MEET THE ADVISORS
Name Geoff Ward
Hometown Loveland, CO
Fun Fact I spent eight months as a world traveler.
Geoff is a Colorado native who graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010 with a B.S. is Architectural Engineering. His degree has prepared him with a high level of building science knowledge and problem solving skills. Geoff is a LEED Green Associate and holds a passion in sustainable design and energy efficiency. With nearly two years' experience consulting, Geoff looks forward to continue adding a positive impact to the community.
In his free time, Geoff enjoys running, biking, and snowboarding.
Name Hannah Bulick
Hometown Boulder, CO
Fun Fact Hannah is a major Sci-Fi nerd.
Having grown up and gone to university in Boulder, Hannah is a rarely-encountered-in-the-wild Boulder native. Hannah holds a degree in philosophy and women's studies from the University of Colorado, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She is the Customer Solutions Manager at Populus for EnergySmart, and spends her days enrolling homeowners in EnergySmart, managing Advisor schedules, and appreciating being able to make a difference in the town she loves.
Hannah believes in low-impact living, and currently occupies about 250 square feet with her small dog. In her spare time, she enjoys snowboarding, reading and being outside with her dog.
Name Jen Harper
Hometown Alexandria, VA
Fun Fact Can talk backwards.
Jennifer comes to Populus after a decade in the in-home care industry, running her own business which provided assistance to seniors and the disabled in their homes. It seemed a natural transition into the role of Energy Advisor with the EnergySmart program, helping clients achieve greater comfort, safety and joy in their homes. A CU-Boulder graduate with a degree in French, she also holds the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA).
Having lived in four states on both coasts, Jennifer has been thrilled to call Boulder her home for the last twenty years. Outside of her role as Energy Advisor, she spends much of her time with the Irish Step Dancers of Colorado and planning a yearly bike race, the North Boulder Park Classic. She and her Boulder-native husband are happily raising a teenage daughter, 3 cats and, (hopefully) a garden.
Name Kelsey Lawrence
Hometown Martinez, CA
Fun Fact Kelsey has dual citizenship in the United States and Canada.
A graduate from the University of Colorado, Kelsey has transitioned into the Boulder working-lifestyle at Populus quite happily. With Bachelor degrees in both Physics and Chemistry as well as an Energy Certificate, she brings a wide-range of technical knowledge and a passion for sustainability to the Energy Advisor position.
Although born in Northern California, Kelsey has been in Colorado for 15 years and feels lucky to call this mountain state her home. She spends her free time with the multitude of immediate and extended family members she has in the Front Range as well as making sure to get out and enjoy Colorado as much as possible.
Name Margaret Rogers
Hometown Most of U.S.
Fun Fact License plate is SEA2SEA -- lived on both coasts, now in purple mountains majesty.
Margaret Rogers, our Community Action Lead, helps get the word out about the great benefits of EnergySmart services! She's available for presentations to your neighborhood or organization that wants to learn more about residential energy efficiency.
Margaret is an organic gardener and beekeeper who holds a Green Building certificate from CSU, and LEED accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council. Her own renovated home was the first LEED Gold certified "gut-rehab" in Colorado. She's a member of Boulder Culinary Gardeners, a board member of the a capella group Ars Nova Singers, and an officer in Boulder County Beekeeper's Association.
Name Matt Wilmoth
Hometown Fairmont, WV
Fun Fact Matt has written a feature-length screenplay as well as a book about self-reflection.
As the EnergySmart Manager, Matt oversees the EnergySmart advising team and provides support to Boulder County and all of the EnergySmart service partners
Matt graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. While pursuing his degree, Matt gained experience in the clean tech industry by working on a wind energy project for a federal prison, which gave him the opportunity to perform energy analysis and determine the feasibility of installing wind turbines. In addition to his technical background, Matt studied Film and Media Arts at Temple University.
Name Nick Karas
Hometown Seekonka, MA
Fun Fact His family owns and operates a blueberry farm in Maine.
Prior to joining Populus, Nick worked with the Stratton Mountain Energy team to help reduce energy loads from snowmaking. On the weekends, he took to the slopes coaching an all mountain ski team. Most recently, Nick worked in the project management department for a design build firm out of Walpole, NH. Growing up working for his father's construction company, building came natural. He found his true passion while going to school in New Hampshire; the small town surrounded by mountains influenced his desire to learn more about sustainable building. Nick graduated from Keene State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture with a focus on Building Science.
In his spare time, Nick is looking for the next trail to explore on his feet, bike, or ski's.
Name Paola Alonso Trejo
Hometown Puebla, Mexico
Fun Fact Paola has lived in the UK, Greece and Bulgaria.
Paola earned her Masters degree in Energy Systems from the International Hellenic University (IHU) in Thessaloniki, Greece. Paola came to Boulder from Puebla, Mexico and is fluent in both Spanish and English. While working in Mexico City she worked on analyzing both atmospheric emissions and waste water. After she moved to Boulder, she did Latino outreach for the EnergySmart service and produced a TV series for Univision to educate Latinos on the subject of Energy.
Paola loves to experience new cultures and lifestyles. In her free time, she enjoys traveling both internationally and domestically. While in Boulder, she can be found hiking on the local trails and in the parks surrounding the city. Her family is very important to her and she cherishes the time she spends cooking with her husband, unwinding and unplugging from busy everyday life.