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Alliance Center Speakers, May 2015

Yvette M. Alley_copyYvette M. Alley is a proud Colorado native who recently graduated from Ecotech Institute with a focus on Energy Efficiency.  She has also recently retired from the United States Army and is currently working as a power distribution designer gaining intimate knowledge of how the power grid is constructed and works. Her future goals are to use her knowledge of humanity and energy to design working and living spaces that allow humans and nature to co-exist harmoniously. LEED and Building Performance Institute certifications are future goals to achieve.

John Dierking

Jon Dierking is the Principal of Overlay Consulting and has over 15 years of experience managing and executing energy efficiency programs, energy management strategies, retrocommissioning, energy audits, LEED and sustainability projects within the public and private sectors. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering, is a Professional Engineer, Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Energy Procurement Professional (CEP), and is a LEED Accredited Professional. His experience includes the development and execution of utility, state, municipal and corporate energy management and sustainability programs incorporating innovative technologies and program designs.


Laura Farris is an environmental engineer with EPA Region 8 in Denver, CO. As the Climate Change Coordinator, she specializes in greenhouse gas reduction, climate resiliency, and knowledge building activities. Additionally, throughout her 15+ years with the EPA, she has also focused on indoor air quality, pollution prevention, and sustainable development. Laura has local government experience as a Trustee and the Mayor of Nederland, Colorado, and she also worked with an environmental non-profit (the StEPP Foundation) funding and overseeing local on-the-ground projects through an innovative funding mechanism.

Tom Figel Photo

Tom Figel is Policy & Utility Relations Manager with GRID Alternatives Colorado, a nonprofit that works to make solar technology and job training accessible to underserved communities. He manages utility relationships, statewide advocacy and development of GRID Colorado’s community solar program. Tom has professional experience in grassroots organizing, policy, and cleantech. He graduated from the University of Washington and completed a Masters in Environmental Science, Energy Policy & Management in Europe. Tom loves sailing, skiing, hiking/camping, basketball, travel and languages.

Scott Hornafius

Scott Hornafius received a Ph.D. in the Earth Sciences from the University of California at Santa Barbara and worked in the oil industry for the last 32 years in Colorado, California, London, Papua New Guinea and Australia. For the past two years he has served as the President of Elk Petroleum Limited, which is an Australian listed company with assets in Wyoming and Nebraska. During that time he developed the concept of Carbon Negative Oil made by a process called bio-CO2-EOR with his daughter Katherine Hornafius, and this work was recently published in the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control.

Katrina Managan

Katrina Managan leads the Denver City Energy Project – advising Denver on the development and implementation of programs that will advance energy efficiency in commercial and multi-family real estate. Prior to her role in Denver, Katrina was a Program Manager with the Institute for Building Efficiency at Johnson Controls where she researched and analyzed market strategies and policy options that can significantly improve the energy efficiency of the built environment.  She spends much of her free time climbing and skiing in the mountains.

Tracy Phillips

Tracy Phillips is the President of 7th Gen Energy Solutions, and is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Demand Side Management Professional, Certified Measurement and Verification Professional, and holds a Master’s Degree in Physics. His 17 years of experience includes energy audits, recommissioning, measurement and verification, master planning, and third-party technical review services.  Most notably, Tracy is currently acting as the technical lead for the EDF’s Investor Confidence Project.  He is currently serving as the Chair of the IPMVP technical advisory committee, and Vice Chair of his local Lafayette Energy Sustainability Advisory Committee.

John Powers Photo - HighRes6x4John Powers has spent more time selling renewable energy to corporate and industrial clients than just about anybody in America.  In his 12+ years at Renewable Choice Energy in Boulder, John has served a variety of leadership roles including top salesperson, founder of the corporate hot sauce bar, and currently as Vice President of Business Development.  In his current capacity, John spends his days (and some nights) working with the largest corporations in the world to get brand-new wind farms and solar plants built via long-term power purchase agreements.    John is a LEED Accredited Professional and received a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University.

John Whitcomb

John Whitcomb is an entrepreneur and sustainability expert. He is the author of: A Planning Guide for Developing Zero Energy Communities: a comprehensive primer instructing on the implementation of ZECs, as defined by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Whitcomb’s research focuses on smart development, where he leverages +20-years of consulting experience for AT&T, Boeing, Cisco, HP, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, Southern California Edison, Xcel Energy, the US White House, US Navy, IRS, US AID and NASA. John is passionate about sustainability that will enhance work, life and play – and improving security and the environment. He is President of, and affiliated with other non-profits.

switch~ at The Alliance Center Topic Selections

Sustainable Cars from the Bone Yard Yvette Alley
Ecotech Institute:  Sustainable Business Program
Energy Efficiency – One Size Fits None Tracy Phillips
7th Gen Energy Solutions
Low-income community solar Tom Figel
GRID Alternatives Colorado
A Low Carbon Fuel Standard for Colorado? Scott Hornafius
Elk Petroleum
Use Energy Smarter:  Buildings Katrina Managan
Department of Environmental Health, City and County of Denver
Crystal Ball Laura Farris
EPA Region 8
Online Reverse Auction for Energy Efficiency Incentives Jon Dierking
Overlay Consulting
Take a Bite Out of Climate Change! John Whitcomb
Why Even the Koch Brothers Will Buy Renewable Energy John Powers
Renewable Choice Energy

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