OCWC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lisa Winters, Chair
Lisa is originally from Michigan where she grew up fishing, boating, and exploring the great lakes. That love and curiosity of all things water led her to pursue a Master’s degree in Aquatic Ecology from Utah State University. After Lisa finished her degree, she moved to Flagstaff in 2014 and spent two years monitoring invasive and endangered fish in the Grand Canyon before settling into her current position as the Research and Stewardship Volunteer Coordinator at the Grand Canyon Trust.
Lisa’s time in the Southwest has given her an appreciation for the connection between water and the people and wildlife that depend on it. Her passion is in watershed science, citizen science, and stewardship! Above all else, Lisa loves connecting people to nature. She believes positive change happens when we care deeply about a place and are educated, empowered, and engaged members of the community. Lisa truly believes that her experience in the non-profit realm and volunteer coordination will be an asset to the OCWC team.
Anthony Flesch, Vice-Chair
Anthony has more than three decades of advertising and marketing experience in many different industry areas, including dietary supplements, high-technology, electronic commerce, athletic footwear, packaged goods, health care, automotive, financial services, renewable energy, environmental remediation, and travel & hospitality. He moved to Northern Arizona in 1993. He is a principal of Flesch, Pritchard & Peebler, Inc., (“fp²”) a full-service marketing communications firm.
Anthony has been a committed environmentalist for five decades, after reading “Silent Spring” as a teenager.
Nick Kowall, Secretary and Director
Nick has lived in Northern Arizona for over ten years. He attended Northern Arizona University to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science. Since then, he has worked in conservation conducting environmental restoration and education, trail work, and community organization. Nick currently works for the Forest Service on the Coconino National Forest.
Nick was one of the earlier Oak Creek Ambassadors helping to educate visitors on the impact of recreation on water systems. He loves Oak Creek and has worked to increase visitor awareness of environmental issues and to help instill a passion of conservation in others.
Judy Lewis, Treasurer and Director
Judy has lived in Phoenix since she was 6 years old. Her Arcadia neighborhood was surrounded by orchards, canals, and irrigation ditches which developed a love and appreciation of waterways there and in the surrounding communities of Phoenix. She graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Education, teaching elementary Physical Education for over twelve years between raising two sons with her husband, David F. Lewis.
Judy was a member of the Metropolitan Canal Project in the Junior League of Phoenix in the 1980s which brought her into the community to promote the beautification of the waterways in Phoenix. She has dreamed since she was a child about beautifying the crosscut canal on 48th Street and Indian School Road in Phoenix. Through the speaker’s bureau, she was able to help many organizations to join in to realize the potential treasure of waterways in Phoenix.
Judy and her husband had visited Oak Creek Canyon in the 1960’s during their childhood on many occasions and their shared love of the beauty of the Canyon gave way to buying a summer home in Pine Flats in 1987 at the headway of Oak Creek. Which was a dream come true to share with their two sons the joy they had as children in Oak Creek Canyon. Barry Allan, a neighbor who was actively involved with the Corridor Management Plan and Oak Creek Canyon Task Force, invited Judy to join OCCTF, which became the Oak Creek Watershed Council in 2003.
She has served on the Board as secretary/treasurer. She was off the board for four years and rejoined in 2018. As a board director of Oak Creek Watershed Council, she is currently Treasurer, member of the committee for fundraising/ membership development, and managing the Adopt a Highway milepost 392-94/89A effort.
Judy has a deep-seeded love for her communities. As a resident in Oak Creek Canyon, she has joined the Traffic Matters committee of Oak Creek Canyon Property Owners and is currently on their board.
Cindy Dunn, 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 eight years.
McKenzie Jones, Director
McKenzie is the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Sedona. She draws on her background in environmental policy and non-profit development to find innovative strategies for municipalities to foster healthy communities. McKenzie began her career working above tree-line for the Appalachian Mountain Club, which strengthened her understanding of conducting community education and citizen science. In 2014, the Friends of the Rio de Flag recognized McKenzie with the Tom Moody Award for her leadership in preserving 2,700 acres of open space land at Picture Canyon and Observatory Mesa in Flagstaff. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Law from Lafayette College and a Master of Arts in Sustainable Communities from Northern Arizona University. When McKenzie is not attempting to grow food in the desert, she enjoys exploring the rivers and canyons of the Southwest.
McKenzie has lived in northern Arizona for over a decade and has an extensive background in board management. In particular, she enjoys working with nonprofits to successfully market and communicate solutions to complicated environmental issues. McKenzie is enthusiastic about OCWC’s efforts in watershed stewardship and preserving the integrity of Oak Creek.
Michael Righi, Director
Michael has lived in the Verde Valley (Cottonwood) for over three years and works for the City of Sedona as an Assistant Engineer. His responsibilities include stormwater pollution prevention (planning through permitting process), documentation, and enforcement for the city as required by the MS4 permit issued for the City of Sedona by ADEQ.
Michael was an Environmental Technician for a large solar power plant in California, responsible for local, state, and federal permits and the reporting required by these permits. Prior to this he was a planner with a firm in Orange County, California, responsible for the permitting of construction activities through local, state, and federal permitting processes. Michael is also a United States Navy veteran, serving six years as an electrician/nuclear operator. In 2003, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maine in Environmental Management and Policy.
Michael has lived throughout the United States, from Maine to California and Washington state to Florida, and in between, he traveled extensively abroad, but there has always been a pull bringing him ‘home’ to Arizona. Michael looks forward to providing the board with any expertise and experiences that help achieve the goals of the board and group as a whole.
Crystal Routhe, Director
Crystal is currently the STEAM Community Coordinator VISTA at Mountain Charter School. She moved to Flagstaff in 2013 to attend Northern Arizona University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry with an emphasis in Wildlife Ecology and Management and a minor in Biology. Throughout her time at NAU, Crystal volunteered with multiple organizations developing her passion for wildlife management and natural resource education. The past three seasons Crystal worked as a wildlife technician for the Kaibab National Forest which taught her the importance of environmental stewardship not only in professionals working in the natural resource management field but also within the general public. Crystal is currently working at Mountain Charter School developing resources, curriculum, and after-school programs to help engage students in the STEAM community. She is also working with the school’s Master Gardener to expand their gardening and sustainability clubs.
Crystal is interested in becoming part of the Oak Creek Watershed Council because she understands the importance of sustaining our local watersheds and she wants to help in any way that she can. Through this position, Crystal feels that she would have the opportunity to connect the public to our watersheds and raise awareness on how important local watersheds are.