River District Celebrates New & Transitioning Staff

Betty Diaz

At the end of 2022, the Colorado River District welcomed Betty Diaz to the Finance Team as the new District Accountant. Betty grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley but left for Denver for a couple of years to pursue her degree in Accounting. She graduated from the University of Denver with her Bachelors and Master of Accountancy in 2015. She moved back to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2017 to re-establish her roots on the Western Slope. She loves either spending time outdoors with her small family and two dogs or snuggling up to read a good book.

Rebecca Briesmoore

The newest member of the River District team, Rebecca Briesmoore came on board in early 2023 as a Water Resources Engineer & Project Manager. Rebecca has a Civil Engineering degree from Iowa State University and previously worked in Illinois as a Hydraulic Engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Growing up along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, she discovered her passion for water early and still enjoys spending time meandering along Colorado’s many streams and shorelines and dipping her toes in the water. While starting her job at the River District, Rebecca wrapped up a Master of Environmental Management degree from Western Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, camping, skiing, and traveling.

Melissa Wills

At the Second Quarterly Board Meeting of 2023, Director of Strategic Partnerships Amy Moyer took a moment to celebrate Melissa Will’s promotion to Community Funding Partnership Program Manager. Melissa joined the River District in the spring of 2022 as Program Associate for Partnerships, Records, and Contracts.

“Melissa’s promotion is well-deserved recognition for the exceptional work she has done in her previous capacity as a Program Associate,” said Amy Moyer, Director of Strategic Partnerships. “It also speaks to the growing interest in and impact of the Community Funding Partnership.”

While Amy Moyer will still be involved with Community Funding Partnership (CFP) programming, Melissa’s new role is an exciting step forward for the River District and the CFP team to take on a more impactful scope of work in water projects, grant funding, and water policy throughout the District’s 15 counties.