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

Drew Rostain

Water Conservation Specialist, City of Chandler

Drew Rostain is a Water Conservation Specialist for the City of Chandler. He has worked for the City of Chandler for 5 years in Water Quality and Water Conservation. He provides educational, technical, and hands-on assistance for residents and non-residential customers. He also works with water utility customers to make water saving recommendations and analyze water usage. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in the School of Sustainability from Arizona State University. In addition, he has a Grade 3 Water Treatment, Grade 2 Distribution, Public Manager Certificate from Arizona State University, Backflow Tester Certification, and Certified Master Gardener.

Sarah Sleasman

K-12 and STEM Director, Arizona Department of Education

Sarah Sleasman is the K-12 Science & STEM Director at the Arizona Department of Education. Within this role, Sarah provides updates on standards for science and computer science. She provides professional development and instructional support for integrated standards-based Science and STEM instruction. Sarah has taught in a variety of elementary classes for eleven years. In addition, she works as a Faculty Educator with SRP. Sarah graduated with her Bachelor's degree from Portland State University and a Master's degree from Concordia University in Oregon before moving to Arizona.

Gina Conrow

Water Resource Specialist , City of Phoenix Water Services Department

Gina Conrow is a Water Resource Specialist for the City of Phoenix Water Services Department. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sustainability from ASU’s School of Sustainability, and is an Arizona native. She started her career with the City of Phoenix in the Public Works Zero Waste team, where she provided education for schools, businesses and residents. She now works for Water Services in the Community Education & Outreach division. She manages the school outreach program and supports adult education focused on water conservation and efficiency. She also works with the public information group and administers the departments social media pages.

Melissa Sikes

Water Management Assistance Program Coordinator, Arizona Department of Water REsources

Melissa Sikes is the Water Management Assistance Program (WMAP) Coordinator in the Active Management Area (AMA) section at the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR). At ADWR, Melissa is responsible for the WMAP grants and coordinating the $2,000,000 Groundwater Conservation Grant appropriated by the legislature for fiscal year 2018-2019. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainability with an emphasis in ecosystems from Arizona State University. Prior to her work at ADWR, she worked at the University of Arizona as a research assistant in an entomology lab.

Amy Peterson

Water Conservation Specialist, City of Surprise

Amy Peterson is a Water Conservation Specialist for the City of Surprise. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Southern California, but has been a proud Arizona resident since 2016. Prior to transitioning into water conservation, she worked for the City of Surprise as a wastewater treatment operator and frequently presents to local elementary schools on the basics of wastewater treatment processes and the importance of responsible flushing. She also earned first place at the American Water Works Association’s inaugural Women’s Division Hydrant Hysteria National competition where she assembled a fire hydrant in under two minutes. In addition to holding ADEQ certifications in all four disciplines of water and wastewater treatment, she is also a certified Master Gardener and enjoys marrying all of her fields of water knowledge through education and outreach within the West Valley community.

Deina Burns

Water Conservation Coordinator, City of Chandler

Deina Burns is the water conservation coordinator for the City of Chandler, where she provides educational, technical and hands-on assistance for residents and businesses, water use analysis and recommendations for homeowner associations, parks and businesses. Additionally she coordinates various conservation programs provides presentations for schools and adult education. She is a Certified Master Gardener, a Grade 4 Distribution, Grade 3 Water Treatment and Grade 2 Wastewater Operator and a Cross-Connection Specialist. She received a BS in Business and Marketing from Grand Canyon University. She has worked for the city of Chandler for 22 years in Water Quality and Conservation.

Katie Moe

K-12 STEM Coach, Chandler Unified School District

Katie Moe is the K-12 STEM Coach for Chandler Unified School District. She works with teachers and site leadership on increasing STEM opportunities and building upon STEM culture. She also works alongside the science curriculum team to strategically implement authentic science and STEM experiences into the classroom. Professional development, visioning, and community partnerships are all within the scope of her work. Katie has an intentional focus on strong community partnerships. This showcases the STEM/Science pathways throughout the K-12 system and into college and future careers.

Barbara Reinert

Curriculum Science Specialist PreK-12, Scottsdale Unified School District

Barbara Reinert has been in public education for 30 years. She has been with SUSD for the past 21. Ms. Reinert has taught Preschool, 2nd, 3rd, 5thand 6th grades general education but spent the bulk of her years teaching middle school science both 7th and 8th grade. Barb also was an adjunct faculty member at Scottsdale Community College where she taught Science Methods. In her current role, Barb is responsible the science curriculum, resources, programs and professional development for PreK-12.

Judy Meredith

K-12 Science Curriculum Coach , Peoria Unified School District

Judy Meredith is the K-12 Science Curriculum Coach for Peoria Unified School District. Judy provides professional development and instructional support to teachers, develops curriculum and resources to be used in classrooms, and creates aligned end of course assessments for all science programs in the district. Judy has taught junior high science, worked as an Instructional Technology Specialist and later as an Instructional Specialist. Judy also teaches Science Methods to preservice teachers for Northern Arizona University. Judy holds a Bachelor of Science in Resource Management from Northern Arizona University, a Masters in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and a second Masters in Administration from Northern Arizona University.

Esmie Avila

Water Conservation Coordinator, City of Avondale

Esmie Avila is the water conservation coordinator for the City of Avondale, where she provides educational and technical assistance for residents, and coordinates conservation programs for schools, as well as analyzing water use for homeowner associations and businesses. She is an Arizona Grade 2 Water Treatment and Distribution Operator, a Certified Master Gardener, International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist. She has worked for the city of Avondale for 29.5 years in various public works capacities.

Jill Brumand

Water Conservation Specialist, City of Scottsdale

Jill Brumand works for the City of Scottsdale as a Water Conservation Specialist and for ASU as a Faculty Associate with the School of Sustainability. She started her career supporting environmental curriculum during her time with University of Advancing Technology as a sustainability professor where she developed college courses around energy and water topics. She is particularly interested in the water/energy nexus and supporting robust programming for students of all ages to promote water and energy resource literacy. She received an MSc in Energy and the Environment from Lancaster University in the UK, as well as a BS in Sustainability and a BA in Geography, both from Arizona State University.

Kelli Ramirez

Communications Representative, Central Arizona Project

Kelli works for Central Arizona Project, where she is responsible for stakeholder newsletters, marketing & advertising, K-12 and public education, CAP’s websites and internet strategy. She has been at CAP for 14 years and has a bachelor’s in journalism from Northern Arizona University.

Sara Alloway

Community Water Resources Coordinator, Liberty Utilities

Sara Alloway is the Community Water Resources Coordinator for Liberty Utilities in Arizona and Texas. Prior to working for Liberty Utilities, Sara obtained her degree in Environmental Science from Northern Arizona University and was an Instructional Specialist for Arizona Project WET. Some of her current efforts include drought management training, developing and evaluating water conservation programs, and coordinating workshops and tours. Sara believes that educating Arizona’s youth about water conservation and sustainability is the key to creating a more sustainable future for Arizona.

Candice Rupprecht

Water Conservation Manager , Tucson Water

Candice Rupprecht is the Water Conservation Manager at Tucson Water, southern Arizona’s largest public water utility. In this role she has primary responsibility for water conservation planning, conservation research and the suite of education and efficiency programs offered to customers. In her four years at Tucson Water she has launched two new rebate programs, partnered on several water use analysis projects and is working to automate and enhance conservation services by the utility. Prior to working at Tucson Water, Candice worked at the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center for seven years, where she focused on water education, outreach and conservation research. She holds a B.S. in Geosciences and a M.S. in Hydrology, both from the University of Arizona.

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.

John Rasmussen

Program Manager, Bureau of Reclamation Phoenix Area office

John Rasmussen has been working on planning studies in the Bureau of Reclamation’s Phoenix Area Office since 2015. He is a registered geologist and has over 25 years of experience in water resource related fields in both private consulting and government service. Prior to joining the Phoenix Area Office, John worked with the Yavapai County Water Advisory Committee where he was involved in multiple Arizona water resource issues. He spent much of his career in Oregon where he received a Master of Science degree in geophysics, worked as a consultant in the geotechnical and hydrogeologic fields and as a hydrologist on Reclamation's Klamath Project. He has taught community college geology and worked as an interpretive ranger with the National Park Service.

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