Eastern Connecticut State University, where she studied Communications and minored in Psychology and Sociology. Following graduation, Nicolle served a year with Americorps VISTA at a small nonprofit in Connecticut and continued to work there for two years before heading south to DC. Today, you can find her enjoying the monuments at night and exploring different ice cream shops to find the best dish of Chocolate Moose Tracks.
Taking my dog, Blu, on a walk & binge watching trash TV
Senior Marketing and Public Relations Manager
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.
Listening to music or bingeing on one of my favorite shows
Special Projects Coordinator
Chris was drawn to Active Minds’ mission for its focus on educating the younger generation that it’s okay to not be okay, and to not be afraid to ask for help. Hailing from Hazleton, Pennsylvania, Chris studied Music Business at Berklee College of Music. When he’s not breaking out into a Kelly Clarkson song, Chris enjoys traveling, exploring DC’s best brunch spots, napping, and Grey’s Anatomy.
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
Sales and Marketing Manager, Active Minds Speakers
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 has a graduate certificate in Business Marketing at Liberty University. Prior to joining Active Minds, Maribeth was a Marketing Assistant, a Community Focused Assistant Manager of lululemon athletica, a yoga instructor, and underwent a Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training Program where she learned how to integrate self-care and mindfulness practices. Outside the office, you can find Maribeth soaking up the sun, finding the closest beach, doing yoga, running, 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 freshman 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.
Kell enjoys finding fresh air, gardening, and walking through a local park with their dog Posie.
Program Manager, Pittsburgh, PA
Kell is a Program Manager with Active Minds and is based in Pittsburgh, PA. Kell brings professional experience working with non-profit organizations as well as local and state governments. Their primary focus has been in human services administration and in advocacy on behalf of vulnerable populations. Kell was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania and earned a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. When they’re not strolling in the local park with their dog Posie, you can find Kell playing card or board games with friends or exploring both new and old parts of Pittsburgh.
Eating a big slice of pizza and watching Netflix!
Gillian, born and raised in Charleston, SC, comes to Active Minds with a BA in Communication from Coastal Carolina University. After graduating college she moved to Virginia with her boyfriend and new puppy, Chauncey. She is excited to be a part of Active Minds to help bring awareness and resources for mental health to young adults. When Gillian is not in the office, you can find her shopping to add more items to her wardrobe or enjoying a movie on the couch.