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Board of Directors & Staff
 

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, Champaign-Urbana. Diana also serves on the Board for Denver Urban Gardens, a nonprofit the builds and supports community gardens in the Denver metro area.

 


             

Lyndsey Lucia, Co-chair
Water Efficiency Specialist
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. Water Efficiency Specialist 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. 

 

 

Brad Brady, Co-treasurer
Regional Business Development Manager
Yearout Energy Services Company

Brad Brady is a third-generation Colorado native and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Colorado State University. He is an experienced business owner-operator with a thirty-plus year career managing small to medium-sized Colorado companies. Brad is the Regional Business Development Manager for Yearout Energy Services Company, an Energy Service Company provider for water utilities specializing in water efficiency and meter system renovations. Throughout his career, Brad has enjoyed serving on various boards including local non-profit organizations, private corporatations, and a national trade association. He is eager to promote water efficiency efforts here in Colorado in the face of population growth.


Tyler Kesler, Co-treasurer
Sustainability & Water Conservation Specialist
Town of Erie

Tyler Kesler chose Colorado to call home in 2009 and has since worked on a myriad of environmental projects. He is currently loving his work with the Town of Erie where he manages the town's implementation of their new Sustainability Master Plan. Tyler is responsible for the overall development and coordination of sustainability planning in relation to water conservation, energy efficiency, waste diversion, and equitable transportation solutions for the Erie Public Works Department. 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.



Courtney Black, Co-secretary
Senior Water Resources Engineer
Headwaters Corporation

Courtney Black is a Senior Water Resources Engineer at Headwaters Corporation. She has diverse experience in water resources entailing municipal water supply planning, water conservation and drought planning, stakeholder coordination, water rights litigation, environmental assessments, and wetland design. She earned her Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida and her Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Lehigh University.  She is passionate about the water resources field and enjoys the outdoors, yoga, being a mom, and adventures in far corners of the world.


  Katie Helm, Co-secretary
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.


 

Lance Ackerman
Water Conservation Specialist
Colorado Springs Utilities

Lance Ackerman is a Water Conservation Specialist for Colorado Springs Utilities, where he works on outdoor water conservation programs and supports the Friends of the Mesa Garden volunteer program CSU's water-wise demonstration gardens. Lance is a Colorado native and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University in Environmental Horticulture with a concentration in Landscape Design. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, the outdoors, and spending time with his family and young daughter.


 

John Berggren
Water Policy Analyst
Western Resource Advocates

John Berggren is a Water Policy Analyst at Western Resource Advocates, where he works to advance water conservation and efficiency policies at the state and local levels by engaging with municipalities, water managers, state officials, and other stakeholders throughout the region. Most of this work is at the intersection of water and land use planning, with the hopes of helping communities become as water efficient as possible. John is a member of the Colorado Water and Land Use Planning Alliance and is certified as a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper. He has a PhD in Environmental Studies and Water Policy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master of Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Arts form Johns Hopkins University in Public Health.



Don Drews
President and Founder
Courageous Marketing

Don Drews is the President and founder of Courageous Marketing. He helps organizations engage more effectively with their customers and their environment through business and marketing strategy, improved relationships and collaboration, and new business development and fundraising. He has served on for-profit and nonprofit boards for over 15 years, and wants to contribute to water solutions in his adopted home state. Don has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from UCLA and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from USC.


  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. 



Ruth Quade
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.




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.
     

  Matthew (Quint) Redmond
Co-founder and Managing Member
Agriburbia LLC

Quint Redmond is Co-founder and Managing Member of Agriburbia LLC.  He has over 20 years of experience in owning and managing design and spatial technologies firms, as well as 30+ years of experience in all areas of agriculture.  He has received national recognition, including published work in CNU and Landscape Architecture, for his expertise in integrating commercial scale agriculture into all aspects of both urban and rural design. Quint holds Masters Degrees in Urban and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture from the University of Colorado, and a Bachelor's Degree in Geology from Tulane University. He is licensed as a Landscape Architect in Colorado and has consulted on agricultural development projects or has provided policy-related consulting in 15 states. 


 

Thomas Riggle
Water Conservation and Efficiency Coordinator
Centennial Water and Sanitation District

Thomas Riggle joined Centennial Water and Sanitation District as the Water Conservation and Efficiency Coordinator in 2017. He has a Master’s Degree from the University of Denver in Environmental Policy and Management and Bachelor’s Degree from Truman State University in Biology.  In his spare time he works with local environmental organizations to promote resource conservation and sustainability through policy and legislation at the local level.  He also enjoys hiking, skiing, live music and cooking.


 

Lindsay Rogers
Colorado Basin Program Manager
WaterNow Alliance

Lindsay Rogers is the Colorado Basin Program Manager for WaterNow Alliance, and manages hands-on projects in collaboration with utility partners, state and local policy initiatives, and member engagement and outreach in Colorado. She moved to Colorado in 2018 and is passionate about supporting cities and utilities in advancing sustainable, affordable, and climate resilient water solutions. Lindsay is a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) and a member of the Colorado Water and Land Use Planning Alliance. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies and International Relations from Tufts University.


  Amy Volckens
Senior Water Resources Engineer
Brendle Group

Amy Volckens 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.


  Laura Wing
Water Conservation Administrator
City of Thornton

Laura Wing earned a Bachelor of Science 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.


Melissa Brasfield
Administrator
Colorado WaterWise
admin@coloradowaterwise.org

Melissa Brasfield joined Colorado WaterWise in February 2017. She 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 in the private sector. Melissa has worked on projects related to groundwater management, rainwater harvesting, and conservation, as well as outreach and education efforts. Please contact her with any questions or needs, or just to say "hi!" at admin@coloradowaterwise.org. 




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