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Mona joined CORE as Executive Director in 2012. As the Executive Director, Mona oversees all operations. She loves working in the Roaring Fork Valley and is passionate about continuing CORE’s work to support communities in achieving their energy efficiency, renewable energy and carbon reduction goals.
With more than 25 years professional experience in the environmental arena, Mona has worked across many sectors. She worked for five years at the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office (GEO), working with communities on the Front Range, and in eastern and southern Colorado to develop and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and projects in their communities. Prior to working with the GEO, she worked in the renewable energy sector and as Director of the Center for ReSource Conservation in Boulder.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Northwestern Oklahoma and a Master of Arts from the Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. She spends her free time traveling and spending time outdoors.
Sarah moved to Aspen in 2012 to work as a Summer Naturalist for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. Prior to making the move to Aspen, Sarah graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Geography and then worked in Seattle for outdoor recreation and conservation organizations. In her spare time, Sarah can be found exploring our mountains and lounging in the Colorado sun!
One of Lara’s first “marketing” endeavors was designing a prize-winning poster for a utility-sponsored contest in 7th grade. Her snappy headline? “Solar Energy: Catch It and Conserve It.” Today, Lara marvels that she has come full circle by leading community engagement and marketing for CORE.
Lara’s passion is building momentum and launching movements by telling a great story. Prior to joining CORE, she was the Communications Director for Aspen Community School’s successful $9.1M campaign to transform its aging campus into a state-of-the-art facility targeting LEED Gold and the 2030 Carbon Neutral Challenge. For nearly a decade, she served as the Director of Marketing + PR for Aspen Words, where she built the organization’s marketing program from the ground up. Lara graduated with a degree in Mass Communications from UC Berkeley and has been a Roaring Fork Valley resident since 1998.
As a mother, community member, visual artist and self-proclaimed word nerd, Lara is excited to join CORE, training her communications sights on climate action, which she holds as the most pressing issue of our time. When not brainstorming ways to better connect with the community, you’ll find Lara riding her bike in the mountains with her husband and two boys, making art, or hunting down the sweetest peach at the farmer’s market.
One of Marty’s primary responsibilities for CORE is managing their commercial efficiency program. He is available to help business owners with improving their energy efficiency, and answer questions they may have about the process of getting retrofit projects completed. He has been a general contractor in the Roaring Fork Valley since 2001, as the co-owner of a design-build firm specializing in sustainably built custom homes. He received his LEED Green Associate and BPI-Building Analyst certifications in 2011.
Marty’s home is in Carbondale, where he has lived on and off since 1999. He has worked for several architects, volunteered for many years on the the Carbondale Mountain Fair board, Red Hill Council and Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers. Some of Marty’s other interests include mountain biking, climbing, skiing, and raising his two wonderful boys Tyler and Potter, with a little help from his wonderful wife, Trina Ortega. Marty holds a Master of Architecture degree from CU Denver, and a Technical Journalism degree from CSU.
Brad has been a part of the EnergySmart Colorado team since 2013 but has just joined the CORE in April of 2015. He advises local businesses on energy efficiency and provides data management support. He is passionate about helping the mountain community reduce it’s impact on climate change. Brad previously worked for Walking Mountains Science Center, Beaver Creek Resort’s Environmental Department, and the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability. He also was a member of the building maintenance staff at the Phillip Merrill Environmental Center in Annapolis, the first ever LEED platinum certified building.
Brad is originally from Maryland and attended Eckerd College, earning a B.A. in Psychology. He is BPI certified and is currently working on an M.S. in Environmental Policy and Management with a concentration in Energy and Sustainability through the University of Denver. In his free time, Brad loves to ski powder, mountain bike, and climb 14ers.
Born and raised in Connecticut, Kate attended the University of Connecticut, where she earned a B.A. in History and Political Science in 2013 – shortly after she moved to the Roaring Fork Valley where she took full advantage of the local outdoor industry. She spent two years working for the Glenwood Adventure Company in Glenwood Springs. Kate also worked for the Public Interest Network in Denver before being drawn back to the Western Slope. In her free time Kate can be found hiking and biking or learning how to become a better rafter and skier.
Hannah grew up just a short bike ride from the beautiful beaches of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She pursued her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida majoring in Sustainability and the Built Environment, graduating in May of 2014. Passionate about promoting a healthy, flourishing, sustainable community, Hannah continued her education at the University of Florida earning her Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning with a focus on Environmental and Food Systems Planning in the summer of 2015. Before moving to the Roaring Fork Valley, Hannah biked across the United States with an organization called Bike & Build, which engages young adults in cycling trips to benefit affordable housing. When not working at CORE, Hannah can be found exploring in the mountains, practicing yoga, or testing out recipes in the kitchen.
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