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Josh Nims

2017 Water Leaders Class

J NimsJosh is a senior water resources engineer with the City of Westminster where he is involved with water rights management and water supply planning. He started working with the City in 2003 after completing a Master of Water Resources degree from the University of New Mexico. He lives in Boulder with his wife and their twin fourth-graders and as a family they all love enjoying the Colorado outdoors with their silly dog.

Christopher Kurtz

2017 Water Leaders Class

 

C KurtzChris Kurtz is a project manager and water resources engineer at CDM Smith in the Denver office where he serves as technical lead on state, regional, and municipal water resource plans. Chris specializes in water resources systems analysis and modeling as it relates to planning for municipal water, wastewater, reclaimed systems, agriculture users, and environmental and recreational needs. As a consulting engineer Chris enjoys combining his passion for problem solving and water stewardship to help solve his clients’ most pressing issues. Outside of work, Chris finds happiness spending time with his wife, Ann, and their goofy pup, Berta. When not enjoying the company of family and friends in and around Denver, Chris can be found standing in a river waving a fly rod, or at least planning when that next chance might come.

 

 

 

Alexander Funk

2017 Water Leaders Class

 

A FunkAlex is the Southwest Policy Analyst and Staff Attorney for the National Young Farmers Coalition where he coordinates state and Federal policy efforts to help the next generation of farmers and ranchers grapple with a changing climate and water resource challenges. He graduated from Virginia Tech, with a degree in Environmental Policy and Planning, and Vermont Law School, where he specialized in natural resource law.  Alex has worked on a number of water projects bringing together multiple stakeholders to benefit both agriculture and the environment, including a recent restoration effort in the Colorado River headwaters. When not working, Alex can often be found on top of a nearby 13er or pondering a ski-hut trip. 

 

Heather Justus

2017 Water Leaders Class

H Justus 3Heather currently serves as Water Resources Program Analyst for the Town of Castle Rock. Heather is responsible for coordinating the town’s water resources including the non-renewable groundwater supply and various renewable supplies. This includes the capital improvement management, water portfolio management, utility master plan support, long range utility planning, and supporting water resources facilities operations.  Prior to joining the Castle Rock water resources team in 2014, Heather worked as a groundwater and water rights consultant for 17 years with Leonard Rice Engineers, Inc. 

Heather earned a bachelor of science degree in Geology from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado. She is a licensed professional geologist in Arizona, Wyoming and Washington as well as a certified professional geologist through AIPG. Heather relocated to Castle Rock with her husband, David and her two children, Noah and Abbi. In addition, she is a certified swim official and enjoys spending time with her family.

Sarah Dominick

2017 Water Leaders Class

S DominickSarah Dominick is a Senior Water Resource Engineer at Denver Water in Denver, Colorado.  She currently manages the utility’s Integrated Resource Plan which aims to establish a secure water future for Denver Water’s customers through 2065.  She is a Past Chair of the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Water Works Association and has worked with the Denver Sister City of Axum, Ethiopia, on their water system.  She holds two degrees from the Colorado School of Mines:  a Bachelors of Science in Engineering with a Civil Specialty and a Masters of Science in Environmental Science and Engineering.  Her Masters Thesis topic was Endocrine Disrupting Activity Changes during Water Reclamation Processes.  

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