CHAIR OF THE BOARD
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.
Barbara JB Green
Barbara Green 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.
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.
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.
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 Master’s 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 Gracia
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 Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, working on the region’s 2040 strategic plan for improved livability. She previously led cause marketing corporate partnerships at Habitat for Humanity International, as well as the Senior Director of Philanthropy for Insight Global, the nation’s 3rd largest IT staffing company. With a diverse background in Corporate Social Responsibility, fundraising, and brand planning, Allison has a passion for developing targeted, holistic campaigns for social good that generate ambitious results. Honing her craft at shopper marketing and branding agencies including The Integer Group, Linhart McClain Finlon, Two West, and Acumen London, she has guided numerous industry- and category- leading brands through segmentation research, brand identity explorations and cause marketing activations. A Colorado-native, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
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.
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.
Lee is the CEO and owner of Leachman Cattle of Colorado. Leachman Cattle markets over 2,500 bulls per year and is currently one of the three largest beef seedstock breeders in the United States. 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’s passion is to help ranchers produce exceptional beef. This includes building sustainable family businesses, properly managing land and water resources, and having a positive impact on the environment. Leachman genetics are helping the beef industry reduce its carbon footprint. 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.
Gabriela Luken Marce
Gabriela was born and raised in the Imperial Valley-Mexicali border. She attended school in the USA and Mexico. She is bilingual and bi-cultural. Gabi has a BA in International Relations with a focus on International Policies from Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), and a post graduate study in International Trade Law from University of California at San Diego. Gabi has work experience in compliance banking for several money transfer companies and has worked in public relations and fundraising for private and public institutions. She lived in Japan for two years with her husband Josep and their two sons, Patricio and Bernardo. While in Japan, Gabi learned different conservation and ecological practices and policies that her family still practice today. She supports several environmental projects and associations in Mexicali, Mexico.
Anna Murveit is an independent mediator, facilitator, and consultant who focuses on water policy and climate adaptation. Her practice specializes in multi-stakeholder convening, strategic planning, policy analysis, and stakeholder engagement. Her passion is for rivers, and she has been fortunate to work on protecting the Klamath, Colorado, Lower Salt/Gila River, and now the Santa Cruz, as a member of the SI Board. Previously, Anna worked as a policy and management consultant at CEA Consulting. In this role, she worked with national-level environmental NGOs and a Fortune 500 energy company on policy research, political advocacy, and regulatory strategy. She also managed communications and outreach for the Klamath River Renewal Corporation, the responsible for implementing the largest dam removal project on Earth, so far. In 2020, she joined Southwest Decision Resources, a collective of natural resource facilitators. She holds a MS in Water, Society, and Policy from the University of Arizona. Her research focused on technology and stakeholder engagement on the Colorado River. Her articles have been published in several peer reviewed journals including Environment and Planning: F, Climatic Change, and Geofluids. She also holds a BA from Whitman College in Geology and Environmental Humanities.
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.
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.