Our Staff

Jane Allen

Jane Allen

Regenerative Recovery Coalition Manager

Jane has always felt a deep connection to the natural world around her. This love of nature led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from University of Northern Colorado, followed by a master’s degree in the Climate Change and Society program at North Carolina State University. She has seen the impacts of a changing climate from coast to coast and has made it her mission to foster more sustainable and equitable communities through her work. After college, Jane moved to the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon to improve the resilience of local rural communities and to assist in developing a COVID-19 recovery plan for economic districts across the state. She is excited to return to Colorado to support the trailblazing effort of the Regenerative Recovery Coalition. In her free time you will most likely find her exploring the outdoors with her husky in tow, listening to live music or hanging out at a local brewery.

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 leading the organization‘s effort for many of their green building certifications, including their recent LEED Platinum accomplishments. He is also an active member of USGBC’s Market Leadership Advisory Board for Colorado and is on the Sustainability Committee for Denver’s International Facility Managers Association. When not working, Chris is normally spending time with his family, doing DIY projects at home, skiing or golfing.

Valeria Cintora

Valeria Cintora

Development Coordinator

Valeria is fascinated about the interconnectedness of environmental issues and considers herself a global citizen. She has seen firsthand the innovative sustainability solutions created through the power of resiliency over her time traveling to 20 different countries all over the world. Valeria graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in ecosystem science and sustainability. Although she enjoyed working in science, she found her love in nonprofit work, and her path led her to The Alliance Center. Outside of work you can find her reading, planning her next big trip or daydreaming on a hammock.

Elizabeth Fierro

Elizabeth Fierro

Communications Coordinator

An avid adventurer, Elizabeth is from Austin, Texas but has also called Indonesia, Morocco, the Philippines and Chicago home. She recently graduated with her bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, where she majored in Environmental and Urban Studies and minored in Creative Writing. During college, Elizabeth spent a summer traveling all over the Rocky Mountains with a conservation corps, which cemented her desire to pursue a career in sustainability. She is thrilled to be returning to the region long term! In her free time, Elizabeth likes to try new vegan restaurants, study foreign languages, write poetry and brainstorm environmentally friendly adventures.

Cori Keatts

Cori Keatts

Office Coordinator

Originally from Virginia‘s Shenandoah Valley, Cori moved to Denver in 2018 and has since found her community within The Alliance Center walls. With a background in hospitality management and environmental studies, she finds a strong sense of purpose in helping others and exploring earth’s most natural landscape. During a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail, Cori became extremely in tune with how little we actually need to be happy. She stands by the motto, "less is more," and knows it is one major way that we can live more in accordance with nature than in conflict. When not at work, she is likely outside and along a trail!

Dani Orth

Dani Orth

Events Director

Dani’s passion and enthusiasm to better herself, the community and the planet are carried throughout every aspect of her life. She earned her master’s degree in environmental policy and management from the University of Denver. She’s vegan. She picks up trash while walking down the street, creates kits for people experiencing homelessness, volunteers and fosters with a local rescue, and she has taken it upon herself to improve Denver’s waste diversion rates. Dani is a certified TRUE Waste Advisor and was Colorado Recycler of the Year. When she isn’t busy trying to save the world, Dani likes to relax by doing yoga or a puzzle, watching Friends or exploring Colorado’s trails.

Jason Page

Jason Page

Chief Operations Officer

Jason has always been attracted to market-based solutions to hard, important problems. This led him to pursue a degree in finance and economics before spending his early career focused on impact investing, microfinance and fair trade topics domestically and abroad. His international experiences in south and east Asia ultimately led him back home to focus on sustainability challenges in his home state. A LEED Accredited Professional, Jason oversaw The Alliance Center‘s award winning, LEED Platinum building renovation and has been responsible for maximizing the impact of The Alliance Center’s collaborative shared working space and green building efforts ever since. 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

Jonathan is the resident “numbers guy” at The Alliance Center and appreciates how simple actions incorporated into daily routines, like composting, biking to work, or reusing coffee cups, add up over a lifetime. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting from Saint Louis University and rounded out his education with a year spent volunteering abroad. This helped shape his world views related to treating fellow humans and our planet with dignity and respect. Jonathan joined the Alliance to better align his career with his personal interests after several years in the public accounting grind. He is a Certified Public Accountant and brings a variety of transactional and industry accounting knowledge to his role. 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. She is a problem-solver who loves thinking about the most efficient ways to get things done. In her downtime, Mariah enjoys knitting, sampling craft breweries and running, as well as going to the park or to the mountains with her husband and rescue pup.

Brenna Simmons-St. Onge

Brenna Simmons-St. Onge

Executive Director

Brenna works day in and day out to create an equitable, inclusive and sustainable future. With a background in corporate social responsibility, she 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 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.

Our Board

Jeff Ackermann

Jeff Ackermann

Board Member

Jeff Ackermann advises regulators and advocates on effective regulatory reform across the spectrum of electric utility transformation. His 30+ years of state government and energy sector experience includes four years as chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, until January 2021. In 2019-2020, he also served as chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment. Prior to his tenure as PUC chair, he served as director of the Colorado Energy Office for four years, starting in 2013. Jeff has engaged with the utility regulatory process from numerous perspectives: as an advocate for income-constrained households; as the lead utility staff member developing a “green pricing” program; and as the demand-side management advisor and later chief policy researcher for the Colorado public utilities commissioners.

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).

Jenise Bermudez

Jenise Bermudez

Board Member

Jenise Bermudez (Pronouns: She/Her/Hers) has more than 13 years of retail banking experience combined with a long-standing zeal for environmental conservation, sustainability, and mission driven finance and banking. Currently, Jenise is First Vice President, Commercial Banking for the Western Region at Amalgamated Bank. Throughout her nine-year tenure at Amalgamated that includes the merger with New Resource Bank in 2018, Jenise has served in multiple roles of ascending responsibility and has provided leadership to the Bank as Co-Chair of the Green Team and member of the Racial Justice Task Force. Prior to her time at Amalgamated, Jenise has spent 5 years in banking at United Labor Bank, First Republic Bank, Citibank and Wells Fargo. In the words of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, Jenise believes that only by changing finance, are we able to finance change. Jenise received a Certificate of Completion in the Advanced Program in Sustainable Management from UC Berkeley Extension and holds an Associate of Arts degree from Santa Rosa Junior College.

Natriece Bryant

Natriece Bryant

Board Member

Natriece Bryant is the Deputy Chief Customer Officer for the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT). She also serves as the State and Local Stimulus Coordinator for the State of Colorado under the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. Previously, she served as the Deputy Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, as the Consumer Education and Public Outreach Coordinator for the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) and as the Communications Specialist for the Division of Motor Vehicles in Driver’s License Administration for the Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR). Prior to joining the State she served as a Victim Specialist and Program Administrator for elder and domestic violence victims for the Denver City Attorney’s Office. Natriece holds a BA in Communications from the University of Colorado; Master of Arts in Sociology and a Master’s in Criminal Justice (MCJ) from the University of Colorado – Denver; and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Regis University.

Keely Downs

Keely Downs

Board Member

Keely is a Partner at Moye White LLP, a Denver-based regional law firm offering strategic representation in complex commercial transactions and disputes. Keely’s specialty includes representing owners, borrowers and developers with the acquisition, sales, development and financing of multifamily properties, as well as obtaining government subsidies for energy-efficient and green multifamily buildings. Keely’s practice also includes commercial real estate acquisition, sales, development, financing and leasing of retail, industrial, and mixed-use properties. She routinely advises real estate brokers and agents regarding regulatory compliance issues. Keely is a member of the Forum on Affordable Housing for the American Bar Association. Keely is also the co-chair of the Moye White Advanced Energy Group. As a Denver native, Keely is passionate about preserving the beautiful landscape of Colorado for generations to come. She lives in Denver with her husband, Luke, and daughter, Scarlet.

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 Treasurer

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.

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.

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. Lynn 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.

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 Secretary

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 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. 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.

Elizabeth Prendergast

Elizabeth Prendergast

Board Member

An experienced corporate attorney with a passion for social enterprise and community development, Beth helps mission-driven companies leverage business as a force for good through the design and implementation of market-based strategies that maximize both financial and social returns. She also guides nonprofit organizations of all shapes and sizes in navigating complex tax, governance and structuring matters. Beth is a recognized leader in the social enterprise space, having practiced on the frontier of the evolving movement for more than 10 years. In 2018, she was honored by Denver Business Journal as Who’s Who in Impact Investing. As a Colorado native, Beth’s personal interest in sustainability makes her right at home with The Alliance Center.

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 20 years.