The East Fork Team
Alex Matisse
Alex Matisse (he/him), CEO & Co-Founder
Sarah W says, "Truly, he'd rather be fishing."
Alan Ogle (he/him), Shift Supervisor
Allison Shearouse
Allison Shearouse (she/her), Asheville Store Manager
Demonta' says, “Allison loves ice coffee and loves to smile. She always knows how to make you laugh and she is a great leader.”
Antonio Poncedeleon (he/him), Production Generalist
Avery Allerdyce (he/him), Staff Accountant
Bill Campbell
Bill Campbell (he/him), Production Support
Alejandra says, "Well, Bill is a great person, his attitude is always positive, open to help and support, plus full of great ideas. It's great to have him in the EF team."
Bill Warner
Bill Warner (he/him), Shift Supervisor
Adam says, "Bill is one of the best team members in this parsec. He also has a ton of star wars knowledge and enjoys a good comic/graphic novel."
Britta Baker
Britta Baker (she/her), Fulfillment Supervisor
Lisa says, "Pack it up, pack it in, let me begin... When Britta's not busy building her own tiny house, she LOVES packing up beautiful EF pots to ship out to their new homes in the world. I'm pretty sure she gives each piece a little hug before she wraps it up, just to spread the love."
Brock Flamion
Brock Flamion (he/him), Technical Production Support Associate
Hakeem says, "Brock is an amazing person, When I first started a year ago, Brock wasn’t at EF too much longer than me and I was shocked at how much he knew. Until we started talking on a personal level. He is understanding and willing to help with anything and that’s why he’s my favorite coworker."
Bryttani Smith
Bryttani Smith (she/her), Jinri Mug Team Lead
Justin says, "In short, Bryttani is an all-star. Her ability to lift the mug team in spirit and quality is unparalleled. I feel fortunate to share space with this fantastic human being."
Calla Coady
Calla Coady (she/her), Forming Generalist
Zoe says, "Calla is the type of person that would spend two days baking you a birthday cake. It would be a masterpiece."
Charlie Davis
Charlie Davis (he/him), Quality Control Team Lead
Lisa says, "It's clear that there are two very important things on Charlie's mind daily, music and coffee. In his first week at EF I noticed that he brought with him his own coffee and a pour over. I knew right away that he was the right person for QC. Oh, ask him to explain what a theremin is. He loves that question!"
Chelsea MacLean
Chelsea MacLean (She/Her/Hers), Glaze Generalist
Heather says, “Chelsea has many hidden talents, but my favorite is the attention to detail she puts into a good playlist. Her Halloween playlist on Spotify is pretty hard to top!”
Christina Dooley (she/her), Production Generalist
Coeta Hernandez
Coeta Hernandez (she/her), Marketing Operations Manager
Layson says, "Between Coeta's infectious (and hilarious) personality, productive work nature, and background in competitive tap dancing--she is full of surprises and impossible not to love. Let's hope an East Fork talent show is in the future to showcase her tapping capabilities."
Dan Segal
Dan Segal (he/him), Sr. Facilities Manager
Matt says, "I'm truly envious of the rack on his truck, his craftsmanship exudes class!"
Daniel Vuono
Daniel Vuono (he/him), Director of Production
Erin says, "Daniel has a doppelgänger and it's Tom Cruise."
Danika Hutchinson
Danika Hutchinson (she/her), Fulfillment Support Associate
Britta says, "I have a deep admiration for Danika's exuberant legging collection. How she keeps them from being covered in hair from her 7 cats though, can only be attributed to witchcraft.
Darrin Winston
Darrin Winston (he/him), IT Specialist
Meghan says, "Darrin is unapologetically himself, which is an admirable trait in and of itself. He’s a writer, a storyteller, a passionate gesturer—a force to be reckoned with. His humor, animation, and random outbreak of dance moves make him an undeniable joy to be around, and we all have way too much fun because of him."
Demonta' Blunt
Demonta' Blunt (he/him), Sales Associate, Asheville
Allison S. says, "It's always so sweet to see how Demonta' cares for all the plants in the shop, making sure they're watered and getting enough sun, rotating them throughout the store to show them off. They get the VIP treatment."
Desiree Gamble
Desiree Gamble (she/her), Forming Generalist
Sarah B. says, "Des is super smiley and funny. We help each other out and both have twin sisters! "
Donna Casellas-Banks
Donna Casellas-Banks (she/her), Sales Associate, ATL
Jasmin says, "Donna is friendly and welcoming to everyone that comes in!"
Donnie Bishop
Donnie Bishop (he/him), Videographer
Kara says, "Donnie is by far the punniest dad I’ve ever met! I just happen to adore this about him so I live for chat notifications from him. It’s not just his puns though… he truly encapsulates the dad spirit (at least the one we all wish we had) by being supportive, truthful, hardworking, communicative, and considerate. Donnie is the coolest and I want to be just like him when I grow up."
Drew Nguyen
Drew Nguyen (he/him), Graphic Designer
Patrice says "Drew is very thoughtful and genuine. Although he works remotely from his hometown Nashville, he makes it to Asheville often and appreciates the differences and similarities between the two towns. Drew loves kimchi fried rice, brisk hikes to waterfalls, and spending quality time with friends."
Eli Nelms
Eli Nelms (he/they), Jr. Facilities Technician
Emilja says, "Eli, who is secretly a hissing possum in human form, has taken to the RAM press like a dad to a fancy new propane grill. Ask them about their giant cat!"
Emma Whitney
Emma Whitney (she/her), Materials Technician Associate
Mads says, "Emma and I have something in common, which is: woodworking! We have been exchanging tips and tricks and so far it's very clear that Emma knows a whole lot more than I do and is so generous with advice on the use of sandpaper, which stores to go to around here etc. In other words: pure gold for me!"
Emilja Tokarski
Emilja Tokarski (she/her), Production Scheduler
Dan S. says, "The only thing that could compare to Emilja's love for her pooch, Hazel, is her love for hoggin' it down a country road on her Harley. She is true badass with a real big heart."
Emily Feldman
Emily Feldman (she/her), People Operations Manager
Sheila says, "Emily is my best bud at work, but she had rather be outdoors playing!"
Eva Snyder
Eva Snyder (she/her), Director of Operations
Zoe says, "There's nothing Eva can't do. She'll run a 50-mile marathon for fun on Sunday and then come in Monday to create a spreadsheet with so much beauty and structure it resembles the Taj Mahal."
Faye Wharton
Faye Wharton (she/her), Forming Generalist
Freddy says, "Faye once told me, ‘dripping water boils a hole in the rock’ and that is exceedingly cooler than anything I could say about her.”
Freddy Watkins
Freddy Watkins (he/him), Asheville Store Associate
Faye says, "Hailing from a mysterious land known as Eastern North Carolina Freddy is a budding mug maker inspired by hot wings and smooth handles"
Ha Nguyen (she/her), VP of Sales and Marketing
Frank says, "It’s not easy to find leaders with strong functional expertise, experience in other organizations, who perfectly fit into our culture. Ha is that unicorn. She leads with urgency and humanity. She rolls with the punches and is not afraid to get her hands dirty, always keeping her eyes on the prize. Plus, she’s an excellent driver."
Hank Gilliam
Hank Gilliam (he/him), Facilities Technican
Daryl says, "Hank has three speeds that all equate to getting the job done....Relaxed, chill and yep."
Heather Clark
Heather Clark (she/her), Fulfillment Assistant
Chelsea says, “Heather has a warm, inviting personality and is quick to make someone new feel welcomed. Also her dog’s eyebrow game is on point!”
Iken Wallace (he/him), Production Generalist
Irving Reviere
Irving Reviere (he/him), Forming Generalist
Tiffany says, "Irving is the best emotional support coworker you could ask for. He will be your biggest cheerleader and the first to step in when you need help. Want to make him smile? Ask him about his pepper plants."
James Snyder
James Snyder (he/him), Mechanical Engineer
Eva says, "Whether he's designing a new tool for the production team, planning an adventure or building a Magic deck, James takes every job seriously, but never himself."
Jasmin Morrell
Jasmin Morrell (she/her), Copywriter
Coeta says, "Jasmin is the kind of person that makes you feel like everything's going to be ok. She's exceptionally kind, tremendously talented, and deeply invested in the Asheville community. She's the brains behind most of East Fork's written word and tells stories with honesty, a little spunk, and lot of compassion."
Jeffery Ray
Jeffery Ray (he/him), Customer Care Lead
Jeff says, "Jeffery is the epitome of style; stylish of sweaters, stylish of attitude, stylish of heart!"
Jenny Hassler
Jenny Hassler (she/her), Director of People and Finance
Bex says, "You should follow Jenny on Instagram."
Jessica Teague
Jessica Kafel (she/her), Benefits and Payroll Specialist
Julie says, "Jessica is sunshine incarnate and has a true real 'stop and smell the roses' (or, 'bend down and admire the mushrooms') type of personality."
Jo Kolton
Jo Kolton (she/her), Senior Financial Accountant
Cade says, "Jo comes from Chicago, I wonder if she has seen Monument with Standing Beast?"
Julie Kukral (she/her), Sr. Manager of New Customer Acquisition
"Julie is the kindest (& coolest) person full of road trip/puppy stories and her smile is contagious. She is such a delight to be around!"
Karl Knutson
Karl Knutson (he/him), Mold Shop Technician
Karla Valdez
Karla Valdez (she/her), RAM Team Lead
Alejandro says, "You’ll get to know karla as hardworking and diligent, but if Karlas near, Bellas even closer, the duo bring a light to east fork that won't be put out."
Kate Johnson (she/her), Mold Shop Generalist
Kelsey McGovern
Kelsey Anderson (she/her), Receiving Coordinator
Meagan says, "I knew Kelsey and I would get along on the first day I met her. How could we not? We both love the color green! She is authentic and one of the kindest people you’ll ever meet. Also, I’m pretty sure she is part super hero."
Kevin Jurnack (he/him), Production Generalist
Kirby Wolf
Kirby Wolf (she/her), Senior Sales Manager
Marissa says, "Kirby is incredibly warm and vivacious, and anyone who is around her feels her kind heart radiating from the inside out. She also has a killer fashion sense and a fabulous eye."
Kyle Crowder
Kyle Crowder (they/them), Data Engineer
Thomas says, "Kyle’s skill set and passion for these skills are as well rounded as an East Fork Mug."
Laura Somervill
Laura Somervill (she/her), Kiln Specialist
Joanie says, "If you taught yourself the rules, can you really break them? Laura’s a fiery genius – if she’s passionate about something, she learns it intimately. A true specialist, teacher, and artist. Ask her what she loves right now and I promise you’ll learn something new."
Layson Peters (she/her), Sales Events Manager
Coeta says, "Layson has been rock climbing since she was in diapers (seriously, there's adorable photo evidence). She's got three planners — all color coded — as if you needed another reason to love her."
Lidia Quinones
Lidia Quinones (she/they), Glaze Blending Generalist
Sarah B. says, "Lidia Is that place you wanna go to, sun is always shining. Truly a friend!”
Lisa Flamion (she/her), Warehouse Associate
Marcus England
Marcus England (he/him), Pug Mill Team Lead
Brandi says, "Marcus has been my Bestie since day 1!!! He always shows up to make me laugh and smile at just the right moment!"
Maria del Rosario Segovia Salas
Maria del Rosario Segovia Salas, Forming Generalist
A says, "Maria is an absolute delight to work with. Every shift I've ever shared with her has been full of laughter and shared snacks."
Matt Rudloff
Matt Rudloff (he/him), Mold Shop Manager
Jessie says, "Matt is so easy to work with and he picks up new things very quickly. I also think if you asked him nicely, he would be able to give you a run- down of all three Mad Max movies from the 80s."
Meagan Gillion
Meg Gillion (she/her), Warehouse Supervisor
Kelsey says, "Her favorite breakfast foods are: Biscuits and Gravy, French Toast, Shakshuka. In that order! Also her name is Meagan and her mom made sure that her initials spelled MEG. So basically she rocks."
Meghan Walsh
Meghan Walsh (she/her), Receiving Coordinator, Resale
Darrin says, "This absolutely sweet, hardworking gardener is an absolute thrift-queen with a bodacious walk, a determined attitude, and an energetic presence. 5 out of 5 stars, would recommend getting to know her. Be wary though, she does drink her tea unsweet."
Mike Ball
Mike Ball (he/him), Potter
Randolph says, "The world would be a better place if we all strived a little bit more to be like Mike. Max, the dog, approves of this message."
Mike Suber
Mike Suber (he/him), Pug Mill Assistant
Edward says, "Mike's smile is like the sunshine, and he never meets a stranger."
Molly Webb
Molly Webb (she/her), Store Manager, ATL
Sarah K. says, "Molly is kind, fun, and unafraid to ask for help...the best kind of leader! (& oh boy is her red hair iconic.)"
Nicole Lissenden
Nicole Lissenden (she/her), Head of Design
Connie says, "Nicole can make an arrest warrant look good on paper, and she's got great hair."
Patrice Audette
Patrice Audette (she/her), Social Media Manager
Drew says, "Patrice is not only creative with a drive to constantly evolve, but she is also gifted with the clarity to see things as they are."
Patty Urrutia (she/her), Community Impact Coordinator
Randolph Dexter
Randolph Dexter (he/him), Freight Associate
Kirby says, "I don't think I've met anyone as dedicated and passionate as Randolph, I mean he has seen Phish live 49 times."
Ryan Boughner (she/her), Customer Care Associate
Sarah says, "Ryan's a true-blue Taurus Queen, whose kindness radiates through the phone or computer into the heart of whoever is lucky enough to chat with her! With matching cats, it was fated for us to work together. With a heart the size of the sun and a deep knowledge of tropical drinks, she's truly unbeatable!"
Ryan Brady
Ryan Brady (he/him), Glaze Generalist
Joseph says, "Ryan is an incredibly smart and caring person, and his wonderfully infectious sense of humor makes him a joy to work with. He also shows amazing fortitude and dedication by wearing gym shorts every single day, even when it's below freezing outside!"
Sam Deason
Sam Deason (he/him), Sales Associate
Allison says, "When Sam isn’t selling pots, you can find him skating or checking out vintage finds at Ragtime. But mostly skating. He truly loves skating."
Sam Marra (she/her), Production Generalist
Sam Boissoneault
Sam Vazquez (she/her), Product Manager
Ian says, "Straight outta Sonoma, Sam blesses East Fork with her sunny disposition every day. Her superpowers are great listening, genuine care for our customers and suggesting the perfect wine pairing to go along with your pottery purchase!"
Sarah Devine (she/her), Customer Care Associate
Ryan says, "Sarah is a poetic soul who has a lovely, artful way of speaking. She also has the supreme talent of recommending the most delicious, otherworldy recipes at the drop of a dime. Aaaaand, she has a snuggly, three-legged cat; my kind of gal!"
Sarah Walters
Sarah Walters (she/her), Visual Merchandising Manager
Mckenzie says, "Aside from being a very talented seamstress, Sarah is beloved among so many of our customers (and staff too) for her helpful and sweet nature."
Scott Haight
Scott Haight (he/him), Purchasing and Vendor Manager
Alex says, "Scott wishes he could bring in his beloved dog Beecher, but he knows it would affect his work ethic (and everyone else's too)."
Sheila Higgins
Sheila Higgins (she/her), Sr. Environmental Health & Safety Manager
Emily F. says, "I could tell from the day we began our orientation together that Sheila is a force to be reckoned with. She moves through the office with purpose and direction, dressed to impress and always full of innovative ideas but never lacking a friendly hello. But don't let her positive disposition fool you—she just might wrestle you to the ground as she does with her many nieces and nephew!"
Stacy Johnson
Stacy Danner (she/her), Email Marketing Manager
Talea Gormican
Talea Gormican (she/her), Quality Control Associate
DJ says, "Talea is always kiln it and never looks glazed and confused. She always brings a warm and positive energy."
Tara Giroux (she/her), Production Generalist
Portrait of Tiffany
Tiffany Wright (she/her), Forming Generalist
Irving says, "honey bees are friends, please don't kill them."
TJ Hooks (he/him), SA290 and Roller Cast Team Lead
Donnie says, "TJ is such a generous human! He's also someone who can remain humble, even in trying times."
Tony Pearson
Tony Pearson (he/him), Model C Roller Tool Team Lead
Talea says, "Tony is smooth and cool. He will talk you off a ledge and offer you a refreshing cool smoothie. Great uplifter to our glazing team. Keeping it real everyday by giving his best personally and professionally."
Tyrelle Johnson (he/him), Production Generalist
William Ward
William Ward (he/him), Warehouse Associate
Zach Ryalls (he/him), Production Generalist
Zach Thibodeaux (he/him), Facilities Specialist
Founders
Alex Matisse (he/him), CEO & Co-Founder
Sarah W says, "Truly, he'd rather be fishing."
Connie Matisse (she/her), Co-Founder
John says, “Connie is a role-model everyone should look to: she's brimming with real self-assurance, has the courage of her convictions to speak and do what is right, and is generous in a way that flows naturally from thoughtful compassion.”
John Vigeland (he/him), Co-Founder
Alex says, “Our path winds steeper and deeper into the unknown; John’s our moral compass, always pointing north.”

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