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2017 Water Leaders Class


M DeLariaMichelle is a unit manager in the permits section of the Water Quality Control Division. Her unit drafts permits for wastewater treatment facility discharges that protect receiving waters. Michelle also serves as a commissioner on the Arvada Urban Renewal Authority where she advocates for multifamily redevelopment to reduce water demand and environmental impacts while providing economic benefits to the community. She has a Master's in Environmental Science and Engineering from Colorado School of Mines. In her free time, Michelle and her family can be found walking their dogs around Arvada.


Logan Burba

2017 Water Leaders Class

L BurbawebLogan graduated from CSU with a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering in 2007 and began her career at Leonard Rice Engineers following graduation. There, she focused on water rights, water supply planning, permitting, modeling, and conservation planning. In 2014, she made the move to the South Metro Water Supply Authority to continue her work in water resources. The regional and collaborative focus of the organization is a great passion of Logan’s, working through challenging projects and issues with a number of water utilities and professionals to bring people together in creative and mutually beneficial solutions. In addition to developing and leading a regional conservation subcommittee, managing a regional aaster plan update, and contributing to regional outreach efforts, Logan’s primary focus at SMWSA has been in the construction and implementation of the WISE project. This is a regional partnership between 10 of SMWSA’s members, Aurora Water, and Denver Water, providing a new renewable water supply to the south metro region.


Logan is a Colorado native and lives in Littleton with her husband, 1 year old son, dog, and chickens. As a typical Coloradan, she enjoys the great outdoors, traveling, frequenting local breweries, and playing with water!


Jackie Brown

2017 Water Leaders Class

J BrownJackie Brown begged her parents to move from California to Colorado in the early 80's as a toddler, sensing that Colorado would offer more intellectual stimulation in its water community. Submitting to her accurate appraisal, she is currently the Water and Natural Resource Policy Advisor to Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, representing Energy on the Colorado Water Congress Board of Directors. Tri-State is a not-for-profit wholesale electric power provider owned by the 43 co-ops and public power districts in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming that it serves with a varied generation portfolio inclusive of coal, wind, solar, hydropower, and natural gas. Jackie works on external affairs and policy issues in each of the aforementioned four states, and on Colorado River Basin Issues on behalf of Tri-State. Jackie studied History at the University of Colorado and Water Resources at Colorado State University, and serves as Vice-Chair of the Yampa White Green Basin Roundtable and a Director on Board of the Nebraska Water Balance Alliance. Mrs. Brown tolerates cold swims through rapids, though much prefers any river from the boatman's seat.

Devon Buckels

2017 Water Leaders Class

D BuckelsDevon Buckels is a civic-minded Denver native. She has public, private and non-profit sector experience working for healthy and sustainable communities, highlighting the relationship between the built environment and public and ecological health. She has a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a Certification in Sustainability Leadership and Implementation from the Daniels College of Business.

Professional experience includes community and land use planning, infrastructure financing, development facilitation, alternative transportation planning, historic preservation planning, civic engagement, organizational and process improvement, strategic planning and creation of strategic partnerships for funding. She has also worked to assist communities and businesses to realize financial and economic benefits through sustainability actions. Recent experience includes leading a regional consortium of 40 organizations focused on watershed protection, water awareness, and water quality improvements in the South Platte River Watershed. Project experience includes managing a series of river corridor plans, working in partnership with The Greenway Foundation. Devon is now the Director of The Water Connection, the policy and water resources arm of The Greenway Foundation.

Josh Baile

2017 Water Leaders Class

J BaileAs the Assistant District Manager for Willows Water District in Centennial, Colorado, Josh has been developing and sustaining a culture of excellence for the last three years. He is passionate about protecting water quality through viable sustainability.

Josh started operating water and wastewater plants in 1991 for a local municipality and hasn’t looked back. Over the last 25 years he has managed all aspects of water resources, treatment, construction, and capital planning for local communities and Title 32 Special Districts. He is a nationally certified water, wastewater, and industrial wastewater operator.

In 2010, Josh started an environmental consulting firm called HYDROLYSIS, which specializes in project management of CIP projects.  He also has extensive experience in membranes and UV treatment processes and operator training related to water.

Josh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.  He is married with two teenage boys (yikes!).  He is a Colorado native and is an avid backpacker, hiker, and fly fisherman. He has coached all levels of baseball and basketball for over 15 years.


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