2017 Resilience Summit Speakers
Honoring our 2017 theme of Resilience in Action!, this year’s speaker slate includes everyone from community leaders to state government representatives. Together we’ll explore how resilience can be built into all areas of life, work, and community.
Morning Workshops and Activities
Marianne Ballantine, State of Colorado
Through experienced leadership, ingenuity and organization, Marianne Ballantine has helped businesses, non-profits, government programs and schools achieve enduring success. She is a respected CEO and leader among women business owners. Marianne is CEO of Ballantine Environmental Resources, Inc. and oversees all business aspects, including financials, project management, technology, hiring, contracts, and social media. She consults with businesses to develop continuity plans. With the SBDC, Marianne currently serves as Disaster Relief Coordinator. In this role, she works with a team of consultants to assist Boulder County small business owners affected by the 2013 federally declared disaster floods to apply for a Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR). Marianne assists clients by reviewing their business eligibility status and supports clients throughout the grant process.
Claire Chase, PhD, is a consultant with Resilience By Design Consulting, LLC, based out of
Denver, Colorado. Resilience By Design specializes in engaging organizations in productive
change and innovation through resilience thinking processes. Before leading organizations to
practical and resilient solutions, Claire worked in brand research and design, experiential
learning, and stakeholder engagement helping organizations across healthcare, financial
services, consumer goods, and academic industries create effective communication strategies
and develop enriching programs and services. Claire holds her PhD in Communication from the University of Colorado Boulder and has been honored with both academic and professional
awards for her work.
Mark Gittes, SBDC
Mark Gittes is Associate Director of the Boulder Small Business Development Center. Prior to joining the Boulder SBDC in March 2015, Mark served as President and General Manager of COHH, Inc., a Colorado-based manufacturing and importing company whose clients include Boot Barn, Overland, Orvis, Neiman Marcus, J. Peterman, and Territory Ahead.
Before taking over the operations of COHH, Mark held the positions of Senior Financial Analyst at ChannelPoint, Inc., Lead Analyst for Latin America at Formus Communications, and Director of Finance at DCN Technologies.
He also served as a Manager with Culpeper Financial, a Denver-based financial consulting group and worked as a Foreign Markets Analyst with Scudder, Stevens & Clark in Boston.
Mark holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business.
Susan House, State of Colorado
Larissa Read, SE Group
Larissa is a facilitator, project manager, ecologist, and natural resource planner with more than 15 years of experience spanning local, state, national, and international projects. She has worked for the National Park Service and Boulder County Parks and Open Space, and as a consultant for the City of Aspen and Eagle County on climate change and climate action planning, scenario planning, and natural resource management planning. She has extensive experience guiding communities through complex decisions about their natural and cultural resources while balancing the needs of the human environment. Currently, Larissa is an integral member of the consulting team that is leading the Resiliency Coordination Plan for Boulder County government.
Larissa joined the SE Group team in 2016 as a Senior Project Manager. Her work at SE Group is focused on ecology and watershed management planning, climate change, and NEPA and other environmental compliance. Larissa has a Master of Science in Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Virginia. She currently serves as the President of the Eagle River Watershed Council Board of Directors, and previously served on the City of Boulder Environmental Advisory Board.
Rob Pressly, State of Colorado
Rob Pressly is the Resiliency Program Coordinator the Colorado Department of Local Affairs’ Colorado Resiliency & Recovery Office (CRRO). In this role, Rob is responsible for advancing the State of Colorado’s resiliency to thrive amidst ever-changing climate, social, and economic conditions. Since joining the CRRO in November 2015, he has worked with local communities to develop and implement regional resiliency frameworks; developed the COResiliency Resource Center, Colorado’s online, interactive hub for resiliency knowledge and resources; and manages the Colorado Resiliency Working Group, the coordinating and steering committee for the State’s resiliency efforts. Prior to his work in Colorado, he worked in Washington, DC at the National Association of Counties and the U.S. Green Building Council. Rob has a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond.
Brooke Watkins, City of Boulder
Brooke Watkins is a Community Resilience Coordinator for the City of Boulder. She joined the city’s resilience team seven months ago to help accomplish action items in Boulder’s resilience strategy. The majority of her work has been to manage or support programs designed to increase social capital. Recently she finished co-facilitating Better Together, a course on disaster preparedness and community resilience. Brooke holds a degree in wildlife ecology and conservation from the University of Florida.
After spending 17 years building a career in the nonprofit sector, Blair now serves as a principal consultant for Cultivation Center. She has worked as a program facilitator, program developer, development director, and administrator. Blair gets great satisfaction from using her skills and experience to position socially purposed ideas and organizations for success.
Carmen Ramirez, City of Longmont
Carmen Ramirez is the Manager for Community and Neighborhood Resources a division of the City of Longmont. She has worked for the City of Longmont for 16 years. She has been involved in several community projects that work to create change within systems and assist in providing more access, inclusion and equity for all community members. Some of the projects have included Latino Community Assessment of Boulder County in 2001 and 2013. She was a cohort in Rockefeller Foundation-NYU Next Generation Leadership Fellowship. She serves as a division manager, mediator, facilitator and interpreter for the City of Longmont and in the community and has worked within the Boulder County communities for over 20 years.
Carmen Ramirez es la Gerente de Recursos Comunitarios y de Vecindarios, una división de la Ciudad de Longmont. Ella ha trabajado para la ciudad de Longmont por dieciséis años. Ha participado en varios proyectos comunitarios que trabajan para crear cambios dentro de los sistemas y ayudar a proporcionar más acceso, inclusión y equidad a todos los miembros de la comunidad. Algunos de los proyectos han incluido la Evaluación de la Comunidad Latina del Condado de Boulder en 2001 y 2013. Ella cuenta con un séquito en la Fundación Rockefeller-NYU Próxima Generación de Compañerismo y Liderazgo. Ella sirve como gerente de división, mediadora, facilitadora e intérprete para la ciudad de Longmont y en la comunidad y ha trabajado dentro de las comunidades del condado de Boulder por más de veinte años
Marta Loachamin, City of Longmont
Marta Loachamin is a Resiliency Outreach Specialist with the Community and Neighborhood Resources department within the City of Longmont. Marta has a Masters in Secondary Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Ethnic Studies. She has a background in commercial banking and mortgage finance and has been a local REALTOR® and small business owner in Boulder County since 2006. She served as a founding organizer of Solera National Bank from 2004-2007.
Marta has been active in community outreach in Larimer, Weld and Boulder Counties over the last two decades. She has served on many public and private sector board of directors, steering committees and volunteer advisory committees. She is currently President of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professional (NAHREP) Denver Chapter and has received recognition as a top producing real estate agent by both ERA International and Century 21. Marta was recently awarded the 2016 Multicultural Award in Business from the Boulder County Community Action Programs.
Marta Loachamin es Especialista en Superar la Resiliencia y trabaja en el departamento de Recursos Comunitarios y de Vecindarios de la Ciudad de Longmont. Marta tiene una Maestría en Educación Secundaria y una Licenciatura en Estudios Étnicos. Ella tiene un fondo en la banca comercial y las finanzas de la hipoteca y ha sido un Corredor local de Bienes Raíces en el Condado de Boulder desde 2006. Ella sirvió como organizadora y fundadora del banco nacional de Solera a partir del 2004 al 2007.
Marta ha estado activa en el alcance comunitario en los Condados de Larimer, Weld y Boulder durante las últimas dos décadas. Ha servido en muchas juntas directivas de los sectores público y privado, comités directivos y comités de asesoría de voluntarios. Actualmente es presidenta de la Asociación Nacional de Profesionales de Bienes Raíces Hispanos (NAHREP) Capítulo de Denver, y ha recibido el reconocimiento como agente de bienes raíces de ERA International y Century 21. Marta recibió recientemente el Premio Multicultural 2016 en Negocios del Condado de Boulder Programas de Acción Comunitaria del Condado.
Unshockable: Building Prepared Communities
Mackenzie is the Community Resilience Coordinator at the City of Boulder.
Their mission is to work with residents and visitors within the Lyons Fire Protection District to:
- Support neighborhood emergency preparedness.
- Strengthen our ability to communicate well during an emergency.
- Enhance relationships between our fire district and surrounding communities and Boulder and Larimer County emergency planners.
Shayle Nelson, Larimer County
Shayle Nelson is the Program Manager for Larimer Connects out of the Larimer County Office of Emergency Management. Originally from rural southeast Idaho, Shayle Nelson grew up with country roots but a thirst for experiencing the big world outside her front door. After travelling to Europe during her junior and senior years in High School, she pursued a degree in International Studies, specalizing in Political and Economic Development from Idaho State University. Upon graduation, she moved to New Orleans, LA, where she graduated from Tulane University with a M.S. in Disaster Resilience Leadership. Shayle has volunteered and worked closely with disaster relief and community grassroots organizations like the American Red Cross, the Coalition for Coastal Restoration, and even a brief stint with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Shayle brings a passion for building strong, resilient communities through local-level action, disaster response training, and enthusiasm for assisting communties in their endeavour to create their own brighter futures to Larimer County Colorado.
Catalysts for Change: Community Leadership
Mardi Moore, Out Boulder
Mardi Moore took the helm of Out Boulder on October 16, 2013. Mardi is from a Colorado Pioneer family. Her Great Grandparents settled in Marshall, Niwot and Boulder between 1890 and 1904 where they made a living by farming, ranching and mining coal. Mardi’s dad graduated from CSU with a degree in veterinary medicine and started a practice in Las Animas, CO. Mardi’s formative years were spent in rural CO training race horses, working with her father in his practice, showing cattle and being involved in every school activity they offered. Mardi graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in Political Science. Prior to her work with Out Boulder, Mardi spent three years in her senior-level positions with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the NYC LGBT Center. There Mardi built a wealth of experience on the national and large-metro levels. She is proud to bring that depth of development experience, business management, organizing skills, and vision to Out Boulder.
Manuela Sifuentes, CU Boulder
As Director of Community Partnerships, Manuela cultivates and sustains relationships between CU Engage and community organizations to carry out collaborative projects that advance the public good. Manuela’s diverse work history on projects that serve immigrant, migrant, border and other marginalized communities has focused on issues of social justice and equity, be it language access, HIV prevention and care, or fair housing. Raised in both Guatemala and Boulder she is bilingual, bicultural and a certified interpreter and translator. Manuela received her B.A. in International Affairs from CU-Boulder and holds Master of Public Health and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of Michigan.
Measuring Success: Framing, Defining, and Winning at Resilience
Iain Hyde, State of Colorado
Iain Hyde is the Deputy Director of the Governor’s Resiliency and Recovery Office in Colorado. He joined the Office in 2014 and has eight years of professional experience in emergency management, hazard mitigation, disaster recovery and public administration. Previously, Iain worked at the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management as the agency’s Recovery Manager. At the Governor’s Resiliency and Recovery Office, Iain works with state and federal agencies, local communities and non-governmental organizations to coordinate the portfolio of resources supporting recovery from the 2013 Colorado floods, which caused nearly $4 billion in impact. In addition to disaster recovery duties, Iain manages the development and implementation of the Colorado Resiliency Framework, which was adopted by Governor Hickenlooper on May 28, 2015. He is the national co-chair of the Association of State Floodplain Managers mitigation committee.
Paty Romero Lankao, UCAR
Rachel Norton is a PhD candidate in Health & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver and a Research Assistant at NCAR with Dr. Paty Romero-Lankao. Their research focuses on risks to the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus. Her dissertation research examines disaster vulnerability and resilience amongst Hispanic women in a small mountain town in Colorado.
Molly O’Donnell, City of Longmont
Molly manages the Boulder County Collaborative’s $48 million CDBG-DR Infrastructure Grant Program and led the effort to create the Resilient Design Performance Standard for Infrastructure and Dependent Facilities. She also sits on the Data, Metrics, & Tools Committee for the Community Resilience Panel for Buildings and Infrastructure. Before moving to Colorado, Molly was a Public Works Planning Manager for the County of San Diego, Assistant to the City Manager for Carlton, Oregon, and a consulting planner. Molly obtained her B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of San Diego and her M.P.A. with a focus in local government management from Portland State University.