Ken Lloyd has been Executive Director of the Regional Air Quality Council since January 1990. As the first employee of the RAQC, Ken was responsible for working with the Board to establish the organization and its functions and procedures. Ken manages the staff of the Council and provides oversight and direction for the Council’s work program to analyze air quality issues and develop strategies to improve the region’s air quality.
Prior to joining the RAQC, Ken spent 16 years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The first six years were spent as an economist with EPA’s national air programs office in North Carolina, and the next 10 years were spent in EPA’s regional office in Denver in several staff and management functions. Included were special assignments with the State of Utah and in the EPA Administrator’s Office in Washington, D.C.
Ken has both undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics, with a minor in environmental planning, from North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
Misty Howell is the Office Manager and Board Secretary. As the Office Manager, she is responsible for handling personnel issues, payroll and accounting functions, and financial management. Misty manages the financial aspects of the RAQC’s local, state and federal grants. She oversees the daily operations of the office, assists with projects, coordinates the preparation of State Implementation Plan documents, provides computer support and maintains the RAQC’s websites.
As the Board Secretary, she keeps Council meeting minutes and maintains the corporate records. Misty has been with the Regional Air Quality Council since 1995.
Prior to working at the Regional Air Quality Council, Misty’s work experience includes employment with a software development company, an international medical supply company and a law firm. Misty has a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Adams State College.
Misty prepares Board Meeting Minutes.
Steven McCannon is the Mobile Sources Program Director. He joined the RAQC in August of 2002. His work at the RAQC focuses on strategies to reduce mobile source air pollution through policy development and incentivizing the purchase of alternatively fueled vehicles (i.e., natural gas, electric and propane), retrofitting the legacy diesel and gasoline fleet and repairing/salvaging high-emitting and smoking vehicles. Currently he manages Charge Ahead Colorado, ALT Fuels Colorado, Repair Your Air Campaign and Clean Air Fleets. Information on these projects can be found at www.cleanairfleets.org.
Steve graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Political Science in 1992 and completed his M.P.A. at the University of Colorado – Denver in 1997. This is Steve’s second tour at the RAQC. From 1992 – 1995, he worked with the RAQC in an administrative and program coordination role. Steve’s prior work experience includes project coordination and program management with Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), the Land Use Resource Center (LURC), The Office of the State Auditor (OSA), and Policy Studies, Inc. (PSI).
Kate Cooke joined the RAQC in June of 2011 and is the Transportation Program Manager. Her work at the RAQC focuses on strategies to reduce pollutants associated with vehicle trips. She works with agencies to identify and implement strategies to reduce regional vehicle miles traveled and to identify and implement land use strategies to support the reduction of vehicle miles traveled.
Prior to joining the RAQC, Kate was a Senior Planner with the City of Lakewood for 10 years where she was responsible for the development and implementation of corridor and special area plans. She is a member of the Jefferson County Community Development Advisory Board which is responsible for making recommendations regarding the allocation of the County’s Community Development Block Grant funds. Kate graduated from the University of Nevada with a bachelor’s degree in political science and earned a master’s degree in public administration and a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Washington in Seattle Washington.
Matt Goble joined the RAQC in June of 2014 as the Communications/Program Coordinator. In this role, Matt assists in planning and implementing outreach activities; communicating air quality issues to the public and other key stakeholders; and performing administrative duties related to the implementation and management of the OzoneAware and mobile source programs.
Matt graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Policy. Prior to joining the RAQC, Matt gained related experience in the radio, purchasing and retail realms.
Amanda Brimmer joined the RAQC in July of 2014 as the Technical Program Manager. In this role, Amanda works in collaboration with internal and external staff to perform specialized work in air quality management and planning, manages complex planning efforts and provides technical direction and support for Council activities.
Prior to joining the RAQC, Amanda was a Principal Air Quality/Transportation Planner with the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Amanda graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and earned a master’s degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas, Arlington.
Sara Goodwin joined the RAQC in February 2015 as Communications Director. Her primary role is to direct, plan, implement and measure all communication, public outreach, education and community relations initiatives and communicate air quality issues to the media, public and other key stakeholders, especially as it relates to the RAQC’s OzoneAware and mobile sources programs.
Sara has spent the majority of her career in communications and community relations positions, including the Director of Consumer PR and Communications for a national trade association. She has held communications positions for several nonprofits, e-marketing and social impact firms, a nationally accredited online university, and she has volunteered as Co-VP of Communications on the board of the Colorado Chapter of the American Marketing Association (COAMA). In addition, Sara founded Goodwin Communications, Inc. in 2004, where she worked with various organizations on their public relations and marketing communications programs.
Sara holds a M.S. in Technical Communications from Colorado State University-Denver. She received her B.A. in Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and 2nd in her Communication class.
Matt Mines joined the RAQC in March of 2015 as the Program Coordinator for the Charge Ahead Colorado program. As a member of the Mobile Sources team, Matt works on the implementation of the various Mobile Source Programs offered by the RAQC. His work primarily focuses on incentivizing electric vehicles and electric vehicle supply equipment as well as program implementation and outreach.
Matt has a BA in English and Psychology from the University of Colorado – Boulder and an MA from the University of Denver in International Development with a concentration in Environmental Sustainability. Prior to joining the RAQC, Matt worked in Cambodia as a Communications Officer, for ICLEI as the Regional Officer for the Mountain States Region conducting emissions inventories and advising on sustainability initiatives for local governments and as an Energy Advisor for the Denver Energy Challenge.
Kelley Grubbs joins the RAQC as a Program Analyst for the Mobile Sources team. Kelley’s work will focus on analyzing data from the various mobile source programs to help quantify program benefits. She will also assist team members with implementation and outreach of the various Mobile Source Programs offered by the RAQC.
Kelley graduated from University of Colorado, Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology and a bachelor’s degree in Classical History; and earned a master’s degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering in Sustainable Infrastructure from the University of Colorado, Denver. Prior to joining the RAQC, Kelley was the co-founder and officer for Engineers for a Sustainable World, and teaching assistance at University of Colorado, Denver.
Kaylyn joined the RAQC in June 2015 as a Program Coordinator. She assists with program implementation and outreach for the RAQC’s ALT Fuels Colorado Program. This program incentivizes Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), propane (LNG), electric, and CNG bi-fuel vehicles for public, non-profit, and private fleets.
Prior to joining the RAQC, Kaylyn worked in Denver as a Jr. Planner and administrative coordinator for a transportation management association, as a home renovation loan processor for a risk management company, and as an operations coordinator for an energy efficiency consultancy. She has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado – Boulder and a certificate in renewable energy from the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI).