I wasn’t born in Tucson, or even in Arizona, but I’ve lived here since 1967. Growing up in the Sonoran Desert and experiencing an active outdoor lifestyle that included sports, scouting, hiking, photography and astronomy has given me a tremendous appreciation for the natural treasures our region has to offer, from the dark skies and bright stars overhead, to the wildlife, minerals and water in the environment and under our feet.
While my education at the University of Arizona in Tucson included a degree in computers and Management Information Systems, my passions eventually led me toward public outreach and educational programs. For many years I worked at the Kitt Peak National Observatory introducing visitors and residents alike to the night sky wonders of southern Arizona. Now, through APW, my experience and focus is directed to a different, but even more critical natural resource – water.
As the Pinal County Water Programs Coordinator, I have an opportunity to work with teachers, students, and businesses all over the county to develop an awareness of our water resources. Unfortunately, like dark skies and our precious water supplies, much of the southern Arizona ecosystem that I’ve enjoyed is sadly vanishing. I’ve worked hard to study, understand, and preserve this unique environment as a legacy not just for my own son, but for the people of this state and the countless visitors who also seek the pleasures, benefits, and experiences of the desert southwest. As a member of this team, and with our educational programs, I hope to make a difference in the conservation ethic of Arizonans about water and all of our natural resources.