Leadership - Program Chairs

North Central
Pacific Northwest
Rocky Mountain


Cheryl Bostater - San Diego Chapter Chair
Cheryl J. Bostater is currently a Principal with Vantage Point Advisors, a business valuation firm. Cheryl is an operationally oriented senior financial executive, experienced in both publicly and privately held companies. Her experience includes: Business Valuations, IPOs, private placements, debt structuring, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, as well as financial projections and analysis. Cheryl was the co-founder an the initial CFO of Open Energy Corporation (now Applied Solar), a pioneer in building -integrated (BIPV) solar roofing products. In addition to her CFO and business valuation experience, she spent three years as an investment banker with broker/dealers, specializing in micro-capitalization public offerings. Cheryl begun her career as a digital circuit designer for Xerox. Cheryl earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA in Finance (ranking in the top 10 percent of her class,) from Loyola Marymount University. She was awarded an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) designation in Business Valuation by the American Society of Appraisers, and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation by the CFA Institute.

Tim Cox – Public Relations Chair
Tim Cox runs ZingPR, a boutique PR firm that develops strategic and tactical communications and public relations campaigns for companies of all shapes and sizes, across numerous industries. He has 20+ years of marketing experience, the last 12 of which have been focused on PR. Prior to founding ZingPR, he managed brand marketing, marketing communications, promotions and product marketing functions for Apple, Alias, Autodesk and Schlumberger. He has been involved with the Cleantech Open for three years, providing PR mentoring and advice for contestants and alumni. He is British, grew up in England, and has lived in Canada, France, & the USA.

Laura Draxler - 100K Jobs Challenge Chair
Laura Draxler is Founder/Director of Products and Programs of The CodeLab, a consulting business in the high technology industry. She has led development and shipped a variety of software products and instruments. Laura has a passion for clean technology and for the past two years, she has driven go-to-market strategy at several early stage clean tech companies as a mentor of the Cleantech Open. In addition, Laura helped build the Grants program and has been a mock judge. Laura is active at the FIT (Feed-in-Tariff) Coalition. She is a graduate of the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program and is on the board of the Association of Women MBAs.

Christina Ellwood - Academy Chair
Christina Ellwood is a seasoned Silicon Valley executive and entrepreneur. She founded Moreland Associates in 2001 to provide interim executive and marketing services for clean tech and high tech start-ups, services providers, and enterprises. Prior to Moreland, she was Founder-CEO of OfficePlease Inc., an intranet SaaS company; VP of Marketing for Sentient Networks a telecom switch manufacturer; Premisys, a telecom and enterprise Integrated Access Device (IAD) manufacturer; N.E.T., a TI multiplexer manufacturer; and Kevex Instruments, a provider of EDX and XRF spectrometers and detectors. She is on the advisory board of SolarNexus and NexTier Networks. For the Cleantech Open, she was program chair for 2009 Accelerator and the 2010 Academy and serves VC TaskForce Clean Tech series; SVASE East Bay Series; Astia’s clean tech committee. Christina is known for her strong, clear leadership and drive.

Janice Hennessey - Alumni Program Chair

Ron Long - Mentor Program Co-Chair
Ron has over 20 years of experience in the high technology industry working in large corporations, small start-ups, and business incubators. He is an expert in the development and management of strategic alliance partner business models that integrate new technologies, services, and business acumens into programs that produce revenue. Ron has built and launched profitable businesses for Hewlett Packard and managed strategic alliances with industry leaders including Cisco, AT&T, IBM. He founded LongVentures LLC in 2005 as a strategic business consultancy to bring his expertise to cleantech ventures to facilitate market expansion. Ron is currently the Director for the Global Program Office for System Integrator partnerships at NetApp. Ron holds a Master Degree in Computer Science from the University of Florida.

AnnaMaria Konya - Judging Chair

Azmat Malik - Contestant Recruitment Chair
Azmat Malik has been providing management consulting services since 2004 for early-mid stage organizations in cleantech, electronics, and medical devices-diagnostics with focus on marketing, operations, funding pitches, and grant applications. In cleantech his focus on Smart grid, energy efficiency, wind, energy storage, and water. He is experienced in electronics marketing, operations and planning. Previously, was an Associate Professor of Marketing at Lahore University Management Sciences, teaching courses in consumer behavior, market research, and marketing strategy, to MBA and executive programs. As Product Manager at Mitsubishi, he introduced SOC/ASIC and 8-16bit MCU product lines to US market which grew to combine annual revenue of 140 million dollars within five years. Azmat Malik was responsible for product life cycle, and developed processes for management from concept to obsolescence. He was also responsible for SRAM and NVM. Later, as Director Business Strategy and Planning, Mr. Malik developed and managed evaluation and improvement programs with suppliers and customers.

Sarita Mallya - In-Kind Services and Green Society Chair
Sarita Mallya is a veteran in the High-Tech industry and has worked for Motorola, Sun Microsystems where she has been in several Design Engineering, Sales Engineering/Operations, Market Development and Alliances leadership roles. She has also tried her stint in a Boston based start-up, Open Environment Corporation, a Middleware pioneer. Sarita continues to enjoy her Alliances role and is currently involved in driving the Asian Leadership Development Program at the Asia America Multi-technology Association. She has an Undergrad as well as a Masters in Computer Science from Wayne State University, Michigan and has done Marketing and leadership programs at Stanford university. During her non-working hours she enjoys various Academic and extra-curricular activities with her son.

Richard Melnyk - Legal Oversight Chair
Rich Melnyk represents users of commercial real estate in a wide variety of matters, including leasing, subleasing, purchase and sale, and project development for office, biotech, industrial, mixed-use, wind, solar, and geo-thermal developments in California and throughout the United States. Rich is a LEED Accredited Professional and can assist clients in navigating the LEED certification process and the negotiation of "green" leases. Rich also assists the firm's corporate clients with respect to any real estate or environmental issues arising in the context of mergers and acquisitions or securities offerings, including the drafting and negotiation of all necessary transfer documents and disclosures, as well as conducting any necessary due diligence. Since early 2007, Rich has served as the Cleantech Open's Chair of Legal Oversight. The Cleantech Open promotes the development of clean and renewable technologies, and is the nation's premier business plan competition devoted to clean technology ventures.

Mairtini Ni Dhomhnaill – Finance Chair
Mairtini Ni Dhomhnaill, FCCA, CIA, leads the San Francisco and Silicon Valley Offices of Accretive Solutions. She has more than twenty years of experience in the fields of accounting and finance. Working with both public and privately held companies, she has provided senior level consulting services ranging from system implementation support to financial planning and analysis. Mairtini leads Accretive Solutions start-up practice, and works extensively with venture backed emerging companies in a CFO capacity. Mairtini is a board member for Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network, a Non Profit organization and serves as the Finance Chair for The California Cleantech Open Competition. Mairtini graduated from the Galway & Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) in Ireland, is a Fellow of The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and is a Certified Internal Auditor.

David Rummler - Mentor Program Co-Chair
David has more than 45 years of government (Navy), technology, and education experience. In business, David worked for Tektronix to manage the graphics software development group and new design automation venture investments. In Silicon Valley, he advised strategy teams including HP divisions, Andersen-Consulting, Apple Computer and smaller new ventures. He also worked for Strategos management consultants on transforming companies and industries. Strategos strategy clients include Nokia, GE Capital, Applied Materials, HP and Royal Dutch Shell. His government experience includes a Navy career in combat information systems and computer technology research management with the Office of Naval Research including developing joint R&D projects across Europe. David’s education experience includes teaching mathematics at both high school and college levels, as well as Adjunct Professor of Global Entrepreneurship at San Jose State. He is currently on the faculty teaching Strategic Management at San Francisco State. Recently he is focusing on clean technology ventures and is the Cleantech Open Mentor Program National Chair.

Samantha Simmonet - Orange Country Chapter Chair
Samantha Simonnet is an Executive Search practitioner in Clean Technology and Alternative Energy and in that capacity, she assists companies in that space with finding critical talent with the engineering and managerial skills to scale their businesses. Prior to this role, Samantha was based in Singapore, as a Senior Associate with Boyden Executive Search where she focused on regional projects in infrastructure, construction, clean technology and energy for Senior Engineers through C-level positions. Samantha is also an instructor with the University of California Irvine Extension - Sustainability Leadership Certificate Program and she is a regular speaker at cleantech and green career conferences. Samantha holds a MBA from The University of Surrey, in UK with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and leadership and a Bachelor of Arts, with a double-major in English & Business Administration from the University of Toulouse II in France.

Erik Steeb - Los Angeles Chapter Chair
Erik Steeb is co-founder and managing partner of Segue Consulting Services, helping small to mid-size technology businesses expand operations, reach and revenue through innovative solutions in marketing, business development, operations and finance management. Steeb has 20 years leadership experience in high tech. Prior to founding Segue, Steeb held director positions in business development, marketing and sales with Intel. He was co-founder of the Intel’s alliances and business development organization, lead Intel’s EMEA Marketing group and a worldwide sales organization delivering over $6B in annual revenue. Steeb holds a BSEE from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School. He volunteers with Grid Alternatives, Habitat for Humanity and is the Los Angeles chair for Cleantech Open.

Uma Subramaniam – Marketing Chair
Uma thoroughly enjoys working at the Cleantech Open. She is passionate about helping clean tech startups morph into successful, sustainable companies. She’s equally enthusiastic about promoting the “wonderfulness” of the Cleantech Open. When not doing stuff for the Cleantech Open, Uma runs marcom360, a boutique strategic communications agency. Doing everything from messaging, to public relations and the Web, Uma enjoys putting companies on the map. She takes pride in being a “one-stop marcom department.” Recently, she’s taken on the fun project of writing up alumni success stories for the Cleantech Open website. On the personal side, Uma loves cooking exotic food, solving cryptic crosswords, and traveling to exotic destinations.

Lafe Vititoe - Investor Chair
As part of Silicon Valley Bank’s Entrepreneur Services Group, Lafe focuses on very early stage companies in the clean tech sector; helping them to refine their business plan, develop partnerships, and raise capital. Prior to joining SVB Capital he was a lender with Square 1 Bank. While at Square 1 Lafe’s primary focus was on arranging debt financings for Series A and Series B companies in the software and internet spaces. Prior to Square 1 Lafe spent several years in a variety of technology and venture capital focused lending positions at Comerica Bank. He is a graduate of the University of San Diego.



John Jaddou, Judging Co-Chair
John is a partner at Veraxia and has extensive experience in the management of diversified global businesses focusing on both corporate and business unit strategies. He has served many leading firms across all functions of the value chain and has consulted extensively in Europe, North America, and Asia on projects that have covered business strategy, market segmentation, business model innovation, retail strategy, strategic sourcing, corporate growth, business transformation, sales optimization, emerging market options, reengineering, and reorganization. John holds a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at University of Michigan.

Joan Popolo - Contestant Recruitment Co-Chair
Joan is owner of J. Popolo Design, a design/consulting firm specializing in sustainable land design and planning. She has worked with residential, institutional, and municipal clients on site water management, plant selection, soil quality, and land use. Joan organizes workshops and lectures on topics in sustainable design for the New England Landscape Design and History Association. Previously, Joan worked as a research scientist in agricultural biotechnology at BioTechnica International. She holds a B.S. in Plant Science from Cornell University and a M.S. from Michigan State University. She earned a graduate certificate in Landscape Design from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. Joan has been involved with recruiting contestants for the Ignite Clean Energy business competition for two years.


North Central

Mark Borman - Mentor Chair
Mark is a strategic, roll-up-the-sleeves CFO and Board Member with a passion for growing companies ranging from startup, private equity, IPO to publicly traded. His forte is helping companies achieve strategic growth, profitability, cash-flow, capital-raising, and valuation goals. Mark’s performance-driven experiences were honed at NASDAQ- and NYSE-listed companies that three times nearly tripled sales. He has raised $7.5 billion in 12 offerings to finance rapid growth, acquisitions and strategic transformations through leveraged buyouts, IPO and secondary equity offerings, convertible note offerings, and exits with spin offs into three new IPO companies of which two were subsequently acquired. Mark has an extensive network of people in info, high, med, bio and clean technology companies. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, as well as CPA and CFA certifications.

Jeff Carpenter - Investor Relations Chair
Jeff Carpenter provides commercialization assistance services as part of the Entrepreneurial Services team at Development Capital Networks. Services include commercial landscape analysis, commercialization planning, facilitating open innovation partnerships, and connecting fund seekers with equity and grant funding providers. Before joining DCN in 2008, he worked in technology transfer for 10 years, 41/2 years in a clean tech start-up, and as a technology scout in a medical device firm’s ‘open innovation’ group. Jeff has a Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology from the University of Minnesota, and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Forestry from the University of Montana.

Justin Kaster - Regional Director
Justin is an investment banking professional, management advisory specialist, and business innovation strategist with diverse, global work experience. He is currently an investment banker with Cherry Tree & Associates, LLC (www.cherrytree.com), a private investment banking firm providing sophisticated corporate advisory services to middle market businesses. The firm’s services include mergers and acquisitions, private placements of debt and equity, and valuations and fairness opinions. The firm operates from its headquarters in Minneapolis, MN. As Regional Director of the North Central region, Justin is involved with all aspects of the regional and national organization, including the development of capital formation programs and exit strategy planning for contestant companies.

Andrew Ritten - Sponsorship Co-Chair and Legal Oversight Co-Chair
A member of the Faegre & Benson corporate practice since 1993, Andy Ritten focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, joint ventures, antitrust compliance and general corporate counseling. He also serves clients in conjunction with the firm's new energy, clean technology and climate (NECTC) practice. In working with NECTC clients, Andy provides counsel to producers, lenders, equity investors and service providers with regard to a variety of new energy projects, including those involving ethanol and biodiesel.

Dave Roby - Competition & Innovation Partners Chair
Dave Roby currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of Praxis Strategy Group, an economic development national consulting firm, and has over 33 years of real world business experience starting and rapidly growing businesses. Dave has owned and operated his own consulting firm primarily focusing on business planning, finance, and economic development working with private and public funding sources. Dave has served on local economic development boards, local and regional health care boards as their finance chairperson and is a past winner of the INC. Magazine 500 Fastest Growing private held companies in America. Dave assists Praxis Strategy Group with the Coordination of the Red River Valley Research Corridor; a Senator Byron Dorgan initiative is the catalyst for the development and growth of science, clean technology, alternative energy and technology-based enterprises throughout North Dakota. He holds a self directed degree in University Studies with a focus on business, management, economics and finance from North Dakota State University.

Ian Rodricks - Special Projects Team
Ian had 24 years of experience in technology oriented businesses at 3M, including marketing across regions, strategic planning, joint ventures, acquisitions, alliances, technology acquisition, and venture capital. He was responsible for start-up and market development of a product line in Asia-Pacific as well as introducing a new-to-the world product line across regions. He has launched several products over the years using structured phase gate processes. His educational background includes Chemical Engineering, Marketing, and Finance; he has also been trained and has applied Six Sigma to solving business problems.

Kathy Showalter - Special Topics Seminars and Training Chair
Kathy Showalter is president of Enerjyn. Enerjyn works with renewable and alternative energy companies who wish to grow by helping them access resources to achieve their goals. Often times the resources are financial. In the past six years, she has successfully helped access more than $550 million dollars of public financing (local, state and federal funds) for renewable and alternative energy clients. Kathy has a diverse background as both an entrepreneur and an economic developer at the local and regional level. She taught entrepreneurship at North Iowa Area Community College and has a master's degree in training and development which complements an undergraduate degree in economics.

Jeffrey Woodson - Innovation and Competition Partners Chair
Jeffrey provides opportunities for creating commercial growth from emerging technologies and directing planned innovation as an accomplished corporate executive. Recent business posts include President/CEO of Transfomation Systems, Inc. – took company from start-up to $10M, VP – Director of R&D for Huntingdon USA – took 5 state R&D Division from $2.5M to $10M in three years, with early years spent and earned at Dow Chemical. Physics and Chemical Engineering degrees with in-depth knowledge of the oil & gas industry, power generation, water treatment, advanced electronic and IT systems, and general business management including new start-ups. He has made considerable contributions at various C-Level strategic planning, marketing, directing operations, and executive coaching posts over 15+ years with stated firms and other CEO Roundtables including MIT Enterprise® Forum – New Venture Clinics.


Pacific Northwest

Jason Anderson - Financial Oversight Chair
Jason S. Anderson is a partner in the Lead Tax Services practice of the Seattle office and leads our Seattle Clean-Tech practice. Jason joined Deloitte in 1995 after graduating from the University of Washington Masters of Taxation program. He has over 14 years of accounting and tax experience serving clients in the Pacific Northwest marketplace. Jason’s industry experience serving clients includes technology, telecommunications, financial services, and manufacturing. Jason’s portfolio of clients includes both small and large public and private companies and he also has extensive experience with ASC 740, Income Taxes (formerly SFAS 109, Accounting for Income Taxes and FIN 48, Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes). Jason has spoken on banking and ASC 740 issues at both the national and local level and is also a frequent presenter at the University of Washington on various tax related topics.

Jamie Boyd - Judging Co-Chair

Andy Braff - Administrative Chair
Andy is an associate in the Seattle office at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on renewable energy project development and finance in the biomass, biofuels, geothermal, wind, ocean energy, and solar industries. His experience includes advising on real estate sale and leasing transactions (including wind and geothermal leases), federal and state legislative and regulatory process, and government incentives (including the Title XVII and 9003 loan guarantee programs). Andrew previously served as an extern for Justice Mary E. Fairhurst of the Washington State Supreme Court and as director for policy and public affairs for California State Assemblyman (now State Senator) Mark Wyland. In addition, he was a legislative assistant to Congressman George R. Nethercutt, Jr., where he advised on numerous federal policy issues.

Stephen Gerritson - Contestant Recruitment Co-Chair, Finance Co-Chair
Stephen Gerritson is the founder and manager of the Clean Energy and Technology practice at enterpriseSeattle for which he received an Excellence in Economic Development award in 2008. He has worked with over 400 clean-tech companies in the Puget Sound region, providing pro bono consulting assistance and advice on fundraising, commercialization, organizational development, and liaison for inbound and outbound foreign investment. Stephen serves on the Boards of the Washington Clean Technology Alliance, the Northwest Environmental Business Council, and the Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals. He is a member of the Attorney General’s Citizens Advisory Council on Energy and Telecommunications, and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s Advisory Committee. He is a contributing author to a textbook on environmental economics, and a Fellow at the Center for Small Business and the Environment. Stephen holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Kathi Jones - Volunteer Program Chair

Bill Lemon - Judging Co-Chair
Bill Lemon has over 25 years in the energy industry starting with Pacific Gas and Electric, where he led the financial evaluation of the full spectrum of electric generation technologies. Currently, as Senior Vice-President at Source Capital Group, he leads fundraising efforts for clean technology projects and businesses. He is also a member of the Northwest Energy Angels Board of Directors, overseeing all start-up capital requests and applications to present to NWEA members. Bill is the author of the influential blog “Cleantech Finance Insider”, a leading source of financial wisdom for clean tech entrepreneurs and project developers.

Gary Mallon - Spokane City Liasion
Gary is Technology Industry Manager for Greater Spokane Incorporated, the economic development council for Spokane and the Inland Northwest. Gary leads Greater Spokane Inc's business recruitment and expansion efforts in Energy, Health Science, Information Technology and Telecommunication clusters in the Inland Northwest. Gary has also held management positions at GST Telecom and Time Warner Telecom of Spokane prior to joining Greater Spokane Incorporated. Gary is an alumnus of Washington State University with additional course work at Eastern Washington University and Spokane Falls Community College.

John Martin - Operations Chair
John is a bizdev consultant in Seattle and advisor to Boucher Lensch Assc. investment bankers in Silicon Valley. John previously led the Washington (State) Nanotechnology Initiative, and was Business Development Liaison-Americas for Nippon Idou Tsushin KK and KDDI/au-cellular of Japan. John has over 25 years markets analysis and business development experience with hi-tech companies including defense-electronics, industrial robotics, minicomputers, and SaaS ventures. John is a graduate of the MIT Sloan School and Babson as well as the University of Washington, and serves on the Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum Northwest, through which he first met IgniteCleanEnergy at MITEF Cambridge in 2008.

Leasa Mayer, Events Chair
Leasa Mayer is a Certified Meeting Planner, former President of the Washington State Chapter of Meeting Professionals International, and a 15-year business partner with John Oppenheimer, founder of CRG. Leasa joined CRG in 1987 as an event planner and worked her way up to become President in 1996 and owner in 2000. Over the years, CRG Events has developed into a full-service event management company, working with outstanding clients to produce meaningful events. In addition to her work with CRG, Leasa sits on the Board of the Nutrition for Wellness Foundation and in 2004 was recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of their Influential Women of the Year.

Byron McCann - Regional Co-Director
Byron McCann founded Ascent Partners focused in investments, mergers & acquisitions, and strategic alliances for cleantech and IT companies. He is a venture partner at Prism Capital. He Co-Chairs the Northwest Energy Angels; a member of Keiretsu Forum and Hawaii Angels. He was CEO of Service Intelligence, a venture-backed customer experience measurement company for retail chains. He co-founded genSoft, the first Windows database, and was acquired by Computer Associates; COO of a cable television advertising venture acquired by TCI; and was with Ernst & Young’s national telecommunications consulting practice. He was vice chairman of the Washington Technology Industry Association and is Board Chair of Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre. Cum laude Harvard BA and Stanford MBA.

John Pierce, Regional Co-Director
John Pierce is a partner in the Seattle office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he works on the development and finance of energy and infrastructure projects involving wind, solar (including photovoltic, concentrated, and thermal), geothermal, and biomass energy, as well as those involving alternative fuels such as ethanol, biodiesel, algal biomass, and advanced-generation biofuels. John has provided counsel on project development and financing in North and South America, throughout Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

James Quick - Public Relations Co-Chair
Jaime leads the media relations and account management for several of Seattle-based Scoville PR’s innovative cleantech clients. His work with these companies brings him in daily contact with national and local reporters in energy, alternative fuels, technology, and business. Jaime is deeply committed to sustainability and renewable energy in every aspect of his life – at times even to the annoyance to his friends (He’s that “recycling guy” at the bbq). He has nearly 10 years of overall marketing and communications experience in startups, non-profits and government which helps him in his work with Cleantech Open contestants and related media outreach.

Morgan Rider - Sustainability Chair
Ms. Rider has worked for E&E since 2003 and specializes in environmental management system (EMS) development, environmental health and safety (EH&S) compliance, and corporate responsibility and sustainability planning. She has managed and performed environmental compliance and permitting projects, compliance/management system audits and best practice reviews, including an EMS and carbon-footprint calculation for Sutter Home Winery, an EMS gap analysis for Pacific Gas & Electric Co., and an environmental performance assessment of BMW's Vehicle Preparation Center and Engineering Test Center in California. Morgan also ran small-business environmental evaluations for the Montreal-based Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), an international organization created by Canada, Mexico, and the United States under a side accord of the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA). Morgan also serves as the 2010 Chair of Sustainability Mentorship for the Northwest region of the Clean Tech Open business competition. Prior to working with E&E, she was an environmental compliance manager with Nike, Inc. and with LSI Logic Corporation, both in Oregon. Morgan has a Civil Engineering degree from Cornell.

Manja Sachet - Legal Chair
Manja Sachet is an attorney in the technology transactions practice of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, focusing on clean technology, renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, and software and digital media. She recently helped negotiate IP licensing and other operational agreements as part of the first-ever DOE loan guarantee transaction under the Energy Policy Act of 2005. She is also the pro bono coordinator for the firm's Seattle office. Previously, Manja worked in the legal department and developer relations group at RealNetworks, Inc. Before that, Manja lived in Istanbul, where she did business development for SuperOnline A.S., one of Turkey's largest Internet service providers. During law school, Manja was a summer law clerk in the United States Attorney's Office in the Western District of Washington.

Gregg Semler - Alumni Chair
Gregg is a co-founder and Managing Director of Pivotal Investments (www.pivotal-investments.com). Pivotal Investments is the first venture fund in the Northwest to focus on early stage venture capital with the goal of delivering superior financial returns through investments in companies, primarily in the Northwest, that will be leaders in the emerging sustainable economy. Prior to founding Pivotal Investments, Gregg was a clean technology entrepreneur with over 20 years of chief executive experience at advanced technology companies. His experience includes successfully financing high-growth companies, executive recruitment, management of product development efforts, acquisitions, strategic alliances, OEM partnerships and direct-to-consumer marketing and distribution. Gregg has been operating clean technology companies since 2000, most recently as president and CEO of ClearEdge Power.

Mary Sullivan - Marketing Co-Chair
Mary Sullivan is co-Founder and principal of KickStart Alliance <http://www.kickstartall.com> , where she leads the clean tech consulting practice. With both technology sales and marketing in her background, she helps clients develop positioning and messaging, content marketing strategy, and leads product launch planning and management. Mary is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Economics of San Francisco State University and developed her concern for renewable energy and water supply issues while attending the PhD Program in Resource Economics at University of California, Berkeley.

David Wickwire, Sponsor Development Co-Chair
David F. Wickwire is an associate in the Seattle office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on representing growth companies, venture capital firms, and public companies. David has a broad range of experience in corporate and securities matters, including technology company start-up issues; venture capital transactions, representing both companies and venture capitalists; mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures; public and private offerings; and corporate governance issues. David has an Economics degree from Whitman College in eastern Washington and a JD from the University of Texas

John Williams - Public Relations Co-Chair
John has 20 years experience in every facet of marketing and public relations both inside agencies and corporations. He is founder and president at Scoville Public Relations, the Pacific Northwest’s premier clean-tech focused public relations firm, where he and his team represent some of the most promising new bioscience, biofuels, energy efficiency and solar technology companies. His publicity strategies continue to result in features on clients in nearly every respected and influential media outlet in the world. John is also an accomplished writer, and has been published in numerous newspapers and trade journals under his own or his clients’ bylines.


Rocky Mountain

Brian Bartony - Chamber Coordinator

Barrett Blank - Technology Chair
Barrett Blank is President of BB2e/BeInventiv. He leverages his 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, technology, process, and business operations in the leadership roles of BeInventiv and BB2e.com. Barrett has served as a sales and marketing executive with Commerce One, Procurepoint, Computer Associates, and eCentral, where he has led teams that have delivered cutting edge technology solutions that resulted in significant increases in sales, reductions in operating expenses, and streamlining of business processes. Barrett earned a B.S. degree in Marketing from Lehigh University.

John Browne - Finance Chair

Carol Carlson - In-Kind Services Chair
Carol Carlson, owner of August-Gram Consulting, Inc., creates strategies for sustainable business operations. From entrepreneurs to established corporations, we define and solve challenging management and technical problems so you can capitalize on growth opportunities. We do this by working side-by-side with your staff to understand the issues, analyze data and apply models to help you make informed decisions. Dr. Carlson received her Ph.D. in Energy Economics with an emphasis in Operations Research from the Colorado School of Mines. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the states of Colorado and Florida.

James Carroll - Alumni Chair

Andrew Cepeda - Volunteer Program Chair

Staci Davis - Event Chair

Kim DeCoste - Sponsor Expansion Chair
Kim is the President of DeCoste & Associates, a career strategy management firm based in Denver that specializes in managing career transitions. Previously, she worked for nearly 20 years in e-Learning and technical recruitment in Los Angeles & Denver. Kim holds leadership roles in the South Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce focused on Renewable Energy, Responsible Government and STEM Education and she is active in the Douglas County School District. She also writes for ICOSA Magazine. Kim earned an MBA in e-commerce in 2005, and her BA in Language Studies & Linguistics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Nancy Fell - Sustainability Chair

Dick Franklin - Regional Director
Richard brings 25 years of CEO, COO, CSO, SVP level experience with corporations such as Reebok, Coors, Head Sports, Seven-Up, TCI, Nestle etc. His expertise is in strategic, organizational and process change which transforms ecological challenges with economic returns. He has done sustainability work, CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) projects, EMS (Environmental Management Systems), eco-strategies and brand positioning for organizations such as Merrick, Channel 9, Douglas County Schools, St. Mary’s University, Accuwater, Texas Business for Clean Air, etc. Among his many community activities are United Way Denver, Children’s Museum, Renewable Energy Task Force, Audubon Society, Denver South Metro Chamber, Renewable Energy Taskforce, CORE, Clean Start Incubator, Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open, Earth Protect and CCIA. Richard earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia; a Master of Business Administration from Dalhousie University, Halifax; and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce degree from SMU, Nova Scotia in 1999. In 2008, the South Metro Chamber awarded Richard the “Volunteer Leader of the Year” award.

Jerry Healey - Mentor and Workshop Chair

Scott Lippit - Special Projects Chair

Marcia McGilley - Workshop Co-Chair

Rich Miller - Marketing Chair
Rich runs studio1143, a Denver-based marketing strategy and creative communications consultancy. He brings 20+ years of marketing and advertising experience across a range of B2C and B2B businesses from consumer packaged goods to restaurants to e-commerce. Rich started as a volunteer for the Cleantech Open in early 2009 and became the Marketing Chair later that year.

Rex O'Neal - Legal Chair

Adam Rentschler - Judging Chair

Wes Schrader - Contestant Chair

Mo Shafroth - Public Relations Partner