A long time specialist in eco-asset projects, Dick has over 20 years of executive experience in innovative land conservation, carbon, wetlands, technology development, and sales. Dick formerly worked for Equator LLC, an asset management firm, who specializes in the generation and management of high quality carbon credits and environmental assets derived from reforestation projects, forest conservation, sustainable land management and other emission reduction project activities. Dick‘s primary responsibility at Equator was sales and origination, deal negotiation, and product development.
Before joining Equator, Dick was the Carbon Program lead for Ducks Unlimited (DU), the world’s largest wetlands conservation organization. While at DU, Dick was responsible for the positioning and marketing of DU’s carbon offset program and coordinated all carbon sequestration and environmental asset activities throughout the organization, including a successful effort to deliver a first-of-its-kind forest carbon conservation easement to a consortium of 25 large utility companies and Edison Electric Institute. He also spearheaded a large terrestrial carbon sequestration project with the Energy and Environmental Research Center as part of a Carbon Sequestration Science Program covering the entire U.S. He is an accomplished speaker who has participated on several carbon panels and delivered presentations at numerous Environmental, Carbon, and other industry forums. Before joining DU, Dick served as Remote Sensing Analyst with Pacific Meridian Resources, a natural resources consulting firm in California including a large technology transfer project with NASA, and as a Remote Sensing Analyst for the Idaho Department of Water Resources and the Defense Mapping Agency.
The author of more than 20 professional publications, Dick received his B.S. in Geography and Remote Sensing from Carroll College and his Master’s in Geography and Remote Sensing from Indiana State University.
Sheldon Zakreski, Director of Programs
Karena Gruber, Office & Human Resources Manager
Karena Gruber joined The Climate Trust in March 2013 with over ten years of nonprofit management experience; bringing with her a passion for creating and managing efficient systems. Karena facilitates the administrative functions of the office, including contract management and overseeing all human resources systems and policies.
Teresa Koper, Senior Project Analyst
Teresa Koper joined The Climate Trust team in April 2013. Teresa is a soil microbiologist with experience implementing sustainable programs and working with diverse stakeholders. Her focus is on agricultural sector carbon initiatives, such as soil carbon sequestration, biogas production and nutrient management.
Kasey Krifka, Marketing & Communications Manager
Kasey Krifka joined The Climate Trust in March 2012. In her current role, Kasey manages all public relations and communications activities for The Trust. She has over 8 years of nonprofit experience and a background in marketing, fundraising, and in building communications programs from the bottom up.
Before joining The Climate Trust, Kasey spent three years as Director of Internet Marketing for The Salvation Army’s Divisional Headquarters in Southern California, during which she managed an extensive website redesign that later became the model for all Salvation Army websites nationally. Kasey has also worked with The Los Angeles Conservation Corps on fundraising efforts for youth conservation and service projects, and provided extensive research on a major study for The Atlantic Philanthropies Foundation, “Civically Engaging Immigrant Boomers in Los Angeles County: How Do We Do It?”
Kasey has an M.A. in Public Administration, emphasis on Environmental and Nonprofit Management, from the University of Southern California, and earned a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Chapman University.
Kasey's pastimes include art, hiking, playing with her rescue bunnies, and exploring Portland’s amazing culinary culture.
A man of many interests, John spends most of his time enjoying the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest, cycling and playing musical instruments. He also served as fundraising chair for the award-winning Village Building Convergence and a part-time farmer growing vegetables on Sauvie Island.
John graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Accounting and a minor from the Science, Technology and Society Department, with an emphasis on green design applications. He was a member of the Penn State Green Design Team.
Scot Woolley, Colorado Carbon Fund Business Outreach Associate
Scot Woolley joined The Climate Trust in October of 2012 as the Colorado Carbon Fund Business Outreach Associate. Scot is a born-and-raised Colorado native with a background in program management, energy efficiency, and sustainability reporting.
Scot has a demonstrated track record of success in outreach, marketing and communications with the CU Environmental Center’s Energy and Climate Program. He also brings experience as a founding member and manager of several programs, groups and organizations that continue to play a productive part in environmental education, climate protection and energy awareness within the Colorado community. We are excited to bring Scot on board to build a strong carbon network and foster support for projects that provide social, environmental, and economic benefits to the residents of Colorado.
Graduating with a double major in Environmental Policy and Mandarin Chinese from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Scot is an avid skier, outdoor recreationalist and world traveler. Please contact Scot with any Colorado Carbon Fund specific questions, comments or concerns you might have.
Peter Weisberg, Program Manager
Peter Weisberg joined The Climate Trust in 2007. He originates, analyzes and invests in new projects for The Climate Trust and its clients. Peter provides technical expertise for all aspects of The Climate Trust’s work, with a focus on understanding and applying existing and proposed carbon market protocols. He also serves as the lead technical resource for the innovative work on new project sectors, methodologies and offset quality criteria.