Duane Highley, CEO, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association
Jennifer Holloway, Executive Director, Craig Chamber of Commerce
Kirstie McPherson, Community and Economic Development Manager, Colorado Office of Just Transition
Graham Roberts, Environmental Supervisor, Trapper Mining Inc.
Duane Highley is the CEO of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a not-for-profit electrical cooperative serving over 40 members across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Wyoming. He took the role in 2019 and has 36 years of experience with cooperatives. In previously serving as President/CEO for Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC) and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), he led an organization that provided reliable, affordable, responsible power through 17 member systems to 1.3 million consumers. Duane serves on the Southwest Power Pool Members Committee and serves as Co-Chair of the Electric Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC).
Jennifer Holloway is the Executive Director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce. Previously, she served as director of student support at Colorado Northwestern Community College. She has volunteered on the boards of Moffat County United Way and the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, as well as serving as a member of the Moffat County Emergency Response Training Committee and the Moffat County Public Information Officer Committee.
Kirstie McPherson is a Behavioral Economist with a primary focus on transitioning economies such as coal-reliant communities and other one-industry communities, working with their redevelopment strategies and communication programs. Most recently, Kirstie has launched a new program called Flipping Towns with her company Edeveco to better facilitate the economic development strategy process with implementation, and provide real investment to communities who need it the most. Kirstie also owns and operates local and expanding businesses 518 Wine Bar in Craig, CO, and The Find, Co. in Craig and Loveland, CO. These businesses attest to the importance of downtown revitalization and entrepreneurship, an insight she brings to each community she works in.
Graham Roberts is the Environmental Supervisor at the Trapper Mine in Craig Colorado. As Environmental Supervisor he is responsible for the regulatory compliance and operational permitting of a large surface coal mine. Further responsibilities include the management of on-site grazing and agricultural programs, mine land reclamation, and water treatment for the site.
Mr. Roberts graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BS in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management. He is also a Colorado Certified Water Professional, with experience in water and wastewater treatment. Currently, he serves as a member of the Colorado Inactive Mine Reclamation Program Citizens Advisory Council.
A Colorado native, Graham is passionate about the proper and prudent management of our natural resources as they support his many lifelong outdoor recreational hobbies, including being an avid hunter and fisherman, family man, explorer and Toyota Land Cruiser enthusiast.