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Ryan Christianson

2016 Water Leaders Class

christiansonRyan Christianson is the chief of the Water Management Group of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Western Colorado Area Office. He received his B.S. in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines,  just as he was beginning his sixteen year career with Reclamation in 1998. After spending 10 years working as a geologist/civil engineer at Reclamation’s Technical Service Center and Four Corners Construction Offices, he hung up the rock pick and began working on water-related issues for the Western Colorado Area Office. Since this transition, his attention has been focused on project operations, primarily the Navajo and Aspinall Units of the Colorado River Storage Project; negotiating a variety of water service and hydropower-related contracts; and serving as the Water Conservation Coordinator. He recently relocated to Grand Junction, Colorado with his wife and two kids.

 

Kristina Wynne

2015 Water Leaders Alumni

Kristina Wynne is a project manager and hydrologist at Bishop-Brogden Associates (BBA).  Her duties at BBA include water rights evaluations, hydrologic and streamflow analyses, water use accounting, historical use studies, non-consumptive needs analyses, and field investigations.  Prior to working at BBA, Kristina worked for various governmental, research, and non-profit institutions including the USGS, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the Pacific Institute, and Trees, Water, & People. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis on water resources from Oklahoma State University and completed a Master of Arts degree in Physical Geography at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Her graduate work was focused on hydrology and fluvial geomorphology and her thesis examines the relationship between high flows and invasive macroinvertebrates in Boulder Creek, Colorado.  Kristina is a Certified Professional Hydrologist with the American Institute of Hydrology.  She served as the president of the Colorado Section of the American Water Resources Association from 2012-2013 and served as the secretary for the Water for People Rocky Mountain Region Committee from 2008-2010.  Kristina is a proud Westerner and grew up in Montana, Oklahoma and Colorado. She currently resides in Denver, CO and enjoys trail running, skiing, traveling, and spending time with her husband and young twins.

Stephanie Scott

2015 Water Leaders Alumni

Stephanie Scott is an emerging water leader in Colorado, however her passion for water and empowering people was not her original career path. Stephanie began her career working with wildlife in many capacities. She has worked to rehabilitate wildlife, had a short stint as a zoo keeper, and spent most of her college career traveling the world to study wildlife management and zoology. Shortly into this wild career path for her she discovered that working directly with animals was not her calling. She began to explore how to get people more connected to their natural resources, which led her to her new found passion in water! Stephanie has been working on the non-profit side of water management since 2013 at Trout Unlimited and has jumped into the many different perspectives of water in Colorado as the Colorado Foundation for Water Education's Leadership and Education Programs Manager. She is a graduate of the highly esteemed Water Leaders program ran by CFWE, was engaged deeply on creating Colorado’s Water Plan, and has worked with municipalities, agriculture and other various stakeholders on water projects in the past. She has extensive work experience doing outreach, education, and building leaders. Stephanie brings a strong passion for building informed individuals and communities across Colorado. Stephanie manages all of CFWE's Leadership (Water Leaders, Water Fluency) and Education (Water Educator Network, Public Tours) Programs and is always available to share her ever-growing passion for water!!  She lives in Thornton with her husband Tyler, their Son Talon, and 95 pound lap dog Roscoe.

Dave Skuodas

2015 Water Leaders Alumni

Dave Skuodas is a Project Manager at the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, where he has worked for the past 5 years in the Design, Construction, and Maintenance Program.  Dave works with local government officials, consulting engineers, and contractors to fund, design, and construct improvements to streams and major drainage systems in the Greater Denver Metropolitan area.  Prior to working for the District he worked as an engineering consultant for 9 years in Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado. 

Susan Ryan

Susan Ryan is a partner at the law firm of Ryley Carlock & Applewhite in Denver, whose practice focuses on helping municipalities, water and sanitation districts, and industrial water users with their long-term water planning goals as well as their immediate water needs. Susan’s experience includes water rights quantification, augmentation plans, substitute water supply plans, recharge projects, conditional water rights, tribal water rights, and exchanges.  Susan has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder and a law degree from the University of Denver. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, running, hiking, yoga, and lives in Boulder with her husband and son.  

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