Biographies of the OCWC Board Directors 2017
Laura Jones, Chair
Laura is the Community Outreach Coordinator with Friends of Verde River Greenway. She has over 20+ years of non-profit management, human resources and volunteer management experience. She has lived in Clarkdale for the last eight years where she was co-owner of a local deli and has become an active member of the community through volunteer work with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Verde Valley Land Preservation VVLP) and Friends of the Verde River Greenway (FVRG).
Her position requires her to spend an extensive amount of time talking with private landowners on the Verde River and its tributaries, especially along Oak Creek. This time has given her an understanding of the concerns of private landowners and public land managers alike. In addition to her professional experience, Laura has a Master's of Education (MSEd) in Counseling and a Non-Profit Management Certificate from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business.
Laura loves living the small town life in her historic Clarkdale bungalow and is an avid kayaker and spends as much time on water a she can.
James Meza, Vice Chair
James is an Arizona native and hydrogeologist, has been the Water Resource Specialist for Arizona State Parks (ASP) since May 2016. Prior to working for ASP, James graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Geologic Studies from Arizona State University with a focus in hydrogeology. While an undergraduate, James conducted geomorphologic research on soil production in tectonically active granitic ortho-gneiss mountain ranges with similar weathering patterns (Pinaleño Mtns. & San Bernardino Mtns.) James also worked as a Hydrology Division Intern for a year at Arizona Department of Water Resources where he worked closely with department leaders.
As Water Resource Specialist for ASP, James assists in all water related matters from the legal realm of water rights and adjudications to water level data collection and monitoring. Within the first three weeks of his career at ASP, James became project manager on high priority and emergency matters and worked with staff effectively to resolve said issues. He has begun expanding the Water Program at ASP by: monitoring surface and sub-surface water levels/flow (only surface prior), assisting in data collection and decision making with interagency taskforces (drought monitoring, flood warning, etc.), and prioritizing safe water standards. All of these new additions are being done while keeping within the prior Water Program Budget.
Slide Rock State Park and Red Rock State Park are both along Oak Creek and the health and wellbeing of the creek are crucial to ASP operations and visitation in Sedona. As a State Parks employee, an environmentalist, a lover of Arizona, and a dedicated hydrologist; James has prioritized positive impacts to natural waterways and watersheds. As a board member of the OCWC Council James will contribute a non-partial scientific evaluation of challenges, dedication to solve said challenges, a network of interagency resources, willingness to work with a governing board and make important decisions.
Cindy Dunn, Secretary and Director
Cindy has worked for the Arizona Game and Fish Department for the last 26 years. She started in the Research Branch working on stream surveys and the Glen Canyon Environmental Study. But she found her true calling when she began work at Canyon Creek Hatchery raising trout off the Mogollon Rim. She transferred to Page Springs Hatchery in 1995 and adapted to raising trout in warmer waters. Cindy is currently the Westside Hatchery Manager overseeing Sterling Springs, Page Springs and Bubbling Ponds Hatcheries. She has served on the Oak Creek Watershed Council Board off and on for the past seven years and is currently the secretary.
Kathy Dunham, Treasurer and Director
After completing the Master Watershed Program in 2010, Kathy began volunteering with water sampling. For the past 4 summers, she has assisted team leaders in obtaining baseline samples at strategic areas throughout Oak Creek. Kathy has also been part of the “Hot Shot” team which involves water sampling after storm events. In addition to volunteering time with litter clean up in Oak Creek Canyon and along Oak Creek, Kathy has been involved as Assistant Project Manager with the OCCOP.
Kathy’s early career included 10 years in banking as a loan workout specialist and teaching loan operations and then 12 years as a Certified Legal Assistant in a law office. For the past 20 years, her career has been in real estate. She owned an independent brokerage company in Houston for 10 years. After moving to Sedona in 2009, Kathy opened an independent real estate brokerage company here. Simultaneously, for six years, she was Vice President and on the board of directors of a closely held corporation that manages over $50,000,000 in assets. That responsibility ended November 30, 2012.
Kathy has been on the board of OCWC since January 2013 and have been the Treasurer since 2014. Sedona is her home; she is very passionate about water and plans to be of service to the OCWC for many future years!
Bob Hart, Director
Bob is the Scientist in Charge for the US Geological Survey’s Flagstaff Science Campus (USGS FSC). Bob works with all USGS FSC science mission areas in promoting expertise and collaboration. Bob is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he received his BS in Biology. His post-graduate work included fisheries studies and water-resource science at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
Bob’s professional science career spans 38 years which has included science positions with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Marquette, MI and the Bureau of Land Management, Rawlins, WY. He began his career with the USGS in Lawrence, KS where he ran a network of streamflow gaging stations and water-quality stations, and served as project chief or a project member of many surface-water, water-quality, and groundwater investigations. During his tenure at the FSC and the Arizona Water Science Center, he has focused on program development with cooperating agencies including federal, state, local, and tribal governments. Bob has lead scientific studies related to surface water and groundwater quality assessments, chemical and physical processes of reservoirs, and surface-water and groundwater modeling investigations in Arizona. His applied research has included groundwater/surface-water interaction studies in the Verde Valley and the Black Mesa of northern Arizona. He has led scientific programs on Lake Powell evaluating the physical and chemical processes and the presence of contaminants in water and lakebed materials. He has published more than 40 reports and abstracts during his career. As Scientist in Charge for the FSC, he provides leadership to campus management and scientists in identifying collaborative opportunities for all groups located on the campus and in other USGS offices located in the Southwest US.
Bob has also served on several boards including Flagstaff Junior Academy from 1996 to 2005, Flagstaff Master Chorale for several years in the 1990’s, and at the Northland Family Help Center from 2004-2008, and as President for one year.
Bob is an avid outdoorsman and loves to hike, boat, hunt, and explore the amazing state of Arizona and the southwest. His hobbies are many, but most recently, he spends his time restoring a vintage 1967 Airstream camper trailer. He resides in Flagstaff with his beautiful wife, 2 of his 3 triplet daughters, Dakota the lab, and Kevyn and Jaydn the cats.
Bob Kampfe, Director and Volunteer Coordinator
Bob is a Certified Master Watershed Steward from the University of Arizona, Maricopa County Cooperative Office. Bob’s main focus, as a Master Watershed Steward, is to support the Oak Creek Watershed Council and it’s volunteer group, “Friends of Oak Creek.” He has his formal education from Northern Arizona University-Flagstaff, AZ (Organic Chemistry) and the University of Arizona- Tucson, AZ (Turf Grass Agronomy).
Raised in Flagstaff and Sedona, Bob has always felt the need to come back to Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon, to make a positive difference, which he has found, by volunteering with “Friends of Oak Creek”, as it’s volunteer coordinator. Along with volunteering with Friends of Oak Creek, Bob continues to support the mission of the Oak Creek Watershed Council, by consistently traveling up to Sedona from Chandler, to participate with OCWC meetings and OCWC out reach programs.
Bob is currently on the following boards; City of Chandler’s Neighborhood Advisory Committee (Chair), which advises the Mayor and City Council on how to strengthen the City of Chandler’s neighborhoods, Cooper Commons HOA (Secretary). Past Board Director for LD 17 (Vice Chair), and a current elected office holder (precinct committeeman). His current volunteer commitments include, but not limited too; Grand Canyon Association, University of Arizona Master Garden and Watershed Steward Programs, City of Chandler’s “For Our City”, Grand Canyon National Park Volunteer-Vegetation Crew, University of Arizona Project WET.
Bob currently resides in Chandler, Arizona with his wife of 18 years and enjoys retirement from over thirty plus years, as a land development professional. Having held positions as a project manager, division manager and director.
Bob is an avid outdoorsman that includes hiking, fly-fishing and hunting. Bob likes to consider himself a stay home husband, taking care of our two spaniels’, vegetable garden, and most important, and his wife, who is currently working in the banking industry. Bob interest includes music, cooking, stock market, craft beer, wine, politics, college sports, Native American art, and environmental issues (Clean Water & Water Conservation) and mentoring our youth, with water issues. Bob’s affiliations include; Arizona Hydrological Society, University of Arizona Wildcat Club, Oak Creek Watershed Council, Trout Unlimited, and the Grand Canyon Association.
Lee Luedeker, Director
Lee began a career as Wildlife Manager for Arizona Game and Fish Department in 1973, assigned to the Sedona–Flagstaff area. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1973 with a BS degree in Wildlife Management. Lee served as co-chair of the Stakeholder's Advisory Group (SAG) at Camp Navajo Arizona National Guard Training Center, tasked with a 10-year contamination remediation process. He also served a term as City of Sedona Parks and Recreation Boardman.
His affinity for the rugged geology of the Oak Creek and Sycamore Creek canyons extended his professional service beyond 40 years. He has shared the diversity of wild habitats with many of its critters, often toward optimal co-existence with an increasing human imprint.
David Peck, Director
David moved from Upstate New York to the Paso Robles area of California at the age of six. Two of his aunts had purchased a large ranch there, and asked that his father move the family out west so he could manage the ranch. Growing up on that ranch was what gave David a great appreciation for the outdoors.
David married in 1986; he and his wife moved from San Luis Obispo, CA to Sedona in 1990 (two months after their first visit here). They actually bought a house in the Village of Oak Creek on their first day ever in Sedona.
In 1994, David and his wife moved to Forest Houses Resort in Oak Creek Canyon as managers of the resort. They left the resort in 2000, but have remained in Oak Creek Canyon. In the 20 years now that they've lived next to Oak Creek, they have gained a great appreciation for the beauty tranquility it has added to their lives.
David has been employed by the City of Sedona since 2001, and is currently an Associate Engineer with the City. David is also a board member of the OCWC. David's hobbies include avid table tennis playing, music, reading, and hiking.
Amina Sena, Director
Amina is a hydrologist with the US Forest Service, and serves as the Watershed Specialist on the Red Rock Ranger District. She received a BS in Watershed Management and a Master of Life Science degree with a concentration in Natural Resources Management from New Mexico Highlands University.
Amina has experience in an integrated approach to watershed health, including collecting and analyzing water samples; riparian health assessments and restoration techniques; soil-condition assessments; road maintenance and construction; GIS mapping; benthic macroinvertebrates surveys; and finally integrating these biological, chemical, and geomorphologic characteristics into holistic land-management recommendations. As the lead Soils and Watershed Specialist on interdisciplinary teams for range, fisheries, timber, watershed, and recreational management projects, Amina collects data and designs best management practices to reduce potential impacts to watershed health. She serves as a member of the Board on the Oak Creek Watershed Improvement Commission.