Integrating academic theory with real-­world business is a challenging task, especially when it is focused on such a dynamic and ever­-evolving industry like energy. That’s why the Global Energy Management (GEM) program strives to recruit faculty with extensive experience in this dynamic and global sector. Over 87% of our professors bring their years of energy industry experience into the classroom and help students understand how theoretical concepts are applied in real-world business situations. Our professors’ experience spans five continents and averages over 15 years in the industry. All meet the rigorous AACSB requirements needed for this internationally recognized accreditation.

Paul Alvarez, MBA 

Paul Alvarez has 25 years’ experience in product management and product development with Motorola, Baxter Healthcare, Searle (now Pfizer) Pharmaceuticals, and Xcel Energy. He spent the last 17 years in the electric utility industry, building significant experience in demand­side management and renewable energy program design, benefit measurement, marketing, and regulation. He also has significant experience in the grid infrastructure capabilities and investments required to support high levels of renewable generation. He now heads the Wired Group, a consultancy which provides subject matter expertise for consumer and environmental advocates in state utility regulatory proceedings. He has testified in California, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Ohio. He teaches "Renewable Energy Commercialization" for the GEM program, and also "Distribution Utility Performance Measurement" at Michigan State University's Institute for Public Utilities. He holds a Master’s Degree in Management from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and an undergraduate degree in Finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. 

Andy Bertsch, DBA 

Andy Bertsch holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree and an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Management Consultancy (APDMC) from the Henley Management College in England. Henley is a world­class school of management and is one of the few business schools to hold triple accreditation including AACSB. With over 20 years of experience in executive management and management consultancy, Dr. Andy Bertsch has actively guided or participated with organizations, education institutions, and government agencies as they have undergone transformation through environmental assessments, mission analysis, visioning, strategic analyses and formulation, and implementation. 
Dr. Bertsch actively researches and consults in fields of culture, leadership, entrepreneurship, strategic planning and implementation, and economic development.

John Burkholder, MSSM

Mr. Burkholder has been directly involved in the energy utility industry for over thirty years. After serving as a U.S. Naval Officer and Navy carrier aviator for ten years, Mr. Burkholder entered the energy utility industry via San Diego Gas & Electric Company in the early 1980s. Working in the Fuel and Regulatory Analysis department, he gained considerable experience in the California and Western energy markets, particularly in natural gas issues. Mr. Burkholder directly participated in nearly every California gas regulatory proceeding throughout the eighties and nineties, providing policy and expert testimony as the gas industry deregulated and transitioned to a new regulatory structure. His expertise in natural gas regulatory analysis, cost allocation, and rate design are well recognized. 

Leaving SDG&E after twelve years, Mr. Burkholder entered the consulting field, eventually forming Burkholder Energy Transactions Analysis (BETA) Consulting, an independent energy consulting firm. He represented major energy clients throughout California for over twelve years in gas regulatory and other energy matters. In 2009, Mr. Burkholder joined Xcel Energy Services in Denver, Colorado, where he is currently employed full time. Mr. Burkholder has continued his rate analysis work, developing cost of service studies in a major rate case for Xcel operating companies, including Southwestern Public Service, based in Amarillo, Texas. In Colorado, he is conducting these same studies for Public Service Company of Colorado, both in the gas and electric sectors. Mr. Burkholder is responsible for the modeling, development, and support of these studies in rate cases. In addition, Mr. Burkholder also develops five-year rate forecasting models for Xcel operating companies. 

Mr. Burkholder accumulated over 1500 hours tactical jet first pilot time and 300 carrier landings in his U.S. Navy career. Mr. Burkholder has a B.S. degree in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and an M.S. degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. 

Ralph Cantafio, J.D., MS

Ralph A. Cantafio, Esq. is President/Managing Partner at Cantafio Eddington, P.C. with law offices located in Denver and Steamboat Springs.  Ralph's practice emphasizes Oil and Gas Law, Commercial Transactions, Commercial Litigation and Arbitration/Mediation focusing on the Natural Resources industry. He is licensed to practice law in Alaska, Colorado, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.  Mr. Cantafio holds a J.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MS in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines and an MS in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado Denver. Ralph is an Adjunct Professor at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs teaching Business Law and the University of Colorado - Denver teaching Natural Resources Law.  He has recently joined the faculty at Western State Colorado University as an Adjunct Professor teaching a class in Oil and Gas Contracts.  Ralph also presents and lectures widely as to a broad breadth of oil and gas related issues.

Janie Chermak, PhD 

Janie M. Chermak is a Professor of Economics at the University of New Mexico. She holds a B.A. in geology from Western State College and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in mineral economics from the Colorado School of Mines. 

Professor Chermak is an applied natural resource economist, specializing in dynamic optimization, with an emphasis on energy, water, and climate change research. She has published numerous articles in academic journals, including The Energy Journal, Energy Economics, Resource and Energy Economics, and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management This work includes optimal production paths for natural gas wells, the implications of one­size­fits all regulation on natural gas production, as well as valuing new technology for natural gas well completions. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Gas Research Institute, the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has presented her work around the world including the American Economic Association Annual meetings, the British Hydrological Society, the European Geophysical Society­American Geophysical Union­European Union of Geosciences Joint Assembly, the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and the International Association for Energy Economics annual meetings. 

Gary Hapken, CPA, MBA 

Gary Hapken started his career with Price Waterhouse Co. in auditing where he obtained his CPA certificate. After four and a half years, he left accounting for the energy industry. His career has included work in synthetic fuels development, oil and gas exploration and development, and transportation of natural gas. He lived and worked overseas for more than 10 years in various countries including Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Sultanate of Oman and Republic of Yemen. 

Professionally, Hapken has had direct responsibility for all areas of finance and accounting as well as purchasing, warehousing, materials handling, office services, human resources, and IT. Additionally, he has worked extensively in the areas of process improvement, systems design & implementation and project management. 

Academically, he has taught energy accounting for more than five years in the United States and South America with an emphasis on the international aspects of energy accounting. Hapken has a BS in Accounting from the University of Northern Colorado and an MBA from Regis University. Both degrees were issued with honors. 

Lynn Hendrix, J.D. 

Lynn P. Hendrix, a partner at Energy and Natural Resources, works in the Denver office. His practice emphasizes energy and natural resources law and general corporate and commercial law. He has been with the firm since 1978. 

Since 1978, Lynn has represented clients in matters relating to the energy and natural resources industry, including mergers, acquisitions, financing, and other transactions. These matters have involved both producing and nonproducing properties, gas plants, refineries, transportation and gathering systems and facilities, and exploration and production activities. Lynn is also involved in alternative energy projects, including ethanol, wind, and synfuels. 

Lynn devotes significant time to representing clients in general commercial and corporate transactions. He counsels clients on day­to­day business matters, commercial transactions, mergers, acquisitions, and financings. 

Lynn has authored several articles and is a requested speaker by business and professional organizations on topics relating to natural resources and commercial business activities. 

Maen M. Husein, PhD 

Maen M. Husein is a professor at the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta. He received his B.Sc. in chemical engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), Irbid, Jordan, in 1995, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, in 1996 and 2000; respectively. Maen worked as a software engineer in the Power System Group at CAE Inc., Montreal, Quebec, from 2000 to 2002. Maen cofounded and was the Chief Technology 

Office (CTO) of nFluids, a spin­out company focusing on commercializing novel nanoparticle­mediated drilling fluids. 
Maen’s research interest spans topics in energy and the environment since the two are highly interrelated. Improvements in the efficiency of an energy recovery and/or utilization process reduce the environmental footprint of the said process. Current projects in Maen’s group are centered on nanotechnology and its application to optimize energy recovery/utilization and to remediate the associated environmental impact. On the energy side, Maen applies nanoparticles (NPs) to improve the efficiency of the recovery and the upgrading of unconventional oil and gas. On the environment side, Maen’s research focuses on the remediation of the waste products from oil and gas recovery, refining and upgrading processes, e.g. oil sands process affected water (OSPW) treatment and produced water (PW) treatment. 

Maen taught many graduate and undergraduate courses; including Engineering & Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Renewable Energies, Non­Renewable Energy, Industrial Wastewater Treatment, Air and Water Pollution Control. 

Jack Mason, PhD 

Jack Mason is an energy industry executive and consultant with more than 40 years of experience developing, managing, and creating value in a series of energy/technology businesses. He has held a number of management positions up to the president of a 350­ person $50 million public firm. His experience includes start­up, turn­around, merger and acquisition, strategic planning, and performance improvement as both an executive and consultant working within end­user, utility, commercial, industrial, academic, and equipment, system, and service provider organizations ranging from a few to thousands of employees. 

He currently is principal of Mason Energy + Management (, which provides a range of consulting services and is pursuing new business concept focused on employee enabled energy efficiency programs for commercial buildings. He was founder and chief executive of EnergyWindow, a business­to­business electronic commerce firm providing online tools and products for energy procurement and supply management. He developed several new products and acquired more than 100 national clients. EnergyWindow was acquired in 2008 by E Source. He was Senior Vice President with Indus International, a supplier of enterprise information management systems and led their energy industry executive consulting practice. He was a principal of PRISM Consulting, an executive consulting firm that assisted senior energy industry executives to implement strategic planning, organizational change, performance improvement, and mergers. PRISM was acquired by Indus in 1997. He was President of TENERA, a $50 million 350­employee public professional services company, which provided services and products including energy facility engineering, power plant design and safety analysis, environmental engineering, management consulting, and enterprise information systems for power, other industry, and government clients, including the Department of Energy, during a major turn­around. He also founded, developed, and managed several divisions of other companies that provided engineering and management services to the energy industry. 

He earned a bachelor of science degree from the US Naval Academy, doctor of science and masters degrees from MIT in engineering, and a masters degree in management from the Sloan School of Management while a Sloan Fellow. As a Sloan Fellow, he interacted with several dozen senior executives and officials of global 500 companies and conducted research involving management of technical professionals, innovation in professional services, and power plant training requiring travel to and interaction with utilities in France, Germany, Japan, and the US. 

Brent Mattson, PhD 

Dr. Mattson is a seasoned leader with over 25 years of experience in talent management and learning and development in some of the world’s most respected organizations. He is an expert consultant, coach, instructional designer and facilitator who leverages practical and analytical approaches to enable leaders to solve complex business challenges. His areas of expertise include psychological assessment, change management, acquisition integration, facilitative leadership, conflict resolution, team dynamics, and coaching. 

A strategic thinker in the field of individual and organizational learning and performance improvement, Brent has also gained recognition for his innovative, multi­disciplinary approaches. Organizations he has led have been awarded more than 80 U.S. and global patents for their work on employee health, safety, and productivity innovations. 
Brent has led talent management and learning and development organizations for some of the world’s most respected companies during periods of significant change and transformation. He currently serves as Chief Talent Officer for Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest energy company, where he is accountable for company­wide talent management, executive, leadership and professional development, and organizational effectiveness. 

Prior to joining Saudi Aramco, he served as Vice President and Chief Learning Officer for Invensys, a UK based PLC. Other notable roles include Senior Vice President of Talent Management for Bank of America and six years with General Electric where, amongst other roles, he was Vice President of Organization Effectiveness and global learning leader for GE Commercial Finance. 
Brent holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. John’s University and a Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota in the United States. 

Richard P. Mignogna, PhD, PE 

Rich Mignogna is Principal Consultant with Renewable & Alternative Energy Management (RAEM), LLC, a Golden, Colorado-based consultancy that assists clients with strategic technology planning, technology assessment, due diligence, renewable energy management, energy resource planning, and energy policy analysis. Since founding RAEM in January of 2012, he has represented EnCana Oil & Gas and Noble Energy as an expert witness in several proceedings before the Colorado PUC, including rate cases and resource planning dockets as well as the PUC’s proceeding on Developing Scenarios Concerning the Future of Colorado’s Electric Utility Service. 

From 2005 through 2011, Rich served on the Staff of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission where his principal role as a Professional Engineer and Senior Authority on Renewable Energy was to advise the commission on emerging technologies and markets in renewable and other alternative energy technologies (wind, solar, geothermal) and to analyze legislative and policy initiatives to promote clean energy generation. While there, he led many high profile projects included an analysis of the small and medium solar systems installed under the state's RPS from 2006 through 2010, a review of co­op REA compliance with the RES, an audit of the Windsource green pricing program that resulted in a restructuring of the program, and the rulemaking for Colorado's Community Solar Gardens. Rich served as Trial Staff lead in the litigation surrounding the first utility compliance plans filed under Colorado's Renewable Energy Standard in 2007 and as the Commission's Independent Evaluator Liaison in Xcel's 2007 resource planning docket. 

Prior to coming to the PUC, for many years, Rich led a small technology management consulting firm focused on technology forecasting & assessment, strategic technology planning, technology scouting, due diligence, and S&T intelligence. He was also the founding Director of the Management of Technology graduate program at the University of Denver. 

Dr. Mignogna’s academic teaching experience includes graduate and undergraduate courses in Technology Forecasting & Assessment; Strategic Technology Planning; Finance & Accounting for Engineering Managers (aka Engineering Economics or Capital Budgeting for Engineers); Production/Operations Management; Statistical Process Control; and Technology, Ethics, & Social Responsibility. He has also taught numerous industrial workshops in Technology Forecasting & Assessment, S&T Intelligence throughout North America and Europe. He holds B.Sc. and M.S. engineering degrees from the Colorado School of Mines, an MBA from the University of Denver, and a Ph.D. in Operations Management from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Colorado. 

Michael J. Orlando, PhD 

Michael J. Orlando is an Economic Advisors Principal Consultant and Adjunct Professor of Finance at Tulane University. 

He began his career with Shell Oil Company, providing reservoir engineering and economic evaluation expertise for oil and gas exploration and development projects in the Gulf of Mexico. He also worked as an environmental engineer, ensuring environmental compliance and managing the Company's relationship to a listed Superfund site. 

Dr. Orlando later served as a Research Economist in the Federal Reserve System, and then as Vice President and Branch Executive of the Fed's Denver Branch. He was responsible for regional economic research, energy markets analysis, policy advising, and public communication. Dr. Orlando also worked as Vice President for Research and Product Development at a business analytics firm, guiding media measurement algorithm development and validation. 

Dr. Orlando's research spans a range of topics in applied microeconomics. He has published work on corporate governance, financial regulatory policy, the economics of payments networks, the geography and industrial demography of innovation, and energy and environmental policy. He is also a practiced teacher, has developed courses in economics, finance, and energy business strategy, and has co­authored a textbook on money and banking. 

Dr. Orlando holds degrees in economics from Washington University in St. Louis, in business administration from Tulane University, and in petroleum and natural gas engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. 

Steven Richardson, J.D. 

Steven B. Richardson, a partner in the Denver office, practices with the Energy and Natural Resources Client Service Group. He represents a wide range of oil and gas, mining and power companies, financial institutions and investors in energy and natural resource transactions and projects, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and financial institution investments in oil and natural gas exploration, development, production, gathering, transportation, processing and marketing, throughout the U.S.
Exploration and development agreements, joint ventures, participation agreements, operating agreements, gas gathering, processing and marketing agreements, production payments, leasing, surface use agreements and other project development, financing and operational arrangements involving oil and gas projects on fee, federal, state and Indian lands.

Project development, acquisition, financing and operations for renewable and conventional power projects including wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and landfill projects, natural gas generation projects, biodiesel, ethanol and other alternative fuels projects, including site acquisition, power purchase, interconnection and transmission agreements, construction contracts, warranty agreements, feedstock supply agreements, operating and maintenance agreements and financing arrangements. 

Entity structuring, formation, and governance for operating and investment entities in the oil and gas, mining and power industries, including limited liability companies and partnerships with preferred return structures, profits interests and disproportionate allocations of tax benefits. Tax equity investors in renewable energy projects, including Class A/B "flip" structures and leasing structures, for wind, solar, biomass, landfill, synfuel, and other projects. 

Lisa Hamil 

Lisa Hamil, CPL, has over 30 years of experience in oil and gas and recently took a new position with Anadarko E&P Onshore LLC as a surface land negotiator in the DJ Basin. She has experience in many areas including acquisitions and divestitures, land negotiation and administration, production technology, oil and gas accounting, and investor relations. She has worked in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, North Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. 

In addition, she is Co­founder of Energy360, whose mission is to build consumer energy knowledge and engage them in a critical conversation about the future. Working with a group of energy professionals with diverse backgrounds who collectively have spent decades dealing with the logistical, political and economic issues associated with energy, her goal is to help uncover the misinformation around all forms of energy and help consumers understand the role they play in the future of energy. Energy360 recently co­sponsored, with the Consumer Energy Alliance and UCD, the inaugural Energy Day Colorado family festival focused on STEM education and how STEM can lead to careers in the energy industry. 

She currently teaches the “Life Cycle of Oil and Natural Gas” class through the Global Energy Management Program at the University of Colorado at Denver, is a Board member of the Denver Petroleum Club, AAPL member, DAPL member and is active on the Education and Advocacy committee.

Steven Seay, PhD 

Steven Seay, Ph.D., a product of Silicon Valley, California and a Harvard trained strategist, is the Principal Partner at Crimson Eagle Inc., a human capital strategy firm located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Dr. Seay is the former CLO and Head of Leadership Development and Talent for Saudi Aramco Oil Company, based in Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia.

At Saudi Aramco, Dr. Seay led one of the most successful turnarounds of business, moving from an offering of 2,800 training seats per year to 23,000 seats in less than 12 months, while increasing quality 48%, all while implementing quantitative measurements.

Dubbed a ‘phenom’ by his peers and business leaders, Dr. Seay is an author, speaker and in addition to other duties, the chief negotiator for Crisis Solutions, a Minneapolis, Minnesota based global crisis negotiations firm. Steven has advised multinational clients on such issues as organizational strategy, negotiation techniques, human performance dynamics, human capital planning, Mergers & Acquisition human capital infrastructure and implementation as well as organization effectiveness strategies. Steven’s problem-solving expertise provides him with the ability to assist corporations in solving the most complex problems.

Dr. Seay is a frequent leadership/management lecturer at many institutions to include the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), the University of Colorado-Denver and Liberty University. Dr. Seay has delivered over 3,000 sold out corporate workshops to include Strategic Negotiations, Leadership, Effective Communication, Managing Change, Consulting Skills, and Customer Service, to name a few. Steven was the runner-up for the 2008 Business Week Professor of the Year and the winner of the first ever Outstanding Professor Award in 2015 at the University of Colorado Denver.

Said one executive, "Steven never merely speaks to an audience, but seeks to involve them personally through illustrations, stories and personal examples, touching all three learning styles."

In addition to both Fortune 500 domestic and international consulting, Steven has served as Vice President of Human Resources at Best Buy and Jostens, both US companies. Steven holds a B.S. degree in Organizational Psychology, an MBA in Strategy and a Ph.D. in Management and Organization Psychology.  Steven has two daughters, Savannah and Tess, and two Grandsons, Mason and Makai, all of which he never sees enough!

Melissa Wood, MBA 

Melissa Wood is a proven leader with two decades of progressive marketing leadership and management consulting experience from major brands, particularly within the energy industry. Her career spans key functional marketing areas including marketing strategy/plan development, process improvement, product management, execution and evaluation, new product and market development, brand positioning and advertising, market research, and customer as well as employee communications. 
In 2006, Melissa launched Advanta Consulting, LLC, a strategic marketing consulting firm. Clients include: Xcel Energy, PNM Resources, IBM Global Energy Practice, NiSource, Cricket Communications, Gates Corporation, and Energy Outreach Colorado, to name a few. 

Previously, she served as the Director of Marketing, Advertising and Brand Management for Xcel Energy where she led: market management, market research, information services, and advertising and brand management. Prior to Xcel Energy, Melissa held marketing and consulting positions at Qwest, R.L Polk, and Gartner Group. She provided consulting services for AT&T, IBM, Gateway, NEC, Nikon, Samsonite, and numerous other consumer durable companies. 

Melissa earned a B.A. from Boston University and an MBA from University of Colorado, Denver. Melissa remains dedicated to serving the community. She graduated from both Leadership Denver and is an avid volunteer. She has served as a guest lecturer for the University of Colorado Denver for the past decade. In 2011, Melissa began teaching for the GEM Program; students particularly value her enthusiasm and passion for marketing in energy and appreciate the real world examples she brings to the table. In 2012, the University of Colorado Global Energy Management students honored her with the Outstanding Professor Award.