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Our Staff

Anne Behlouli

Anne Behlouli

Programs Manager

Anne has a strong commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices and believes that an emphasis on sustainability is essential to the growth and development of businesses today. An internship at an employer union advocating for small and medium-sized businesses guided her toward conducting improvements in the business sector. While working in the public transportation industry, she implemented programs that drove improvements and mitigated safety and sustainability risks. If she is not at The Alliance Center, you can find her listening to a podcast about women’s empowerment, trying a new recipe or tasting local beer.

Chris Bowyer

Chris Bowyer

Director of Building Operations

Chris is a self-proclaimed geek who loves learning about the latest and greatest energy efficiency technology for work or home. If you ask him why he lives for sustainability, he would say it is for the betterment of the world for his children’s future. This focus is the foundation of his investment in The Alliance Center’s work and his impact in the world.

Nora Fierman

Nora Fierman

Communications Intern

Nora grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania a few minutes outside of the infamous Scranton. She moved west as soon as possible and graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder. Nora is taking her education to the next level by working hard to promote The Alliance Center’s brand and making sustainability a tool for everyone. Nora is an avid backcountry skier, mountain biker and lover of kitchen messes and baking experiments.

Lauren Farkas

Lauren Farkas

Programs Intern

Lauren is passionate about preserving the beauty of the world that surrounds her. After studying sustainable development in Denmark for a semester, she became aware of the power business has in a globalized economy to create prosperity while improving the lives of people and health of the planet. When she’s not at the office working towards strengthening the goals of The Alliance Center, she can be found outdoors enjoying the sun with friends or roaming through the local farmers market.

Shay Hlavaty

Shay Hlavaty

Communications Specialist

Shay’s dedicated her life to making environmental issues more approachable and relatable to the general public. She was born and raised on a cotton farm in West Texas and most recently lived in Arkansas, Kansas, Colorado and California. (She, of course, returned to Colorado ASAP.) Shay utilizes her understanding of the diverse lifestyles throughout the US to communicate and engage folks of all walks of life in environmentalism. Outside of work you can find her reading, hiking or hanging out with her best dog friend, Rosie Mae.

Kelby Johnson

Kelby Johnson

Events Coordinator

Kelby is driven to make her home state of Colorado a more sustainable and equitable place. Her passion to encourage others to do their part in lessening their impact on the environment comes from her love for the outdoors. After studying sustainability locally at the University of Denver and internationally in Thailand, Kelby learned the importance of educating local communities about environmental issues we are all facing. Outside of The Alliance Center, she loves to be out in nature doing anything from snow kiting to mountain biking!

Matthew Katz

Matthew Katz

Climate+ Intern

Matthew is a passionate individual who cares deeply about sustainable development. He envisions a bright future full of opportunities and eco-friendly communities. At The Alliance Center Matthew helps with Climate+ research and geographic information systems work while also pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Denver. When he is not working or doing school work, he can be found in the mountains hiking or snowboarding depending on the season.

Cori Keatts

Cori Keatts

Office Coordinator

Cori is a passionate individual who lives by the motto, "less is more," and believes that it is one key way that we can live more in accordance with nature than in conflict. After thru hiking the Appalachian Trail, she became extremely in tune with how little we actually need to be happy. She finds a strong sense of purpose in helping others and exploring earth’s most natural landscapes. If not behind The Alliance Center information desk, she is more than likely giggling at a brewery with friends, biking on the Cherry Creek Trail, hiking along the Colorado Trail or relaxing at home.

Kristen Leary

Kristen Leary

Director of Development

Kristen is passionate about making this world a better place. Every day, she does her part through practical actions like avoiding "disposable" plastics and biking to work, and through energetic intentions like engaging people with positivity and kindness. When she’s not building relationships to deepen The Alliance Center’s impact, Kristen enjoys spending time with her friends and family and indulging in some of life’s greatest pleasures: eating delicious food, breathing fresh mountain air and exploring this beautiful world.

Ashley Lovell

Ashley Lovell

Chief Impact Officer

Ashley is a dyed-in-the-wool environmentalist. From “adopting” whales in grade school to getting a Ph.D. in Environmental Sociology, she has dedicated her life and career to protecting the planet. When she’s not dreaming up the next great story for The Alliance Center, Ashley can be found hiking with her family, shopping at her local farmer’s market or shredding at one of Colorado’s epic ski hills.

Isabel Mendoza

Isabel Mendoza

Programs Manager

Isabel grew up surrounded by the natural beauty of tropics in her native Ecuador. It was inevitable she decided to become a biologist very early in life. It was that love for nature that brought her to not only study in Colorado but to fall in love with our beautiful state. High altitude ecosystems have been her life’s passion. The combination of field work, GIS and her experience growing up in areas with high poverty allows her to understand the nuances of complex environmental issues and to find creative ways to solve them. When Isabel is not creating some fun maps for The Alliance Center, she can be found wandering the world, looking for a new upcycling project, gardening or snuggling her loving pets.

Dani Orth

Dani Orth

Events Manager

Dani’s passion and enthusiasm to better her community and the planet is carried throughout every aspect of her life. She’s vegan, picks up trash while walking down the street, creates kits for people experiencing homelessness, volunteers and fosters with a local rescue and has taken it upon herself to improve Denver’s waste diversion rates. When she isn’t busy trying to save the world, Dani likes to relax by watching Friends, doing a puzzle or exploring Colorado’s trails.

Jason Page

Jason Page

Chief Operations Officer

Jason has always been attracted to unique solutions to hard, important problems. This led him to explore microfinance and fair trade domestically and abroad before coming back to focus on his home state. Jason now focuses on maximizing the impact of The Alliance Center’s social purpose real estate and green building efforts. When not supporting The Alliance Center community, Jason is on the ground playing with his three young kids and getting outside the city limits as much as possible.

Jonathan Schmitz

Jonathan Schmitz

Chief Financial Officer

After realizing there is more to life than mundane business transactions, Jonathan joined The Alliance Center to align his career with his personal interest in sustainability. An avid recycler for as long as he can remember, Jonathan appreciates how simple, low-effort actions incorporated into daily routines can lead to large impacts over a lifetime. When he’s not immersed in a spreadsheet, you can find him taking advantage of the year-round outdoor opportunities Colorado has to offer.

Mariah Shell

Mariah Shell

Director of Tenant Services

Mariah has called Colorado home for most of her life and loves working to protect this incredible state. She spends each day supporting the work of our talented tenants and making The Alliance Center THE place to be. In her downtime, Mariah enjoys knitting, sampling craft breweries and running.

Brenna Simmons-St. Onge

Brenna Simmons-St. Onge

Chief Executive Officer

Brenna Simmons-St. Onge works day in and day out to create an equitable, inclusive and sustainable future. As a dynamic leader, Brenna leverages holistic approaches to drive systems change. She comes from a background of corporate social responsibility and spent over 10 years developing and implementing sustainability programs for some of the world’s leading hotel brands. Her endless passion to create a better future drove her to the nonprofit realm. She has served on Denver Mayor‘s Sustainability Advisory Council as well as the University of Colorado’s Managing for Sustainability Advisory Council since 2014. Brenna was named one of the top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals in 2015 and received the City of Denver’s Community Builder Sustainability Award in 2017. As a Colorado native, Brenna has sustainability baked into her DNA. She loves spending any free time she has in nature. From rock climbing to white water rafting, you name the outdoor activity, and there is a good chance of finding it on Brenna’s roll call for adventure.

Moira Wiedenman

Moira Wiedenman

Director of Communications and Marketing

Moira considers herself the new kid in sustainability after transitioning from a career in the education sector, but she’s excited to translate her passions into a career. She’s a vegetarian, an avid public transit advocate and a believer in the power of community. When she‘s done telling The Alliance Center’s powerful stories for the day, you can catch her reading, exploring new breweries and dreaming of her next travel adventure.

Yaya

Yaya

Customer Happiness Associate

Yaya has been a faithful member of the Alliance team for two years now. She works hard on a daily basis to ensure staff, visitors, tenants and furry friends all feel welcomed and supported at The Alliance Center. When she’s not too dog gone tired after work, Yaya enjoys cuddling with her sister and foster friends and begging for all of the treats.

Our Board

Douglas Arent

Douglas Arent

Board Member

Doug Arent has over 30 years of experience in clean energy, sustainable development and related technologies and management. He is an internationally recognized expert in clean energy and sustainability, technology, policy and strategy. Doug is the Deputy Associate Lab Director, Scientific Computing and Energy Analysis (SCEA) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. For more than 20 years, he has led global teams that deliver leading-edge, objective, high-impact research and analysis to guide global energy investment and policy decisions at the intersections of the environmental, social, financial, technological and political elements of energy systems. Doug also directs the 21st Century Power Partnership, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial that supports power sector policy and regulatory best practices and deep technical assessments. He is the Editor in Chief for Renewable Energy Focus and is Associate Editor for the journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. Doug has a PhD from Princeton University, an MBA from Regis University and a bachelor of science degree from Harvey Mudd College.

Melissa Baldridge

Melissa Baldridge

Board Member

Melissa Baldridge co-founded GreenSpot Global in 2010 to develop and create value in regenerative real estate by spinning energy, carbon, water and waste meters backwards. Since then, she’s helped hundreds of clients with sustainability and financial analysis, development, land acquisition and finished product sales worth over $340 million. She’s also modeled over 1 million square feet of property, helped clients place 236 MWs of solar power, and save hundreds of carbon tonnes and over 200 MWhs of electricity annually. Melissa is nationally recognized for excellence and innovation by the National Green Building Standard, and GreenSpot was named a “Top Green Dealmaker” by the U.S. Green Building Council. She is also in candidacy for a master’s degree in sustainability with a focus on corporate innovation (Harvard University, 2020). Her areas of interest include regenerative building and activities, economic and financial analysis, energy and greenhouse gas metrics, green finance and circular economics. In Melissa’s spare time she plays drums and percussion (jazz, funk, house, Brazilian and Cuban).

Catherine Greener

Catherine Greener

Board Member

Catherine Greener’s experience includes Vice President of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability for Xanterra Travel Collection, VP of sustainability consulting at Saatchi & Saatchi S, team leader commercial and industrial team at Rocky Mountain Institute and Director of Quality and Customer Focus for ABB Flexible Automation. She is regularly invited to speak on various sustainability topics including strategy, employee engagement and integrating sustainability into marketing messages. Catherine has significant experience in the implementation of sustainability, lean manufacturing and industrial quality management systems. She has led sustainability and resource efficiency projects for companies and clients, from entrepreneurial start-ups to the industrial facilities of multinational corporations and Fortune 500 companies. She combines her sustainability, quality management and lean manufacturing experience with acute problem solving skills and an exceptional ability to uncover process waste. Catherine has given numerous talks, facilitated visioning sessions and conducted training classes in sustainability, continuous quality improvement and other disciplines, developed waste reduction programs and led problem-solving groups for manufacturing strategy.

Irv Halter

Irv Halter

Board Member

Major General (ret) Irv Halter is a highly experienced government and private sector leader. He served for over 32 years as an officer and fighter pilot in the United States Air Force including over 14 years overseas in Europe and Asia, as well as combat service in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan. In 2009, he became the Vice President and General Manager of the largest division in Computer Sciences Corporation directing support and IT services for the Air Force, NASA and Missile Defense Agency. In 2015, he was chosen by Governor John Hickenlooper to join his cabinet as the Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, working with municipalities and counties to build critical civil infrastructure and affordable housing. As a result of this work, Irv is focusing on addressing the causes and symptoms of rapidly eroding economic sustainability. In addition to the Alliance Center, Irv is on the Board of Directors for the Springs Rescue Mission and Chairs the Board of Directors for Wholly Kicks, a nonprofit homeless outreach effort based in Aurora. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Judy.

Lynn Israel

Lynn Israel

Board Member

Lynn’s primary career has been in the field of education as a university and high school administrator, teacher, and most recently, Director of Community Outreach for an education nonprofit. She is also an environmental activist, working closely on the issues of preservation with Rainforest Action Network and fracking with Food and Water Watch and other local organizations. As a former professional dancer, she serves on the board of two Boulder-based dance companies. She is the mom of two grown sons with whom she shares a passion for the ocean and surfing in particular. She believes deeply in the mission of The Alliance Center and is looking forward to working with the talented staff and board to ensure its continued growth and success. Ms. Israel has extensive experience articulating and promoting the mission and vision of educational organizations and nonprofits. She is recognized leader in development, marketing and program management.

Stella Hodgkins

Stella Hodgkins

Board Member

Stella has over 14 years’ experience in architecture and green building consulting, having worked on over $1.5B worth of sustainable projects in the commercial building sector. She has co-authored sustainability and high performance design guidelines and spoken on topics such as biophilia, greenwashing, green building certification systems, health and wellness, and recycling in the construction industry. She is currently on the Board of Associated General Contractors (AGC) CO, City of Denver Office of Sustainability Advisory Council, Careers in Construction Colorado, El Pomar ELD Program Asian Advisory Council, and a Facilitator of the Colorado Living Building Challenge Collaborative. Stella currently serves as the Corporate Citizenship Manager at GE Johnson Holding Company, where she focuses on opportunities, goals, and cross-contextual relationships related to the company’s financial performance and environmental and social impact.

Sonrisa Lucero

Sonrisa Lucero

Board Member

Sonrisa is the sustainability strategist in the Office of Sustainability for the City and County of Denver. She works to establish sustainability as a core business value for the city and engage community partners to instill it as a public value. She also partners with leaders in the community to achieve each of the city’s 2020 Sustainability Goals. A sustainability engineer with over 12 years of experience, Sonrisa brings with her a deep knowledge of energy resources and all facets of sustainable buildings and their impact on the natural and built environment. She has leveraged this experience in the city to assist with the development of the citywide sustainability policy for city assets and operations, updating of the city’s building codes, the implementation of the benchmarking and transparency ordinance for existing commercial buildings, the development and adoption of commercial PACE to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy for commercial buildings and to evaluate the upgrade of city streetlights to LED. Sonrisa is a graduate of Stanford University with a self-designed degree combining energy resources, policy and economics in the School of Engineering. She is also a Denver native, is passionate about the outdoors and traveling and lives with her amazing wife, Cristina.

Winna MacLaren

Winna MacLaren

Board Member

Winna MacLaren has 12 years of experience in marketing, communications and public relations, and most recently put those skills to use promoting cleaner air through sustainable transportation at Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). She is passionate about making the planet a healthier, more inclusive place to live. Winna currently serves on Mayor Hancock‘s Sustainability Advisory Council, and in 2018 she served as chair of the council’s subcommittee on equity, exploring how to integrate the social aspects of sustainability into larger programs. Winna lives in Denver with her husband and three daughters, enjoying that good, outdoor Colorado life whenever she can.

K.J. McCorry

K.J. McCorry

Board Vice Chair

K.J. McCorry is the founder of Eco-officiency, which offers sustainability consulting services to small and medium businesses. She specializes in sustainability planning, assessments and employee training. She is a contributing author to Simple Path to Sustainability; Green Business Strategies for Small and Medium Sized Businesses released in 2011. She currently serves on the Eco-Cycle and Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center boards. She also serves on the University of Colorado Denver Managing for Sustainability Council and an adjunct faculty member for the University of Colorado Boulder Masters of the Environment program. K.J. has served on multiple nonprofit boards committed to social and environmental responsibility including International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), Connected Organizations for a Responsible Economy (CORE), Businesses for Social Responsibility- Colorado Chapter; Past President and founding member of Colorado P3: People, Planet Profit. K.J. is an MBA graduate of the University of Denver, and she received her undergraduate degree from Metropolitan State University. She has certifications in LEED, GHG Accounting and the Global Reporting Initiative. She is also is a LEAD Fellow, an international sustainability leadership program.

Betsy Moszeter

Betsy Moszeter

Board Secretary

Betsy Moszeter is the COO of Green Alpha Advisors, ensuring the firm successfully serves an expanding client base at the highest levels. This means she wears a lot of hats, including that of an active Investment Committee member. Prior to Green Alpha, she was a Managing Member and the SVP of First Affirmative Financial Network. Included in her responsibilities was speaking at conferences and working with many organizations to promote the sustainable, responsible, impact (SRI) investing industry and The SRI Conference. Betsy was the COO and CCO of TAMRO Capital Partners, in Alexandria, VA from 2004 to 2013, growing the business to $2 billion in client assets before relocating to Colorado because of her love of hiking and need for nature. She has served on the Alumni Board of Directors for the Darden School of Business since 2012.

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson

Board Member

Jill is a former lawyer and social justice activist who received a bachelor’s degree and law degree from Stanford University. She worked as a VISTA volunteer for San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance, focusing on organizing and litigating on behalf of public housing tenants citywide. She then became the Executive Director of the Boston-based National Jobs with Peace Campaign, a multi-racial, multi-class, grassroots organizing group that coordinating campaigns with an agenda to reduce military spending and fund human needs and the environment.

John Powers

John Powers

Founder

Founder of Alliance for Sustainable Colorado in 2004 and full-time volunteer, John has been on the board since inception. He is a board member of Conservation Colorado and the Educational Foundation of America. From 2006 to 2012 John was a member of the Greenprint Council, a citizens’ advisory committee to the Mayor of Denver’s Sustainable Development Initiative.

Steve Schueth

Steve Schueth

Board Chair

A nationally recognized authority, consultant and resource to the Sustainable, Responsible, Impact investment industry, Steve is veteran financial services professional. For nearly 30 years, he has focused on helping direct the flow of investment capital in positively impactful and intentionally transformative ways — toward the creation of a truly sustainable future. Steve worked for Calvert Investments for eight years in the 1990s, including four years as President of Calvert Distributors, and served for eleven years as Chair of the Board of US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investing. Steve was Principal, President, and Chief Marketing Officer for First Affirmative Financial Network from 1999 through 2017 and served as Executive Producer of The SRI Conference (on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing), the premier gathering of the sustainable and responsible investment industry in North America for nearly twenty years.

Gail Schwartz

Gail Schwartz

Board Member

Gail Schwartz has been working to improve the lives of Coloradans for decades. She attended the University of Colorado Business School and resides with her family in Western Colorado. Professionally, Gail was a partner with an industry-leading firm designing ski areas in the U.S. and Canada; subsequently, she was Director of Development at the Aspen/Pitkin County Housing Authority and instituted innovative policies to support affordable housing development.
Gail’s career in public service began when Governor Roy Romer appointed her to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education in 1995. In 2000, Gail was elected to the University of Colorado Board of Regents from the 3rd Congressional District, serving for six years, including two years as Vice Chair. In 2006 Gail was elected to the Colorado State Senate from the 5th Senate District and was reelected in 2010. As chair of multiple committees, including Agriculture Natural Resources and Energy, she successfully passed a body of groundbreaking legislation focused on water, renewable energy, education and rural economic development. She was a candidate for Congress in 2016 from Colorado’s 3rd CD. Currently, Gail continues her dedication to public policy through consulting and serves on regional and statewide nonprofit boards.

Dominick Sekich

Dominick Sekich

Board Member

Dominick is a partner at Moye White Attorneys at Law. He provides strategic counsel to clients in complex real estate, corporate, information technology, and regulatory matters. As part of his real estate practice, Dominick focuses on industrial real estate developers and industrial users, including breweries and distilleries. He also represents clients in a variety of other real estate matters including conveyancing, leasing, and land use matters. Dominick’s practice areas also concentrate on agriculture, ag tech, industrial real estate development, green building principles, energy conservation and environmentally sustainable development. He is a LEED Accredited Professional. Dominick advises companies concerning business planning and formation, contracts, strategic negotiations, and vendor relationships, as well as intellectual property licensing and use agreements. He seeks to promote best corporate practices and healthy relationships that positively impact his clients’ business initiatives.

Matt Teeters

Matt Teeters

Board Treasurer

Matt Teeters works as the President of the Union Station branch for Alpine Bank. Matt began as a Management Trainee with the bank in January 2006 in the bank’s Avon location. After eight successful years in the Vail Valley, the bank asked for Teeters to move to Denver to help head its Front Range expansion. This relocation resulted in a promotion to the President of the bank’s first Denver location at Union Station. Over the past two years, Matt has served an integral role of expanding the bank’s services across the Front Range, and over the past 5 years, he has served as a member of the bank’s internal Green Team helping to further the bank’s environmental initiatives in both the Vail Valley and Denver.

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