Board of Directors & Staff

Ruth Quade
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.


Alyssa Quinn
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-Chair
Sr. Water Analyst
Western Resource Advocates

Amelia Nuding joined Western Resource Advocates in 2010. She works with utilities, municipalities, and state agencies to align water and energy efficiency programs, and to improve the integration of water and land use planning. She conducts technical, spatial, and policy analysis to advance these goals.  She has a Masters in Water Resources Management from the Bren School at UCSB, and a bachelors in physics from Vassar College.


Lyndsey Lucia, Co-Treasurer
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 family.          

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. During her tenure with the City she has coordinated and developed an array of residential and commercial programs.  Lindsey holds a BA in Business Management with a Concentration in Innovational and Organizational Management from Colorado State University.

Darren Nowels
Water Program Manager: Audit and Retrofit Programs
Center for ReSource Conservation

Originally from Maryland, Darren received a BA in Political Science from the University of Washington and decided to make Colorado his home base in 2010. Having joined the Center for ReSource Conservation in 2016, Darren manages a variety of water conservation programs designed to make it easy and affordable for homeowners to save water both inside and outside the home. Chief among these programs is the Slow the Flow sprinkler inspection program that enables homeowners to get the most out of their sprinklers, saving water and making their grass healthier. Before joining CRC, Darren served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia for 3 years, designing school curriculum used to teach children to be environmental stewards. In his spare time, Darren enjoys cycling, hiking, skiing, and cooking.



Diana Denwood, Co-Secretary
Senior Water Conservation Specialist
Aurora Water

Diana Denwood is a Senior Water Conservation Specialist at Aurora Water specializing in commercial and multifamily properties. She joined the City of Aurora Planning Department in 2009 as an energy grants specialist and moved to the Water Department in 2011 to continue her efforts in sustainable living. Diana’s career theme is resource conservation, efficiency and ecological preservation. She has a masters degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado Denver with an emphasis in environmental planning, and a bachelors degree in sociology from the University of Illinois.

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. 



Renee Davis, Co-Treasurer
Denver Water

Renee is a licensed professional engineer specializing in water and environmental issues. Renee's recent focus has been water efficiency but her experience also includes water treatment. Renee has worked as a researcher and now she is in the trenches as a water conservation specialist. Renee is a current member of Longmont’s Water Board. Renee grew up in the Upper Arkansas River Basin, which has given her an additional perspective on water issues. By working with Colorado WaterWise, Renee can help other water conservation departments be more effective and coordinated.



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.


Keith Schweiger
Irrigation Manager
Arrowhead Landscape Services   

Keith Schweiger is a Senior Irrigation Manager at Arrowhead Landscape Services in Golden. He has decades of experience in this field, and is also on the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC) board. He has extensive knowledge of best practices in efficient irrigation of landscapes.  


Melissa Brasfield
Colorado WaterWise

Melissa Walford joined us in February and has an extensive background in water resource management and conservation. She has worked for Denver Water and Tampa Bay Water as well as government agencies and private sector. She has worked on projects related to groundwater management, rainwater harvesting, conservation, as well as outreach and education efforts. Please contact her with any questions or needs - or just to say hi! - at

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