Our Team

To accomplish our mission, InStove's team consists of directors with specific areas of responsibility supported by additional staff, consultants, volunteers and community members.


Fred Colgan, Co-founder

Fred Colgan

Fred is a retired carpenter and homebuilder, who moved to Oregon with wife Lise in 2005. During his four years as a volunteer with Aprovecho Research Center, he partnered with Damon Ogle to design the Institutional Stove. See Fred's full profile.

Adam Creighton, Media, Communications and Development Director

Adam Creighton

Adam joined InStove in early 2013. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a graduate credential in education. He has worked in non-profits work in Asia, South America and the Middle East, but was attracted to InStove by the ability to effect so much change with just one technology: clean stoves. His interests include writing and editing.

Nick Moses , Research and Development Engineer

Nick Moses

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Nick has a degree in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University. In 2008, he accompanied Engineers Without Borders to El Salvador where he worked on a water project, and in 2012, volunteered with Wash United to work on a sanitation education project in India. When he's not testing and tinkering with InStove technologies, Nick likes to travel and play his guitar.


And Last, But Not Least

Bridey the Wonder Dog, Head of Security Emeritus

Bridey the Wonder Dog

Bridey is the greeter and maintains security for the Colgan's Island campus of InStove and Aprovecho Research Center. This long-term member of our team has a gruff demeanor which is quickly subverted with a dog biscuit, a pat on the head, or a thrown ball.  Bridey had years of non-profit experience. She attends most meetings, particularly when food is involved.