STAFF


DOROTHY BARNETT
Executive Director
email: barnett at climateandenergy dot org
phone: (785) 424-0444
@CEPheartland
www.facebook.com/CEPheartland
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As Executive Director of the Climate + Energy Project, Dorothy Barnett is leading the effort to address the Heartland's energy future. Grounded in an approach based common ground solutions, Barnett has been successful in convening diverse voices in a conservative region of the country. Barnett has coordinated winning campaigns to protect the Kansas Renewable Portfolio Standard from special interest groups attacks during four legislative sessions, allowing the wind industry to grow to 40% of the state’s power generation in just a decade. Mrs. Barnett has been recognized with national media attention, including MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and is frequently invited to speak on a range of clean energy topics including a presentation at Yale for a public forum of "The 'C' Words: Addressing Climate Change Without Talking About Climate Change - a Regional Perspective." Barnett provides expert testimony at regulatory proceedings and has been published in the Electricity Journal. In 2014 Barnett received the Advocacy Leadership Award from the U.S. Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment (C3E) program, run by the U.S. Department of Energy and the MIT Energy Initiative
 
Prior to her position as Executive Director, Barnett served for 4 years as CEP's Director of Energy and Transmission. This work put Dorothy on the ground in energy policy work at the local, state and regional level. Under Barnett’s leadership, CEP continues to innovate and reach new audiences with projects like WEALTH: Water, Energy, Air, Land, Transportation and HEALTH, Climate + Energy Voters Take Action, the Kansas Environmental Leadership project and the Clean Energy Business Council, a multi-sector business group focused on the advanced energy economy.
 
Barnett got her start in wind energy with the Reno County Wind Energy Task Force, which was awarded the Governor's Energy Award for Energy Education in 2008. Dorothy attended Friends University.

 

RACHEL MYSLIVY
Assistant Director
email: myslivy at climateandenergy dot org
phone: (785) 764-2055

As Assistant Director, Rachel facilitates CEP’s climate resilience, health equity, leadership, and capacity-building through the Kansas WEALTH project and Kansas Environmental Leadership initiatives.  The Kansas WEALTH project holds that by prioritizing our Water, Energy, Air, Land, and Transportation (WEALTH) resources, we build healthy and resilient communities and safeguard the future of our state. Kansas Environmental Leadership invests in current and aspiring environmental leaders in Kansas through partnerships, grant funding, and peer learning. Rachel joined CEP in 2012 to strengthen relationships with the agricultural community through the Water + Energy Progress initiative which recognized 20 farmers and ranchers for successful innovations that save water and energy in Kansas.  She was named Assistant Director in 2017. Rachel is energized by bringing diverse groups together to focus on common ground solutions that preserve natural resources, strengthen relationships, and create community resilience.


Dedicated to building community, Rachel co-founded the Kansas Women's Environmental Network, an organization designed to connect, inspire, and empower women across the state.  She has established several multi-generational environmental education and outreach initiatives in schools, faith communities, and localities in northeast Kansas with the goal of making environmental concepts and activities accessible to people from all walks of life.  As an award-winning oral historian and internationally-recognized independent filmmaker, Rachel has produced videos for the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, Kansas Rural Center, nonprofit organizations, and agricultural innovators. Committed to showcasing the practical environmental voices of the Heartland, Rachel has conducted numerous oral history projects, collecting stories of faith, environmental stewardship, nonviolence, and connections to the land.


Rachel holds a Master's Degree in Religious Studies and Environmental Studies from the University of Kansas. She has received several awards recognizing innovation and leadership, including Midwest Energy News’ 40 Under 40 Clean Energy Leaders (2017), University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences distinguished young alumni (2016), KACEE Award for Excellence in the nonprofit sector (2015) and the KU Sustainability Leadership Award (2013). Inspired to learn new strategies for community engagement, Rachel holds a Level II Teaching Leadership Certification (2017) and Leadership Coaching (pending) from the Kansas Leadership Center. Rachel is a graduate of three systems thinking intensives: the ReAmp Systems Thinking Academy (2017) and The ReAmp/Human Systems Dynamics Institute Systems Thinking Academy (2018) and the Forum for the Future’s School of Systems Change: Basecamp Americas (2018).  Rachel is a climate advocate, farmer, systems thinker, leadership developer, wool maven, hardcore crafter, avid melodeon player, and proud mother, driven to make the world a better place for all future generations.

JAMIE KAY HOFLING
Project Coordinator
email: hofling at climateandenergy dot org
phone: (316) 990-2925
 

During Jamie's college career at Wichita State University, she began working for NetWork Kansas, a non-profit that empowers local leaders in rural and distressed areas of Kansas to utilize small business and entrepreneurial resources to contribute to a more sustainable future for their communities.

After relocating from Wichita to Lawrence in 2012, Jamie was promoted to a position as a NetWork Kansas E-Community coach for eastern Kansas where she worked alongside community leaders throughout the region. She participated in leadership and coach trainings offered by the Kansas Leadership Center and holds a certificate from the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy for completing a Public Issues Facilitation Training, both of which strengthened her ability to facilitate a group process. Jamie is an advocate for keeping the public informed and convening groups of people to work on solutions together.

In 2007, Jamie received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wichita State University. The concentration areas of her studies were in business administration and political science, with a regional focus on Latin America. She holds a minor degree in Spanish.

Outside of CEP, Jamie enjoys the ample opportunities Lawrence provides to connect with the wider community. She is an bicycle commuter cyclist and a regular visitor of Kansas lakes, prairies and wetlands. She also works part time as a yoga instructor and farmhand at Maggie's Farm.
 
SARAH DEHART FALTICO
Program Coordinator
email: faltico at climateandenergy dot org
phone: (785) 764-0094
 

As Program Coordinator for CEP's Environmental Education project, Sarah Dehart Faltico helps identify, empower, and support environmental leaders in Kansas dedicated to educating their own communities about climate resilience. Sarah brings with her nearly 15 years of experience building collaborative partnerships in both corporate and non-profit sectors. 

Sarah spent eight years in sales and account management before stepping away from the for-profit sector to explore how food systems affect environmental and public health. In 2011, she began working for Cultivate Kansas City where she worked as an entrepreneurial vegetable farmer, planned multiple educational and public outreach events, and eventually moved into food access work. The journey taught her how food systems contribute not only to public health but also to climate change, energy and resource consumption, community resilience, and environmental and social justice.

In 2015, Sarah assumed management of the Beans&Greens program, a nutrition incentive program that provides a dollar-for-dollar match for the purchase of local produce by low-income families. Under her management, the program joined in a bi-state collaboration to expand programming across Kansas and Missouri. 

Sarah graduated from the University of Kansas in 2002 with a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor's of Arts in Latin American Studies. During and after her collegiate career, she lived in Costa Rica and Brazil - experiences that strengthened her ability to connect with diverse groups of people. 

Outside of CEP, Sarah enjoys activities that bring her closer to nature and the quiet it brings. Among her favorites are hiking with her family, backpacking, practicing yoga, and growing food. When she's not feeling so quiet, she's happy to chat with local farmers at Kansas City's myriad farmers markets. She is a founding member and former executive of the Johnson County Food Policy Council, enjoys working alongside neighbors in the community garden and orchard, and grows food for her family and friends in front yard garden. 

 

LEILANI GREY

Program Assistant

email: grey at climateandenergy dot org

phone: (602) 391-9414


Leilani Grey is the Program Assistant for the Climate +Energy Project. She is very passionate about the environment, conserving and protecting natural resources, and creating future communities that seek to adopt energy efficiency, and renewable energy strategies.

In May of 2018, Leilani received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. She is proud to have graduated from the first University in the United States dedicated to sustainability. During her time at Arizona State, Leilani studied a broad spectrum of global challenges including: energy, materials, and technology; water quality and scarcity; international development; ecosystems; social transformations; food and food systems; and policy and governance.

 

In 2017, Leilani was an intern at The Phoenix Public Market, a local farmers market in Phoenix, AZ. During her internship, she developed and implemented a sustainable infrastructure, enhanced the connection of the community with their local food system, conducted outreach about the benefits of eating seasonal and local foods and supporting local businesses, and provided solutions based on local needs. Leilani relocated from Scottsdale, Arizona to Topeka to be closer to family in May 2018.   

 

Outside of CEP, Leilani enjoys exploring Kansas and the Midwest, camping and backpacking, supporting local businesses, upcycling, cooking, fabric arts, playing soccer, and watching competitive sports.

CONSULTANTS

LAURA K. LOMBARD
Clean Energy Business Council Development Director  
email: lombard at climateandenergy dot org 
phone: (316)214-2426

Ms. Lombard founded an international business development organization called the Middle East & North Africa Consultants Association (MENA-C) in 2012 in Washington, DC. Throughout her work at MENA-C, Ms. Lombard worked with several renewable energy companies, particularly in solar and wind. She has been actively interested in growing the sector and looks forward to helping Kansas become a renewable energy leader.

 

Ms. Lombard began her career in Chicago, working as a paralegal for a small firm located in the Loop called American Tax Solutions. Upon being admitted to the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Ms. Lombard attended the Bologna Center program in Italy for her first year of graduate school and then finished her Master’s degree at the SAIS DC campus. She began her regional specialty in the Middle East while working for the National Council on US-Arab Relations (NCUSAR), focusing her work on North Africa and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.


After graduating from SAIS in 2010, she worked at The Cohen Group (TCG), a DC-based consulting firm founded by former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen. At TCG, she regularly engaged in research projects, due diligence analysis, business development activities for clients in various sectors and focused on the Middle East, Latin America, and China. In addition, she had the unique opportunity to handle the firm's media portfolio, working directly with Secretary Cohen, other firm luminaries, and national media outlets. Ms. Lombard also works for ImEpik, an online workforce development company.


In addition to her Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins SAIS, Ms. Lombard has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Kansas.

Board of Directors

UMA OUTKA, Board Chair
Professor of Law
University of Kansas School of Law
email: uma.outka at gmail.com
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Uma Outka is a Professor of Law at the University of Kansas School of Law and an Affiliate Faculty member of the Environmental Studies Program. Her research and scholarship explore the intersection between energy law and environmental law, with a focus on the transition to a low-carbon electricity sector and environmental justice. Before coming to KU Law, Outka spent two years as a Visiting Scholar in Energy and Land Use Law at the Florida State University College of Law. She previously served as General Counsel for 1000 Friends of Florida, a non-profit advocacy organization focused on growth management, environmental conservation, and affordable housing, and worked as a litigation attorney in private practice with the law firm Verrill Dana in Portland, Maine.  She has lived with her family in Lawrence, Kansas since 2011.

 
JAY ANTLE
Executive Director
Sustainability at Johnson County Community 
College
email: jantle at jccc.edu
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Jay Antle has been the Executive Director of the Johnson County Community College Center for Sustainability since 2009. Johnson County Community College was named the 2012 Best Two Year College by the United States Green Building Council in their Best of Green Schools Awards. He is the host of the National Community College Sustainability Webinar Series and presented "Sustainability Matters: A Collaborative Discussion" at the 2012 StemTech Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a member of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment Implementation Liaison Committee
 
Jay has a PhD in American Environmental History from the University of Kansas. He been the judge for the AACC SEEN Center's Green Genome Awards in 2014, the Edison Awards Green Category in 2012 and 2013, and the American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)'s 2012 Best Case Study Award.


MARY TREASTER, Treasurer
Interim Superintendent
USD 444 Little River
email: marytreaster at gmail.com
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Mary Adams Treaster from Pretty Prairie is the Interim Superintendent of Schools for USD 444 in Little River, Kansas. She was the previously Superintendent of Schools for USD 310 Fairfield and Principal of South Hutchinson Elementary USD 309. Mary has served Kansas and her community in a variety of roles including; the Hutchinson Reno County Arts and Humanities Association Board of Directors, Communities that Care Board of Directors, Reno County Youth Leadership Advisory Board and Ulster Project of Reno County.

During her tenure at USD 310, Mary was instrumental in the Wind For Schools Project, coordinating Fairfield’s application and installation process. She was an early supporter of the work that CEP does and is excited to share her expertise in board management and donor development.

SARA GREGG, Vice Chair/Secretary
Associate Professor
History & Environmental Studies
University of Kansas
email: sgregg at ku.edu
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Sara Gregg is an associate professor of history and environmental studies at the University of Kansas.  She teaches the environmental history of North America, with a particular focus on the intersections of environmental change with politics, law, and agriculture.  Her current research examines the history of the several Homestead Acts and their impacts on the landscape of the U.S. West between 1862 and 1986.  Gregg received her PhD from Columbia University and has written two books, Managing the Mountains:  Land Use Planning, the New Deal, and the Creation of a Federal Landscape in Appalachia, and American Georgics:  Writings on Farming, Society, and the Land (edited with Brian Donahue and Edwin Hagenstein).  She has served on the board of directors of the Forest History Society, on the executive committee of the American Society for Environmental History, and is an associate editor for the journal Agricultural History.  She moved to Lawrence from Washington, DC in 2010.

 
CASSIDY (CASSI) KUHN
Energy Behavior Specialist
University of Kansas Center for Sustainability
email: cassidybreimer at gmail.com

As the Energy Conservation Behavior Specialist, Cassi works closely with the KU Energy Office to address technical and behavioral opportunities for energy conservation on the Lawrence campus. Cassi was raised on a small farm near Ulysses, Kansas. Soil and water conservation was a way of life on the farm in Southwest Kansas, which led to her interest in environmental initiatives in college. Cassi graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southwestern College with a degree in physics with minors in mathematics, environmental studies, and leadership studies. Her involvement in service learning organizations led her to initiate a hands-on energy efficiency project executed in Winfield. Cassi further impacted and inspired others with energy efficiency initiatives as she competed for the title of Miss Kansas. Recently, she led the Take Charge Challenge, an energy efficiency competition between cities in Kansas and Missouri, for the Climate + Energy Project.

MARK RICHARDSON
Renewable Energy Advocate/Farmer
email: markrichardsonks at gmail.com
Mark grew up on a farm near Hutchinson and has continuously farmed to some degree. After retiring from a career as locomotive engineer and trainman with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway seven years ago and mostly retiring from farming, Mark has become an advocate for the development of renewable energy to improve our rural economies. This advocacy has resulted in a passion driving him to address misinformation intended to mislead the public regarding renewable energy’s costs which Mark often refutes in the media and with his legislative and congressional delegations.  Recent experiences include testifying in support of the Kansas’ Renewable Portfolio Standard in the state Legislature and for Clean Line Energy’s Grain Belt Express transmission line at a Kansas Corporation Commission hearing. He was also a member of CEP’s Heartland Alliance for Regional Transmission. Mark holds an MBA with an emphasis on the economics of regulated industries from Wichita State University and a BS from Pittsburg State University in Industrial Arts Education.
 
MARK LAWLOR
Director of Development
Clean Line Energy Partners
email: mlawlor at cleanlineenergy.com
LinkedIn
 
Mark Lawlor is the Director of Develpoment at Clean Line Energy Partners and leads the development efforts for the Grain Belt Express Clean Line, a 700-mile, high voltage direct current transmission line that will connect the rich wind resources of Kansas to Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and markets farther east.

Mark brings extensive experience in wind development, transmission policy and legislative affairs from his previous role as Project Manager for Horizon Wind Energy, where he was responsible for developing projects in the Kansas market and managing legislative and regulatory affairs. Before Horizon, Mark was a founding partner in a law firm specializing in renewable energy law. In 2008 Mark was appointed by the Governor of Kansas to the Kansas Wind Working Group, and has served as the chair of the Wind Coalition's SPP Committee for the past two years. He has a Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law with a Certificate in Environmental Law, as well as a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas. 
 
CRAIG YORKE 
Retired Neurosurgeon
email: yorke.powell at gmail.com

Craig Yorke is a retired Neurosurgeon and has lived with his wife, Mary in Topeka since 1980.  They have two adult sons.  He holds a B.A. and M.D. from Harvard University.  Since leaving the O.R. in 2003, he has worked as an advisor in state government and has seen outpatients in a variety of settings.  He served on the founding board of the Kansas Children's Discovery Center as well as the boards of the Topeka Community Foundation and the Sunflower Music Festival.  He's interested in links between climate and health and hopes to promote the value of solar energy in Kansas.  He's an avid tennis player and violinist.