Board of Directors


Frank Kinder, Co-Chair
Senior Conservation Specialist
Colorado Springs Utilities

Frank Kinder is a Senior Conservation Specialist for the Water Services Division of Colorado Springs Utilities. His responsibilities include commercial indoor water conservation programs and rebates, and serving on local boards and committees. Prior expertise includes sustainability planning for the US Army at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, implementing broad sustainable solutions such as energy and water conservation, land use planning, green building construction, providing education and outreach, and implementing an ISO 14001 compliant Environmental Management System. He has organized, hosted, managed and presented at conferences, including the yearly Southern Colorado Sustainability Conference. He has a master's degree in Applied Geography with emphasis in Sustainable Development from the University of Colorado and an undergraduate in Finance and Information Technology.

Alyssa Quinn, Co-Chair
Water Conservation Officer
Platte Canyon Water and Sanitation District

Alyssa is a Colorado native and has been at Platte Canyon Water and Sanitation District for 11 years. Her duties range from selling water and sewer tap permits to running the Districts Asset Management program. For the past 7 years she has been in charge of the conservation program where some of her projects include working with the Jefferson County School District and the Learning to Be Water Wise program and running numerous Xeriscape classes. She also works closely with Denver Water and is currently the Chairperson of the Distributor Conservation Committee. Alyssa also is a member of the RMSAWWA Conservation Committee and the Colorado Water Utility Council. In her spare time she loves being with her husband and two little boys.

Amelia Nuding, Co-Treasurer
Water-Energy Analyst
Western Resource Advocates

Amelia Nuding joined Western Resource Advocates in 2010. As a water-energy analyst, she works with utilities, municipalities, and state agencies to align water and energy efficiency programs, improve the integration of water and land use planning, and she conducts technical, spatial, and policy analysis to advance these goals. She has worked in the environmental sector since 2005, and was a science teacher for several years before that. She has a Masters in Water Resources Management from the Bren School at UCSB, and a bachelors in physics from Vassar College.

  Ruth Quade, Co-Treasurer
Water Conservation Coordinator
City of Greeley

Ruth is a Colorado native and received her Bachelors degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Biology with an emphasis in Environmental Studies. She has worked as the Water Conservation Coordinator for the City of Greeley since 1997. In this role, Ruth survived the drought of 2002. Working with landscape professionals, she revised the watering restrictions that had been in place since 1907 from a demand management tool to more closely match the landscape's needs. Ruth's passion has always been the landscape aspect of conservation. Before coming to the city, she managed a local greenhouse and garden center and has been a volunteer with the Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener program since 1994 and chair of RMSAWWA Conservation Committee from 2005-2011.

Lindsey Bashline, Co-Secretary
Customer Relations Specialist
Loveland Water and Power

Lindsey joined Loveland Water and Power in 2009 and works as a Customer Relations Specialist. Lindsey focuses on the residential sector including managing residential energy efficiency, water conservation, renewable energy and customer relations including utility branding, website development and community engagement. During her tenure with the City she has coordinated and developed an array of residential and commercial programs which included program research, design, implementation, measurement and verification.  Lindsey holds a BA in Business Management with a Concentration in Innovational and Organizational Management from Colorado State University.

Nona Shipman, Co-Secretary
Outreach and Recruitment Manager
One World One Water, Metropolitan State University

Nona joined the One World One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship at MSU Denver in April 2013 as the Outreach and Recruitment Manager. Before coming to the OWOW Center she had worked on the statewide Colorado Water 2012 campaign with the Colorado Foundation for Water Education. Originally from Northern Virginia, Nona moved to Denver in 2011 as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer and loved the experience so much she decided to stay in Colorado and pursue further water education opportunities. She has a BA in Communications from Lynchburg College and welcomes the opportunity to incorporate her degree with her passion for raising the awareness of precious resources. Nona likes to spend her free time hiking with her dog Mavett, dancing to bluegrass music, and practicing yoga.

Amy Conklin

Barr Lake and Milton Reservoir Watershed Association (BMW)

Amy Conklin serves as the Coordinator for the Barr Lake and Milton Reservoir Watershed Association (BMW). She received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Colorado College and a Master’s degree in Water Resources Management from the Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She served: as a water quality planner at the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG); a scientist at Parson’s Engineering; on the City of Littleton’s Planning Commission and City Council; on the Executive Committee of the Colorado Municipal League; and as a Legislative Aide for State Rep. Joe Rice. Amy is happily married to Don Conklin. They have 3 grown children. Amy enjoys knitting, yoga, pilates, cooking, gardening and, of course, good food.”

Lindsay Weber
Denver Water, Demand Planning

Lindsay has been with the Demand Planning section at Denver Water since 2008. Her responsibilities include long-term water demand projections, water conservation monitoring and evaluation, demand analysis and GIS analysis. She has bachelor’s degrees in Earth & Planetary Science and Environmental Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, and a master’s in Environmental Studies from University of Colorado at Boulder. While at CU, Lindsay focused on environmental outreach and worked on the children’s book “My Water Comes from the Rocky Mountains.”


Leslie Martien
Water Resources Engineer

Leslie joined Aquacraft in 2002 after completing her Bachelor of Science in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering at the University of Colorado.  Her work with Aquacraft includes residential and commercial audits, water efficient landscape design and system planning projects evaluating new conservation technologies. Leslie contributed to the Guidebook of Best Practices for Municipal Water Conservation in Colorado with an emphasis on landscape water budgets, landscape design, installation, and maintenance, and irrigation efficiency.  She provides training to engineers and utility staff interested in utilizing Aquacraft’s Trace Wizard and Meter Master programs. Leslie continues her association with the University of Colorado as a guest speaker and as an industry representative. She serves on CU’s Joint Evaluation Committee to review the objectives and outcomes of the undergraduate programs in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering. She is an editor for and regular contributor to the Colorado WaterWise newsletter and serves on the Colorado WaterWise Annual Event committee.

Lyle Whitney

Water Conservation Supervisor

Aurora Water

Lyle Whitney works at the City of Aurora's Water Conservation Division.  Lyle received his Bachelor of Science from Gettysburg College in Environmental Studies.  After Gettysburg, he went on to get a Master of Forestry and a Master of Environmental Management at Duke University.  After Duke University, Gamaliel went on to work in the land conservation field, first with Alabama Land Trust, Inc. for five and a half years, and then with Tax Credit Connection, Inc. in Colorado for a year.  He has continued his conservation efforts, expanding from land to water in 2008 coming to work for the City of Aurora's Water Conservation Division and continues to consult for Tax Credit Connection, Inc.  Lyle enjoys rock climbing and bouldering in his free time.

Laura Wing
Water Conservation Administrator
City of Thornton

Laura earned a B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Vermont and moved to Colorado in 1989. She has 21 years experience working for water utilities in water quality, water rights and water conservation. As a Water Conservation Administrator for the City of Thornton, Laura manages water conservation programs including water efficiency incentives/services, social marketing campaigns, and water-wise demonstration gardens.

Becky Fedak
Brendle Group

Becky supports a wide range of projects at Brendle Group, including greenhouse gas inventories; energy profiles; climate and sustainability planning; and on-site energy, water, and waste assessments. She also has extensive experience as a water resources engineer and is well versed in water operations modeling and large scale water resources planning and design. Additionally, Becky has a comprehensive set of business skills, including project management, triple bottom line analysis, and business plan development. With an undergraduate degree in civil and environmental engineering, Becky continued her education with a Master of Science degree in Business Administration focusing on global, social, and sustainable enterprise.  While completing her graduate work, she founded Running Water International, a social enterprise in Kenya, Africa that addresses water resource challenges of the developing world.  She continues to serve as Technical Director for the organization's multi-cultural team. 

Kate Gardener
Senior Water Programs Manager
Center for ReSource Conservation

Kate has been with the Center for ReSource Conservation for the past 5 years where she has managed a variety of large scape conservation project like Garden In A Box and Slow the Flow.  Kate has developed an expertise in irrigation, auditing, landscape conservation and Xeriscape, as well as indoor water efficiency.  Through Kate's ongoing work with 25 regional municipalities, she has gained a deeper understanding of water issues both in the Front Range and in the State of Colorado.

  Lyndsey Lucia
Public Outreach / Field Instrumentation Technician
Northern Water

Lyndsey is a Colorado native and received a Bachelors degree from Colorado State University in Environmental Horticulture with a concentration in Landscape Design. In 2009 Lyndsey joined the Irrigation Management Department at Northern Water. Public Outreach/ Field Instrumentation Technician is the role she plays in the department. Lyndsey is a Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor through the Irrigation Association. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, camping, hiking, yoga, photography and spending time with my family.

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