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, and outreach activities for WMG. She co-directs the River Run Network program, manages the development of the Living Lab & Learning Center, and oversees the growth of the Phoenix branch. 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 Community Water Coalition. She fills her free time with playing ultimate frisbee and dancing and enjoys gardening, bike touring, and camping with her husband Catlow.
Born near Tokyo, but raised in Tucson, Dominick graduated from the U of A in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture. His affinity for the natural environment stems from his participation in park clean-up initiatives, as well as his involvement with project design that emphasizes the use sustainable strategies and locally sourced materials. Dominick enjoys spending his free time outdoors where he can be found hiking, reading, cooking, or fast asleep in a hammock.
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.
Hailing from a mining community in Montana, Nichole has long been passionate about community-driven design and environmental justice. She holds two bachelor’s degrees in architecture and international relations, and received her Master’s in Landscape Architecture at the U of A with an emphasis on development practice and environmental planning. Nichole’s work and interests focus on participatory design, urban ecology, and the impacts and benefits of green infrastructure for social welfare in the broader urban fabric. Nichole’s specializations include site-scale rainwater harvesting design, as well as neighborhood-scale green infrastructure planning, design and implementation.
Trevor graduated from the University of Arizona in 1991 with a degree in Ecology. For ten years he studied the impacts of suburban development on rattlesnakes and Gila monsters. Trevor has practiced riparian and upland restoration across the Sky Island Region for the past 25 years and developed a robust methodology for the assessment, planning and design of restoration projects, which has resulted in over $2,000,000 of on the ground restoration work in SE Arizona, SE New Mexico and northern Sonora.
Malissa is an environmental educator from Austin, Texas who is passionate about community scientific literacy. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Arizona, and a Master’s of Environmental Management from Duke University. Currently, she is an Adjunct Instructor for the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. Malissa enjoys hiking, climbing, native gardening, and talking to the chickens.
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 and Sonora, attempting photography, studying birds and plants, brewing beer, and playing with regionally native vegetation in his yard.
Chloe is currently working on her Masters in Public Administration and holds a B.A. in Theatre, Film, and Television from the University of Arizona. She's particularly interested in using modes of performance to have meaningful and active discourse within communities, particularly surrounding questions at the juncture of environmental and human rights. Hailing from the pine forests of Flagstaff, she's been captured by the uniqueness of the Sonoran Desert. When she can, Chloe enjoys traveling, camping with her dog, and making her own oat milk.
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.
Lincoln got his start in rainwater harvesting in 2007 while attending the University of Arizona where he earned a BS in Environmental Sciences. He has been installing and teaching about rainwater harvesting systems since his first introduction to the practice. He dreams of seeing Tucson become a more verdant community while embracing the wonderful diversity of the Sonoran Desert.
Madeline has always had a deep love for Tucson, her hometown, and a special affinity for the Santa Cruz River. She completed a B.S. in Natural Resources in 2014 and an M.S. in Water, Society, and Policy in 2017, both at the University of Arizona, and worked directly with WMG in developing the River Run Network as part of her graduate project. She is excited to be part of creating a way for people in urban spaces to know, co-exist with, and restore their watersheds. In her off time, you'll probably find Madeline biking around town with her pup, exploring nearby mountain ranges, or trying out new recipes with friends.
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.
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
Courtney first came to Tucson in 2007 to attend the University of Arizona where she earned her BS in Geology. She then pursued her PhD at the University of Maine where she studied climate history. Courtney has worked for the Saguaro National Park helping to better understand the hydrological dynamics of tinajas, bedrock pools that serve as oases for a variety of wildlife during the hottest and driest months. Outside of work, she enjoys volunteering, playing Ultimate Frisbee, backpacking through glacially sculpted landscapes, and visiting family. Fun fact: the only continent she has yet to visit is South America!
Marina is a recent Mechanical Engineering graduate from Northern Arizona University. Currently living in Flagstaff but originally from Sedona, she loves Arizona's diverse ecology and wishes to preserve it. She is passionate about renewable and clean energy systems, and energy conservation. Marina has experience analyzing metering data to reduce energy consumption and simulating solar and wind projects to determine their feasibility. In her free time, she loves to play outside, draw, and play video games.
Adrianna is Diné graduate student at the University of Arizona currently working on their MS in Water, Society, and Policy. They received a BA in Environmental Science from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and are passionate about communities organizing and collaborating to address their needs and secure their futures. In recent years, they have led student communities in their demand for institutional support and recognition of legacies of colonialism. Adrianna is hopeful for our collective water future and urges that we continue to build new, better worlds.
Andria is currently attending Smith College in Northampton, MA and is double majoring in Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy. She is involved with multiple organizations on campus and is her dorm's sustainability representative. She was raised in Tucson, AZ for most of her life and hopes to make meaningful and lasting contributions to the community after completing her degrees. In her free time she enjoys hiking, painting, reading, and spending time with loved ones.
Kayla was born and raised in the Sonoran Desert, the place she will always call home. Having witnessed in her youth the dramatic environmental transformation that occurs with urbanization, Kayla became passionate about treading lightly on this planet and empowering others to do the same. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Plant Systems from the University of Arizona, where she learned to address food insecurity and the ties between social and environmental injustices. Kayla's experiences as an outdoor educator and organic urban farmer have fostered a desire to create resilience within her community. She dreams of a Tucson filled with urban gardens, flowing rivers, and streets filled with pedestrians and cyclists – a dream she is determined to make reality.
Paris is a Tucson native and recent graduate from the University of Arizona. She completed a degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Music. Her environmental interests center around water and natural resource management, as well as microbiology. In her free time, she enjoys playing the drums, boxing, and hanging out with friends.
Shawn is from Dallas, Texas, and currently studies at the University of Arizona. He majors in General Studies with an emphasis on Global and Intercultural Understanding. Shawn is a musician and a dancer. He speaks multiple languages. He lived in Spain for almost 5 years. Where They participated in COP25, various student strikes, and have been vocal about workers' rights in Spain and in The United States. Shawn is an environmental and political activist.