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Staff Members

The Council employs a small staff of professionals with a wide range of expertise in air quality technical and policy issues, planning, engineering, economics, intergovernmental relations, communications, and administration.

Michael Silverstein is the Council’s executive director.

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

Wayne Chuang joined the RAQC in 2021 as an Air Quality Planner/Analyst, working on air quality control strategies, development of the State Implementation Plan, and photochemical modeling analysis.

He was previously a postdoctoral fellow at Colorado State University modeling atmospheric chemistry and aerosol formation and served on the Fort Collins Air Quality Advisory Board. Wayne has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Jessica Ferko joined the RAQC in April of 2019 as an Air Quality Planner/Analyst and now serves as the RAQC’s Planning Director, Jessica works under the direction of the Executive Director, an in collaboration with internal and external staff, to perform specialized work in air quality planning, control strategy evaluation, and stakeholder engagement.

Prior to joining the RAQC, Jessica was an Air Quality Engineer with GHD Services, Inc.   focusing on air permitting and compliance, as well as air dispersion modeling. Jessica graduated from Kalamazoo College with a degree in chemistry and Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering.

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Kelley Grubbs joins the RAQC as a Program and Data 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 assistant at University of Colorado, Denver.

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Misty Howell is the Operations Director and Board Secretary.  As the Operations Director, she is responsible for managing human resources, payroll and accounting functions, Information Technology Coordination 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, coordinates the preparation of State Implementation Plan documents, provides computer support, supervises administrative staff 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.

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Raissa Leonard is the Office Administrator.    In this role, she is responsible for clerical and administrative duties including accounts payable accounting functions.   She assists staff with program administration functions, including local, state and federal grants, projects and initiatives as well as the RAQC’s websites.  She joined the RAQC in October 2019 as the Administrative Coordinator.

Prior to working at the Regional Air Quality Council, Raissa’s work experience included employment in commercial property management and retail office management.

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Alexis Linden is the Administrative Coordinator. She joined the RAQC in January of 2022. She works with the mobile sources team to process grant reimbursements for our ALT Fuels and Charge Ahead Colorado programs and assists the administrative team as needed.

Prior to joining the RAQC, Alexis’s work experience included working in a Veterinary Hospital as both a veterinary technician and receptionist, as well as a position where she worked in Accounts Payable and performed other administrative duties.

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David Sabados joined the RAQC in April 2022 as the Communications Director. As Communications Director, David works with the media on news stories related to air quality and RAQC programs, as well as managing RAQC’s advertising campaigns and interfacing with local governments and stakeholder groups. Additionally, he oversees the RAQC’s Simple Steps. Better Air. program, helping residents make small but meaningful changes in their lives to improve air quality.

Prior to joining the RAQC, David founded and managed two local newspapers. Prior to that, he worked with political candidates, nonprofit organizations, ballot measures and elsewhere in the political sphere on communications, fundraising, outreach, and strategy. He holds two bachelor’s and a master’s degree from The University of Northern Colorado.

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Michael Silverstein is the Executive Director of the Regional Air Quality Council which serves as the lead air quality planning organization for the Denver metropolitan area and the Denver Metro/North Front Range Ozone Non-Attainment Area. Mike’s primary area of expertise is in air quality planning, which involves working with industry, government agencies and citizens to develop approaches for improving air quality and managing environmental initiatives.

Previous to his work for the Council, Mike served as the Administrator and Technical Secretary for the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission, the Colorado Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission, and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe/State of Colorado Environmental Commission from 2011 through mid-2018. Mike coordinated the activities of these Commissions and advised the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on air quality matters. Mike began working for the State in 1992 as an air quality planner for the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division and became the Division’s deputy director and manager of planning and policy in 2004. Previous to his work for the State, Mike was an environmental scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 8 offices in Denver from 1986 to 1992. Mike also has worked as an environmental consultant in Florida and with the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado. Mike holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Geography from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and Boulder campuses.

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Kayla Zacharias joined the RAQC in May 2022 as an Air Quality Program Coordinator, assisting in the management of Mow Down Pollution and the development and implementation of new air quality programs.

Prior to working for the RAQC, Kayla completed an internship in the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Office of Innovative Mobility, where she worked to support vehicle electrification and various sustainable transportation projects. She holds a master’s degree in urban resilience and sustainability from the University of Colorado Boulder and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and environmental studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison.

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