Meet the VoLo Team
We are scientists, lawyers, philanthropic professionals, community leaders, and innovative thinkers. Half of us quantify the research and results and the other half interact with the community. We are deeply passionate about the health and wellness of our planet and we believe that data-driven research can accelerate change in our world.
David S. Vogel, Founder/Trustee
“David is known as one of the best in the field in building predictive models.” –Bloomberg
David S. Vogel is a data scientist who has earned international recognition for his predictive modeling accuracy. He has won the prestigious KDD Cup several times and the Heritage Health Prize in 2013. As the Founder and CEO of Voloridge Investment Management, LLC, an award winning quantitative hedge fund, David has been expertly quoted in Bloomberg, Barron’s and others on charitable and financial topics. He currently serves as Board Member to Environmental Defense Fund, JUST Capital, and Amplio. He is part of the Climate-Related Market Risk Subcommittee at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. As Trustee of VoLo Foundation he conducts scientific data research gathered to create awareness around the effects of climate change. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree in Scientific Computing from New York University.
Thais Lopez Vogel, Founder/Trustee
“Thais is a powerhouse for change. She sets goals and achieves them with intelligent passion.”
Thais is a native of Caracas, Venezuela. Before moving to the United States, she worked for Petroleos de Venezuela Sociedad Anonima (PDVSA), a Venezuelan State oil company and the 39th largest company in the world. As our Trustee, Thais is responsible for setting priorities, approving strategies and allocating resources. She envisions VoLo playing a leadership role in expanding awareness of environmental issues. Her focus is expansive to include childhood education and global health care, which she believes are core building blocks for a sustainable future. As a mother of six, she aims to set our goals and values as an extension of the principles she instills in her children. In 2019, Thais was named one of the 100 Most Influential Latinxs Committed to Climate Action. She is a member of the Tiffany Circle at the American Red Cross, a board member for Water People Theater in Chicago, and also participates in several local community-focused committee groups in the Palm Beach area. Thais attended school at Colegio Emil Friedman and received her law degree from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello.
Wendy Oliver, Program Director
Wendy is a Republic of Panama-born American, seasoned foundation leader with an inimitable ability to connect with — and understand — a wide variety of communities. She is responsible for supervising VoLo’s grantmaking according to the strategic objectives of the foundation. She began her college education by attending Palm Beach Atlantic University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Florida Atlantic University. After ten years of working in the public-school system as an award-winning presenter and educator, she obtained a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Stetson University. She is passionate about helping others help themselves and pursues leaving future generations with a cleaner, healthier world.
Shannon Maganiezin, Communications Director
Shannon is a creative content developer and manages our public communication. She is responsible for marketing and press strategy, including building out and maintaining our web and social platforms. She executes our mission by spreading the messages, important research, and findings gained by our programs. She is skilled at creating web/SEO content, original articles, press releases and inquiries, social posts, newsletters, social ads, and so much more. Her experience began 16 years ago in product development and sales strategy for As Seen On TV products. After that she spent 10 years as Marketing Director for commercial and residential real estate development companies. She’s also logged a couple years in event planning and has hosted award-winning events for clients like Microsoft Office 365, DreamWorks, Warner Bros, NBCUniversal, and many more. With a deep understanding of consumer psychology and detailed organization her work is cutting-edge, moving and effective. Shannon holds a Bachelor of Science dual degree in Psychology and Sociology from Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Nicole Salzberg, Communications and Program Coordinator
Nicole serves our VoLo team as Communications and Program Coordinator. Nicole brings sustainability experience as a LEED Certified Green Associate and a decorated work history with several environmental and sustainability businesses and non-profits, including ReThink Energy Florida and The Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Global Sustainability from the University of South Florida. As a mother, Nicole’s passion for helping secure a livable future for her children is paramount.
Alejandro E. Delgado, Editor-in-Chief
Alex is responsible of overseeing Volo’s editorial publications, posts, translations, reports, newsletters, press releases and articles. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management from ‘Instituto de Nuevas Profesiones’ in his hometown, Caracas, Venezuela. Simultaneously, he received a scholarship from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences for TV and Film; following a successful twenty-year career in the Venezuelan and the Peruvian television industries. During a two-year hiatus, Alex traveled to Orlando, FL and joined the UCF English program for international students, graduating with honors; this led him to land his first job as editor at Platts Oilgram News in New York City. Later on, while living in Perú, he obtained an Associate degree in Graphic & Web Design from Trilce Community College, as well as a bachelor degree in Gastronomy from Alas Peruanas University, both located in Lima. His proficiency along with an outgoing personality and dependability propelled him to positions of responsibility, managing and supervising staff while ensuring quality of service and presentation, budget management, and staff training; remarkably elevating the standards of the establishments under his management.
Jennifer Kovac, Executive Assistant
As Executive Assistant to Thais Lopez Vogel, Jennifer is responsible for coordinating meetings, travel, events, and managing VoLo’s office. Jennifer received her college degree from Universidad Del Norte and began her career working at Cemex as Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Sustainability and Energy in Monterrey, Mexico. She now lives in Florida with her husband and son. Jennifer is deeply passionate about creating a more sustainable future.
Stephanie Ortega, Communications Coordinator
As Communications Coordinator Stephanie is responsible for coordinating the production of messaging for web, print, and other media outlets. She organizes internal processes and supports our Communications Director. Stephanie is an experienced bilingual content producer for digital and traditional media and has experience in multicultural marketing. She has 15 years of experience working with creative teams at Disney, Hola TV, Entravision and Curacao. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Communications degree from Universidad Mesoamericana from her hometown city, Guatemala. She enjoys informing, educating, and creating awareness about climate change in our Latinx community.
Stephanie McLemore, Digital Media Coordinator
Stephanie is responsible for expanding VoLo’s mission and research through digital media outreach. With over 10 years of experience in marketing and communications, she specializes in making connections online through social media, newsletters, paid digital advertising, and website copywriting. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mississippi State University. A South Florida native, she is passionate about preserving the environment for future generations.
Andrew Stevenson, Advisor
Andrew is a Senior Research Analyst at Voloridge Investments focused on quantitative climate research. Prior to Voloridge, Andrew was the Macro Portfolio Manager at Citadel Asset Management’s Global Fixed Income Fund. Additionally, he has over twenty years of experience working for investment banks in London and Tokyo. Before that he gained significant experience as Portfolio Manager for Brevan Howard AM and JWP Partners, U.S. His experience also includes eight years as an advisor to and employee of the National Resources Defense Council, a nonprofit focused on energy, health and climate-related policy and governance issues. He has served as an advisor to ClimateWorks on the topic of impact investing and speaks at Columbia Law School and Congressional Briefings on issues related to climate finance. As our Advisor, he is responsible for helping us execute our mission, specifically as it relates to climate change. Andrew has a Bachelor degree from the University of Michigan.
Christopher Schnyer, Advisor
Christopher joined our team following a successful twenty-year career in nonprofit management and public policy research. Three of those years were spent as a project manager/research associate in the health unit of the ‘RAND Corporation’. While there his work focused on clinical quality and performance measurement. The previous five years were spent at the Institute for Health Policy Solutions where he expanded affordable health coverage for working families in California. He also spent two years as an independent nonprofit management consultant in Boston, MA. He is currently a data analyst for Voloridge Investment Management. As our Advisor, he is responsible for helping us execute our mission. He brings his many years of experience to our roundtable by offering meaningful feedback and constructive advice. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the Goldman School at the University of California, Berkeley.