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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

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.

Jessica Ferko joined the RAQC in April of 2019 as an Air Quality Planner/Analyst. Jessica works under the direction of the Technical Program Manager, and 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.

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.

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.

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 Manager and Board Secretary.  As the Operations 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, 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.

Raissa Leonard joined the RAQC in October 2019 as the Administrative Coordinator.  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.

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

Steve McCannon is the Deputy Director at the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC). He joined the RAQC in August of 2002. Currently he performs budget management duties and manages the Charge Ahead Colorado, ALT Fuels Colorado, Repair Your Air Campaign and Clean Air Fleets programs. Information on these programs can be found at

Steve’s work focuses on strategies to reduce mobile source air pollution through policy and program implementation. Strategies currently include incentivizing the development of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, purchase of alternatively fueled vehicles (i.e., natural gas, electric and propane), retrofitting the legacy diesel and gasoline fleet, and repairing high-emitting vehicles.

Steve graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1992 and completed his Masters of Public Administration 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).

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.

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.