Board of Directors & Staff


Amelia Nuding, Co-chair
Senior Water Analyst
Western Resource Advocates

Amelia Nuding joined Western Resource Advocates in 2010. She works with utilities, municipalities, and state agencies to align water and energy efficiency programs, and to improve the integration of water and land use planning. She conducts technical, spatial, and policy analysis to advance these goals.  She has a Master's in Water Resources Management from the Bren School at UCSB, and a Bachelor's in physics from Vassar College.



Diana Denwood, Co-chair
Senior Water Conservation Specialist
Aurora Water

Diana Denwood is a Senior Water Conservation Specialist at Aurora Water specializing in commercial and multifamily efficiency. She joined the City of Aurora Planning Department in 2009 as an energy grants specialist and moved to Aurora Water in 2011 to continue her efforts in sustainable living and community engagement. Diana’s career themes are resource conservation, efficiency, and ecological preservation. She earned a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado Denver with an emphasis in environmental planning, and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Illinois.

Ruth Quade, Co-secretary
Water Conservation Coordinator
City of Greeley

Ruth Quade is a Colorado native and received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Biology with an emphasis in Environmental Studies. She has worked as the Water Conservation Coordinator for the City of Greeley since 1997. In this role, Ruth survived the drought of 2002. Working with landscape professionals, she revised the watering restrictions that had been in place since 1907 from a demand management tool to more closely match the landscape's needs. Ruth's passion has always been the landscape aspect of conservation. Before coming to the city, she managed a local greenhouse and garden center and has been a volunteer with the Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener program since 1994 and chair of RMSAWWA Conservation Committee from 2005-2011.


Darren Nowels, Co-secretary
Water Program Manager: Audit and Retrofit Programs
Resource Central

Originally from Maryland, Darren Nowels received a BA in Political Science from the University of Washington and decided to make Colorado his home base in 2010. Having joined the Center for ReSource Conservation in 2016, Darren manages a variety of water conservation programs designed to make it easy and affordable for homeowners to save water both inside and outside the home. Chief among these programs is the Slow the Flow sprinkler inspection program that enables homeowners to get the most out of their sprinklers, saving water and making their grass healthier. Before joining CRC, Darren served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia for 3 years, designing school curriculum used to teach children to be environmental stewards. In his spare time, Darren enjoys cycling, hiking, skiing, and cooking.

  Laura Wing, Co-treasurer
Water Conservation Administrator
City of Thornton

Laura Wing earned a B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Vermont and moved to Colorado in 1989. She has 21 years experience working for water utilities in water quality, water rights and water conservation. As a Water Conservation Administrator for the City of Thornton, Laura manages water conservation programs including water efficiency incentives/services, social marketing campaigns, and water-wise demonstration gardens.


Lyndsey Lucia, Co-treasurer
Public Outreach / Field Instrumentation Technician
Northern Water

Lyndsey Lucia is a Colorado native and received a Bachelor's degree from Colorado State University in Environmental Horticulture with a concentration in Landscape Design. In 2009 Lyndsey joined the Irrigation Management Department at Northern Water. Public Outreach/Field Instrumentation Technician is the role she plays in the department. Lyndsey is a Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor through the Irrigation Association. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, camping, hiking, yoga, photography, and spending time with family. 

  Nina Cudahy
District Manager
Green Mountain Water and Sanitation District

Nina Cudahy is the District Manager of Green Mountain Water and Sanitation District.  She joined Green Mountain in 2018 after serving for 10 years as a Division Manager of the Environmental Quality Control Division of Omaha Public Works. Nina has spent most of her career specializing in environmental regulations in wastewater, stormwater, solid waste, and hazardous waste.  She earned a Master of Business Administration from University of Oregon, and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Tufts University.

Andrew Halpern
Project Manager
Mile High Youth Corps

Andrew "Drew" Halpern is the Project Manager and unit leader for the Energy and Water Conservation Division of Mile High Youth Corps, an AmeriCorps-affiliated youth development program that engages young people aged 18-24 in the Denver area in the delivery of energy assessments, behavior coaching, and installation of resource-saving fixtures and appliances in low-income and non-profit spaces. He has previously worked on water infrastructure projects in the southwest U.S. from 2010 to 2013 and designing/installing water pipeline monitoring systems domestically and internationally since 2017. He is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at the University of Colorado-Denver with a focus on Environmental Policy and Management.

  Katie Helm
Conservation & Sustainability Program Manager
City of Fountain

Katie Helm is the Conservation and Sustainability Program Manager for the City of Fountain where she manages energy and water programs. In previous roles she has worked as a Water Conservation Specialist for the City of Aurora, a Park Ranger for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and as a sawyer through Americorps. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In 2017 she earned her Master of Science from Denver University for Environmental Management and Policy.


Tyler Kesler
Sustainability Specialist
Boulder County

Tyler Kesler chose Colorado to call his home in 2009 and has since worked on a myriad of environmental projects. He is currently loving his work with the Boulder County Commissioners' Office of Sustainability, and previously worked with Environment Colorado, Resource Central, the U.S. Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, South Australia Public Schools Systems, HBC Energy Capital. Tyler manages Boulder County's residential and county facilities water conservation and efficiency programs. He also supports the development and implementation of outreach and communication strategies to advance the County's sustainability goals, expand existing services, and promote community engagement. He is passionate about environmental sustainability programs that are attainable and interactive for engaged community members. Tyler received his Master of Science in Environmental Policy & Management from the University of Denver and his Bachelor of Education from Taylor University.

  Eric Olson
Water Conservation Coordinator
Fort Collins Utilities

Eric Olson has been with the City of Fort Collins since 2007. He helped create the landscape codes for water conservation, and he reviews plans and provides field inspections for the landscape and irrigation systems in Fort Collins. He trains auditors and provides technical support for the City’s sprinkler audit program; develops sprinkler rebates; and supports the Xeriscape Incentive Program. Eric enforces the City’s Municipal and Land Use Codes for water conservation. He is certified in irrigation design, irrigation auditing, and backflow protection. Eric is an instructor for The Irrigation Association and is a Master Gardener for Larimer County. 

Alyssa Quinn
Water Conservation Officer
Platte Canyon Water and Sanitation District

Alyssa Quinn is a Colorado native and has been at Platte Canyon Water and Sanitation District for 11 years. Her duties range from selling water and sewer tap permits to running the District's Asset Management program. For the past 7 years she has been in charge of the conservation program where some of her projects include working with the Jefferson County School District and the Learning to Be Water Wise program and running numerous Xeriscape classes. She also works closely with Denver Water and is currently the Chairperson of the Distributor Conservation Committee. Alyssa also is a member of the RMSAWWA Conservation Committee and the Colorado Water Utility Council. In her spare time she loves being with her husband and two little boys.

  Amy Volckens
Senior Water Resources Engineer
Brendle Group

Amy has worked as a consulting engineer for 16 years, focusing on the intersections between water supply, water quality, and water conservation. She has particular expertise in using data and tools to inform water management decisions, and in using stakeholder engagement and facilitation techniques to achieve the successful implementation of efficiency programs. Amy earned a Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Outside of work, Amy is a mother to two small children and likes to spend her time snowshoeing, reading, cooking, and watching college basketball.

Melissa Brasfield
Colorado WaterWise

Melissa Brasfield joined us in February 2017 and has an extensive background in water resource management and conservation. She has worked for Denver Water and Tampa Bay Water as well as government agencies and private sector. She has worked on projects related to groundwater management, rainwater harvesting, conservation, as well as outreach and education efforts. Please contact her with any questions or needs - or just to say hi! - at

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