André has over fourteen years of nonprofit leadership experience, including extensive work in organizational development, fundraising, program development and evaluation, and effective collaborative initiatives. André currently serves as the executive director at The Acorn School for Early Childhood Education and the Wilderness Early Learning Center in Boulder. Bollaert previously served in executive roles at Cal-Wood Education Center, the Libuse Kriz-Fiorito Historical Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, the Roger Hill Volunteer Center, and worked as an independent nonprofit fundraising and organizational development consultant. He is a graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, and received a B.A. in Political Science from CU-Boulder.
Andrew MooreImmediate Past Chair
Andrew Moore, Immediate Past Chair
Andrew is currently the CIO for Boulder Valley School District where he leads a team that provides IT and Ed Tech services for 4200 employees and 30,000 students. Prior to joining the Boulder Valley School District, Andrew spent 26 years in the private sector most recently at Sun Microsystems in an executive leadership role managing an international team of IT professionals. His public sector experience was developed during three terms as Mayor of the Town of Erie, a 20,000 person suburb of Boulder where he championed Erie’s award winning trail and recreation system. He was term limited in 2010 after three terms. Andrew lives in Erie with his wife, two children and a chocolate lab. He holds degrees in computer science and sociology, is a certified Six Sigma professional, a graduate of the Rocky Mountain Executive Leadership program at CU Denver, and a “50 for Colorado” alum at CU Boulder. In his free time he enjoys time with his family, home improvement projects, playing racquetball, biking, and hiking both locally and on the 14’ers.
Ben AppleFormer Chair
Ben Apple, Former Chair
Ben is the Principal of Environmental Commodities Corporation, a company he founded to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of large polluters in North America. Carbon credits generated by their technology are used by companies that are regulated under cap and trade programs. Ben holds an MBA from The Wharton School, an MS in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He started his career as an engineer in the Air Force and served as a United Nations Peacekeeper before entering the private sector to pursue his passion for environmental conservation. Ben worked in the venture capital sector in Europe as the Kyoto Protocol was being implemented, and subsequently returned to the U.S. to focus on greenhouse gas emissions. Ben lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two children. When he’s not enjoying the mountains with his family or riding his bike, he enjoys restoring his 100-year old house.
Ben is currently an itinerant do-gooder, trying to make the world slightly better and petting as many dogs as possible along the way. Previously, he worked for a small startup named Google for 10 years, first with their Research team and, more recently, as the Chief of Stuff for the Boulder office, managing external partnerships and K-12 outreach and keeping the engineers happy and well fed. He began his career in the U.S. Army battling the furious hordes of red tape in the battalion personnel office, afterwards receiving his B.A. from Emory University in Classics. He’s lived and studied in Greece and Israel, picking up several dead languages on the way. After running around the world for a bit, he landed back in Atlanta to work as the program coordinator for the Health Sciences Humanities and Psychoanalytic Studies Programs at Emory. In addition to Resource Central, Ben sits on the board of Boulder Transportation Connections and is a volunteer firefighter and doting parent to his loving dog, Argos.
Erin Hadary is a seasoned business professional with over 15 years of experience in comprehensive wealth management and finance. She has expertise in raising capital, leading investor relations, managing both individual and institutional investment portfolios and philanthropic advising. Erin enjoys helping clients make sound financial decisions and is committed to the client’s best interest and helping clients find purpose and clarity in their financial lives.
Erin is a Certified Financial Planner™, and currently a candidate for the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® designation. Erin is a member of the Financial Planning Association, and Colorado Planned Giving Round Table. Prior to becoming a Certified Financial Planner™, Erin served as Director of Foundations and Corporate Relations for Emory & Henry College. Previously, she worked as the Director of Investor Relations for SoFi, in San Francisco overseeing private placements. She also spent 5 years in private wealth management as a Registered Investment Advisor for Raymond James Financial Services working with individual clients and private family foundations.
Jennie ArbogashBoard Chair
Jennie Arbogash, Board Chair
Jennie is the executive director of Social Venture Partners. She has worked in the non-profit sector for more than two decades and has developed expertise in leadership, management, capacity building, strategic philanthropy, facilitation, fundraising, marketing, and volunteer management. Jennie is a graduate of the Masters in Nonprofit Management program at Regis University, a Colorado Trust Fellow, and co-author of a capacity assessment process for non-profit organizations. She lives with her husband, Tim, and favorite canine, Mischa, in Longmont, Colorado.
As President and CEO of the Boulder Chamber, John is honored to lead the organization that serves as Boulder’s unified voice for business interests, advances our economic vitality, and provides valuable business support services. Prior to joining the Boulder Chamber, John was Public Affairs and Communications Director for the pharmaceutical manufacturing company, Roche Colorado Corporation, and Policy Development Director in the Boulder City Manager’s Office. John also spent six years as the Boulder area’s elected representative to the Regional Transportation District. A native of Brookline, Massachusetts, John earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, spent a couple of years working on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and move to Boulder 28 years ago to earn a law degree from the University of Colorado. He now resides in South Boulder with his wife, Molly, and enjoys playing in the outdoors, accessing local cultural attractions and generally loves his community.
Josh is an attorney with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Josh’s practice centers on his role as a litigator and strategic advisor and includes commercial disputes, securities litigation, regulatory compliance, and internal investigations. Prior to joining Brownstein, Josh worked as a litigation associate at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. and served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Gerald E. Rosen in Detroit, Michigan and the Hon. Edward C. Prado in San Antonio, Texas. Josh also serves on the Board of Directors for Liver Health Connection, a Denver-based non-profit focused on advocacy, education, and outreach in connection with diseases affecting the liver. When not working, Josh enjoys running, skiing, and photography.
Katrina has had a 15+ year career in the consumer product goods space leading sales and marketing. Currently she is SVP of Sales at bare snacks. Bare makes craveably, crunchy snacks with no added oil, preservatives, or additives. During her career, she has worked for the Campbell Soup Company and Clorox before launching into the natural/sustainable space with Mrs. Meyer’s. She is an avid traveler and has spent time in over 25 countries. Katrina also helped to launch a NorCal chapter of NEW (Network of Executive Women) and is currently launching a Denver chapter. Katrina lives in Louisville, CO with her husband and two children. When she is not growing brands and companies, she enjoys spending her time hiking, biking, skiing and just being outside.
Koel Thomae is the co-founder of Noosa Yoghurt, a creamy and delicious yoghurt like no other, now sold in 25,000+ stores nationwide. Named among the “Top Women in Grocery” by Progressive Grocer and “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Colorado BizMag, Koel is also a passionate member of the thriving natural foods community in Boulder, CO, where she acts as a mentor to young food entrepreneurs in the early start-up phase.
She began her natural foods career in 2004 as a supply chain coordinator and later manager on the operations team at IZZE Beverage Company, a position she held through PepsiCo’s 2006 acquisition of the company. Koel also served as an operations management consultant for several young natural food companies, including Mix1 Beverages and Snikiddy, LLC. She received her BA in Marketing from Australia’s Queensland University of Technology and resides in Boulder with her husband and daughter.
Leia Guccione is an engineer and a naval officer. She works as a Principal for Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) where she advises business and industry in the transformation of global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, secure, and low-carbon future. Working in RMI’s electricity practice, she specializes in developing new business models for utilities as well as DER companies, microgrids, distributed generation and storage, as well as renewable energy procurement strategies. Additional areas of expertise include the use of collaborative processes for complex problem-solving. Leia leads many of the activities within RMI’s Electricity Innovation Lab as well as specific research partnerships with electricity industry stakeholders.
Prior to joining RMI, Leia served as a nuclear-trained Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. Leia continues to serve in the U.S. Navy Reserve as a Civil Engineer Corps officer. Leia also currently serves as a member of the Lafayette Energy Sustainability Advisory Committee. She is a past Chair of the Society of Women Engineer’s K-12 Outreach Committee. She is married to Mr. Thomas Lechtenberg, and they have a son, Owen.
Megan is the vice president of compliance at Reed Group. She provides leadership, product creation, and effective guidance to ensure Reed Group’s software and service products are best in class and compliant with governing law. Ms. Holstein’s experience in employment law and leave of absence compliance includes in-house counsel with two publicly traded companies and her own consulting and law firm. Ms. Holstein received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Colorado School of Law and her BA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ms. Holstein is a former planning commissioner for the Town of Erie, Colorado.
Ning is the president of the Innovo Foundation, an angel investor, and a longtime supporter of CRC’s ReNew Our Schools program. She has been trained as a computer scientist and had worked for many years in high performance computing, embedded operating systems, distributed architecture, and search and advertising platforms. She was one of the early engineers working for Google and last worked there as a staff engineer and technical lead. Ning is deeply passionate about the environment and has been working with environmental non-profits since 2006. She is also a freelance photographer and enjoys the great Colorado outdoors with her husband and two young children.
Paige is a leadership expert at Bain & Company, where she coaches executives to become more inspirational leaders. Paige holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in Economics from Yale University. She also holds executive coaching credentials from the Coaches Training Institute (CPCC) and the International Coach Federation (ACC). Paige lives in Superior, Colorado with her husband Mike and daughter Cassidy. In her free time, Paige provides pro bono coaching and consulting services for nonprofit leaders. She also enjoys trivia night and playing drums.
Ron is the Building Sustainability Examiner for Boulder County where he manages the green building and energy initiatives of the Land Use Department. Previously he worked for Ron Flax Consulting, a Building Science based firm focused on improving our health and our environment. Prior to this, Ron worked as a Project Manager for a local, award winning design-build firm. Ron has been a member of the sustainable building community for the past 17 years and has extensive hands-on experience in both design and construction, including the record setting, deep-energy retrofit of his South Boulder home. He was the 2011 recipient of the Colorado Green Building Guild Leadership Award, as well as 2012 Conservationist of the Year from the Center for Resource Conservation. Ron frequently teaches on a wide range of green building and sustainability topics including energy, water, indoor air quality, and resource conservation.
Ryan Slabaugh is a veteran newspaper and magazine editor who lives in Boulder, Colorado. He currently manages the editorial departments for two magazines, Countryside Magazine and Small Stock Journal, and Backyard Poultry magazine, which serve more than 100,000 readers in print and hundreds of thousands more in social media and digital. In his 15-year career in publishing, he has served as the lead editor for more than two dozen publications in the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada with Swift Communications, including The Aspen Times and Summit Daily News, and has established a successful track record in growing and creating publications in highly competitive markets, including creating Tahoe Magazine in 2009, now the largest seasonal magazine in its region. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, coaching Little League and traveling with his family.
Scott has had a 25-year career in the technology industry and as an entrepreneur. He directed the Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Technology group at Texas Instruments and founded businesses in fields ranging from telecommunications to healthcare. Scott received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He volunteered on the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers Technical Paper Review Committee for advanced manufacturing technologies, published numerous papers on the subject, and co-authored a textbook for teaching the basics of robotics. Scott was appointed by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to an advisory role to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and participates on the Advisory Board for the Beacon Center at Community Hospital in Boulder.