Maury Dobbie, Executive Director, Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory and External Relations Director, Energy Institute, Colorado State University
Leadership Role: Board Chair
Since 2008, the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory has been a successful energy research partnership between Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado-Boulder, Colorado State University and National Renewable Energy Laboratory. As Executive Director of the Collaboratory she also splits her time as the External Relations Director for the Energy Institute at Colorado State University. In April 2019 the four Collaboratory entities co-hosted the 8th annual 21st Century Energy Transition Symposium and Maury has headed up the event since 2011. She was the former Assistant Director at the Center for the New Energy Economy founded by former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter. Maury began her entrepreneurial career at age 19 founding and operating six diverse companies, holding CEO or principal positions. Before joining CNEE, she was president/CEO of a regional not-for-profit economic development corporation in Northern Colorado. In 1994, Maury founded a video production company and expanded it rapidly into an award-winning multimedia enterprise, with a web-development department and live event services. Dobbie served as a board member on the Northern Colorado Clean Energy Cluster and has since become the non-profit entity of the Colorado C3E organization. Maury has been a part of Colorado’s new energy economy initiative since 2006. She worked with industry partners to create Colorado State University’s Systems Engineering Program and the Clean Tech Certification Program at Front Range Community College. Over the years, Maury has volunteered on many boards of directors. Maury was appointed by former Colorado Governor Bill Owens to serve on two state boards, Colorado Women’s Economic Development Council and the Colorado Film Commission. Appointed in 2009 by former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, she has previously served as chair of the board for the Colorado Community College System, which oversees 13 community colleges in 38 locations around the state. Maury is currently the chair of the Colorado C3E non-profit organization focused on encouraging women in STEM careers. Honored for her leadership, Maury has received numerous business awards including “Entrepreneur of the Year” award by the Northern Colorado Business Report, “Woman Leader of Excellence” in Colorado, “Top 10 Women Making a Difference”, “Creative Vision for Women”, the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) “Women in Business Champion of the Year” and the prestigious national award by Office Depot as “Businesswoman of the Year”. Maury earned a Business Administration degree and continues to finish her MBA at Colorado State University.
Why C3E: Paying it forward has always been a motto of mine and making sure women’s voices and influence are valued is important to the CoC3E organization. It’s important that those of us who have been the only woman in the room for all of our career to devote time to helping others navigate their career journey. Being a part of CoC3E is one way I can give back.
Dawn Putney, Toolbox Creative
Leadership Role: Board Co-Chair
Dawn Putney is the founding president and lead strategist at Toolbox Creative, a brand design firm for innovative technology companies. Before moving to Colorado in 1994, Dawn worked with some of the largest ad agencies in Minneapolis. With 30+ years as a brand designer, Dawn thrives on helping technologists, innovators and engineers tell the story of how their big ideas can change the world. Dawn is also the co-founder of Art Lab Fort Collins, an experimental, non-profit creating community spaces for the arts. In addition to serving on the C3E steering committee, Dawn is proud to serve as a board member of Pretty Brainy, a non-profit that engages girls in STEAM learning, and the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce.
Why C3E: I believe that elevating the conversation will change the face of women in technology and business leadership. C3E’s focus on social impact projects and empowering women in clean energy spoke to my heart, and my interest in building a future where women can more easily climb to the top of the business ladder. The future looks brighter and kinder when built by women.
Ann Batchelor, Colorado State University College of Engineering
Ann H. Batchelor, Assistant Director of Colorado State University College of Engineering Systems Engineering Program, has extensive industrial experience in technical management, systems engineering, production, manufacturing, lean engineering, life cycle management, test and analysis, transitioning technology into manufacturing, proposal and project management and technical writing. Experience includes 20+ years in research, product development, manufacturing, engineering management and business development in the defense industry as chief scientist, systems engineer, Director of Engineering, and Director of Program Management. While at CSU, she has worked with the Energy Institute in the natural gas leak monitoring projects and with transportation projects. She is a past certified program management professional by the Project Management Institute (PMI), a Military Sensing Fellow (DOD Informational and Analysis Center for Military Sensing, lecturer on risk and opportunity management courses, former President elect of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Atlanta Chapter, and a former course leader at GT for infrared and visible signature suppression course.
Why C3E?: Clean energy is one of the best professional areas for women who want to make a tangible difference for the sake of the planet and the community. The natural gas and oil industries have many women high level professionals already paving the way for future scientists, engineers, and other related professions. The potential to make significant improvements in our world primarily depend on future clean energy technologies and their adoption by communities and families. Working with C3E helps me support my passion for involving women in science where technologies can advance without negative impacts on our environment and our society.
Judy Dorsey, Brendle Group
Judy Dorsey is the founding President of Brendle Group, a Colorado-based engineering firm with a focus on clean energy and sustainability solutions for local governments, educational institutions, the ski industry and leading-edge companies. In 2005, she helped to launch the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster and served as the Executive Director until she stepped down in 2014. In this capacity, Judy has helped to form the vision and key implementation projects for FortZED as well as other cluster initiatives, including the International Cleantech Network (ICN) and the Colorado Clean Energy Supply Chain Initiative.
Sara Emmons, U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office
Sara Emmons is the Senior Project Analyst Contractor to the U.S. Department of Energy Fuel Cell Technologies Office. Here, she provides non-technical project management/monitoring support on Fuel Cell Technologies Office projects. Specifically, she supports the facilitation, initiation, execution (adherence to scope, schedule, and budget), and close-out of these clean energy projects. Additionally, Sara has helped lead the planning process for the biennial Peer Review, a three-day event which brings together around 80 project leads in order to be assessed on the technical achievements of their work. She is a certified Project Management Professional and earned her BS in Business Management from Colorado State University.
Why C3E?: I believe strongly in the power of mentorship and female support! I have been extremely inspired and motivated by the relationships I have developed with the other members of CO C3E. A clean energy future requires all hands on deck! The more we can encourage equality in the clean energy workforce, the greater chance we have of reaching our goals!
Annette “Net” Meredith, Net’s Catch
Currently, Annette “Net” Meredith works to help small businesses develop their web presence at Net’s Catch. Previously, Net served as the City Energy Project Advisor to the City of Fort Collins aiding building energy efficiency projects. Formerly she worked in energy efficiency for the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Department of Energy Western Area Power Administration as well as in Washington DC within DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. As a Project Officer within the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant program, Net worked with cities and counties in many of the Rocky Mountain states on their energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Net holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and a M.S. in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from University of Maryland and a B.A. from University of Michigan in addition to post-bachelors coursework from Colorado State University.
Why C3E: Worldwide you can take many things away from women and girls but you can never take away their education once they have it. And once they get a hold of education in the STEM fields, their potential contributions to advancing knowledge and technology are limitless. I am excited to help the C3E Initiative with its efforts to invite and retain K through Gray gals in the clean energy workforce.
Emily Wilson, Rocky Mountain Innosphere
Leadership Role: Treasurer
Emily is the Communications Director for Innosphere, Colorado’s leading technology incubator supporting high-tech companies that have the potential to exponentially grow in the industries of health innovation, bioscience, energy, advanced materials, and software/hardware. At Innosphere, Emily is responsible for investor relations, entrepreneur education classes in Fort Collins and Denver, the monthly “Innovation After Hours” series, and serves as the project manager for the NoCoBio Cluster, which is Innosphere’s bioscience program. Along with managing Innosphere’s public relations, she also works with Client Companies on their overall marketing strategies. As a former employee of the City of Fort Collins Economic Health office, she is passionate about economic development, and is a current Larimer Small Business Development Center (SBDC) consultant. She is an alumni of Leadership Fort Collins and is currently taking the 2016 Leadership Northern Colorado class. She grew up on a ranch in Julesburg, Colorado and moved to Fort Collins to get her B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies.
Mandana Ashouri, CSU Ventures
Mandana joined CSUV in 2018 and is a Director of Licensing & Business Development. She previously served as a licensing specialist and IP manager at the University of Texas at Austin for five years. She has also worked for academia and the oil and gas industry for 10 years before entering the technology transfer and commercialization field. Mandana is responsible for technology marketing, patent prosecution and license negotiation of CSU-created intellectual property and supports startup formation, university research activities and corporate relations.
Her portfolio primarily consists of innovations in physical science and engineering. Mandana received her BSc in Chemical Engineering from The University of Tehran, and she holds two MSc degrees in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering and Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Ellie Troxell, Brendle Group
Ellie is an Engineer for Brendle Group where she manages and supports a wide range of projects spanning the disciplines of energy, water, climate, and sustainable planning and management. She works with public and private sector clients to develop action-oriented sustainability planning strategies while translating complex technical concepts and datasets to inform effective decision making and actionable implementation. Ellie applies framework thinking to act effectively and drive impact in our complex built environment through the lenses of sustainability, resiliency, and regeneration. Prior to joining Brendle Group, Ellie worked in civil engineering design and non-profits. She earned BS and BA degrees from Colorado State University in Civil Engineering, Engineering Science, and Liberal Arts.
Why C3E? As a female engineer, I am inspired by the mentorship and support system that provided encouragement and guidance to me to pursue a career in clean energy. Seeing, speaking with, and engaging with like-women, including Colorado C3E, has positively impacted my career journey. By serving on C3E, my personal goal is to continue and better the support that I received for more women entering or transitioning in the industry.