Dan Zimmerle, Director, Methane Emissions Program at the Energy Institute at Colorado State University
Christy Woodward, Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs, Colorado Oil & Gas Association
Danny Powers, Air Quality Program Division Head, Southern Ute Indian Tribe
Coy Bryant, President & Chief Operating Officer, Red Cedar Gathering Company
Michael Ogletree, Division Director for the Air Pollution Control Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Daniel Zimmerle is the Director of the Methane Emissions Program in the Energy Institute at Colorado State University. Zimmerle was a principal investigator on seven major studies of methane emissions in the natural gas supply chain, including studies of upstream, midstream, and distribution systems at a national and/or regional scale, and leads the Methane Emissions Technology Evaluation Center, one of the largest test facilities for natural gas leak detection solutions. Zimmerle’s group conducts research on natural gas emissions including studies of equipment and pipeline emissions, field studies, and fundamental investigations of commonly utilized methods. Recent work has branched into agricultural and waste emissions area.
Additionally, Zimmerle also works on energy access and development in rural communities in the developing world and the integration of distributed generation into power systems.
An ‘accidental academic,’ Zimmerle’s pre-CSU experience is all industrial. He served as the Chief Operating Officer at Spirae, Inc. and 20 years at Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies including experience as both a division general manager and R&D manager, leading organizations in multiple businesses and organizations that included personnel in the US, Ireland, Singapore and other countries.
He holds a BSME and MSME from North Dakota State University.
Christy Woodward serves as the Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs for the Colorado Oil & Gas Association. She leads COGA’s regulatory strategy. Ms. Woodward has 24 years’ experience in civil and environmental engineering design and project management, including Clean Water and Clean Air Act permitting and compliance and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Wildlife and Cultural assessments for energy projects on Federal Lands. She is an Environmental Engineer and has provided technical support for the oil and gas industry, the homebuilding industry, mining industry, other private clients, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Defense (DoD). Her technical experience includes regulatory compliance, permitting, and agency negotiation; planning and implementation of surface and subsurface investigations and remedial evaluations; remedial design and implementation; design and implementation of hydrogeological, hydrological, and sedimentation studies; watershed management projects; and storm water control projects.
Danny Powers grew up in Durango, Colorado and continues to reside there with his wife and son. He graduated from Fort Lewis College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geology and is currently working with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Air Quality Program as the Air Quality Program Division Head. Mr. Powers is responsible for the daily oversight and management of the regulatory and ambient air quality monitoring sections of the Tribe’s Air Quality Division including development and management of operating budgets, including obtaining and complying with federal Clean Air Act grants, including work plan development, progress reports, and budget tracking.
Mr. Powers has been the primary author of tribal comments on federal Clean Air Act rulemakings and has assisted with representing the Tribe in a global Clean Air Act enforcement and settlement action against a regulated source with the Department of Justice and the EPA. He has nearly 12 years of experience working in the air quality profession with previous experience working in the geology vocation.
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.