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Troy Wineland

2017 Water Leaders Class

T WinelandTroy is a Colorado native with a deep-rooted passion for our state’s most treasured resource. He is Water Commissioner for the Blue River Basin, and earned both his BA and MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder where he focused on water science and policy. Troy worked as a hydrologist for the US Forest Service for nine years, primarily on the Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest. He is an incorrigible volunteer (NRCS, River Watch, soccer coach, chess club), a habitual board member (Blue River Watershed Group, High Country Conservation Center, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District), and a self-professed, serial water wonk! When not administering the surface and ground waters of Summit County, Troy enjoys time with his family, in the company of friends, out in the forest, cooking, reading...​and reveling in the countless beneficial uses of water!

Scott Schreiber

2017 Water Leaders Class

S SchreiberScott is an Associate Water Resource Engineer at Matrix Design Group. He has 11 years of experience with a diverse background in civil engineering. Scott’s water resource experience includes stream restoration design, geomorphic analysis, stormwater management design, water budget analysis, permitting, corridor planning studies, land development, groundwater studies, athletic/golf course design, floodplain evaluations, LID and LEED designs, and drainage infrastructure design. Scott also has worked on international projects such as World Monument Funds sites.

Scott grew up in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia and Tennessee; he became an Eagle Scout and fell in love with nature. His southern upbringing is evident in the first few moments you meet Scott, when he responds with a “yes ma’am,” or “yes sir!” Scott serves the non-profit community in Denver as president of Denver Trout Unlimited and as a member of the CWCB Metro Roundtable, which keeps his finger on the pulse of water activities in Colorado. 


Jessica Olson

2017 Water Leaders Class


J OlsonJessie Olson has worked professionally in the field of ecological restoration since 2003, overseeing restoration and land management projects with non-profits, land trusts, and in the private sector. She holds a master's degree in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at U.C. Berkeley, where she focused on river and wetland restoration design and planning. Jessie joined Left Hand Watershed Oversight Group (LWOG) in 2015 and is responsible for overseeing day to day operations and management of LWOG. In her short tenure at LWOG, Jessie secured over 9 million dollars of funding for river restoration planning and implementation projects on private lands in Left Hand Creek Watershed. She is also working with LWOG staff to carryout activities and projects within LWOG's Stewardship, Outreach and Education, and Watershed Science Programs. Jessie loves all things associated with river restoration projects from stakeholder collaboration, to design development, to implementation, to post-project monitoring and maintenance. Jessie lives in Lafayette, CO, with her husband Brian and daughter Margot but considers Left Hand Creek to be her home watershed.


Emma Regier Reesor

2017 Water Leaders Class

E ReesorwebEmma serves as the Executive Director for the Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project, a local non-profit working to improve the health of the Rio Grande in the San Luis Valley. Emma grew up on the prairies of Kansas and graduated from Bethel College (KS) with a BA in Biology. After moving to the San Luis Valley in 2013, she has applied her skills in biology and restoration ecology through her involvement in the RGHRP and local water community, serving as the Watershed Health Representative for the Rio Grande Basin Roundtable. Emma lives in Alamosa with her husband John and their cats Lola and Gretchen.

Leann Noga

2017 Water Leaders Class

L NogaLeann Noga has worked at the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District for over 13 years. Leann has bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in Business Management and Administration and in 2017 will complete a Master of Finance with a specification in Human Resource. She holds responsibility of all financial activity, budgeting, and auditing for the District and the Fryingpan Arkansas Project. Current projects include the Hydroelectric Power on Pueblo Dam at the base of Pueblo Reservoir. Her career goals include assisting with securing Colorado and Western Water for years to come. She lives in Avondale, Colorado with her husband of 12 years and three children. 

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