Western Resource Advocates Staff
Jon Goldin-Dubois: President
Jon Goldin-Dubois has been an innovator within the nonprofit community for nearly 25 years. His background includes strategic advocacy, campaign leadership, policy development and analysis and grassroots organizing. He has a B.A. from the University of Denver in International Studies and an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. As WRA's new President, Goldin-Dubois will apply his knowledge and expertise to the West's pressing environmental and climate issues.
Penny Anderson: Energy Program Assistant and IT Coordinator
As Energy Program Assistant, Ms. Anderson provides administrative support for Energy staff in the Boulder office, especially with regard to WRA’s participation in dockets before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. She also spends part of her time assisting with information technology issues. She has been with WRA since 1998. Ms. Anderson was previously a volunteer with The Nature Conservancy and Thorne Ecological Institute in Boulder, and she worked at the Texas State Historical Association for ten years as an editor and network administrator. She has a B.A. in music and humanities from Augustana College in Illinois.
Drew Beckwith: Water Policy Manager
As WRA's water policy manager, Mr. Beckwith works closely with water providers, state officials, and partner organizations around the region to find sustainable ways to meet both human and environmental water needs. He is responsible for the Water Program's research, legislative, and policy initiatives that advance water conservation efforts and non-traditional water supplies across the Interior West. His current work includes integrating water efficiency into land use planning, partnering with the performance contracting industry to boost water conservation savings, and enabling rural communities to increase local streamflows through conservation actions. Mr. Beckwith holds a Master of Environmental Science and Management degree from UC Santa Barbara and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology from Colorado College.
Laura Belanger: Water Resources & Environmental Engineer
Laura Belanger is a water resources and environmental engineer who joined WRA in May 2011. Ms. Belanger is a licensed professional engineer in Colorado and brings her extensive professional and research experience to bear on a wide range of issues for WRA. Ms. Belanger focuses on evaluating proposed water supply projects for environmental and related impacts and developing alternative supply options that balance human needs while protecting healthy aquatic ecosystems. She also works collaboratively with partner organizations and state and federal agencies to protect and restore river flows. Prior to WRA, Ms. Belanger worked as a consultant. Most recently, she worked for the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program, advancing water projects that provide flows to create and maintain habitat for threatened and endangered species. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. Ms. Belanger holds a M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in Social Thought and Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts.
David Berry: Chief of Policy Analysis, Energy Program
Mr. Berry is an economist and planner specializing in natural resources, including land use, energy, outdoor recreation, and water policy. He joined WRA in 2001. Mr. Berry served as Chief of Economics and Research at the Arizona Corporation Commission for eleven years. In addition, he taught urban and regional planning at the University of Illinois and Boston University, and was an adjunct professor of geography at Arizona State University. Mr. Berry has a B.A. in geography from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in regional science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Joan Clayburgh: Communications Director
Ms. Clayburgh joined WRA as the Communications Director in 2014 bringing over 25 years of conservation leadership experience. She manages communications including media outreach to support the organization's policy, program, and outreach objectives. Prior to joining WRA she was the Executive Director of the Sierra Nevada Alliance for twelve years working to protect Sierra waters, land, wildlife and rural communities. At the Alliance she grew the organization and led efforts establishing collaborative integrated water management, shaping sustainable land use planning, and helping resource managers adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Earlier in her career she was the National Press Secretary for Sierra Club, Campaign Director for Californians for Pesticide Reform, Executive Director of Pesticide Watch and program advocate for CalPIRG. To all these positions she brought a special talent for shaping strategic communications around complex conservation issues.
Richard Dougherty: Information Technology Manager
Mr. Dougherty became the Information Technology Manager of Western Resource Advocates in September 2010. He owns his own consulting firm, R & R Strategies, Inc., specializing in computer support for the small business and non-profit community in Denver. Previously, he worked as a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, and as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Energy, managing the day to day operations of a large computer support organization. Earlier in his career, he was the Senior Technical lead for a large PC Support group for Atlantic Richfield Company in Dallas, TX. Rich has an MBA in Engineering and Total Quality Management from the University of Dallas Graduate School of Management, a Master of Science in Computer Science/Meteorology from the University of Maryland Institute of Fluid Dynamics and Applied Mathematics, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science/Meteorology from Rutgers University.
Rob Dubuc: Staff Attorney, Utah Office
Mr. Dubuc joined Western Resource Advocates Salt Lake City office in August, 2009. Most recently, he was President/CEO of Aspen Homes Development, and a partner in Aspen Homes Real Estate. Mr. Dubuc had a distinguished career in the military, including several years as a Minuteman Missile combat crew commander and a Russian cryptologic linguist. He was also responsible for monitoring nuclear weapons production in the former Soviet Union to ensure compliance with arms reductions treaties. He completed his military service at the rank of major. Mr. Dubuc has a B.A. in Business Management from the University of Maryland, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Montana, and his Juris Doctorate, Certificate in Environmental & Natural Resource Law, from the University of Utah, College of Law, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Gwen Farnsworth: Senior Energy Policy Advisor
Ms. Farnsworth develops and advocates for policies that reduce the environmental impact of energy generation and use in the interior western states, with a focus on accelerating the region's transition to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other clean energy strategies. She primarily supports WRA's work in Colorado by participating in regulatory, legislative, and other policy forums. Prior to joining WRA in March 2011, she was an associate research director at E Source in Boulder, Colorado, where her research focused on energy efficiency and distributed energy program design, marketing, implementation, evaluation and regulatory policy. Ms. Farnsworth also previously worked as a research fellow at the RAND Corporation in California and as an intern at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria. She has a BA in Political Science and a BA in Russian Civilization from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MPh in Public Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica, California.@gwenergy
Jorge Figueroa: Water Policy Analyst
Mr. Figueroa joined Western Resource Advocates in 2010 and has local and international project management and organizing experience in the United States, Central and South America, and India. He served as a Project Associate/Research Faculty Member for the Governors' Climate and Forests (GCF) Task Force at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder. He was a Fulbright Scholar in India where he worked on wildlife, community governance systems, and climate change innovation with the Centre for Ecological Sciences of the India Institute of Science-Bengaluru. He was also an American Bar Association Environmental Law Fellow with the Urban Program of the National Resources Defense Council. Mr. Figueroa holds a Master's Degree in Forestry from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science, and a Juris Doctor with certificates in environmental law and international law from Pace University School of Law.
Gary Graham: Lands Program Director
Dr. Graham joined WRA in November 2009. He has been the Executive Director of Audubon Colorado, Director as well as Chief of the Endangered Resources Branch of the Wildlife Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Gary was a project manager of the Texas Watchable Wildlife Project for Defenders of Wildlife and an associate science director at Bat Conservation International. He is the author of Golden Guide to Bats of the World and the Texas Wildlife Viewing Guide. Dr. Graham has a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico, an M.S. and B.S. from Louisiana State University. He seeks solutions to climate change and energy related threats to our iconic western landscapes.
Robert Harris: Staff Attorney
Mr. Harris joined WRA in 2008 and works primarily in our Water Program dealing with federal permiting agencies and Colorado water law. He was as a legal clerk and contractor at WRA prior to joining the staff. Mr. Harris' relevant experience includes internships at Pace University School of Law's Environmental Litigation Clinic, Connecticut Fund for the Environment, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Valparaiso University, and his Juris Doctorate, Certificate in Environmental Law, from Pace University School of Law. Mr. Harris is a member of the Colorado Bar.
Kathryn Holm: Vice President of Finance and Administration
Ms. Holm joined WRA in 2008, bringing over twenty years of experience in non-profit administration. Previously, Ms. Holm was the Chief of Operations for a healthcare foundation, and COO of a non-profit social service agency. She has an MBA in finance from Franklin University, and BS in Business from Regis University. Ms. Holm’s professional development includes the Foundation Financial Officers’ Group, the Council on Foundations, and the Shambhala Authentic Leadership Program. She currently sits on the leadership team for Colorado Non-Profit Financial Peers. Ms. Holm’s areas of responsibility for Western Resource Advocates are finance, information technology, human resources and facilities.
Marissa Jacobs: Development Assistant
Ms. Jacobs joined Western Resource Advocates' Development team in 2014 to supports individual, corporate, and foundation giving, as well as event planning. Before joining WRA, she worked in fashion design in New York City. She also previously worked as an education and outreach intern at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. She is a Boulder native and has a B.A. from the University of Colorado in Art History.
Pamela Johnson: Receptionist
Ms. Johnson joined WRA as a part time receptionist in March 2013. Previously, Ms. Johnson served for more than ten years as the box office manager for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival on the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder. She brings extensive experience in working with the public, event planning, and providing marketing, development and administrative support.
Nancy Kelly: Senior Policy Advisor
Ms. Kelly joined WRA in 2008, bringing with her significant advocacy and policy experience in energy-related matters. As a consultant, technical consultant, and utility economist with the Committee of Consumer Services (the group representing Utah small customer interests in energy and utility matters), Ms. Kelly focused primarily on regional electricity issues. In that capacity she was elected to the Western Electricity Coordinating Council Board of Directors in 2002 and continues to serve in that role. Prior to working on energy-related issues, Ms. Kelly was the staff economist for the Center for Business Research and Services at Idaho State University (ISU) and taught a number of courses at ISU, Westminster College, and the University of Utah. Ms. Kelly has a B.S. in economics from Idaho State University and an ABD from the University of Utah Department of Economics.
Maren McLaughlin-Klotz: Communications Manager
As WRA's communications manager, Ms. McLaughlin-Klotz works with staff to increase the effectiveness of WRA in reaching the public and accomplishing our mission of protecting the West's land, air, and water. Ms. McLaughlin-Klotz also strives to increase organizational visibility. Her role includes media outreach, website management, support for programmatic campaigns, and writing projects. Prior to joining WRA, Ms. McLaughlin-Klotz worked for the National Conference of State Legislatures, Xcel Energy's Environmental Policy Team, and Denver's Department of Environmental Health. She has an MA in Environmental Policy from the University of Denver, and a BA in Political Science from Colorado State University.
Steven Michel: Chief Counsel, Energy Program
Steven Michel is Chief Counsel for the Energy Program of Western Resource Advocates, an environmental law and policy center with offices in Boulder, CO, Salt Lake City, UT, Santa Fe, NM and Carson City, NV. Prior to his work with WRA, Mr. Michel spent seventeen years as General Counsel to the New Mexico Industrial Energy Consumers, and before that served as a New Mexico Assistant Attorney General representing residential utility customers. In 1992 Mr. Michel received the Robert H. LaFollette Pro Bono Award from the New Mexico State Bar Association. Mr. Michel holds a B.A. in economics and history from Northwestern University, and M.B.A. and J.D. degrees from Vanderbilt University. He has authored several peer-reviewed papers on greenhouse gas regulation, and drafted GHG regulations that were adopted by the State of New Mexico in 2010, but repealed one year later under a new Governor.
Bart Miller: Water Program Director
Mr. Miller is Water Program Director at Western Resource Advocates. He manages an exceptional team of experts who protect river flows, improve water efficiency, recover endangered species, and draw the connection between water use, energy production, and climate change. He helps keep WRA at the cutting edge of western water policy by launching new research, reports, and tactics to regain balance in western rivers, so healthy flows can meet the needs of local communities, farms, anglers, boaters, and the environment. Prior to joining WRA in 2000, Bart spent 4 years in the Solicitor’s Office in Washington, DC, on the legal staff that advises the many agencies within the U. S. Department of the Interior; there he focused on natural resource issues in the Division of Indian Affairs. Mr. Miller is a graduate of the University of Colorado Law School and Dartmouth College.
Regina M. Nichols: Office Administrator/Legal Assistant - Nevada Office
Ms. Nichols joined WRA in 2006, to assist on electrical energy issues in Nevada. She worked as a Legal Research Assistant for the Public Utility Commission of Nevada and a paralegal/legal assistant with two private law firms in the areas of corporate law, probate, and estate planning. Ms. Nichols has an AA in Business and is a Certified Legal Assistant and certified Professional Legal Secretary.
John Nielsen: Energy Program Director
Mr. Nielsen has worked at WRA as an economist and policy advisor since 1995, and has been the Energy Program Director since 2000. He is a leader in the western environmental community on the relationship between energy policy and air quality, and has served as an expert witness in regulatory proceedings around the region involving utility resource planning, electric industry restructuring, renewable energy, energy conservation, and green marketing. Mr. Nielsen holds a B.A in mathematics and economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and M.A. and M. Philosophy degrees in economics from Yale University.
Amelia Nuding: Water/Energy Analyst
Ms. Nuding joined WRA's Water Program in November 2010. As a water-energy analyst, she focuses on water and energy conservation programs, new water supply projects and creates GIS maps. She has worked at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and was a physics and chemistry teacher in New York City. She has a Masters in Water Resource Management from the Bren School at UCSB, and a BA in physics from Vassar College.
Erin Overturf: Energy Attorney
Prior to joining WRA in 2013, Ms. Overturf served as an Assistant Solicitor General in the Colorado Attorney General's Office. In that capacity, she represented state agencies such as the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division, and the Colorado Energy Office. She also served as a clerk to Justice Alex Martinez of the Colorado Supreme Court. Ms. Overturf obtained her J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law, and holds a B.A. in both Economics and Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Christine Quenroe: Bookkeeper, Accounting Assistant
Prior to joining the WRA staff in 2002, Ms. Quenroe was the co-owner and office manager for a family owned firm specializing in museum exhibition design and installation. She also has worked in secondary education and academic librarianship. Ms. Quenroe received her undergraduate degree in Literature and Education from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and a Masters Degree in Library Science and Information Services from the University of Maryland.
Anita Schwartz: Vice President of Development, Marketing & Program Administration
Before joining WRA in 2004, Ms. Schwartz worked at Environmental Defense where she managed fundraising efforts in a seven-state region. She has also worked at The Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder to transform an abandoned 40,000 square-foot dairy building into a multi-disciplinary community arts center. At the Dairy, she led a capital campaign and conducted marketing and media outreach, including hosting a live television program. Ms. Schwartz started her non-profit career at Conservation International in Washington, D.C. in 1990. Ms. Schwartz serves on the Board of Directors of The Dairy Center for the Arts and the First Congregational Church and its foundation. Ms. Schwartz also owns a small business that is ranked among the top 25 woman-owned businesses in Boulder County, and one of the top 50 minority-owned businesses in Colorado. She has a B.A. from American University in Washington, D.C., with a double major in literature and American studies. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive, having secured an internationally-recognized professional credential for philanthropic fundraising executives.
Linda Stitzer: Arizona Senior Water Policy Advisor
Ms. Stitzer leads our Arizona efforts that aim to sustainably meet human water needs while also protecting healthy aquatic ecosystems. She works with local and regional water providers, governments, and policymakers to advance water planning, conservation, and efficiency programs across Arizona and to improve protection of Arizona rivers. Her current work is focused in the Verde and San Pedro River watersheds where she is assisting local conservation efforts like the Cochise Water Project and promoting the Domestic Well Study report to initiate conservation programs to thousands of domestic well users often located near rivers. She also participates in regional water resource planning efforts to incorporate sound water management including the Fourth Management Plan for the Prescott Active Management Area located in the Verde River headwaters region. Ms. Stitzer worked for the Arizona Department of Water Resources for 25 years in regional and statewide planning positions. Ms. Stitzer has a M.S. in Soil and Water Science from the University of Arizona and a B.S. in Biology/Environmental Science from Northern Arizona University. She is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Cochise Water Project and serves on the Arizona State Parks Natural Areas Program Advisory Committee.
Stacy Tellinghuisen: Senior Energy/Water Policy Analyst
Ms. Tellinghuisen joined WRA in 2008 to focus on the energy/water nexus. Before coming to Colorado, she was an energy/water analyst for the California Sustainability Alliance, where she researched the energy intensity of Southern California's water supplies. Ms. Tellinghuisen has also researched the energy, water, and greenhouse gas emissions of different landscapes, and worked on various water resources projects for the City of Moab, Utah. She has taught natural history to school groups in parks throughout California and Utah. Ms. Tellinghuisen has a Bachelor of Arts in Geology from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a Master of Environmental Science and Management from the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Nicole Theerasatiankul: Grants and Corporate Giving Manager
Ms. Theerasatiankul started with WRA in 2007. Ms. Theerasatiankul manages corporate giving and supports foundation giving. She also carries out graphic design work and facilitates report publication. She has been a graduate teaching assistant and instructor at the University of Colorado, and taught English as a second language in Korea. Ms. Theerasatiankul has a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Business Administration from Colorado State University, and a Masters in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Joro Walker: Senior Attorney and Utah Office Director
Before joining Western Resource Advocates Salt Lake City office in 1999, Ms. Walker worked at a private civil rights law firm specializing in inmate and First Amendment rights litigation in federal court, and Utah constitutional and civil rights law before the state courts. She was associate director of the Wallace Stegner Center at the University of Utah College of Law. Ms. Walker was the 2005 U.S. winner of the Yves Rocher Foundation's "Women of the Earth" award. She attended Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Utah with Bachelor of Science and Masters of Arts degrees in philosophy, and received her law degree from the University of Utah.
Ken Wilson: Engineering Fellow
Mr. Wilson is leading WRA's new Flexible Grid Project, advocating for grid investments that will foster energy efficiency and renewable energy. He is supporting WRA's Energy Program on a variety of issues, including grid architecture, integration of battery storage with renewable energy, smart inverters, and distribution voltage optimization. Mr. Wilson has a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and a BS in EE from Oklahoma State University and is currently completing an MA in Biology at the University of Colorado. He worked for 18 years at Bell Labs as a member of Technical Staff and in engineering management. For 15 years he was an engineering consultant and expert witness in telecommunications and energy distribution systems. Mr. Wilson also served for six years as a city council member in Boulder, Colorado.