Jim Wilson has continued to follow his interest in environmental, health and safety with over 30 of experience working throughout the United States, Europe and Puerto Rico, by managing compliance issues in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, as well as public and non-profit organizations. Jim currently is director of Compliance and Risk Management for MED-Project, LLC, a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to arrange reverse logistics for home generated unused medicines and medical sharps.
Jim holds a law degree with honors from the University of Denver, master’s degrees in engineering management and environmental engineering from Syracuse University, and undergraduate degrees in biology and chemical engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Jim is licensed as a professional engineer and attorney in Colorado.
Jim has lived in Colorado since 1999, where he enjoys outdoor activities such as skiing, mountain biking, coaching youth sports and involvement in the Boy Scouts of America. Jim also has been an active advocate for diabetes research serving on the board of both the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the American Diabetes Association. Jim is the past vice-chair of the Air Quality Control Commission and the current vice-chair of the Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission.
Mr. Adams is a Certified Professional Geologist with a bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College. He completed an Executive Management Program for Small Business Owners at Stanford University in 1993. He has over 30 years of experience in assessment and remediation of hazardous waste in soil and groundwater and engineering geology, both as an environmental consultant and as a regulator, and he has nine years of experience in mining geology.
Mr. Adams was a partner at Walsh Environmental in Boulder from 1988 to 1996 and the firm’s President until 1996. He managed technical programs for environmental assessment and remediation, as well as operations and business development. He established subsidiary corporate entities in Lima, Peru and Quito, Ecuador for large-scale oil and gas and commercial development projects. In 1996 he formed ALTUS/WMA Environmental (now Apex Companies, LLC). ALTUS, an environmental consulting and engineering firm, provided environmental, geologic and engineering services to corporate, state and municipal clients. Mr. Adams was responsible for technical project management, regulatory compliance consulting and business development; He was responsible for overall company operations as the firm’s President and CEO until ALTUS was sold by Mr. Adams in 2006. In 2006, Mr. Adams co-founded Simply Efficient Solar & Wind and operated the company with his partners until 2018 as an alternative energy, energy efficiency consulting, and electrical contracting company based in Granby, CO.
From 2011 until 2016 as an Environmental Protection Specialist (EPS) at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Mr. Adams provided regulatory oversight for RCRA Corrective Action facilities in Colorado, inspected those facilities for regulatory and post-closure permit compliance, reviewed technical documents for assessment, remedial design and corrective measures implementation, and corresponded on behalf of the Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division. As a returning temporary EPS III in 2017, he managed the preparation of RFP documents on behalf of the Solid Waste Program to select contractor(s) for its division-led Small Landfill Groundwater Monitoring and Closure Programs.
Mr. Adams is now a part-time Senior Program Manager at Pinyon Environmental for a wide range of clients. He is currently the Environmental Compliance Manager for the National Western Center Horizontal Integrated Construction project on behalf of the City and County of Denver.
Mr. Adams is an avid outdoorsman. He skis, camps, hunts, and hikes extensively near his home in Grand County and throughout Colorado with his wife Lynn. He has climbed all of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks and many of the lower peaks, and he has climbed numerous high peaks in South America.
Chris Gilbreath is a Colorado native and Colorado State University graduate with a Chemical Engineering Degree. Chris is currently the Water, Waste and Mining Compliance Manager for Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. Tri-State is a not-for-profit wholesale power supplier to 43 member electric cooperatives in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and New Mexico. Chris has worked in the environmental field in Colorado for over 25 years. From 1993-2000, Chris worked for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, in the Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division in the Federal Facilities Permitting Unit. From 2000-2005, Chris worked for Kaiser-Hill, L.L.C. responsible for the cleanup of the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site. As a Facility Manager, he managed the $240 million decommissioning and demolition of Building 771/774 once deemed “the Nation’s most dangerous facility.” From 2005-2007, Chris worked for a small Service Disabled Veteran owned company providing waste management and demolition support in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. Chris joined Tri-State in 2007 and currently manages water and waste compliance throughout Tri-State’s four state region.
Selected from academia and local government
Stephen Gillette received a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Northern Colorado in 1977.
Stephen is currently the Director of Solid Waste for Larimer County where he is responsible for all the solid waste programs, operations, and the environmental compliance of the county’s landfill. He has served in this capacity since 2003 and has been with the County since 2000. Prior to this employment he was the manager for a waste collection and transfer station in Estes Park, Colorado working for a family owned business and then for the subsequent owners.
Stephen has spent 37 years in the solid waste business and was involved in collections, recycling, transfer and disposal. He is currently the president of the Colorado Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America and also serves on the International Board of Directors for the national organization. Stephen is the current secretary of the commission.
Elizabeth O'Connell Chapman, PhD
Elizabeth O’Connell Chapman has been an educator who focuses on helping people understand how human practices impact the environment for over 28 years. Elizabeth’s work both as a Colorado Mountain College faculty member and a Senior Environmental Health Specialist for the City of Aspen consists of directing research, influencing institutional programs, and creating policies for responsible waste management. In her work teaching in the bachelor's program in sustainability studies at Colorado Mountain College she concentrates on discussions about best practices and tangible solutions, especially those issues associated with solid and hazardous waste disposal. Her students simultaneously learn about conflict resolution and the challenges of sustainability. Elizabeth helped her students establish new waste diversion programs on campus and is assisting in the development of a college-wide diversion policy.
Establishing and enforcing the rules surrounding solid and hazardous waste disposal with staff, businesses, and citizens is a daily component of her work with the City of Aspen. Compost collection within Pitkin County has doubled because of her efforts partnering with the local landfill. Her pioneering informal education efforts continue to expand waste reduction within the city. Elizabeth has used her research background to help the city determine the most effective methods of reducing and diverting waste. This research has led programs which result in the increased use of reusable items and decrease in use of disposable plastic items at public events, government offices, and local schools.
Elizabeth earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Arkansas, and a master’s degree in environmental studies from Antioch University New England. Elizabeth made waste reduction behaviors the focus of her dissertation work and graduated with a PhD in sustainability education from Prescott College.
Elizabeth currently serves on the Valley Resource Management Board, the committee for Waste Free Roaring Fork, is an active member of both the Colorado Association for Recycling and the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America. Elizabeth is the current chair of the commission.
Laura Davis is currently the Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives with the City and County of Broomfield. She has also held the positions of Assistant Public Health Director and Public Health Protection Administrator for the City and County of Broomfield. She has over 35 years of extensive operational, program development, and compliance experience for various industries, with an emphasis on environmental, health and safety and sustainability programs. This experience includes service as the Director of Compliance for Good Chemistry, a cannabis cultivator and retailer with operations in Colorado, Nevada, and Massachusetts; 24 years as the Director of Environmental, Health & Safety and System Safety Engineering for Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation; Metropolitan Denver Wastewater Reclamation District; Public Service Company; and Chemical Waste Management, Inc. In addition to her role at Ball Aerospace, Ms. Davis was appointed to serve 5 terms on the Colorado State Board of Health. Ms. Davis was originally appointed by Governor Roy Romer in 1995, with subsequent appointments by Governors Bill Owens, Bill Ritter and John Hickenlooper. Ms. Davis served as the Board president from 2011 to 2015.
Selected from the public at-large
Cathryn Stewart, C.P.G., P.G.
Cathryn Stewart, C.P.G., P.G., is a senior project manager and hydrogeologist with Swift River Environmental Services, LLC, an Alaska Native Corporation. She has 25 years of experience in geology, hydrogeology, and environmental consulting, primarily with permitting and compliance, environmental monitoring, hydrogeologic characterization, aquifer testing, and regulatory agency interaction and reporting for public and private solid waste management facilities. Her experience also includes environmental assessments for manufacturing, coal, and oil-producing facilities in Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming. She transitioned to environmental services following 11 years of petroleum exploration and production in Colorado, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Wyoming.
She provides environmental services to the hazardous and solid waste industry by conducting hydrogeologic investigations for landfill siting and expansions to depict uppermost groundwater and groundwater flow direction and to optimize locations of groundwater monitoring wells. She has prepared Groundwater Monitoring Plans (GWMPs) that include sampling and analysis plans, plans for statistical analysis of groundwater and leachate data to identify trends and changes of natural groundwater quality beneath landfills, and certification of groundwater monitoring systems. The hydrogeologic characterization and GWMPs are required components of Engineering, Design, and Operations Plans (EDOPs) to permit solid waste facilities under the approval of county, health, and state regulatory agencies.
Cathryn enjoys conducting, managing, and most of all, training others in environmental monitoring (sampling and reporting) of groundwater, landfill gas, leachate, and stormwater for solid waste facilities in Alaska, Colorado, Nebraska, and Utah.
Cathryn received a B.A. in geology from Smith College, an M.S. in geology from West Virginia University, and an M.E. in geographic information systems from University of Colorado-Denver. She is a Certified Professional Geologist (C.P.G.) through the American Institute of Professional Geologists and a Professional Geologist (P.G.) in AK, CA, NE, PA, UT, and WY. Cathryn is on the Board of Directors and a past president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). She is pleased to serve on the SHWC and apply her hazardous and solid waste experience in order to have a positive impact on Coloradans and our environment.
Teresa Coons, PhD
Teresa Coons is a fourth-generation Coloradan, having been born and raised in the Denver Metro area. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. in immunology from the University of New Mexico. A career in medical research of 30+ years spanned basic, clinical and public health research arenas, most recently focusing on occupational and community health related to extractive industries in the western United States. That work involved collaboration with federal, state and tribal governments and local advisory committees, both to conduct the research and to provide education regarding the outcomes and impacts of that research. As the Executive Director of the John McConnell Math & Science Center in Grand Junction, CO, Teresa Coons most recently focused her energy on developing early and lasting interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and creative problem-solving through her work with P-12 students, university undergraduates, and educators. Dr. Coons has held adjunct appointments at Colorado Mesa University and the Colorado School of Public Health at CSU, where she has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in epidemiology, bioethics, and public policy.
During the sixteen years that, Dr. Coons lived and worked in Grand Junction, CO, she was very active in that community, serving two terms as a member of the Grand Junction City Council (and one term as Mayor), nine years on the Mesa County Board of Health, and eight years on the Grand Junction Housing Authority Board. She also served seven years on the Colorado State Air Quality Control Commission. Currently, Teresa and her husband live in Denver, where they enjoy time with their two adult daughters and three grandchildren.
Garrett Clemons serves as Vice President, Environmental, Health & Safety for NGL Energy Partners LP. NGL Energy Partners owns and operates a vertically integrated energy business with five primary businesses — water solutions, crude oil logistics, NGL logistics, refined products/renewables and retail propane. Prior to joining NGL Energy Partners Garrett consulted for clients in the oil and gas and mining industries in regards to EHS compliance and program management. From 2008 to 2012, Garrett was Executive Vice President of Operations for Basic Materials & Services, LLC and Ohio Basic Minerals, LLC. Basic Materials & Services, LLC is a Denver-based company organized to make investments in companies operating in the natural resources and related service industries. From 2000 to 2008, Garrett was the Air Compliance Program Manager for TransMontaigne Inc. located in Denver. TransMontaigne operates within the pipeline and refined petroleum storage industries. As the Air Compliance Program Manager, Garrett managed all air compliance requirements as well as ethanol, butane and above-ground storage tank compliance for 55 bulk chemical storage facilities nationwide. From 2005-2008, Garrett served as Chairman of the International Liquid Terminals Association Environmental Committee. From 2006-2009, Garrett served as a commissioner on the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission, to which he was appointed by Gov. Bill Owens. Garrett received a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in resource law studies from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.