2018 Keynotes

Richard Gerstein | Executive Vice President, Global Branded Premium Value-Added Products and Chief Marketing Officer, UNIFI  

Richard Gerstein

Arielle Gold | Professional Snowboarder + Olympic Bronze Medalist  

Arielle Gold

Mary Harvey | Special Advisor - Sustainability at United Bid 2026, Former U.S. Women's National Team Goalkeeper, FIFA Women's World Cup Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist   

Mary Harvey

2018 Speaker

Karen Baebler | Assistant Athletic Director, Sports Operations University of Washington   

Karen Baebler

She initiated the Athletic Department's sustainability program in 2010, and continues to the chair of the University of Washington Intercollegiate Sustainability Committee and is a member of the University of Washington's Environmental Stewardship Committee. Additionally, she has forged a relationship with the University of Washington's Office of Sustainability, student groups, and the Program for the Environment which has resulted in course offerings and internship opportunities. She was also the keynote speaker for the SustainableUW Festival in 2014. Baebler was integral in the planning of the 2.5 million renovation of Husky Stadium that achieved Silver LEED certification, as well as the Athletic Department's successful waste diversion program. This spring, she was the tournament director for the Pac12 Women's Golf Championships which featured sustainable practice at the course, the University and the surrounding community. She is committed to environmental and social sustainability and is thankful for the opportunity to make an impact.

Michael Beauregard | Green Team Student Coordinator, University of Arizona   

Michael Beauregard

Paisley M. Benaza | Ph.D. Student; Communications Strategist, Arizona State University   

Paisley M. Benaza

Celeste Colmenares | Project Manager, Greening the Game, University of Arizona   

Celeste Colmenares

Joni Comstock | Senior Vice President, Championships, NCAA  

Joni Comstock

Jason DePaepe | Associate Athletic Director for Facilities and Game Day Operations, University of Colorado, Boulder  

Jason Depaepe

DePaepe, 42, is also responsible for overseeing all facilities maintenance, scheduling and game day operations for Folsom Field, the Dal Ward Athletic Center, Coors Events Center, Balch Fieldhouse, Prentup Field, Potts Field, the Football Practice Facility, Kittredge Lacrosse Field and the South Campus Tennis and Cross Country Facility. In his position, he also oversees the Folsom Field Events team. The newly constructed Champions Center and renovations in Dal Ward have doubled the number of event venues available for private events within Folsom Stadium. Folsom Field Event venues boast flexible event spaces and unparalleled views of the world famous Flatirons. Along with private events, he is also liaison for major annual events such as the Bolder Boulder, CU Commencement Ceremonies and Ralphie's Independence Day Blast fireworks show. DePaepe also stewards the Ralphie's Green Stampede program for the Athletic Department. In 2008, Folsom Stadium was the first major sporting venue in the United States to convert to zero waste. Recent efforts are pushing the zero waste efforts outside of the stadium footprint and into adjacent tailgating areas. Prior to his promotion to Associate Athletic Director, he was the Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities. DePaepe was responsible for all athletic facilities, maintenance and support staff. He was in this role for 2 years. Overall, DePaepe has been with CU Athletics since 2000. He came to CU from the Baltimore Ravens, where he was the assistant field manager. Prior to that, he was employed by the Iowa State Athletic Department as a student and graduated from there in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science.

Ellen Dux | Director of Sustainability, University of Southern California  

Ellen Dux

Ellen Edwards | Energy Manager, University of Colorado Boulder  

Ellen Edwards

In 2015, Ellen graduated from NREL's Energy Executive Program in Golden Colorado. She is a Certified Energy Manager and received the Legend of Energy distinction from the Association of Energy Engineers in 2015.

McCady Findley | Former Graduate Student, Arizona State University School of Sustainability  

McCady Findley

Lesley Forst Michalegko | Program Manager, University Sustainability Practices, Arizona State University  

Lesley Forst Michalegko

Kelsey Gaude | Program Manager, Facilities Management, Zero Waste, Arizona State University  

Kelsey Gaude

Angela Gilbert | Zero Waste Events Coordinator, Environmental Center, University of Colorado Boulder  

Angela Gilbert

Lin Guo | Business Development Manager, Bluewater USA, North America  

Lin Guo

Jay Hertwig | Vice President, Global Brand Sales, Marketing and Product Development, UNIFI  

Jay Hertwig

David Kang | Vice Chancellor for Infrastructure and Sustainability, University of Colorado Boulder

David Kang

Lin King | Cal Zero Waste Manager, University of California  

Lin King

Jeremy Krug | Architectural Designer, Populous  

Jeremy Krug

Izabel Loinaz | Director, Center for Sustainable Business, University of Oregon  

Izabel Loinaz

Elisabeth (Liz) Matzdorf | Student Athlete - Rowing, Oregon State University BAST Program  

Liz Matzdorf

Julie Muir | Zero Waste Manager, PSSI/Stanford Recycling  

Julie Muir

Dave Newport | Director, Environmental Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder  

Dave Newport

Daniel Redick | Regional Manager at EcoSafe® Zero Waste; Former Zero Waste Specialist, Coliseum Zero Waste and Tailgate Waste Diversion Program, University of Southern California  

Daniel Redick

Jason Richardson | 2000 NCAA Champion Michigan St. Basketball, Retired NBA Player   

Jason Richardson

Tiffany Richardson | Professor of Sport Management, University of Minnesota  

Tiffany Richardson

Monica Rowand | Sustainability Coordinator, University of Louisiana; Former Program Manager, Ralphie's Green Stampede, University of Colorado  

Monica Rowand

Presley Savarino | Facilities & Event Operations, Oregon State University  

Presley Savarino

Rachel Stonecypher | Capital Project Manager, University of Colorado Boulder  

Rachel Stonecypher

Heidi VanGenderen | Chief Sustainability Officer, University of Colorado Boulder

Heidi VanGenderen

Heather Vaughan | Vice President, Marketing, Pac-12  

Heather Vaughan

Shelley Villalobos | Managing Director, Council for Responsible Sport  

Shelley Villalobos

Ed von Bleichert | Sustainability & Resiliency Program Manager, University of Colorado Boulder  

Ed von Bleichert

Ed enjoys assisting other programs in their efforts to achieve zero waste. He has presented on CU's approach to industry groups including the Stadium Managers Association and the Green Sports Alliance. Ed has also consulted directly with campus colleagues across the country including our PAC-12 friends at UC-Berkeley. Currently, Ed serves as the Sustainability and Resiliency Program Manager for the department of Facilities Management where he serves as the LEED™ administrator for campus. His current areas of focus include high performance design & construction strategies, resilient energy systems, and the electrification of the campus fleet.

Jamie Zaninovich | Deputy Commissioner/Chief Operating Officer, Pac-12  

Jamie Zaninovich

During Zaninovich's time at the Pac-12, the Pac-12 Global initiative has also expanded exponentially. In 2015, the conference hosted the first-ever U.S. regular season basketball game, collegiate or professional, to be played in China as the University of Washington defeated the University of Texas in Shanghai. He also orchestrated the advent of a first of its kind coaching education program in which coaches from China visit Pac-12 universities to be trained on coaching techniques. Additionally, Zaninovich has helped increase global distribution of Pac-12 sports around the world and across multiple platforms, including LeSports in China and YouTube. Prior to the Pac-12, Zaninovich spent six years as the commissioner of the West Coast Conference. He led the WCC through a period of extraordinary membership growth, transformed the conference basketball championships into successful events, and brought forward television and digital media advances that showcased the WCC's brand regionally, nationally and internationally. Zaninovich also served on several national college sports committees. Notably, he was as a member of the prestigious NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee from 2011-2014 and a Chair of the Division I Collegiate Commissioners Association Division I Subdivision from 2010 to 2011. He is also a founding member of the Board of Managers and Competition Committee of the Men's Basketball Officiating LLC, and a past member of the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics. In 2010, Zaninovich was named to Sports Business Journal's "40 Under 40" list in recognition of his visionary leadership at the WCC. Prior to becoming commissioner of the WCC, he was a sports administrator in two prominent Division I athletics departments, serving as a Senior Associate Athletic Director at Princeton and a Senior Assistant Athletic Director at Stanford. A native of Eugene, Oregon, Zaninovich is a graduate of Stanford University and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Jamie and his wife, Karen, live in Millbrae, Calif. and have two children, Max and Luke.

Katie Zeller | Director of Facilities, Recreation Centers & Sustainability, Stanford Athletics   

Katie Zellar

View the 2017 speaker line-up here.