AQCC commissioner profiles

 

Randy Ahrens
Randy Ahrens served as Broomfield Mayor from 2013 to 2019 and served on the Parks & Recreation Committee, Local Licensing Board, Open Space & Trails Committee, Public Art Committee, and was an Adams County Regional Government Representative. For 6 years, Randy was a member of the Executive Board for the Broomfield Economic Development Corporation (BEDC), Public Health Committee, and was an inaugural Council Rep for North Area Transportation Alliance (NATA). He was appointed by Governor Owens to the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC), and represented City Council for Colorado Counties Inc. (CCI). Randy also served on the National Association of Counties (NACO) as a representative of the Public Health Committee in Washington DC. He became familiar with Oil & Gas operations near residents and led discussions on rules & regulations to minimize impact on air quality. Randy testified at the State Capitol regarding SB 181 and local no drill zone regulations to minimize impact to neighborhoods. 

Randy holds a BS from Colorado State University in Agricultural Engineering. He is founder and co-owner of Frontier Components, a manufacturers rep firm founded in 1991 to represent manufacturers of electronic components to interface with manufacturers of electronic equipment. Prior to that, he was a senior field engineer with Gearhart-Owens/Halliburton, responsible for company operations while performing various services at customers’ drill site locations. Randy currently serves on the following Boards: Broomfield Community Foundation, Director and chair of Governance Committee, Butterfly Pavilion, Director and member of Capital Campaign Committee, Broomfield Open Space Foundation. He lives in Broomfield with his wife, Wendy, where they enjoy spending time with their four grandchildren.

Gary Arnold
Gary Arnold is a labor leader currently serving as the Business Manager/Financial Secretary Treasurer for Denver Pipefitters Local #208, Business Manager/Financial Secretary Treasurer for Rocky Mountain Pipe Trades District Council #5, and Financial Secretary Treasurer for the 5-states Pipe Trades Association.  Prior to being elected Business Manager, Gary served as Head Training Coordinator for Denver Pipefitters Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, leading one of the largest registered apprenticeship programs in the state.  Previously, he was a General Foreman for multiple Mechanical Contractors overseeing installations, modifications, and servicing of HVAC/R systems, steam systems, and process piping systems; apprenticeship instructor for Denver Pipefitters JATC; and journeyman pipefitter. His community involvement includes an appointment to the Colorado Business Experiential Learning Commission, a term on the Denver Building Code Revision Committee, and the Governors Emergency Council on Economic Stabilization and Growth. He also served on the sponsorship committee of Imagination Library Denver a child literacy advocacy organization.  In 2007, he finished 1st place in the United Associations International Apprenticeship Contest, Welder Division, as the top apprentice in the US and Canada. Gary is a 6th generation Colorado native and currently resides in Englewood.

Charles Grobe
Chuck Grobe retired from Tri-State Generation and Transmission in 2013 to become a Moffat County commissioner. For more than 25 years, Grobe was involved with pollution control and air monitoring equipment for the power industry. In his years in power plants and substations, he had assignments such as substation operations, environmental monitoring, installation and repair of monitoring equipment kept to state and federal standards, and compliance reporting. Grobe served on the substation committee for the worldwide Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI) which researched how to make substations more efficient and environmentally friendly. He also served on the EPRI SF6 subcommittee, which looked into better usage of SF6 and finding alternatives.

Grobe served as a presenter at international EPRI conferences sharing about radiometric partial discharges. For more than 30 years, he's served on numerous boards and councils. Among those, he was mayor of Hayden for six years, served eight years with the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, including one year as chair, served four years on the West Routt School Board, and served five years on the West Routt Fire Board.

Elise Jones
Elise Jones is a county commissioner for Boulder County, first elected in 2012, re-elected in 2016 and currently serving as chair. She represents Boulder County on the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), which she chaired in 2016; is the DRCOG representative to the Statewide Transportation Advisory Committee; and has served on the Regional Air Quality Council from 2009-2019. Elise holds a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University in New York and a master’s in Resource Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Michigan. Previously, she was the executive director of Colorado Environmental Coalition for 13 years, focusing on climate, energy, wilderness, land use, transportation and other conservation issues. Elise has also worked as a regional director for the League of Conservation Voters; a senior legislative assistant for Oregon congresswoman Elizabeth Furse; and a policy advocate for the National Wildlife Federation. She has dedicated her non-profit and volunteer time to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Boulder Planning Board, Greenprint Denver Advisory Council, and Colorado Conservation Voters. Elise lives in Boulder with her partner, Karl, and their daughter, McKenzie.

Jana Milford, Ph.D., J.D.
Jana Milford is a professor of mechanical engineering and environmental engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she's taught since 1994. Her research and teaching interests focus on air quality modeling and data analysis, environmental impacts of energy systems, and environmental management. She's previously worked as a congressional fellow and analyst at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Connecticut, and senior scientist and staff attorney at the Environmental Defense Fund.

Milford's a member of the Board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the National Academy of Sciences, and has previously served on the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She holds a B.S. in engineering science from Iowa State University, an M.S. in civil engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, a Ph.D. in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and a J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Michael Ogletree
Michael Ogletree is the Technical Air Services Program Manager in the City & County of Denver’s Department of Public Health & Environment. He holds an undergraduate degree in Natural Science from Loyola Marymount University and Master of Applied Science degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver.

He is the city lead on Love My Air Denver, an innovative program which involves deployment of low-cost air sensors at schools along with real time data dashboards, education, and programming, to reduce the long-term health and economic impacts from exposure to poor air quality. Innovation on this project has made Michael a national leader in city-led efforts on low-cost air sensor use and application. He regularly shares his expertise on this subject, as well as larger programmatic replication, with other municipalities. Prior to his work at the city, he worked as lab manager and analytical chemist for an air emissions testing company in Denver. Michael and his wife, Melissa, have three children, Wesley, Oliver, and Julia, and spend their free time camping and playing soccer.

Martha Rudolph
Martha Rudolph was the Director of Environmental Programs for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment from 2007 to January 2019.  As the Director, Ms. Rudolph oversaw the Air Quality, Environmental Health and Sustainability, Hazardous Materials and Waste Management, and Water Quality Divisions.  In 2010, Ms. Rudolph served as the Executive Director of the Department of Public Health and Environment under Governor Bill Ritter.

Ms. Rudolph is an advisory member of the Division on Earth and Life Studies of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, an advisory member of The National Academies’ Environmental Health Matters Initiative, a member of the Board of Directors for the Environmental Research Institute of the States, Co-Chair of the Membership Committee of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, and a state advisor for the Georgetown Climate Center.   Ms. Rudolph was a recent chair of the Colorado Regional Air Quality Council, selected by Governor Polis in 2019 and serving until January 2021.  She was a past President of the Environmental Council of States, co-chair of the ECOS Shale Gas Caucus and chair of the ECOS Air Committee.  Ms. Rudolph served as a member and vice-chair of the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission from 2000 to 2007.

An environmental attorney, Ms. Rudolph was a First Assistant Attorney General in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, and was in private practice, and in-house at a natural gas pipeline company.  Ms. Rudolph received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

Curtis Rueter
Curtis Rueter is the Manager of LNG & CNG Development in U.S. Onshore Operations for Noble Energy Inc., where he is responsible for developing and implementing Noble’s LNG/CNG strategy for using natural gas as a transportation and motor fuel throughout its operations and in its supply chain. Prior to his current role, he served as environmental and regulatory manager and oversaw Noble’s permitting and compliance activities throughout the life cycle of their operations, including air permitting and compliance, and was engaged in a number of rulemaking processes with COGCC and other state agencies. 

Before joining Noble, Rueter had spent the previous 19 years of his career in environmental and engineering consulting. His consulting work focused on two primary areas: air quality issues (especially those related to the upstream oil and gas, refining and utilities) and natural gas processing technologies. Additionally, he was an active participant in the ozone stakeholder processes in Colorado from 2003 to 2008. Rueter received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Texas A&M Univer­sity and serves on the board of NGVAmerica. He previously served as a representative of Colorado to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC). Curtis and his wife, Ruth, have four children and reside in Westminster.

Tony Williams, BSCE, MA, MBA
Tony Williams is a proven Senior Executive, Consultant, Former Military Officer, and Board Member with 31 years of success across environmental engineering, manufacturing, renewable energy, utilities, military, government, and international development. His broad areas of expertise include leadership; international development; strategic planning; management consulting; executive management; operations management; mega-projects; government contracts; continuous improvement; cross-cultural awareness and relations; risk management; and team building. In his executive career, Tony is currently serving as a federal program officer with the United States Postal Service and has held leadership positions at SODEXO; Jacobs; Xcel Energy; WorleyParsons; CH2M; University of Denver; U.S. Department of Defense; and Resource Engineering & Management (Founder/CEO/President, 7 years). His major project experience includes redevelopment/reclamation; power/renewable energy; federal government/military engineering; CBRNe demilitarization programs; and corporate executive positions with P/L responsibility in operating divisions, program management, capture management, acquisition programs, source selection, and contingency planning. In senior consultancy and executive roles with the U.S. government, he has directed treaty negotiations and programs delivery across Russia, Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

He has also served as a U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Presidential Management Fellow; PM/Military Environmental Engineering Officer; Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Director; and Project Engineer assigned to the Exxon-Valdez oil spill disaster response effort in Prince William Sound, Alaska. He served as regional EPC director for an $18B/year 40,000+ employee engineering, procurement, and construction management company, leading all program and project P&L for energy market mega-program business development and initiative delivery globally. As an SVP of international operations for a $7B international engineering and construction firm, he successfully turned a $20M services program into a $180M infrastructure/environmental division. His capture management and EPC program director responsibilities and accomplishments include hundreds of millions dollar engagements for the London Olympics Panama Canal, ExxonMobil ASEAN, BHP Australia, Dow Chemical, Petronas, and U.S. DOD Europe and Asia. As Presidential Management Fellow at the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense, he was responsible for assessing the WMD security of all independent states of the former Soviet Union, OSD requirements, and technical requirement, specs, and execution. He served as the primary project / technical manager and advisor to the Secretary of Defense for the Biological Weapons Prevention Program - Threat Agent Detection and Response program (BWPPP-TADR) in Central Asia and the former Soviet Union, overseeing contracts totaling more than $1B.

Tony earned a B.S. in Construction Engineering from Texas Tech University; an M.B.A. from The University of Texas at San Antonio, Graduate School of Business; and an M.A. in International Relations and National Security Studies from University of Denver. He also successfully completed the Executive Leadership Program in Organizational Leadership from the University of Michigan; and the Renewable Energy Programs Fellowship Program from the Colorado CleanTech Industry Association. He has served on boards and advisory councils, including for Motorcycle Relief Project (Veterans, PTSD), and Global Hope (Children, including Romania, Kenya, and India). Tony served honorably for 10 years in the U.S Army and Army Reserve, including as Commander, 793rd MED DET, 72E – MSC Officer – with mobilizations and deployments in the U.S., Central America, and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom. Tony is Lean Six Sigma Certified Yellow Belt. He serves as an Adjunct Professor in International Studies at the University of Denver.