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David Brown retired from BP America in April of 2010 after 33 years of service.  He is currently employed by Swift Worldwide Resources as a consultant to BP America since May of 2010 and assists with environmental and regulatory issues for the Rocky Mountain States from BP’s Denver office.  During his career he has been involved in a number of state and federal land use and environmental issues. These have included wildlife management and water related aspects for oil and gas development.  Mr. Brown also has experience in air quality permitting and compliance and assisted in coordinating the participation of the oil and gas industry in the Four Corners Air Quality Task Force.  His experience has included coordinating BP’s role in the third party National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and has provided written input on numerous Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service land use planning documents.  His experience has spanned 12 states, 11 national forests and numerous BLM field offices.  He also held positions that provided environmental support for various BP exploration and production field locations in the Rockies.  Mr. Brown is a past Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Association’s Lands Committee and is currently Chairman of the Public Lands Committee of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming.  He is a current appointee to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission representing Colorado.  He is also a standing member on a number of oil and gas trade association environmental and land use committees.  Mr. Brown holds a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from Oral Roberts University and a M.S. Degree from the University of Denver in Environmental Management and Policy.
Peter Butler, a Colorado native, has worked in many capacities on water issues around the state over the past thirty years. He has worked for twenty years on abandoned mine water quality issues with the Animas River Stakeholders Group and is currently one of the group’s co-coordinators.  He served for a total of nine years on the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission – three years as its chair. Currently, he sits on the Southern Ute/State of Colorado Environmental Commission which oversees regulatory issues regarding air quality within the exterior boundaries of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. Peter holds a bachelor’s degree in physics, a master’s degree in economics, and a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Policy from the University of Michigan.  Over the past few years, he has served as chair for the La Plata County Water Advisory Commission and president of the Lake Durango Water Authority. He is married, has two grownup sons, and resides in La Plata County near Durango.
John Clouse is a Principal for Wind River Environmental Group LLC (WREG).  WREG is a small woman-owned Colorado business.  The company provides a full range of air permitting, compliance, and related services in the western United States.  Over the past 19 years, Mr. Clouse has been actively involved in the ozone stakeholder process, regional haze issues, regulatory development, and hazardous air pollutant studies.  Mr. Clouse has supported a number of public and private sector clients in various consulting roles, where he manages and conducts projects involving the preparation and review of air quality regulatory guidance documents, construction permit applications, operating permit applications, Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit applications, air quality program management plans, compliance strategy development, emission inventories, and environmental compliance audits and assessments.  Prior to moving into the consulting field, Mr. Clouse spent over 20 years at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Air Pollution Control Division; his final role there was managing the Stationary Sources Program.  Mr. Clouse was born in Greeley, CO, then raised in Pueblo, CO and received an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Colorado State University.
Anthony Gerber is an associate professor of medicine at National Jewish Health, where he practices pulmonary medicine and conducts NIH-funded research on airway inflammation. Tony earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics from MIT, and he holds MD and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care, and holds a Colorado medical license. Prior to joining the faculty at National Jewish Health and the University of Colorado, Tony was an assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also completed residency and fellowship training. In addition to his academic career, Tony served as chief medical officer of Breathe Technologies from 2008-11 where he helped develop and test an award-winning device that improves breathing mechanics in patients with lung disease. Tony previously served as chairman of health care policy for the California Thoracic Society and was awarded a “Star of Hope” award by the American Lung Association of California. Tony is an avid bike commuter. He and his wife, Alia, have three children and make their home in Denver.
Chuck Grobe retired from Tri-State Generation and Transmission in 2013 to become Moffat County Commissioner. For more than 25 years with the power industry, Grobe was involved with pollution control and air monitoring equipment. In his years in power plants and substations, Grobe had assignments such as substation operations, environmental monitoring, installation and repair of monitoring equipment kept to state and federal standards, and compliance reporting. Grobe served on the substation committee for the worldwide Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI) which researched how to make substations more efficient and environmentally friendly. He also served on the EPRI SF6 subcommittee which looked into better usage of SF6 and finding alternatives. Grobe served as a presenter at international EPRI conferences sharing about radiometric partial discharges. For more than 30 years, Grobe has served on numerous boards and councils. Among those, he was Mayor of Hayden for six years, served eight years with the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado including one year as chair, served four years on the West Routt School Board, and served five years on the West Routt Fire Board.
Jana Milford is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she has taught since 1994. Jana’s research and teaching interests focus on air quality modeling and data analysis, environmental impacts of energy systems, and environmental management. She has previously worked as a Congressional Fellow and Analyst at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Connecticut, and Senior Scientist and Staff Attorney at the Environmental Defense Fund. Jana is a member of the Board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the National Academy of Sciences, and has previously served on the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She holds a B.S. in Engineering Science from Iowa State University, a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and a J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law.
Todd Mitchell has spent his career in the energy industry, first as a principal in start-up companies related to natural gas exploration and geophysics; and more recently as founder and President of Two Seven Ventures LLC, a venture capital fund that backs development of low-carbon energy technologies and resources. He is a co-founder and Director of Alta Resources, LLC, a developer of shale gas resources, and was a director of Mitchell Energy & Development Corporation (1993 to 2002), and subsequently Devon Energy Corporation, where he served on its audit and reserves committees before his retirement from the board in 2012. Todd completed a BA in Geology from The Colorado College (1981), MA in Geology from The University of Texas at Austin (1987), and MSc in Sustainable Development (with Distinction) from Edinburgh University (2007). His academic background includes research on aspects of the global carbon cycle and cycling of CO2 between ecosystems and the atmosphere. Todd was a member of the Roundtable for Science & Technology for Sustainable Development (2006 to 2012), organized by the US National Academies of Science. In 2006 he served on a Houston mayor’s task force to recommend strategies for a more disaster-resilient electrical grid. He has served as chairman of the Board of Directors of Houston Advanced Research Center (www.harcresearch.org) since 2000 and was its president from 2001 to 2006. HARC has been a leader in air quality research and policy development in Texas since 2002.

Laura Teague and her husband, Gary, own and operate a diversified agricultural operation in Morgan County, Colorado. Their livestock operations include a cow-calf operation, a cattle feeding operation that includes both stocker and feedlot environments, and a farrow-to-wean hog operation.   They manage a large farming operation where they grow diversified crops to support their other operations. Additionally, they produce compost for the local farming community, and handle feed byproducts from various food production companies for beneficial reuse in their own operations and others in the industry. Their business has been recognized by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment as Bronze Achievers in the Environmental Leadership Program for managing their livestock operations in a manner synergistic to the environment. Laura served on Governor Hickenlooper’s agricultural Transition Team, and is an active member of the Colorado Livestock Association. Laura is currently a County Commissioner in Morgan County. Other community activities include participating as a board member and past-president of Morgan County Economic Development Corporation, serving as the Local Elected Official on the Eastern Workforce Board, and she currently serves as President of the Board of the Northeast Colorado Health Department. The Teague Family includes three children:  Shelby, 16, Tucker, 14, and Charlee Jo, 13.  All three are involved on a daily basis with the agricultural operations and enjoy showing livestock, including beef cattle, market lambs, market goats, and market hogs at the county, regional, and national level.

Will Toor serves as the director of the transportation program at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), a Colorado based nonprofit that advocates for energy efficiency in electric utilities, buildings, industrial energy use and the transportation sector. Prior to working at SWEEP, Will served 8 years on the Board of County Commissioners of Boulder County.  Will spearheaded the effort to create and adopt a countywide Sustainable Energy Plan, the BuildSmart green building code, the EnergySmart program, and the ClimateSmart Loan Program. Prior to being elected County Commissioner, Will served as Mayor of Boulder, Colorado from 1998-2004. He played a strong role in the development of the Boulder's community transit network, EcoPass unlimited access transit pass programs, and policies for denser, mixed-use urban infill development as an alternative to sprawl. Mr. Toor represented both the City of Boulder and Boulder County on the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) from 1998-2012, and served as chair in 2005. In his role at DRCOG, he successfully advocated for significant shifts in funding towards transit and bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure, and led DRCOG in adopting sustainability principles including goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle miles travelled in the long range regional land use and transportation plans.
 
Will was a founding member of the US 36 Mayors' and Commissioners' Coalition, and played a key role in developing a regional consensus for bus rapid transit, and no additional general purpose lanes, on this major artery linking Boulder and Denver. He worked with multiple state and federal agencies to secure $500 million for this project, which is under construction. He currently serves as a board member of Conservation Colorado, a member of the DRCOG Metro Vision Policy Advisory Council, and the Regional Air Quality Council. He served as the director of the University of Colorado Environmental Center from 1992 to 2004. In this role he developed campus sustainability programs in the areas of solid waste, building energy use, and campus transportation planning. He is co-author of the books Finding A New Way: Campus Transportation for the Twenty-First Century, and Transportation for Sustainable Campus Communities. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago in 1992, where he studied theoretical condensed matter physics, completing a dissertation on phase transitions in electrorheological fluids.

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