Dr. William (Bill) Doe became the CEO of Veterans Green Jobs on 15 October 2010. Bill previously served as a VGJ Board member and Treasurer. Bill is a career Army veteran having served on active duty in the Army Corps of Engineers from 1974-1996 and retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was commissioned from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served overseas in Germany and stateside, including seven years on the geography/environmental faculty at West Point. He holds graduate degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire (M.S.) and Colorado State University (Ph.D.). Bill was a senior researcher and administrator in the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University for thirteen years, prior to becoming CEO. His areas of expertise include military lands, environmental and watershed management and the study of warfare ecology and military geography. He has authored numerous book chapters and articles on these subjects. He also teaches graduate level courses on these topics via distance learning. Bill grew up as an Air Force brat (the son of a career officer) living stateside and overseas with his family. He has been active in veterans and student-veterans affairs in northern Colorado and at Colorado State University, where he also served as the Assistant Director of Veteran Services. He routinely speaks at veterans-related functions in his community, including Veterans Day and Memorial Day. His hobbies include competitive running, sports, travel and outdoor activities with his wife and three adult children.
Marietta Vargas is the Corporate Partnership Manager for Veterans Green Jobs. She is the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran who earned a purple heart during his second tour of duty. Marietta enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1997 and served as a combat medic with the 249th Main Support Battalion in Austin, Texas for the next 8 years. She concurrently developed her non-military career in the nonprofit industry, serving as a Program Director with the YMCA from 1994 until 2005. Upon being honorably discharged from the military and earning her bachelors degree in Education with a minor in Biology from The University of Texas at Austin, Marietta relocated to Denver, attained full securities industry licensing and worked in financial sales for the next six years as a Financial Advisor and Advisor Consultant.
Kam Jaspal, Director of Field Operations, has spearheaded our Weatherization Department since its inception during the 2009/2010 contract period. After completing a Mechanical Engineering degree and an engineering apprenticeship in London, Kam spent the better part of the next twenty years travelling throughout Europe and North America working on engineering and manufacturing plant projects, specializing in automation, production efficiency and quality management systems. In 2005 Kam followed his passion for energy efficient construction and joined an organization that built energy efficient single family residence in a large development that occupied the former Stapleton International airport site. During his time as a builder Kam built strong relationships with a tier one vendor EnergyLogic. EnergyLogic is an industry leader in the area of residential energy efficiency, providing consulting, auditing services, training and software solutions. Through EnergyLogic Kam gained Resnet Home Energy Rater and BPI Building Analyst credentials and worked in their Builder Services and Existing homes divisions before moving into the Weatherization arena. Kam lives in the Stapleton development with his extended family.
Sonja Carter is Client Services Manager at Veterans Green Jobs. She has been employed since the Denver office’s inception in February 2010. Sonja holds an Associate’s degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. Her excellent management skills were initiated when she became a Medic and Ophthalmic technician in the United States Army. As a Medic an Ophthalmic technician Sonja developed calculated risk-taking and staff management skills. Because Sonja was injured during her enlistment and was honorably discharged as a disabled veteran, her compassion for disadvantaged community members receiving VGJ’s services enhanced her skills as the Outreach Manager. Sonja has been complimented on numerous occasions for her compassion, genuineness, and straight-forward honesty. Sonja’s greatest pleasure is knowing that at the end of the day she had helped several members of the community who would otherwise be left out in the cold.
Linda Lidov, Communications Consultant for Veterans Green Jobs, specializes in strategy, writing, marketing and media relations. Since 1992 she has led communications programs in the arenas of commercial satellite imaging, geographic information systems, natural resources, energy efficiency/renewable energy, workforce development and social justice issues for a variety of private companies, government agencies and philanthropic/nonprofit organizations. Linda has a personal passion for storytelling: discovering the difference nonprofit work makes on people and their lives, and illustrating these impacts through the written word. Her work has appeared in high-profile outlets such as The New York Times and ABC World News Tonight, industry magazines ranging from Disaster Recovery Journal to Public Works Magazine, and local radio, print and broadcast media. She received a bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Colorado, and studied language and literature in Grenoble, France.