Announcing the 2024 Water Leaders Class!

Kicking off another exciting year the 2024 Water Leaders Program, one of Water Education Colorado’s (WEco) flagship programs, has launched this year’s class! Since its inception in 2006, we’ve proudly welcomed over 240 alumni into our growing community. 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 intelligently and confidently lead the state forward toward sustainable solutions for Colorado water. We’re excited to foster even deeper engagement with the 2024 class and continue the expanded program introduced in 2023. The 2024 Water Leaders Program kicked off on April 25-26!

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 impacts Colorado’s water profession by developing a pipeline of skilled and dedicated leaders from diverse fields. These leaders bring emotionally intelligent leadership to their organizations, enhancing their effectiveness. While the program spans just five months, the invaluable skills and lasting relationships forged during this time create a lifetime of impact!

We are excited to announce our 2024 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!

2024 Water Leaders

Jeff Stahla of Northern Water presents to the 2024 Water Leaders class

2024 Water Leaders Class

  • Adam Kremers, Supervising Engineer/Rocky Mountain Region Water Rights Leader – Brown and Caldwell
  • Alexa Kelly, Research Analyst – Colorado Legislative Council Staff
  • Austin Krcmarik, Water Efficiency Lead – Denver Water
  • Blake Mamich, Water Resources Specialist – Colorado Water Trust
  • David Heintz, Project Manager – BBA Water Consultants, Inc.
  • Deb Hummel, River Program Manager – The Watershed Center
  • Elizabeth Schoder, Water Supply Planning Section Lead – GIS, Environment and Engagement – Colorado Water Conservation Board
  • Jackie Fisher, District Manager – Orchard Mesa Irrigation District
  • James Dilzell, Executive Director – Eagle River Watershed Council
  • Jessica Mills, Admin Assistant & Educational Outreach – Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District
  • Jonathan Villines, Innovation Manager – Mile High Flood District
  • Kaitlyn Beekman, Communications & Special Projects Unit Manager – Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Water Quality Control Division
  • Katie Birch, Instream Flow Program Coordinator – Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • Katie Garrett, Engineer III, Team Lead – Colorado Springs Utilities
  • Kerry Major, Water Quality Lab Manager – City of Golden
  • Laila Parker, Water Resources Senior Project Manager – City of Boulder
  • Leah Hubbard, Water Resources Operations Manager – City of Greeley
  • Lindsey Marlow, Executive Director – Friends of the Yampa
  • Lisa Brown, Project Manager – Wilson Water Group
  • Ryan Van Pelt, Engineer II – City of Loveland Water & Power

Read more about this class in the 2024 Water Leaders professional biographies.

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