Executive Director
email: barnett at climateandenergy dot org
phone: (785) 424-0444


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. 
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. In this capacity she also led innovative programs 
such as the Take Charge Challenge and the Heartland Alliance for Regional Transmission 
- both of which raised the profile for energy efficiency, transmission and wind energy in 
Kansas and beyond. CEP's newest project is gathering the agricultural, energy and water 
sectors to highlight innovative farm advancements in water and energy conservation 
that also positively impact the bottom-line. Barnett coordinated a successful and far-
reaching effort to defend the Kansas Renewable Portfolio Standard from special interest 
groups attacks on clean energy during the 2014 Kansas legislative session. 

CEP and Mrs. Barnett have been recognized with national media attention, including 
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show for the innovative work being done in Kansas and across 
the Heartland. Barnett is frequently invited to speak on a range of clean energy topics 
including a recent presentation at Yale for a public forum of "The 'C' Words: Addressing 
Climate Change Without Talking About Climate Change - a Regional Perspective." 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.

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 
has a BA in organizational management from Friends University.
Program Director
email: khakova at climateandenergy dot org
phone: (479) 899-7900

As CEP's Program Director, Olga Khakova is leading the conception and development of the Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC). CEBC is a network of businesses who are seeking to capitalize on abundant clean energy resources in Kansas and the greater Kansas City area through policies conducive to growing renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Outside of the Clean Energy Business Council, Olga assists with dockets at the Kansas Corporation Commission and CEP’s newest initiative: Clean Energy = Clean Air Coalition.

Olga previously worked on
  • A Clean Power Plan Blueprint development—an initiative identifying pragmatic solutions to cut carbon emissions in Kansas through stakeholder engagement;
  • Education and outreach on rate design and the utility of the future;

Olga has a Business Administration Degree from Wichita State University. For over 4 years, Olga
coordinated events and developed communications strategies in Brazil, Canada, China, and the U.S. for a human factors safety program within Bombardier Aerospace named Safety Standdown.

After moving to Lawrence in 2014, Olga began work on a Masters in Environmental Assessment
at the University of Kansas. In her graduate coursework, Olga is learning the science behind and
interconnectedness amongst the health of soils and the quality of water and air. Passionate about the sustainable future of our Planet, Olga was thrilled to dedicate her career to non-profit work and join CEP in June 2015.

Olga was selected for the 2015 and 2016 "Protect your Playground” grant from Copper Mountain Resort. The grant is sponsoring Olga’s "Homes to Watershed” initiative to improve the quality of Kansas waters through educational workshops.

Outside of CEP, Olga is on the Kansas Women’s Environmental Network Leadership Team and
enjoys outdoor activities: backpacking, yoga, kayaking, and running.  Olga loves traveling and
volunteering with animals.  During her latest service trips she helped at a turtle hatchery in Costa
Rica and animal rescue operation in Peru.  Olga finds purpose in caring for and maintaining
beautiful Kansas prairies, eco-diverse rivers, precious farmland, and fresh, clean air.

Program Director
email: hofling at climateandenergy dot org
phone: (316) 990-2925

As one of CEP's new Program Directors, Jamie Hofling brings with her 11 years of non-profit work and an eagerness to join CEP's strong team leading clean energy solutions in Kansas.

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 strong group process. Jamie is an advocate for keeping the public informed and for convening groups of people to work on solutions together. She is eager to use what she has learned to support CEP's mission of bringing stakeholders together to search for effective solutions toward a healthier environment.

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 participates in a variety of social and environmental grassroots organizations, is a member of the Kansas Women's Environmental Network and the Kaw Valley Native Plant Coalition,  she participates in several permaculture gardening endeavors including the Lawrence Fruit Tree Project, the Delaware Street Commons community garden, and is starting a pollinator and food garden at home. She is an avid cyclist, always seeking to find new routes around town, and is a regular visitor of Kansas lakes, prairies and wetlands.


Board of Directors

JAY ANTLE, Board Chair
Executive Director, Sustainability at Johnson County Community College
email: jantle at

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.
MARK LAWLOR, Vice Chair/Secretary
Director of Development, Clean Line Energy Partners
email: mlawlor at
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.

Interim Superintendent, USD 444 Little River
email: martytreaster at

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
Associate Professor, History & Environmental Studies,
University of Kansas
email: sgregg at

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.

Double Up Food Bucks Coordinator, Northeast Kansas
email: MysRachel at gmail dot com
phone: (785) 764-2055


As Double Up Food Bucks Coordinator, Rachel works with lower income individuals and local farmers to increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables at farmer's markets, improving local economies and public health while working on food justice issues.  After four years with CEP, first as a Program Director and finally as Assistant Director of the Climate + Energy Project, Rachel transitioned to the board of Directors in 2016.  Rachel directed the successful Water + Energy Progress initiative, which recognized 20 Kansas farmers and ranchers successfully innovating to conserve  resources in Kansas.  Rachel was recently designated a KU Hawk to Watch: Young Alumni making a difference.  She is a 2015 recipient of the KACEE Award for Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education, awarded by the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education.  She was a recipient of the KU Sustainability Leadership Award in 2013.  Rachel is the co-founder of the Kansas Women's Environmental Network.  Rachel holds an MA in Religious Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Studies from the University of Kansas.  

Uma Outka
Associate Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law
Affiliate Faculty member of the KU Environmental Studies Program
email: uma.outka at
Uma Outka is an Associate Professor 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.
Cassi Reimer
Energy Behavior Specialist, University of Kansas Center for Sustainability
email: reimer at
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: markrichardson at
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.