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Chair
Dennis Hu
Mr. Hu is the Director of Environmental, Health and Safety and System Safety Engineering at Ball Aerospace.  He has over 25 years of EHS, sustainability and business experience leading diverse and collaborative multi-functional teams to success while helping drive value creation within organizations through a practical and risk-based approach.
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Co-chair
Roger Freeman
Roger Freeman is an energy and environmental lawyer active in a variety of renewable energy, recycling and transportation projects and groups throughout the Rocky Mountain West and California. Mr. Freeman uses his experience and understanding to help expedite project steps and creatively solve legal constraints to the development of renewable and advanced transportation projects. He recently left his 31- year practice at a Denver based firm to establish a solo practice focused solely on advancing renewable energy, recycling, sustainability and related efforts in Colorado and beyond. Mr. Freeman applies his diverse background in policy, law, and advocacy, and as a member of various environmental boards, to seek multi-faceted solutions to legal problems on behalf of his clients. See https://rogerfreemanlaw.com/ for more information about his practice and background.
Jonathan Bortles
Mr. Bortles is Chief Operating Officer for Woody’s Wood-Fired Pizza in Golden, CO. In this capacity Jon leads one of the busiest pizza restaurants in the state toward the sustainability and profitability nexus. Prior to assuming this roll in his family’s business, Jon was the Sustainability Program Manager for CU Boulder and the Sustainability Director for the Auraria Campus in Denver, CO. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Studies from CU Boulder as well as a MBA from the University of Denver.
Photo of Amanda Brimmer Amanda Brimmer
Ms. Brimmer joined the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) as Technical Program Manager in July of 2014. In this role, she facilitates the development of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for ozone for the Denver Metro/North Front Range nonattainment area as well as managing other air quality planning activities including providing technical direction and support for Council activities. 
Sam Gilchrist
Sam Gilchrist is the Western Campaigns Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Center for Policy Advocacy. He works with NRDC program experts and coalition partners on advocacy campaigns to achieve strong environmental standards in the Western states. Prior to joining NRDC, he spent nearly 10 years working in organized labor and managing political campaigns throughout the country.
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Doug Hargrave
Mr. Hargrave is the President of Iconergy, an energy management and sustainability firm that is based in Denver with additional offices in Boulder and Chicago. Doug has over 25 years of resource conservation, renewable energy, and water and energy efficiency experience with the vast majority of those years dedicated to designing and constructing better buildings.Through his work on public policy, government and utility programs, as well as individual projects, Doug has experience in all facets of energy management and sustainability as it applies to the commercial and industrial sectors.
Julie Hendricksen
A licensed Landscape Architect with 20 years of experience in residential, commercial and community master planning. Julie brings a wide range of experience including design-build, staff management and strong connections in the industry. Julie is involved with food equity and as an avid beekeeper, supporting pollinator habitat.

 

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Laurie Johnson
Ms. Johnson is currently the executive director for the Colorado Association for Recycling (CAFR). Prior to this position, she served as the VP, Client Services for Recyclebank, owned a small business in Phoenix Arizona and was a regional operations executive director with the YMCA’s of Los Angeles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Affairs from California State University Northridge and an MBA in Sustainability from Antioch University.
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Ellen Kennedy
Ms. Kennedy is the Hazardous Waste and Sustainability Specialist for Tri-County Health Department, serving Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties. She works in Colorado with many organizations and public agencies to promote waste reduction at a policy level and educate the community about recycling, composting, and sustainability practices. Currently, she is working to create innovative solutions to enhance recycling efforts along the Front Range.

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Margaret Medellin
Margaret Medellin is a professional engineer, licensed in Colorado. Ms. Medellin serves as the Utilities Portfolio Manager for the City of Aspen. Her role includes the management of both the City’s water and power resources. Aspen is proud to be the third city in the US to reach 100% reliance on renewable energy. Margaret manages the City’s power portfolio to ensure that it remains 100% renewable.
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Robert Pressly
Rob Pressly is the Resiliency Program Manager for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs Colorado Resiliency Office. In this role, Rob is responsible for advancing the State of Colorado’s resiliency to thrive amidst ever-changing climate, social, and economic conditions. Rob leads the Colorado Resiliency Institutionalization Project to build resiliency into State investments and operations; manages the Colorado Resiliency Working Group, the coordinating and steering committee for the State’s Resiliency Framework; and manages the COResiliency Resource Center, Colorado’s online, interactive hub for resiliency knowledge and resources.
Caitlin Rood
Caitlin Rood is Mercy Housing’s National Environmental Sustainability Director, responsible for environmental aspects of all areas of Mercy Housing operations including development, operations and maintenance, resident services, and office practices.  Ms. Rood is an environmental engineer with a B.S. and M.S. in civil and environmental engineering. Ms. Rood has more than 20 years of sustainability and energy efficiency experience. She is an accomplished environmental, sustainability, and efficiency professional and project manager with broad experience including environmental sustainability program development and reporting, energy and water efficiency, environmental management systems, audits, waste management and recycling, environmental assessments, best practice development and implementation, and baselining and benchmarking.
Jackie Slocombe
Ms. Slocombe is the Sustainability Coordinator for the Auraria Higher Education Center.  She works to reduce the campus’ ecological impact through waste diversion, energy efficiency, renewable energy and alternative transportation efforts and is working toward achieving a 35% campus waste diversion rate by the year 2022. She also volunteers with Denver Food Rescue on weekends and is currently earning her Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Colorado Denver.   
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Jana West-Heiss
Ms. West-Heiss is the Public Affairs Administrator for the City & County of Denver’s Office of Sustainability, where she works internally to develop sustainability as a core value for the municipality and externally with the community on sustainable behavior change initiatives. She is the Vice-Chair for the Colorado Renewable Energy Society’s state board. During her career, Ms. West-Heiss has coordinated area zero-waste and electric vehicle events and helped start the Green Star Business certification program for Eco-Cycle. Her work in transportation via the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities and Colorado Energy Office’s Refuel programs helped reduce over 93,000 tons of GHG emissions.
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Susan Williams
Ms. Williams is a manager of Logistics for GE Johnson Construction Company.  She manages C&D (Construction & Demolition) diversion for all of GE Johnson’s projects in both Denver and Colorado Springs. Susan has seven years of experience in construction waste management, and she works with various local Colorado recycling partners to achieve LEED project goals. Susan participates in the Association of General Contractors and Colorado Association for Recycling. Her goal is to help the expansion of businesses that will process C&D waste materials for future use and reuse.
Photo of Rachel Wilson-Roussel Rachel Wilson-Roussel
Ms. Wilson-Roussel is the Sustainability Unit Manager at the department. In this role, she oversees a variety of cross-media, voluntary programs and helps to bring a sustainability perspective to all of the department’s work. Ms. Wilson-Roussel serves as the department’s representative on the Greening Government Leadership Council and is a member of the department’s Health Equity and Environmental Justice Collaborative Steering Committee. In addition, she volunteers on the Colorado Environmental Health Association’s Planning Committee for the annual conference as the Sustainability Track Lead.