Board of Directors

Molly May, Board President and Treasurer

Molly is a graduate student at the University of Colorado working toward her PhD in physics.  She grew up in southwestern Colorado and spends much of her free time outside climbing, biking, rafting, and enjoying nature. Her passion for science communication and concern for Colorado’s environment led her to join Clean Energy Action at the start of 2016.

During her undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado, Molly engaged in many different forms of science communication from publishing technical papers to teaching her peers as a Learning Assistant and teaching physics to elementary school students with the PISEC program.

When she started graduate school, Molly continued teaching but also began her current research developing fluorescent, diamond nanoparticles for biological studies. She enjoys the interdisciplinary research which requires her to synthesize ideas from physics, chemistry, and biology, but has grown more and more concerned about the state of the global environment in recent years.

She decided to apply her skills in science and communication to advocate for forward-thinking environmental policies in Colorado and the United States and is now working with Clean Energy Action while she finishes her graduate studies.

Leslie Glustrom, Board MemberLeslie Green Shirt w Valmont

Leslie Glustrom’s involvement in climate change and clean energy
issues is driven by the fact that there is only one planet we know of that sustains the miracle known as life. It is now clear that our emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases are transforming the climate that has supported life on Earth. Our earth’s drastically changing climate will have profound implications on future generations and on the species with whom we share the planet.

Leslie is trained as a biochemist and has spent over 30 years working at the interface of science and society in a variety of roles including science writing, teaching, policy analysis. In addition, she has a long history of activist work on a variety of environmental issues.

In 2004, Leslie resigned from her job managing a biochemistry research lab at the University of Colorado-Boulder to work full time on climate change. She is a founding member of Clean Energy Action, served as the Director of Research and Policy for several years and is now serving on the Board of Clean Energy Action, She has spoken throughout the country on the environmental and economic imperative of accelerating the transition to a world without fossil fuels and has won many awards for her work. She is currently still very active in clean energy issues at the local, state and national level.

Leslie has written and spoken extensively on the faulty reporting of US coal “reserves” and she was a co-author of the 2011 Harvard study on the True Cost Accounting of Coal. You can access several of the highly-referenced reports she has authored or co-authored on US coal supplies here on our website.

Alison Burchell, Board Member

Alison Burchell

Alison Burchell is is a professional geologist with a dual B.S. in Chemistry and Environmental Planning and graduate degrees in Volcanology and Isotope-Geochemistry. Following a Fellowship with the U.S. Dept. of Interior and US Geological Survey, she established a private consulting practice on issues including: crustal processes, reef and wetland preservation, land-reclamation, siting analysis for renewable energy projects and stakeholder facilitation.  She also holds advanced certificates in Multispectral and Radar Remote Sensing Analysis, Database Design, GIS, Scuba and EPA hazardous materials detection and sampling.

Her current research is focused on understanding and quantifying the mechanisms and kinetics of natural biologic, geologic, chemical and physical processes by which carbon is removed from the atmosphere and stored in terrestrial sinks. This work has led her towards an integrative, bio-geo-mimicry approach to researching and understanding complex terrestrial problems.  This systems-integrated research and her involvement with a variety of stakeholder groups has influenced a Collaborative Impact approach towards helping communities, businesses and boards achieve their sustainability goals. Since moving to Boulder, she has served on several state and local working-groups and non-profit boards tasked with promoting public education, developing public policy or modeling and mitigating a range of environmental problems.  She is a member of the City of Boulder – Energy Future Task Force and  co-founder of Clean Energy Action, Renewables Yes and Empower Our Future – a broad coalition of citizens, businesses, elected and former officials and organizations working to promote the Boulder Clean Energy Future project and moving to assist other communities asses their own clean energy options.

Karen Conduff, Board MemberCEA Bio Pic (1)

With 7 years of experience working in the solar energy industry, a passion for oil painting and deep care for our planet, Karen Conduff brings many different skills to CEA. Karen was a founding member of PV Pioneers, a group pushing the Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association to utilize clean energy. As a NABCEP certified solar professional, Karen has studied at Solar Energy International and assisted solar companies in a variety of roles.

A desire to work for positive change led her to assist CEA in orchestrating Boulder’s inaugural Community Energy Fair in the spring of 2015 and to join CEA’s board later that year.

Keats Dormont, Board Member

Keats grew up in Boulder, CO, and received his mechanical engineering degree, with a minor in energy engineering, from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2018.

He works in the hemp industry, and spends the majority of his remaining time singing, adventuring, and coaching communication and leadership courses.

He founded a sustainability education project that encourages participation in the Zero Waste Movement, and empowers young people to take actions that serve our planet. His research projects include finding economically sustainable practices for recycling and compost facilities, and modeling water desalination technology.

He is excited to uproot our outdated energy production practices and contribute to the clean energy movement!

Dr. Carolyn Williams-Orlando, Board Member

Hi! I’m Dr. Carolyn Williams-Orlando (Dr. Willow for short) and a psychologist and licensed counselor. What I know for sure is that our mental, physical, and spiritual health are intricately connected with one another and to the world around us. When we take care of the earth we are taking care of ourselves.

A simple example of our connection with the world around us, which you may recall from biology class, is that we human beings inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, while trees and other plants, inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen. Our respective cycling affords one another life on this planet. We may thank the trees for giving us life!

Further, we are deeply effected by our environment. For example, we can feel depressed if we’re not getting enough sunlight and we can feel calm and peaceful when we are getting out into nature. The importance of getting out into the natural world, what in Japanese medicine is called “forest bathing,” and what our current scientific literature refers to as “green space,” or “ecotherapy” is well documented to improve ADHD, anxiety, trauma and depression. It doesn’t take a scientist to tell you this, for you already exquisitely know this as a human being who evolved in the natural world.

The earth, oceans, rivers, and springs are sacred places embraced as Goddesses and the Divine Feminine by indigenous peoples. We are all indigenous peoples from somewhere on the planet at our roots.

When we care for the health of the planet we care for the health of ourselves, our children, grandchildren, and fellow sentient beings and citizens; two-legged and four-legged, winged and finned. When you support Clean Energy Action and clean and green renewable energy, you are doing precisely this; gifting all with the opportunity for health, joy and exuberant life, and creating a win-win for our peaceful co-existence as human beings in partnership with earth. Thank you so much for your consciousness and compassion.

Brian Highland, Board Member

Brian was spurred to devote more of his energy to combat climate change after the IPCC’s sobering Special Report came out in October of 2018. He has always been committed to environmental sustainability, but has come to realize that personal accountability is not enough; we need to advance policy to make significant changes to our impact on the environment. He also feels that it’s important to approach the challenge through a lens of equity so that marginalized communities are included and not left behind.

Besides policy, Brian is also excited about the rapid advancements in technology that can get us to a carbon-free future. He is a software engineer with experience primarily in remote sensing, but has a degree in electrical engineering. He hopes to get back to his roots and contribute on that front, too. In the meantime, he takes his electric bike to work and dreams about microgrids.

Julie Zahniser, Board Member (On Sabbatical)All rights reserved by dgrinbergs

A long-time Colorado resident, speech-language pathologist and educator, Julie Zahniser joined the Clean Energy Action Board of Directors in 2008 because of her growing concern about the need to respond to the Global Warming Crisis. Ms. Zahniser and her then husband built a primarily passive solar home in Boulder County in the 1980’s where they raised their children to enjoy, respect, and steward the beautiful Colorado mountain outdoors. Previously involved in her local Sugarloaf community, school outdoor education programs, and the Sierra Club, Ms. Zahniser is a fairly recent but enthusiastic member of the energy activism community. “There is no point in teaching children to talk if the planet is burning up.”

Anne Butterfield, Board Member (On Sabbatical)

Inspired by leaders she has met while serving with Clean Energy Action, Anne Butterfield has devoted more time to 501c3 leadership, and is now serving on the board of Wild Earth Guardians and is a member of Rachel’s Network. 

For seven years she served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Boulder Daily Camera writing a monthly column for the Camera and Huffington Post, usually on local, state and national energy issues.   With two English degrees, her foray into energy and environmental writing was compelled by her view that non-technical people ought to discuss energy issues with their weighty implications.

Her husband Sandy is a technical leader the wind power field, having been a researcher with National Renewable Energy Labs, and developing international technology standards for all renewables.   Their son is also a renewable energy developer.

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