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Board of Directors


MAT ELMORE, Board President

Senior Vice President, Head of Business Development, Pivot Energy

Mat serves as the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Pivot Energy and manages the team that develops on-site solar projects and off-site solar customer solutions. For over 12 years, Mat Elmore has partnered with some of the most innovative companies in the United States to develop and build more than 250 on-site solar energy projects in more than 20 states. He is proud to be one of the most experienced business development professionals in the C&I solar industry. Previously, Mat was the Senior Solar Project Lead at Elevate Energy in Chicago. He has enjoyed riding the solarcoaster for more than a decade and looks forward to what the next 10 years will bring. He lives in Denver with his wife Nicki, daughter Theo and son Reese, and dog Rigby.

KEVIN MORSE, Board Vice President

Managing Director, Imperial Ridge Real Estate Capital

Kevin is Managing Director of Imperial Ridge Real Estate Capital, a leading national C-PACE capital provider with a mission to help real estate owners optimize their assets and provide a positive impact on profit, people, and the planet. With over a decade of experience in renewable energy, Kevin has helped grow innovative companies in the solar and biomass fields. Formerly serving as Vice President of Sales at Clean Energy Collective, Kevin launched his cleantech career by leveraging the skills and experience gained from his 21-year career as an executive in the capital markets and banking industry. Kevin earned his B.A. in Economics from DePauw University and his MBA from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. A resident of Colorado for over 20 years, Kevin loves skiing, hiking, and biking in the mountains with his family. Kevin also serves as Chapter Director of E2, Environmental Entrepreneurs, Chair of Jefferson County’s Sustainability Commission, and has served as a Chair of the Cleantech Open.

MONA NEWTON, Board Treasurer

Consultant, Energy Smart Solutions, LLC

With federal appropriations funding, Mona Newton is managing a project that aims to determine how to solve methane leaks from abandoned mines in Coal Basin, near Redstone, Colorado. Mona served as Executive Director of Aspen-based Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) for nine years. Prior to joining CORE in 2012, Mona worked at the Colorado Energy Office under Governors Ritter and Hickenlooper. She has worked in the energy efficiency and renewable energy field for more than two decades, all in Colorado, in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Mona is passionate about the environment, working on climate change and making a positive difference for the planet. Outside of work you can find her outdoors, growing wine grapes, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

CHRISTINE BERG

Senior Policy Advisory for Local Government, Colorado Energy Office

As the Senior Policy Advisor for Local Government at the Colorado Energy Office, Christine provides resources to cities and counties to meet their climate and energy goals. Prior to her position with the state, she worked in environmental advocacy and served as the mayor of Lafayette. She led efforts to establish Lafayette’s climate action goals; using 100% renewable energy by 2030 and an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. During her tenure, the City of Lafayette received the Xcel Energy Sustainability Commitment Award for outstanding leadership in sustainability and commitment to energy efficiency and renewable energy. She lives with her family in Lafayette including her husband Zak, her girls Sunny and Lumina, and her rescue dog Conan.

KIM BURKE

Director of Government Energy & Sustainability Programs, Touchstone IQ

Kim is the Director of Government Energy & Sustainability Programs for Touchstone IQ, a Denver-based consulting firm providing benchmarking and building performance standards compliance software and services to state and local governments across the U.S. Prior to joining Touchstone, Kim managed the state of Colorado’s building decarbonization portfolio at the Colorado Energy Office overseeing policy development and program implementation for building energy codes, benchmarking, building performance standards, clean energy workforce development, and beneficial electrification. She has an MPA with a concentration in Environmental Policy, Management and Law from the University of Colorado at Denver and a BA in International Relations from Tufts University. She enjoys skiing, mountain biking, and traveling and loves living in the mountains with her husband, daughter, and dog.

MARKIAN FEDUSCHAK

President, Walking Mountains Science Center

As the President of Walking Mountains Science Center, Markian is responsible for the overall operations of the school. Markian joined Walking Mountains after 15 years with Outward Bound West where he served as a field instructor, course director and Colorado program director. Throughout his career in outdoor education, Markian has focused on leadership development, effective team building, staff training, and risk management. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Colorado and resides in Eagle with his wife and two daughters.

JOHN GITCHELL

Climate Action Manager, Eagle County Government

As the Climate Action Manager for Eagle County Government, John is implementing the county’s environmental policy and climate action plan within county operations and in the community. In this role, John collaborates with partner counties, municipalities, businesses, non-profit organizations, and utilities toward Eagle County’s common goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. Prior to joining Eagle County Government in 2010, John worked for several ski areas and as an environmental consultant to western slope municipalities, resorts, and community businesses. A native of Colorado, John earned his undergraduate degree at Colorado State University and MBA at University of Denver.

JEN SCHENK

Executive Director, High Country Conservation Center

Jen is the Executive Director of High Country Conservation Center in Summit County, Colorado. Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, Jen worked at Copper Mountain Resort for almost 15 years, gaining experience as an environmental manager and in marketing. She believes that community-scale action has a huge impact on protecting our environment. Jen is passionate about local climate action, energy reduction and zero waste initiatives. Jen graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Biology and earned a M.A.S. in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. In her free time, she loves mountain biking, telemark skiing and spending time with her family.

JENNA WEATHERRED

Vice President, Member & Community Relations, Holy Cross Energy

Jenna Weatherred has served as the VP, Member & Community Relations at Holy Cross Energy (HCE) since 2018. While at HCE, she has focused on increasing member engagement, creating and strengthening community partnerships, and raising HCE’s visibility nationwide. Jenna leads the community relations department and the member services call center. Through her work with these two teams, she has helped HCE reach an American Customer Satisfaction Index of 89 and renewed HCE’s proud tradition of quality service and member focus by providing safe, reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy and services that improve the quality of life for its members and their communities. Earlier in her career, Jenna worked for Colorado Mountain News Media for fourteen years as the publisher of both The Aspen Times and the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. Jenna attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a BS in Communications.