2015 AHS Symposium Speakers
Lunch & Dinner Speakers
Thursday Lunch: Mark O’Malley, Lead forecaster, climate specialist, and drought contact for the National Weather Service in Phoenix
Thursday Dinner: Sarah Porter, Director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy at the Morrison Institute
Plenary Session Speakers
Our plenary session will feature these fine speakers.
Tom Buschatzke — Moderator
Tom Buschatzke was appointed Director of the ADWR in January 2015. He is responsible for multiple planning and policy, regulatory, and permitting programs for the management of the state’s water supplies. He serves as Arizona’s principal negotiator on matters relating to the Colorado River; he chairs the Arizona Water Banking Authority and Co-Chair of the Drought Inter-Agency Coordinating Council and represents the State in Indian water-right negotiations. Mr. Buschatzke has been a member of several statewide long-term water planning initiatives, including serving as Co-Chair of the Statewide Water Resources Development Commission, the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Water Sustainability where he served as Co-Chair of the Regulatory and Permitting Group and was an active participant in the Statewide Water Advisory Group and Governor’s Drought Task Force.
Mr. Buschatzke’s career in Arizona water resources began with a 1982 ADWR internship in the Phoenix AMA and he ultimately became a Program Manager in the Adjudications Division. During his 24-year tenure with the City of Phoenix, he served as the Water Resources Management Advisor and was responsible for policy development for management of the City’s water resources. He holds a BS in Geology from the State University of New York at Cortland.
Carol Ward-Morris — Panel Member
Carol Ward-Morris is Assistant Director of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA), a nonprofit association of 10 municipalities in the Phoenix area dedicated to protecting its members’ ability to provide, assured, safe, and sustainable water supplies to their communities. Carol’s career at AMWUA, and in demand management, spans nearly 20 years. She is responsible for the development, evaluation, management, and advancement of AMWUA’s regional water conservation, efficiency, and sustainability efforts. She has participated in numerous regional and national water-related committees and workgroups, recently serving as alternate co-chair of the Municipal and Industrial Conservation and Reuse Workgroup of the Moving Forward Process, initiated in response to the Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study. Since 2006, Carol has served on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Nursery Association, linking the water community and the nursery and landscape industry. She is also a member of Advisory Board of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Maricopa County.
Kevin Moran — Panel Member
Kevin Moran is Senor Director of EDF Ecosystems’ Water Program where he leads EDF’s work in the Colorado River Basin and the West to promote sustainable water management policies and practices. Kevin’s background combines public policy and strategic communications expertise developed over 20 years, with more than a decade of successful corporate leadership experience. From 2005–2012, Moran served as vice president, human resources, for Cox Communications Arizona. Moran has directed government relations, campaigns and strategic communications on behalf of diverse clients. His experience includes representing various clients on water legislation and environmental regulatory issues. These included representing homebuilders on water policy issues related to golf courses, reuse water, and legislation that established the Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District (CAGRD). Kevin was instrumental in managing the passage of Arizona statewide voter initiatives in 1996 and 2000. Moran holds a BA degree in history from Brown University; a J.D. from Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University; and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He and his wife Susan have two sons and reside in Phoenix.
Mark R. Smith — Panel Member
Mark R. Smith is a farmer, born and raised in the community of Maricopa Arizona. He attended the University of Arizona and received a BS in Agronomy and Plant Genetics and Agricultural Business in 1977. After college, he worked for JG Boswell Company Kern Lake Ranch Bakersfield California as an agronomist. In 1980, he returned to the Southwest and started his own farming operation. Today Mark is president of Smith Farms Company of Yuma, a family farming operation specializing in the production of winter vegetables, both conventional and organic. Mark is married to Caroline Lott and they have three children together, all working in the agricultural industry. Currently, Mr. Smith is an advisory board member for the University of Arizona, Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture. He has also served as a member of the board of directors for The Foothills Bank since 1998. Additionally, Mark participates in multiple capacities associated with water agencies in the Yuma area. Since 1983, he has been actively involved as a participating member for the Yuma Irrigation District Board, the Imperial Dam Advisory Board and the Gila Gravity Administrative Board. He has served as President of the Yuma Irrigation District’s Board of Directors since 1994.
Diane Joens — Panel Member
Diane Joens is the Mayor of Cottonwood, where she has lived for the past 29 years. She is a founder of the Stewards of Public Lands, a group of volunteers who have hauled more than 320 tons of illegally dumped trash from national forests, state trust lands and the Verde River Greenway. She is also a past co-chair of the Yavapai County Water Advisory Committee and chair of the Greater Arizona Mayors’ Association. Diane graduated from Project CENTRL Class XVI, earning an Outstanding Alumni Award for Conservation of Natural Resources. Her internship there entailed editing and publishing the Verde River Almanac, a community project featuring submissions by authors, artists, photographers, nonprofits, governmental organizations, and others. She received numerous awards; among them are the Arizona State Parks Best Friend Award, the Arizona Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Volunteer of the Year Award, and the Professional Women’s Group “You Make a Difference” award. In addition, the Verde River Citizens Alliance recognized Diane with its Civic Award for Meritorious Contributions in Preserving Water Resources in the Verde Valley. She was recognized as Citizen of the Year by the Elks Lodge for her work with youth in the Verde Valley. A Flinn Brown Civic Leadership Fellow, Diane brought the Verde Valley SciTech Festival to local communities through a collaborative process.