Category Archive for: ‘2015 Symposium’

Joel Poppert

Joel Poppert is Director of Business Development for Major Geothermal. For the past seven years Joel has worked with stakeholders to increase the market penetration of geothermal in the United States. He has participated in the success of many geothermal projects such as the IKEA Retail Store in Kansas City, KS. Joel owned and operated Alpine Geothermal, a full service geothermal […]

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Dr. Masami Nakagawa

Dr. Masami Nakagawa (Ph.D. Theoretical Mechanics, Cornell University) is associate professor at Colorado School of Mines. He developed a course on geothermal energy at Mines in collaboration with the School for Renewable Energy Science in Iceland. He created the Geothermal Academy, networking existing and future geothermal programs. Dr. Nakagawa is involved in DOE funded geothermal projects at CSM and works with […]

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Roy Mink

Dr. Leland (Roy) Mink joined the Pagosa Verde Board of Directors in 2013. Roy was Director of Geothermal Technologies for the Department of Energy and is a board member of US Geothermal Inc. and Geothermal Resources Council. He earned his Ph.D. in Geology at University of Idaho where he serves as Professor Emeritus. He has played a key role in worldwide […]

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Michael McReynolds

Michael McReynolds is Policy Advisor at the Colorado Energy Office. He develops metrics to optimize legislative and strategic policies for the energy industry, engaging with energy stakeholders throughout Colorado. Michael has a Masters in Resources and Legal Studies focused on Energy Policy, Renewable Energy, and Sustainable Development from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and a Bachelors of Business Administration from […]

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Jordan Macknick

Jordan Macknick is an Energy and Environmental Analyst at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He leads research in energy, water, and land policy planning. His research addresses energy deployment in developing countries, technology characterizations, and global energy and carbon systems. Jordan received a Special Recognition Award from Geothermal Energy Association in 2015 for improving understanding of geothermal technologies in a water-constrained west. […]

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Beth LaShell

Beth LaShell is Coordinator of the Old Fort at Hesperus, after teaching agricultural courses in Fort Lewis College Agriculture & Biology Department. The Old Fort offers students, faculty and community an opportunity to conduct research, labs, senior seminars & community events. Her work includes Analyzing Hops Varieties for High Altitude Production; directing the Market Garden Incubator program, and supporting small farmers. She […]

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Fred Kirsch

Fred Kirsch is the director of Community for Sustainable Energy (CforSE), a Fort Collins based grassroots organization. CforSE raises public awareness of local energy issues and organizes support for sustainable energy policies and practices. They have lobbied Rural Electric Associations to adopt financing for home efficiency measures, community solar gardens, and resource planning to reduce fossil fuel consumption.

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Kathy Keyes

Kathy Keyes is president of the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership, owner of Pagosa Baking Company, and past president of the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce. Kathy believes economic diversification is vital to her business and community, and believes Pagosa’s geothermal resource will create a more broadly based economy founded on principles of sustainable agriculture and renewable energy.

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Phil Kastelic

Phil Kastelic founded Colorado Forest and Energy, LLC, in 2008. He works with rural communities using the BioEnergy Services Company Model that provides heat and power through distributed energy deployments and supports healthy forests. Phil regularly engages with Rural Utility Coops and XCEL Energy. He consulted in site selection for an Army Corps of Engineer project deploying a 100kW BioMax system […]

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Eric Highfield

Eric Highfield is a renowned scientist in the field of greenhouse technologies specializing in soilless plant production, aquaculture, and integrated systems. A Colorado native, he earned his BS in molecular biology and chemistry and his MS in aquaculture and controlled environment agriculture. He created a successful program in greenhouse technologies and greenhouse management at Santa Fe Community College. Integrated Greenhouse Production […]

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Matt Ford

Matt Ford, PE, is Director of Manufacturing / Engineering for Renewable Forest Energy, LLC. Matt was an engineer for Chevron Phillips Chemical, Specialty Chemicals and Olefins/Polyolefins businesses. In 2008, Matt transferred to Saudi Polymers Company in support of a world-scale, petrochemicals facility in Saudi Arabia. In 2014, Matt joined Renewable Forest Energy that will soon construct a community-scale biomass power plant […]

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Jim Dyer

Jim Dyer is the Project Director of the Southwest Marketing Network and Healthy Community Food Systems, and Colorado liaison to the National Farm to School Program. Jim has over 17 years experience working with Native American projects in the Southwest, 11 years in Farm to School work, and 27 years in sustainable agriculture in Colorado. Jim and his wife Pam raise […]

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Lucila Dunnington

Lucila Dunnington is a PhD candidate in the Mining Department at Colorado School of Mines. Lucila’s studies involve geothermal mining with specific emphasis on environmental engineering applications. Other research interests are carbon sequestration in mafic bodies, the effect of anthropogenic runoff on river water quality, and the use of mine-heated water to power bioreactors for remediation. Lucila completed her BS in geology […]

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Shelly Cox

Shelly Cox manages operations at Riff Raff Brewing Company in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Riff Raff employs geothermal energy to heat the brewhouse and kitchen, warm the domestic hot water, and power the winter snowmelt systems. Shelly helped push the concept behind using a 2.4 million BTU heat exchanger that transfers the raw heat energy from Pagosa Springs’ naturally-heated spring water to Riff […]

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Gail Schwartz

Gail Schwartz is a former Colorado State Senator. She served as the Senate Majority Caucus Whip, as Chair of the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee, as Chair of the Capital Development Committee, as Chair of the Water Resources Review Committee, and others. She is committed to preserving Colorado’s majestic environment, while protecting its water, natural resources, and agricultural economy. She […]

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Tom Williams

Tom Williams is Laboratory Program Manager for Geothermal Technologies at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. As manager of the NREL Geothermal Technologies Program, Mr. Williams is responsible for facilitating the development and commercialization of geothermal technology, one of NREL’s key research and development programs. Responsibilities include planning and managing R&D activities, and building strong collaborative relationships with industry and […]

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Jennifer Tucker Visitacion

Jennifer Tucker Visitacion is the Executive Director of Guidestone Colorado, a non-profit organization dedicated to growing a vibrant local food economy in Colorado through education, community building and partnerships. Guidestone Colorado provides Farmhands Education Programs, capacity building for farm to school initiatives, and fosters the Colorado Land Link program. Born and raised in Colorado, Jen settled in Salida in 2010 with […]

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Kurt Schneider

Kurt Schnieder is past Interim Executive Director of the Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency (4CORE). A proponent of renewable energy and resource efficiency, Kurt was a member of the Solarize La Plata campaign adding 100 PV systems in La Plata County. He is currently working with the Solarize Archuleta Steering Committee for a campaign launch on September 16 in Pagosa […]

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Rodney Proffitt

Rodney B. Proffitt earned a BA and an MS from the University of Kansas, and a Juris Doctorate from the KU School of Law. Rod sits on numerous boards: Rotary District 5470; San Juan Water Conservancy District; the Governor’s Southwest Regional Water Roundtable; Colorado Housing, Inc.; Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation; and Archuleta County Veterans Memorial Park.

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Ken Charles

Ken Charles, Colorado Department of Local Affairs, provides guidance and management in the application of state funding for community infrastructure projects.

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Lou Capuano

Lou Capuano is past Geothermal Resource Council Vice President and President and current Board of Directors member. Lou has served on the Board of Directors for Geothermal Energy Association since 1999. After thirty-two years with ThermaSource Geothermal, he founded Capuano Engineering Company in 2012. Capuano Engineering specializes in domestic and international geothermal resource engineering, drilling, and project development.

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Dr. Tyler Burton

Dr. Tyler Burton is Senior Technical Specialist in Energy for The Merrick Consultancy.

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Jeff Birkby

Jeff Birkby has been Program Manager for the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) for more than 25 years managing a variety of local sustainable agriculture and renewable energy projects. Birkby’s current NCAT work focuses on the interface between 21st Century urban agriculture and smart growth. Birkby has worked on a variety of geothermal direct use and power generation projects. He […]

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Britt Bassett

Britt Bassett is a Colorado native raised in La Plata County. He earned a Masters Degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Arizona, and worked at Los Alamos National Laboratories in New Mexico, and National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) labs in Colorado. Britt has started several solar energy businesses and is currently […]

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Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson is an Energy Specialist at the Colorado Department of Agriculture where he helps develop and administer a technical and financial assistance program for energy efficiency, micro-hydropower, and renewable thermal technologies in agriculture. He is a mechanical engineer with more than 15 years of professional experience in clean energy technologies and a Certified Energy Manager (CEM®). He has extensive experience evaluating […]

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