Sonja Chavez


Sonja Chavez represents Gunnison County on the Board of Directors. Sonja Chavez serves as the General Manager of the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District (UGRWCD) whose mission is to be an active leader in all issues affecting the water resources of the Upper Gunnison Basin. Sonja is a native Coloradan and comes

Scott Mcinnis


Scott and his wife Lori are both members of long-time multi-generational Colorado families. They reside in Grand Junction, Colorado and spend free time with their family, enjoying the outdoors and the public lands. Scott studied Business at Mesa and Fort Lewis Colleges, and attended the Colorado Police Academy. He received his law degree

Taylor Hawes


Taylor Hawes serves as the Colorado River Program Director for The Nature Conservancy.  The Program’s goal is to conserve the freshwater biodiversity of the Colorado River Basin while also meeting human demands for water.  Her responsibilities include coordinating TNC’s freshwater conservation efforts across the Colorado River Basin, synthesizing priority strategies, working with key stakeholders

Marti Whitmore


Martha “Marti” Whitmore represents Ouray County. Marti Whitmore has practiced law in Colorado since 1978, primarily in water, environmental permitting and compliance, public lands and natural resources. Her experience includes representation of municipal water providers and other water users on both sides of the Continental Divide. She is currently the County Attorney for

Doug Monger


Doug Monger represents Routt County. He is a fourth generation Routt County native, operates an accounting practice and is a livelong rancher. He was president of the Colorado Commissioner Association in 2007 and served on its board of directors from 2004 through 2010. He is president of the Colorado Water Resources and Power

Steve Acquafresca


Steve Acquafresca represents Mesa County and was reappointed to the Colorado River District Board in January 2017 having previously served from 2011-2014. Mr. Acquafresca has been an advocate for the agricultural community while being actively engaged in farming, conservation, business, community affairs, and public policy-making. As a former Colorado state legislator, Mr. Acquafresca

Steve Beckley


Steve Beckley was appointed to the Board of Directors in January of 2021. Steve grew up in the Rocky Mountains and turned a lifelong interest in caving into a successful business, opening Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in 1999. In 2015, Steve and Jeanne partnered with another couple to open the Iron Mountain Hot

Tom Gray


Tom Gray represents Moffat County. He is a former Moffat County Commissioner and has been a county resident, rancher, water rights holder and active church member for 35 years. Mr. Gray serves on the Yampa/White/Green Basin Roundtable, County Land Use Board, Yampa River Basin Partnership as chairman, Wisconsin Ditch Company president, Fair Board

John Ely


John Ely represents Pitkin County. He is the county attorney for Pitkin County government, a position that has put him in the forefront of water issues in a county that is the headwaters for the Roaring Fork River. Mr. Ely’s current term expires January 2023. Back to Board of Directors

Alden Vanden Brink


Alden Vanden Brink represents Rio Blanco County and was appointed in January 2015. Mr. Vanden Brink is currently employed by the Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District, after serving as a Director for 4 years. Mr. Vanden Brink also serves as the Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District representative to the Yampa / White /

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