Board of Directors & Staff
COSSA is the trade association leading Colorado’s solar and storage industries. The organization is led by seasoned professionals in collaboration with the Board of Directors, committee members, and volunteer leaders from across diverse industries.
Board of Directors
COSSA’s strategy is guided by an experienced Board of Directors consisting of solar and energy storage industry leaders. The Board of Directors are generally elected by a vote of the membership, serve two-year terms, and oversee the organization, meeting monthly.
The 2022 Board of Directors:
- Kathleen Staks, Chair (Western Freedom)
- Chris Worley, Vice Chair (Sunrun)
- Zaki Robbins, Secretary (Moye White LLP)
- Eliot Abel, Treasurer (Namaste)
- Jake Bobrow (SunShare)
- Bill Clay (Solar Power Pros)
- Roger Freeman (Attorney at Law)
- Taylor Henderson (Outshine Energy)
- Richard Krauze (K2 Renew)
- Katherine Lillydahl (Wunder Capital)
- Matt McNearney (Grid Alternatives)
- Kacie Peters (Pivot Energy)
- J.W. Postal (Nikola Power)
- Janna West-Heiss (Solaris Energy)
- John Witchel (King Energy)
Executive Leadership & Staff
Mike Kruger, President & CEO
Mr. Kruger has served as the President and CEO of COSSA since October 2018. Previously, he was the Director of Communications for the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) in Washington, DC. He oversaw all public communications for the organization, including public speaking engagements, research reports and the annual SEPA Power Players Awards program. Prior to joining SEPA, Kruger was the Deputy Director of Communications for the U.S. Department of Commerce under the Obama Administration. He also served on the communications staff for the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee. Kruger earned a Master of Arts in Education and Social Justice from the University of London and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Western Washington University. When he’s not explaining the wonders of the electric grid, you can find him watching baseball.
Jason Henderson, Vice President of Development
Mr. Henderson previously worked with COSEIA (now COSSA) for five years (2012-2017) as their Director of Membership and Outreach. His dedication to the solar and storage industry, coupled with his desire for progressive environmental initiatives, guided him to rejoin the organization in November 2020.
His extensive media and consulting background creates a perfect relationship for members and stakeholder partnerships. His passion for accelerating the industry forward drives his efforts to professionally serve as the point of contact for all membership, conference, and event needs.
He graduated with honors from Western Carolina University in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina and relocated to Colorado in 2004. He is an avid mountain adventure who loves exploring, hiking, river rafting, and many other activities in the great outdoors.
Cathy Boies, Policy Director
Ms. Boies joined the COSSA team in 2021 bringing experience in regulatory policy and renewable energy. Previously, she worked as a policy analyst for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, investigating resource planning, coal-to-gas plant conversion, renewable energy standards, and the SmartGrid. Prior to the CoPUC, Ms. Boies worked for the Wisconsin Public Service Commission as an executive assistant to one of the commissioners. She was the commissioner’s lead policy advisor for electric, telecom, and water regulatory proceedings and acted as his liaison to stakeholders and the public. She began her career in energy regulatory policy at a law firm in Madison, WI, serving as a program manager and communications coordinator for the firm’s energy consumer coalition.
Ms. Boies is completing a Master in Legal Studies degree from University of Denver Sturm College of Law, specializing in environmental law and policy. She also holds a Master of Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. In her youth, Ms. Boies was also a competitive swimmer, winning state, conference, and national titles, and holding school records while at Yale. She continues to swim today on the University of Denver masters’ team for retired swimmers and enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and hiking when she is not thinking about renewable energy.