Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is committed, not only to sustaining the Arizona Project WET program, but to expanding it. Since the first strategic plan put in place by the Advisory Council in 2006, the APW program has grown both in scope and numbers served. As experts in the field of water resource management and conservation or in the field of education, Advisory Council members believe that the APW program is the most comprehensive, effective water education available. APW is a vital component of the represented organizations’ efforts to achieve long-term water sustainability in Arizona, by engaging students in creative and critical thinking and problem solving about wise water management and conservation.

The APW Advisory Council’s commitment shows through their participation in developing these strategic components of APW’s business:

  • water-focused informational text for use in Arizona’s K-12 classrooms
  • a website that showcases APW’s many water education programs
  • a plan for sustaining the Maricopa County Arizona Project WET program
  • an Arizona Water Festival Program Business Plan and Implementation policy
  • a School Water Audit Program Business Plan
  • an APW Marketing Plan
  • a Professional APW exhibit including table-top display and banners
  • a Promotional DVD

Haley Paul

Water Conservation Specialist, Town of Gilbert, Arizona

Haley Paul is a Water Conservation Specialist for the Town of Gilbert, Arizona. Previous to working in Gilbert, Haley was a program coordinator and then a faculty member at the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension in Maricopa County. There her work focused on water resources and urban agriculture. With a Master of Science in Sustainability from Arizona State University, Haley feels passionately about educating and exposing Arizona’s youth to water and environmental education, as well as career opportunities in the field of sustainability.

Valerie Herman

Youth Education and Public Outreach Coordinator, Tucson Water

Valerie manages Tucson Water’s youth education programs, as well as other public outreach. After completing a Master’s in Environmental Science from the U of A in 2011, she began working for the City of Tucson. She was pursuing teaching credentials in secondary education earth science when she joined the Public Information and Conservation Office. Some of her current efforts include incorporating STEM topics, recycled water and drought terminology into material, and seeking opportunities for high school students to find relevance to water issues.

Lacey Wieser

Lacey Wieser

Director of K-12 Science and Social Studies, Arizona Department of Education

Lacey Wieser is the Director of K-12 Science and Social Studies at the Arizona Department of Education. Lacey provides standards-based professional development and supports the development, implementation, and assessment of the Arizona Science and Social Studies Standards. Prior to working at the ADE, Lacey earned degrees in entomology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Louisiana State University and is a former high school biology teacher.

Amy Gingell

K-12 Science Specialist, Arizona Department of Education

Amy Gingell is the K-12 Science Specialist for the Arizona Department of Education. Amy provides professional development and instructional support and resources to support the science standards to all K-12 teachers in Arizona. Prior to her position with the ADE, Amy was the K-12 Science Coordinator for Gilbert Public Schools Where she managed the district's elementary science kit program and worked on science curriculum and assessment development for all of the science programs in Gilbert. Amy was a high school chemistry teacher for sixteen years. She holds a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelors of Science degree in Education from the University of Arizona.

Crystal Thompson

Crystal Thompson

Community Relations, Central Arizona Project

Crystal is employed by Central Arizona Project where she’s responsible for community relations programs including charitable contributions, corporate sponsorships, external events, marketing, facility tours and presentations, K-12 and public education, CAP’s websites and Internet strategy. She is also CAP’s liaison with the general public, community groups and Western water resource organizations. Prior to CAP, Crystal worked for The Mirage in Las Vegas as the Assistant Manager of Communications and Services and has a bachelor's in communications from Pepperdine University and a master's of business administration from Arizona State University.

Cathy Rymer

Water Conservation Coordinator, City of Chandler

Cathy Rymer is an Arizona native and has an education degree and biology major from Arizona State University. She worked in the private sector before joining the University of Arizona Maricopa County Extension office where she helped manage the urban horticulture program. For the last nine years Cathy has been involved in water conservation and currently works for the City of Chandler providing educational information and technical assistance through landscaping workshops for residents, publishing monthly conservation tips, supplying conservation programs for schools, as well as analyzing water use for homeowner associations and businesses. Cathy is also a Certified Arborist, Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor, Master Gardener and Project WET facilitator.

Joaquim Delgado

Public Information Specialist, Tucson Water

Joaquim Delgado is a hydrologist by training and a “teacher wannabe” by choice. He feels privileged to have coordinated Tucson Water’s Outreach Program from 1999 until 2010. Joaquim considers the opportunity of fostering a greater stewardship of water in the desert with kids from “K to Gray” to be priceless. Since 2010, he has served as project manager for a multitude of Tucson Water’s rebates ranging from high efficiency toilets and urinals to irrigation upgrade. Joaquim serves as the liaison for Smartscape and coordinates the guided tour program.
Born and raised in the Cape Verde Islands (West Africa), he returned to his homeland upon graduation. After four years managing the construction of several water and sanitation facilities sponsored by UNICEF, he was recruited to manage four Peace Corps programs in Cape Verde. During his four-year tenure as Associate Director for Programming, he managed hundreds of Volunteers serving this tiny African Nation. Upon returning to the US in the mid-nineties, he first served as an AmeriCorps Member and later as AmeriCorps Project Coordinator for an IBM-sponsored initiative that provided computers to at-risk youth attending the Alternative Education Program for Tucson Unified School District. Joaquim was then hired as a Graduate Assistant for Water Education for Arizona Project WET. This two-year assignment paved the way for his dream job with Tucson Water.

Kevin Rolfe

Education Representative Community Outreach, Salt River Project

Kevin Rolfe is the Education Representative for SRP’s Community Outreach department. Kevin spent 13 years in the Chandler Unified School District where he taught 6th, 4th, 3rd, 1st grades and preschool. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California and a Master’s in Educational Psychology from ASU. Kevin leads teacher workshops at SRP in the areas of electricity, hydroelectricity, energy generation, sustainability, global climate change, solar, and many others. Kevin also works with organizations throughout Arizona that provide teachers with outstanding professional development opportunities.

Arizona Project WET Sponsors