Dr. Burgess became dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona in July 2011. After qualifying as a veterinarian at Massey University, New Zealand in 1989, he worked in and managed veterinary clinical practices in Australia, Africa, and the UK as well as holding a management position in the aquaculture industry in Scotland for two years. From 1995 to 2001, Dr. Burgess was employed by the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council at the Institute for Animal Health. He was awarded the Institute for Animal Health Director's Award for service during the UK Foot and Mouth Disease epidemic of 2001. Dr. Burgess joined the faculty at Mississippi State University in 2002, where he served as director of the Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology and worked with a team to develop AgBase, a database of functional gene annotations for agricultural animals and plants. His primary research areas are high-throughput genomic biology (including genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and computational biology). His funding research has included cancer biology, immunology, virology, bacteriology, tomicology, bioenergy, and agricultural plant and animal genomoics. As dean at the University of Arizona's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Dr. Burgess is responsible for the college's academic programs, Arizona Cooperative Extension, and the Arizona Agricultural Experiment Station with over 3100 students and 1600 employees. Dr. Burgess holds a Ph.D. in bio-medicine from Bristol University, UK and is married to Dr. Jennifer Burgess.
Other Professional Activities Include:
*Bioinformatics Committee Member, USDA NRSP9: National Animal Genome Research Program
*Co-Chair, Working Group on Animal Biotechnology within the US-EC Task Force on Biotechnology
*Member, Food Systems Leadership Institute Executive Committee
*Project Steering Team, University and Industry Consortium
Elston Grubaugh joined the Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation and Drainage District in July 2008 and assumed the duties of General manager on January 1, 2009. A native of New Mexico, Elston has worked in the water and power areas for over 40 years, holding positions in Texas, New Mexico, California, and Arizona. Elston holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Engineering from New Mexico State University and a Masters' Degree from Texas A&M University.
Other Professional Activities Include:
*Chair; Gila Gravity Main Canal Administrative Board
*Vice President; Irrigation & Electrical Districts Association of Arizona
*Member: Yuma County Flood Control Advisory Board
*Member, Tri-Valley Ambulance Board of Directors
Dave Roberts is the Associate General Manager and Chief Water Resources Executive at the Salt River Project. Dave oversees several SRP functions including water supply planning and reservoir operations, water rights, water strategy, water measurement, groundwater resource management, including water banking, and water supply development and acquisitions. Dave has been a member of a number of planning and advisory committees for rural watershed groups, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Arizona Department of Water Resources. He is a member of the Arizona Municipal Utilities Leadership Institute, the Arizona Hydrological Society, the Board of Directors of the Agribusiness & Water Council of Arizona, the co-chair of the Environment & Water Committee of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, and the developer and Board manager of the Gila River Water Storage, LLC, SRP's partnership with the Gila River Indian Community which will bring 5,000,000 acre-feet of water to central Arizona.
In 2007 Dave co-authored a paper which was published in the University of Arizona Water Law Review entitled, "Beyond the Colorado River: Is an International Water Augmentation Consortium in Arizona's Future?" The research suggests Arizona and Mexico begin exploring a partnership to jointly begin the planning and development of a large desalination project to serve the growing water needs of northern Sonora Mexico and Arizona.
Dave has worked for Salt River Project for 33 years. Prior to coming to SRP, Dave worked for the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation.
Matt Beyer is a VP-Relationship Manager for Farm Credit West and has been involved in banking for 17 years. Matt is a graduate of St. Cloud State University (St. Cloud, MN) where he earned a degree in Business Economics and also earned his MBA from Dominican University (River Forest, IL). He is also a proud Class 25 graduate of Project CENTRL, a center focused on keeping rural Arizona healthy, vibrant, and sustainable. Matt and his wife, Alisa Beyer PhD, have four children and reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Mr. Justice is a native of Arizona, and graduated from the University of Arizona, with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He raises cattle and citrus in Waddell, Arizona. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Electrical District Number Seven and is President of the Irrigation and Electrical Districts Association of Arizona. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Agribusiness & Water Council of Arizona.
Senior Attorney with Salt River Project
Jeffrey Silvertooth grew up in northwest Oklahoma and Wichita, Kansas. He has a B.S. in Agriculture (Agronomy) from Kansas State University, an M.S. in Agronomy (Soil Fertility) from Oklahoma State University, and a Ph.D. in Soil Science (Soil Fertility) from Oklahoma State University. He has worked in a variety of roles over 30+ years to develop crop production management strategies (primarily irrigated cotton, chiles, and cantaloupes) that optimize the soil-plant system agronomically, economically, and environmentally. He has been with the University of Arizona since 1987, as an Extension Agronomist for 14 years, and Head of the Soil, Water and Environmental Science Department for over 12 years. In his current role, he provides overall program leadership and administrative and personnel management for Arizona Cooperative Extension. He is also responsible for the development of effective education programs and related translational and applied research programs dedicated to extending knowledge resources to the people of the State and region.
Shane Lindstrom joined the San Carlos Irrigation and Drainage District (SCIDD) in May 2018 serving as the General Manager. He began his career working for numerous Arizona Natural Resource Conservation Districts conducting on-farm irrigation evaluations from Buckeye to the San Tan Valley. He previously spent 24 years working for the Gila River Indian Community's Pima-Maricopa Irrigation Project (P-MIP) as the Water Management Engineer assisting in the planning, design, construction, and operation of that system.
He served on numerous committees for the United States Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (USCID) where he co-authored "Operations-Based Design of Irrigation Delivery Systems". Current member and former Chairman of the ASCE's Environmental & Water Resources Institute On-Farm Irrigation System Committee.
A life-long Arizonan, Shane graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. He likes to say he started in the on-farm head ditches and just kept swimming upstream into his present career.
Jason Moyes is an attorney and shareholder with the law firm of Moyes Sellers & Hendricks. His practice is focused in the area of natural resource law and the representation and defense of agricultural irrigation and electrical districts, small utilities, renewable energy developers, and other agricultural interests.
He serves as general counsel for the Yuma Mesa Irrigation and Drainage District, McMullen Valley Water Conservation & Drainage District, Electrical District Number Eight, Tonopah Irrigation District, Harquahala Valley Irrigation District, Harquahala Valley Power District, and Aguila Irrigation District.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor Degrees from Brigham Young University and is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Arizona and Nevada.
Jason and his wife Kris live in Mesa, Arizona with their eight children.
Dr. Olson has been a faculty member at the Arizona State University since 1989, and is currently the Program Chair for the Environmental & Resource Management degree programs in the Fulton Schools of Engineering. He holds a Ph.D. in bioinorganic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in chemistry from Baylor University. He was a post-doctoral fellow in organometcallic chemistry at the University of Illinois and has been a visiting Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Brussels, Belgium; the University of Houston, Rice University, and Baylor University. Prior to moving to ASU. Dr. Olson was Academic Dean and Administrative Vice President at Grand Canyon College.
For the last 20 years, Dr. Olson's teaching and research has focused on environmental issues ranging from managing hazardous chemicals to ensuring safe water supplies, clean air and protection of our soils. He is the ASU Coordinator for the Water Management Certificate Program in conjunction with Agribusiness & Water Council of Arizona.
Bullhead City Councilman, Mark participates in the following city/regional/state committees, boards, and organizations:
Try-City Council, Bullhead City Water Advisory Committee, Chairman of the Mohave County Water Authority, Commissioner on the Arizona Water Banking Authority, Arizona Water Association, Agribusiness and Water Council of Arizona, Mohave County Industrial Development Authority, Board of Directors Vice President, Vice President of the Mohave County Airport Authority, Real Estate Committee for the Mohave County Airport, Bullhead Regional Economic Development Authority (BREDA) Board of Directors, BREDA Administrative Committee & Finance Committee, Mohave County Sheriff Technical Advisory Committee, Association of Financial Professionals.
Mark has been married for 35 years to Beth Clark. He is a Tri-State resident for 14 years and earned his MBA from Indiana University. He is a Certified Cash Manager (CCM), President OPC Inc. - a Water & Wastewater Resource Management and Land Development consulting company. He is also the Manager for Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District.
Bob Lynch devotes most of his practice to water, electricity, and environmental law issues. He litigates and consults on issues concerning federal and state water, power, environmental and public land issues and federal and state legislation and regulations. His current focus includes issues related to federal and state electric deregulation, federal and state water law and policy, and environmental issues involving, among others, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Water Act. He has worked on such projects as the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Cross-Florida Barge Canal and the Central Arizona Project. He has consulted on issues related to Glen Canyon and Hoover Dams, federal hydropower issues and related water and water rights issues. He is currently working on several water, power and endangered species issues related to the Colorado River. He was appointed in June 1996 by the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives to the seven-member Federal Water Rights Task Force, a federal advisory committee, established by the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act, P.L. 104-127.
He participates it the following organizations:
*American Public Power Association - Advisory Committee Member; Board of Directors member, PowerPAC (Chairman 2000-2007); Recipient in 2003 of the Kramer-Preston Personal Service Award.
*North American Electric Reliability Corporation - Legal Advisory Committee member
*National Water Resources Association - Past Chair, Water and Property Rights Committee; Member, Energy Issues Committee
*Arizona State Bar - Member
*Maricopa County Bar - Member
*Federal Bar Association - Member
*American Bar Association - Member
*District of Columbia Bar - Member
*Colorado River Energy Distributor's Association Bulldog Award (1998)
*American Public Power Association's Kramer - Preston Personal Service Award (2003)
*National Water Resources Association's President's Award (2006)
*National Water Resources Association's Distinguished Service Award (2012)
He holds Bachelor of Arts (1961) and Bachelor of Laws (1964) degrees from the University of Arizona and a Master of Laws degree with a specialization in natural resources law from George Washington University (1972). His law practice includes representation of clients in the Arizona Legislature and before Congress. His practice also includes representation of clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Arizona Corporation Commission and in state and federal courts. His litigation experience includes matters before the U.S. Supreme Court, 9 of the 13 federal appellate courts, 3 state supreme courts and several lower courts.
Michael A. Curtis was a charter member of the Agribusiness & Water Council of Arizona, Inc. and has been a continued financial supporter, and served as Secretary for several years. Mr. Curtis is admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Arizona Federal District Court, the Supreme Court of the State of Arizona and the Northern District Federal Court of California. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Curtis began working with Arizona agriculture and consumer owned water and power entities. Since 1972 he has been Executive Secretary of the Arizona Municipal Power User's Association and is now Counsel. He served at one time as a legislative consultant on electrical power matters to the Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association. in 1993, Mr. Curtis received the American Public Power Association's Kramer-Johnson Award in recognition of outstanding service.
Other Professional Activities include:
Special Counsel, Wickenburg; HoHoKam Irrigation and Drainage District; Cortaro-Marana Irrigation District
Founder, Curtis, Goodwin, Sullivan, Udall & Schwab, PLC.
Member, State Bar of Arizona; Maricopa County Bar Association; America Bar Association
Member, Utility; Natural Resources; Litigation Sections of the America Bar Association
He is a Senior Counsel to the Denton's International Law Firm
He served as Navopache Electric Cooperative and Mohave Electric Cooperative General Counsel for over 30 years.
George Fletcher is the Founder, CEO and President at Replenishment Services, LLC., a water resources consultancy. George provides consulting expertise to clients relating to water resources issues including acquiring supplies for future needs, managing existing supplies, addressing water rights related issues including updating and/or improving the quality of documentation, negotiating contracts relating to water supply acquisitions and sales, assisting with Assured Water Supply applications and compliance issues, providing training and instruction in the water resources planning and management discipline, and other related water resources matters.
George has served on a number of committees over his career, including serving in the past as the Vice-Chair of the Municipal Caucus of the National Water Resources Association. His expertise includes a thorough knowledge of Arizona water law and water resources management practices.
George's reputation is one of innovation - career has been built on finding solutions to challenging water supply issues that have reduced costs for his clients, almost always benefiting multiple parties, and receiving favorable results both politically and administratively among government officials and agencies as well as water users.
George has been operating as Replenishment Services since 2006. His career began in 1979 at the Arizona Water Commission which became the Arizona Department of Water Resources in 1980 after passage of the Groundwater Management Act, developing the techniques for verifying and investigating water rights claims in Arizona's water rights adjudications. He has worked for a law firm, local and international consulting firms, and served as the City of Tempe's first full-time water resources manager. He has worked with representatives of virtually every major sector of Arizona's industry with respect to water resources issues, and has served as a lobbyist at the local, state and federal levels.
George has an Associate of Arts degree equivalency in Geology from Phoenix Community College, a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Wildlife Biology and a Master's degree in Agribusiness and Environmental Resources from Arizona State University.