Who We Are Staff

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RAQC Phone Number:  303-629-5450   Fax: 303-629-5822

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Ken Lloyd (ext. 250)Executive Director

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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.

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Gerald Dilley (ext. 240)Air Quality Engineer

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Gerald Dilley is the Air Quality Engineer. Jerry's work focuses on the development of State Implementation Plans (SIPs) and associated technical and stratgy analyses.  He leads various technical subcommittees and/or workgroups, as necessary.   Jerry works with other agencies to prepare emission inventories, air quality modeling analyses and other technical work.   He also provides technical assistance to local governments, other agencies, and other RAQC programs. Jerry has been with the RAQC since June 1994.

Jerry graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in the states of Illinois and Colorado. Prior experience includes 17 years (five years as vice-president of a 70-person consulting firm) in planning and design of major public works (municipal wastewater and deep tunnel) projects; five years as the owner/operator of a conventional supermarket, self-service gas station and dry cleaners; five years as the Environmental (air, wastewater and solid waste) Program Manager for the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (1989-1993); and one year (1993-4) as an engineer with the CDPHE Air Pollution Control Division Stationary Source Small Business Assistance Program.

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Misty Howell (ext. 200)Office Manager / Board Secretary

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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 website. 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.

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Steve McCannon (ext. 230)Mobile Sources Program Manager

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Steven McCannon is the Mobile Sources Program Manager.  He joined the RAQC in August of 2002.  His work at the RAQC focuses on strategies to reduce pollutants from smoking and high-emitting vehicles in addition to outreach activities for the RAQC’s diesel initiatives. Currently he manages the Repair Your Air Campaign, the RAQC's numerous diesel retrofit programs, and the RAQC's transportation-related initiatives.

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).

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Kate Ruygrok (ext. 290)Program Coordinator

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Kate Ruygrok is the Program Coordinator.  Kate assists Steve McCannon with program implementation and outreach for the RAQC’s diesel initiatives and the Repair Your Air Campaign.   She also maintains the Clean Air Fleets website - CleanAirFleets.org.  Kate joined the RAQC in January of 2008.

Kate graduated from Baylor University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, with a concentration in Ecology, and an Environmental Studies minor.  Prior to joining the RAQC, she had a wide range of internship experience, including a position as an Interpretation Intern at Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Kate Cooke (ext. 270)Transportation Program Manager

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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.

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Meg Alderton (ext. 220)Communications Manager

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Meg Alderton joined the RAQC in March 2012 as Communications Manager. In this capacity, Meg leads the RAQC’s external communications, community outreach and media relations activities; serves as liaison to the public, local governments, businesses and other stakeholders; oversees development activities;  and manages the budget and day-to-day activities of the RAQC's comprehensive ozone education and outreach program – OzoneAware.

Prior to joining the RAQC, Meg worked for nearly 10 years as an associate at a local public affairs firm focusing on strategic communications, government relations and community advocacy for clients primarily within the transportation, land use and energy sectors. Previously, she served as communications liaison for a start-up company dedicated to the safekeeping of Fortune 500 and government data and as an associate editor on technical magazines. Meg is a graduate of Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy at the University of Colorado in Denver.

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Lauren Bukowski (ext. 280)Communications Coordinator

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Lauren Bukowski joined the RAQC in May of 2012 as the Communications Coordinator. She works with Meg Alderton to coordinate the RAQC’s communications and outreach efforts – including those related to the RAQC’s ozone outreach and education campaign, Ozone Aware. 

Lauren graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Theory. Prior to joining the RAQC, she developed and implemented fundraising events and outreach programs for non-profit organizations such as Food Bank of the Rockies, The Gathering Place, and Mi Casa.

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Anne Ritter (ext. 210)Program Administrative Assistant

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Anne Ritter joined the RAQC in May of 2012 as the Program Administrative Assistant. She primarily assists Steve McCannon with the day to day implementation of the various Mobile Source Programs offered by the RAQC.

Anne graduated from the University of Denver in 2012 with bachelor’s degree in Geography and Spanish. Prior to joining the RAQC, Anne had a wide range of work experience that included stints at both an accounting firm and pharmacy.