Our Team

Ariel Lev

Ariel Lev

Director, CoLab

Ariel is the Director of the CoLab and the organizer of the 6th annual (X)po. She cares deeply about her Instagram account and frequently invites her hilarious friends to drink beer on dog-friendly patios.

Ian Fortier

Ian Fortier

Director, The Grandin Theatre Foundation

Ian serves as a regional and national consultant for historic independent cinemas in the realm of creating sustainable mixed-used models. An (X)po alum, Ian is a true collaborator and is the reason (X)po has a new home in 2016!

Laura Murphy

Laura Murphy

Resettlement Supervisor, Commonwealth Catholic Charities

Laura grew up in the area, moved around, and came back to Roanoke three years ago. She spends most of her time working with refugees. The rest is spent hanging with her pups and husband and going to sleep as early as possible.

Lynsey Wyatt

Lynsey Wyatt

AcroYoga Instructor, Traveler, Digital Native

Lynsey ran away to the circus in the Dominican Republic and returned with a passion for community development and social responsibility. She is the founder of Living Bridge Productions, a digital marketing strategy and social media management company as well as AcroYoga & Aerial Arts Roanoke. You can find her downtown at the Aurora Studio Center teaching community classes and working on her MacBook upside down. IG: @acrolynsey Twitter: LynseyGWyatt

James Buck

James Buck

Sales Expert

James Buck is a career salesman who assisted the (X)po 2016 planning committee by training them to be better, more efficient salespeople of the event they love. James is also an incredibly essential voice of reason when the conversation gets too heady.

Brad Stephens

Brad Stephens

Community Activist / Resident Skeptic

Brad is involved a number of projects focused on creating more thriving communities and co-founded Big Lick Soup and Noke Codes. When he is not seeking answers to society’s pressing questions, Brad has a potentially unhealthy interest in both books and sports.
Aaron Fallon

Aaron Fallon

Grant Writer, TAP / Wine & Strong Ales Peddler, Mr. Bills

Got an education from William & Mary, and another one from Hollins. Got a boss, well-published wife. Got a good dog & an ambitious cat. Got a job writing grants, another one hawking wines & strong ales. My Twitter game is middlin at best. @the_1true_snug

Sam Lev

Sam Lev

Program Coordinator, LEAP for Local Food

Sam is a runner, baker, dog lover, and an alarmingly short program coordinator for LEAP, a Roanoke-based farming and food access nonprofit.

JD Sutphin

JD Sutphin

CEO, Big Lick Entertainment

JD actually got the inspiration to start his company while attending (X)po 4 years ago.  Since then, BLE has celebrated numerous sold out and record-breaking events all of which benefit local non-profits all while pushing to retain and attract young people to southwest VA.  He is also a touring singer-songwriter in the country act, The Low Low Chariot.

Fe Nguyen

Fe Nguyen

Community Manager, CoLab

Fe Nguyen is the community manager at CoLab and resident Cat Lady. She enjoys nerdy things, homemaking, and long trips to Target.

Stephanie Fallon

Stephanie Fallon

Adult Education Coordinator, Taubman Museum / Poet

Stephanie Fallon is the Adult Education and Volunteer Services Manager at the Taubman Museum of Art. She publishes poems as S.H. Lohmann. She also went to Beyonce’s high school and is alarmingly tall.

Matthew McKimmy

Matthew McKimmy

Systems & Operations Manager, RideAmigos

Leader, technologist, community-builder, teacher, writer, foodie, gardener, bicycler, tinkerer, adventurer, ponderer of life’s great mysteries. Recently relocated back to his Roanoke homeland after a 10-year sojourn in the Midwest.
Adnan Sosic

Adnan Sosic

Most Agreeable Intern

Current senior at Roanoke College. Love soccer and anything outdoors. Passion for success.

Siobhan Boothe

Siobhan Boothe

Siobhan has been in sales for 12+ years selling everything from iPods to light fixtures to chickens. She has a BS from Virginia Tech, a farm, a husband and a baby. She enjoys organizing, project management, client interaction and crocheting.