Colorado Clean Energy Cluster Board

Maury Dobbie
Executive Director, Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory and External Relations Director, Energy Institute, Colorado State University

Leadership Role: Board Chair

Since 2007, the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory has been a successful energy research partnership between Colo School of Mines, Univ of Colo-Boulder, Colo 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. Maury was the former Assist. Dir. at the Center for the New Energy Economy founded by former Colo 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 N. Colorado. Maury has been a part of Colorado’s new energy economy initiative since 2006 working with industry partners to create CSU’s Systems Engineering Program and the Clean Tech Certification Program at Front Range Community College. Maury has previously served as chair of the board for the Colorado Community College System, which oversees 13 community colleges in 38 locations around Colo. 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 Colo, “Top 10 Women Making a Difference”, “Creative Vision for Women”, the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) “Women in Business Champion of the Year”, “Top Women in Energy” by Denver Business Journal, and prestigious national award by Office Depot as “Businesswoman of the Year”.

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 CCEC organization. It’s important that those of us who have been the only woman in the room early on in our careers to devote time to helping others navigate their career journey. Being a part of CoC3E is one way I can give back.

crop_sm_Dawn_PutneyDawn Putney
Toolbox Creative, President and Lead Strategist

Leadership Role: Board Co-Chair

Dawn Putney is co-founder of 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 Museum of Art Fort Collins.

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.

Sara Emmons
Contractor to the U.S. Department of Energy

Leadership Role: Board Secretary

Sara Emmons is a Management Analyst with Knowledge Management and Systems Office (KMSO) at the U.S. Department of Energy.  KMSO delivers and manages the policies and procedures, systems, tools, training, and data analytics necessary for the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy branch of DOE to effectively execute its clean energy mission. She is a certified Project Management Professional and earned her BS in Business Management from Colorado State University.

Why C3E: Achieving lofty climate goals is going to take an all-hands on deck approach.  We need a variety of perspectives and skillsets at the table. The more we can encourage equality in the clean energy workforce, the greater chance we have of achieving those goals!

Emily Wilson_Innosphere VenturesEmily Wilson
Innosphere Ventures, Communication Director

Leadership Role: Treasurer

Emily Wilson is Communication Director for Innosphere Ventures, the region’s leading incubation program that accelerates success of science and technology startups with a commercialization program and venture capital fund. Ms. Wilson is responsible for overall marketing strategies, manages public and investor relations, and is responsible for entrepreneurial education sessions such as the successful Innovation After Hours networking forum, and virtual events such as Meet the Investors and the Funded in Colorado event series.

As a former employee of the City of Fort Collins Economic Health office and marketing consultant for the Larimer Small Business Development Center (SBDC), she is passionate about economic development. She grew up on a ranch in eastern Colorado and moved to Fort Collins to get her B.A. (2006) and M.A. (2008) in Communication Studies.

Why C3E: Because to meet the energy needs of Colorado and the world, we need initiatives and projects that will positively impact efficiencies in all energy production. I enjoy being a part of a project-driven, 501(c)(3) nonprofit economic development organization that’s focused on innovative and entrepreneurial ways to grow and transform the energy sector through actionable projects and initiatives — such as “She’s in Power” which is our project that’s designed to grow and inspire women to be leaders in water, energy, advanced materials, and transportation industries.

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.

Tami BondTami Bond
Ph.D, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University

Dr. Tami Bond is the Walter Scott, Jr. Presidential Chair in Energy, Environment and Health at Colorado State University. Her research has followed a thread from combustion, to atmospheric chemistry and climate, to technology change and future scenarios, to the intimate relationship between technology and human choice. Her research group has spanned considerations as small as a particle’s skin and as large as a national transportation system in the quest to characterize the dance between humans, their energy use, and the atmosphere and climate. Dr. Bond first earned two degrees in mechanical engineering before succumbing to an interdisciplinary Ph.D. and a NOAA Climate and Global Change post-doc. After 16 years as a faculty member in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and sabbatical stints at Tsinghua University and the University of Leeds, she found a home at Colorado State University where experts in atmosphere, combustion, and environmental health and justice are collocated. She is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a 2014 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow.

Why C3E: I think design and desire for clean energy and healthy communities will look very different when people of all genders, abilities, and backgrounds are included in the planning. That means we need to diversify leaders, planners and knowledge workers. I found mentoring and navigation to be key elements of navigating a professional path. She’s In Power brings that all together.

Judy Dorsey Brendle GroupJudy Dorsey
President and Principal Engineer, Brendle Group

As the founding president and principal engineer of Brendle Group, Judy is a pioneering engineer, entrepreneur, and sustainability business leader with 26 years of executive expertise in innovation, strategy, and risk management. A natural team-builder, Judy has led the completion of more than 300 sustainability projects for over 150 clients across 30 states. Many of these projects pioneered new frontiers in sustainability, prior to national standards and certifications, in areas such as green building, greenhouse gas management and accounting, net zero energy, and climate resilience. Judy has also advised business leaders and policy makers on managing risks and opportunities posed by climate change, energy system transitions, and other socioeconomic challenges. She serves as a U.S. C3E Ambassador, Colorado State University Energy Institute Industry Advisory Board member, and Peaks to People Water Fund Board member.

Why C3E:   We haven’t moved the needle on women in engineering since I entered field more than 30 years ago. The Colorado Clean Energy Cluster’s flagship initiative C3E provides meaningful professional experiences and a warm network of supporters for young women entering the engineering workforce. Applying engineering talents towards clean energy is a fulfilling career choice that improves lives and directly combats climate change.

Ellen Morris NRELEllen Morris
Ph.D., National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dr. Ellen Morris is a world-recognized expert on energy and international development, with a particular focus on policy analysis, research, strategy development, and writing on energy access, gender equality, and business models for the base of the pyramid. She leads a new program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to build and strengthen partnerships with leading universities and research institutions that leverage NREL’s scientific knowledge and state-of-the-art facilities to solve complex, multidisciplinary challenges in energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, renewable energy, and grid integration. Morris holds a joint appointment at the Colorado School of Mines in the Engineering, Design and Society program, and previously was on the faculty for 14 years at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She received her bachelor’s degree in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and her doctorate in Geological Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography.

Why C3E?: As an ambassador for C3E at the national level, it is great to be working with C3E closer to home, here in Colorado. I am proud to be involved with C3E because it is squarely focused on addressing the gender gap in the clean energy workforce, with an eye toward equity and inclusion. By working with rising stars and seasoned veterans interested in changing the world, I believe we can realize a clean energy future for Colorado and beyond.

Hailey Summers
Ph.D, Soil Metrics

Dr. Hailey Summers is the Director of Modeling and Technology at Soil Metrics. Her work focuses on quantifying environmental impacts, such as greenhouse gas emissions, of agricultural processes and products using life cycle assessment. She has a broad interest in sustainability and strives to holistically understand the world’s current challenges. Her work has contributed to research on indoor cannabis, industrial crops, and water scarcity accounting. She earned her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University in 2021.

Why C3E: I have personally experienced the gender gap in STEM through my education and professional opportunities. Through these experiences, I have gained a passion for improving the female presence in technical fields because solving the world’s challenges will require diversity. I believe that the mission of CCEC and C3E can help close the gender gap through its unique programs and offerings such as “She’s in Power.”

She’s in Power Committee

John Bleem
Colorado State University / Poudre School District

John has led or collaborated on energy, environmental and education projects for over 30 years. He currently consults in clean energy, serves as a Research Associate at the CSU Energy Institute, and teaches / coaches in STEM education in Fort Collins. John directed customer service and planning functions at Platte River Power Authority for 25 years and worked in energy and environmental areas with other firms prior to joining PRPA. He was team lead for developing PRPA’s Strategic Plans, Integrated Resource Plans, Renewable Energy Supply Policy and Climate Action Plans. John also served on many collaborative teams in the region (utilities, customers, education, climate action and planning).

Why C3E: She’s in Power is part of a broader C3E initiative which has a great group of women leaders to support our local student projects. Enhancing gender and other diversity in the future workforce is critical – and the SiP program allows hands-on learning with real world projects for girls and young women to support their pursuit of STEM degrees and careers. Local companies are highly committed to workforce diversity and provide female leaders as guides and examples for the students. This approach helps our students to better “see what they can be” in the future.


Diane ErnstDiane Ernst
She’s in Power Program Manager

Diane is no stranger to catalyzing young people. As a City of Fort Collins Public Engagement Specialist, she saw a gap in programming for local teenagers. So she created and still runs a free program where teens and mentors work together on environmental stewardship, leadership and climate action. She considers it the best part of her job. Diane brings more than 10 years of experience in public engagement and environmental education to C3E and She’s in Power. She credits her success to seeking out strong female mentors who have coached and inspired her, along with actively pursuing professional development opportunities like the sustainability training that led her to She’s in Power.

Why C3E: Maybe a Spark becomes an Energizer or an Energizer becomes a Power Partner, or a Power Partner donates money to continue the program. A great way to start building that pipeline is sharing personal stories about how She’s in Power has impacted people. It’s exciting to see women in clean energy, to spark that inspiration to do this work.

Alyssa Uhl She's In PowerAlyssa Uhl
She’s in Power Program Assistant

Alyssa is working towards a Bachelor of Science in environmental public health at Colorado State University, while also minoring in global environmental sustainability and Spanish Language. She is interested in the connection between sustainability and public health through the lens of community education. She has previously interned for Ide Energy & Strategy, where she collaborated with the firm and community leaders in Big Sky, Montana to formulate a comprehensive environmental sustainability flier for residents as well as tourists. Additionally, Alyssa has various teaching, tutoring, and coaching experience with k-12 students both domestically and abroad in San Ramón, Costa Rica. Ultimately with her degree, she hopes to empower communities facing environmental injustices through hands-on environmental or health education.

Why C3E? While I was a Spark during the summer of 2021, I was inspired by the mission of She’s in Power and the network of strong female clean energy leaders. It was an amazing opportunity to be partnered with Sandbox Solar and connect with local organizations through solar outreach and education. Overall, I am empowered by my experiences with SiP and hope to use my position to pass on the inspiration to my peers.