Chair of the Board
Mary Alexander is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Phoenix, AZ-based DMB Development LLC. Among her diverse responsibilities, Ms. Alexander directs corporate governance and legal services for DMB, in addition to overseeing the Company’s talent resources, information governance, risk management and insurance programs. Mary Alexander’s background in real estate includes extensive planned community development and public homebuilder experience. Her accomplishments have included land acquisition and entitlement projects, infrastructure planning and finance, public lands transactions, community governance structuring and documentation, sales contracting and regulatory approvals, employment matters, litigation management, construction contracting and warranty enforcement. Ms. Alexander recently was named a Fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. She serves on the Association of Corporate Counsel, Arizona chapter, Board of Directors and Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Legal, Regulatory and Financial Services Committee. She is a member of Commercial One, an organization of women executives in commercial real estate. Ms. Alexander is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BA in Journalism, and she received her J.D. from Arizona State University College of Law. Community Involvement: Valley of the Sun United Way Board of Directors; Community Impact Committee Chair; Tocqueville Society BUILD Arizona initiative task force for early childhood education.
Richard Schaefer is the Senior Vice President and Branch Director for RBC Wealth Management. He has over 35 years of experience in the financial industry, specializing in individual portfolio development and management. He now specializes as a designated Accredited Wealth Manager. Richard graduated from the University of Arizona and holds a BS in Business Administration. Richard was named a recipient of the 2017 RBC Global Citizen Award which celebrates RBC colleagues who are leaders in their community, who are active volunteers both inside and outside of the firm. Richard also has a passion and devotion for improving the lives of children in his community through serving on eight different non-profit boards as examples of his dedication to improving his community. Richard and his wife, Stella, are both third generation residents of Tucson and they have two sons and one grandson.
Matt Teeters works as the Regional President of Alpine Bank’s Denver region. Matt first joined the bank in January 2006, and began his career working the Avon branch in the Vail Valley. Over the past four years, Mr. Teeters has served an integral role of expanding the bank’s services across the Front Range. In doing so, the Union Station branch has grown to become the 2nd largest bank, measured by asset size, in the bank’s entire 38 branch footprint. Matt is a Colorado native and was born and raised in Denver. He attended Grinnell College, earning a bachelor’s degree in Economics and he completed his MBA from the University of Denver in 2013. Matt also serves as a board member for Roundup River Ranch, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, and the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Governors. In acknowledgment for his leadership with these organizations, Matt was selected as one of Colorado Biz Magazines Top 25 Young Professionals in 2016. His hobbies include mountain biking, golfing, skiing, and spending time outdoors.
Rowene Aguirre-Medina was born in Calexico, California, on the California Mexican border, and spent her formative years living in both California and in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. Her families were early pioneers of both the Mexicali Valley and California’s Imperial Valley. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in Speech Communication / Secondary Education. In 1981 Rowene became a founding partner of Polydrive Industries, Inc., a firm involved in the engineering and manufacturing of precision urethane products. She serves as the corporation’s financial officer. Other professional experiences have included marketing and sales. Her lifelong avocation has been working for equity and education for women and girls, as well as concerns for water conservation and cross border issues. To address these interests she currently serves on the University Of Arizona College Of Social and Behavioral Science Advisory Board and the UA Foundation National Leadership Council.
David Baumgarten was the County Attorney for Gunnison County in rural western Colorado from 1989 through 2020, with responsibility to provide legal counsel to the Board of County Commissioners, all elected County officials and various County departments and boards. His responsibilities included judicial and administrative proceedings, and liaison and facilitation for the County with federal, state and local governments, the environmental community, extractive, recreation and development interests, and a diverse state and local population. In addition, David was a two term member of the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, a Juris Doctor degree from Fleming Law School at the University of Colorado, and a Masters in Education from Harvard University, He now does consulting – and all of the chores that have compiled over the past 30 plus years.
Alan Dennis is the General Manager and Owner of Ingenieria Dennis, Inc., with more than 30 years of engineering and construction experience. He serves as owner, representative, and construction manager for large and medium-sized water and wastewater treatment plants, including pump stations, reservoirs, and pipeline projects. He has extensive experience in advance management and large-scale project administration, coordination, and design regarding infrastructure projects in the areas of energy, water, and urban developments. Alan holds a Civil Engineering Degree from ITESM (Instituto Tecnologico Y Des Estudios Superiores de Monterrey) Monterrey Campus, Mexico 1984.
Allison Green is the Director of Cause Marketing and Workplace Giving at Habitat for Humanity-International, serving as the subject matter expert to advance global cause marketing campaigns and partnerships. Her focus is to lead the development and roll-out of Habitat’s multi-channel, integrated national Cause Marketing platform, broadening the base of support for the Habitat mission. With a diverse background in shopper marketing, Corporate Social Responsibility and brand planning, Allison has a passion for developing targeted, holistic campaigns for social good that generate strategic, ambitious and unprecedented results. Honing her craft at agencies including The Integer Group, Linhart McClain Finlon, Two West, and Acumen London, she’s guided numerous industry- and category- leading brands through segmentation research, brand identity explorations and cause marketing activations. As a former agency colleague puts it, “Some seize opportunity, Allison manufactures it.” A Colorado-native, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Barbara JB Green
Barbara is a founding partner in the law firm Sullivan Green Seavy L.L.C. where she practices environmental law and land use law, focusing on local government management of the environmental impacts of land development. In addition to her law degree from the University of Colorado, Ms. Green holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.P.A. and Masters in Humanities from the University of Colorado. Ms. Green serves as General Counsel to Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, General Counsel to Rocky Mountain Low-level Radioactive Waste Board, and as Town Attorney for the Towns of Silver Plume and Crested Butte, Colorado. She is a member of the University of Denver Water Law Review Advisory Council and a past member of the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board. Barbara is a contributing author of Colorado Land Planning and Development Law.
Thomas M. Grogan
Thomas M. Grogan, MD is the Founder Emeritus of Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., and currently serves in a scientific advisory role for Ventana and Roche Tissue Diagnostics (RTD). Since 1985, Dr. Grogan has been a member of Ventana’s executive management team and since his retirement in September 2017, he serves as a mentor and advisor to Ventana/RTD scientists and engineers. He received his BA in Biology from the University of Virginia, and an MD from George Washington School of Medicine, subsequently completing a post doctorate fellowship in hematopathology at Stanford University. Previously, Dr. Grogan served on the faculty of the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine. He now serves as Professor Emeritus of Pathology, specializing in hematopathology.
Anna Hill Price
Anna Hill Price is currently the Director of Development for The Kildonan School in Amenia, New York where she manages fundraising with major donor development for the school which specifically addresses dyslexia and other language-based learning challenges. Ms. Price graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Psychology. In Public Service, she was a member of the planning and Zoning Commission in Garfield County, Colorado, 1996-2000 where she provided guidance to the Garfield County Supervisors regarding alignment between proposed projects and Garfield County Comprehensive Plan. Ms. Hill is skilled in creating and implementing effective approaches to development and sales and has a history of effective networking and connecting people to opportunities across multiple industries, including media, consulting, education and nonprofits.
Ann Hunter-Welborn started her career in teaching special education. She then joined the family business (Hunter Industries), acting as VP of Human Resources for many years and finally served as chair of the board. In the meantime, she carried on with her reputation as a perpetual student and completed a PhD in Mythological Studies at about the same time her youngest daughter graduated from high school. In 2015, she retired from all responsibilities with the company and is enjoying life as a board member of The Sonoran Institute, Rachel’s Network, and Nature and Culture International. For years her concerns have revolved around the environment and climate change to what kind of world we will be leaving to her seven grandchildren. Ann and her husband David live in Encinitas, California. When they are free from their non-profit responsibilities, they spend as much time as possible with the families of their 3 beautiful daughters. They enjoy traveling and almost everything outside.
Nyda is a San Diego native and graduate of Stanford University, Nyda Jones-Church is the former CEO and COO of Prudential California Realty in Southern California, for years one of the largest real estate brokerages in the United States and the largest in the Prudential network. Nyda and her partner grew the company from five people in one office in 1985 to over 6,000 people in four affiliated companies with over one hundred offices in Southern California by 2006. Since retiring from Prudential California in 2007, she has focused on consulting to brokerages across the country, developing a major residential project in Baja California and her work with the Sonoran Institute. Her civic commitments in San Diego have included the Junior League, the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, the Magdalena Ecke YMCA and the Scripps Hospital Foundation.
Board Member at Large
Joe Kalt is the Ford Foundation Professor (Emeritus) of International Political Economy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is also co-director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. Joe is a native of Tucson, Arizona and holds PhD and master’s degrees in economics from UCLA, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University. He specializes in the economics of natural resources, economic development, antitrust, and regulation, and serves as a senior economist with Compass Lexecon, an FTI Consulting company. He serves on the boards of trustees/directors of the National Institute for Civil Discourse and the Chickasaw Nation Community Development Endeavor, LLC. Joe also serves as chairman of the board of the White Mountain Apache Tribe’s Fort Apache Heritage Foundation. He and his wife now reside in Tucson and the Pryor Mountains of Montana.
Board Member at Large
Dan Kimball recently retired after a 30-year career with the National Park Service (NPS). From 2004 to 2014, Dan served as Superintendent of Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks. In that position, Dan led Everglades National Park’s involvement in restoration of the Everglades, the largest ecosystem restoration project in the history of the planet. His work in Everglades restoration focused on water quantity and quality; endangered species; non-native species; assuring compatibility with South Florida’s built environment; and building a coalition to sustain Everglades restoration. Dan previously served as Chief of NPS’s Water Resources Division. Dan also held positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Surface Mining, and environmental consulting firms. He also served for 10 years on the Jefferson County Open Space Advisory Committee in Colorado. Dan is a recipient of many awards, including the Presidential Rank Award and the National Parks Conservation Association’s Stephen Tyng Mather Award. Dan also serves on the Board of Directors of Archaeology Southwest and Friends of Saguaro National Park. Dan is a graduate of Denison University and the University ofArizona.
Lee is the CEO and owner of Leachman Cattle of Colorado. Leachman Cattle markets over 1,500 bulls per year and is currently one of the five largest seedstock breeders in the US. Lee graduated from Harvard University with an Honors BA in Economics in 1988. Lee also completed graduate level work in animal breeding at Colorado State University. Lee currently serves on the board of directors for the Beef Improvement Company in York, UK. Lee frequently speaks to cattlemen both in United States and internationally. Lee, Lisa, and Graham Leachman reside in Fort Collins, Colorado. Together they enjoy a wide variety of family activities and also are active in their church community through small groups and marriage ministry.
Laurinda Oswald was born in Tucson, Arizona, but grew up in Italy, living in Florence for three years and Rome for nine. Her parents purchased the ranch in Amado, Arizona which she has now managed for 25 years. For the past ten years, she has raised cattle on an eight-pasture grazing rotation system enjoying the wonderful benefits of the watershed along four miles of the Santa Cruz River. Laurinda has two children, and when not at her ranch, she enjoys visiting her family both in New York City and Italy.
Board Member at Large
ChrisPerez is the President of The Perez Group, a highly successful team of residential real estate agents specializing in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and the Northeast Maricopa County luxury home market. He is also co-owner and director of Global Sales Management, LLC, a company specializing in social media marketing and sales in the fitness industry. Chris graduated from Loyola Marymount University and worked as a CPA in Los Angeles for eight years before coaching high school and junior college basketball. He has served on numerous for-profit and nonprofit Boards of Directors over the past 30 years and specializes in finance and nominating/governance board participation. Chris has two wonderful daughters and enjoys CrossFit, golfing and travel.
Louise (Lollie) Plank
Louise (Lollie) Benz Plank divides her time between her Lek Ranch near Sheridan, Wyoming, family and business obligations in Minnesota, and her home in Tucson, Arizona. In addition to the Sonoran Institute, her board interests include the Wyoming Community Foundation, the Center for a Vital Community at Sheridan College in Wyoming, and the Wyoming Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Past board tenures include the Animal Human Society of Hennepin County (MN), the Science Museum of Minnesota, Pheasants Forever, the National Wildflower Research Center, the Yellowstone Art Center and the Yellowstone Association.
Roberto F. Salmon Castelo
Roberto F. Salmon Castelo served from April 2009 until May 2020 as the Mexican Commissioner for the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) and has a solid experience in the field of international negotiations related to water and boundary issues between Mexico and the United States. In this capacity, he led the Mexican team that accomplished the signing of 11 binational agreements (Minutes) with the United States, which are binding for both countries. Mr. Salmon has participated as a leading consultant in a large number of projects on a wide range of subjects, such as water resources, plant location, financial engineering, statistics, economic feasibility, agriculture, and strategic planning. And on the academic sector, he has also served as professor at the Instituto Tecnologico de Sonora, University of Sonora, Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (Campus Guadalajara and Obregón), as well as teaching and research assistant at the University of Arizona in the departments of Agricultural Economics and Hydrology and Water Resources. He has authored or co-authored several articles related to water resources, and US-Mexico transboundary water management; and has been a speaker on several conferences both binationally and internationally.
Kara Teising is a Vice-President, Executive Search with Koya Leadership Partners, a leading executive search firm dedicated to placing exceptionally talented leadership at mission-driven organizations and institutions of higher education. Over a fifteen year career, she has experience partnering with a broad range of clients and has earned the respect of numerous notable national and international organizations working to affect positive change, including Earthjustice, BoardSource, Colorectal Cancer Alliance, and Make-A-Wish®. Prior to joining Koya, Teising served as a Partner with DHR International/Jobplex and ThinkingAhead Executive Search. Prior to ThinkingAhead, Teising spent six award-winning years as a salesperson and sales manager with their parent company, Southwestern. Teising is honors graduate from James Madison University with a B.S. in Speech Communication, concentrating in Conflict Resolution. Actively involved in her Nashville community, Teising is an alumnus of the Young Leaders Council and a past Board member of the Nashville Repertory Theatre (formerly the Tennessee Repertory Theatre). When not blissfully busy serving the nonprofit sector, Teising loves spending time with her young family, visiting iconic places in the Interior West, and immersing herself in a page-turning novel.
Barton (Buzz) Thompson
Buzz Thompson is the Robert E. Paradise Professor in Natural Resources Law at Stanford Law School and the founding Perry L. McCarty Director of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, where he is now a senior fellow. He also serves as counsel to the Los Angeles-based law firm of O’Melveny & Myers, where he helps lead the firm’s water practice. He holds J.D., M.B.A., and B.A. (Economics & Political Science) degrees from Stanford University. His scholarship and teaching focus on natural resource management, with a particular focus on western water. He was the special master for the United States Supreme Court in Montana v. Wyoming, an interstate water disputes involving the Yellowstone River System. He is a California trustee of The Nature Conservancy and serves on the boards of the Resources Legacy Fund, American Farmland Trust, Resources Legacy Fund, and Santa Lucia Conservancy.
David Wegner recently retired from a senior staff position on water, energy and transportation committees in the U.S. House of Representatives. In that position he worked on legislation that directly affected administration policy and federal agency actions related to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. Prior to serving in Washington, D.C. he worked for over 20 years for the Department of the Interior managing water and science programs in the Colorado River basin and the Grand Canyon. Currently he works as a part-time senior scientist to Jacobs Engineering and continues to provide input and strategic counsel to the National Academy of Sciences, several Members of Congress and international organizations focused on water and climate issues. He currently splits his time between Tucson, AZ and Durango, CO and the Colorado River.