Announcing New Leadership

We are pleased to announce that the Society of Women Environmental Professionals, Rocky Mountain Chapter has new leadership:

Jean Zodrow, Chair: Jeanmarie has a Ph.D. in Toxicology and over 13 years of experience. She previously worked for the U.S. EPA as a Chemical Manager and Ecological Risk Assessor. She currently works at ARCADIS as a Senior Ecological Risk Assessor for CERCLA/Superfund mining sites.

Lauren Scharding, Treasurer: With a passion for connecting people, Lauren has worked for environmental consultants and engineers, and is a regional manager for EDR. She recently moved to the Denver area and loves hiking the great outdoors.

Sara and I have enjoyed leading SWEP for the last 5 years and look forward to many more years as members. Please join us in welcoming Jeanmarie and Lauren, and please let them know if you have interest in being part of the Steering Committee.


Selina Koler and Sara Woolsey

New Job Posting – Managing Partner with ERM

As part of the accelerated growth of our business in the Western U.S. and alignment with our global strategy, ERM is appointing a Managing Partner for the new Mountain West Business Unit, to be based in Denver, CO.

See JOBS page for more information.



January 12th Toxicology Panel

Please join us for a luncheon on January 12th that will include human health toxicologists from USEPA, CDPHE, and independent consultants.

The panel includes toxicologists who have applied their expertise to solve problems and protect human health in a variety of contexts, like workplace exposure, drinking water, Superfund and other environmental contamination, product safety, and civil and criminal litigation. The panelists will provide a brief introduction to the field of toxicology along with real-world examples of ways that toxicology can be of practical benefit. Panelists welcome interaction with attendees during the luncheon.

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Susan Griffin, Ph.D., Senior Toxicologist, USEPA Region 8
  • Tami McMullin, Ph.D, Program Manager, Oil and Gas Health Information, CDPHE
  • Jenifer S. Heath, Ph.D., Independant Toxicology Consultant

Time: 12:00- 1:00, Check-in begins at 11:45

Place: Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, 1550 17th Street, Suite 500, Denver – Baby Grand Room

Cost: Members and Non-Members $20/person; includes a boxed-lunch


JOBS – Northern Arizona University, Assistant Professor in Environmental Social Science

The School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability (SESES) at Northern Arizona University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor in Environmental Social Science. See Jobs Page for more information.

November Event

Happy fall everyone!  We are excited to announce our next meeting, a book club dinner.  This is SWEP’s first book club, and we think it should be very interesting.  We will discuss the book Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats.  We are pleased to announce that the book’s author, Kristen Iversen, will join us via Skype for the discussion.  Though it is not required, we recommend reading the book prior to the meeting so more people can join in the discussion.  The meeting will be at GeoTech Environmental Equipment, Inc. on E 40th Ave in Denver on Thursday November 10th from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.  The fee is $15 for members and $25 for non-members and will include dinner.  Please email to RSVP.  We ask that you do this no later than Wednesday November 2nd.  You can review the event announcement here: book-club-dinner_nov-10-2016.

Hope to see you there!

Summer 2016 Networking Event

Hope everyone is having a good summer – we sure are! But we think it’s missing something…a networking event!  Let’s get together and mingle with other environmental professionals in a relaxing atmosphere.  Space is reserved at Paxia near W 38th Ave and Pecos St in Denver on Tuesday July 26th from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.  The $15 fee for members and non-members will include light appetizers and your first drink.  Please email to RSVP.  We ask that you do this no later than Thursday July 21st.  You can review the event announcement here: SWEP Networking Event_July 26 2016.

Hope to see you there!

March Progressive Networking Dinner

Thanks to all of you who joined us for the SWEP Progressive Networking Dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory. We hope to do this type of event again and would be interested in your feedback.

Please send your comments to:


January 21st Meeting Presentation

Some people requested Jody Ostendorf’s presentation from the January 21st meeting.  She has graciously provided it to us to post along with a link to the EPA white paper regarding background ozone she mentioned.  Thank you Jody for the informative presentation on the new ozone NAAQS!

Presentation: SWEP_Jan21_Ozone_NAAQS

White Paper:

January 21st Meeting – Final Updates to the Ozone NAAQS

Happy New Year!  We hope your 2016 is off to a great start.

Thursday January 21st will be our first meeting of the new year.  Ms. Jody Ostendorf will present on the “Final Updates to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone”.  Her presentation will discuss EPA’s October 1, 2015 decision to tighten the ozone standard to 70 ppb and other provisions of the final rule.  She is the State Implementation Plan Program Manager  for EPA Region 8 and is currently working on ozone issues in the Air Quality Planning Unit.  Please contact us if you have any questions at  You can review the meeting information here: SWEP_January 21_Jody Ostendorf.  Details are also provided below:

Date: Thursday, January 21st

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm, check-in begins at 11:45 am.

Location: US EPA, Bitterroot Room (2nd Floor)
1595 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO 80202

Please remember your government issued photo ID as it is required at the EPA building security desk.  You may need to allow a few extra minutes to get through security.

Cost: Purchasing a lunch will be optional due to the meeting being held at the EPA building.  There will be no charge for attending the presentation. The typical fees will be charged if you would like a SWEP lunch ($15 for members/$25 for non-members).  Please include in your RSVP if you will attend and whether you would like a lunch or not.

RSVP by COB January 15th to

November Luncheon – Colorado Habitat Exchange for the Greater Sage-Grouse

Elaine Porter, Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) Wildlife Subcommittee

The Colorado Habitat Exchange is a program developed to incentivize habitat improvements and conservation on private, state, and federal lands that would offset impacts to Greater Sage-Grouse habitat in Colorado.  The Colorado Department of Natural Resources is currently seeking recognition for the program from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Ms. Porter is serving as liaison for COGA in development of the habitat exchange and will provide a summary and explanation of the program and its intricacies.

Date: Monday, November 9th

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Registration begins at 11:45

Location: Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits Training Center, Aspen Room B 789 Sherman Street, Suite 100, Denver, CO

RSVP by COB November 3rd to

About the Speaker: Elaine Porter is a Project Manager and Ecologist with Tetra Tech, Inc.  She is a consultant for the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) Wildlife Subcommittee where she serves as a liaison among COGA management, operating companies, State agencies, agricultural producers, and environmental interests.