Our Staff

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 two children’s future. This focus is the foundation of his investment in The Alliance Center’s work and his impact in the world.

Sustainability Gear:
LEED v4 Operations & Maintenance Reference Guide: This self-proclaimed geek used this book to ensure The Alliance Center is living up to its mission.

Sandra Halvatzis

Sandra Halvatzis

Programs Manager

Sandra brings a unique mix of business and government experience combined with a passion to further sustainability in Colorado and the world. She believes all children should have access to water, energy, freedom, health, education, and opportunities to unlock their potential. From having participated in international track and field competitions representing her native country of Peru, to having completed her M.S in Economic Development, Sandra is a goal driven person. In her free time she enjoys taking portraits of her kids in beautiful landscapes, and baking loaves of artisan bread.

Sustainability Gear:
Reusable shopping bag: Sandra brings her reusable shopping bags with her wherever she goes. Skipping plastic bags is an easy and effective way to reduce your waste.

Jason Knoll

Jason Knoll

Executive Director

Jason offers a unique combination of visionary insight and grounded skill. He is a versatile business leader with a proven career focus on inspiring the conditions for peak performance. Jason brings experience in general management, strategic planning, business development, and financial analysis. His passion is working collaboratively to bring forth the technologies, systems, and ways of living that support a sustainable and ultimately regenerative world.

Sustainability Gear:
RTD EcoPass: Jason minimizes driving by utilizing RTD’s bus rapid transit to make the 25-mile commute to work, which also allows him to be more productive.

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 indulging in some of life’s greatest pleasures: eating delicious food, breathing fresh mountain air, and exploring this beautiful world.

Sustainability Gear:
Compost Bin: Kristen is an insistent composter. Any of her kitchen creations that don’t make it into bellies are sent to enrich our soil system through the "Denver Composts" program.

Ashley Lovell

Ashley Lovell

Director of Communications and Marketing

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.

Sustainability Gear:
Hiking boots: Ashley always wears her hiking boots on the trail. They help her to leave no trace by allowing her stomp through puddles instead of going off-trail.

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, lives in an a LEED certified apartment complex, 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 and doing a puzzle.

Sustainability Gear:
Foster puppies: Through education and fostering, we can change the fate of pets that would be euthanized. What’s better than the new puppy smell? Saving a puppy that others didn’t want.

Jason Page

Jason Page

Senior Director of Operations

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. He 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.

Sustainability Gear:
Bike Commuter Bag: Jason has yet to find a better way to start and end his workday than hopping on his bike, though he could do without thrill-seeking pigeons on the trail.

Jonathan Schmitz

Jonathan Schmitz

Financial Controller

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.

Sustainability Gear:
Bike: By commuting to work via the Cherry Creek Bike Trail, Jonathan stays active, avoids the stress of Denver’s congested roads, and reduces his carbon footprint.

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.

Sustainability Gear:
Vegetables: Mariah likes to ‘turnip the beet’ on local and organic produce and is always ready to try out a new recipe.

Brenna Simmons-St. Onge

Brenna Simmons-St. Onge

Director of Programs

As a Colorado native, Brenna has sustainability baked into her DNA. She started her career in the Corporate Social Responsibility world, leading sustainability initiatives for the hospitality industry. Her endless passion to create a better future drove her to the nonprofit realm. Brenna 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 her roll call for adventure.

Sustainability Gear:
Brenna and her hubby are urban beekeepers. Tending to her buzzing ladies is just one of the many ways she lives her passion for sustainability daily.

Our Board

Bill Becker

Bill Becker

Board Member

Bill is co-director of The Future We Want, an initiative with the United Nations to expand the public’s understanding of how sustainable development can affect our lives and communities; Executive Director of the National Sustainable Communities Coalition, which helps link communities with sustainable development experts; and Executive Director of the Presidential Climate Action Project, which develops recommendations on how the President of the United States can lead against global climate change.

Dr. Bruce Hutton

Dr. Bruce Hutton

Secretary

Dr. Bruce Hutton, is Dean Emeritus and Professor of Marketing at the CU-Denver Daniels College of Business, where he also holds the Piccinati Chair in Teaching Innovation. In his 33 years at the University of Denver, he has served as Interim Dean (2007–2008), Dean (1990–1994), Director of off–site MBA programs (1986–1989), and chairman of the Department of Marketing (1980–1985). He also developed and served as director of the college’s first off–site MBA program (1987–1990). He has received numerous local, regional, and national honors for his contributions to business education, applied market research, and community service.

Dr. David Orr

Dr. David Orr

Board Member

David is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, and Chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College. He is also a James Marsh Professor at large at the University of Vermont. David is known for his pioneering work on environmental literacy in higher education and ecological design. He led the design and construction of the Adam Joseph Lewis Center, Oberlin’s Environmental Studies Program Center. David has authored five books and over 150 articles in scientific journals, social science publications, and popular magazines.

John Powers

John Powers

Founder

Founder of Alliance for Sustainable Colorado in 2004 and full-time volunteer, John has been on its board since inception. John is a board member of Conservation Colorado and the Educational Foundation of America. From 2006-12 John was a member of the Greenprint Council, a citizens’ advisory committee to the Mayor of Denver’s Sustainable Development Initiative.

Steven J. Schueth

Steven J. Schueth

Board President

President and Chief Marketing Officer, First Affirmative Financial Network, an independent SEC-registered investment advisory firm serving socially conscious investors. Steve has 30+ years experience in real estate and financial services including eight years with Calvert where he developed the first global socially screened mutual fund. Steve serves as a consultant and resource to the SRI industry since 1989 and a producer of the annual SRI in the Rockies Conference, the premier gathering of the sustainable and responsible investment industry in North America.

Gail Schwartz

Gail Schwartz

Board Member

Gail Schwartz has been working to improve the lives of Coloradans for decades. She graduated from business school at the University of Colorado in 1971 and then moved to Aspen, where she started a family, was a partner in an industry-leading firm designing ski areas in the U.S. and Canada, and developed some of the first affordable housing in the Roaring Fork Valley. In 1995, Governor Roy Romer appointed Gail to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education representing Western Colorado. In 2000, Gail was elected to the University of Colorado Board of Regents for the 3rd Congressional District, and served for six years, including two years as Vice Chair.

Matt Teeters

Matt Teeters

Board Member

Matt Teeters works as the President of the Union Station branch for Alpine Bank. Teeters 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, Teeters has served an integral role of expanding the bank’s services across the Front Range, and over the past 5 years, Matt 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.