Dr. Rebecca M Spearot


President and Board Chair

A retired environmental management executive with extensive and diverse global work experience. During her whole career Dr. Spearot has regularly volunteered in programs promoting science and engineering for students in grades K-12 in Michigan and Colorado. She is committed to bringing a successful Future City competition back to Colorado.

Lizzie Meyer


An experienced educator who has taught a wide variety of subjects to diverse student populations, in both the public schools and through informal education in Colorado. During her tenure as Community Programs Director at Keystone Science School, she worked to introduce the engineering design process and exposed students to the engaging challenges in their everyday lives through The Girls in STEM program.
She is currently Fifth Grade Teacher at Lake George Charter School.

Ellen Gordman


Ellen has extensive experience in the non-profit arena. She was chairman of the board of Sustainable Schools International for three years; served on the board of directors of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation, Temple Israel in Omaha, the National B’nai B’rith Youth Commission and The House with the Red Door, a safe haven for young adults in Summit County, Colorado. She is currently a member of the President’s Council of ACCION International, a nonprofit microfinance institution. Ellen is the co-author of three
business books.

Iain McLeman

Vice President

Senior Director at Bentley Systems responsible for cloud
hosted systems for infrastructure projects around the world. Bentley provides software solutions to accelerate project delivery and improve asset performance for major infrastructure projects worldwide and has been an enthusiastic supporter of Future City since 1996.

Jacqueline Adkins

Board Member

Jacqueline "Jacquie" Adkins – Board Member – Middle School Science Teacher - Dynamic STEM/PBL/Science Teacher and former Jeffco Science Content Specialist with demonstrated capabilities in curriculum design and implementation, technology integration, and a student-centered approach to education and community partnerships that prepares students for STEM career paths.  Jacquie has been a participant in Future City for over 11 years as an educator.

Lisa S. Barnes


Board Member

Lisa Barnes’ education includes a bachelor of science in engineering from University of Vermont, master of environmental health sciences from
Harvard University and a master of business administration from St. Mary’s College. She is a registered professional engineer, certified industrial hygienist, and a LEED ® AP. She has more than 30 years of experience in environmental, health, safety and sustainability. In her current position as Principal Consultant for Apex Companies, LLC, she assists clients with sustainability report assurance, sustainability data verification and development of sustainability reports and
GHG emissions inventories.

Erik Hatlestad

Board Member

Erik Hatlestad education includes a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Colorado at Boulder, with a minor in Engineering Management. Erik currently works at ARCOS Inc. as a Sales Engineer. ARCOS provides software to utility, airline, and critical infrastructure customers. Erik is a Future City alumnus, who has a passion for improving lives through technology. He believes in learning through failure and adamantly envisions that the design inspiration from nature will be the future of engineering.

Werner Kuhr

Board Member

Werner received his BS & MS in Chemistry from the Stevens
Institute of Technology, and a PhD in chemistry & neuroscience from Indiana University. Werner serves as Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO. Werner works with internal and external stakeholders to
integrate entrepreneurship into the University’s educational programs, sponsored research and technology commercialization activities. Previously, he served as the Technology Commercialization Director and the founding Director of the Stevens Venture Center at Stevens
Institute of Technology.

Omar Venzor

Board Member

Omar is a Sr. Traffic Engineer for WSB with 11 years of experience. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University. Omar is the current ASCE Denver Branch Vice President and the ITE CO/WY Section Mentoring Chair. Omar has been a volunteer for Future City in Dallas prior to relocating to Denver.  In his spare time, Omar is an avid marathon runner and enjoys hiking and exploring Colorado with his wife and their Bernese Mountain Dog named Brisket.

John Lobo

Board Member

John is a Sr. Bridge Engineer for HDR.  John has 17 years of experience, and currently works in Denver, CO. John is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has been active in promoting STEM with students over his entire career, through ASCE and HDR, and has served as mentor to college students participating in ASCE’s steel bridge competition at Arizona State University, the University of Colorado at Boulder and Colorado State University. John has been very active in the Future City competition, serving as a judge and mentor in Arizona, and more recently with the Colorado region of Future City.