Debra is the co-Founder of The 3d Printing Store. Previously she was Vice President for Bye Energy, a start-up company developing an electric propulsion system for general aviation. She was selected for the NREL Energy Executive Leadership Program in 2009. Ms. Wilcox was the Founding Chair of the Advanced Transportation Technologies for The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association Fellows Institute in 2012. Ms. Wilcox currently represents general aviation interests on the Colorado Aeronautical Board overseeing the 76 airports in the State of Colorado and is a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for FasTracks. She is actively involved in several aviation/aeropsace business related groups and is a member of the Colorado Space Business Roundtable board. With her current business she is actively involved in the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance and is promoting women in manufacturing through ‘Gear Girls’. She practiced commercial real estate law in Denver and previously worked for the Colorado Legislative Council researching and drafting legislation. Ms. Wilcox holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in English Education from the University of Northern Colorado and a Juris Doctor degree from the University Of Denver Strum College Of Law and a certificate in Leadership in Sustainability from DU.
Shelly joined the CCIA team in early 2009 after having spent 5 years with the World Trade Center Denver. In her role at the WTC Denver, Shelly developed programs and services to promote the export of Colorado’s products and services around the globe.
Prior to her work with the World Trade Center, Shelly spent eight years in the high-tech industry in roles within product management and marketing with Circadence Corporation, Qwest and US West.
Ms. Curtiss holds a MA in international economics and environmental policy from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies (formerly GSIS) and a BA in political science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Shelly lives in Denver with her husband and two children.
Mary Austin brings over 25 years worth of professional relationships to the Energy Fellows Institute, from entrepreneurial/small businesses to Fortune 500 corporations. Mary is responsible for procuring corporate sponsorships and program delivery.
Mary most recently worked for CORE (Connected Organizations for a Responsible Economy), a Denver-based organization focused on educating organizations about the importance of implementing sustainability practices. Mary built relationships and procured partnerships for the organization, its programs, and for the annual Sustainable Opportunities Summit.
As Membership and Events Director for the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, Mary ran and expanded the Leadership Boulder County program, the Business Women’s Leadership Group program, and the Business-to-Business EXPO, succeeding in each by creating strong sponsorship platforms and comprehensive communications plans. As Events Director for Boulder County Business Report, Mary created an enduring sustainability sponsorship program and incorporated sustainability issues into all of the Business Report’s events, as well as securing advertisers.
A native Texan but lifelong Coloradan, Mary has served as Board President for the Colorado Chautauqua Association, Board Member of Historic Boulder, Millennium Trust Advisor for the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, and volunteers for the Conference on World Affairs.
Mary holds a B.A. in Communications and French from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a certificate in nonprofit management from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute of Organization Management at Notre Dame University.
Kaleb joined CCIA in the summer of 2012 as an intern after graduating from Colorado College with a BA in Mathematical Economics. Soon after, the Spokane, WA native joined the Energy Fellows Institute team in it’s inaugural year, devoting much of his time creating and managing the Institute’s website and social media as well as aiding in logistics management. Kaleb is now the Fellows Institute’s Program Coordinator.