Joan Bryna Michelson
Creator, Executive Producer, Host
Joan Bryna Michelson, MBA is Creator, Executive Producer and Host of Green Connections Radio™ and an award-winning, creative business and communications leader, public speaker and journalist. She has generated millions in revenue and branding for top companies, government agencies and non-profits, and worked with top media organizations, including the Huffington Post.
A specialist in the “green” space and a lifelong advocate for women in leadership, Michelson’s work has included Chrysler’s Global Electric Motorcars, the U.S. Department of Energy-Clean Energy Alliance Small Business Partnership, Earth Day Network, the top “green” private equity firm Global Environment Fund, and the National Council for Science and the Environment.
Samantha is currently a student at the George Washington University majoring in Civil Engineering with a concentration and minor in Sustainability. Her passions include: green design, sustainable architecture, women empowerment, women in tech, and environmentally conscious construction. As a LEED GA, she aims to further the field of sustainable architecture by combining her artistic talent and understanding of emerging science. Samantha is thrilled to be on the Green Connections Radio team and looks forward to sharing her experiences with women entrepreneurs in the STEM, design, business, and political fields. She also joins our team with hopes of attracting more young girls to confidently pursue futures focused in mathematics and science. This past summer she attended Harvard University’s Career Discovery Program, engaging in intensive studio work focusing on architecture, design, and urban planning.
Arzoo is currently a graduate student at the University of Edinborough in food security, writing occasional blogs for GCR after serving as a GCR production assistant when she attended George Washington University (in Environmental Studies and English). Born in India, Arzoo spent her childhood split between India and Egypt and has now lived on every continent. She has been studying a variety of STEM related subjects and has discovered a passion in food security. Arzoo continues to work with Green Connections Radio™ because she believes strongly in growing the green economy, increasing energy efficiency and empowering women.
Kellina is currently a senior at Northwood High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. She intends to major in both Journalism and Business. Originally from Cameroon, she came to the United States when she was 13. She has a passion for writing poetry and short stories, traveling, photographing, and listening to other people’s stories- hence her interest in Journalism began. As a bilingual, she’s fluent in French and English, and is well on her way to mastering Spanish. She also participates in the school newspaper and yearbook club.
Kellina is currently working at Green Connections Radio because she wants to be an inspiration for future generations and her peers, with hopes to influence them to go above and beyond expect ions. At Green Connections Radio, she will be able to learn more about the Green economy system and hopefully enlighten other females about pursuing their passion for the industry.
Nick Looney is a recent graduate of American University in Washington, DC where he majored in Audio Technology and Computer Science. He is currently pursuing a career in Post-Production Audio and interning at Pomann Sound in New York City. Nick is currently working at Green Connections Radio because he believes conversations about the environment are more prudent than ever before. At Green Connections, he hopes to facilitate this conversation while learning at the same time.
Filmmaker & Video Editor
Alisha graduated from the George Washington University in 2013 with a BA in Environmental Studies and Geography. She is currently the Environmental Education Coordinator at the Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy, where she creates and implements various environmental education and stewardship programs that reconnect youth throughout the District to the historically significant gem that is Dumbarton Oaks Park. Alisha is also the director and producer of the online documentary series, Anacostia Unplugged. The mission of the series is to show viewers how going outside is saving lives, preserving the environment, and empowering communities along the Anacostia River.
Alisha is currently working at Green Connections Radio because she strongly believes in the power of collaboration to meet common goals: to spread awareness about why we need to tap into the green economy, and why it is essential for our personal health, and the health and longevity of our planet, to engage with our natural world. At Green Connections Radio, Alisha is able to learn more about the field, and connect with other women striving to make a difference every day.
Lorenzo John Burleson is an Audio Tech with Green Connections while pursuing his graduate studies at American University in Audio Technology (M.A.) – on his way to becoming a certified audio engineering. He enjoys working with sound and sound design in various mediums, including film, radio and music production.
Lorenzo also shares GCM’s green values, including on conservation, even dedicating time to volunteer on habitat restoration efforts with the Rock Creek Conservancy and Chesapeake Education Arts and Research Society.
And… he uses his media production skills to gallantly serve his country as an active duty Mass Communication Specialist in the U.S. Navy, including in photography, videography, news writing and graphic design. He even documents and works alongside STEM students attending the U.S. Naval Academy (a GCM favorite).
Lorenzo is clearly great at time management and doesn’t seem to sleep much!
My name is Rebeca Lindenfeld and I am a senior at American University studying a combined Bachelor’s in Science and Master’s degree in Audio Technology. I am originally from Caracas, Venezuela but I moved to the US to go to college and pursue my career. The reason I chose American University is very simple. My passions have always been Music, Science/Physics and Technology, and the Audio Technology program at American University was one of the few that offered me the option to stay in touch with these three passions. During the three years that I have been in college I have had the opportunity to do what I love the most: record bands, edit audio, run live shows, mix and learn about the physics of sound. Besides that, I have also been able to intern at amazing places like The Theatre Lab, WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, Meangreen Media, and now Green Connections Radio. As soon as I heard that Green Connections Radio was looking for an audio intern, I did not think twice before applying for the job. This was because, by having a biologist as a mother, all my life I have been exposed to science, which made me develop a strong connection with it as well as a strong love for the planet, its ecosystems and environments. For this reason, and because of the fact that I am a big supporter of science innovators (especially women), is why I thought Green Connections Radio was the perfect fit for me. Not only I am working with audio, but at the same time I get to be exposed to science and learn so much from these group of people that are doing an amazing job in finding ways to save our precious planet.
Audio TechnicianGabby McDonald is a Junior at American University studying a Bachelor’s Degree in Audio Production with a focus in music. She is from the Bay Area in California and came to American University because it has one of the best audio programs in the United States. Her focus is in music, and she enjoys podcasting too, with the wide variety of topics it covers. Through her role as Vice President of Women in Audio at American, where their focus is to support and encourage women who are passionate about pursuing careers in the male dominated audio industry, she met other members who have internships and jobs in podcasting, and it piqued her interest. Green Connections Radio provided the perfect opportunity to learn more about this growing industry, as well as learn more about pressing environmental issues impacting the Earth. The Bay Area is an extremely environmentally friendly place, so I grew up in a community that takes every effort to be as environmentally friendly as possible. I love recording these podcasts and hearing about how people are making incredible efforts to protect the planet.
Liz Harten is a senior at the George Washington University. She is majoring in Systems Engineering with a concentration in Computer Science and a minor in Sustainability because she wants to use technology to conserve our resources. Liz believes we have an obligation to future generations to minimize our negative human impact on the environment. As a systems engineer, she knows there are many applications in which sustainability can be used but she is highly interested in designing cities. From transportation, to energy use to spatial planning she wants to make urban areas more efficient. As a female in a STEM field, Liz is so excited to be working for Green Connections Radio. Green Connections talks about important issues from inspiring leaders and she is happy to be part of such a campaign.
Amy Sorter is a Contributor to Green Connections Radio™ who brings her experience working for several Fortune 500 Companies and founding EcoSavvyMoms.com to the show. EcoSavvyMoms is also an alliance of Green Connections Radio™. Amy has been blogging about living a green lifestyle for the past two years and is regularly featured as a guest expert on Parent Saver Radio. She has written articles for Natural Awakenings Magazine and San Diego Home and Garden, and has been a guest speaker and educator for parent groups around San Diego. Living a non-toxic eco-friendly lifestyle is Amy’s passion, and she always strives to bring information to her community on EcoSavvyMoms that promotes the Green Economy and women working within this important sector.
Dick Wagner of Desert Dreams Productions, LLC
Green Connections Radio™ Music
Green Connections Radio™ thanks the late Dick Wagner (December 14, 1942 – July 30, 2014) and Desert Dreams Productions, L.L.C. for the music in the IndieGoGo video.
Dick Wagner was a rock and roll icon and we are so grateful that he and the DDP team graciously donated the music to Green Connections Radio™.