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2016 AWRA Board of Directors

Martha Corrozi Narvaez


Martha Corrozi MarMartha Corrozi Narvaez is an Associate Policy Scientist at the University of Delaware’s Water Resources Agency (WRA), a unit of the Institute for Public Administration. Martha is responsible for providing regional watershed technical, policy, and research support to state and local governments; University staff and faculty; and nonprofit organizations in Delaware and the Delaware Valley. These responsibilities include research in water resources issues and policy, development and coordination of public education and outreach initiatives, advisement on State and local water resource issues, assistance with graduate courses at the University of Delaware, and advisement of graduate and undergraduate students. Prior to becoming a University of Delaware staff member, Martha was employed by the Chesapeake Research Consortium at the USEPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office in Annapolis, Maryland; the Public Works Department in the City of Wilmington, Delaware; the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples, Florida; and Environmental Consulting Services Inc. (ECSI) in Middletown, Delaware. Martha received her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology from Lehigh University and her Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of Delaware where she specialized in watershed management.

Martha has been a member of AWRA for almost 15 years, both as a student and professional, and served on the Board of Directors from 2008-2013. Martha was the charter president of DEAWRA and is currently a DEAWRA
board member. She has served on numerous local and national AWRA conference committees, including Co-Chair for both the 2010 Annual Conference and the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Sections Conference. Martha received AWRA’s A. Ivan Johnson Award for Young Professionals in 2007.

When I initiated my AWRA membership almost 15 years ago I did not realize the importance AWRA would play in my professional and personal development. The benefits and opportunities that have come from my association with AWRA are numerous. This is an organization that I believe is critical to the water resources field both nationally and internationally. Building on the integrated and multidisciplinary approach of AWRA I hope to help lead the organization whose mission and actions are such an important part of our dialogue about a critical resource.

Rafael Frias


Rafael Frias is a senior project manager with the global water business of Black & Veatch Corporation.

He has been an active member and a strong advocate of AWRA since shortly after joining Black & Veatch in 1999. In 2006, he received AWRA’s “A. Ivan Johnson Outstanding Young Professional Award.”

Frias puts a priority on young AWRA members – the building blocks of the organization– and on the organization’s influence not only in the U. S., but also internationally. AWRA is an organization with a vast reach, and as we develop the future leaders of the organization, we also need to exhibit our
organizational thought leadership in the international forum. As a Board member, he will use problem-solving skills with innovation, integrity, perspective, and trust to develop the talent and potential of young members for the future, while raising the status of AWRA as a domestic organization with strong international ties and leadership.

John C. Tracy


BODDr. Tracy is Director of the Idaho Water Resources Research Institute at the University of Idaho in Boise and served as the Vice President for Research at the University of Idaho in 2007 and 2008. He received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering at Colorado State University in 1980, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering at the University of California-Davis in 1986 and 1989, respectively. He has held academic positions at Kansas State University (Civil Engineering, 1989-1992), South Dakota State University (Civil Engineering, 1992-1996), and the Desert Research Institute (Hydrologic Sciences, 1997-2004). Dr. Tracy has worked on numerous research projects and authored or co-authored over 70 technical publications in the areas of watershed planning, watershed restoration, the development of modeling tools for environmental systems, the role of science in watershed management, and the development of adaptive management systems.

Dr. Tracy has been a member of AWRA for over two decades and has been active in a wide range of water resources professional societies, including the University Council on Water Resources where he served on the board from 2002- 2008 and as president in 2007-2008, and the National Institute of Water Resources where he has served on the Board since 2009. Dr. Tracy has presented papers at numerous AWRA conferences and has authored or coauthored several articles in Water Resources IMPACT and the Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA). In addition he served as the Editor for the May 2009 IMPACT Issue on Adaptive Management and has served on the planning committees for the following AWRA Specialty Conferences: Adaptive Management (Missoula, Montana, 2006, Snowbird, Utah, 2009); and Integrated Water Resources Management (Snowbird, Utah, 2011). As an AWRA Board Member Dr. Tracy would continue to work to enhance participation in AWRA conferences and events, and build stronger linkages with AWRA’s sister organizations in other countries.

Noel Gollehon


BODNoel Gollehon is a Senior Economist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA, and looks forward to the opportunity to serve as a representative on the AWRA Board of Directors.

He will bring a nationalview of water resources to AWRA, just as he has done in his 25-years with USDA’s Economic Research Service and Natural Resource and Conservation Service.

Noel has been an active member in the National Capitol AWRA Section (DC, Maryland, and Virginia) and a participant in national AWRA conferences. At both the national conferences and the local meetings, he has appreciated the nonjudgmental environment for the exchange of information about all aspects of water resources within and across the many disciplines involved.

In the era of limited travel budgets and too much email, how AWRA will maintain and enhance the positive, multidisciplinary perspective to information exchange is a critical issue. Noel believes that AWRA will need to expand the use of effective electronic media delivery to both entice professionals to face-to-face meetings and serve as an important mechanism to inform the membership.

Brenda Bateman (2014-2016)


Dr. Brenda Bateman is the Senior Public Policy Coordinator for the Oregon Water Resources Department, where she served as Project Manager in the development of Oregon's first Integrated Water Resources Strategy ­ adopted in August 2012.

Dr. Bateman has chaired the Policy Committee of the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) since 2005. In this role, she has led the development of a series of water resource policy statements (adopted and posted on-line by AWRA's Board of Directors), as well as a 2012 set of case studies focused on Integrated Water Resources Management, and a 2013 set of case studies focused on the status of drought and flood policy in the United States. She serves as the General Co-Chair of AWRA's 2013 Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon, and has served as Vice-Chair of AWRA¹s Oregon Section(2009-2010) and Technical Co-Chair for AWRA's Annual Conference in Seattle (2009). In 2008, Dr. Bateman received AWRA's Ivan A. Johnson Award for Young Professionals.

Our circumstances in water resources are constantly shifting and AWRA needs to be prepared to respond. With an approaching wave of retirements in the water industry, AWRA must help ensure this institutional knowledge is not lost. With constantly improving technological tools, AWRA must help its members make the most of new technologies. In an ever-changing climate and environment, AWRA must ensure that the professional disciplines are communicating with each other. And, with an active membership in the forefront of water resources management, AWRA must provide the tools to document successes and share lessons learned. AWRA has already demonstrated strengths in these areas. My vision for the Association is to build upon these strengths and ensure that AWRA provides strategic leadership in the water resource arena

L. Donald Duke (2014-2016)


L. Donald DukeDon Duke is a Professor of Environmental Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). He holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, and is a registered Professional Engineer. He has over 30 years' experience in water resources including stints as a professional consultant, a state agency employee, and a University faculty member and researcher. He has supervised regional planning for stormwater management and stormwater NPDES permitting for consulting firms in the San Francisco Bay Area; developed TMDLs for the California Regional Water Quality Control Board/Los Angeles region; and as a University researcher has assessed effectiveness of industrial stormwater permitting programs, conducted statistical analyses of water quality standard setting and TMDL analysis, and evaluated drought response policies, among others.

At FGCU, Prof. Duke teaches courses in environmental policy at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including a specialty course sequence in Water Resources and Water Quality Policy. That course sequence introduces freshmen and sophomores to the field of water resources; focuses juniors and seniors in project-oriented watershed assessments; and guides graduate students into supervised research on topics standard setting, statistical water quality analysis, and other topics. Students attend at least one conference, and participate in on-campus guest lectures from Florida speakers with technical expertise and agency decision-making authority. The burgeoning FGCU water resources program includes a vigorous student AWRA chapter, with Don as advisor.

Don serves on the AWRA Florida Section Board of Directors and was recognized as Member of the Year for 2011. For three years he organized and chaired the Southwest Florida regional technical meeting of AWRA Florida section, an unusual, if not unique, collaboration among professional societies, including Florida sections of ASCE, WEF, AEP, and a rotating cast of others. The societies pool their resources to create a single conference each year that integrates multiple disciplines, with presentations from local and national technical experts, nongovernment interest groups, and public-sector decision-makers. The conferences seek multiple perspectives on a selected theme each year and promote dialogue, technical interchange, and opportunities for consensus on contentious multifaceted problems of the overstressed south Florida aquatic environment and water resources landscape.

Collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches to complex issues of water resources are the focus of Don¹s professional life. He would like to serve on the Board of Directors to support continuing AWRA¹s tradition of promoting dialogue, consensus-building, and exchange of technical excellence in the water resources community.

Lisa Beutler (2014-17)


Lisa BeutlerLisa Beutler has dedicated the last 13 years of her career to water resources. As the Associate Director of the Center for Collaborative Policy, Sacramento State and during the last three years as a Principal and Executive Facilitator at MWH, my duties have included service on the multidisciplinary leadership teams for the three California Water Plan updates, federal-state-regional-local planning to integrate land use and water quality goals at Lake Tahoe, and the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan. I have been fortunate to work with the executive teams of regional sanitation and water agencies, supported development of Integrated Regional Water Management Plans, and assisted state and regional water boards in creating a better regulatory alignment and strategic plans and approaches for water quality goals. My projects often tackle wicked, complex problems at massive scales.

While the tasks vary, the focus is creating sustainable water management and policy. We do this through application of good science, solid decision making processes, technology, and collaboration. I am particularly passionate about making technical information accessible to decision makers and those impacted by their decisions. As an AWRA Board member, I would hope to leverage my career in the public sector, the university and private industry along with experience working across disciplines, to support the AWRA goals for a National Water Vision and to promote IWRM.

While I am relatively new to AWRA, becoming a member in 2008, I immediately jumped in. I have spoken at conferences and took on special tasks such as assisting with the Collaborative Modeling Symposium at the 2011 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference. I am now supporting the IWRM webinar series.

My passion for resources began as a child growing up outside of Yosemite National Park with a soil scientist father. I became a State Park Ranger, then a manager at the State Lands Commission. I oversaw management of 1/2 million acres of grazing, forestry, and mineral lands, and supported negotiations for issues ranging from dredging policy to restoration of the Bolsa Chica wetlands, to off-shore oil leasing. Over my years in state government I had the opportunity to work in special offices of two Governors, and one Lt. Governor, and as an Agency Undersecretary. In my personal life I have volunteered to mediate religious disputes. A highlight was co-leading a special track at the 2004 World Parliament of Religions, where we asked 400 of the world¹s religious leaders to articulate their role in ensuring the provision of safe, clean water to all people.

Wayne Wright (2015-2017)


Wayne WrightOver the course of a career, many professional organizations become part of your network of information, interest and colleagues. Water is the driving force of nature – Leonardo da Vinci made this observation so many years ago. Jacques Cousteau astutely noted in a similar quote that “We forget that the water cycle and life cycle are one.” These quotes resonate to me the importance of water and how our future depends on how we respond to the issues facing us. Society sits at a 5-way intersection of supply, demand, climate change, pollution, and sustainability. At no greater time in history
does America - and the world - need comprehensive leadership to guide the changes that are necessary to secure future generations with adequate water resources. In 2014, it was very rewarding to help prepare the 2013 Proactive Flood and Drought Management Report with the AWRA Policy Committee. The recent mudslide that wiped out the town of Oso here in Washington demonstrates the HUGE importance of water resource management and disaster preparedness. I have driven by and stopped at that town many, many times over the years.

For me, AWRA is the ONE organization that matches my personal and professional interests best. Since joining AWRA in 1994 I have been involved with the Fish Ecology (now Flowing Waters Committee), Policy Committee, worked with students as a resource and mentor, and have
assisted with several conferences – servicing on the planning committees, presenting papers, or coordinating panel discussions. It is my sincere desire to assist the AWRA Board and AWRA organization with making a positive difference regarding water resource issues. I ask for your vote to serve on the AWRA Board of Directors.

My professional career started in 1977 working with the U.S. Army as a Forest, Fish and Wildlife Technician. That job carried me through my first years of college, providing great insight to habitat protection and restoration. As a research and teaching assistant at the University of Washington (UW) in the later years of college, I learned the power of youthful minds and ideas. To this day I return to UW to provide guest lectures and help students with career
planning. After earning a BS and MS at UW, I worked as a hydropower biologist for Seattle City Light. Learning the FERC process for hydro relicensing and working with federal agencies to work out river management issues was one of my career highlights. In 1984, I entered private consulting
working for a small firm focused on fish hatcheries and habitat management gaining national and international experience. In 1992, I formed my own firm focusing on aquatic habitat management – wetlands, streams, rivers, and shorelines. I joined GeoEngineers in 2003 to expand our role as leaders in water resources. Today, after over 30 years of working in a field I dearly love, I still wake up excited to go to work each day and meet the challenges
a career in water resources provides. Much of my work today involves western states’ water management issues at the 5-way intersection noted above. Human demands (agriculture, hydropower, drinking water, etc.), endangered species habitat requirements, water quality, and a changing climate offer a plethora of problems that must be solved to achieve a sustained balance to our future.

Laurel E. Stadjuhar (2016-2018)


Laurel StadjuharLaurel E. Stadjuhar, P.E., is Principal and Water Resources Engineer with West Sage Water Consultants, a consulting firm located in Denver, Colorado. Laurel has over nineteen years engineering and project management experience including many facets of western water including water rights evaluations, hydrological and watershed analyses, surface water and ground water hydrology and modeling, augmentation plan preparations, historical use investigations, long-range planning and reservoir optimization modeling, statistical analyses, hydraulic and structural analyses, model and database development and analysis, project management, and field
investigations. She has served as an expert witness in hearings before the State Engineer and in water court proceedings. Laurel is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado.

Laurel is the committee chair for AWRA’s Annual Conference in Denver in November 2015. Laurel served as Director on the National Board of Directors for AWRA from 2011-2013 and in various capacities on the Board
of Directors of the Colorado Section of AWRA since 2002. Through her past involvement, Laurel has fostered the development of water resource education and cooperation within the water resources fields in Colorado and nationally. She initiated the Colorado Section’s Finance Committee and annual budget, and helped to increase the section membership through membership drives, improved marketing, and cooperation among organizations, and continues work to as Scholarship Chair to increase
awards from the Section’s Scholarship Fund to university students studying in the water resources field. The Colorado Section was awarded the Outstanding State Section Award from National AWRA immediately following her tenure as President.

Betsy Cody (2016-2018)


Betsy CodyCody is a specialist in natural resources policy at the Congressional Research Service (CRS), U.S. Library of Congress, where she specializes in western water resource policy issues and national water resources policy
generally. In her 25 years with CRS, she has worked omultiple water resources issues and engaged with numerous professionals from federal, state, tribal, and local agencies and entities in conducting research for Congress.

Cody has been an active participant in AWRA activities throughout her career at CRS. She first served for four years on the National Capital Region Section (NCRS) Board in mid-1990s, including President of the chapter, and next served for two years as Finance Chair for the national AWRA board of directors. When the local NCRS chapter was reconstituted several years ago, she again joined the local board, serving another three-year term, including President. Her involvement with AWRA over the years has helped her grow as an analyst and widen her sphere of knowledgeable colleagues from academia as well as from multiple governmental agencies and the
private sector. The opportunities afforded to professionals who are part of the AWRA network are invaluable. Being able to contact experts in multiple scientific fields, as well as policy specialists and key policy decision-makers at every level of government makes working in a fast-paced high-pressure environment possible.

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