Instructors 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 NMRWA. 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 program. 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 Program. 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 Inspector. 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 reviews. 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 control. 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 school. 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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