Announcing the 2022 Water Leaders Class!

The Water Leaders Program is one of Water Education Colorado’s (WEco) flagship programs, and has graduated more than 200 participants since it launched in 2006. In the complex world of Colorado water, the goal of the Water Leaders Program is to equip the next generation of water professionals with the necessary skills to lead the state forward effectively and with confidence toward smart solutions for Colorado water. The program runs every year from April to September, and we are very excited to have kicked off the 2022 Water Leaders Program on April 14-15 last week!

Students in the 2022 Water Leaders class explored their unique strengths as leaders in small groups. 

This year, WEco is partnering with Stephanie Scott of Scott Solutions LLC, and Ashley Seeley of Excellence Advantage to deliver leadership development facilitation and coaching. The Water Leaders curriculum positively impacts the Colorado water profession by creating a pipeline of dedicated, effective water leaders across diverse fields. While the program typically only lasts for four months, the skills and relationships that are built last a lifetime.

Water Education Colorado is excited to announce our 2022 class of Water Leaders. Please join us in celebrating these water professionals who are making a commitment to take their leadership to the next level for a better water future for Colorado!

2022 Water Leaders Class

  • April Hendricks, Attorney/Shareholder, Burns, Figa, & Will, P.C.
  • Bailey Leppek, Glenwood Springs Water Resources Team Leader, SGM Inc.
  • Blake Osborn, Research Scientist/Scholar I, Colorado Water Center at CSU
  • Chris Kampmann, Water System Manager, City of Arvada
  • Daniel Boyes, Program Manager, Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project
  • Danielle Snyder, Senior Staff Water Resources Scientist, Brown and Caldwell
  • Derek Turner, Assistant City Attorney, City of Loveland
  • Diana Lane, Director of Sustainable Food and Water Programs, The Nature Conservancy – Colorado
  • Emily Lowell, District Engineer, Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District
  • Hally Strevey, Executive Director, Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed
  • Kelen Dowdy, Water Resources Planning Manager, City of Greeley
  • Kirstin Neff, Manager, Southwest Rivers Program, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  • Lauren Maggert, Water Resources Project Manager, Aurora Water, City of Aurora
  • Tanya Ishikawa, Communications Director, Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership
  • Ty Bereskie, Lead Planner, Denver Water
  • Tyler Benton, Senior Water Resources Engineer, Colorado Springs Utilities

Read more about this class in the 2022 Water Leaders professional biographies.