Board of Directors
Principal, AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Boulder
One of the founders of Hydrosphere, now part of AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Lee Rozaklis has over 30 years’ experience in water resources management. He holds an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado. Currently, his work with AMEC focuses on systems modeling, water rights engineering and litigation support, demand management, and climate change analysis. Much of Mr. Rozaklis’ experience involves analyses of water resources systems in complex physical and institutional settings. Lee has served as project manager and key technical analyst in several major water management and municipal water supply studies in Colorado, including the Upper Colorado River Basin Study, the Metropolitan Water Supply Investigation, and the Denver Basin and South Platte River Basin Technical Study. Lee also provides a wide range of services to the City of Boulder.
William A. (Bill) Paddock
Member, Carlson, Hammond & Paddock, LLC, Denver
Bill Paddock was born in Boulder and studied in Colorado to receive his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and his J.D. from the University of Colorado, School of Law. Bill joined the water unit of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, representing state agencies in water rights matters. He served as the legal advisor to Colorado’s Compact Commissioners on the Arkansas River Compact and the Rio Grande Compact. Mr. Paddock also supervised on-going litigation over federal reserved rights and Indian reserved rights in Colorado. In 1986, he joined in founding Carlson, Hammond & Paddock, L.L.C. of which he is now the manager. Bill’s diverse practice includes representing agricultural, municipal, and industrial clients in water rights and water quality matters. Bill often speaks on water rights and water law at continuing legal education and engineering seminars, has authored numerous articles, and is the Colorado Reporter for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation's Water Law Newsletter.
David C. Taussig
Partner, White & Jankowski, LLP, Denver
David Taussig is a fourth generation native of Colorado, who got his feet wet in water matters on the end of a shovel irrigating mountain hay meadows on the family cattle ranch near Kremmling. He learned the consumptive end of the water business early on, but finds the community benefit from non-consumptive water uses for fishing and recreation to be equally important. He joined White & Jankowski in 1989. Dave has litigated or negotiated to successful conclusion a number of complex water rights cases and has an active practice in water rights transactions. While Dave’s heritage stems from his grandfather’s historic court battles in Denver v. Sheriff and Taussig v. Moffat Development Co., and he is not opposed to litigation when necessary, he has successfully negotiated various water-related agreements for numerous clients.
Certified Public Accountant, Reese Henry & Company, Inc., Aspen
Michael Carter, a native of Virginia, relocated to Colorado in 2007 to join Reese Henry & Company, Inc., a team of Certified Public Accountants in Aspen. Prior to moving west, Michael worked as a CPA for Witt Mares, PLC, and its predecessor firm Graham, Carter, and Jennings, for over twenty years. During that time, he served as the Director of both the firm’s Tax Division and its General Practice Division. Not only a CPA, Michael is also a Certified Valuation Analyst with a great deal of experience in business valuations. Michael has served on a number of boards and committees, including Habitat for Humanity and Rotary Club, and he currently serves on the Roaring Fork Business Community Center Board. Michael is an avid outdoorsman, and he enjoys exploring Colorado’s mountains, waterways, and scenic landscapes when he is not volunteering his time with one of a number of worthy causes.
Editor-in-Chief, The Drake, Denver
Tom Bie is the founder, publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of The Drake, a quarterly magazine for flyfishing enthusiasts. He started the magazine in 1998 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and grew it from a thirty-two-page newsprint rag to a respected, 124-page glossy. Prior to taking on The Drake full-time, Tom served in numerous editorial positions, including as Editor-in-Chief of Powder Magazine for three years; Editorial Director of Bike, Climbing, Canoe and Kayak, and Powder magazines; and as Senior Editor of Skiing magazine. He also served as an outdoor columnist and sports editor for the Jackson Hole Guide for six years, while working as a flyfishing guide on Wyoming’s Snake River. Tom graduated from Oregon State University in 1991 with a degree in journalism.
Alexandra L. Davis
Principal, GBSM, Denver
Alex Davis joined GBSM in July 2012 bringing years of experience to the Denver-based strategic services and communications firm. Alex is one of Colorado’s most respected authorities on water and natural resource issues. Ms. Davis was the Assistant Director for Water at the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, and she was a First Assistant Attorney General for the Water Rights Unit where she litigated cases for the State Engineer's Office, the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Division of Wildlife. She has served on numerous boards and committees including the Colorado Ground Water Commission, Colorado Water Conservation Board, Western States Water Council, Governor Ritter’s South Platte Task Force, Colorado Foundation for Water Education Board and the Colorado Supreme Court Water Rules Committee. She is a graduate of Pitzer College in California and the University of Colorado, School of Law.
Editor, TROUT Magazine; Editor-at-Large, Field & Stream, Pine
Kirk Deeter was appointed Editor of TROUT magazine, Trout Unlimited’s national publication, in March 2012. Kirk is an editor-at-large for Field & Stream magazine, the leading outdoor publication in America. With Tim Romano, Kirk co-writes “Fly Talk,” a blog on Fieldandstream.com. Mr. Deeter is also editor-in-chief of Angling Trade, the trade magazine covering the fly fishing industry in North America. Kirk is known for his wild story angles, and he has earned various awards including honors from the Outdoor Writers Association of America; Boating Writers International, Inc.; Independent Book Publishers; and The Times of London. Kirk has authored five books and has travelled the world doing what he loves: fishing and writing about it.
Michael A. Sayler, P.E.
Principal, Bishop-Brogden Associates, Inc., Englewood
Michael Sayler, Principal of Bishop-Brogden Associates, Inc., has over twenty years’ experience in water resources engineering and planning. Mr. Sayler has managed projects involving water rights and hydrologic analyses throughout Colorado and in neighboring states. Mr. Sayler has extensive experience analyzing changes of water rights from agricultural to other beneficial uses, and in water rights administration in the various river basins in Colorado. Mike has also managed projects including model development and review for water rights and water availability studies in the Cache la Poudre, South Platte, Arkansas and North Platte River Basins. Mr. Sayler has managed numerous historic use investigations for water rights in the South Platte, North Platte, Arkansas and Colorado River Basins and has served as an expert witness in water court testimony.
Erin M. Wilson
Principal, Wilson Water Group, Denver
Erin Wilson has more than 20 years of experience in basin-wide water resources planning and modeling, and is the principal owner of Wilson Water Group. She has a strong background in water resource planning, consumptive use modeling, and surface water allocation modeling. For over 15 years, Erin has worked to develop the Colorado Decision Support System. Erin routinely publishes and presents at local and national conferences, and she provides training to state and federal staff, non-profit organizations, and other water resource consultants. Erin is a Colorado native with degrees in Geophysical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and Civil Engineering from Colorado State University. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and Wyoming. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Colorado Water Congress. Erin is a life-long skier and enjoys playing golf with family, friends, and colleagues.
Michael F. Browning
Partner, Porzak Browning & Bushong LLP, Boulder
Mike Browning is a founding partner of Porzak Browning & Bushong LLP in Boulder, Colorado, where his law practice focuses on real estate and water rights. A native of Montana, Mike graduated from the University of Montana in 1974 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts. He received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1977 and was admitted to the Colorado bar that same year. For fifteen years, Mike served as the editor of water law articles for The Colorado Lawyer and has himself authored a number of publications. A past Vice President and Board member of the American Alpine Club, Mike is an avid outdoorsman. He summited Mt. Elbrus in July, 2012, joining the ranks of only several hundred mountaineers who have completed the Seven Summits. Mike Browning served as Colorado Water Trust Board President from 2001 to 2013.
David L. Harrison
Of Counsel, Moses, Wittemyer, Harrison and Woodruff, P.C., Boulder
David Harrison received his B.S. in civil engineering, hydraulics and his law degree from the University of Colorado, School of Law. Mr. Harrison was instrumental in the development of Colorado water law concerning complex water rights transfers and plans for augmentation. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Nature Conservancy from 1980-1990. From 1990 through 1997, David was a member of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. Mr. Harrison has authored several professional articles on water resource matters focusing on ground water-surface water issues, instream flows, and ecosystem management matters. Mr. Harrison has retired from Moses, Wittemyer, Harrison and Woodruff, P.C., but he continues of counsel. He now works as a senior advisor to The Nature Conservancy’s Global Freshwater Team focusing on ecologically sustainable hydropower at several demonstration projects, including the Yangtze River Basin in China.
Of Counsel, Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti LLP, Boulder
Peter Nichols practices water law, water quality law, environmental law, and land and water conservation law. Peter has particular expertise in the federal Clean Water Act and water rights, conservation easements involving water rights, and the temporary use of agricultural irrigation water rights to meet municipal needs. Mr. Nichols served as the first Executive Director of the Colorado Water Trust. He is the principal co-author of several books, including Water Rights Handbook for Colorado Conservation Professionals and Acquiring, Using and Protecting Water in Colorado. Peter has been published in many scholarly legal journals, and he is a frequent presenter on water and conservation issues. Mr. Nichols earned a J.D. from the University of Colorado, School of Law; he holds an M.P.A. from University of Colorado Boulder and a B.A. from The Colorado College. Peter is an avid climber, skier and cyclist, as well as a former (and still occasional) international mountaineering guide.
Shareholder, Hill & Robbins, P.C., Denver
David Robbins is president and co-founder of Hill & Robbins, P.C., where his practice focuses on water and natural-resources law, water quality, and environmental law. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Robbins served in the U.S. Army and with the U.S. EPA. David joined the Colorado Attorney General’s Office as a First Assistant Attorney General for the Natural Resources Section; he was later appointed the Deputy Attorney General. Mr. Robbins represented the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) and successfully defended the constitutionality of the state’s first instream flow protection law in both the trial court and before the Colorado Supreme Court. Mr. Robbins has served on the CWCB, the Colorado River Salinity Control Forum, and the Colorado River Salinity Control Advisory Council. A member of the Colorado Water Congress, David has served on its board of directors for many years and as its Board President in 2005-06. In 2012, he was named Colorado Water Leader of the Year.
Dr. Leo Martin Eisel was one of the founding members of the Colorado Water Trust, responsible, in part, for its creation in 2001. Since that time, Leo shaped the Colorado Water Trust as he occupied the office of Secretary for over a decade, sat on every committee, ventured into the field to help formulate solutions to streamflow issues, missing one CWT meeting in that time. Dr. Eisel received his Ph.D. in engineering from Harvard University in 1970, a master’s degree in hydrology from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Colorado State University. Dr. Eisel was a water resources engineer of near-unique experience and credentials, with experience in all sectors including state and federal government, private industry, the NGO sector, and academia.
David Getches served on the CWT Board of Directors almost since its inception. His passion for the environment, creativity, and quiet, thoughtful approach to complex problems helped guide the Trust in its formative years. During his life, David served as Dean of the University of Colorado, School of Law. He had previously served as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and as an advisor to the Interior Secretary during the Clinton Administration. David authored a number of books and publications on western water issues. He graciously gave his limited free time to a number of causes in which he deeply believed, including the Colorado Water Trust.