Center for the New Energy Economy
Colorado State University
Bill Ritter, Jr. is the founder and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University which launched on February 1, 2011. The Center employs an assistant director, five senior policy advisors, an executive assistant and a team of student researchers. The Center works directly with governors, legislators, regulators, planners, policymakers, and other decision makers. It provides technical assistance to help officials create the policies and practices that will facilitate America’s transition to a clean-energy economy. Ritter was elected as Colorado’s 41st governor in 2006, and built consensus to tackle some of the state’s biggest challenges. During his four-year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy, by building a new energy economy. He signed 57 new energy bills into law, including a 30% Renewable Portfolio Standard and a Clean Air Clean Jobs Act that replaced nearly a gigawatt of coal-fired generation with natural gas. In total, the Colorado new energy economy created thousands of new jobs. Mr. Ritter is a member of the board of the directors of the Energy Foundation and a senior fellow and member of the board of directors of the Advanced Energy Economy Institute. Ritter earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado State University (1978) and his law degree from the University of Colorado (1981). With his wife Jeannie, he operated a food distribution and nutrition center in Zambia. He then served as Denver’s district attorney from 1993 to January 2005.
Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University
Beginning her entrepreneurial career at age 19, Ms. Dobbie founded and operated six diverse companies over the years. Before joining the Center, Dobbie was President/CEO of a regional not-for-profit economic development corporation in Northern Colorado. In 1994, Dobbie founded a video production company expanding it rapidly into an award-winning multimedia enterprise, with a web-development and live event services. Dobbie served as a board member on the Northern Colorado Clean Energy Cluster and has been a part of Colorado’s new energy economy movement for years. She worked with industry partners to create Colorado State University’s Systems Engineering Program & Clean Tech Certification Program at Front Range Community College. Appointed in 2009 by former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, she has served as chair of the board for the Colorado Community College System, which oversees 13 community colleges in 38 locations around the state. Her commitment to the citizens of Colorado continue as she is still serving the state board when reappointed by current Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. Dobbie was appointed by former Colorado Governor Bill Owens to serve on two state boards: the Colorado Women’s Economic Development Council & the Colorado Film Commission. She has received numerous business awards, including the Entrepreneur of the Year award from NCBR; the Woman Leader of Excellence award from the Colorado Women’s Leadership Coalition; Top 10 Women Making a Difference; Creative Vision for Women; the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Women in Business Champion of the Year; and Office Depot’s national Businesswoman of the Year award. She holds a BS in business administration and management from the University of Wyoming. Maury continues to finish her MBA through Colorado State University.
Department of Geosciences- Colorado State University
Lisa Stright is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Colorado State University. She received a B.S. degree in civil/environmental engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, a M.S. degree in geological engineering from Michigan Technological University, a M.S. in Petroleum Engineering and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Geosciences, both from Stanford University. She joined CSU this Fall, transferring from University of Utah. She has 5 years of industry experience as a reservoir engineer with (RC)2/VeritasDGC and Denver-based consulting company, MHA Petroleum Consultants. Her research interests are in petroleum geology, reservoir characterization and modeling, and reservoir engineering. She enjoys bridging the gap between engineering and geosciences through research, teaching and outreach. Her research is funded by two joint industry projects subscribed to by a combination of 15 petroleum industry sponsors. Her research areas include investigation and modeling of channelized deep-water slope deposits in southern Chile and river to shoreline deposits in southern Utah.
Completions Engineering Advisor
Anadarko Petroleum Corp
Mrs. Johnson was born and raised in Colorado Springs. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering, minor in math from Colorado State University and feels blessed to have lived and worked in Colorado for her 24 year career. Previously, she worked for Amoco as a Prod/Completion Engineer working Western Oklahoma and San Juan basins from the Amoco Denver office. After that she worked as a Completions/Production Engineer in the DJ Basin in the Greeley office for HS Resources and then for Kerr McGee when it purchased HS Resources. When Anadarko Petroleum purchased Kerr McGee, Mrs. Johnson worked from their Denver office working in various completion engineering and management roles for various basins in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming. Her personal interests include faith, family and friends, and feels blessed to call Berthoud home for the last 17 years.
Professor and Head of the Department of Atmospheric Science
Colorado State University
Jeffrey L. Collett, Jr. is a Professor and the Head of the nationally ranked Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. Prof. Collett received an S.B. in Chemical Engineering from MIT and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering Science from Caltech. He was a postdoc at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and an Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois before coming to CSU in 1994. Dr. Collett’s research is in the areas of atmospheric chemistry and air quality. Current efforts focus on examining air emissions and evaluating air quality impacts from oil and gas development, improving understanding of the sources, transport and deposition of reactive nitrogen pollutants, characterizing air quality impacts of wild and prescribed fire emissions, and examining air pollution processing by clouds and fogs. The Collett research group has conducted numerous air quality field campaigns around the world, including studies in N. America, S. America, Asia, and Europe. Current projects related to oil and gas development including studies of air emissions from new well development and production on the Northern Front Range and in Garfield County, Colorado and investigations of ambient air quality impacts of oil and gas development in the Bakken region. Dr. Collett has authored more than 160 peer-reviewed journal articles in the field of atmospheric chemistry/air quality. His research has been supported by a wide range of federal, state, and private sector sponsors.
Director of Corporate Environmental Programs
V+Development Solutions Division
Doug Jordan serves as Director of Corporate Environmental Programs in Southwestern Energy’s V+ Development Solutions Division. In that capacity, he engages in a broad array of environmental programs and initiatives–both internally and externally–to achieve the company goals of balancing environmental, economic, and community impacts. He has been actively engaged in several current methane measurement studies such as the University of Texas Production Sector study, the Colorado State University Gathering & Processing Sector study, and the Environmental Defense Fund Methane Detector Challenge. His interview article “Emissions Reduction, Methane Recovery Strategies Creating Value at Southwestern” was published in the March 2015 edition of “The American Oil & Gas Reporter”. He has been the Environmental Manager for production, midstream, transmission, and power plants operations located in over 20 states and from “Boston to Bakersfield”. He has 30 years of professional environmental experience, primarily in the oil and gas sector, including agency, consulting, and industry experience. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University.
Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Colorado State
Director of the Center for Energy Water Sustainability
Ken Carlson is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University with over 20 years of experience in water related issues. He is director of the Center for Energy Water Sustainability within the CSU Energy Institute and in this role directs research related to optimizing water use in the oil and gas industry. Current projects include infrastructure modeling, recycling technologies, real-time ground water monitoring and water quality interactions with frac fluids. Recent publications include studies on water intensity of unconventional oil and gas operations relative to other forms of energy and the origin and distribution of methane in groundwater. He 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.
Facilities Engineer Staff
Joseph J. Lobato is a Facilities Engineer Staff for WPX Energy Rocky Mountain, LLC in Parachute, Colorado. He has over 30 years experience in engineering, project management and business management. He was project manager for the Rulison Water Management Facility project completed in 2010 and the Parachute Water Management Facility project completed in 2012. In 2013 he lead and completed a pilot project for Surface Discharge Treatment of produced water meeting all project goals including developing a process for cleaning produced water and meeting all state requirements for surface discharge. He is currently working on project scoping, planning and engineering for water management facilities projects in the Ryan Gulch and Trail Ridge fields, including injection, water transfer, water loop pipe lines, utility power infrastructure, generator power systems, centralized WMFs and field water treating facilities. Joe earned his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Colorado State University Pueblo. As a Colorado native living in Western Colorado with his spouse Terry and two children Christian and Lindsay, Joe takes full advantage of all the outdoor activities the area has to offer. Some of his favorite activities include mountain biking, hiking, hunting, fishing and mountaineering. In 2007 Joe and 3 close friends successfully summated the Grand Teton in northwestern Wyoming.
Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental Defense Fund president Fred Krupp, who has guided EDF for three decades, is a widely recognized leader of the international environmental community. He is an influential voice on climate change, energy, and sustainability issues, and an eloquent champion for harnessing the power of the marketplace to protect our environment. Krupp is co-author with Miriam Horn of the New York Times bestseller Earth: The Sequel – The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming. Under Krupp’s leadership, EDF has become one of the world’s largest and most influential environmental organizations. Since 1984, when he joined as executive director, EDF’s annual operating budget has grown from $3 million to $130 million, full-time staff has increased from 50 to 450, membership has expanded from 40,000 to more than one million, and new offices have opened in Arkansas, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas, Beijing, London and La Paz, Mexico. Among the group’s many achievements, EDF is the architect of the federal market-based acid rain policy that has reduced average U.S. air concentrations of sulfur dioxide by 76% since 1990. In 2002, The Economist called it “the greatest green success story of the past decade.” In 2011, serving on U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s advisory panel for shale gas production, Krupp was a powerful voice for strong regulation and enforcement to protect local communities from air and water pollution caused by natural gas development. He has focused national attention on the problem of methane emissions – methane is a potent greenhouse gas – from the oil-and-gas system. Krupp has also led EDF’s innovative corporate partnerships with FedEx, KKR, McDonald’s, Walmart and others. Krupp was educated at Yale and the University of Michigan Law School, and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Haverford College. An avid rower, he won a gold medal in the 2006 World Rowing Masters Regatta sponsored by FISA, the international rowing federation. He has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, and Bloomberg Businessweek, appears frequently in the national media, and was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News and World Report. He lives with his family in Connecticut.Environmental Defense Fund president Fred Krupp, who has guided EDF for three decades, is a widely recognized leader of the international environmental community. He is an influential voice on climate change, energy, and sustainability issues, and an eloquent champion for harnessing the power of the marketplace to protect our environment. Krupp is co-author with Miriam Horn of the New York Times bestseller Earth: The Sequel – The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming.
Jill E. Cooper
Corporate Health, Safety, and Environmental Manager of Reporting and AdvocacyAnadarko Petroleum Corporation
Jill Cooper works on global health, safety, and environmental matters for the company. She received her MBA in International Business at Thunderbird School of Global Management and continued on to receive her JD in Environmental Law at the University of Colorado Law School (1996). She has since then held several positions including the Senior Advisor to the Executive Director on environmental matters, Director of the Sustainability Division and Legal Administrator for the Air Pollution Control Division at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. She also practiced environmental, natural resource and sustainability law as an Attorney with Faegre & Benson LLP. Ms. Cooper was the Group Lead in the divisional environmental program for Encana Oil & Gas Inc., which included air, water, waste, land, wildlife, and sustainability. She specializes in sustainability, environmental and regulatory legal, management as well as oil and natural gas.
Environmental Protection Specialist
Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
Peter Gintautas is an Environmental Protection Specialist at the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Peter has more than 30 years of experience in geology, geochemistry and environmental chemistry. Peter has performed research on the interaction and transport of gases, metals and organic compounds from natural and anthropogenic sources in groundwaters, soils, sediments and surface waters. Peter has investigated numerous instances of potential groundwater contamination and the potential relationships between groundwater chemistry and oil and gas exploration and production activities in Colorado and is an internal subject matter expert within the COGCC. He performs both prospective (baseline) and retrospective studies of groundwater chemistry in areas with ongoing development of unconventional oil and gas resources. Peter earned a BS in Geology from the University of Minnesota, an MSc in Geology with a specialization in applied geochemistry from the University of Calgary and a Ph.D. in Geochemistry with a minor in Geology from the Colorado School of Mines.
Chair of Mechanical Engineering Department
University of Colorado-Boulder
Mike Hannigan is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Hannigan received his PhD in Environmental Engineering Science from Caltech in 1997 and then did postdoc tours at MIT and CSU before landing in Boulder. His research focuses on measurement and analysis of air quality. Over the past six years, Hannigan’s research group has been actively engaged in development of low-cost air quality monitoring tools. These new tools have the potential to improve our understanding of pollutant emissions, transport and fate in the US through novel multi-mode spatial networks, facilitate STEM and air quality awareness through citizen science (citizenscienceairqualitymonitoring.pbworks.com), and create novel air quality measurement datasets for developing regions of the globe where resources restrict environmental assessment (www.reaccting.com). Hannigan is co-PI of the NSF funded AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network (airwatergas.org) that is exploring sustainable pathways for oil and gas development in the Rocky Mountain Region. The AWG SRN includes 28 researchers from across the state (CU, CSU, CSM, NOAA and NCAR). Hannigan leads the education and outreach branch of this project in addition to his research activities that focus on low-cost methane monitoring and spatial analysis of air quality in regions of development.
Tommy E. Holton
Mayor of Fort Lupton
Chairman of the Weld County Planning Commission
Mr. Holton has extensive land use experience and currently serves as Chairman of the Weld County Planning Commission. Holton served on the Weld County Comprehensive Plan Review Committee and is a past member of the Rural Task Force Advisory Committee in Weld County and the Weld County Fair Board. He was previously self-employed as an outside consultant for land use issues. He has owned the companies Advanced Insulation Systems and Rocky Mountain Airparts. Previously he worked at Farley Machine as a Welder and Fabricator for oil field equipment and trucks, Caribou Creek Mining Company as well as B.C. Airmotive as a Pilot. Holton earned a bachelor’s degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Holton continues to operate one of the family farms and currently serves as the Mayor of Fort Lupton from 2009-2017.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, founder of CSU’s Engines and
Energy Conversion Lab, Executive Director of the CSU Energy Institute
Colorado State University
In the role as professor and executive director, he has worked for over 25 years to develop large-scale solutions for global energy needs with a significant focus on reducing environmental impacts from natural gas production and use. Dr. Willson is on assignment from CSU serving as Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The Energy Institute serves as a nucleus of research, education, and outreach for the faculty, staff, and students of Colorado State University. Energy is a central element of almost every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. CSU has a long history of pioneering work in energy, with over 160 faculty developing energy technologies, exploring the economics, environmental, and sociological impacts of energy use, and proposing energy policy solutions. The Institute aims to grow the impact, reach, and reputation of energy research and education at Colorado State University by increasing collaboration with industry and governmental partners, creating new research and educational opportunities for CSU faculty and students, and accelerating the dissemination of CSU solutions. This cross-campus, interdisciplinary effort is operated under the Office of the Vice President for Research. The extensive network of researchers, research, programs, and centers, spans all eight colleges at CSU, and extends off campus to a global network of public and private partners.
Director of Environmental Programs
Department of Public Health and Environment
State of Colorado
Martha E. Rudolph is the Director of Environmental Programs for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Ms. Rudolph oversees the Air Quality, Environmental Health and Sustainability, Hazardous Materials and Waste Management, and Water Quality Divisions. Ms. Rudolph has been with the Department since 2007, and served as the Executive Director of the Department in 2010. Ms. Rudolph is the current President of the Environmental Council of States, the national non-profit, non-partisan association of state and territorial environmental agency leaders. Previously Ms. Rudolph was the Chair of the ECOS Air Committee and the Vice Chair of the ECOS Planning Committee. Ms. Rudolph is an environmental attorney, and served for 14 years in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. She has been in private practice in Denver, and was an assistant general counsel for Kinder Morgan Inc., a natural gas and energy transportation company.
Acting Assistant Regional Administrator
Office of Partnerships and Regulatory Assistance
Environmental Protection Agency
Darcy O’Connor serves as the Acting Assistant Regional Administrator of the Office of Partnerships and Regulatory Assistance (OPRA) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Region 8. In this role, Darcy leads a multifaceted organization responsible for implementation of regulatory and non-regulatory environmental programs throughout Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. OPRA is responsible for direct implementation of regulatory programs for Air, Water and Waste, as well as state and tribal program review and implementation oversight throughout the region. Ms. O’Connor has been with EPA for over 17 years, working primarily in the Office of Enforcement, Compliance and Environmental Justice as both an inspector and manager in various statutes including the Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Acts. Darcy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa and a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado Denver.
Environmental and Regulatory Policy
Noble Energy, Inc.
Ms. Kate Fay joined Noble Energy in 2013 as Environmental and Regulatory Policy Manager. Based in Denver, Ms. Fay reports to Noble’s Corporate Offices in Houston and manages a host of environmental policy initiatives. Previously, Ms. Fay served in the Obama Administration as the EPA Region 8 Energy and Climate Advisor. During the tenure of Governor Bill Ritter, Ms. Fay was Energy Manager for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, where she led the Department’s participation in the overhaul of Colorado’s oil and gas regulations. Ms. Fay spent much of her early career in environmental consulting for energy companies, focusing on air quality and public lands matters. Her first professional employment was with Tosco Corporation in Los Angeles, where she was a Regulatory Analyst followed by Permitting Manager for the company’s US refining and oil production operations. Her initial opportunity to serve in the public sector was in 1988-1992 when she moved to Washington, DC to be the Policy Analyst and Advisor to the EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation during the reauthorization and subsequent implementation of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. Ms. Fay holds a B.S. degree in natural resources economics and public policy from the University of California, Berkeley; was a 1996 German Marshall Fund Environment Program Fellow; and has been adjunct professor at the University of Colorado, Denver Graduate School of Architecture and Planning. She currently serves on the Advisory Council and the Energy Innovation Board of the CU Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment.
Pete Maysmith is the executive director of Conservation Colorado, the largest state-based environmental group in Colorado with over 8,000 members and 37 staff. Pete lead the formation of Conservation Colorado in 2013 by merging two of the state’s leading environmental groups. The now merged group has seen a sevenfold increase in staff and budget since 2009 when Pete became director. Over the course of his 24 year career in advocacy and politics, Pete has run state organizations and served on the senior staff of national organizations. In those capacities he has lobbied, organized, run campaigns, raised millions of dollars and hired and trained dozens of exceptional staff. After working for a number of years in Washington DC, Pete moved back to his home state of Colorado in 1996. He graduated in 1991 from Duke University with a Public Policy degree and graduated with honors from the University of Denver school of law in 2008. He lives in Denver with his wife and two red haired daughters. He loves to run, cook, and read whenever he can find the time.
Vice President of Research
Colorado State University
Dr. Rudolph has had an active career in translating interdisciplinary life sciences into useful applications for technology development. His experience spans basic research to advanced development in government laboratories, the nonprofit and private sectors and most recently in academia. He has published more than 100 technical publications, 3 books and 15 patents in areas including molecular biophysics, lipid self-assembly, drug delivery, blood substitutes, medical imaging, tissue engineering, neuroscience, and diagnostics. After a decade at National Research Council, he was recruited to join the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, to lead new strategic efforts to extract and exploit useful principles and practices in life sciences and technology and establish an agency-wide strategy for investments in biosciences and biotechnology. As Chief of Biological Sciences and Technology, Dr. Rudolph established a framework for investments in interdisciplinary life sciences that continues today. In 2003, he founded two biotechnology companies with one currently in human clinical development of novel blood therapeutics. Dr. Rudolph served in the Senior Executive Service leading the nation’s investments in biological threat defense and biosecurity from 2010-2013. Dr. Rudolph started the International Neuroscience Network Foundation in 2006 that has funded research over the last decade in brain machine interface science and education. He has a doctorate degree in zoology from the University of California at Davis and an MBA from George Washington University.
Director of Engines & Energy Conservation Laboratory
Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering
Colorado State University
Anthony Marchese is the Director of the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory and Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University. Marchese holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and B.S. and M.S. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research areas include internal combustion engines, alternative fuels, combustion, chemical kinetics, microgravity experiments, methane emissions and biomass cookstoves. He is on the editorial board for the journal Algal Research and is the Principal Investigator on a $1.9 Million study organized by the Environmental Defense Fund aimed at quantifying the total emissions of methane from the gathering and processing sector of the natural gas supply chain. From 2010 to 2013, he served as the fuel conversion team leader for the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts, a $50 Million DOE algal biofuel consortium. He has previously held positions at Rowan University, United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford, CT and NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH.
Senior Research Associate
Director of Electric Power System Laboratory
Colorado State University
Daniel Zimmerle is a Senior Research Associate and Director of the Electric Power System Laboratory in the Energy Institute @ Colorado State. His research concentrates on energy systems research, including microgrids, natural gas systems, and integration of distributed generation. Prior to CSU, Mr. Zimmerle served as the Chief Operating Officer at Spirae, Inc. and worked 20 years at Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies including experience as both a division general manager and R&D manager. He has lead organizations in several business areas, including computer systems, test systems, and consumer products. Organizations included personnel in the US, Ireland, Singapore and other countries. He holds a BSME and MSME from North Dakota State University.
Mark W. Paschke
Professor and the Shell Endowed Chair of Restoration Ecology
Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship
Colorado State University
Mark Paschke is a 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 Research Associate Dean for the Warner College. He received his PhD in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Forestry from the University of Illinois. Dr. Paschke has been a faculty member in WCNR since 2005. Prior to 2005 he was a Research Scholar and Research Scientist at CSU. His research focuses on mechanisms controlling community assembly in terrestrial plant communities. By elucidating these mechanisms his research team is able to guide restoration treatments for disturbed lands. His research has been funded by US Departments of Defense, Agriculture and Interior, various state agencies and the energy and mining industries. For much of his research career he has worked across multiple scales, from the molecular to the ecosystem level, and across multiple disciplines. He currently teaches classes in Restoration Ecology, Ecological Restoration, and Disturbance Ecology at CSU.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director, CSU Center for Laser Sensing and Diagnostics
Director, CSU NASA Space Grant Program, Colorado State University
Dr. Yalin joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU) in 2002 and is currently a Full Professor. He received his undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University in 1995, and Masters and PhD degrees from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University in 1997 and 2000 respectively. From 2000 to 2002, he held a post-doctoral position at Stanford University in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry. His current research focuses on laser-based diagnostics and non-intrusive measurements of gases and plasmas with application to plasma science, electric propulsion, and combustion. A recent area of emphasis has been laser sensing for atmospheric science including development of lightweight, sensitive methane and ammonia sensors to study emissions from oil and gas infrastructure as well as agricultural operations. Dr. Yalin has more than 50 journal publications, 90 conference proceedings and presentations, and 4 patents in these research areas. His awards include George T. Abell Outstanding Teaching & Service Faculty Award (2012) from CSU’s College of Engineering, Oliver R. Pennock Service Award (2011) from CSU, Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award (Aerospace area – 2009) from SAE, and the Abell Outstanding Early-Career Faculty Award (2007) from CSU’s College of Engineering. He also serves as Director of CSU’s NASA Space Grant Program. From 2002-2008 he served as the Vice-Chair and then Chair of the Applied Spectroscopy and Environmental Sensing Technical Group of the Optical Society of America. He is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and currently serves as secretary of the AIAA Plasmadynamics and Laser (PD&L) Technical Committee.
Lori Smith Schell, Ph.D., ERP
Dr. Schell is the founder and President of Empowered Energy (www.EmpoweredEnergy.com), an independent consulting firm providing economic, market, and regulatory analysis for natural gas, renewable energy, electricity, and emissions. Lori is a Certified Energy Risk Professional (ERP) with over 25 years of experience in the energy industry, including policy analysis work at the U.S. Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Lori is the 2015/16 Vice President-Communications of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) and is Past President and Senior Fellow of the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE). Lori serves on the Board of Directors of Pagosa Verde LLC, a firm specializing in community-based geothermal development. Lori is a member of the Leadership La Plata (LLP) Class of 2004/2005 and serves on the LLP Curriculum Committee. Prior to founding Empowered Energy, Lori was the Director of Energy Risk Management for Trigen Energy Corporation, a combined heat and power company focused on maximizing the efficiency of distributed power generation. Lori represented Trigen on the Board of Directors of the Independent Power Producers of New York, Inc. Lori earlier served as the Manager of Regulatory Affairs & Energy Market Analysis for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., providing natural gas pipeline-related expert witness testimony at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Prior to that, Lori was a Project Manager at the boutique natural gas consulting firm of Benjamin Schlesinger and Associates, Inc. Lori holds a Ph.D. in Mineral Economics and Operations Research from the Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. in Economics (Honors) from the University of Washington. Lori moved to Durango in 2002 with her husband and their three daughters; the best “corporate” move ever.
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Environmental Health Sciences
Colorado State University
Dr. John Volckens directs the Center for Energy Development and Health within the Energy Institute at Colorado State University. His research interests involve combustion science, aerosol technology, and air pollution-related disease. He earned a BS in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont in 1996 and MS and PhD degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999 and 2003, respectively. He then went on to a Postdoctoral position in Environmental Chemistry at the U.S. EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory in Research Triangle Park, NC. In 2004 he joined the faculty at Colorado State University, where he pioneered the development of several new sensor technologies – resulting in two recent patent applications. Dr. Volckens is the recipient of the ‘Best Paper’ award from the American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal (1999) and the Journal of Indoor Air (2013). He has over 15 years of experience and has published over 50 manuscripts related to exposure science and air pollution. He is a co-founder of Access Sensor Technologies, a spinout company started through his research collaborations at Colorado State University.
CDC- National Institute for Occupational Safely and Health
Mrs. Kyla Retzer has been working as an epidemiologist within the Oil and Gas Safety and Health Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for the past 5 years. Mrs. Retzer oversees the Fatalities in Oil and Gas Database (or “FOG”) which collects detailed information about worker fatalities in the oil and gas extraction industry. This database has been used to identify and raise awareness about emerging and ongoing safety and health hazards for oilfield workers nationally. She also coordinates an industry/government workgroup that develops products about motor vehicle safety for the Oil and Gas Extraction industry, called the NORA Oil and Gas Motor Vehicle Workgroup. She has a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Texas. Prior to her work at NIOSH, Mrs. Retzer worked in injury prevention in Alaska for six years. She has two young daughters, 2 and 4 years, which is one of her primary motivators for wanting to make our roads safer. She is a native Texan but is currently based in Denver, Colorado.
Stephen A. Flaherty
Director of State and Local Government Affairs
Stephen is the Director of State and Local Government Affairs for Halliburton Company. Halliburton serves the upstream oil and gas industry throughout the lifecycle of the reservoir – from locating hydrocarbons and managing geological data, to drilling and formation evaluation, well construction and completion, and optimizing production through the life of the field. Stephen is responsible for advising business units and management about policy developments at the state and local level. Prior to Halliburton he held similar positions at two exploration and development companies. In 2011 Stephen received the Wirth Chair Award for Creative Collaborations in Sustainability for his leading role in the development and passage of the Clean Air Clean Jobs legislation in Colorado. Prior to moving to Colorado in 2004 Stephen spent eleven years in Washington, DC working on developing and advocating federal and state level policy. A native New Englander Stephen enjoys everything Colorado has to offer with his two daughters aged nine and twelve.
Robert Harrison, MD, MPH
California Department of Public Health
Dr. Harrison joined the University of California, San Francisco faculty in 1984 where is a Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He founded and directed the UCSF Occupational Health Services for more than 15 years, and now is a senior attending physician. He has diagnosed and treated over 10,000 patients with work- and environmental-induced diseases and injuries. He also directs the occupational surveillance and investigation program for the California Department of Public Health. Dr. Harrison received his B.A. from the University of Rochester, his M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and his MPH from the University of California, Berkeley. He is board certified in both internal medicine and occupational medicine. He has led many occupational safety and health studies, and investigated cases and outbreaks of work-related diseases.
Western Resource Advocates
Jon Goldin-Dubois has lived in the West for nearly 50 years and has been an innovator within the nonprofit community for over 25 years. His background includes strategic advocacy, fundraising, campaign leadership, policy development and analysis and grassroots organizing. His career spans several disciplines, including a wide variety of work on environmental, conservation and energy issues, government reform and accountability, youth development and international development. Most recently, Jon led a youth development organization, expanding the budget four fold, leading a merger with another organization to innovatively expand services, creating new programs and building relationships with new and prospective partners. For years Jon has provided strategic guidance to non-profit organizations developing diverse coalitions, training leaders around the globe in effective advocacy skills, and planning successful campaigns to address a broad array of social and environmental challenges. Jon served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer with Common Cause in Washington, DC, creating national fundraising plans, developing multi-issue national campaigns and working with the governing board and staff across the country to advance open, honest and accountable government.
Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
Matt Lepore is an attorney by profession, with nearly 20 years of experience in environmental and natural resources law and policy. In 2009, after many years in private practice, he joined the Colorado Attorney General’s office where he served as counsel to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Mr. Lepore became Director of the Commission in August 2012. During his tenure as Director, Mr. Lepore has guided the Commission through three significant rulemakings, one historic flood, an earthquake of suspicious origins, bans, moratoria, and ballot initiatives, a Governor-appointed Task Force on State and Local Regulation of Oil and Gas, a five-fold increase in the number of horizontal wells drilled each year, two-successive years of record-breaking oil production, and one breath-taking drop in the price of oil. Mr. Lepore speaks frequently on Colorado’s model for regulating oil and gas development generally and unconventional development in particular. He has been privileged to testify before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and before the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board FracFocus 2.0 Task Force. He has traveled to Indonesia and South America at the request of the U.S. State Department to speak about developing unconventional oil and gas resources; he has recently participated in The Aspen Institute’s Energy and Environment Program; and in an international dialogue, “Defining and Measuring Regulatory Excellence,” hosted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Program on Regulation. Mr. Lepore is a Colorado native who graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and later earned a J.D. from Stanford Law School. He is a past Chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association, as well as Colorado Lawyers for the Arts. He currently Chairs the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee of the Interstate Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. In his “spare time” he practices yoga, skis, and rides his bike while wearing a helmet.
Adams County Commissioner
Commissioner Eva Henry was elected to the Adams County Board of Commissioners in 2012 after serving her community as the Mayor Pro Tem and city councilmember for the City of Thornton. Eva Henry believes in community involvement and has participated in numerous projects that involve social justice and veterans issues. Commissioner Henry left her 18-year career in finance in 2007 to become a fulltime advocate for working families. She was awarded the Family Future Award from Access Housing and received a F.O.L. award from DALF for the advocacy work she has done for working families. Commissioner Henry serves on Denver Regional Council of Governments, Adams County Housing Authority, Airport Coordinating Committee, Metro Vision, DRCOG Administrative Committee, Precious Child Committee, and Children Outreach Project Board. Commissioner Henry grew up in Adams County and raised her children as a single parent. She knows what it’s like to struggle, to have a family member lose their job, to be one bad break from being homeless—those trying times made her stronger. Every day Commissioner Henry works to improve the lives of the residents across Adams County.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Colorado Oil & Gas Association
Mr. Dan Haley serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association. As President, Mr. Haley is responsible for leading the industry in Colorado legislative, regulatory, and public relations matters. Previously, he was Vice President of Communications, Development and Strategy at EIS Solutions, a public affairs firm where he served as a consultant for numerous corporate and political clients, including oil and gas interests. Prior to that, Mr. Haley spent more than 20 years in the communications field, including 13 years at The Denver Post, where was the Editorial Page Editor. He also was Director of Corporate Communications for CoBank, a $100 billion bank headquartered in Denver. A Colorado native, Mr. Haley has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Wyoming and sits on the Advisory Council to the USO Denver.
Larimer County citizen
As member of a six-generation ranching family from Saratoga, Wyoming, Dr. Shawndra Barry is intimately familiar with the development of minerals. Her family has owned and developed minerals on their property for generations. Dr. Barry graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s degree prior to earning her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Colorado. She practices dentistry at the CSU Hartshorn Health Center. Dr. Barry renewed her interest in oil and gas issues 18 months ago when realizing several large scale facilities were scheduled to be constructed in and around her neighborhood. To have a stronger voice in the process, she and other neighbors started Windsor Neighbors for Responsible Drilling. As a member of the board, Dr. Barry helped the organization develop successful working relationships with leaders in the oil and gas industry, state and local elected officials, policymakers, state regulators, the media and community organizations throughout the state. Dr. Barry attended each of the Governor’s Oil and Gas Task Force meetings, providing testimony and materials to the Task Force members. She met with Colorado Governor Hickenlooper at his invitation to discuss current regulations and their impact on adjacent surface owners. Through her work, Dr. Barry has become known as a knowledgeable and respected advocate for appropriate siting of oil and gas facilities. Dr. Barry enjoys tennis, golf, hiking, fishing and most outdoor activities. She and her husband are parents to nine year old twins and live in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Stanford School of Earth Sciences
Woods Institute for the Environment
Precort Institute for Energy
Rob Jackson is Michelle and Kevin Douglas Provostial Professor in Stanford’s School of Earth Sciences and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and at the Precort Institute for Energy. While at Duke University, he and his colleagues published the first studies examining drinking water quality and shale gas extraction, as well as several studies on wastewater disposal and naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORMS). He also examines hydrocarbon emissions upstream from wellpads and downstream in cities, including the first maps of natural gas leaks across urban pipelines in Boston and Washington, D.C. In recent years Jackson directed the DOE National Institute for Climate Change Research for the southeastern U.S., co-chaired the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Plan, and currently co-chairs the Global Carbon Project (www.globalcarbonproject.org).
Senior Vice President US Onshore
Mr. Rimer graduated from the University of Texas in 1983 with a degree in petroleum engineering. His career totals 30 years of oilfield experience as an engineer and manager in Operations Services (Drilling, Completions, Supply Chain, and EHSR). He began his career with ARCO Oil & Gas Company and served as drilling and completion engineer for seven years from1983 to1990. He worked in numerous US onshore areas including the Rockies, Oklahoma, West Texas and Gulf of Mexico Regions. Rimer worked as Superintendent/Senior Operations Engineer for Vastar Resource’s Gulf of Mexico Region from 1990 to 2000 focusing on offshore deepwater and high pressure onshore areas. From 2000-2002 he worked as Drilling Manager for Aspect Resources. In 2002, he was hired by Samedan/Noble Energy Inc. as Drilling Manager for the Onshore Region. He was then promoted to Noble Energy’s VP of Operations Services managing Noble’s world-wide drilling and rig operations until end of 2011. In 2012 he managed Noble’s International West Africa, Non-Operated and New Ventures Division. In 2013 he was promoted to Sr. VP Global EHSR & Operations Services and served until the end of 2014. In November 2014 Mr. Rimer moved into his current role as Sr. VP US Onshore.
Director of Community Development
City of Brighton, Colorado
Holly Prather is the director of community development for the city of Brighton where she has worked for the past fourteen years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado at Denver. She earned her certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and American Planning Association (APA). She has spent the past three years monitoring developing issues associated with oil and gas development and assisted in drafting an amendment to the city’s oil and gas regulations. The city’s regulations were adopted in April of 2015 and balance the interests between the health, safety, and welfare protections of the citizenry and reasonable oil and gas development in Brighton. Additionally, she spent six months meeting with representatives from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), along with various representatives of the oil and gas industry to draft an Order that would establish a system of requirements and best management practices to protect the city’s domestic water supply. The COGCC Order was unanimously supported by the oil and gas industry and the COGCC Commissioners. Ms. Prather continues to monitor regulatory procedures and changes that may impact Brighton and is in ongoing discussions with representatives of the oil and gas industry in regards to future oil and gas drilling locations.