2003 NMRWA Conference Instructor Biographies by 5E35cTB


Christine Ageton is an experienced community facilitator and recent graduate of the
University of New Mexico. Christine works as a Program Facilitator for the Tribal
Source Water Protection Program at the New Mexico Rural Water Association. She
holds a dual masters degree in Community and Regional Planning and Latin American
Studies, and a B.A. from Skidmore College. Christine has assisted in strategic planning
and facilitation on issues ranging from urban homelessness to green building initiatives.

Sandra Alarcón has been with USDA, Rural Utilities Service (RUS) for New Mexico
since October 1995, when she started as a Loan Assistant. In her present position as
Loan Specialist in charge of the RUS Las Cruces Office, she manages all RUS programs
within the Southern half of the State. Included in the numerous programs under her
authorization is the “Colonias” water and wastewater grant program, which assists low
income communities in eight southern counties to provide a safe water supply and waste
water treatment system. A graduate of New Mexico State University, she majored in
Criminal Justice and Spanish. Ms. Alarcón began working with the USDA, Rural
Housing Service while attending NMSU in 1991.

Michael Alvidrez performed 17 years of service in the City of Westminster Water
Department, where his father also served for 31 years. Destiny brought Michael back to
New Mexico, where he met his high school sweetheart at a 20-year class reunion, and
married her three months later. Michael worked as the Water Superintendent for the
Town of Bernalillo before he came to NMRWA as the Native American Circuit Rider,
where he is responsible for assisting the water and wastewater systems of 19 Pueblos, the
2 Apache Tribes, and the Navajo Nation. Michael is committed to increasing the
certification level and professionalism of tribal water operators and often holds intensive
small study groups for operators. He is certified as a level 4 water operator, level 3 in
distribution systems, level 2 waste water operator, and level 2 in collection systems.

Robert Apodaca is a native of Taos, New Mexico. He has served as Senior Financial
Advisor with the New Mexico Finance Authority (NMFA) for the past year. Mr.
Apodaca serves as a member to the Drought Strike Team of the Water Trust Board. Mr.
Apodaca’s professional experience includes a B.S. in Business Administration from New
Mexico State University, Business Manager for the City of Santa Fe, Parks and
Recreation Division, Deputy Director for the General Services Department, Santa Fe
County, and Grants/Budget Administrator for Santa Fe County.

Clarence Aragon is the manager and chief operator of the Mora Mutual Domestic Water
and Waste Water Association. Clarence has experience with municipal waste water
treatment plants, discharge permits, monitoring wells and overseeing operations of a EPA
certified analysis laboratory. He is certified as a level 4 waste water operator, and level 2
water operator. Clarence is very active in wildland firefighting, and established the
Ledoux Volunteer Fire Department. He serves on the Executive Committee for
Wick Baker is the President of Border Marketing Inc., with 12 years experience in the
water & waste water industry specializing in hydraulic control valves, underground
pipeline design and rehabilitation of existing structures. His prior experience includes
heavy equipment field service, specializing in tractor hydraulic systems for Caterpillar
Tractor Co.

Carl M. Baldwin, the New Mexico Deputy State Auditor, holds the professional
designations of Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified
Government Financial Manager. Carl's experience includes serving as an Audit Manager
for the Office of the State Auditor, Administrative Services Director for the New Mexico
Office of Cultural Affairs, and as an Audit Manager for KPMG Peat Marwick. In
addition, he has owned his own public accounting firm. Carl was elected to two terms as
Lea County Commissioner and chosen by his fellow commissioners as Chairman. During
that time, he was a Director of the New Mexico Association of Counties and the
Chairman of the Association's Revenue and Tax Stabilization Committee. Carl is a
member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
Jim Bassett has twelve years experience in groundwater systems, construction, and
commercial and industrial equipment sales. Jim currently works for TP Pump & Pump
Company as an Outside Sales Manager.

Steven M. Baumgarn is the Team Leader of the Municipal Permits Team of the Point
Source Regulation Section in the Surface Water Quality Bureau. He has held this position
since January 2001. Mr. Baumgarn has 20 years of experience inspecting municipal and
industrial wastewater treatment facilities both in New Mexico and in Iowa. He also has a
number of years experience writing and certifying NPDES permits in both Iowa and New
Mexico. He has been employed with the Surface Water Quality Bureau since 1992. He
holds a B.S. in Fishery Biology from New Mexico State University, graduating in 1974.

Daniel Boivin has a B.S. from Colorado State and a M.S. from the University of New
Mexico in Civil Engineering. He is a licensed PE and PS in New Mexico. Daniel has over
20 years of experience and is the Vice President of Smith Engineering. His primary focus
is on water and wastewater.

David Bogart has been with Aqua Smart, Inc. since 1995. During his first two years,
Aqua Smart, Inc. more than doubled its sales in his region. He has lectured for Rural
Water Associations in Alabama, Georgia, and Utah, for State Water Agencies in
Alabama, Georgia, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Utah, and to the United States
Forest Service. He has presented seminars for the AWWA section of Alabama, as well as
numerous engineering firms. Today, David’s assignment is to provide an economical and
superior corrosion and scale control technology for communities in the Southwestern
United States. David is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jesse Monfort Bopp, Esq. is a Management Analyst at the Local Government Division,
Department of Finance and Administration where she teaches infrastructure planning,
manages CDBG planning grants, and helps coordinate the annual New Mexico
Infrastructure Finance Conference. Ms. Bopp has been a college text book editor; lawyer
specializing in contracts, land use, and gaming law; and, before coming to LGD, a
planner/grants administrator/public relations coordinator at the Historic Preservation
Division, State of New Mexico.

Chris Campbell manages New Mexico’s Pollution Prevention Technical Resources
Center for WERC, a consortium for environmental education and technology
development. He directs a statewide pollution prevention and energy efficiency outreach
program with support from EPA, DOE and the National Laboratories. He also serves as
Co-Chair for the New Mexico Environmental Health Conference. Chris received his BA
degree at Columbia University and a Master’s at the University of Michigan. He served
as a Senior Environmental Planner with the Rhode Island Environment Department for
16 years before joining the Peace Corps in Hungary. Chris has also managed the
wellhead protection program at the New Mexico Rural Water Association.

Dianalee Cass is married to Brad Cass, Field Specialist for NMRWA. She works as a
Lab Assistant at Socorro General Hospital. An extremely large amount of Dianalee's
time is spent on handwork of all kinds. She is President of the Fiber Arts Guild in
Socorro. Some of you may remember that she taught Swedish Weaving at last year's
Conference. She loves handwork, crafts, quilting, and sharing them almost as much as
she loves her husband and a good RAFFLE!

Arnie Castaneda is presently the Public Works Director with the Town of Mesilla. He
worked for the City of Sunland Park for 12 years, where he was the Water and Waste
Water Superintendent, for El Paso Water Utilities for 2 years, and he served as the Waste
Water Supervisor at Anthony Water and Sanitation District for 1 year. Arnie graduated
from the Dona Ana Branch Community College Water Technology Program in 1992.

Don Clark was born and raised in Portales, NM. He received a B.S. in Biology and
Chemistry from ENMU in 1979 and a M.S. in Agronomy from NMSU in 1981. Don
worked 8 years in the agrochemical industry as a Research Biologist, screening new
herbicides. He returned to school and received his Ph.D. in Agronomy from Texas Tech
in 1999, working with wastewater utilization. Don was an Assistant Professor in charge
of grain and forage research at the Oregon State University, Klamath Experiment Station
until Oct. 2002. He now serves as a Hydrologist with the New Mexico Environment
Department, Drinking Water Bureau, and is responsible for water system oversight.

Mike Coffman is a Water Resource Engineering Specialist I with the New Mexico
Environment Department, Surface Water Quality Bureau, Facility Operations Section.
He is responsible for the New Mexico water and waste water operator certification

A native of El Paso, Texas, Joe Cordova began his career in the pump industry upon
graduating with a Mechanical Technologist Associates Degree from Texas Tech
University. He went to work for Goulds Pumps in Lubbock, Texas in 1978. There he
designed several new pump products for Goulds. Goulds sent Joe to their Seneca Falls,
New York and to their City of Industry, California manufacturing facilities to oversee the
development of new product lines. In January of 1981, Joe moved to Albuquerque, New
Mexico to take the position of Branch Manager for James S. Kone and Company, the
Goulds Pumps Industrial representatives. He worked for the James S. Kone and Company
until his election to the City Council of Rio Rancho in 1990. He served on the City
Council for two terms until 1998. From 1990 to 1998, Joe has consulted for Alpha
Southwest, Rodgers and Company, and Goble-Sampson. Since 1998 Joe has been an
outside salesman for Pumps and Service. Joe has been involved with arsenic issues and
discussions about implementation since the mid-1990s when he was on the Rio Rancho
City Council.

William T. Curb is a Sales Engineer with James, Cooke and Hobson, Inc. (JCH). Bill
has B.S. in Chemical Engineering. His previous experience includes three years as a
Sales Engineer with Chemineer Inc., and four years as a Process Engineer with Lubrizol.

Jeffrey Daneels is the manager of Civilian Surety Programs at Sandia National
Laboratories. He is responsible for civilian infrastructure, security and protection. Jeff
has led the effort between Sandia National Laboratories, AWWA and the United States
Environmental Protection Agency to develop the Risk Assessment Methodology for
Water Systems (RAM-W). He is also involved in environmental and waste management
activities at the Laboratories. Jeff holds Bachelors degree in civil engineering and a
Master of Business Administration.

Robert DeBuck is the owner of Buck Electric Company. He is a long time member and
instructor for electrical systems and safety for the New Mexico Rural Water Association.

Russ Donoghue was born and raised on the Western Slope of Colorado in the small town
of Collbran. He moved to Moab, Utah in 1954 during the Uranium Boom. Russ
graduated from Utah State University, and taught high school English and Speech for
twelve years. He built and operated a large RV Campground in Moab for ten years, and
began working for Utah Rural Water in 1981. Russ spent over five years working with
the National Rural Water Association. Years ago he was made an Honorary Member of
the New Mexico Rural Water Association. He is currently the Executive Director of the
Utah Association.

John A. Dufay is the Deputy Director of Operations for Albuquerque Public Schools. He
has a B.A. in Architecture from the University of New Mexico, with a minor in Civil
Engineering, and is working on a M.S. in Environmental Engineering at the University of
Wisconsin and UNM. He has been researching constructed wetlands for 10 years.

Jim T. Dunlap is a founding member of the New Mexico Rural Water Association, is a
Past President of the National Rural Water Association, and is the President of Upper La
Plata Water Users Association. Jim was recently appointed the Chairman of the
Interstate Stream Commission by Governor Bill Richardson. He holds a B.S. and a M.A.
in Vocational Education from New Mexico State University. Jim is the owner of a John
Deere Equipment dealership and the L-Ranch in Farmington. He currently serves as the
National Director for NMRWA.
Andrew Edmondson holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of New
Mexico. Mr. Edmondson has been involved with water system operations, construction,
evaluation and design for the last eight years. While employed by the Environmental
Finance Center, Mr. Edmondson has developed and implemented the Region 6 Tribal
Water Operator Program and has been assisting tribal water systems with activities such
as technical assistance and specialized trainings. A major component of his tribal
involvement is Comprehensive Performance Evaluations for ground water systems. Prior
to working for the EFC, Mr. Edmondson was employed by the State of New Mexico
Drinking Water Bureau as a Water Resource Engineer. Mr. Edmondson’s duties
included water system plan review, technical assistance and an Area Wide Optimization

Ege Egemen is a project engineer with Bohannan Huston, Inc. Her primary
responsibilities include performing feasibility studies, and the preliminary and final
design of wastewater collection and treatment facilities. Her research area focuses on
biosolids reduction and handling of waste activated sludge. Before joining Bohannan
Huston she taught junior and senior level water and wastewater treatment, hydraulics, and
lab courses as an assistant professor for the University of Toledo, and as a graduate
assistant for New Mexico State University. She received her engineering degree in
Turkey and worked as a project engineer, preparing environmental impact assessment
studies, while working at Middle East Technical University as a graduate assistant.

After leaving the Navy as a lieutenant in 1969, Alfred “Tex” Enoch went to work for
Pennsbury Coatings Corporation, a small coatings manufacturing company outside of
Philadelphia, PA. Pennsbury Corporation was started by Tex’s father, Al Enoch, in 1966
and specialized in coatings for water tanks. Tex became president of Pennsbury in 1980.
The company was eventually sold to MAB Paints in 1992 and Tex became MAB Paint’s
Director of Industrial Coatings. In 1996, he became Tnemec’s Principal Representative
in Georgia and the following year he became Tnemec’s Director of Water Tank Coatings,
a position he continues to hold today. Tex has been a member of AWWA and SSPC since
1971 and member of NRWA since 1997. He is also a NACE Level III Certified Coatings

Dennis Falk is a senior compliance officer in the public water supply program at the
Environmental Protection Agency in Dallas, Texas. His assignment includes working
with the State of New Mexico and 66 Tribal Nations on drinking water concerns. A
native of Michigan, he served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala,
Central America, prior to moving to Texas. Combining this experience with a Bachelors
Degree in Agriculture, Dennis continuously promotes public involvement in
environmental issues and the improvement of public health. Dennis is married and has a
son in the third grade.

Erik Galloway has been with the New Mexico Environment Department for over 10
years and has worked under the federal Clean Water Act and the federal Drinking Water
Act. He currently serves as a manager with the New Mexico Environment Department,
Drinking Water Bureau. Erik is partially responsible for the development, coordination
and implementation of drinking water related projects and programs, as well as SDWA
regulation review, interpretation and training. He has been a member of Governor’s
drought task force sub-group on Drinking Water, Health and Energy for over 5 years and
is a working member of the Governor’s Drought Strike Team. Erik holds a Masters of
Water Resources Administration from the University of New Mexico, 1991, and a B.S. in
Biology and Chemistry from UNM, 1985.

Greg Gilles is currently Vice President of AdEdge Technologies in Atlanta, Georgia,
which develops, markets, and sells arsenic related and other adsorbent-based water
treatment solutions for a variety of industries including drinking water, environmental
remediation, industrial, and process separations. Mr. Gilles has over 19 years of
engineering, applied technology, and commercialization experience. He manages key
customer accounts, is responsible for AdEdge’s small water system business unit, and
provides technical support functions. He has a M.S. in Environmental Science /
Engineering and a B.A. in Biology / Chemistry from Indiana University. He has authored
many technical publications and articles and is a frequent conference speaker. He holds
one U.S. process technology patent and one pending for an arsenic treatment system
designed for treating water from rural and community drinking water supplies used in
India and Bangladesh. He recently was the recipient of the prestigious R&D 100 Award
honoring the top 100 inventions for the year 2001, recognizing his work with Arsenic
Treatment Units for third world countries.

Tina Gonzales has been a professional registered parliamentarian since October 2001; a
Certified Municipal Clerk since 1993 and is currently a member of the Master Municipal
Clerk Academy of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. Besides being a
member of the New Mexico Municipal League Board of Directors, Tina is the current
President of the New Mexico Municipal Clerks Association. She previously chaired the
Election Code Committee, the Education Committee, and served as District Director of
the New Mexico Municipal League. Tina has been the City Clerk of the City of Rio
Rancho since 1990.

Anthony “Tony” L. Grant has over 15 years of experience with bolted steel storage
tanks. As an employee of Peabody TecTank and A.O. Smith - Engineered Storage
Products Company (ESPC), he held the title of Western Regional Manager and was
responsible for 9 Aquastore Authorized Dealers. Presently, Tony works for Aquastore
Southwest, Inc., the dealer for ESPC covering New Mexico.

Stephen J. Grollman, P.E., is a registered Engineer in New Mexico and New York, and
has been involved in the design, relocation and installation of sanitary sewers, storm
drains, water mains and treatment facilities for over thirty years. He was initially
employed with the New York City Bureau of Water Supply, and then worked with a
small consulting firm in suburban New York. Steve relocated to New Mexico in 1999,
and is currently a project manager with Larkin Group, NM. Steve is a member of the
PTAB (Professional Technical Advisory Board), which assists local government
divisions in soliciting Engineering services and adhering to the QBS (Qualification-Based
Selection) process.

Lydia Gurulé is a Loan Specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities
Service in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ms. Gurule has twenty-four years experience
with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She entered the agricultural lending profession
in 1982 with the former USDA, Farmers Home Administration in Farmer Programs. She
served as a Paralegal with the USDA, Office of General Counsel for five years before
returning to the lending profession as Community Development Technician in the Los
Lunas Local Office of Rural Development. She was promoted to Loan Specialist for the
Rural Utilities Service in August of 1998, specializing in water and wastewater
infrastructure plus essential community facilities for small communities and rural areas.

Tulsa, Oklahoma attorney Steve Harris has specialized in protecting the federal statutory
rights of rural water districts and associations for over 12 years. His legal practice
involves several different areas of expertise with primary emphasis on representation of
Rural Water in several states. The success of Mr. Harris and his staff of experienced
lawyers has produced judicial decisions at the federal appellate level that has benefited
Rural Water nationwide. He has been a frequent lecturer on issues relevant to Rural
Water and is the author of Legal Handbook for Oklahoma Rural Water Districts
Managers and Public Boards and 7 U.S.C. sec 1926 (b) Federal Litigation Guide. He
has also authored numerous published articles on Rural Water District issues and case

Mike Hightower is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in the Energy and
Critical Infrastructure Center at Sandia National Laboratories. He is a civil and
environmental engineer and has over 25 years experience in and research and
development projects. For the past ten years he has supported joint EPA and DOE
programs to develop and evaluate the cost and performance of innovative soil and water
monitoring and treatment technologies, conducting numerous laboratory and field
investigations at over 15 DOE and DOD sites. Currently, he supports research and
development projects addressing water resource and water infrastructure national security
and sustainability issues. These efforts include improving the safety, security, and
reliability of water supply and distribution systems, developing novel water treatment and
water monitoring technologies, and developing models and techniques to improve water
resource use and management. Mike holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in civil
engineering from New Mexico State University.

Matthew Holmes was born and raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico and previously
worked for the Los Alamos National Laboratory and as an environmental business
consultant. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental and Natural Resource
Economics from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor’s degree in Business
Economics from the University of Arizona. Matt first worked with NMRWA as the
Groundwater Protection Specialist, and was hired as the Executive Director in August
2000. His duties include representing Rural Water at the Capitol in Santa Fe and on the
Hill in Washington, D.C., overseeing all grant programs and activities, managing the
Association budget, interacting with the Board of Directors and the membership, helping
rural communities, and managing fourteen employees. He currently serves on
committees with the New Mexico Drought Task Force, the Water Resources Research
Institute, and the Middle Rio Grande Water Assembly.

Clyde F. Hudson has been the Program Director of USDA, Rural Utilities Service
(RUS) for New Mexico since November 1999. Prior to being promoted to Program
Director, he served as the senior RUS Loan Specialist and Office Manager of the USDA,
Rural Development Office in Las Cruces, NM. Mr. Hudson has a thorough
understanding of the diversified cultures and infrastructure problems facing New Mexico,
with over twenty-three years in the lending profession, the last 16 specializing in water
and wastewater infrastructure plus essential community facilities for small communities
and rural areas. While in Las Cruces, he administered the “Colonias” water and
wastewater grant program, assisting low income communities in eight southern counties
to have a safe water supply and wastewater treatment system. His efforts resulted in over
$50,000,000 in Colonias grant assistance in New Mexico. Clyde is a graduate of New
Mexico State University where he majored in Agricultural Economics.

Ken Hughes, AICP, heads the Regional Planning and Development Section at New
Mexico’s Local Government Division, where he analyzes and assists in the funding of
comprehensive, infrastructure, economic development and strategic planning. He has
authored numerous reports and papers on the impacts of growth in New Mexico, and he
has taught the subject as Adjunct Professor at the University of New Mexico. Mr.
Hughes received New Mexico’s Professional Planner of the Year Award in 1997,
membership in American Institute of Certified Planners in 1999, and a fellowship with
the Knight Foundation's Community Building Initiative in 2001, studying how to
revitalize New Mexico’s plazas. Ken holds a Bachelor’s from Notre Dame and a
Master’s in Public Policy from Virginia Tech.

Denise Huginnie is Managing Director for Economists.com of Arizona. She has more
than 15 years of experience in economic and financial analysis, business development,
and utility infrastructure planning. Ms. Huginnie was recently appointed to serve on the
Arizona State Bar Board of Governors, and the Citizens Budget Committee for the City
of Scottsdale. Ms. Huginnie is a member of the National Association of Business
Economists, Arizona Town Hall, Arizona Finance Officers Association, and the Arizona
Small Utility Association. She holds B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Stanford University.

Dan Jackson is the co-founder and chief executive of Economists.com. He has been an
economic analysis and infrastructure development consultant since 1984. Mr. Jackson
has extensively served the North American Development Bank, state agencies, special
districts and municipalities in the areas of water, wastewater, storm water, and sanitation
services. Mr. Jackson is a member of the Society of Government Economists, the
National Association of Business Economists, and the American Water Works
Association. He holds B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Chicago.
John L. Jones is the Chief Operating Officer of the Entranosa Water & Wastewater
Association (a mutual domestic association), and currently serves the New Mexico Rural
Water Association the Legislative Chairman. He served on the NMRWA Board of
Directors for three years, and is in his fourth year as Legislative Chair and member of the
Executive Committee.

Frank Kaylor, Western Regional Manager for MIOX Corporation, has been involved in
sales, service and manufacturing of disinfection equipment in the Rocky Mountain
Region as well as internationally for over 25 years.

James T. Lary is the Vice President of Corrpro Companies, Inc., which specializes in
corrosion engineering and cathodic protections. Mr. Lary has presented numerous papers
for the EPA, State Regulatory Agencies, American Petroleum Institute, National
Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE), American Water Works Association
(AWWA) and various educational associations. He is a member of the National
Association of Corrosion Engineers and has over 20 years of experience with corrosion

Eddie C. Livingston, MSCE, P.E. is President/Principal Engineer of Livingston
Associates, P.C., a consulting engineering firm headquartered in Alamogordo, NM,
specializing in water resources. Mr. Livingston has his Bachelor of Science in Civil
Engineering from New Mexico State University and his Master of Science in Water
Resources Engineering from the University of New Mexico. Mr. Livingston has more
than 19 years experience in various aspects of water resource planning, design and
construction/operational phase services for more than 70 projects. Mr. Livingston has
also been involved in the planning and design of brackish water desalination systems and
membrane treatment of surface water. He is currently the Water Resources Group
Chairman for the NM Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Mr.
Livingston is also a member of the New Mexico Rural Water Association where is an
instructor and teaches courses in hydraulics, water treatment and well design.

Priscilla Logan is well known in New Mexico as a pioneer in outdoor classrooms. She
has developed Math and Science in the Outdoor Classroom for Highlands University;
given outdoor classroom workshops for teachers and parents; as well as taught
environmental educators in government and private organizations. Priscilla received the
New Mexico Outstanding Environmental Educator of the Year Award. She also brings to
the course the experience of her 25 years of public school teaching and holds a B.A. from
Indiana University, a M.A. from San Diego State, and a M.A. from San Jose State.

Jolene Lucille McCaleb is a partner and principal in the Albuquerque law firm of Wolf,
Taylor & McCaleb, P.A. Before attending law school, she received a Bachelor of Arts
degree from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi and a Master of Arts degree from
the University of New Mexico, both in political science. She then attended the UNM
School of Law and graduated summa cum laude in 1991. While in law school, she was
Editor-in-Chief of the New Mexico Law Review. Since 1996, she has practiced
primarily in the area of water law, including Clean Water Act and Endangered Species
Act issues. She participates regularly in water quality-related administrative hearings
before the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission on behalf of the San Juan
Water Commission.

Sondra McCartney, El has more than seven years experience in Civil Engineering, and
is currently a Project Engineer for water and waste water systems at Smith Engineering
Company. She holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University and is a
registered Engineer Intern. Civil Engineering is Ms. McCartney’s second career; she was
a dental hygienist for years prior to entering engineering. She relocated from Arizona 5
½ years ago and resides in Albuquerque with her husband and daughter.

Anita P. Miller is a land use attorney representing mainly counties and municipalities.
She is an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and
Planning. Anita counsels local governments to develop land use strategies to enable
sustainable growth.

John Minor is a partner in Minor, Tedford & Associates, Inc., a technology and
communications firm specializing in security and contingency consulting. He spent early
years in his career working for a water utility, became an administrator in the Texas
criminal justice system, and eventually served as Mayor of Odessa before entering the
private business world. Experience in a wide variety of projects involving security and
contingency planning, emergency management, law enforcement, and technology has
provided him with unique insight into homeland security needs. John is a computing and
communications technology professional with education and certification in the Sandia
National Laboratory Risk Assessment Methodology for Water Systems (RAM-W).

Suana L. Nicholson, CIC, started her insurance career in 1967 as a file clerk. She coded
insurance policies manually, before computers. She became a commercial insurance rater
for Transamerica Insurance, then went into the Independent Insurance Agency side of the
business in 1970 and never looked back. From 1976-1991, she worked for Corroon &
Black as Vice President in the commercial insurance department and manager of special
accounts. From 1991-1995, she “retired” to own her own business, then went back into
the insurance industry. In 2000, she joined Manuel Lujan Agencies as an Account
Executive in the commercial insurance department. She is committed to helping
NMRWA members develop and maintain exceptional insurance programs.

Dale Olinger is Vice President of DEWCO Water Equipment Inc. Dale has been with
DEWCO since 1997 and is a factory certified repair person on LMI equipment and has
worked with Stenner products since his arrival. Dale is a 21 year, disabled veteran of the
US Air Force. He is a research physicist and program manager, with degrees from the
US Air Force Academy and the University of Arizona, having completed all but his
dissertation for his Ph.D. He is also an Assistant Professor of Physics, having taught 5
years at the US Air Force Academy. He lives in Evergreen, Colorado with his wife and 2
children. His daughter attends Colorado State University, and his son is a senior in high
Kevin Olson has over 25 years of experience in the public utility field. When he was an
employee of American Water Works Company, Mr. Olson had oversight of hundreds of
utility systems in the Southeastern U.S. Mr. Olson also spent five years working for the
Oregon Rural Water Association as a technical assistance provider. Presently, Kevin
works for Engineered Storage Products Company and is the Western Regional Manager.

Gene Ostmeyer has a B.S. degree in education but has been involved with safety issues
as part of his professional career since 1979. He joined OSHA in 1990 and has been a
health and safety consultant for the last seven years. Gene is an Environmental Specialist
with the New Mexico Environment Department, Occupational Health and Safety Bureau.

Ed Polasko received his B.S. in Meteorology from Penn State University in 1973 and
attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison, WI for graduate study in Meteorology
in 1976 and 1977. Ed has worked for the National Weather Service since 1972 as a
meteorologist, first in his native city of Pittsburgh until 1978, and since 1978 in
Albuquerque. Ed also served 11 years as an aviation resource meteorologist for the FAA
at the Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center. In 1994, Ed added the title and
duties of Service Hydrologist / Hydrologic Program Manager for the Albuquerque
National Weather Service Forecast Office. His primary fields of interest include weather
forecasting, climatology, drought monitoring, and surface water supply.

David Porter’s background includes 26 years of computer experience in databases, GIS,
and mapping. He began working with computers 1976 at Colby College building
databases. In 1989, he returned to the University of Kansas to work as the GIS and
database specialist for the Kansas Geographic Bureau and the Lawrence Journal World
newspaper. He completed school in 1998 with a Bachelor's in Environmental Science
and a Master in Geography. Over the years he has received awards from Environmental
Systems Research Institute (ESRI) in Map Production and has been certified in ArcGIS,
ArcInfo, ArcView, and Geodatabase Development / Design.

Retta Prophet, Ph.D. is the Deputy Bureau Chief of the New Mexico Environment
Department, Drinking Water Bureau. She has an extensive background in environmental
and public health in New Mexico. Dr. Prophet spent considerable time in rural western
Oklahoma, as a child. She witnessed her grandparents struggling to meet their needs for
water for domestic purposes with rainwater caught off the roof of their home, to fill a
cistern. Every bucketful (about 2.5 gallons or 20 pounds) had to be drawn up from the
cistern. The bucket was placed on the kitchen counter and everyone drank from a
common dipper. The weekly bath took place in the kitchen in a galvanized tub, after the
water was heated on the stove. Several people used the same water. These experiences
deeply influenced her awareness of the value of reliable, clean drinking water in
sufficient quantities and inform her thinking at work.

Joe Ramirez graduated from the Dona Ana Branch Water Utilities Program in 1991. He
started his professional career as a lab technician at the City of Roswell Waste Water
Treatment Plant. He then moved into operations at the Carlsbad WWTP, and later
returned to the Roswell plant as Chief Plant Operator. Since 2000, he has been the Waste
Water Treatment Plant Superintendent for the City of Tucumcari.

Robert J. Redden is the Bureau Chief, Domestic Preparedness Bureau for the New
Mexico Department of Public Safety, Office of Emergency Services and Security. The
bureau has overall responsibility for Homeland Security, the Domestic Preparedness
Equipment Program, Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Program and the WIPP Safe
Transportation Program. He has served as a senior management analyst in the New
Mexico Department of Finance and Administration and has over six years experience in
emergency management, previously serving in the position of Senior State Planner and
Emergency Public Information Officer for the Office of Emergency Services. Robert
received a Bachelor of Arts from The Citadel and a Master of Arts from Webster
University. He retired from the United States Army at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
His Military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense
Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Meritorious Service Medal and the Republic of
Vietnam Cross of Gallantry..

Pamela J. Reynolds has been with the Vector Control Program of the State of New
Mexico (now in the Health Department) for over 17 years. She has a degree in Wildlife
Biology from Colorado State University. Her job duties include investigation and
surveillance for vector-borne and zoonotic diseases including plague, hantavirus and
mosquito-borne encephalitis. She also conducts extensive public education programs,
and trains personnel conducting local mosquito control programs.

Russell (Rusty) Rodke, P.E. is the Chief Engineer of the Drinking Water Bureau at the
New Mexico Environment Department. He is the manager for an EPA Counter-
Terrorism grant and is the emergency point of contact for the bureau. He is responsible
for providing engineering support to the bureau's staff state-wide. As the state
representative for the EPA Region VI Area Wide Optimization Program, he is developing
the bureau's capacity for optimizing the performance of surface water treatment plants.
He previously worked for the Solid Waste Bureau and the Construction Programs Bureau
at NMED from 1995 to 2002 and for the State Engineer Office from 1982 to 1995.

L. Scott Rogers, P.E. is president of AQUA Engineering, a firm of 17 specializing in
water and wastewater treatment design and utility engineering. He also serves as
president of AQUA Environmental Services (AES), a service company consisting of 8
employees specializing in contract operations, equipment installation and start-up, and
turnkey projects. Mr. Rogers has over 21 years of experience in the civil engineering
field. AES contract operates two sewer treatment plants and six water systems. His
expertise is in operations consulting, water reuse, controls, pumping systems and
biosolids reuse and disposal. He has a broad knowledge of all aspects of treatment plant
design including instrumentation and control. He has consulted for over 100 treatment
facilities in the western states and is known for cost effective solutions to treatment
challenges. Before starting his own company, Mr. Rogers worked for six years with
South Davis County Sewer Improvement District as the District Engineer, and three years
for Rollins, Brown and Gunnell in Provo, Utah. He and his wife Alana are the parents of
four children ranging from 7 years old to 18. They reside in Bountiful, Utah.

Carlos Rey Romero has been with the New Mexico Finance Authority for two years,
working as the Director of Intergovernmental Relations. He focuses on legislative
matters at the state and national level as well as negotiations for tribal projects. Prior to
his life at NMFA, he was a professor of economics at the Armand Hammer United World
College and New Mexico Highlands University, both in Las Vegas. He holds a Masters
in Business Administration from NM Highlands and two Bachelors of Science degrees
from NM Tech in Engineering and basic sciences. He gained extensive lobbying
experience with student government while he was pursuing his degrees. Carlos is a
native northern New Mexican and still calls Espanola home.

Richard P. Rose, Ph.D., P.E., DEE is the chief of the New Mexico Environment
Department, Construction Programs Bureau. The Bureau is responsible for
administration of Federal and State loans and grants for the construction of water,
wastewater, and solid waste projects. The Bureau provides technical support and
financial assistance for a variety of programs. Dr. Rose is a registered professional
engineer with thirty years of experience in the environmental field. He has been a
regulator with the California Water Quality Control Board, vice president of a civil
engineering company, and junior college instructor. He has worked as a consultant to the
World Bank in Egypt and the Department of Energy, and as an arbitrator for the
American Arbitration Association.

Ben F. Sanchez has been involved with community-based non-profit corporations for the
majority of his career, and has held supervisory positions beginning in the 1970’s through
his current employment as a Network and Program Manager with La Jicarita Enterprise
Community. Mr. Sanchez is a native of Mora, New Mexico, and his BA degree in Social
Work from New Mexico Highlands University is pending completion, and has long
standing associations and familiarity with the issues facing infrastructure development
and watershed issues in rural communities. Mr. Sanchez has been a member on numerous
community-based non-profit service organization boards, and a leader in community
organizing and development activities. He currently is a member of the New Mexico
Water Dialogue Board and is on the Technical Advisory Team of the Western Mora
County Unified Source Water Protection Council. Mr. Sanchez married with two grown
children and three grandchildren. He is bi-lingual and bi-cultural, offering insight and
access into the local Northern New Mexico Communities.

Clint Sherrill is a registered Professional Surveyor in numerous states and Principal of
Clint Sherrill and Associates Inc. Mr. Sherrill has 30 years of experience in civil
engineering surveying and mapping projects, and has served as Principal-in-Charge for
numerous Highway Department jobs, as well as water and wastewater system, airport,
drainage improvements, and bridge projects. He was County Surveyor for Delta County,
Colorado for four years. As County Surveyor, Mr. Sherrill researched all the county roads
within Delta County and set up a method to indicate on maps the current ROW width,
length, and documentation of road ROW and easements. His experience also includes
other types of projects ranging from location and ROW surveys for the NMSHTD and
U.S. Forest Service, to subdivision plats, utility systems, aerial control and section
breakdown surveys, as well as turn-key road and bridge designs. Mr. Sherrill was
elected President of the New Mexico Professional Surveyors in 1995.

Dionne Shirley was born and raised in the rural town of Estancia located in the heart of
New Mexico. Dionne attended the College of Santa Fe, studying communication and
Moving Image Arts. Her experience included working in Estancia as a laborer down in
the trenches for the town's new waste water collection system, teaching teens
communication skills, coaching a variety of sports, and working on computer graphics for
a printing shop. Dionne joined the NMRWA staff in October of 1998. As the Training
Specialist, Dionne is responsible for coordinating operator training programs and
providing technical assistance to small communities year-round. Her goal is to make
training more accessible and appropriate to the rural water personnel who are committed
to providing quality services to their respective communities.

John W. Shomaker is President of John Shomaker & Associates, specializing in water
planning, groundwater supply, water quality, and water rights. He holds B.S. and M.S.
degrees in geology from UNM, and a M.A. in liberal arts from St. John’s College in
Santa Fe, and MSc and PhD degrees in hydrogeology from the University of
Birmingham, England. From 1965-1969, he was with the U. S. Geological Survey, Water
Resources Division, and from 1969-1973, with the NM Bureau of Mines and Mineral
Resources. He has provided expert testimony in many NM State Engineer water rights
hearings, in NM Water Quality Control Commission and Environment Department
hearings, in State District Court, and in interstate water litigation before a U.S. Supreme
Court special master. He is author, co-author, or editor of some 40 water-related
publications and over 100 consulting reports available in the public record.

Gary R. Sloman is the General Manager of New Mexico One Call Systems, Inc. Gary
retired from PNM with 28 years experience where he worked in administration,
engineering, marketing, and operations. Gary has a BSEE from the University of New
Mexico and Masters in Management from the University of New Mexico. Gary is also a
graduate of the University of Michigan’s Public Utility Executive Management Program.

Cody L. Stropki is a student in the University of New Mexico Water Resources
Program. Cody received his B.S. in Environmental Science from Marietta College in
Marietta, Ohio where he studied the effects of environmental pollutants on the
Muskingum River. Currently Cody works as a student employee at the United States
Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) in
Albuquerque, New Mexico. Cody is currently working with Dr. Roy Jemison, a
Research Hydrologist of the RMRS Albuquerque Lab on this restoration study.

Tracy Svanda moved to New Mexico in early 1999, after graduating from Michigan
State University with a double major in English and Spanish and a concentration in
Agricultural Extension Education. Prior to her life at NMRWA, her work was in youth
outreach education and advocacy for sexual violence survivors. As the Board Support
Specialist, Tracy provides on-site support and training to the governing bodies of New
Mexico's water and wastewater systems. The scope of her program includes mediating
conflict within the community or board, educating the board on laws and regulations,
assessing rates and proposing rate structures, revising governing documents, developing
operational and ethical policies, assisting with meeting procedure, forming new water
associations, and acting as a liaison between the water utility and other entities.

Andrew Sweetman recently received a Master’s degree in Water Resources from the
University of New Mexico. He graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree
from Wright State University, in Dayton, Ohio, where he was born and raised. Andrew
has six years of diverse professional experience in the natural and environmental resource
field, including stints with the solid waste industry, environmental consulting, and the US
Geological Survey. Andrew serves New Mexico Rural Water as the Sourcewater
Protection Specialist. His duties include professional on-site assistance and training to
rural and small communities in implementing local wellhead and groundwater protection
plans, facilitating collaboration between rural communities and local, state and federal
agencies in the development and implementation of the plans, and conducting outreach
activities such as public education and water fairs. Andrew has also been involved with
source-water protection and watershed management in Honduras, Central America.

Elizabeth Newlin Taylor is a partner and principal in Albuquerque law firm Wolf,
Taylor & McCaleb, P.A. She studied journalism at Texas A&M University and worked
for newspapers in Austin, Tyler, Dallas and then Albuquerque. She attended the UNM
School of Law and graduated summa cum laude in 1990. She received a certificate in
Natural Resources Law and was an editor of the Natural Resources Journal. For the past
11 years, Ms. Taylor has practiced in the area of water and natural resources law in New
Mexico. She directs daily case management of the firm’s water and natural resources
clients, including the San Juan Water Commission and Entranosa Water & Wastewater
Association. She has assisted private clients in the evaluation, establishment and transfer
of water rights, and public clients, such as the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District,
in the development of institutional water plans.

Martha Torrez, a Loan Specialist for USDA, Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has been
with the federal government for 25 years, the past 20 with USDA. During the past 18
years with RUS, Martha has received extensive specialized training and gained vast
financial and technical experience which enables her to oversee program administration,
loan making, project development, the environmental review process and loan
supervision and servicing for water and wastewater infrastructure plus essential
community facilities for small communities in rural areas. Over the past five years as the
Senior Loan Specialist in the Albuquerque RUS office, Martha has been in contact with
Northern New Mexico rural areas including Native American Tribes. Over this period
she has received four outstanding annual performance awards, been named Loan
Specialist of the year twice and received a National RUS recognition award for her
efforts in seeing the approval of a $10 million dollar water project for the Pueblo of Zuni.
Officer Mark Umprovitch joined the New Mexico State Police in June of 1993, serving
three years in Espanola before transferring to Los Lunas where he is currently stationed.
He has been a member of the Tactical Team (SWAT) since April of 1996 and currently
serves as team leader. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of New
Mexico in May of 2000 in Business with a concentration in Human Resources
Management. He instructs firearms and tactics for the Department of Energy, as well as
firearms and ethics at the State Police Academy. He considers himself to be a native
New Mexican, born in Chicago and transplanted to the southwest in 1973. Most
importantly, Mark and his wife of three years are proudly expecting their first child, a
baby boy, next month.

Violette Valerio-Hirschfeld is an Environmental Scientist/Specialist for the New
Mexico Environment Department, District 1 office. She is a recent addition to the
Environment Department. She was previously employed by the City of Albuquerque,
Water Utility Division, Water Quality Section where she worked for 12 years as a Water
Quality Specialist. She is certified as a level 4 water operator and most of her experience
is with ground water systems.

Tim Wellman was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, where he received his
Bachelor’s degree in Physical Geography and Environmental Biology. His immersion in
the field of water began with four years of work in water and sanitation issues in Central
America, involving household environmental sanitation, flood mitigation, and home-site
integrity evaluation. His love for the west and water issues combine in his position as the
Tribal Source Water Protection Coordinator for NMRWA. Tim’s work encompasses an
array of unique practical and regulatory issues in the challenge to decrease future
contamination and mitigate current contamination of source water. One of Tim’s goals is
to raise Tribal community awareness about water quality and its effect on human health.

Kenneth W. Williams is a 1977 Graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana
in Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology. He worked fifteen years as
an exploration geologist in the petroleum industry before entering the field of ground
water protection with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Ken has worked for
ten years as the ground water protection program technical representative for each of the
five states in the Region. He is the Region’s Source Water Protection Program
Coordinator for the five States and 67 Indian governments in Region 6. As such, he is
responsible for coordinating Source Water Protection Program activities in Arkansas,
Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and the Region's tribal lands and pueblos. In
recognition of his efforts in water quality protection, EPA has awarded Ken eight Bronze
Medals for commendable service and special achievement. Ken is a Certified Petroleum
Geologist with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and is a registered
Professional Geologist in the State of Arkansas.

Brian Wilson has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota,
he is a licensed professional engineer in New Mexico, and has been employed in the
Office of the State Engineer since 1978. He is currently the chief of the Water Use and
Conservation Bureau (WUCB), a position that he has occupied since 1993. The WUCB
collects and compiles water use data, develops water conservation materials to improve
water use efficiency throughout the state, and reviews subdivision proposals submitted by
county governments to determine if sufficient water is available. Mr. Wilson has
prepared many reports for the adjudication of irrigation water rights, and has testified as
an expert witness in hearings on these matters.

Jay Witherspoon has over 23 years of experience working in the air quality and odor
control areas. Jay has worked at a San Francisco Bay Area Refinery, local air quality
management District, and for East Bay Municipal Utility District before joining CH2M
HILL in 1994. Jay is a Fellow Technologist in Air Quality and Safety Management and
Vice President for CH2M HILL and is located in Seattle, Washington. Jay has completed
over 200 odor assessment and control projects for municipal and industrial clients over
the past 5 years. He is currently a Water Environment Federation Air Quality and Odor
Control Committee Chair and a Principal Investigator for a Water Environment Research
Foundation (WERF) project focused on wastewater treatment plant and collection system
odor characterization, assessment, measurement, and control, as well as just completing a
WERF field testing and analysis program focused on biosolids odors and health effects
from 12 test sites in North America. Jay has a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering.

Donzil Q. Worthington is a Senior Project Manager at Souder, Miller and Associates
(SMA), an environmental science and civil engineering firm with 80 employees. SMA
has offices in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Farmington, NM, as well as
Mancos, CO. Mr. Worthington is the office manager of SMA Albuquerque Office and is
responsible for coordination of the SMA waste water division. He has over 25 years of
experience in the civil engineering field, and joined the SMA two years ago. Prior to that,
he was a principal with Sunrise Engineering Inc, a 175 person civil consulting firm with
offices throughout the western states. Mr. Worthington was the project manager for
numerous municipal waste water systems, including the two largest waste water
improvement district projects in Arizona history. He has a substantial background in
creating successful solutions for the waste water and infrastructure challenges faced by
rural communities and municipalities. He and his wife Jackie are the parents of three
children and reside in Edgewood, NM.

Jennifer R. Zeyen, P.E. is a Project Engineer with Souder, Miller and Associates. Her
responsibilities include management of solid waste disposal sites, leaking underground
storage tank sites, and water resource planning. Ms. Zeyen is a Registered Professional
Engineer in New Mexico with a background in improvements to municipal and private
water and wastewater systems. Her engineering experience ranges from planning and
design to construction oversight, while her management abilities include client
management, project team management, and assistance in procuring public funds.
Projects she has managed include water resource development, water rights negotiation,
water well design, hydrogeologic services, and regional planning assistance. Ms. Zeyen
has prepared detailed hydrogeologic reports documenting regional and local groundwater
flow patterns, subsurface geologic conditions, and local meteorological conditions in
conjunction with the siting and development of new municipal wells. She is currently a
part-time faculty member of the NMSU Water Technology Department teaching Applied
Math to utility operators.

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