About Water Literate Leaders of Northern Colorado

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Graduates!

2018-2019 Water Literate Leaders

From left: Patrick McMeekin, Julie Pignataro, Kelly DiMartino, Ken Bennett, Corey Odell, Myles Baker, Nick Haws, Stacey Baumgarn, Jane Lopez , Mike Pruznick, and Ed Cannon. Not pictured: Jim Becklenberg, Sean Dougherty, Grant Houx, Jacki Marsh, Billy Mihelich, David Sislowski, and Manuel Sisneros. Photo courtesy of Ashley Marie Images.

2018-2019 Water Literate Leaders

 Title Affiliation
Myles BakerBoard Member, District 1Town of Windsor
Stacey BaumgarnCampus Energy CoordinatorColorado State University
Jim BecklenbergCity ManagerCity of Evans
Ken BennettMayor Pro Tem, District 3Town of Windsor
Ed CannonTown AdministratorTown of Wellington
Kelly DiMartinoSenior Assistant City ManagerCity of Fort Collins
Sean DoughertyRealtor RE/MAX Alliance of Northern Colorado
Nick HawsPresident, CEONorthern Engineering
Grant HouxOwnerSt. Peter's Fly Shop
Jane LopezBoard of Directors Secretary and Treasurer Big Thompson Watershed Coalition
Jacki MarshMayorCity of Loveland
Patrick McMeekinVice President of Land Development, PartnerHartford Homes
Billy MihelichDistrict EngineerCentral Colorado Water Conservancy District
Corey OdellSustainability CoordinatorOdell Brewing Company
Julie PignataroCity Council Member, District 2City of Fort Collins
Michael PruznickBoard of DirectorsFort Collins Loveland Water District
David SislowskiBoard Member, District 6Town of Windsor
Manuel SisnerosBoard Member, Water and Sewer City of Greeley

2017-2018 Water Literate Leaders

 TitleAffiliation
Erik Barstow Director of Sales Visit Fort Collins
Gregory BielawskiBoard Member Windsor Water & Sewer Board
Carol CochranOwnerHorse & Dragon Brewing Company
Bob HewsonPresident and Chief Executive OfficerColorado Youth Outdoors
Gerry HorakMayor Pro-TemCity of Fort Collins
Dick JefferiesBoard Vice President Colorado Trout Unlimited
Leah JohnsonCity Council MemberCity of Loveland
Troy JonesCo-Owner MTA Planning & Architecture
Kevin JonesBusiness Advocacy DirectorFort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce
Shayna JonesDirectorBig Thompson Watershed Coalition
Glenn Ledall Spray TechnicianWeld County Public Works Department, Weed Division
Kristie MelendezMayorTown of Windsor
Tony MillerExec Vice President of LendingFirstFarm Bank
Ty NotestineCo-Owner Thomas & Tyler LLC
Steve OlsonCity Council MemberCity of Loveland
Gage OsthoffBrokerRealtec Commercial Real Estate Services
Roy OttoCity ManagerCity of Greeley
Ryan SchaeferChief Executive OfficerNAI Affinity
Kristin StephensCity Council MemberCity of Fort Collins
Ralph TrenaryFormer City Council MemberCity of Loveland
Matt Zoccali Environmental Regulatory Affairs ManagerCity of Fort Collins

Program Directors
Reagan Waskom and Julie Kallenberger co-direct the Water Literate Leaders program. They have worked together since 2008 convening divergent stakeholder groups to facilitate water policy conflict resolution and collaboration throughout Colorado.

Reagan Waskom serves as the director of the Colorado Water Center and is a faculty member with the Department of Soil & Crop Sciences at CSU. Reagan has worked on various water related research and outreach programs for over 30 years, conducting statewide educational and applied research programs on water quality, quantity, and policy and natural resource issues related to water use. Reagan’s current teaching assignment includes GRAD592, Interdisciplinary Water Resources Graduate Seminar. In addition, he provides oversight for the CSU Extension Water Program and personnel. He is past president of the Colorado Water Congress and has served on the Board of Trustees of Water Education Colorado since its inception in 2002.

Julie Kallenberger

Julie Kallenberger serves as the water education specialist for the Colorado Water Center. Julie’s primary work includes fostering interdisciplinary partnerships among CSU’s water community, engaging faculty and students in interdisciplinary research, education, and service activities, advising students enrolled in the Sustainable Water Interdisciplinary Minor, facilitating the Poudre Runs Through It Study/Action Work Group, and developing and instructing formal and informal water education courses. Julie currently serves on Water Education Colorado’s Board of Trustees and is a member of CSU’s Presidents Sustainability Commission.

Water Literate Leaders draws on the expertise of regional water leaders from such entities as:

  • Big Thompson Watershed Coalition
  • Cache la Poudre Water Users Association
  • Colorado Division of Water Resources
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • Colorado State University
  • City of Evans
  • City of Fort Collins
  • City of Greeley
  • City of Loveland
  • Ditch and Reservoir Companies
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Larimer County
  • Local Area Chambers of Commerce
  • Northern Water
  • Rocky Mountain Flycasters
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Town of Wellington 
  • Town of Windsor
  • Tri-Districts
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Weld County
  • and others!