Executive Director
email: barnett at climateandenergy dot org
phone: (785) 424-0444
Twitter: @CEPheartland
Facebook: CEPheartland
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 on 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.


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

As Assistant Director for the Climate + Energy Project (CEP), Rachel facilitates CEP’s climate resilience, health equity, leadership, development, and capacity-building initiatives.  Rachel joined CEP in 2012 to strengthen relationships with the agricultural community through the Water + Energy Progress initiative.  She was named Assistant Director in 2017. She has been researching and raising awareness of the connections between climate change, energy, and health equity in Kansas  since 2015. 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.  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 most-recently the Midwest Energy News’ 40 Under 40 Clean Energy Leaders Award. Inspired to learn new strategies for community engagement, Rachel holds a Level II Teaching Leadership Certification (2017) and Leadership Coaching (2019) 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.

Program 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 a bicycle commuter and a regular visitor of Kansas lakes, prairies, and wetlands.


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.

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.



Program Coordinator

email: pauley at climateandenergy dot org

phone: (402) 469-4091


Beth Pauley is a Program Coordinator for the Climate + Energy Project focusing on growing the wind energy economy in Kansas.  Beth began her career in environmental and energy policy at Metropolitan Energy Center, where she successfully forged relationships and developed coalitions to expand environmental programs in underserved communities.  Prior to her environmental advocacy work, Beth served as a legislative liaison at the largest animal shelter in the Kansas City area where she worked on several animal welfare reforms at the local and state level.  

Through Beth’s experience in the nonprofit sector, she’s gained valuable experience in fundraising, volunteer management, operational strategy, grant writing, and advocacy.  In 2016, she graduated with her Master’s in Public Administration, and co-authored "Wanted: Women in City Management” with a professor and two fellow classmates. This article was selected through a peer-reviewed process to be presented at the 2018 American Society for Public Administration Conference in Denver, Colorado. 

Beth participated in the Environmental Leadership Summit hosted by CEP and the Kansas Leadership Center, and is trained as a Climate Reality Leader through the Climate Leadership Corps.  Beth thrives in complexity, which is why she enjoys making the connections across the many environmental intersections. Originally from Nebraska, she sees a tremendous potential for Kansas to lead the Midwest by example for environmental and renewable energy solutions.  In her spare time, Beth enjoys lounging around with her three pets (two dogs and a cat), reading, and dancing.


email: jessica at j-sq dot com
phone: (620)931-7161

Jessica Lucas is a business communications graduate of the School of Journalism at Kansas University and melds her public relations acumen with government affairs. In advocating for policy changes, Jessica understands it involves more than just knowing how things work under the dome. Today’s government affairs work demands the use of earned media, grassroots engagement, and digital advocacy, and these are tools she effectively employs to meet our clients’ objectives.

Recognizing the importance of a trained workforce, she successfully executed a campaign in her rural hometown to build a community college geared toward technical education degrees in aviation manufacturing, information technology, and agricultural studies. She’s represented Fortune 500 companies in crisis communications work, served as spokesperson on statewide policy initiatives, and established herself as a trusted, hardworking lobbyist.

Outside of work, she commits her time as a member of the Topeka Capital-Journal Editorial Advisory Board and serves as President of the Friends of Cedar Crest Association, the 501(c)3 organization that supports the Kansas governor’s mansion. 

Board of Directors

CASSI KHUN, board chair
Energy Behavior Specialist
University of Kansas Center for Sustainability
email: reimer at
Terms: 2016-2020

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.
SARA GREGG, Vice Chair/Secretary
Associate Professor, History & Environmental Studies
University of Kansas
email: sgregg at
Terms: 2016-2020

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.

Executive Director
Sustainability at Johnson County Community 
email: jantle at
Terms: 2014-2020

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.
email: bob at
Terms: 2019-2021

Robert Eye has a BS (1974) and MA (1975) in Political Science from Kansas State University and a JD (1980) from Washburn University School of Law. His environmental practice includes representation of public interest groups and individuals in involving nuclear power plant licensing, radioactive waste, utility rates, and policies, clean energy advocacy, highway expansions, wetlands, neighborhood protection, critical habitat, landfills, and confined animal feeding operations. His civil rights practice focuses primarily on reproductive rights, voting rights, and official misconduct. He represents individuals and organizations in civil rights cases against government officials.

Bob is on the boards of directors for the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas, the Climate and Energy Project (CEP) and the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS). Bob grew up in Goodland, Kansas and has lived in Lawrence, Kansas since 1982.

Professor, Department of Geology, KU
email: mchill at
Terms: 2019-2021

Mary C. Hill, PhD was a Hydrologist and then a Research Hydrologist with the USGS from 1981-2014. She has been a Professor in the Department of Geology at the University of Kansas since 2014. Professor Hill received her PhD from Princeton University in 1987. While at the USGS, she was promoted to the rank of GS-ST, the highest level possible for government scientists. She was the second woman to reach this level in the US Department of the Interior. She worked on the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain and recently published an article on more realistic accounting of nuclear waste when planning for a low-carbon future. She developed computer models of environmental systems, focusing on groundwater and hydrology, and integration of models and data. To this she has recently included associated human systems such as agriculture and renewable energy development. She lives part time in Boulder Colorado and enjoys family, her dog, skiing, and hiking.

Professor of Law
University of Kansas School of Law
email: uma.outka at
Terms: 2016-2020
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.
DAVE WILSON, Treasurer
General Manager 
Sterling Services
email: dwilson at
Terms: 2019-2021

Dave Wilson is a lifelong Kansan; born in, raised in, and having returned to Sterling after living in Johnson County several years between.  Dave is the General Manager of Sterling Services, which employs about 100 people answering calls, mailing letters, and shipping packages worldwide.  Dave's focus in life is job creation and economic development for rural areas. Dave and his wife Kristi have three children, and Dave's family embrace sensible strategies to reduce fossil fuel consumption.

Retired Neurosurgeon
email: yorke.powell at
Terms: 2017-2019

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.