Council Member Appointments
Under Executive Order A 2019 317, Governor Polis appointed and reappointed Board Members of the Regional Air Quality Council. Appointments made under Executive Order as needed to fill open positions.
Appointment have been made under the following Executive Orders: Executive Order B 2012-001; Executive Order A2012 018; Executive Order A 2012 074, Executive Order A 2012 216 , Executive Order A 2013 254, Executive Order A 2014 107, Executive Order A 2014 111, Executive Order A 2014 182, Executive Order A 2015 98, Executive Order A 2015 147, Executive Order A 2016 80, Executive Order A 2016 102; Executive Order A 2016 085; Executive Order A 2016 102; Executive Order A 2017 085; Executive Order A 2017 035; Executive Order A 2018 048; Executive Order A 2018 132; Executive Order A 2018 264
Council appointment types as outlined by executive order
Brian Payer is the Acting Chair of the Council until a new Chair is appointed by the Governor.
To view Board Member biographies, click on their name from the drop-down menu above.
Steve Arnold is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver’s University College, where he teaches courses in environmental policy and management program focused on environmental planning and sustainable transportation. Prior to retirement, Mr. Arnold worked at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as a chemist, the Program Manager for the Technical Services Program and the Deputy Director of the Division overseeing policy and planning. He has served on several Governor committees addressing environmental issues. Mr. Arnold serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative of broad public interest. His term expires April 30, 2022.
The Honorable Kendra Black is a City and County of Denver Councilperson for District 4. She has been actively involved in community for more than two decades, successfully advocating for schools, students, neighborhoods and parks. Her professional experience includes work in non-profits, education and community outreach, including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, CU Denver and George Washington High School. As a councilperson, Ms. Black is working to connect Denver neighborhoods and activate the community. She is collaborating with Public Works and CDOT to improve our transportation options, making District 4 safe and walkable, and light rail stations more accessible. Ms. Black is also working with residents to create a 21st century vision for the district, and to create plans to guide future development. Councilperson Black serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative of local government in the Denver metro region. Her term expires April 30, 2022.
Kathleen Bracke is the Deputy Director for Community Planning & Permitting, Transportation Planning Division, with Boulder County. Previously, Ms. Bracke served as the City of Boulder’s GO Boulder Manager, overseeing multi-modal transportation planning, policies, and programs. Prior to the City of Boulder, she served as the transportation planning and special projects director for the City of Fort Collins. Kathleen is a current board member with Commuting Solutions, as well as a participant in the US36 Mayors & Commissions Coalition, and a member of the Colorado Transportation Commission, representing District 5 (Larimer, Weld, and Morgan counties). Her background is in transportation with over 30 years of experience in both Colorado and California. Ms. Bracke serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as representative of the region’s transit management agencies. Her term expires April 30, 2022.
Frank Bruno is the Chief Executive Officer for Via Mobility Services and served on Via’s board of directors from 2010-2014. He has 37 years of experience in general management in the public, private, and higher education sector with a focus on facilities, infrastructure, public services, development and transportation. Mr. Bruno has served as Boulder city manager, as well as senior executive positions at CU-Boulder, Western Disposal, and Boulder Community Health. He has served on many local nonprofit volunteer boards including Foothills United Way Serving Boulder and Broomfield Counties, Impact on Education, Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Boulder Innovation Center and Boulder Economic Council. Mr. Bruno serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as an individual with transit expertise. His term expires April 30, 2023.
Jeffrey Collett is a Professor and Department Head for the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. Professor Collett has over 30 years of experience conducting and directing air quality studies, which provide him with an understanding of the complex mix of air pollutant emissions, meteorology and atmospheric chemistry that contribute to regional air pollution. Professor Collett serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as an individual with environmental science experience. His term expires April 30, 2022.
Rick Garcia is the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). He has over 25 years of leadership experience ranging in the fields of government, nonprofit and private sectors across the nation. Mr. GarciaHe most recently served as the Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Region VIII in the administration of President Barack Obama. In addition. He also served as HUD liaison to the Denver Metropolitan Regional Air Quality Council which advised the Governor and the General Assembly on Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality standards. Mr. Garcia serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative of DOLA, where he oversees numerous departments that address a wide range of essential services to citizens and local governments.
The Honorable Eva Henry is a Commissioner for Adams County. As Commissioner, she serves on the following boards/Committees: Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), Boundary Control Commission, Adams County Economic Development (Executive Committee), Housing Authority, and Airport Coordinating Committee. Commissioner Henry is a constant supporter of community involvement and continues her goal to develop opportunities to boost social justice, amplify opportunities, and protect families. She serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative of local government in the Denver metropolitan area. Her term expires April 30, 2023.
The Honorable Bill Holen is an Arapahoe County Commissioner. As Commissioner, he oversees the Community Resources and Facilities and Fleet Management departments. He serves on the County’s Capital Improvements Project Team, the Arapahoe County Foundation Board of Directors, the Public Airport Authority Board of Directors, the Housing Authority, the Community Services Block Grant Advisory Committee, the Board of Social Services and the Forfeiture Committee for the Sheriff’s Office. Commissioner Holen also represents Arapahoe County’s interests on a variety of boards and committees, including the Aurora Economic Development Council Board of Directors, the Colorado Counties Inc. Transportation and Telecommunications Committee, the E-470 Public Highway Authority Board of Directors, Metro Area County Commissioners and the National Association of Counties Transportation Subcommittee He serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative of local government in the Denver metropolitan area. His term expires April 30, 2022.
Curt Huber served as the Executive Director of the American Lung Association of Colorado for 12 years until his retirement two years ago. During his career in nonprofit health administration he has also served as an Executive Director for the National MS Society and the American Diabetes Association, as well as Western Area Director for the National MS Society, VP of Development for the American Lung Association of the Southwest, and early on (1979-1983) managed the granting process for the DRCOG Office on Aging. Through his work with ALA, he has particular interest in transportation and alternative fuels as they relate to air quality. Mr. Huber serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a member to represent the conservation community. His term expires April 30, 2021.
Jill Hunsaker Ryan is the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). She is a public health professional with more than two decades of experience in the field. Most recently, she was a two-term Eagle County commissioner, where she focused her efforts on affordable health care, environmental protection, climate action, emergency preparedness and increasing mental health resources. At the same time, she served as president of the Colorado Communities for Climate Action. Ms. Hunsaker Ryan also has served as manager of the Eagle County Public Health agency. She was a previous director of the Office of Health Disparities at CDPHE, now called the Office of Health Equity, and was a governor’s appointee to the state Board of Health. Ms. Hunsaker Ryan serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as representative from CDPHE.
Ryan Hurst is the founder and CEO of Hurst, LLC a private investment firm. Since 2013, Mr. Hurst has also been a Partner at Motiv Power Systems, which is an industry leader in medium-duty electric chassis and pioneered zero-emissions, commercial electric vehicle applications across Classes 4-7, ranging from school buses to delivery trucks. He serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative of an automotive-related business. His term expires April 30, 2022.
The Honorable Alicia Johnson is a Evan’s Councilperson and social worker employed by the Weld County Department of Human Services (WCDHS). As a Councilperson, Ms. Johnson serves as the city of Evan’s liaison in the Evans Area Chamber and the Heritage Day committee and is the City representative in the Citizen Police Advisory Committee. She is also involved with the Latino Coalition Weld County and Hispanic Women of Weld County. In her role as a social worker she provides leadership, guidance and ensuring a high level of performance and compliance with Council, State and Federal rules and regulations. She serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative of Weld County. Her term expires April 30, 2022.
The Honorable William Karspeck is the Mayor of Berthoud. Prior to becoming mayor, he served as a Town Trustee for Berthoud. Mr. Karspeck has over five years of experience in human resources and customer service. He serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative of Larimer County. His term expires April 30, 2022.
Garry Kaufman is the Division Director for the Air Pollution Control Division (APCD) of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) where he is responsible for the supervision of the APCD. Before becoming Division Director, Mr. Kaufman spent over 11 years with CDPHE in a variety of roles including deputy division director, manager of planning and policy program and legal administrator for the AQCC. He has also worked in private legal practice where he focused on Clean Air Act matters, advising a variety of clients regarding air quality policy, rule development, permitting requirements, administrative enforcement actions, and appeals and litigation at both the state and federal levels. Mr. Kaufman serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as the representative for APCD.
Marcia Kirsh Kohler brings over 25 years of design/build and development, with land use planning experience to the RAQC, and is currently working on the development of Tiny Solar Mobile Greenhouses and Solar Tiny Homes with 100% Renewable Energy. She is a member of the City of Boulder Solar Working Group, CO Sierra Club RF100 and the Denver/Boulder chapter of Climate Reality; all action-oriented toward 100% renewable energy. Ms. Kohler serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative of appropriate land use planning experience. Her term expires April 30, 2019.
Shoshana Lew is the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), where she is charged with leading the department in planning for and addressing Colorado’s transportation needs. Ms. Lew oversees 3,000 employees statewide and an annual budget of approximately $2 billion, guiding an organization committed to becoming the best DOT in the country for its customers. Prior to this role, she served as the chief operating officer (COO) for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT). Also, she was the chief financial officer and assistant secretary for budget and programs for the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), as well as the deputy assistant secretary for transportation policy at the USDOT. Ms. Lew serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative for CDOT.
Vanessa Mazal is policy advisor in the Executive Director’s Office of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. She has served in a variety of roles throughout her career in environmental advocacy, research and program development, most recently as Senior Colorado Program Manager for National Parks Conservation Association, and as a program officer in Global at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. She serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as member with broad public interest. Her term expires April 30, 2023.
The Honorable Don Mcleod is the Mayor of the Town of Severance. He is a board member of the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization. Mr. Mcleod is a certified IT professional with more than 10 years of experience resolving a wide range of hardware and technical issues. He serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative of the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization. His term expires April 30, 2022.
Anne Miller is the alternate for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). She is the Colorado Resiliency Office Director for DOLA. The Colorado Resiliency Office supports and helps empower Colorado communities in building stronger, safer and more resilient in the face of natural disasters and other major challenges.
The Honorable Jackie Millet is Mayor for the City of Lone Tree. She is a board member of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) and a member of the DRCOG Metro Vision Issues Committee, Colorado Municipal Committee Policy Committee, Douglas County Water Resources Authority Board and Douglas County Youth Initiative. Prior to her position as councilmember, Ms. Millet was a planning commissioner for Lone Tree, a consultant for a water district and a planner with Denver Water. Ms. Millet serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a local government representative from the Denver metropolitan region. Her term expires April 30, 2022.
Ning Mosberger-Tang is the president of Innovo Foundation, a grant making foundation with a main focus on environmental education and climate change mitigation. She serves on the board of directors for Conservation Colorado and ReSource Central. She serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as member with broad public interest. Her term expires April 30, 2023.
Brian Payer is a Senior Consultant with Sphera Solutions (formerly IHS), a global information company offering expertise in energy, economics, geopolitical risk, sustainability and supply chain management. Previously, he worked at URS as a chemical engineer. Mr. Payer is on the board of directors of CO-LAB, and is a TEDxMileHigh Sustainability Director, as well as a member of the Denver Metro Chamber’s Colorado Energy Coalition. Mr. Payer serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative of the general business community. His term expires April 30, 2023.
Scott Prestidge is the Director of Communications and Public Affairs with the Colorado Oil & Gas Association, where he is responsible for external media and communication efforts, as well as managing the political and policy initiatives at the state and federal level impacting Colorado’s oil and gas industry. Prior to his work at COGA, he was the energy industry manager for the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and managed the Colorado Energy Coalition and its committees. Mr. Prestidge has also served as the metro regional director for Senator Mark Udall. He serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative of the general business community. His term expires April 30, 2021.
Doug Rex is the Executive Director of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), where he oversees DRCOG’s regional programs and planning for the nine-county Denver metro region. Mr. Rex joined DRCOG as the director of transportation and planning operations in 2013, where he was responsible for directing and coordinating regional transportation planning in the 2.7-million-person Denver metro area. Mr. Rex is a member of the Regional Transportation Committee and an alternative on the State Transportation Advisory Committee. Mr. Rex serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative of DRCOG. His term expires April 30, 2019.
Gregg Thomas is the Director of the Environmental Quality Division for the Denver Department of Environmental Health (DEH). Mr. Thomas has over sixteen years of meteorological and environmental experience in the fields of air quality, water quality, and climate change. Previously, he was an air, water and climate section manager with DEH where he was responsible for developing strategic planning for integration into local and state-wide policy recommendations. He serves as a local government representative from the Denver Metro area on the Regional Air Quality Council. His term expires April 30, 2021.
Will Toor is the Executive Director of the Colorado Energy Office (CEO), where he is charged with leading the department to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and consumer energy costs by advancing clean energy, energy efficiency and zero emission vehicles to benefit all Coloradans. He is the former director of the transportation program at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). Prior to working at SWEEP, Mr. Toor was appointed to the Air Quality Control Commission and he is a former Boulder County Commissioner and a former Mayor of Boulder. He represented Boulder County and City of Boulder on the Denver Regional Council of Governments. He has been a leader in adopting sustainability principles including goals to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and miles traveled in DRCOG’s long range regional land use and transportation plans. Mr. Toor serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative for CEO.
Jeff West is the Senior Director of Environmental Services with Xcel Energy. Mr. West is responsible for overall environmental/chemistry compliance and direction of Environmental Services staff for operations in all of Xcel’ operating companies. Mr. West serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative of stationary sources. His term expires April 30, 2023.
Rebecca White is the alternate for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). She is the Director of the Division of Transportation Development at CDOT. Previously, Ms. White was the Deputy Director of CDOT’s Central 70 Project, and the Deputy Division Director of the Transportation and Climate Division at the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC.
Dena Wojtach is the alternate for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) Air Pollution Control Division (APCD). She is the Manager of the Planning and Policy Program at the CDPHE. Ms. Wojtach has more than 20 years working for Colorado’s Air Pollution Control Division, working as an inspector, providing compliance assistance, developing emissions reduction strategies (voluntary and regulatory), and conducting rulemaking.
Susan Wood, AICP, is a Planning Project Manager (Environmental) at the Regional Transportation District (RTD) where she is responsible for environmental clearance and compliance with respect to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Ms. Wood has over twenty years of planning, community development and transportation experience. She currently serves on the Planning for Hazards Steering Committee and is a member of the Colorado Water and Land Use Planning Alliance. Ms. Wood serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative of the Regional Transportation District. Her term expires April 30, 2022.