AQCC commissioner profiles
Peter Butler, Ph.D.
Peter Butler, a Colorado native, has worked in many capacities on water issues around the state over the past 30 years. He's worked for 20 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, including 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.
Butler 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's served as chair for the La Plata County Water Advisory Commission and president of the Lake Durango Water Authority. He's married, has two adult sons and resides in La Plata County near Durango.
Anthony Gerber, M.D., Ph.D.
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. He 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.
Before joining the faculty at National Jewish Health and the University of Colorado, Gerber 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, Gerber served as chief medical officer of Breathe Technologies from 2008-2011, where he helped develop and test an award-winning device that improves breathing mechanics in patients with lung disease. He previously served as chairman of health care policy for the California Thoracic Society and was presented a Star of Hope award by the American Lung Association of California. Gerber's an avid bike commuter. He and his wife, Alia, have three children and make their home in Denver.
Tom Gonzales, MPH, REHS
Serves as Public Health Director for Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE). Gonzales holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health from Colorado State University and a Master in Public Health from the University of Northern Colorado, and is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist. Prior to joining LCDHE, he was Deputy Public Health Director at El Paso County Public Health overseeing Emergency Preparedness and Response, Environmental Health and the Laboratory.
Previously, Gonzales was Program Manager of Environmental Health at Clark County Public Health (WA) addressing on-site wastewater management and drinking water. He led the environmental health response and recovery activities after four wildfires and two flood events in El Paso County. Gonzales' national and local involvement includes a term as regional vice president for the National Environmental Health Association where he pioneered the sustainability committee, charged with proposing the role of sustainability in environmental health. He also served on the executive committee for the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials and was president of the Colorado Environmental Health Association (CEHA). In 2013, Gonzales was awarded the Milton M. Miller Award, CEHA’s highest honor for an environmental health professional. Recently, Gonzales was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission. Tom and his wife are blessed with two young boys. Together, they enjoy the Colorado outdoors, including hiking, fishing and hunting.
Chuck Grobe retired from Tri-State Generation and Transmission in 2013 to become a Moffat County commissioner. For more than 25 years, Grobe was involved with pollution control and air monitoring equipment for the power industry. In his years in power plants and substations, he 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, he's 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.
Elise Jones is a county commissioner for Boulder County, first elected in 2012, re-elected in 2016 and currently serving as chair. She represents Boulder County on the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), which she chaired in 2016; is the DRCOG representative to the Statewide Transportation Advisory Committee; and has served on the Regional Air Quality Council from 2009-2019. Elise holds a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University in New York and a master’s in Resource Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Michigan. Previously, she was the executive director of Colorado Environmental Coalition for 13 years, focusing on climate, energy, wilderness, land use, transportation and other conservation issues. Elise has also worked as a regional director for the League of Conservation Voters; a senior legislative assistant for Oregon congresswoman Elizabeth Furse; and a policy advocate for the National Wildlife Federation. She has dedicated her non-profit and volunteer time to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Boulder Planning Board, Greenprint Denver Advisory Council, and Colorado Conservation Voters. Elise lives in Boulder with her partner, Karl, and their daughter, McKenzie.
Jana Milford, Ph.D., J.D.
Jana Milford is a professor of mechanical engineering and environmental engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she's taught since 1994. Her research and teaching interests focus on air quality modeling and data analysis, environmental impacts of energy systems, and environmental management. She's 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.
Milford's 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, an 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.
Curtis Rueter is the Manager of LNG & CNG Development in U.S. Onshore Operations for Noble Energy Inc., where he is responsible for developing and implementing Noble’s LNG/CNG strategy for using natural gas as a transportation and motor fuel throughout its operations and in its supply chain. Prior to his current role, he served as environmental and regulatory manager and oversaw Noble’s permitting and compliance activities throughout the life cycle of their operations, including air permitting and compliance, and was engaged in a number of rulemaking processes with COGCC and other state agencies.
Before joining Noble, Rueter had spent the previous 19 years of his career in environmental and engineering consulting. His consulting work focused on two primary areas: air quality issues (especially those related to the upstream oil and gas, refining and utilities) and natural gas processing technologies. Additionally, he was an active participant in the ozone stakeholder processes in Colorado from 2003 to 2008.
Rueter received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University and serves on the board of NGVAmerica. He previously served as a representative of Colorado to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC). Curtis and his wife, Ruth, have four children and reside in Westminster.
Auden Schendler, B.A.
Auden Schendler is Senior Vice President of Sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company. A writer, speaker and activist, he works on scale solutions to climate change, and has published widely on both his successes and failures in that battle. His work has been covered in Businessweek, Outside, Men’s Journal, Fast Company, and other media. Previously a corporate sustainability researcher at Rocky Mountain Institute, Auden was named a global warming innovator by TIME magazine, a “climate saver” by the EPA, and has testified to Congress on the impacts of climate change. Auden received a BA in Biology and Environmental studies from Bowdoin College. His book Getting Green Done was called “an antidote to greenwash” by NASA climatologist James Hansen. He serves on the boards of Protect Our Winters and Conservation Colorado. Auden lives in Basalt, Colorado with his wife Ellen and their children Willa and Elias.
Tony Williams, BSCE, MA, MBA
Tony Williams is a proven Senior Executive, Consultant, Former Military Officer, and Board Member with 31 years of success across environmental engineering, manufacturing, renewable energy, utilities, military, government, and international development. His broad areas of expertise include leadership; international development; strategic planning; management consulting; executive management; operations management; mega-projects; government contracts; continuous improvement; cross-cultural awareness and relations; risk management; and team building.
In his executive career, Tony is currently serving as a federal program officer with the United States Postal Service and has held leadership positions at SODEXO; Jacobs; Xcel Energy; WorleyParsons; CH2M; University of Denver; U.S. Department of Defense; and Resource Engineering & Management (Founder/CEO/President, 7 years). His major project experience includes redevelopment/reclamation; power/renewable energy; federal government/military engineering; CBRNe demilitarization programs; and corporate executive positions with P/L responsibility in operating divisions, program management, capture management, acquisition programs, source selection, and contingency planning. In senior consultancy and executive roles with the U.S. government, he has directed treaty negotiations and programs delivery across Russia, Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
He has also served as a U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Presidential Management Fellow; PM/Military Environmental Engineering Officer; Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Director; and Project Engineer assigned to the Exxon-Valdez oil spill disaster response effort in Prince William Sound, Alaska.
He served as regional EPC director for an $18B/year 40,000+ employee engineering, procurement, and construction management company, leading all program and project P&L for energy market mega-program business development and initiative delivery globally. As an SVP of international operations for a $7B international engineering and construction firm, he successfully turned a $20M services program into a $180M infrastructure/environmental division. His capture management and EPC program director responsibilities and accomplishments include hundreds of millions dollar engagements for the London Olympics Panama Canal, ExxonMobil ASEAN, BHP Australia, Dow Chemical, Petronas, and U.S. DOD Europe and Asia.
As Presidential Management Fellow at the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense, he was responsible for assessing the WMD security of all independent states of the former Soviet Union, OSD requirements, and technical requirement, specs, and execution. He served as the primary project / technical manager and advisor to the Secretary of Defense for the Biological Weapons Prevention Program - Threat Agent Detection and Response program (BWPPP-TADR) in Central Asia and the former Soviet Union, overseeing contracts totaling more than $1B.
Tony earned a B.S. in Construction Engineering from Texas Tech University; an M.B.A. from The University of Texas at San Antonio, Graduate School of Business; and an M.A. in International Relations and National Security Studies from University of Denver. He also successfully completed the Executive Leadership Program in Organizational Leadership from the University of Michigan; and the Renewable Energy Programs Fellowship Program from the Colorado CleanTech Industry Association.
He has served on boards and advisory councils, including for Motorcycle Relief Project (Veterans, PTSD), and Global Hope (Children, including Romania, Kenya, and India).
Tony served honorably for 10 years in the U.S Army and Army Reserve, including as Commander, 793rd MED DET, 72E – MSC Officer – with mobilizations and deployments in the U.S., Central America, and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom. Tony is Lean Six Sigma Certified Yellow Belt. He serves as an Adjunct Professor in International Studies at the University of Denver.