Dr. Eric J. Kaldahl is a Registered Professional Archaeologist who has participated in archaeological projects in the east-central and southern Arizona, Nebraska, Missouri, and Illinois. He has worked for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center of Tucson and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Anthropology & Geography. He worked for the Tohono O’odham Nation government as a curator for the tribe’s first Cultural Center & Museum which opened in 2007. He became the Amerind museum’s Chief Curator in October 2007 and became the Vice President of the Amerind Foundation in 2013.
Howard Bethel, is a generation native of Cochise County. Born in Bisbee, his family moved to Willcox in 1943. He graduated from Willcox High School in 1952 and then attended Arizona State University. He graduated in 1956 with a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences with emphasis in Wildlife Management. Also serving four years in ROTC, he received a commission as a Regular Army Officer. Shortly after graduation, he married his wife, Gwen and began six years of active duty in the Army. Then returned to Willcox, where he was employed 35 years by the Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative, returning in 1995. He served the last 25 years as the Cooperative’s executive vice president and general manager. He is a past President of the Willcox Chamber of Commerce and was made an honorary member of the Chamber. He has been a volunteer for WOW since its inception and is a past president and active member of the Sulphur Springs Valley Historical Society and the Chiricahua Regional Museum and Research Center which the society owns and operates.
Kristine Uhlman, RG, is retired following 42 years in hydro-geology, including her most recent positions with the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M where she authored the Texas Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply. At UT Austin she was part of a research team investigating the impact of hydraulic fracking for the enhancement of oil/gas development on drinking water aquifers and earthquake development. Prior to that she was at the University of Arizona, Water Resources Research Center for nine years where she developed a state-wide educational outreach program on water resources and watershed planning. Under a grant with the Arizona Department of Environment, she and her team modeled every watershed in the state of Arizona and published a series of watershed planning documents. With the University she published the Arizona Well Owner’s Guide to Water Supply.
With a degree in Hydrology from the University of Arizona (1974) and a Masters in Civil Engineering from the Ohio State (1975) Ms. Uhlman started her career with the United States Geological Survey and then worked with various consulting firms throughout the United States and internationally. Her work included the investigation of several ‘Superfund’ sites and the construction of numerical models to design groundwater clean-up systems, as well as expert witness testimony on environmental sites under litigation for damage to drinking water aquifers. Ms. Uhlman has extensive experience in groundwater resource management and protection. Her aquifer characterization experience includes subsurface exploration in many geologic settings, including the arid regions of the Middle East and the Southwestern United States, glacial outwash aquifers, fractured bedrock, karst, and coastal areas susceptible to salt-water intrusion. Project experience includes geologic data acquisition and analysis; project management; aquifer characterization; environmental site remediation and compliance; aquifer vulnerability assessment; groundwater modeling; and, expert witness testimony. Prior to retirement she was appointed to the position of Executive Editor of the journal Ground Water. Ms. Uhlman is a frequent speaker to the public, local and state government, and scientific conferences on groundwater quality issues and tools/information necessary to improve groundwater resource management.
Ashley Hullinger is a Research Analyst at the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center. She manages the Water RAPIDS Program (Water Research and Planning Innovations for Dryland Systems) based at the WRRC in Tucson and extending through several counties in Arizona. Much of Ms. Hullinger’s work revolves around developing effective and down-to-earth tools to understand complex water resources situations and promote sustainable water management throughout Arizona, especially in rural watersheds. As part of the Cooperative Extension, she works directly with communities looking at issues that span beyond physical water resources to consider the people and history that have contributed to current conditions. She assisted and led research to develop a water budget, future water scenarios, and other watershed resources in the Upper Gila River Watershed, specifically in Graham and Greenlee Counties, which informs her current efforts in the Globe-Miami area and Pinal County.
Ms. Hullinger holds a M.S. in Urban Planning, with a concentration in Water Resources, from the University of Arizona and B.A. degrees in History and Geography from the University of Kansas.
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Ms. Schonek has been with the Conservancy since September 2008 and is currently the Verde River Program Director. In this role, she leads implementation of the Verde River Conservation Plan and its strategies to restore and protect flow in the Verde River and its tributaries. The strategies identified include irrigation and municipal water management to increase the efficiency of use and to reduce consumptive use. Ms. Schonek holds a Master’s in Environmental Management from Portland State University.
Ms. Schonek has held a wide array of positions related to water management and conservation. From 2003 to 2008, Ms. Schonek worked with the Oregon Water Trust to develop a monitoring program for their statewide program and managed flow restoration projects in two priority basins. Ms. Schonek also worked for the City of Portland in their water conservation program from 2002 to 2003 to improve commercial water efficiency and educate public on home water conservation techniques. From 1998 to 2002, Ms. Schonek worked as a technician for the US Forest Service and Park Service managing water sampling and invasive plant management.
Bruce Babbitt is a grandson of one of the five Babbitt brothers who homesteaded in Flagstaff in the 1880s. He grew up hiking and hunting in northern Arizona, then attended college at Notre Dame, planning a career in science. While pursuing a Master’s degree in geophysics, he was conducting fieldwork one summer in Bolivia when he discovered a passion for helping people in need. After returning to the U.S., Mr. Babbitt became active in the 1960s civil rights movement, marching in Selma, Alabama, and working for VISTA as part of President Johnson’s War on Poverty.
After earning a law degree from Harvard, Bruce Babbitt returned to Arizona to practice law, representing the Navajo Tribe, the Arizona Newspaper Association, and the Arizona Wildlife Federation. In 1974, he was elected Arizona Attorney General, a position in which he focused on issues of public corruption, land fraud, and prosecuting the murder of Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles. Mr. Babbitt loved the job: “It was a perfect combination of lawyering and public life.”
In early 1978, following the resignation of Governor Raul Castro and the unexpected death of Governor Wesley Bolin, Attorney General Babbitt was suddenly thrust into the governor’s office. “One’s life is surely, inevitably dictated by chance,” he says, “and this was a pretty spectacular example of that.” Governor Babbitt took charge during a challenging time. Arizona was in the midst of a devastating series of floods. Dams were in danger of failure and bridges were washed out. He used his authority as governor to get an emergency commuter train running across the Salt River. “There hadn’t been a tradition of assertive governors,” he noted, but he changed that, “and I found that I liked the job.” Bruce Babbitt went on to be elected to two more terms. During his years as governor, he used his veto to create a much stronger governor’s office. He worked to rewrite Arizona groundwater law; helped craft the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, Arizona’s alternative to Medicaid; and by proclamation, established the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday for the state.
In 1988, Bruce Babbitt gained a national reputation during a campaign for president of the United States. He is philosophical about the experience: “You may or may not win, but you can add to the process and come out, I think, better for having done it.” In 1992, President Bill Clinton appointed him Secretary of the Interior. Returning to his love of the environment during the eight years he served in that office, Babbitt helped President Clinton protect more land as national monuments than any president since Teddy Roosevelt. “Occasionally I had to stir things up and knock over a few icons,” he has remarked.
Bruce Babbitt has authored two books and numerous articles about environmental issues. He and his wife, Hattie, who served in the Clinton administration as Ambassador to the Organization of American States and as Deputy Administrator of the Agency for International Development, currently reside in Washington, D.C. Looking forward to an eventual return to Arizona, the Babbitts have purchased a site for a home in Oracle.