Water Literate Leaders of Northern Colorado

Water Literate Leaders of Northern Colorado
Water is one of the most important and controversial subjects of the 21st century. Water issues are particularly complex, and understanding the nuances is critical for good decision-making. Many who have helped our communities make sound water decisions are nearing retirement age. Northern Colorado needs a new crop of water literate leaders!

The Colorado Water Center is excited to partner with the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado in engaging community leaders in water conversations and solutions for Northern Colorado.

Welcome to the 2023-2024 Water Literate Leaders Cohort!

2023-2024 Cohort

Name Title & Affiliation while enrolled in the Water Literate Leaders Program Community
Michael Bellus Market President, Bank of Colorado Loveland
Tatum Cochran General Manager, Horse & Dragon Brewing Company Fort Collins
Nick Combs Communications & Marketing Manager, Fort Collins Utilities Fort Collins
Staycie Coons Intergovernmental Affairs Officer, City of Greeley Greeley
Deb DeBoutez Greeley City Coucilmember, City of Greeley Greeley
Mark Driscoll Retired, formerly Market President, FNBO CO Fort Collins
Julie Dubin Executive Director, Peaks to People Water Fund Fort Collins
David Eisenbraun Senior City Planner, Town of Windsor Windsor
Ellen Hilbig Utilities Director, Town of Johnstown Johnstown
Lauren Hillmer Stormwater Quality Administrator, City of Greeley Greeley
Jessica Humphries Administrative Services Director, Town of Windsor Windsor
Julie Jensen CEO, Greeley Area Realtor Association Greeley
David Katz Senior Broker, Waypoint Real Estate Fort Collins
Wesley LaVanchy Town Administrator, Town of Eaton Eaton
Jason Maxey Director, Oil & Gas Energy Dept, Weld County Greeley
Laura Quattrini Executive Director, Big Thompson Watershed Coalition Loveland
Denis Symes Associate Board Director, Fort Collins-Loveland Water District Fort Collins
Ethnie Treick President, Whitewood Limited Partnership Fort Collins
Nicholas Wharton Town Manager, Town of Severance Severance
Jennifer Woods Planning Director, Town of Hudson Hudson

Dates for 2023-24 sessions

  • September 13, 2023
  • October 11, 2023
  • November 15, 2023
  • December 13, 2023
  • January 10, 2024
  • February 14, 2024
  • March 13, 2024
  • April 10, 2024
  • May 8, 2024
  • Graduation ceremony in May

Thank you to our past program sponsors!

                                               City of Evans
City of Fort Collins
City of Greeley
City of Loveland
City of Thornton
Town of Windsor
North Weld County Water District
Colorado Water Center at Colorado State University