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Our Team

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Byron Kominek - Executive Director

Byron has worked in international development for well over a decade, having lived in various parts of Africa for over 6 years. He brings to the Colorado Agrivoltaic Learning Center his development skills of seeking constructive partnerships and his desire to improve both environmental and community well-being within the scope of a single project. Byron is a former U.S. diplomat and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. He has a M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering and speaks French and Portuguese.

Allison Jackson - Education Director

Allison has experience in both the environmental science and education fields. She worked as an environmental consultant in Chicago and taught for 10 years, teaching everything from 6th grade science to AP Environmental Science. Allison has a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in secondary science education from Northwestern University.  Allison is excited to forge new connections between students and Colorado Agrivoltaic Learning Center. She hopes to inspire students to explore sustainable agriculture and renewable energy as future career options.

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Christopher is a PhD candidate in the Agroecology Lab at Colorado State University. He received his BS in Evolution and Ecology from The Ohio State University in 2018. He manages an experiment at Jack's Solar Garden as a portion of his dissertation research. He joined the CALC team in 2022 and hopes to facilitate easier access to high quality information concerning agrivoltaics.

Alexandra Hankins - Fundraising & Events Coordinator

Alexandra has a background in design, marketing and events, with an art degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco. Having lived and taught overseas, she is able to bring a unique perspective to CALC. Her passion for volunteer work began in the Amazon rainforest during a jungle conservation volunteer trip, and more recently evolved into finishing a year of service with AmeriCorps for a nonprofit working to alleviate food insecurity. Alexandra hopes to use her diverse experiences and communication expertise to build bridges between people while also helping to create a more sustainable future. 

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Andy Bingle - Education Director (Past)

Andy is a professionally trained Certified Interpretive Guide and Certified Interpretive Guide Trainer by the National Association for Interpretation. He acted as the Interpretive Programs Manager of a conservation nonprofit in Wisconsin for three years and graduated with a Masters of the Environment with a specialization in Renewable and Sustainable Energy from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2020. Andy is the cofounder of the Colorado Agrivoltaic Learning Center and is passionate about encouraging multidisciplinary collaborations to meet the energy and environmental demands of the future.

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