UWP Board & Staff

Board Chair Amanda Clements

Amanda has been involved in a variety of Nature-related groups and pursuits since retiring from a career at the BLM. She and husband Tony spend their free time in the great outdoors, when they’re not busy tending the garden, pets, trees, and cactus where they live on the edge of the Uncompahgre Plateau. Read more…

Board Vice Chair Phil Harrold

Phil first discovered the Uncompahgre River as a summer intern working for the U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division, in 1976 and 1977. . He remembers the hot springs of the region most vividly and, as a flatlander by birth, the jagged peaks of the San Juan front. 

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Board Treasurer Mary Menz

A career writer since 1986, Mary is the author of Common Wildflowers of the San Juan Mountains (2019). She earned Colorado Native Plant Master® certification in 2014 and is on the teaching team for CSU Extension’s Western Slope NPM courses.  Read more…

Board Secretary Taylor Poynor

Taylor is a lifelong learner who is passionate about sharing the exciting world of STEM. She obtained her B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Colorado School of Mines where she helped lead the Engineers without Borders chapter and partook in undergraduate research focused on issues surrounding water in the West.

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Board Member Arlen Huggins

Arlen and his wife Vicki moved to Ridgway (Loghill) in 2014, shortly after he retired as a research meteorologist and she as a school counselor. The move was inspired by a small Huggins family reunion on Loghill in 2010, when Arlen and Vicki fell in love with the beauty, quiet and hiking opportunities of the region. 

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Board Member Carl Mackey

Carl and his spouse, Sheri, moved to Ridgway full time after answering the question, “If not now, when?” They have had friends living in Ouray County and have owned property in the county for many years. Carl completed a 30-plus year career as a restoration ecologist on the Rocky Mountain Arsenal hazardous waste cleanup, and Sheri was ready for a career change, so they decided to move to Loghill in December 2021. Read more…

Board Member Gary Roberts

After living in some of the most beautiful areas in the West, Gary and his wife chose a ranch between Ridgway and Ouray as the final stop. The area has outdoor activities, scenery, community, great folks and only one stoplight. The ranch (some locals call it The Wolfpaw Ranch) requires a lot of time, as the couple saved it from development and it had been somewhat neglected over the years. Read more…

Board Member David Ludwick

Dave lives in Montrose and is Senior Engineer at SRK Consulting. As a technical professional in mining and mine closure, he has worked extensively to protect and improve the environment and communities where his clients’ projects are located.

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Staff

UWP Executive Director Tanya Ishikawa

Tanya was promoted to executive director after six years as communications director, leading efforts that annually increased UWP’s funding including Ridgway RiverFest, budget requests to local governments, and grants from foundations and state agencies. She also grew the number of email subscribers, event participants, and volunteers. In September 2022, she graduated from the Water Leaders program, a professional development program organized by Water Education Colorado. In addition to fundraising, Tanya will continue to work in mine remediation and riparian restoration projects alongside UWP Technical Coordinator Ashley Bembenek, as well as organize cleanups, tree plantings, weed removal, water quality monitoring, and various events. She will also support board members with board development.

UWP Technical Coordinator Ashley Bembenek

Ashley is the principal scientist and owner of Alpine Environmental Consultants, a firm that specializes is watershed planning. Ashley graduated with honors from Montana State University with a degree in environmental science that focused on soil and water. She has 13 years professional experience and has worked in western Colorado for the past nine years to help organizations understand water quality and prioritize projects to improve water quality and watershed health. Ashley loves to ski, mountain bike, climb, and is slowly learning to kayak.

Fundraising & Administrative Assistant Coordinator Pamela Cannalte

After decades of working for both technical and creative corporations all over the U.S., including Alaska, she has returned to writing and substitute teaching in the Ouray and Ridgway, Colorado school districts. Her background includes 26+ years in public relations, television sales, advertising (including direct response), and administration. She has published five children’s books and is working on several novels, and also has a passion for photography and the outdoors. Pamela is involved in her community, her favorite being RiverFest Assistant Coordinator to Tanya Ishikawa for Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership, which is dedicated to preserving our environment. She and her husband live just outside of Ridgway with their two golden retrievers, Bear and Grace.  

UWP Sustainable Recreation Coordinator

Position open. UWP is seeking a part-time contractor to lead sustainable recreation activities including coordinating a volunteer committee. Hours: 10-20 hours/month; $20 per hour.

Employment Opportunities

UWP is planning to post two RFPs in early 2023, seeking a hydrological consultant for a long-term, part-time contract and a strategic facilitator for a six-month contract. Please stay tuned.

If you have questions, please contact us at info@uncompahgrewatershed.org.

The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership is an equal opportunity employer.