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Board of Directors

Meet Our Board of Directors

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André Bollaert

André Bollaert

André has over fourteen years of nonprofit leadership experience, including extensive work in organizational development, fundraising, program development and evaluation, and effective collaborative initiatives. André currently serves as the executive director at The Acorn School for Early Childhood Education and the Wilderness Early Learning Center in Boulder. Bollaert previously served in executive roles at Cal-Wood Education Center, the Libuse Kriz-Fiorito Historical Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, the Roger Hill Volunteer Center, and worked as an independent nonprofit fundraising and organizational development consultant. He is a graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, and received a B.A. in Political Science from CU-Boulder.

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Andrea Ray

Andrea Ray

Andrea is a research scientist for the NOAA Earth Systems Research Lab and the NOAA-CU Western Water Assessment developing practical applications of climate research. She works on water and climate issues; in particular, on how institutions and policies are resilient to climate variations such as drought and climate change. She holds an AB in Geology from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado. She has lived in Boulder for over 10 years.

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Ben Apple

Ben Apple

Ben is the Principal of Environmental Commodities Corporation, a company he founded to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of large polluters in North America. Carbon credits generated by their technology are used by companies that are regulated under cap and trade programs. Ben holds an MBA from The Wharton School, an MS in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He started his career as an engineer in the Air Force and served as a United Nations Peacekeeper before entering the private sector to pursue his passion for environmental conservation. Ben worked in the venture capital sector in Europe as the Kyoto Protocol was being implemented, and subsequently returned to the U.S. to focus on greenhouse gas emissions. Ben lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two children. When he’s not enjoying the mountains with his family or riding his bike, he enjoys restoring his 100-year old house.

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Chris O’Neil

Chris O’Neil

Chris began his career in the financial services industry in 2002. Before joining Juniper Wealth Advisors, Chris advised affluent individuals and families at JPMorgan Chase, Merrill Lynch, and Piper Jaffray both in Colorado and California. A graduate of the University of Vermont with a degree in Environmental Studies, Chris advises many of his clients utilizing socially responsible strategies, many of which focus on corporate practices that promote environmental stewardship. Residing in Louisville, CO, Chris enjoys spending time with his two children, cooking, and snowboarding.

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David Miller

David Miller

David is an attorney with over 15 years of broad-based experience advising clients on a wide range of legal issues including general business law, structuring and negotiating commercial agreements, intellectual property protection and licensing, counseling on compliance, and managing disputes. Prior to founding his own firm, David served as in-house counsel to the largest IT company in the world, spent several years at two large international law firms based in Washington, D.C., and served as counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee. David graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law, lives in Boulder with his wife and two children and enjoys trail running, fly fishing, and skiing.

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Gia MedeirosVice President

Gia Medeiros, Vice President

Gia Medeiros is founder and chief strategic officer of 520 Collective, a national network of creative brand and business development experts (including strategists, researchers, creatives, leadership/organizational development coaches, and consultants from many fields). Her work has taken her on journeys around the world and into homes and offices around the country for major for-profit companies like Coca-Cola, Philips Electronics, Walgreens, and OfficeMax. Gia was deeply involved in the development of the “Thrive” campaign for Kaiser Permanente—as a researcher, strategist, and innovations expert. There she saw the full power of linking brand and business efforts to inspire organizational transformation. She has spent the last three years working with the CRC to bring the message of sustainability home and was part of the development of the “Resource” rebranding “Reimagine” campaign. Gia lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and two children (Ella, 9, and Carmen, 6) and when she’s not traveling the country she loves to hike, ski, practice yoga, and listen to bluegrass at Boulder’s famous farmer’s market.

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John V. Anderson

John V. Anderson

John has had a 25-year career in clean energy technology, financing, and markets. John has worked with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, was the founding Managing Director of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, worked as an independent consultant focusing on small energy technology companies working to develop a strategic plan that leads to a solid business case, and has experience working with institutions on strategic planning in the clean energy field. In 2005 John joined the Rocky Mountain Institute as the Team Leader of the Energy and Resources Services Team where he managed a group of researchers and consultants working in the fields of energy and sustainability, primarily for Fortune 500 firms and electric utilities.

Linda Olsson

Linda Olsson

Linda brings over 30 years of experience in the energy industry and as a management consultant working with Fortune 500 firms. She currently manages projects transforming properties and products through reclaiming, re-inventing, and revitalization with O Ventures, a company she founded in 2011. In the energy industry she has designed and evaluated energy efficiency programs for electric utilities and nonprofit organizations, and launched the Clean Technology and Renewable Energy program for the Boulder Innovation Center (now Innovation Center of the Rockies). As a management consultant for over 12 years, she helped global companies develop new strategies, improve processes and performance, identify sustainable business practices, and transform into more effective organizations. She holds a MS in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering from Arizona State University and lives in Boulder.

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Mark Monroe

Mark Monroe

Mark Monroe is Chief Technology Officer and VP of DLB Associates. He recently served as Executive Director of The Green Grid, an IT industry and end-user consortium focused on resource-efficient data centers and business computing environments. His 30 years’ experience in the IT industry includes data center design and operations, application and system design, service level management, process design and analysis, professional services, sales, government and commercial program management, and outsourcing management. He works on sustainability with the University of Colorado and local Colorado governments, and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Black Belt.

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Mike S. Ashford

Mike S. Ashford

Mike is a financial analyst and business development professional supporting service delivery and revenue growth in energy and infrastructure for small and large companies alike. He has particular expertise in project finance and project development in the clean energy, sustainable water, and greenhouse gas accounting sectors. Mike has held fiduciary responsibilities for state-regulated funds of over $5 million, as well as a $4 million commodity-based loan leveraging the finances of a publicly traded company. He has led feasibility studies, financial analysis, and negotiations for multi-million dollar investments in clean-tech and clean-energy projects, including monetization of environmental credits generated by commercial projects. For a successful clean-tech start up, Mike managed overall operations and helped raise $1 million in venture and partnership funds, as well as serving on the Board of Directors.

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Ron Flax

Ron Flax

Ron is the Building Sustainability Examiner for Boulder County where he manages the green building and energy initiatives of the Land Use Department. Previously he worked for Ron Flax Consulting, a Building Science based firm focused on improving our health and our environment. Prior to this, Ron worked as a Project Manager for a local, award winning design-build firm. Ron has been a member of the sustainable building community for the past 17 years and has extensive hands-on experience in both design and construction, including the record setting, deep-energy retrofit of his South Boulder home. He was the 2011 recipient of the Colorado Green Building Guild Leadership Award, as well as 2012 Conservationist of the Year from the Center for Resource Conservation. Ron frequently teaches on a wide range of green building and sustainability topics including energy, water, indoor air quality, and resource conservation.

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Sarah HaasMarketing Intern and Leed’s Board Fellow

Sarah Haas, Marketing Intern and Leed’s Board Fellow

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Sarah joined the CRC team in October of 2013 as the Leed’s Board Fellow from the MBA program at the University of Colorado Boulder and later as the Marketing Intern. She received her bachelor’s degree from Whitman College in Fine Art and Philosophy, and expects to receive her MBA in May 2015 with an emphasis in Social Venture and Business Strategy. Sarah’s professional experience includes founding and operating a social venture, nonprofit management, program design, marketing/communications, and strategic planning. Sarah’s passion for creative thinking, hands-on work, and social venture make her “super excited to join the CRC team!” Sarah currently serves on the Board of Directors at Voices for Children CASA and volunteers for Cooking Matters Colorado as a Chef Educator. For fun, Sarah rips it down the Colorado mountains on her snowboard, practices yoga, and gardens.

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Scott GriffinTreasurer

Scott Griffin, Treasurer

Scott has had a 25-year career in the technology industry and as an entrepreneur. He directed the Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Technology group at Texas Instruments and founded businesses in fields ranging from telecommunications to healthcare. Scott received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He volunteered on the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers Technical Paper Review Committee for advanced manufacturing technologies, published numerous papers on the subject, and co-authored a textbook for teaching the basics of robotics. Scott was appointed by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to an advisory role to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and participates on the Advisory Board for the Beacon Center at Community Hospital in Boulder.

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Thomas B. ChesneyBoard Chair

Thomas B. Chesney, Board Chair

Thomas B. Chesney is President of the Commercial Banking Division of AMG National Trust bank and leads the organization’s commercial banking activities. Chesney joined AMG National Trust Bank in 2005 after starting FlatIrons Bank in Boulder, Colorado. During his four years with FlatIrons Bank, Chesney was Founder, CEO, and President of the bank and bank holding company. Mr. Chesney holds an MBA from the University of Northern Colorado and a BS from the University of Colorado. Mr. Chesney is active in community and industry organizations in the Denver and Boulder areas. He is a member of the Rotary Club in Boulder. He is Treasurer and a Board Member for The American Council for the Blind of Colorado. He is the past President for the Independent Bankers of Colorado and he is an advisory director to the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. Chesney is the current Chairman of the Board and a Director for the Center for Resource Conservation.