Jason Schroder, Program Manager, Air Toxics & Ozone Precursor Section in Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Natalie Smith, PhD, Physical Scientist and Lead Investigator, Community Air Toxics Mobile Lab in Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Michael Ogletree, Division Director for the Air Pollution Control Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Jana Milford, Professor Emerita in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Environmental Engineering Program
Gabi Pfister, Senior Scientist, Atmospheric Chemistry Observations & Modeling Lab in National Center for Atmospheric Research
Adrienne Sandoval, Air and Radiation Division Director, EPA Region 8
Ean Tafoya, Colorado State Director, Green Latinos
Jason Schroder is the Program Manager for the Air Toxics & Ozone Precursor Section [ATOPS] within CDPHE-APCD. He holds a PhD in Atmospheric Chemistry from the University of British Columbia, and has nearly 15 years of experience working on complex atmospheric and air quality monitoring challenges.
Natalie Smith, PhD
Natalie Smith is a Physical Scientist and Lead investigator for the Community Air Toxics (CAT) Mobile Lab at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) in Denver, CO. She received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Chemistry at Appalachian State University and received her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine. Natalie’s research has focused on characterizing the chemical composition and physical properties of various atmospheric aerosols as well as the chemical composition of volatile organic trace gases in ambient air, using various mass spectrometry techniques. Her research has culminated in several journal articles on these topics. At CDPHE her primary role is to perform routine on-road air quality monitoring using the CAT mobile lab in disproportionately impacted communities throughout Colorado.
Michael Ogletree is the Division Director for the Air Pollution Control Division (APCD) of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Before becoming Division Director, Mr. Ogletree was the air quality program manager for the City and County of Denver, where he led Denver’s overall efforts to improve air quality. Michael Ogletree is an experienced leader with a passion for using technology to create positive change. With a strong background in leadership and a track record of driving successful initiatives, he has a natural ability to bring people together and drive meaningful change. Since being with Air Pollution Control Division, Mr. Ogletree has been instrumental in major initiatives that focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from trucks and cars and prioritizing the uptake of zero-emission vehicles, creating strides towards public protections from toxic air contaminants, prioritizing Environmental Justice communities in engagement and permitting decisions, improving data transparency, and integrating the next-generation of air monitoring technology. Mr. Ogletree is dedicated to making a difference and creating a better future for us all.
Jana Milford is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Environmental Engineering Program. Her research and teaching interests focus on air quality modeling and data analysis, thermal sciences, environmental impacts of energy systems, and environmental law and policy. She was the founding director of the Environmental Engineering Program and founding faculty advisor for the Engineering GoldShirt Program.
Professor Milford served as a member of the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission. She is a past member of the Board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the National Academy of Sciences and the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Professor Milford has previously worked as a Congressional Fellow and Analyst at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Connecticut, and Senior Scientist and Staff Attorney at the Environmental Defense Fund. She holds a B.S. in Engineering Science from Iowa State University, a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and a J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law.
Gabi Pfister’s general research is in studying the composition of the troposphere using satellite and in-situ observations (e.g. aircraft and ground-based measurements taken during field campaigns) in conjunction with regional and global atmospheric models. In her work she is addressing the link between local pollution processes and regional and global pollution. Gases and aerosols emitted into the atmosphere from local human activities, in addition to natural sources, might change atmospheric composition on inter-continental or even global scales coupled through mixing, transport and chemical transformation. This makes local air quality a global issue and, as further consequence, also a factor in climate change.
Air quality issues are also linked to public policy applications because many of the pollutants emitted by human activity are known to have detrimental impacts on human health and also on natural and managed ecosystems with a direct bearing on human welfare and environmental quality. Some of her research topics include e.g. the intercontinental transport of pollution across the Pacific and how it impacts regional and local air quality over North America, the impacts of wildfires on air quality and climate, or the role of emissions and weather on ozone pollution.
Adrienne Sandoval joined EPA Region 8 as the Air and Radiation Division (ARD) Director in January 2023. As the ARD Director she works to ensure that activities within Region 8 are conducted in a manner that reduces emissions and air pollution in order to protect public health and the environment. Prior to joining EPA Ms. Sandoval worked for the State of New Mexico as the Oil Conservation Division Director within the Energy Minerals and Natural Resources Department, where she enacted nationally leading natural gas waste rules based on robust stakeholder engagement, data and science, and re-structured the Division to build capacity, lower vacancy rates, and ensure the responsible development of oil and natural gas in the second highest onshore oil producing state. She also previously worked in the oil and gas industry at Marathon Petroleum and the Williams Companies. Ms. Sandoval holds a Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Tulsa.
Ean is active in Denver Public Affairs, Colorado Public Policy, and Federal Environmental Policy. He has worked for three branches of local government, worked at three levels of American government, run for Denver City Council, and has directed many local and state political races. Currently, he serves as the Colorado State Director for GreenLatinos. Ean has received recognition for his work from the Denver Regional Council of Governments, the Denver Regional Air Quality Council, named a River Hero by the National River Network, and was recently elected the Co-Chair of the Colorado Environmental Justice Action Taskforce. He loves to dance whether it be at a concert or in politics! As Mr. Denver, a local music DJ and radio host, he uses the media to uplift locals in the community. Follow Ean @believeEan on all platforms.
Ean is a water protector that holds a B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in Native American Studies, a Water Studies Certificate, & Early Childhood Education Certificate from Metropolitan State University of Denver as well as a Horticultural Therapy Certificate for Colorado State University.