Lisa Deville is an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes on Fort Berthold Reservation. She has lived her whole life in Mandaree with her husband, five children and two grandbabies. She holds a Master of Management, a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Mary. (more…)
Nicole Donaghy is a community organizer for oil and gas issues at Dakota Resource Council in Bismarck, North Dakota. She is a native North Dakotan and was raised in Fort Yates on the northern side of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
Erica Lighthiser a research scientist, mama of three, wife, homeschooler, adventure cyclist, hiker, skier, lover of local food, tiny houses, large open spaces and most things wild and outdoors. Her family lives in a windy western town in the Rocky Mountains of Montana where she works for a non-profit community organization that aims to protect rugged wildlands, wildlife, fresh waters, and the people that enjoy them.
Robert Wilson’s life has been divided between teaching college English and operating the family cattle ranch near Bainville, Montana–an unorthodox pairing, but that’s how it was. For the last ten years or so, he has been in the midst of the Bakken oil boom, which transformed both the community and the countryside. He is 67 years old and in the process of transferring the ranch to his son, who will be the fourth generation in Robert’s family to own it.
James Harrison is a Senior National Representative for the Utility Workers Union of America, assigned to Region IV (Great Lakes/Midwest) and live in Michigan. He is a former Local Union President for a large electric/gas utility, and a former UWUA National Executive Board member. James is on the BGA Steering Committee and a Board member of the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation.
Commissioner Charles “Chaz” Tedesco grew up and attended school in Adams County. He has been married to Bernadette Padilla since 1996 and they have a daughter, Amber. After serving honorably in the United States Navy, Chaz was a Master Mechanic for 23 years as well as a member of the United Steelworkers Union. He has been an officer of the union since 1996 and president of United Steelworkers since 2005. This role has enabled him to experience a wide variety of circumstances requiring the need for strong leadership, while balancing the needs of workers and corporations. Chaz was elected as Adams County Commissioner, District 2, in November 2012 and was sworn into office on Jan. 8, 2013. He currently serves as chairman of the Board of Commissioners.
Nita Gonzales is the President/CEO of Escuela Tlatelolco Centro de Estudios, a nationally recognized model for Chicano/Mexicano and indigenous education located in Denver, CO. Escuela Tlatelolco was originally founded over forty four years ago to provide culturally competent and socially conscious education to predominantly Latino youth. Nita also has a long record of supporting causes and activities that promote the economic, political, social, and educational strength of Latinos and underserved populations. (more…)
Leslie Robinson has been living in Rifle for over 40 years and as a result, been exposed to oil and gas politics since the Oil Shale Boom and Bust in the 1980’s. In the late 1990’s, oil and gas exploration began in earnest and with fracking technology and Bush policies that opened vast areas in our public lands, experienced major negative impacts in air, water, wildlife and environment, human health, and quality of life. The natural gas bust has done nothing to stop this onslaught. Leslie is Chair of the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance, which helps people fight the industry political and social machine. Her professional background includes being a journalist by trade and social services works such as director of local county United Way.
Denise Maes is a licensed attorney in Colorado. She has practiced law in major law firms in Denver where she represented oil and gas companies, developers and non-profit entities. She has represented clients before administrative and judicial tribunals. She has negotiated multi-party consent agreements that involved private and governmental entities and Native American Tribes. Denise is well versed in various federal environmental laws, including CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, and their state equivalents. (more…)
Cindy Copeland is an air quality specialist with over 16 years of experience in the field. She started her career in EPA Region 8’s Air Program as the Particulate Matter Program Manager. She received her MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado and worked for EDF before becoming a freelance environmental consultant. As a consultant, Cindy has worked for various environmental groups commenting on state and federal air quality plans and actions that affect air quality, such as oil and gas development. In 2011, she put together comments in response to EPA’s proposed oil and gas regulations, arguing that methane emissions can and should be regulated under federal rules. Cindy Copeland also sits on the Sierra Club Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Oil and Gas Committee.