Meet Our Team
Kirsten Bryant, Outreach Director
Kirsten has been part of the organization since its inception. After a year of volunteering to help establish Gasp, Kirsten accepted the role of executive director in 2009. She began advocating for clean air and clean water issues as a student at the University of Alabama through her work for the Alabama Environmental Council’s (AEC) Tuscaloosa Chapter. Kirsten also worked for the AEC’s state office as program coordinator and then as executive director.
In 1995, Kirsten received the Bob and Mary Burks award for her service to the organization. She earned her undergraduate degree in merchandising with a minor in marketing from the University of Alabama. She has lived in the greater Birmingham area for 20 years working in the private sector in management and marketing related positions and as a nonprofit executive. It is Kirsten’s hope that future generations will inherit a healthy Alabama where clean air and water are valued and protected.
Michael Hansen, Executive Director
A Tennessee native, Michael has lived and worked in Birmingham since 2008. Michael has a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from the University of Memphis and a master’s degree in public relations from the University of Alabama. He has nearly a decade of experience in business management and strategic marketing communications. Previously, he was director of public relations for The Modern Brand Company where he managed media relations and social media efforts for a number of clients across the Southeast.
In 2012, Michael won the American Advertising Federation of Birmingham’s Ten Award for Public Relations for his work on the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership’s Champions for Health campaign — which included the highly successful SmokeFree Alabama initiative. Before joining The Modern Brand, Michael served as public relations and marketing coordinator at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, garnering many awards and pats on the back along the way. Michael is an active member of the Birmingham community, working passionately as an advocate for health equity, food access, civil rights and equality.
Haley Colson Lewis, JD, MPA, Staff Attorney
A native of Birmingham, Haley earned her B.A. from George Washington University, J.D. from Cumberland School of Law and a master’s in Public Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Haley focused her studies at Cumberland on a career in public policy and expanded that focus by obtaining an MPA. Haley began working on statewide policy issues in 2013.
Haley is an active member of the Birmingham community. She is a member of the Junior League of Birmingham and the League of Women Voters. She’s also involved with the Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform movement. Haley is an advocate for comprehensive, long-term policies that promote health and equality in Alabama.