2017 Board of Directors

Patrick Cummins (Chair)

Policy Advisor, Center for a New Energy Economy

Patrick Cummins is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Center for the New Energy Economy where he leads the Western States Clean Power Plan Initiative.  Patrick has worked with Western states, tribes, industry, environmental groups, and other stakeholders on air quality and climate programs for 30 years, including as the Executive Director of the Western Climate Initiative and at the Western Governors’ Association (WGA).  While at WGA, Cummins managed the Western Regional Air Partnership (WRAP), working with Western states, tribes, and federal land managers to protect and improve visibility at national parks and wilderness areas in response to EPA’s regional haze rule. During this time, Cummins served as Co-Chair of EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee on Air Quality Management in the United States.

As Executive Director of the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), Cummins helped 7 Western states and 4 Canadian provinces design the world’s first economy-wide cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions.  That program is now being implemented in California and Quebec, with other states and provinces making plans to join. Cummins organized some of the first Western state meetings on managing greenhouse gas emissions, including a collaboration with states from across the country to establish The Climate Registry in 2007.  In the 1990s, Patrick served as Deputy Director of Denver’s Regional Air Quality Council where he received an EPA Environmental Achievement Award for his work to bring the Denver area into compliance with federal health-based air quality standards.  He has also worked for the USEPA in Washington, DC and Denver and in the natural gas industry. Patrick holds a chemistry degree from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO and an MPA in environmental policy from Indiana University.

Dr. Laurie Williams

Fort Lewis College

Laurie Williams is an associate professor in the Department of Physics & Engineering at Fort Lewis College. She joined the college in 2004. Previously, she was a post-doctoral researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the supercritical fluids experimentation facility. Dr. Williams began her career as a pipeline engineer for Western Gas Supply Company and as an environmental consultant prior to pursuing her Ph.D. and transitioning into academia. She is a faculty adviser and co-director of the Fort Lewis College chapter of Engineers Without Borders and has helped lead many projects to design and construct water systems, sanitation systems and other projects in developing countries such as Myanmar, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Laos and Thailand.

Dr. Williams is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Colorado.

Bonnie Rozean (Treasurer)

Independent Financial Manager

Bio coming soon!

Rachel Landis

LPEA Board Member

Bio coming soon!

Heather Erb

Realtor

Heather has lived in La Plata County since 1998. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Clark University and works as a local Realtor. Her leadership positions have included the former Vice President of the LPEA board, past President of the Durango Area Association of Realtors, past President of the MLS Corporation CREN, and was on the steering committee for the local CEAP (Climate and Energy Action Plan). Heather was instrumental in getting the “Green Feature Initiative” into the MLS in southwest Colorado, helping homeowners and the industry by allowing value to be given to energy efficiency and is a local advocate for green building. She was one of 15 U.S. citizens in 2011 invited to participate in the EU to study renewable energy and its economic benefits.

Mark McKibben

La Plata County, staff

Mark is the General Services Director for La Plata County. His primary responsibilities include management of the county facilities, fleet offices, and facility construction projects. Prior to moving to Durango, Mark worked as an Indiana State Park Superintendent, a YMCA Executive Director, and Director of Support Services for a 6000 student school corporation. Mark and his wife enjoy exploring the Southwest and most recently being grandparent to their two granddaughters.

Nancy Andrews

Advisory Board Member; LPEA Staff

A Durango native, Nancy Andrews is an Energy Management Advisor with La Plata Electric Association (LPEA). Before working with LPEA, Andrews enjoyed a 30-year career with the City of Durango, where she oversaw the growth of the City’s recycling program and water conservation efforts. Formerly an engineering technician, she was appointed to the forward-looking position in 1989 as part of the community’s growing interest in sustainability. She officially launched the City’s recycling program in April 1990.

During her tenure with the City, Andrews had opportunity to work with LPEA on a number of projects, including refrigerator recycling and “Green Power” purchase. She was also actively involved in employing energy efficient and “green” efforts in the City’s facilities, and was part of the team that initiated and launched the Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency (4CORE).

Advisory Board Member

Nancy Andrews

La Plata Electric Association, staff

A Durango native, Nancy Andrews is an Energy Management Advisor with La Plata Electric Association (LPEA). Before working with LPEA, Andrews enjoyed a 30-year career with the City of Durango, where she oversaw the growth of the City’s recycling program and water conservation efforts. Formerly an engineering technician, she was appointed to the forward-looking position in 1989 as part of the community’s growing interest in sustainability. She officially launched the City’s recycling program in April 1990.

During her tenure with the City, Andrews had opportunity to work with LPEA on a number of projects, including refrigerator recycling and “Green Power” purchase. She was also actively involved in employing energy efficient and “green” efforts in the City’s facilities, and was part of the team that initiated and launched the Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency (4CORE).

Board Alumni

2013-2016

  • Kurt Schneider, past 4CORE Interim Director and Board Secretary
  • Paul Senecal, Community-at-Large
  • Peter May-Ostendorp, PhD, LEED AP O+M, Xergy Consulting
  • Rebecca Kauffman, President and Chief Operating Officer of Southern Ute Alternative Energy
  • Tom Holcomb, Pagosa Verde
  • Lew Prastch, Community-at-Large

2008-2012

  • Brad Boyles, First Southwest Bank
  • Kevin Hall, City of Durango
  • Rob Dawes, Dawes & Harriss, P.C.
  • Bobby Jones, Empire Electric Association, Inc.
  • Chad Tidwell, Red Willow Production
  • Bruce Baizel, Earthworks
  • Pat Senecal, Community-at-Large
  • Mark Schwantes, La Plata Electric Association
  • Shannon South, Community-at-Large
  • Dan Stalker, Community-at-Large
  • Enid Brodsky, La Plata Electric Association