Ginny Brannon, Director, Colorado Department of Reclamation, Mining & Safety
Wade Buchanan, Director, Colorado Office of Just Transition
Duane Highley, CEO, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association
Jennifer Holloway, Executive Director, Craig Chamber of Commerce
Kirstie McPherson, Owner, 518 Wine Bar and The Find
Tim Osborn, Plant Manager, Craig Station
Graham Roberts, Environmental Supervisor, Trapper Mining Inc.
Ginny served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Natural Resources Section of the state Attorney General’s Office from 2000 to 2007, and represented DNR staff in hearings before the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Groundwater Commission from 2004 to 2007.
Immediately prior to joining DNR in 2010, Ginny worked on climate and energy policy at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Ginny received her JD from Denver University, where she was general editor of the University of Denver Law Review. She also earned a MA in Economics from the University of Colorado and a BA in economics from Colorado College. Ginny is a fourth generation Coloradan.
Wade Buchanan is director of the Colorado Office of Just Transition, the first state-level office in the nation dedicated to helping coal communities and workers transition to prosperous futures after the closure of the coal facilities upon which they depend. Wade has had an extensive career in state public policy, serving three Colorado governors in a variety of senior positions, including policy director, director of the state energy office, and acting Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. For 15 years he was president of the Bell Policy Center, a non-profit organization he led from start-up to become one of Colorado’s premier public policy think tanks. Wade is a fourth generation Coloradan with a BA in History from Colorado College in Colorado Springs and a Masters in International Relations from Oxford University in England, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
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 and principal at Edeveco Relations & Development, a strategic consulting firm dedicated to assisting communities around the U.S. navigate economic transitions. A Craig native, she owns multiple businesses in town including The Find and 518 Wine Bar. She also co-founded Women in Rural, a platform where women can connect and share their skills and businesses. Kirstie holds a double major in Business Marketing and Management from Montana Tech University.
Tim Osborn, Craig Station Plant Manager, joined Tri-State Generation and Transmission as a Utility Worker in October of 1990. Tim has served his 31 years in numerous bargaining unit and management roles. As Plant Manager he is tasked with the safe operation and maintenance of the three-unit station, as well as developing the framework for its decommissioning and retirement. Tim earned a master’s degree in Family Science and a master’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in engineering and technology management while working at the plant. Tim chairs the Colorado Northwestern Community College Cybersecurity Business Industry Leadership Team (BILT) Advisory Board, serves on the Moffat County Local Marketing District, and the Craig & Moffat County Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
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.