Team ahyayha

The ahyayha conference room at The Light Well in Orange, Virginia.
L2R: David Hay, Barry Long, Michael Collins, Buzz Van Santvoord.


Michael Collins ~ Corporate Development

Mike has an MP in Environmental and Land Use Planning from the UVA School of Architecture and a B.S. in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech. In 1986, when working as a public school science teacher, Mike started an environmental citizen’s group, Friends of Culpeper, to advocate for watershed management to protect the area’s water supply. In 1990, he began working as an Environmental Planner for the Thomas Jefferson Planning District in Charlottesville and managed a variety of natural resources applied research projects.

In 1998, he and his family opened Healthy Home, LLC, a sustainable goods general store in Charlottesville, to provide sustainable or green construction goods. In 2000, he began working for ENSAT Corporation and co-authored water resources planning studies. In 2002, he co-founded Virginia Groundwater, LLC, a science-based water well drilling/geophysical investigations firm with operations centered in the Piedmont that continues today.

From 2004-2008, he helped create a new Planning Department for the Town of Orange, Virginia. In 2006, he began the Association of Conservation Real Estate/Conserv.

Richard “Buzz” Van Santvoord ~ Sponsor Development & Operations

Buzz has extensive experience in designing fulfillment systems and processes for direct to consumer as well as business to business programs. He has been a Vice-President of a multi-title $185mm catalog company and has more than 30 years of professional experience in land management, construction, civil engineering, retail management, and distribution and business operations.

He has also been a surveyor, a draftsman, a firefighter, a district retail store manager, a call center manager, and a fulfillment executive. He has supervised a 200 seat customer service center, managed 650,000 square feet of warehouses, stocked, sold, and inventoried every classical record in print, been airlifted by helicopter to fight a 300,000 acre forest fire alongside a crew of Inuit and Tlingit, drawn a property map of the summer home of Dan Fogelberg, and survived three days at the original Woodstock festival. He is an Eagle Scout and spent 15 years as a volunteer youth sports coach.

Barry Long ~ Creative Technologies

Barry studied communications at the College of William & Mary. In the late ’80’s he directed the Chesapeake Bay Youth Conservation Corps for the Virginia Department of Conservation. He served as Communications Coordinator for the Department of Planning & Recreational Resources, and was liaison to the Virginia General Assembly, tracking and advising on legislation concerning natural resources in the Commonwealth. He has served on the Town Council in Scottsville, Virginia, as well as the Planning Commission, and Chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals.

In the private sector, he developed and directed the computer graphics division of a $40mm publication printer. As chief technology coordinator, he supported publishers nationwide through major industry transformations, from the earliest desktop publishing systems to mobile platform deployment. He has been featured speaker at industry conferences and seminars.

As a freelance writer, photographer and videographer, Barry has traveled extensively, won national awards, and had his work displayed in solo gallery shows and traveling exhibitions. He’s also an avid builder and sailor of wooden boats.

David Hay ~ Marketing & Publicity

David is an innovative and accomplished marketing professional with more than 20 years of management experience with a national multi-channel consumer retail company.  His areas of expertise include direct mail management, database marketing, digital marketing, strategy and budget planning, business development and organizational development.  He is a hands on manager and planner, and enjoys rolling up his sleeves and getting the dirt under his fingernails on projects.

David’s love for the natural world and interest in conservation issues started at an early age.  He spent most of his childhood summers at a family lake cabin in upstate Minnesota; fishing, swimming, hiking and taking extended canoe trips in the wilderness of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

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