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Speaker Bios

John L. Adgate, PhD, MSPH

Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Colorado School of Public Health.

Dr. Adgate's research is in exposure science and risk analysis including studies of air pollution, children's environmental health and effectiveness of risk mitigation approaches. His most recent reseach has focused on the public health impacts of natural gas development. 

Douglas Jay Arent, Ph.D. MBA

Executive Director of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Currently, Dr. Arent is Executive Director of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and acting Director of the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. Dr. Arent has a Ph.D. from Princeton University, an MBA from Regis University, and a bachelor’s of science from Harvey Mudd College in California.

Bob Bemis

Bob Bemis
Vice President of Environmental, Health & Safety, Noble Energy

Mr. Bemis graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Geological Engineering from The University of Minnesota School of Mines and received an MBA from Oklahoma City University.  Bob as an Engineer worked for Schlumberger Wireline Services then joined Samedan Oil Company in 1981. Bob started Noble Energy’s Corporate Environment, Health and Safety group in 2004. 

Michael Bennet

U.S. Senator for Colorado

Michael Bennet was elected United States Senator for Colorado in November 2010. A newcomer to politics with experience in business and public service, he is widely-recognized as a pragmatic, innovative and independent thinker driven by a deep-seated obligation to create more opportunity for the next generation.

James Bradbury, Ph.D.

Senior Associate, Climate and Energy Program World Resources Institute

James leads WRI's reseach on greehouse gas emissions from U.S. natural gas system, seeking policy and technology solutions to reduce emissions from all life cycle stages. Previously, James served as Senior Legislative Assistant to Congressman Jay Inslee. 

Ginny Brannon

Assistant Director for Water and Energy Colorado Department of Natural Resources

Ms. Brannon works to develop and implement policy regarding water and energy resources. She advises and coordinates with the Colorado Water Conservation Board, the Division of Water Resources, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and the Division of Mining Reclamation and Safety- the DNR boards and divisions responsible for managing Colorado's water and energy resources.

Greg Brophy

State Senator

State Senator Greg Brophy (R-Wray) was first elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2002. During this time he has been a strong voice for Energy and the economic benefit it provides to the residents of Northeast Colorado.
 

Mark Brownstein

Associate Vice President & Chief Counsel, U.S. Energy and Climate Program Environmental Defense Fund

Mr. Brownstein leads EDF’s natural gas efforts. Mark also specializes in utility-related issues, including transmission development, wholesale and retail electric market design, rate reform, and power plant siting and investment.  Mark was one of two EDF staff leads on the United States Climate Action Partnership, a coalition of the nation’s leading corporations and environmental groups championing immediate action on federal legislation to cap and substantially reduce greenhouse gas pollution across the US economy.  He is co-author of the Carbon Principles, a set of enhanced due diligence principles for investment banks considering the financing of coal fired power plants.Mark Brownstein is the Associate Vice President& Chief Counsel of the US Energy and Climate Program at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and he leads EDF’s natural gas efforts. Mark also specializes in utility-related issues, including transmission development, wholesale and retail electric market design, rate reform, and power plant siting and investment.Mark Brownstein is the Associate Vice President& Chief Counsel of the US Energy and Climate Program at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and he leads EDF’s natural gas efforts. Mark also specializes in utility-related issues, including transmission development, wholesale and retail electric market design, rate reform, and power plant siting and investment. Mark Brownstein is the Associate Vice President& Chief Counsel of the US Energy and Climate Program at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and he leads EDF’s natural gas efforts. Mark also specializes in utility-related issues, including transmission development, wholesale and retail electric market design, rate reform, and power plant siting and investment. Mark Brownstein is the Associate Vice President& Chief Counsel of the US Energy and Climate Program at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and he leads EDF’s natural gas efforts. Mark also specializes in utility-related issues, including transmission development, wholesale and retail electric market design, rate reform, and power plant siting and investment.

Howard Cantor

Deputy Administrator for Region 8 Office in Denver Environmental Protection Agency

Mr. Cantor is the Deputy Regional Administrator for EPA Region 8, which includes the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming and 27 Tribal Nations.  Howard joined EPA in 1994 and has held various leadership positions in Washington, DC and Colorado.  He earned a Masters of Public Administration degree in environmental policy from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Ken Carlson

Ken Carlson
Associate Professor-Environmental Engineering, Director of Energy and Environmental Systems Center, CSU Energy Institute Colorado State University

The Colorado Watch will be discussed on Dr. Carlson’s panel.  The Center for the New Energy Economy is working with industry, DOE and other organizations to develop GIS-based tools for optimizing water management and treatment in oil and gas operations.

Jeff Collett

Department Head Atmospheric Science Colorado State University

Professor Collett is head of the CSU Atmospheric Science Department, is an expert in air quality and atmospheric chemistry.  He has led numerous field studies examining the sources and impacts of air pollutants, including those associated with oil and gas production.

Terry Comerford

Director of College of Engineering Success Center Colorado State University

Ms. Comerford oversees the professional development and placement of engineering students. Prior to joining CSU in 2008, Terry worked with Amoco Oil and BP at their Texas City refinery in various operations, planning, and financial positions. Terry graduated from Georgia Tech in Chemical Engineering and receirved her MBA from University of Houston. 

Charles D. Davidson

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Charles (Chuck) Davidson has more than 35 years of energy industry experience. Chuck joined Noble Energy in October 2000 as chairman and CEO after serving as chairman, president and CEO at Vastar Resources, Inc. A member of the original executive team that formed Vastar in 1994, he previously held a number of engineering, operations and executive positions at ARCO. Active in numerous industry and trade organizations, Chuck is currently serving as chairman of the Independent Petroleum Association of America’s Offshore Committee. He serves on the Board of the Gas Technology Institute, on the Advisory Board of the University of Texas in Dallas and with several Houston community organizations.

Scott Denning

Professor, Department of Atmospheric Science Colorado State University

Dr. Denning is a Monfort Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, former Editor of the Journal of Climate, author of over 90 publications in the peer-reviewed climate literature. 

Maury Dobbie

Symposium Chair and Emcee, Assistant Director, Center for the New Energy Economy, CSU

Ms. Dobbie has headed up the planning and execution of the past three CSU-hosted natural gas symposiums.  Prior to joining the Center for the New Energy Economy, she was President/CEO of the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation.  Prior to that, she founded and operated six diverse companies since 1980 and received multiple awards as an experienced entrepreneur.

David Ellerbroek, PhD

Vice President MWH Global

Dr. Ellerbroek is Global Sector Lead for Upstream Oil and Gas and works with Unconventional Oil
and Gas operators to develop sustainable, efficient water management solutions.  He has a PhD from
Colorado State University in Environmental Engineering, MS from Colorado School of Mines in
Environmental Science and BS from University of Colorado in Geophysics. He has been with MWH
for 17 years and before that worked as a Research Scientist for CSIRO in Australia.

Bill Farland

Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice President Colorado State University

In addition to being the Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice President Dr. Farland is also a Professor in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Science, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Formerly, he served for 7 years as the Vice President for Research at CSU. 

Dr. Anthony A. Frank

President Colorado State University

Dr. Tony Frank became the 14th President of Colorado State University on June 24, 2009. He had served as Interim President of CSU since November 2008, after having served the University for more than 16 years including four years as Provost and Senior Vice President.

Dr. Gary Graham

Director, Lands Program, Western Resource Advocates

Dr. Graham's responsibility is advocating for a clean energy future while protecting sensitive species and ecosystems. He previously served as Executive Director of Audubon Colorado and Director of the Wildlife Division at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. WRA's mission is to protect West's land, air and water. 

Scott Hall

CEO Black Diamond Minerals

BDM is a Denver based oil and gas company with producing wells in Colorado, Wyoming and Oklahoma thru several subsidiaries like Prospect Energy.  Scott graduated from The University of Colorado with a BS in Civil Engineering in May 1981 and spent 20 years at Texaco before starting his own oil and gas companies.  Scott was managed all phases of the upstream and midstream oil and gas business.

Dickey Lee Hullinghorst

House Majority Leader State of Colorado

Representative Hullinghorst is in her third term representing Boulder County. She has been involved in public policy for 35 years, including serving as the Boulder County Democratic intergovernmental relations director for more than 20 years. 

Jeff Immelt

President and CEO

Mr. Immelt has held several global leadership positions since coming to GE in 1982, including roles in GE's Plastics, Appliances, and Healthcare businesses. In 1989 he became an officer of GE and joined the GE Capital Board in 1997. A couple years later, in 2000, Mr. Immelt was appointed president and chief executive officer.  Mr. Immelt has been named one of the "World's Best CEOs" three times by Barron's, and since he began serving as chief executive officer, GE has been named "America's Most Admired Company" in a poll conducted by Fortune magazine and one of "The World's Most Respected Companies" in polls by Barron's and the Financial Times.  Mr. Immelt was the chair of President Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. He is a member of The American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

A.J. Krieger

Town Administrator Erie, Colorado

Mr. Krieger has more than 20 years' experience working in local government, with more than 10 as a chief administrative officer. He has a B.S. from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and an MPA from Saint Louis University. 

Sarah Landry

Community Outreach Advisor Colorado Oil and Gas Association

Through this position, Ms. Landry strives to foster open dialogue and positive relationships between Colorado’s local communities and the oil and gas industry. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she previously handled communications and outreach in Governor Bobby Jindal’s Office, including assisting with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response efforts. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

William E. Liss

Managing Director, End Use Solutions Gas Technology Institute

Bill is the Managing Director, End Use Solutions at GTI. He leads a group focused on new energy technology developments in residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation markets. He has a Chemical Engineering degree and Masters in Business Administration. 

Michael V. Martin

Chancellor Colorado State University

As chancellor of the Colorado State University System, Michael leads the system’s operations, sets legislative strategy, serves as the primary spokesperson and works to increase engagement among alumni, donors and the business community.

John Minge

Chairman and President, President and CEO of the Gulf Coast Restoration Organization BP America Inc.

Mr. Minge’ provides oversight to BP’s U. S. businesses, which are involved in oil and gas exploration and production, refining, chemicals, supply and trading, pipeline operations, shipping, and alternative energy.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Washington State University.

Scott Neil

Senior Engineering Director- Project Execution, DCP Midstream

Scott Neil is a proud CSU graduate in Mechanical Engineering ( '80). He leads 30 Engineers and 15 Automation Control Specialists executing the $10 Million to $1.2 Billion projects. totaling over $5 Billion over the last 3 years. 

Mark Paschke

Shell Endowed Chair of Restoration Ecology Forest & Rangeland Stewardship Dept. & Research Associate Dean, Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University

Dr. Paschke serves as Research Associate Dean. His research focuses on the mechanisms controlling community assembly in terrestrial plant communities.  He currently teaches classes in Restoration Ecology, Ecological Restoration, Reconciliation Ecology and Disturbance Ecology. 

Romeo Perez

Operations Engineering Manager XTO Energy

Romeo is an Engineering Manager in XTO’s Western Division in Denver.  His Team has responsibility for managing the company’s natural energy resources in Alaska, western Colorado, Utah, & Wyoming.  He has over 31 years of service with ExxonMobil.

Yves Pollart, PE, BCEE

Vice President of Environmental Engineering

Mr. Pollart has 30 years of professional experience in municipal and industrial water and wastewater
engineering and oversees our flowback treatment, pad, water management, and water and wastewater
services.

Michael Powelson

Director of Energy Programs, North America Region The Nature Conservancy

Mr. Powelson has a long history of working with an array of partners on natural resources management, with a special focus on energy and public lands. Michael is the Conservancy's lead on applying Conservancy scientific expertise to federal and state policies, legislation, and corporate practice and partnership focused on addressing the impacts from development of oil & gas, renewables, and transmission and reducing GHG emissions from the energy sector. 

Adam Prior

Technical Water Specialist Noble Energy

With a background as a consulting engineer with expertise in water resources and water/wastewater treatment, Mr. Prior currently utilize his experience in the area of recycling produced water for reuse, supply systems and infrastructure, facilities design and hydraulic fracturing water quality for Noble Energy, Inc., a prominent oil & gas producer in Northern Colorado. 

Bob Randall

Deputy Director, Colorado Department of Natural Resources State of Colorado

Bob Randall manages the Colorado Department Natural Resource's policy, legislative, and communications initiatives. He holds a law degree from Lewis and Clark College and a journalism degree from the University of Missouri

Curtis Rueter

Curtis Rueter
Manager of LNG/CNG Development Noble Energy

Mr. Rueter is responsible for driving the use of natural gas as a transportation and motor fuel throughout Noble's operation and suppy chain. He will share Noble's experience in using LNG/CNG in production and transportation. 

Bill Ritter

Center for the New Energy Economy

Bill Ritter Jr. is currently the Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University. The Center started February 1, 2011 with Ritter as the founding Director. In addition to the Director, the Center now employs an Assistant Director, two Senior Policy Advisors, and an Executive Assistant. Ritter was elected as Colorado's 41st governor in 2006 -- the first Colorado-born governor in more than 35 years. Ritter lead Colorado forward by bringing people together to tackle some of our state's biggest challenges. During his 4 year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in renewable energy by building a New Energy Economy that is creating thousands of new jobs and establishing hundreds of new companies. Ritter served as Denver’s District Attorney from 1993 to January 2005. He earned a national reputation as one of the country’s most effective and innovative prosecutors, and several of his programs continue to serve as state and national models. The sixth of 12 children, Ritter was raised on a small farm in Arapahoe County. He was a member of the first graduating class of Gateway High School (1974), and he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado State University (1978) and his law degree from the University of Colorado (1981). www.cnee.colostate.edu

Chrissy Schaffner

Associate Director Regulatory Affairs Castleton Commodities International, LLC.

From 2007 and 2011 Ms.Schaffner consulted on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance for enegy projects. Since 2011, Chrissy joined Anadarko Petroleum Corporation as NEPA advisor for various asset teams. She joined Castleton Commodities International in 2013, where she manages the Company's regulatory affairs for upstream operations in the Paradox Basin - located mostly on federal lands in southeast Utah and southwest Colorado. 

Joel Swisher

Consulting Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Stanford University

Dr. Joel N. Swisher also a Senior Fellow at Rocky Mountain Institute, where he was formerly Managing Director of Research and Consulting. 

Diana Wall

Director, School of Environmental Sustainability Colorado State University

Dr. Wall is a University Distinguished Professor of Biology, and Senior Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. As a soil ecologist and environmental scientist she is actively engaged in research on sustaining soils and has spent 24 seasons in the Antarctic McMurdo Dry Valleys examining how global changes impact soil biodiversity, ecosystem processes and ecosystem services.

Bryan Willson

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Founder and co-director of CSU’s Engines and Energy Conversion Lab

In the role as professor and co-director, he has worked for over 25 years to develop large-scale solutions for global energy needs with a significant focus on reducing environmental impacts from natural gas production and use.  Dr. Willson is on assignment from CSU serving as Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

Rich Wobbekind

Executive Director of the Business Research Division, Associate Professor of Business Economics and Finance, and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the Leeds School of Business University of Colorado-Boulder

Mr. Wobbekind participates annually in the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank Regional Economic Roundtable and is a contributor to the Western Blue Chip forecast newsletter. He is a member of the Governor’s Revenue Estimating Advisory Committee and the Boulder Economic Council. Rich is past President of the National Association for Business Economics.