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.

Tony Gerber, MD, Ph.D.
Tony Gerber is is a professor of medicine and Director of Pulmonary Research at National Jewish Health, where he practices pulmonary medicine and conducts research on airway inflammation and lung disease. Tony earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics from MIT, and he holds MD and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle. He is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine, and he holds a Colorado medical license. Prior to joining the faculty at National Jewish Health and the University of Colorado, Tony was an assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also completed residency and fellowship training. 
In addition to his academic career, Tony served as chief medical officer of Breathe Technologies from 2008-11 where he helped develop and test an award-winning device that improves breathing mechanics in patients with lung disease.  He recently founded a new company, Psammiad Therapeutics, that is creating improved anti-inflammatory treatments for lung disease. Tony previously served as chairman of health care policy for the California Thoracic Society and was awarded a “Star of Hope” award by the American Lung Association of California. He was also a commissioner on the AQCC from 2014-20. An avid bike commuter, he and his wife, Alia, have four children and make their home in Denver.

Elise Jones
Elise Jones is the executive director of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), a nonprofit dedicated to achieving energy efficiency and clean transportation in Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Prior to this position, Elise served as a county commissioner for Boulder County for eight years, from 2013-2020. As a commissioner, Elise represented Boulder County on the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), which she chaired in 2016; as the DRCOG representative to the Statewide Transportation Advisory Committee from 2014-2020; and 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, Elise 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. Elise 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 Jana's taught since 1994. Jana research and teaching interests focus on air quality modeling and data analysis, environmental impacts of energy systems, and environmental management. Jana'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. Jana
'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. Jana 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. Michael 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. Michael
 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. Michael regularly shares his expertise on this subject, as well as larger programmatic replication, with other municipalities. Prior to Michael's 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. Martha
 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. Martha was a recent chair of the Colorado Regional Air Quality Council, selected by Governor Polis in 2019 and serving until January 2021.  Martha 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. Martha served as a member and vice-chair of the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission from 2000 to 2007. An environmental attorney, Martha 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.  Martha 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, Curtis 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, Curtis was an active participant in the ozone stakeholder processes in Colorado from 2003 to 2008. Curtis 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.