Michele Betsill, Colorado State University
Michele Betsill is a professor of political science and co-leader of the Environmental Governance Working Group at Colorado State University, where she teaches courses on international relations and environmental politics. Her research investigates the multiple ways in which climate change is governed from the global to the local level across the public and private spheres. Current projects focus on the politics of carbon markets, transnational climate governance, and low-carbon transitions in cities.
Thomas Borch, Colorado State University
Dr. Thomas Borch is an Associate Professor of the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and has a joint position in the Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University. Dr. Borch is the recipient of the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award, from the National Science Foundation (NSF). His research interests are directed at determining reaction mechanisms influencing the fate and transport of trace elements, radionuclides and organic contaminants in the environment.
Kenneth Carlson, Habitat Management, Inc.
Mr. Kenneth Carlson, CPSS is a soil scientist and owner of Habitat Management, Inc. with offices located in Englewood, CO and Gillette, WY. Ken has an MS in Soil Science from CSU and has over 30 years of land reclamation, environmental permitting and operational experience in the mining and oil/gas extractive industries and on other drastically disturbed lands. He has completed a large number of baseline soil, vegetation, T&E, alluvial valley floor, and wetland surveys. Ken specializes in topsoil substitution and overburden suitability determinations, saline, sodic, acid and alkaline soil mitigation plans and implementation and is currently working on oil and gas projects in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and Utah.
Ken Carlson, Colorado State University
Ken Carlson is an Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University with over 20 years of experience in water treatment, wastewater handling and environmental engineering. Dr. Carlson is the co-director of the Colorado Energy-Water Consortium, a public-private partnership that is addressing water issues associated with oil and gas exploration and production in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. Current work with the consortium includes studies related to fuel source water intensity, fracturing fluid treatment and optimization of water management. Dr. Carlson has a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, MS in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado – Boulder. Before coming to Colorado State University, Dr. Carlson worked for over 10 years in private industry including multiple positions in the environmental consulting field. Recent research interests have included drinking water treatment, fate of emerging contaminants in the environment and agricultural pollutants including nutrients, pharmaceutical compounds and pesticides.
Chris Castilian, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Chris Castilian is the Manager of Government and Community Relations at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in Denver. Prior to Anadarko, Chris was of-counsel at Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Schreck, deputy chief of staff to Governor Bill Owens, director of the Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners, and legislative director for Colorado Counties, Inc. and the Colorado Petroleum Association. Chris was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Commission in 2011, and was previously appointed chair of the Colorado Creative Industries Council (aka Colorado Council on the Arts) by Governors Ritter and Owens from 2005-2011. He serves on the boards of directors for the Colorado Community College System Foundation, Downtown Denver Inc., and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. Additionally, Chris serves on the National Western Stock Show Junior Livestock Auction Committee, Volunteers of America Western Fantasy Corporate Committee, and the boards of various trade associations. Chris has BA degrees in French and Political Science from California Lutheran University, and a JD from the University of Denver College of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Colorado.
Tisha Conoly Schuller, Colorado Oil and Gas Association
Ms. Tisha Conoly Schuller serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association. As President, Ms. Schuller is responsible for leading the industry in Colorado legislative, regulatory, and public relations matters. Previously, Ms. Schuller served as a Principal and Vice President with Tetra Tech, a national environmental consulting and engineering firm. In addition to running business operations, Ms. Schuller spent 15 years conducting environmental permitting for oil and natural gas projects across the country. She has a B.S. in Earth Systems with an emphasis in Geology from Stanford University. Tisha is married to Brian and they have two young boys. They live in rural Boulder County in a log cabin built in 1873. Tisha is a proud Advisory Board Member of the American Red Cross in Denver.
Jeni Cross, Colorado State University
Jeni Cross, is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University. Her areas of expertise include behavior change, community development, conservation, interagency collaboration, professional social networks, and research methods. Her recent research publications focus on how social norms influence energy conservation and how interorganizational social networks contribute to innovation and sustainability. Dr. Cross is the co-founder of Car’s Consulting, which provides consulting services to help organizations create and implement programs for sustainable behavior change. She is currently working on projects with schools, businesses, and local governments to conserve energy in residential and commercial buildings.
Derek Edgell, Aerotek Energy Services
Derek Edgell of Aerotek Energy Services is a 2002 graduate of the University of Michigan where he studied business ethics and metaphysics. After graduation, Derek continued his already established career with Culligan Water serving in operations, sales, and management roles. In 2005, he relocated to Denver in order to pursue an opportunity with Aerotek, the largest provider of engineering staffing services and (as an operating company of Allegis Group) the largest overall staffing company in the United States. In this time, Derek started the Energy Services Division for Aerotek’s Rocky Mountain Region, split his operation three times in order to focus on and better deliver vertically and geographically, and now leads this segment while specializing in Oil & Gas and Power Generation & Delivery. Derek has been recognized as an Aerotek Subject Matter Expert, Divisional Mentor, and Regional Business Leader. Derek and his wife, Lauren, reside in Castle Pines, CO with their newborn son, Jack, and energetic lab, Lucy.
David Eves, Public Service Company of Colorado
David Eves is president and CEO, Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo), an Xcel Energy company. He also serves as a director of PSCo. He most recently served as president and CEO of Southwestern Public Service Company. He also has served as vice president of Resource Planning and Acquisition for Xcel Energy, where his primary functions included long-term resource planning, competitive acquisition of generation resources, negotiating and managing all long-term power purchase agreements, securing and managing the electric transmission access and rights for native load and wholesale markets, and planning and securing the gas transportation and storage services for gas businesses and for generation fuel. Since 1981, he has held various positions of responsibility for purchased power, wholesale marketing, energy trading and resource planning for PSCo, New Century Energies and Xcel Energy. Eves received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University in 1981 and has completed the Edison Electric Institute mid-level management program. He currently serves as a member of the executive committee and board of directors of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and is a Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver board member. He also serves on the board of directors of Mountain States Employers Council. He represents Xcel Energy at the Colorado Forum and Colorado Concern. Eves has served as a past executive committee and operating committee member at Western Systems Power Pool.
Tony Frank, Colorado State University
Dr. Frank is the 14th president of Colorado State University, one of the nation’s leading public research universities with more than 25,000 students and more than $330 million in annual research activity.
Tony Frank is a strong believer in public higher education and the land-grant mission to create access and opportunity for all citizens. He has held leadership roles at Colorado State University for more than 17 years, including four years as Provost and Senior Vice President, prior to his appointment as president in 2009. Dr. Frank earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Wartburg College and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois. He completed a Ph.D. and residencies in pathology and toxicology at Purdue University. He served on the faculty at Oregon State University before joining Colorado State in 1993, where he served as chairman of the Department of Pathology and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He also has served as CSU’s Vice President for Research. He is a member of the Fort Collins Rotary Club, and he and his wife, Dr. Patti Helper, have three daughters.
Amy Gamber, Plant Leadership Systems, LLC
Ms. Gamber is a Principal Consultant and Vice President of Plant Leadership Systems, LLC. She is a Chemical Engineer with 17 years’ experience in operations management and consulting in the manufacturing process industries. As Vice President of Plant Leadership Systems, LLC, she assists clients in achieving measurable results improving organizational performance at process manufacturing facilities. In addition, conducts training and seminars aimed at extending the skill set of plant operators, supervisors, and managers. Former operating companies and positions include Process Engineer for The Dow Chemical Company, North America Manager of Standards and Training for Air Liquide America Corporation, and Operations Training Manager and Business Development Manager for Amgen. Consulting work prior to Plant Leadership Systems includes work with TTS Performance Systems and KBC Advanced Technologies. Ms. Gamber has conducted business across the United States, Canada, Austria, the United Kingdom, and Trinidad & Tobago. She holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Arizona State University.
Rob Gardner, Exxon Mobil
Mr. Gardner is the Manager for the Energy and Economics Division of the Exxon Mobil Corporate Strategic Planning Department based in Irving, Texas. Rob graduated from Louisiana State University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and began working for Mobil Oil in Louisiana in a series of technical and supervisory engineering positions in gas plants along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Rob then moved into natural gas marketing. In 1990, he moved overseas and has held a number of international postings in the LNG marketing area. He held positions in Indonesia, Qatar, Japan and Singapore involved in marketing and project development of LNG, natural gas and power projects. In 2001, Rob began a series of management assignments in ExxonMobil Gas and Power Marketing in Houston. Rob assumed his current assignment in April 2009. The group that he manages is responsible for preparing Exxon Mobil’s Energy Outlook and will share “A View to 2040”.
Gary Graham, Western Resource Advocates
Dr. Graham is Director of the Lands Program at Western Resource Advocates (WRA) in Boulder, Colorado. WRA’s mission it so protect the West’s land, air, and water. Dr. Graham works to address the threats of climate change and promote a clean energy future while protecting sensitive wildlife species and ecosystems. Prior to joining WRA he served as Executive Director of Audubon Colorado and Director of the Wildlife Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Dr. Graham has an M.S. and B.S. from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico.
Cecil Gutierrez, City of Loveland
Cecil Gutierrez was elected to the Loveland City Council to represent Northwest Loveland in 2007. In 2009, Cecil was elected Mayor and is serving in his second term. During his time on City Council and as Mayor, Cecil has brought a focus on Economic Development, Downtown Revitalization and efforts to bring attention to those citizens in need by working with our Non Profit Alliance Agencies and the Faith Community. Governor Ritter appointed him to the Governor’s Commission on Community Service in 2010. Cecil also serves on the North Regional Council of the El Pomar Foundation.
Tim Harrington, BP
Tim Harrington is Regional President for BP’s North America Gas (NA Gas) Onshore Upstream business which operates across six states from Texas north through the Rocky Mountains. Headquartered in Houston, BP NA Gas is one of the leading producers of natural gas in the US producing over 300mboed from interests in over 20,000 producing wells.
Tim joined BP’s NA Gas business in 2001 as the CFO and was named Regional President in 2010. Prior to joining the NA Gas business, he served in numerous other leadership roles across BP’s Upstream global portfolio including positions in BP Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, BP Alaska, BP Colombia and at BP’s London headquarters.
Alan Harrison, WPX Energy
Alan Harrison is the vice president of WPX Energy’s Piceance Basin, where the company operates approximately 4,000 wells with combined production in excess of 800 million cubic feet per day. WPX Energy, formerly Williams Exploration & Production, is an independent natural gas and oil exploration and production company with operations in several major U.S. basins. The company has received many national, state, local, and industry awards, including a 2011 Water Quality Protection Award in Colorado and Hydrocarbon Producer of the Year from Platts’ Global Energy Awards. WPX is one of the nation’s 10 largest natural gas producers and is recognized for deploying highly efficient “fit-for-purpose rigs” capable of drilling more than 20 wells from a single location in the Piceance Basin.
Mr. Harrison joined the company’s senior management team in 2006, bringing more than 25 years of leadership and technical experience in the oil and gas industry. Throughout his career, he has held various management positions responsible for drilling, producing, gathering, and processing operations in premier resource plays in the Rockies.
Mr. Harrison currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) and previously served as the 2005 COGA president. In 1997 and 1998, he served as president of the North Central Chapter of COGA. Mr. Harrison has a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
David Hayes, U.S. Department of the Interior
David J. Hayes was confirmed as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) on May 20, 2009. He was nominated for the position on February 27, 2009, after serving as a leader in President Obama’s transition team, heading the agency review process for the U.S. Departments of Energy (DOE), Agriculture (USDA), Interior (DOI), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Deputy Secretary Hayes is the second highest ranking official at DOI. By statute, he serves as the Department’s chief operating officer and has authority over all of the Department’s bureaus and agencies. He is involved in implementing the Secretary’s priorities for the Department, including climate change, conservation of our treasured landscapes, responsible energy development on our public lands and offshore resources, fulfilling our trust responsibilities to American Indians and Alaskan Natives, western water issues, and other matters relating to DOI’s mission to conserve our nation’s natural and cultural resources.
Throughout his career, Deputy Secretary Hayes has been involved in developing progressive solutions to environmental and natural resources challenges. He previously served as the Deputy Secretary and counselor to the Secretary of the Interior in the Clinton administration. He is a former chairman of the Board of the Environmental Law Institute, was a Senior Fellow for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and was the Vice-Chair of the Board of American Rivers. Hayes was a consulting professor at Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment, and he has written and lectured widely in the environmental and natural resources field.
John Hickenlooper, Colorado Governor
A geologist-turned brewpub pioneer who had never run for political office (not even student council) before being elected Mayor of Denver in 2003, John Hickenlooper was elected Governor of Colorado in November 2010. He took office two months later. His ambition for the state is even bigger than his name. Gov. Hickenlooper, drawing on his diverse background as an exploration geologist and restaurateur, is bringing bright, creative leadership and innovative thinking to the state Capitol. His boundless energy and Western spirit of collaboration are generating tremendous optimism and confidence in Colorado’s future.
David Hill, Encana
As vice president, Natural Gas Economy Operations at Encana, David works externally and internally to increase the use of natural gas in the power generation and transportation sector through advocacy, strategic partnerships, and building infrastructure to enable market development and acceptance. He is also the Natural Gas Vehicle Drive Project champion. He joined Encana in November 2002 and has more than 25 years of diversified experience in the oil and natural gas industry. He has a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering from Marietta College and an M.B.A. from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. David and his wife have four children and reside in Denver.
Fred Julander, Julander Energy
Mr. Julander is President of Julander Energy and is a 40 year independent operator and leader in oil and gas pushing for responsible production and recognition that natural gas is a natural complement to renewables and efficiency. Fred is a member of the National Petroleum Council (NPC), past President of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association and Founder and 23 year Chairman of COGA’s Natural Gas Strategy Conference. Fred received the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists’ Distinguished Public Service Award in 2007 and selected to IPAMS Rocky Mountain Oil & Gas Hall of Fame in 2009.
Gene Kelly, Colorado State University
Dr. Kelly is a Professor of Pedology and Department Chair, Soil and Crop Sciences. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from CSU and his Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley. Dr. Kelly conducts research and lectures nationally and internationally on various aspects of soils as related to global change issues and C sequestration. His scientific specialization is in Pedology and Geochemistry with primary interests in the biological weathering of soil and the use of soils to reconstruct ancient climates and biogeochemical cycles. His current research is centered in South Africa and focuses on the evolution and fundamental role of grasslands in global biogeochemical cycles. He serves as an advisor to the United States Department of Agriculture with the National Cooperative Soil Survey and several major research programs. He is a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America.
Ken Komoroski, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP
Mr. Komoroski is a partner in the greater Pittsburgh area (Washington County) office of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. He has active oil and gas and environmental practices. In his oil and gas practice, he represents producers of oil and gas and pipeline companies in a variety of areas including land use and zoning, permitting, environmental, water usage, wastewater treatment, litigation, and local ordinances. Ken has represented oil and gas exploration and production and midstream companies in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, and Maryland for more than 20 years. He has played a key role over the past seven years with the development of the Marcellus and Utica Shales. Ken’s environmental practice involves permitting, negotiation of compliance issues with state and federal environmental agencies, representation of businesses before environmental boards, and the assessment and negotiation of environmental issues on behalf of buyers and sellers of industrial properties. He is Partner-in-Charge of the Pittsburgh office and is currently Chairman of ORSANCO, an interstate compact commission that ensures protection of the Ohio River watershed.
James Martin, Environmental Protection Agency
On May 9, 2010, Jim was appointed by President Obama to serve as EPA Regional Administrator for Region 8, which encompasses 27 Indian tribes and 26 Indian reservations and 6 states in the Rocky Mountains and High Plains. Before accepting that position, Jim served Colorado Governor Bill Ritter as executive director of the Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Department of Natural Resources. By virtue of those appointments, Jim also served as a member of the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the Board of Health, the governing bodies for the Division of Wildlife and the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, and other boards and commissions. He also served for five years as a member of the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission. Prior to his state government service, Jim served as executive director of Western Resource Advocates, a regional energy and environmental law policy organization based in Boulder (Colorado), as executive director of the Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Colorado School of Law, and as a senior attorney with the Environmental Defense Fund at its Boulder (Colorado) and Oakland (California) offices. Before that, Jim served as counsel and legislative assistant for energy and environment for Congressman and then Senator Tim Wirth, and then as his state director. Before moving to Colorado, Jim was an attorney with the Colombia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission in Portland (Oregon), which provided technical assistance and other services to the four Columbia River treaty tribes. But his best job was as a seasonal ranger at Arches and Canyonlands National Parks for six years after graduating college, and at Mt. Rainier for a summer after his first year of law school. Jim has a B.A. (major in biology) from Knox College, Illinois, and a J.D. from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College in Portland (magna cum laude).
Dave McCurdy, American Gas Association
Dave McCurdy joined the American Gas Association as president and CEO in February of 2011. Founded in 1918, AGA represents more than 200 local energy utility companies that deliver natural gas to 175 million Americans nationwide. McCurdy joined AGA after serving for four years as president and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. Prior to his work at the Alliance, McCurdy served for eight years as president and CEO of the Electronic Industries Alliance. McCurdy had a distinguished career in Congress, spending 14 years in the House of Representatives as the Member from the Fourth Congressional District of Oklahoma. McCurdy is a 1972 graduate of the University of Oklahoma and received his J.D. in 1975 from Oklahoma Law School.
Rick Miranda, Colorado State University
Rick Miranda serves as Provost and Executive Vice President. Appointed to the position in February 2010, he previously served in an interim capacity since November 2008. From 2002 to 2008, he served as Dean of the College of Natural Sciences. Miranda joined Colorado State University’s Department of Mathematics in 1981 and since that time has served in several instructional and administrative roles. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1974 from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979 before coming to Colorado State as an assistant professor. He became full professor in 1990 and was interim head of Mathematics in 1997-98 before being named chairman of the department in 1998.
Miranda has also served as visiting professor at several universities in Italy and at Texas A&M University, Oklahoma State University and Tufts University in Medford, Mass. He and his wife, Jeanne Duflot Miranda, have three children.
Randy Mirowski, Loveland Fire Rescue Authority
Randy Mirowski is the Fire Chief for Loveland Fire Rescue Authority. Chief Mirowski oversees all department operations in suppression, prevention and administration. He is also the department’s liaison to the City of Loveland’s Management Team, the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority Board, the Loveland Rural Fire District Board, and the Fire Rescue Advisory Commission. He has accredited degrees from Aims Community College, (A.A.S. Fire Science Technology), Colorado State University (B.S.Technology, Education and Training), and an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. Chief Mirowski’s fire service career has spanned over 38 years. He holds numerous command certifications in the National Incident Management System and the Blue Card Hazard Zone Management System.
Scott Neil, DCP Midstream
Scott Neil, Senior Director of Engineering, DCP Midstream, is a proud Colorado State University graduate of the Class of 1980 in Mechanical Engineering with concentrations in Energy and Mechanics. He began his career with Phillips Petroleum in Oklahoma City and trained as a Petroleum Engineer gaining professional registration in Oklahoma as a Petroleum Engineer. During his career he shifted to the natural gas gathering, processing and marketing arm of Phillips (GPM) holding the positions of Asset Engineer with increasing levels of authority at 13 different plants and gathering systems, gas transmission pipelines and NGL pipelines across Oklahoma and Texas. Following the merger between GPM and Duke Energy in 2000 forming DCP, he remained with the new organization leading the Houston regional Project Management group, and developing incoming Engineers. Moving back to Denver in 2009, Scott became the company’s Project Development Director preparing initial designs, cost estimates and integration plans for the company’s large scale growth projects from Texas to Colorado to Maine and the Offshore Gulf of Mexico. This past summer Scott was promoted to Sr. Director of Engineering leading 30 Engineers and 15 Automation Control Specialists executing the $10 Million to $1.2 Billion projects, totaling $4 Billion over the next 3 years.
Mark Paschke, Colorado State University
Mark Paschke is an Associate Professor and the Shell Endowed Chair of Restoration Ecology in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship in the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. He also serves as the Research Associate Dean for the Warner College. He received his PhD in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. He also has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Forestry from the University of Illinois. His research focuses on the mechanisms controlling community assembly in terrestrial plant communities. He currently teaches classes in Restoration Ecology, Ecological Restoration, Reconciliation Ecology and Disturbance Ecology.
Vickie Patton, Environmental Defense Fund
Vickie Patton serves as Environmental Defense Fund’s General Counsel and manages the organization’s national and regional clean air programs. For two decades, she has worked to protect human health and the environment from air pollution. She has been involved in numerous rulemakings under the Clean Air Act and associated cases (including several successful cases before the U.S. Supreme Court), testified before congressional and state legislative committees, and authored several articles on air quality protection and environmental policy. She is the recipient of the Air & Waste Management Association’s 2011 Richard Beatty Mellon Environmental Stewardship Award, the 2011 Wirth Chair Award for Creative Collaborations in Sustainability (co-recipient), and the 2008 Healthy Community Award received from her local health department. Ms. Patton serves as a member of EPA’s national Clean Air Act Advisory Committee.
Robert Randall, Colorado Department of Natural Resources
As Deputy Director at the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Bob Randall advises the Executive Director on the development and execution of the Department’s policy, legislative, and communications initiatives. Bob previously served the Department as Assistant Director for Energy and Minerals and, prior to that, as its Federal Lands Coordinator. Before joining DNR, Bob was a staff attorney for Western Resource Advocates, a Colorado-based law and policy organization, and for Trustees for Alaska, a public interest environmental law firm in Anchorage, Alaska. Bob has lectured on energy issues at conferences and symposia, and he has published papers on federal lands management, oil and gas law, and oil shale policy. Bob holds a law degree from Lewis and Clark College’s Northwestern School of Law in Portland, Oregon, and a journalism degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Bob lives in Denver with his wife Kate and their two daughters.
Tim Reeser, CENERGY
Tim Reeser serves as a Vice President of CSU Ventures and Executive Director of Cenergy, CSU Ventures’ clean energy commercialization arm. Cenergy takes technology from both inside CSU and outside CSU (industry partnerships) and moves it towards commercialization through new spin-out companies, licensing and partnership arrangements. Tim is responsible for coordinating the faculty-to-commercial partnerships and spin-out companies of more than 150 faculty members in all eight colleges at CSU. Tim participates in developing alternative energy solutions and policies in the areas of biofuels, solar energy, wind power, and clean-burning engines. Prior to joining CSU Ventures, Tim was a co-founder and partner of several successful companies including Engineering Computer Consultants, 3t Systems, and Lightning Hybrids.
Bill Ritter Jr., Center for the New Energy Economy
Bill Ritter Jr. is currently the Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University. The Center started February 1, 2011 with Ritter as the founding Director. In addition to the Director, the Center now employs an Assistant Director, two Senior Policy Advisors, and an Executive Assistant. Ritter was elected as Colorado’s 41st governor in 2006 — the first Colorado-born governor in more than 35 years. Ritter lead Colorado forward by bringing people together to tackle some of our state’s biggest challenges. During his 4 year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in renewable energy by building a New Energy Economy that is creating thousands of new jobs and establishing hundreds of new companies. Ritter served as Denver’s District Attorney from 1993 to January 2005. He earned a national reputation as one of the country’s most effective and innovative prosecutors, and several of his programs continue to serve as state and national models. The sixth of 12 children, Ritter was raised on a small farm in Arapahoe County. He was a member of the first graduating class of Gateway High School (1974), and he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado State University (1978) and his law degree from the University of Colorado (1981).
Allen Robinson, Colorado State University
Dr. Robinson is a Professor in the Departments of Atmospheric Science and Mechanical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy at Colorado State University. Dr. Robinson’s research examines the impact of emissions from energy systems on air quality and global climate. A recent focus has been field measurements and chemical transport modeling to quantify the impact of emissions from unconventional gas development in the Marcellus formation on local and regional air quality. He joined Colorado State University in 2012 after 14 years on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University (1990), and an M.S. (1993) and Ph.D. (1996) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
Tom Sale, Colorado State University
Dr. Tom Sale is an Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. Dr. Sale has bachelor degrees in Chemistry and Geology from Miami of Ohio (1980), a M.S. degree in Watershed Hydrology from the University of Arizona (1984), and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering from Colorado State University (1998). Research and consulting over the past 28 years have focused on innovative solutions for groundwater contamination and development of groundwater resources. For the past ten year Dr. Sale has been the primary force behind the development of the Center for Contaminant Hydrology in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. Currently, the Center conducts approximately $1.2 million per year in research. To date, the center has provided research funds for 5 Ph.D. students, 14 M.S. students, and 14 undergraduate research assistants. In the last 6 years the Center has acquired six complete patents and one pending patent. Prior to coming to Colorado State University Dr. Sale worked in consulting engineering for 14 years. This included 11 years with CH2M HILL where his responsibilities evolved through the positions of project hydrologist, project manager, department manager, and senior technical resource for remediation projects. At a national level, Dr. Sale abilities are reflected in his selection for the Environment Protection Agency DNAPL Source Expert Panel (2003-2005), the National Research Council’s Army funded Committee on Source Removal of Contaminants in the Subsurface (2004-2006), and the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council’s Committee on Integrated DNAPL Source Strategies (2007-Present).
John Sanderson, The Nature Conservancy
John Sanderson is Director of Conservation Science for the Nature Conservancy of Colorado. John manages a staff of scientists and project directors to deliver conservation outcomes on a wide range of topics that include ensuring adequate streamflow for endangered fish in the Yampa River, making energy development compatible with sage grouse on protected lands in northern Colorado, and keeping hundreds of thousands of acres on the Great Plains intact to support native wildlife. John holds a BS in Engineering from Purdue University, an MS in Botany from the University of Vermont, and a PhD. in Ecology from Colorado State University.
Karin Sheldon, Western Resource Advocates
Karin Sheldon is President of Western Resource Advocates (WRA), a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting the West’s land, water, and natural resources. Before joining WRA, Ms. Sheldon was Professor and Associate Dean for the Environmental Law Program at Vermont Law School. Her areas of specialty are natural resources and Western water law. Ms. Sheldon was previously President of The Wilderness Society, a staff attorney with EarthJustice, a partner in a public interest law firm, and one of Ralph Nader’s original “raiders”. She received her AB from Vassar College and her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law.
Peter Stahl, University of Wyoming
Dr. Stahl (B.S. Oklahoma State University, 1978; M.S. and PhD, University of Wyoming, 1989) is an ecologist and soil scientist appointed to the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at the University of Wyoming in 2000. His research activities include investigation of soil and ecosystem recovery on reclaimed lands as well as improved methods for facilitating reclamation of lands disturbed by resource extraction. Dr. Stahl is currently director of the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center (WRRC) at the University of Wyoming, a former president of the Western Society of Soil Science, and chair of the Ecology Technical Division of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation (ASMR).
Sally Sutton, Colorado State University
Dr. Sutton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Colorado State University (CSU). She earned a B.S. in Geology and Mineralogy from the University of Michigan followed by a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Cincinnati in 1987 where she completed a dissertation on the development of directional fabric in shales. Dr. Sutton spent five years at the University of Texas at Austin as a research scientist, where she managed electron microbeam labs and conducted research on the mineralogy and geochemistry of shales and sandstones, including on characterizing evidence of ancient fluid pathways. In 1992 she moved to CSU as an Assistant Professor, where she has engaged in teaching at all levels and has continued to work on shales, especially on using geochemical and textural aspects to understand and predict fluid permeability. She received a Fulbright Fellowship to study mineralized shales of the Central African Copperbelt and a visiting professorship with Chevron to study controls on shale permeability to hydrocarbons. She has served in a variety of administrative roles at CSU and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Sedimentary Research.
Sarah Tesli, Apache Corporation
Sarah Teslik was appointed as Apache Corporation’s Senior Vice President – Policy and Governance in October 2006. Prior to joining the company, she was chief executive officer of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. from November 2004 to October 2006, and executive director of the Council of Institutional Investors from July 1988 to October 2004. Teslik holds a bachelor’s degree from Whitman College, a master’s degree from Oxford University, and a juris doctorate from Georgetown University.
David Todd, Shell Upstream Americas
David Todd is the vice president of production, Onshore Gas, for Shell Upstream Americas in the United States. In this role, he oversees natural gas producing operations in the lower 48 states, including the Marcellus, Haynesville, and Eagle Ford Shale plays and the Pinedale Anticline, a tight gas operation in southwest Wyoming. Todd has spent more than 30 years with Shell, primarily in Canada and the United States. This includes responsibility as a senior manager for most aspects of the exploration and production business, from regulatory approval and seismic operations to wells and production, but his deepest roots are in production engineering. He believes that a commitment to public engagement is critical to the success of projects. He has actively worked with stakeholders, including First Nations peoples in Canada, on several projects to understand local impact and interest and involve them in planning and decision making on matters which affect them. Todd encourages a culture of accountability with a focus on creating a legacy that we can be proud to leave behind when we move on to the next job. And he has a particular passion for performance improvement with special emphasis on safety.
Diana H. Wall, Colorado State University
A soil ecologist and environmental scientist, Diana Wall is University Distinguished Professor and Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University. Diana is actively engaged in research exploring how microbial and invertebrate diversity contributes to healthy, productive soils and thus to society, and the consequences of human activities on soil globally. Her 20+ years research in the Antarctic Dry Valleys follows the response of soil organisms and ecosystem processes to environmental change: in Africa she examines biodiversity in fertile and degraded soils. For her research contributions, in 2005, Wall Valley, Antarctica was designated and in 2009, a new soil mite species was named. She served as a member of the PCAST Working Group on Biodiversity Preservation and Ecosystem Sustainability: a Report to President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and member of the NRC Committee on the Future of Antarctic Science. She was recently honored by being named as the Tansley Lecturer by the British Ecological Society. Diana holds an Honorary Doctorate from Utrecht University, and is a Fellow of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society of Nematologists. Diana served as President of the Ecological Society of America, American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Intersociety Consortium for Plant Protection, Association of Ecosystem Research Centers, the Society of Nematologists and Chair, Council of Scientific Society Presidents. Diana received a B.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, and was a Professor, University of California, Riverside.
Barbara has Bachelors and Masters degrees in geology from Princeton and Texas A&M, respectively, and an MBA from the University of Denver.
She spent 11 years in a progression of technical and business roles with Mobil Corporation before moving to beautiful southwest Colorado in 1996 to work for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. She has served as President and COO of the Tribe’s Exploration and Production Company, Red Willow, and also of its off-Reservation Midstream company, Aka Energy, and was recently named Assistant Operating Director for the Growth Fund.
Bryan Willson, Colorado State University
Dr. Bryan Willson currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy (ARPA-E). His program focus includes natural gas—stimulating new technologies to reduce the environmental impact of production and developing beneficial new uses for natural gas. Willson is on assignment from Colorado State University (CSU) where he is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and served as the founding director for CSU’s Clean Energy Supercluster, a university-wide initiative to accelerate the development and commercialization of clean energy solutions across the entire university. Willson is founder and co-director of CSU’s Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory (EECL), a leader in the study of internal combustion engines, natural gas technology, algae biofuels, intelligent electric grids, advanced building technology, technology for the developing world, and clean biomass cook stoves. Dr. Willson received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He publishes in several fields and hold patents in robotics, laser ignition systems, high-powered optics, and algae cultivation systems. He has worked in over 40 countries.
Bob Zahradnik, Southern Ute Growth Fund
Bob Zahradnik is the Operating Director of the Southern Ute Growth Fund. He has been employed by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe since 1988. He wrote the business plan for Red Willow Production Company and was its first employee. He was President of Red Willow from 1992 until 2000. Red Willow is the Tribe’s Exploration and Production Company. During Mr. Zahradnik’s tenure Red Willow reserves increased from 0 to 500 billion cubic feet of gas. Red Willow currently produces approximately 160 million cubic feet (net) of gas per day. As Operating Director, Mr. Zahradnik still has oversight of Red Willow. From 1989 through 2000 Mr. Zahradnik was also the Tribe’s Manager of Exploration and Production for the Tribe’s Department of Energy. In that capacity he was heavily involved in all of the Tribe’s major energy transactions (totaling more than $1 Billion U. S.). These transactions included energy acquisitions, capital expansion projects, large financial transactions, establishment of joint ventures, and large scale field operations. These successful transactions resulted in the Tribe’s current multi-billion investment portfolio, which support the Tribe’s AAA credit rating from Fitch and Standard and Poor’s. Mr. Zahradnik earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State in 1977.