CO-WY Engine


Mike Freeman

CO-WY Engine CEO, PI

Mike has 35 years of executive experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors focused on technology economic development, management consulting, entrepreneurship, and finance.​

Kauline Cipriani

Vice President for Inclusive Excellence, CSU, CO-WY Engine Chief Inclusion Officer

Dr. Kauline Cipriani is the Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. Her career has focused on broadening access for historically and currently underrepresented and underserved populations, developing strategic equity and inclusion initiatives, fostering welcoming and nurturing academic and workplace climates, and disrupting institutional systems that reinforce the status quo.

Parag Chitnis

VP-Research and Economic Development, University of Wyoming, Co-PI

Dr. Parag Chitnis has more than 30 years of academic and research administration experience at two universities and two federal agencies (NSF, NIFA/USDA). In the current position, Parag brings a wealth of knowledge and a steadfast commitment to advancing innovation and fostering economic growth in WY. ​

Bryn Rees

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation, Managing Director, Venture Partners at CU Boulder, Co-PI

Over the past 20 years, Bryn has led university initiatives to translate and commercialize research innovations and technology. Together with his team at the University of Colorado Boulder, he works with university researchers and the extended innovation ecosystem to develop entrepreneurs, new ventures, and deep tech innovations.

Raymond Gonzales

President of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation

Raymond has more than 24 years of senior level experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. He is know as a progressive and innovative economic development professional with a successful track record of attracting new industry, business, and investments.

Betty Cozzolino

Chief Marketing Officer

Betty Cozzolino possesses a decade of digital marketing expertise, encompassing strategy, social media management, public relations, graphic design, web design and event facilitation. A dynamic professional dedicated to elevating online presence, orchestrating successful events, and achieving results.

Mark Gorham

Translation Director

With over 30 years of experience in software, Mark Gorham has taken on a variety of top management roles throughout his career. Currently, Mark is the Translation Director at the CO-WY Climate Resilience Engine, where he works to translate and commercialize innovative technologies. Prior to this, he served as the CEO of EcoVapor Recovery Systems. At Innosphere, Mark is responsible for providing client support to startup companies, leveraging his extensive experience to foster entrepreneurial growth and deep tech innovation.

Tim Jones

CO-WY Engine COO,

Tim has 30 years of executive experience in the private, military and non-profit sectors focused on operations, leadership, engineering, and entrepreneurship. Tim is COO/General Partner at Innosphere Ventures.​

Alan Rudolph

CO-WY Engine Interim CTO

Dr. Alan Rudolph has 40 years of experience translating interdisciplinary sciences into useful applications for development and scale in government, industry and academia. He was recently the Vice President of Research for Colorado State University, and is a founder of biotech companies including Cellphire and Adlyfe. He has spent time as a Senior Executive with the Department of Defense, Naval Research Lab, DARPA and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Christa Johnson


Dr. Christa Johnson has 25 years of academic and executive experience with implementation of the VPR’s institutional agenda, including executive oversight and serving as liaison between the OVPR and stakeholders to achieve gains in productivity and impact.

Emily Wilson

CO-WY Engine Special Projects Director

Emily Wilson has 2 decades of experience in external and corporate communications, public relations, grant and non-profit management, outreach activities with partner organizations, economic development, event facilitation, and managing operational activity.

Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod

Strategic Partnerships Director

Kasia is a respected business and community leader known for efficaciously identifying, cultivating, and growing private-public partnerships across state, local, and federal communities to deliver measurably successful strategic outcomes. Throughout her distinguished career, she has spent over two decades successfully operating at the intersection of business growth, government affairs, community engagement, advocacy, and public policy.

Brian Johnston

Workforce Development Director

Cass Moseley

Vice President for Research, Professor, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at CSU, Co-PI

Dr. Moseley is Colorado State University’s senior research officer. She and her team, work with university researchers and partners to catalyze high-quality research, research translation, and impact. Her scholarship focused on conservation-based development and climate resilience. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University.

Amber Rahn

Inclusive Engagement Director


Contact us if you:

  • Are the founder of a climate tech company and are seeking assistance.
  • Work in workforce development and are eager to get involved.
  • Represent a potential corporate partner.
  • Are a workforce industry leader and want to get involved.
  • Your corporation is interested in climate innovation.
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