WISP Oversight Committee

Appointees to City/County Water and Wastewater Study Oversight Committee, March 2008

Jim Barry, Chair, City of Tucson Water Advisory Committee

Dr. Jim Barry earned a doctorate from the Center for Policy Studies, School of Management, State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master’s in Urban Studies from Loyola University in Chicago.

Jim has lived in the same mid-town neighborhood, two blocks east of Alvernon, between the Doubletree and 22nd Street, since moving to Tucson in June of 1981. In 1983 and 1984, Jim worked in the district office of Congressman Jim McNulty. From February 1985 to February 2005, Jim worked for Pima County, from 1985 to 1994 for the Department of Transportation/Flood Control District and from 1994 to 2005 as Executive Assistant to the County Administrator. Jim retired from the County in February 2005.

In the Spring of 2006, the City Manager appointed Jim to the Citizens Water Advisory Committee (CWAC). He has been Chair of CWAC since December 2007. The City Manager and County Administrator appointed Jim as Chair of the City/County Water an Wastewater Oversight Committee.

Christopher Brooks, City of Tucson Water Advisory Committee

Christopher J. Brooks, R.G., Esq., holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hydrology from the University of Arizona (December 1989) and a Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona, Rogers College of Law (May 2008). He is a practicing attorney with his own law office (Christopher Brooks, PLC) providing legal services related to water rights, water marketing, and private water company creation and operation. He is also a Principal for Water Strategy Consulting LLC, Tucson, Arizona since October of 2008. Mr. Brooks is an Arizona Registered Professional Geologist and member of the City of Tucson Citizens Water Advisory Committee and an Advisory Board member of Watershed Management Group, Inc.

John Carlson, Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Advisory Committee

John Carlson got his Bachelor’s degree in 1952 from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point and has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1956 from the University of Nevada, Reno.

John Carlson worked for Sundt Corporation & Subsidiaries from 1957 to 1997. During his tenure at Sundt he worked on specific projects, as an estimator/lead estimator on numerous heavy/highway, mining, utility, water treatment and military projects. He also worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers form 1952 to 1956. Mr. Carlson has work experience in a wide range of civil, structural and utility-related engineering projects.

He has participated in several committees, he currently with the City Transportation Advisory Committee, and the Pima County Regional Wastewater Management Advisory Committee, and the Tucson Chamber of Commerce Legislative & Candidate Advisory.

Marcelino C. Flores, Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Advisory Committee

Marcelino Flores, Community Development Coordinator Community Development, Development Services, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Tucson, AZ

An enrolled Tribal member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Marcelino is comprehensively familiar with opportunities and issues associated to water related activities. He has served as the Pascua Yaqui Tribe jurisdictional representative at the Pima Association of Governments Environmental Planning Advisory Committee for over five years. Initially, within the Tribe, he was involved in researching Central Arizona Project (CAP)/Tucson Active Management Area (TAMA) history, renewable energies, and water conservation technologies he has received specific training from the Bureau of Reclamation, National Renewable Energy Lab, and Economic Development Institute. Moreover, with Tribal support, he is actively pursuing certification as an economic developer as accredited by the International Economic Development Council. Fittingly, he is passionate in achieving local self-sufficiency and regional balance linking resource management, emerging technologies, and economic development.

Bruce Gungle, Pima County Planning and Zoning Commission

Bruce Gungle is a 24 year resident of Tucson who moved here in 1984 to enroll in the masters program in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona. He has lived in the Tucson Mountain foothills since the fall of 1986, with the exception of a 2 year teaching stint in Japan from 1988-1990. After graduating with an MFA in 1990, Bruce took an active role in a wide array of community groups and an active interest in wilderness conservation issues. Bruce re-enrolled in the University in the mid-1990s, this time across campus in the hard sciences. In 2000 or 2001 he graduated with a Masters of Science degree in Atmospheric Science, and took a job as a Hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey, Arizona Water Science Center in Tucson, where he continues to work. Bruce was first appointed to the Pima County Planning and Zoning Commission in 1997, and is currently the Commission Chair.

Rob Kulakofsky, Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Advisory Committee

Rob Kulakofsky is a small business owner who has lived in Tucson for 15 years. He has been involved in neighborhood and environmental issues for the last 13 years. Rob helped found several local neighborhood and environmental organizations and served on the boards of several local non-profit organizations. He remains active in the Sierra Club, Center for Environmental Connections, Environmental Justice Action Group and the Gem and Jewelry Arts Academy.

Rob has also served on several policy-making committees dealing with neighborhood issues, open space and the environment. Some of these are the Tumamoc Area Plan Update Committee; Pima County Planning and Zoning Commission Subcommittee on Environmental Ordinances; Pima County Open Space Acquisition Review Committee; and Steering Committee for the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan. He was also on the City of Tucson Board of Adjustment for eight years.

Tina Lee, City of Tucson Water Advisory Committee

Tina Lee was appointed to the Citizens’ Water Advisory Committee (CWAC) in 2008 by Ward 1 Council Member Regina Romero. As an environmental consultant, she specialized in resolving regulatory compliance issues under the Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System program for public and private sector clients. As an aide to retired Ward 2 Council Member Carol W. West, Ms. Lee expanded her expertise in regional water resource related issues through involvement with CWAC, CWAC Finance and Conservation Subcommittees, Groundwater Users Advisory Committee, Storm Water Advisory Committee, and land use/growth policy meetings.

Joseph Maher, City of Tucson Planning Commission

Joseph Maher, Jr., AIA, holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arizona and established his own architectural business in 1983. He has extensive, diverse architectural project experience and community service in Southern Arizona and across the State of Arizona. His credentials reflect a comprehensive diversity of master planning, site and building analysis and feasibility studies along with the diverse and exciting concepts of creating user friendly, functionally cost as well as energy efficiently designed sustainable architecture of all types including Solar & Environmental Homes and additions.

Mr. Maher, Jr. currently serves as the 2009 President SAC-AIA, Southern AZ Chapter American Institute of Architects, Chairman AIA Architecture Week, 2003 to Present, City of Tucson, Planning Commissioner since 2008 and as Board member of Tucson Clean & Beautiful “Trees for Tucson” since 2005.

Bonnie Poulos, Pima County Planning and Zoning Commission

Employed as an Assistant Staff Scientist at the University of Arizona since 1992. Areas of expertise are microbiology, molecular biology, shrimp pathology.

Community work in Tucson spans 25 years and includes participation in several committees dealing with land use and transportation planning, storm water management and citizen participation.

  • Pima County Planning and Zoning Commission; 2002 to present
  • Neighborhood Infill Coalition; 2002 to present
  • Campus Farm Neighborhood Association; 1983 to present
  • Aravaipa Canyon Ecosystem Management Plan Citizen Advisory Committee, 2006
  • Cost of Growth Task Force for COT General Plan; Sept. 2000 to January 2001
  • City of Tucson (COT) Planning Commission; 1998-2001
  • Tucson Regional Transportation Coalition; 1993-1995
  • Pima County Comprehensive Plan Citizen Advisory Committee for the Southeast-Rincon area; 1991-1992
  • COT Storm Water Management Study Citizen Advisory Committee; 1988-1994
  • COT Citizen Transportation Advisory Committee; 1986-1992
  • North side Area Plan Citizen Advisory Committee; 1986-1987
  • Pima County Deputy Registrar; 1984-1992

 

Mark Stratton, Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Advisory Committee

Mark has spent the last 14 years working with the Metro Water District in Tucson, Arizona as general manager. Prior to that, he worked as planning manager for Pima County Wastewater Management Department. He is a member of the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) statewide water advisory group (SWAG), and the external advisory committees for both the Arizona Water Institute and the Water Resources Research Center of the University of Arizona. Mark has also served as president of the Southern Arizona Water Users Association (SAWUA) and has been a member of a number of other water related committees. He is currently the Past President of the Arizona Water & Pollution Control Association and serves as the Arizona representative on the Arizona on the American Water Works Association’s Board of Directors.

He received his education at the University of Arizona and graduated with a degree in civil engineering.

Vince Vasquez, City of Tucson Water Advisory Committee

Vince Vasquez holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Arizona with a focus on land use and water resource management. Vince’s position as water resources coordinator for Diamond Ventures, Inc. includes working with the company’s development and wet utility divisions on water planning and policy issues. He was appointed to the Citizens Water Advisory Committee by Ward 4 Council Member Shirley Scott and sits on both Conservation & Education and Finance Subcommittees. Vince’s involvement as a member of the West University Neighborhood Association includes volunteer support of the Community Food Bank and assistance with neighborhood planning efforts. His professional affiliations include Urban Land Institute and American Planning Association. Vince is a native Tucsonan whose family has lived in the region for over 100 years.

Bob Cook (alternate), Pima County Planning and Zoning Commission

Bob Cook, Sustainable Systems Planner, has wide-ranging community-related planning experience working in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. He is President of NEST, Inc, a non-profit community development organization operating in Tucson since 1989. As a strategic planner for Pima Community College during the 1990s, Bob coordinated strategic and master planning during the institution’s rapid growth phase.

As a sustainability advocate, he served on the City of Tucson’s Cost of Growth Task Force; contributed to the early development of Civano-Tucson’s Solar Village as past-chair of the Tucson-Pima Metropolitan Energy Commission; promoted multi-modal transportation and transitoriented development as Treasurer of the 2003 Citizens Transportation Initiative ballot measure; co-founded Sustainable Tucson in 2006, a community-building and advocacy organization promoting regional sustainability; and currently serves on the Pima County Planning & Zoning Commission.

Bob co- authored two books in 1975 on environmental planning and renewable energy development; graduated with distinction in economics from the University of Arizona; and received an M.S. in Systems Planning under a Dean’s Fellowship from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He was granted two U.S Patents and has been an active resident of Tucson since 1960.

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