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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. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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Jen Shriver joined the RAQC in 2021 as the Development Director.  Jen researches, identifies, and implements funding requests to support the RAQC’s current and future programs and services. She also manages the Mow Down Pollution program.

Before coming to the RAQC, Jen served as Development Director for Community Cycles, where she raised funds to purchase a permanent community bicycle center.  Among her previous experience, Jen has served as Development Director for the Center for Resource Conservation, and coordinated Zero Waste programming for Boulder County.

Jen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Columbia University and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science in Sustainable Planning and Management from the University of Colorado Boulder.

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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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