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.
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.
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.
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, and Tucson's residential greywater ordinance revision process. Catlow has served on the Citizens’ Water Advisory Committee for Tucson Water including Chair of the Conservation & Education subcommittee, Tucson Complete Streets Taskforce, 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.
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
Rif’an was born and raised in Yogyakarta Special Province in Indonesia. His hobby of catching small fish in small streams when he was a child has inspired him to devote himself to do something for nature, especially riparian habitats. Because of this call, he pursued his undergraduate in Environmental Geography Department, Faculty of Geography, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. Not stopping at the undergraduate level, Rif’an is currently pursuing his MS in Water, Society, and Policy in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona. He is always trying to learn from everything he experiences, because he wants to make this earth better to support current and future generations. He believes that accessing good water is a right for all global citizens.
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; she is so excited to be able to advocate for this region in her internship here with WMG! When she can, Chloe enjoys traveling, camping with her dog, and making her own oat milk.
Amy is a senior at the University of Arizona studying Biosystems Engineering. As a Tucson native she has grown up learning the importance of water conservation and hopes to share that mindset in her career. Outside of school, she enjoys playing music and hanging out with her cat.
Meghan was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. She is currently a junior majoring in Biosystems Engineering at the U of A. She hopes to merge water focused engineering solutions and community involvement in her future career. In her free time, Megan enjoys hiking, baking and spending time outdoors.
Danielle is from Silver Spring, Maryland, a twenty minute drive from the Washington D.C. border. She is thrilled to have come all this way to Tucson to see such a different and exciting environment. She is currently a Junior at the University of Arizona, pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, emphasizing in Environmental Hydrology. She loves to engage the general population with science along with working on projects that facilitate the extraction of water while enhancing the water cycle. During her free time, Danielle loves to hike, draw, and hang out at the pool with friends.
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.
Beryl was born and raised in Tucson. She has three dogs, a cat, and chickens. She is currently studying political science at the U of A. In her free time, she loves hiking and writing. Growing up in the desert she sees the importance of water and conservation and believes in a future where humanity can coexist sustainably with our environment.