Please join the Colorado Water Congress in welcoming nine new Directors to our Board! We are excited about the diversity this group provides and the background and expertise they bring to the future of the organization.
The 34 person CWC Board of Directors reflects the diverse geographic and professional interests of Colorado’s water community. To properly represent the interests of our membership, seat divisions range from finance to local government. While two of our new Directors filled vacant seats, we had an opportunity to create five new Board seats- Federal Affairs Liaison, Attorney General, Environmental, Upper Colorado River, and Irrigated Agriculture.
We hope that you are equally as excited about these new additions and will spend some time to get to know the people who contribute their time and energy to sustaining the Water Congress, “The Leading Voice of Colorado’s Water Community.”
For a complete listing of the CWC Board of Directors, please visit: http://www.cowatercongress.org/about/Board.aspx
Christine Arbogast- Kogovsek and Associates, Inc.
Seat: Ex-Officio, Federal Affairs Liaison
Christine Arbogast was born in Pueblo and graduated from Southern Colorado State College, now Colorado State University at Pueblo. She earned a BA in both journalism and political science.
Following graduation, she worked as a journalist in Canon City, CO and for the Durango Herald. It was these experiences that sparked her interest in Native American issues and water resources.
Christine began her work in Washington with Congressman Ray Kogovsek in 1979. In 1985 she continued working with Kogovsek, as a partner in Kogovsek & Associates. The small, Colorado-based firm works primarily on Western resource issues for mostly Colorado clients, including numerous water districts, local governments and Colorado’s two Ute Indian Tribes.
Christine is an active member of the Water Congress, the National Water Resources Association, the Colorado River Water Users’ Association, and the National Congress of American Indians.
She resides in Centennial, Colorado.
Amy Beatie- Colorado Water Trust
Amy began her tenure at the Colorado Water Trust in 2007, after nearly six years practicing water litigation at two different Front Range water law firms. Prior to practicing water litigation, she clerked for the Honorable Gregory J. Hobbs of the Colorado Supreme Court. She obtained
her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. While in law school, she helped found the University of Denver Water Law Review, and eventually served as its Editor in Chief. She now sits on its Advisory Board, as well as the Advisory Board of Metro State University’s One World One Water Center and the Board of Directors of the Colorado Water Congress. In May of 2013, she received the Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s Emerging Leader award. She has lived in Colorado since 1993, although two short detours took her for a year and a half to Alaska and Wyoming. She’s also a fourth generation kid to a farm in Maine that still uses her grandfather’s 1935 Ford Phaeton to get around.
Linn Brooks- Eagle River Watershed and Sanitation District
Seat: Upper Colorado River
Linn Brooks has been an employee of Eagle River since 1999, and was promoted to the position of General Manager in 2011. She is responsible for overseeing the daily functions of all District operations and administration. Prior to being promoted, she held the positions of Assistant General Manager, Technical Services Director and Engineering Manager at Eagle River. Ms. Brooks has a B.A. in Geology from Colorado College and completed graduate work in Civil Engineering at Colorado State University and in Engineering Management at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Donna Brosemer- City of Greeley
Seat: Local Government – Denver/Aurora/Boulder
In 2012, Donna Brosemer moved to Denver from Florida, where she owned a public affairs consulting firm. She specialized in local government policy that included land use, agriculture and economic development; she also facilitated such special projects as large-scale annexations, landfill remediation and redevelopment, and inlet modifications. Water issues included intergovernmental infrastructure upgrades, wetlands mitigation and reverse osmosis. With Greeley Water, she has drawn on that background in the context of the complicated world of western water law.
Donna was appointed by Governors Jeb Bush and Rick Scott to numerous state and local boards, among them the Daytona State College Board of Trustees, the State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities, Higher Education Facilities Finance Authority, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and the Judicial Nominating Commission.
Donna holds a Bachelors in Public Administration and a Masters in Criminal Justice Administration. She is married, has two children and four grandchildren.
Keith Holsinger- Jackson County Water Conservancy District
Seat: North Platte/Laramie Watersheds
Keith Holsinger is a lifetime rancher and a real estate broker for 33 years in Jackson County. He attended Walden schools for 8 years graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1962. After attending CSU for 2 years, Keith took over the family ranch in North Park. He is a current member of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, North Park Stockgrowers, and North Park IOOF. Previously, he served on the Jackson County Planning Commission, North Park Soil Conservation Board, Jackson County Hospital Board, Judicial Nominating Commission, and Fort Collins Board of Realtors. Keith and his wife Debbie own his grandparents, Ovid and Iva Mae Allard’s, Ranch-The Iva Mae, LLC. Their son, Kent, is an attorney in Denver and specializes in Natural Resources and Water.
Emily Hunt- City of Thornton
Seat: Local Government – Denver/Aurora/Boulder
Emily is the Water Resources Division Manager at the City of Thornton. She has over fifteen years of experience in Water Resources, and has worked on a variety of projects, including negotiations with other water providers for joint facilities and the evaluation and acquisition of water supplies and facilities for Thornton. During her time as manager, Emily has overseen the expansion of Thornton’s Water Conservation program, and the development of several water storage facilities for the City. Emily had the privilege of participating in the Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s first Water Leader’s Program in 2006. She has been a member of the AWRA Colorado Section Board of Directors since 2010, serving as Secretary in 2011 and President in 2013. Emily earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Denver.
Robert T. Sakata- Sakata Family Farms
Seat: Irrigated Agriculture
Robert owns and operates Sakata Farm in Brighton Colorado along with his parents Joanna and Bob Sakata. The farming operation which was started by Bob Sakata over 65 years ago grows cabbage, dry bulb onions, sweet corn, pinto beans, barley and winter wheat. Besides farming Robert participates in many farm organizations. He is President of the Colorado Onion Association, and President of the Fulton Irrigation Ditch Company, and on the board of directors of the New Bratner Extension Ditch Company. Until recently Robert’s hobby of 15 years was serving on the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission. Currently Robert participates on the executive committee of the Colorado Ag Water Alliance and hopes that the organization can continue to facilitate dialog both among the different sectors of Colorado agriculture and with those individuals not familiar with farming and ranching.
Chad Wallace- Colorado Attorney General’s Office
Seat: Attorney General
Chad is a Senior Assistant Attorney General for the state of Colorado. He practices water rights negotiation and litigation on behalf of the state. Clients include the Division of Water Resources, Division of Parks and Wildlife, and the Colorado Water Conservation Board. He likewise specializes in federal water issues, including endangered species consultations, federal reserved rights, and Reclamation projects. Chad is also counsel for Colorado’s interstate water compacts, and is an attorney of record in the United States Supreme Court. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law.
Prior to working for the Attorney General, Chad was in private practice and a judicial law clerk in Denver District Court for Judge Robert Hyatt. Chad and his family live in Denver, where he volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America.
Media Contact: Fiona Smith, Outreach Coordinator, Colorado Water Congress