Watershed Management Group Staff
Lisa Shipek is a founding member of Watershed Management Group and has served as the Executive Director since 2006. Lisa directs fundraising, strategic development, financial planning, community engagement, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion activities for WMG. She co-directs the River Run Network program and manages the development of the Living Lab & Learning Center. Her specialized skills include developing experiential education programs; building community coalitions; and adapting technical information for public consumption. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and an M.A. in Latin American Studies. Lisa gives back to the community through serving on advisory boards, which has included: Tucson’s Environmental Services Advisory Committee, Tucson’s Transit Task Force, Tucson Conserve to Enhance, and the Santa Cruz Watershed Collaborative. Lisa was honored to be invited to join Women at the Top in 2020, a Tucson-based business networking group. She fills her free time with playing ultimate frisbee and dancing and enjoys gardening, bike touring, and camping with her husband Catlow.
Charlie graduated from Dickinson College in 2012 with a B.S. in Physics and has worked in environmental education and non-profit communications. He ventured from Pennsylvania to Tucson in early 2016 and has become enchanted by the Sonoran Desert and Tucson community. Charlie is passionate about using community education to help drive sustainable decision-making on an individual basis and in city decision-making. Charlie will be the first person to contact for anyone interested in WMG’s Green Living Co-op and for anything related to the Monsoon Squad. Charlie likes playing soccer, cooking, and dancing with his two left feet.
Originally from Mexico, raised in New England, and well-traveled the world over, Alan is a multi-cultural conservation biologist who enjoys working on-the-ground with diverse communities. As an advocate for the careful study, stewardship, and sustainable management of our planet's most vulnerable ecosystems, Alan strives to empower the people who rely most directly on nature's essential services - such as access to clean water, which Alan considers to be a human right. Alan is passionate about exploring the Gulf of California along with the rivers, riparian corridors, sky islands, and lowland ecosystems of the Desert Southwest, and looks forward to stewarding his watershed with the good people of Tucson. On days off, Alan likes to explore magical places on foot with his dog, Bone, write educational books, make art, and capture pictures of flora, fauna and landscapes. He also loves citizen science, live music, craft beer, and sitting around a fire with friends.
Cindy is a first generation Mexican American from a small agricultural city in California. She is passionate about teaching environmental science lessons while surrounded by nature. Cindy received a BS in Environmental Studies at San Jose State University. She has over 6 years experience as a K-12 outdoor and science instructor and providing STEM opportunities for underrepresented communities. She completed two years of service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania, Africa. After Peace Corps, she received a Master's in Education at the UA and earned her AZ Teaching Certification. She is trilingual, a native Spanish speaker with proficiency in conversational Swahili. In her free time, Cindy enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her newborn son.
Sky is a southwest native who loves our region's diverse biology, culture, and landscapes. He has worked primarily as a nonprofit administrator, naturalist/biologist, IT specialist, and website developer for organizations including Sky Island Alliance, The University of Arizona, SWCA Biological Consultants, National Park Service, among others. Sky is dedicated to protecting the region’s biodiversity through conservation action and lifestyle choices. In his free time, Sky enjoys exploring remote and wild parts of Arizona, Sonora and the greater Southwest, attempting photography, studying birds and plants, and growing native plants in his yard.
Sam Jones is a recent graduate from the University of Arizona with a Masters in Landscape Architecture. They studied Sustainability and Landscape Architecture while an undergrad at Arizona State University. Having been born and raised in the Sonoran Desert, Sam recognizes the unique challenges designers must face when working in an arid environment. Their passion is to create water-conscious landscapes that utilize green infrastructure techniques to promote healthy ecological functions in the urban environment.
Born in Eindhoven, Netherlands, James traveled around a lot in his youth. Eventually settling in Oregon, where he studied fluvial geomorphology and environmental restoration. Working in conservation, restoration and monitoring throughout the western US, James eventually made his way to Tucson. He is excited to take his expertise and passion for botany and for hydrology, and create real world change in the southwest.
Anthony is a Tucson native who wants nature and people to work together. As an environmental scientist he has studied plants, water, and climate across the Southwest and holds a M.S. in Watershed Management and EcoHydrology. He is excited to be part of a team that turns science into action and conservation, and hopes to one day become a green infrastructure guru. When not working, you may see Anthony riding his skateboard through town on his way to check out some live music.
Zoe Alexandra Martin is a spanish american artist with roots in the Sonoran Desert. Zoe studied ecology and art at the University of Arizona, which she combines in her design work. A daughter of ethnobotanists, she has developed a special sensitivity and respect towards the living world, and will kindly guide you in nurturing a habitat for all desert dwellers at your home.
Lauren has a B.S. in Watershed Hydrology and Management from the University of Arizona. As a Tucson native, Lauren has a passion for the environment and the community in this area and wants to continue spreading this excitement for nature, water and people through her work with the River Run Network. Lauren enjoys hiking, drinking coffee and reading in her spare time.
Joaquin specializes in building resilience in diverse communities by enhancing the connections between people, culture, and natural resources. Joaquin brings vast experience on the multicultural border region between the US and Mexico, where he has implemented community-based approaches to watershed management, river restoration, geo-tourism, conservation of native peoples, and best practices for the ranching community. His past work has been with the Sonoran Institute and as a consultant for National Geographic Society and other organizations. Joaquin is a graduate of the University of Arizona with MSc in Natural Resources and Agricultural Economics and a PhD in Renewable Natural Resources Studies with an emphasis on management, policy and economics of natural resources. A native of Sonora, Mexico and resident of Arizona, Joaquin is fluent in both Spanish and English.
Born and raised in the Colorado River Delta region, Luis always wondered why his native hometown of San Luis Río Colorado was named after a river that seldom flowed through there. As a result, Luis completed a B.S. degree in Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona in 2017. During his time at the university, Luis began to understand the complex relationship between rivers and their users, and decided to pursue a career that emphasizes community-centric, ecological approaches to educating the public about environmental issues of the Southwest and natural resource conservation. Luis is fluent in both Spanish and English, and you can find him reading, writing, cooking, or playing drums at home when he’s not digging through crates at record stores or looking for a good place to set up a hammock on top of a nearby mountain.
Catlow Shipek is a founding member of Watershed Management Group. He received a MSc in Watershed Management from the University of Arizona. Catlow has over ten years of experience in applied watershed management, planning and policy specializing in urban applications like water harvesting, green infrastructure, stream restoration, and eco-sanitation. Catlow has worked on several successful local policy initiatives including Tucson's Green Streets Active Practice Guidelines, Tucson Water's residential rainwater rebate program, Tucson's residential greywater ordinance revision process, and through the Complete Streets Taskforce the adoption of Tucson's Complete Streets Policy. Catlow has served on the Citizens’ Water Advisory Committee for Tucson Water including Chair of the Conservation & Education subcommittee and on the University of Arizona's School of Natural Resource and the Environment's advisory board. Catlow currently serves on the Complete Streets Coordinating Council following the 2019 adoption of the Complete Streets policy. Catlow's passion is to link people to their local environment for improved stewardship and prosperity.
Eliza is a lifelong advocate with a passion for making environmental concepts and spaces accessible to the general public. Eliza most recently worked at an environmental organization in North Carolina, where she managed communications, led the renewable energy program, and coordinated advocacy campaigns regarding river protection, better public transit, safeguarding regional forests and more. She previously worked as a freelance writer and editor and as the Assistant Director of the Writing Center at Warren Wilson College, and also graduated from Warren Wilson with a double major in Latin American Studies and Creative Writing. Eliza is elated to join the Watershed Management Group and to get to work restoring her local watershed. In her free time, Eliza can be found exploring the Sonoran Desert, rock climbing, and hanging out with her mellow Great Pyrenees named Maggie.
Harold joined WMG in 2019. He has graduate degrees in Urban and Environmental Planning, and in Sustainable Development. Harold has supported community led projects in the US, Mexico, Ecuador, and Thailand, specializing in the integration of water resources management and land use planning, indigenous planning, and using exploratory scenario planning for sustainable and adaptive solutions. When not working, he likes to travel to distant places, hike, raft, do yoga, and eat.
Watershed Management Group Interns
Lexie is a junior undergraduate studying Wildlife Management at the University of Arizona. She is working with the Watershed Management Group as a River Restoration Planning, Site Assessment, Design and Implementation Intern. As a hands-on learner, she enjoys the time spent outside learning new skills that will be relevant in her future endeavors. When she has time away from studying, working, and interning, she enjoys traveling and enjoying nature either by mountain biking or hiking. Lexie is a Tucson native and knows a lot about the area. If there's one thing she knows, it's where to find a good place to eat! Her favorite foods include, cheese enchiladas, ice cream, and sushi. Whenever she finds downtime, she enjoys spending time at home with her two rottweilers, Bear and Bella.
Sarah Dannenbrink is an Alaska-born, Oregon-raised, resident of Tucson since 2018, where she currently studies French and Latin-American Politics at the University of Arizona. Her internship with the Watershed Management Group is inspired, in part, by a semester’s-worth of geography and environmental studies classes, and even more so by her lifelong love of the outdoors and passion for implementing sustainable lifestyle practices. Apart from environmental sustainability, Sarah is also interested in sustainable food systems (shout-out to Laurel Bellante at the U of A!), and any activity that involves spending time with friends, but especially rock climbing, singing, dancing, slack-lining, frisbee, cooking, mountain biking, and so much more!
Vivek is a Fulbright Scholar at The University of Arizona, doing a master’s in Hydrology and Water Resources. He earned his bachelor's degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi, India. He has previously worked with the Government of India on watershed management in rural India, and with a research organization on groundwater policy advocacy. Vivek is passionate about groundwater hydrology and would like to see people around the world know more about their groundwater, and come together to manage it sustainably.
Amanda Minke is currently attending the University of Arizona studying environmental science. She has been working with water quality for the last 6 years, and am interested in being able to provide clean water for both people and the environment. Amanda was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She is involved in engineering organizations on campus and enjoys solving problems. She has a dog named gadget and enjoys creating things in her free time.
I was born and raised in the Endless Mountains northeast of Scranton, Pennsylvania. I received a BA in Geography from West Chester University in 2016. From 2017 to 2019 I served in the Peace Corps as an agriculture volunteer in northern Madagascar before moving to Tucson to pursue a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona. I became passionate about preservation, restoration, ecology, and renewable energy after witnessing first-hand the detrimental environmental effects and the boom and bust economics of the growing hydraulic fracturing industry in Pennsylvania. In my free time I enjoy exploring Arizona, hiking, reading and running.