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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 career path toward conducting improvements in the business sector. While working in the public transportation industry, implemented programs that drove improvements and mitigated safety and sustainability risks. If she is not at The Alliance Center, there is a chance you can find her listening a podcast about women’s empowerment, trying a new recipe, or tasting a 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 two children’s future. This focus is the foundation of his investment in The Alliance Center’s work and his impact in the world.

Sandra Halvatzis

Sandra Halvatzis

Director of Programs

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.

Kelly Honecker

Kelly Honecker

Senior Director of Development

Kelly Honecker has been immersed in development work for the entirety of her professional career. Kelly is committed to driving impact and finding meaningful partnerships that can further the mission of The Alliance Center. Beyond striving for a more equitable world in which to raise her young daughter, Kelly also enjoys baking, running, painting, playing in her garden, and international travel. One of Kelly’s commitments is to water conservation and she is an advocate for rain water collection systems which she uses to water her overgrown garden and too many house plants.

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.

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.

Emily McAtee

Emily McAtee

Events Assistant

Emily is currently a senior at The University of Denver. When not busy studying, she gives her time to a nonprofit that aims to keep families together across the globe. She is often spotted by her roommates rummaging through the kitchen trash to find misplaced recyclables and is regarded as "the one who is keeping an eye out for the future." When not in school or volunteering, Emily enjoys exploring Colorado’s beautiful landscape with her friends and family.

Isabel Mendoza

Isabel Mendoza

Programs Intern
Ana Portillo

Ana Portillo

Office Coordinator

Ana Ceci is a self-proclaimed foodie and coffee-lover. Her love for food and coffee inspired her to study our food system and thereafter realized the impact food has on our bodies, minds, and environment. As she learned more about food, she learned more about sustainability, and inevitably she began to work on sustainability projects regarding mental health, zero-waste, place-making, social ecology, education, and agriculture. When she isn’t greeting everyone coming into The Alliance Center with a smile, Ana Ceci is usually found in the kitchen, hiking, or traveling.

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

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.

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.

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

Executive Director

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. Brenna 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. 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.

Moira Wiedenman

Moira Wiedenman

Communications Manager

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.

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.

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. Lynn has extensive experience articulating and promoting the mission and vision of educational organizations and non-profits. She is recognized leader in development, marketing, and program management.

K.J. McCorry

K.J. McCorry

Board Member

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 non-profit boards committed to social and environmental responsibility including International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), CORE (Connected Organizations for a Responsible Economy), 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 Member

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. Betsy joined the team in January 2015, drawn to Green Alpha’s unique methods of building sustainability-oriented, innovation-driven portfolios one stock at a time—never deviating from the underlying Next Economics framework. Prior to Green Alpha, she was a Managing Member and the SVP of First Affirmative Financial Network. Included in her responsibilities was speaking often 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 to play a greater role in everyday life. 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.

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.

Steve Schueth

Steve Schueth

Board President

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 to direct the flow of investment capital in positively impactful and intentionally transformative ways — toward the creation of a truly sustainable future. He 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

Vice President

Gail Schwartz has been working to improve the lives of Coloradans for decades. She attended the University of Colorado Business School and has resided 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.
Her career in public service began when Governor Roy Romer appointed Gail in 1995 to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. 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.

Matt Teeters

Matt Teeters

Treasurer

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.

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