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.
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 is currently pursuing a Master’s in Landscape Architecture at the U of A. Her interests lie in urban ecology, and how to design places that mutually support human and natural communities. Her master’s research is focused on Tumamoc Hill and emphasizing the role of traditional ecological knowledge and community-based strategies for habitat conservation and the management of urban protected areas. Nichole is interning with WMG’s design-build team and is excited to be working on everything from river restoration design projects and coop workshops to neighborhood stormwater harvesting and beautification projects.
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.
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.
Jamie received a B.A. in Journalism, with a minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, from the UA in 1997. Jamie’s professional background includes communications, public relations and community events. She has worked with the Downtown Tucson Partnership, KXCI Community Radio, and UA’s Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry. She was the co-founder and editor of Zócalo Magazine and was the inaugural Program Director for 2nd Saturdays Downtown from May 2010-November 2015. Jamie has a passion for water conservation, environmentalism, music, arts, science, culture, and community. She is honored to work with an organization making a positive difference in the world.
My name is Nick Mohan. I am originally from Farmington, Missouri, but consider the West to be my home. I am a father of three. I love water, rocks, and watching Bob Ross paint. I enjoy playing music, hiking and self-discovery. Love is my religion and nature is my sanctuary. I recently discovered an unexpected enjoyment in raking. Someday I want to circumnavigate the globe in a sailboat.
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.
Deborah hails from the Northeast US, but considers herself an Arizonan after 11 years of living under desert skies. She has worked in the field of outdoor education since 2003 and has a BA degree in adventure education. She comes to Watershed Management Group with a passion for spreading the word about water conservation, particularly as part of the bigger message of what it means to be a steward of this planet. Deborah loves to fill her time drinking tea, staring longingly into her dog’s eyes, and connecting with the nature.
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. In addition to WMG, Lincoln also teaches water harvesting through the U of A Cooperative Extension and Tucson Clean and Beautiful. 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.
An Arizona native with a background in Sociology, Patricia has a passion for working towards sustainable and equitable resource management. She has worked in project design/management for various nonprofit organizations in the US, Mexico and Central America, but couldn’t stay away from the Sonoran desert for too long. You’ll find her organizing logistics for Co-op and Monsoon Squad programs, as well as welcoming visitors to the Living Lab and Learning Center. Patricia is excited to be a part of the movement to protect and conserve her favorite landscapes. Her other hobbies including hiking, fermentation, and yoga.
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 residential greywater ordinance revision process, Tucson's Green Streets Active Practice Guidelines, and Tucson Water's residential rainwater rebate program. Catlow serves on the Citizens’ Water Advisory Committee for Tucson Water including the Finance and Conservation & Education subcommittees and on the University of Arizona's School of Natural Resource and the Environment's advisory board. Catlow's passion is to link people to their local environment for improved stewardship and prosperity.
Emma's passion for creating healthy urban ecosystems and love for the Sonoran Desert inspire her work at WMG. She splits her time between managing projects in the Green Living Co-op, coordinating Monsoon Squad Volunteers, tending to public demonstration rain gardens as well as WMG's food forest, and organizing property projects around the Living Lab and Learning Center. Emma holds a BA in Environmental Sustainability from Eastern Mennonite University and came to Tucson shortly after graduating for a 2-year term with Mennonite Voluntary Service. She is also an ISA Certified Arborist (WE-11400A), specializing in training, remedial, and structural pruning. Prior to WMG, Emma worked as a Garden Program Coordinator with the Primavera Foundation, assisting families and individuals in need.
Harold joined WMG in 2019 to support fundraising, strategic development, financial planning, outreach activities and to direct the Monsoon Squad. Harold has graduate degrees in Urban and Environmental Planning and in Sustainable Development. He has worked in international development, planning and policy since 2005, supporting community led projects in the US, Mexico, Ecuador and Thailand. When not working, he likes to travel to distant places, hike, raft, do yoga and eat.
Ryan is a Certified Water Harvesting Practitioner, Permaculture Designer, and a Master Watershed Steward. With an Associates of Applied Technology degree from ITT, Ryan has a background in architecture and landscape design. Ryan enjoys gardening, composting, herding chickens, and sharing the surplus.
Watershed Management Group Interns
Dylan goes to the University of Arizona and majors in Hydrology and Water Resources with interest in the interactions between groundwater and surface water. Living in Arizona his entire life, Dylan enjoys hunting, fishing, and gardening. He joined WMG to get involved in water conservation and to help fulfill our 50-year vision. He is helping WMG with our River Run Network (RRN) program, the Flow365 program, tracking groundwater use by well owners, is doing GIS analysis of our stream sheds, and will be helping in the field on restoration projects, among other projects of the RRN.
Rachel is a Tucson native that studies geography and the environment at the University of Arizona. She loves nature, and is passionate about working on sustainability issues. She loves hiking with her dogs, and grew up working with horses in 4-H. Living in the Tucson area has given her a great appreciation for the rain and she is excited to be involved with a company that is working towards such an awesome goal in her home town!
Mariana was raised in Mexico City, but she considers herself a citizen of the world. Her studies and international development work have allowed her to gain awareness of different realities and develop meaningful connections around the globe. She completed a BSFS in Post-Conflict International Development at Georgetown University and then completed her Peace Corps service in Guatemala. She is currently pursuing an MS in Water, Society and Policy at the University of Arizona. Mariana is a firm believer that every person in the world has the right to safe, healthy drinking water. In her free time, she loves to hike, practice yoga and spend time with her family.
Owen Zerambo is a senior at the University of Arizona with a double major in Journalism and Creative Writing. He was born and raised in Arizona and has been a lifelong fan of the Sonoran Desert since he was young. He has passion for creative fiction, acting and podcasting. After graduation, he hopes to find jobs that include any or all of those hobbies. In his free time he plays video games with his girlfriend, Miri, and his 15-pound-monster-cat, Goblin.