The Verde River Basin Partnership’s Board Members are volunteers elected by the Partnership’s Partners (Partner Members) to manage the day-to-day operations of the Partnership. Please get to know our Board by reading a little about them below.
Our Board meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome!
The Board meets regularly on the first Tuesday of every month from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Meetings are usually held in Cottonwood and Prescott on alternating months. Click here for a schedule of meetings with locations. If you wish to contact us via email about a meeting or any other topic, please click here.
Ed Wolfe, Ph.D.
Dr. Wolfe is Chair of the Verde River Basin Partnership’s Board of Directors and the Chair the Technical Advisory Group. He is a retired geologist who spent his career with the U.S. Geological Survey. A substantial part of his USGS work in mid-career was geologic mapping in northern Arizona, including the San Francisco volcanic field and the southern part of the Verde Valley and adjacent Black Hills. He retired to the Prescott area, Arizona, and recognized that his geologic experience in the area could have application in interpreting and explaining the area’s severe water-resource issues. Over the past decade, both singly and with retired USGS groundwater hydrologist Bill Meyer, he has written numerous articles and has given many presentations on the groundwater issues, particularly with respect to the upper Verde River watershed and the Verde River. Dr. Wolfe is the former Chair of the Verde Watershed Association and has once before been the Chair of the Partnership’s Board of Directors .
Ms. Davis is the Secretary of the Verde River Basin Partnership’s Board of Directors and the Chair of the Verde River Basin Partnership’s Communications Committee. She has extensive experience with park management, natural resources, water resources, wildland fire, and ecology from working with the National Park Service, US Forest Service, and Fire Research Institute of Australia. For 10 years she was the Superintendent of Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments, retiring in March 2012. Ms. Davis is actively involved in community organizations, starting with the Verde River Basin Partnership, which she joined in 2006, and has served on the Board of Directors for three years. She is on the boards of the Yavapai College Foundation and League of Women Voters. She volunteers with the Friends of the Well, Camp Verde Marshal’s Office Animal Services, Project Wet, and Camp Verde general management planning. She believes water is integral to our daily lives, and by becoming informed with sound science, people can make a difference to protect the Verde River system, the wildlife habitat it creates, and the economic and aesthetic benefits gained from a healthy riparian.
Mr. Jensen is a member of both the Educational Outreach Committee and the Communications Committee of the Verde River Basin Partnership. Mr. Jensen’s focus with Partnership is educating the people of the Verde Valley about the environmental and economic importance of the Verde River. In addition to his military career, he is also a retired educator who has taught on the Navajo Nation and Hopi Nation reservations. Since retiring from teaching, he conducts classes and seminars for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) about water. He has also completed the Master Gardener and Master Watershed programs offered by the Arizona Cooperative Extension and attends classes and seminars whenever possible to further his environmental education. He currently serves as a Supervisor of the Verde Natural Resource Conservation District, volunteers with Friends of the Verde River Greenway, and has served previously as President of the Verde River Citizens Alliance. He has a strong interest in conservation and is committed to the long term health of the Verde River.
Mr. Bitz is the former Chair of the City of Sedona’s Sustainability Commission and was Sedona’s Alternate Representative to both the Yavapai County Water Advisory Committee and the Coconino Plateau Water Advisory Council as well as to the Partnership itself. In addition, he is a Board member of the Northern Arizona Audubon Society and has been active in numerous other community organizations. A retired business executive, Mr. Bitz believes that only through informed regional discussion will our communities be able to address the long-term challenges of declining water resources.
Other Board Members in Alphabetical Order
Mr. Campbell recently retired after 28 years with The Nature Conservancy (TNC). He was TNC’s Verde Program Director, and prior to that, the Arizona State Director. While he was the State Director, Mr. Campbell helped acquire property along the Verde River to create the Arizona State Parks Verde River Greenway. He was a long-time officer with the Verde Watershed Association, and now manages the Verde River Basin Partnership’s monthly programs. He sits on numerous boards and commissions, and has worked tirelessly for the health of the Verde River.
Mr. George has been a resident of Arizona for nearly 67 years and in the Verde Valley since 1998. He is currently a council member for the Town of Camp Verde. Mr. George joined the Verde River Basin Partnership Board of Directors in 2012. His professional experience includes the time with US Air Force, followed by working as a communication technician with AT&T for 34 years. He has enjoyed being a trash tracker captain for eleven years at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. An ardent volunteer, he is active with Arizona State Parks Site Steward program, Fort Verde State Historical Park, The Nature Conservancy, AARP Tax Aid Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity.
Mr. Gioia is the Chair of the Partnership’s Educational Outreach Committee. Presently Vice-President of the Friends of the Verde River Greenway, he has been an engaged member of the Verde Watershed Association for almost two decades, and a founding member of the effort for a Wild and Scenic designation for the Upper Verde River. Previously he served as Mayor of Camp Verde and Council member for many years. Formerly, Mr. Gioia was Co-Chair of the Yavapai County Water Advisory Committee and Vice-Chair of the Verde River Basin Partnership’s Board of Directors. Working for communities and love for the surrounding natural environment has shaped his commitment that “people should have an active part in understanding the place we live in, and an appreciation of our connection to it”.
Ms. Hauser was born in Southern Illinois, relocated to Phoenix in 1955, and then moved to Camp Verde in 1968. She worked in nursing and farming until retirement. Brenda is married with four children, twelve grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. She loves Camp Verde and has served on everything from Little League to politics. Ms. Hauser served as mayor of Camp Verde where she became very involved with water matters. She is grateful for the opportunity to once again be involved in water-related activities.
Chris Hoy was a founding member of Citizens Water Advocacy Group (CWAG) and is currently the President of CWAG. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and master’s degree in English. He worked as a general manager in the private sector (Colorado and Montana), before beginning work for the State of Nebraska for eight years He served as Director of Special Projects for the Department of Economic Development and spent two years building a state-wide economic development council of people from all of the state’s key economic sectors. He then became Director of Rural Telecommunications. Mr. Hoy and his staff conducted workshops and training in rural Nebraska focused on the future economic potential of the Internet for agriculture, local government, business, education and the medical field. He organized citizen work groups, which quickly “wired” rural Nebraska. Mr. Hoy provided consulting services on technology-based economic development issues in several states and in Australia. Mr. Hoy is well-known in the Prescott area for his frequent well-written columns in the Prescott Daily Courier on a variety of regional water issues.
Mr. Luzius served four years as a Prescott City Council member, is a retired small business owner, a retired City of Cleveland Fire Fighter, and a Veteran of the United States Navy. He attended Western Reserve University majoring in Education. Mr. Luzius grew up in Prescott and is a Prescott High School Graduate. He has lived in Arizona and Prescott for over 24 years. He has been with the Verde River Basin Partnership since its inception in 2006 and served as a member of the Board of Directors for eight years. Additionally, he has belonged to Citizens Water Advocacy Group for eight years and served on their Board. He has attended countless water associated meetings and is “Project Wet” Certified to teach “Water 101”, grades K through 5.
Mr. Marinaccio attended Penn State University majoring in computer science and inherited a good grasp of physics, computer science, and various technical disciplines, due in part to both of his parents being nuclear physicists. He works in broadcast television where, for over 20 years, he has been a freelance technical director and a broadcast engineer. Community contributions include being a council member for the Town of Dewey-Humboldt from 2006 to 2009 and more recently as mayor from 2009 to 2011. He has served on numerous boards and committees including the A.R.E. Medical Clinic Board of Directors, YRMC Council of Electors, Dewey-Humboldt Groundwater Resources Advisory Committee, Dewey-Humboldt Environmental Issues Advisory Committee, Yavapai County Water Advisory Committee, MATForce Steering Committee, and most recently, the Verde River Basin Partnership’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Meyer is a long-time Arizona resident who attended the University of Arizona obtaining one of the first Masters of Science degrees in hydrology. He worked as a USGS hydrologist in many jobs starting as a hydrologic technician and advancing to research hydrologist, project chief, chief of projects, scientist-in-charge of the USGS Water Resources Pacific Islands Water Science Center and Director’s Representative for the Pacific Islands. His area of expertise is in quantification of ground water resources, ground water modeling, and in the relationship between ground water and surface water. Mr. Meyer’s community service includes being active in Citizens Water Advocacy Group, Verde Watershed Association, member of the WAC’s Technical Administrative Committee for several years, and on the VRBP Technical Advisory Group. He is the past president of the ICR Water User’s Association (private water company in Williamson Valley) Board of Directors.
Mr. O’Halleran has previously served as Chair of the Verde River Basin Partnership’s Board of Directors. He is a former Arizona State Senator and was the President of Keep Sedona Beautiful. At the legislature, he served as Chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources where he sponsored and passed legislation that resulted in Arizona’s first requirements for a statewide water management plan along with drought and conservation requirements for water providers. Mr. O’Halleran also chaired the Council of State Government’s West, Natural Resources and Environment Committee, and for three years co-chaired the Governor’s Arizona Forest Health Oversight Committee. He has served on numerous water and natural resource-related state task forces and commissions. A retired businessman, he feels that as a region, state, and nation we need to work in a collaborative process to preserve and protect our natural resources.
Mr. Roark has been a water resource manager for over 40 years and has worked in many countries throughout Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. He has technical expertise in hydrology and environmental analysis, and has served as a team leader for numerous irrigation, sanitation, and water management projects around the world. A native of Colorado with advanced degrees from Colorado State University, he now lives in the Verde Valley.