Chair of Board
Tim is a water quality supervisor with the City of Loveland, Department of Water and Power, and the monitoring program manager for the City of Loveland’s source water programs. These programs include general water quality sampling and evaluation of the Big Thompson River and Green Ridge Glade Reservoir, as well as preparation for the effects of a forest fire on the watershed and on process treatment. Tim has managed numerous source water and treatment projects, including the design and construction of a continuous water quality monitoring and flood warning system for the Big Thompson River and the implementation of algal mitigation solutions for Green Ridge Glade Reservoir. Recently, he was awarded the RMWQAA 2016 analyst of the year award. Tim received his BS degrees in biology and chemistry, with a concentration in environmental ecology, from Colorado State University. He lives in Loveland with his wife and enjoys backpacking and being outdoors.
PhD, Vice-Chair of the Board
Judy has worked as a water quality specialist at Northern Water since 2011. Prior to that, she worked for the City of Fort Collins as a senior process engineer/watershed manager, and for consulting firms in Fort Collins and California. Throughout her career, Judy has worked on a wide range of water quality-related projects, including managing, designing, and conducting water quality studies of watershed and groundwater systems and designing water and wastewater treatment processes. She has also conducted full-scale and pilot-plant drinking water treatment process optimization studies and developed numerical models and performing tracer tests to better understand the movement of water and contaminants through natural and engineered systems. Judy received her MS and PhD degrees in civil engineering from Colorado State University, and her BS degree from the University of California at Davis. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado.
Gabrielle (Gabri) Vergara
Secretary to the Board
Gabrielle (Gabri) began working at the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado in 1994 with a Master of Public Health degree. As the Program Coordinator for the Weld County Household Hazardous Waste Program, Gabri oversees the daily operations of the program’s two facilities and conducts community outreach to generate awareness of the detrimental effects of improper disposal of solid and hazardous waste. She also does contract work for the Northern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition, whose mission is to reduce the use of foreign petroleum in the transportation sector. Gabri first became involved with the Big Thompson Watershed Forum in 2003 as an alternate Board member representing Weld County, and she became the primary representative in 2005. A Wyoming native, Gabri has lived in Greeley since 1990 with her husband and two children.
Chris is general manager of the Soldier Canyon Filter Plant in Fort Collins and represents the Tri-Districts, a major funder of the Forum. The Tri-Districts comprise three water districts: East Larimer County Water District, Fort Collins/Loveland Water District, and North Weld County Water District.
David M. Jessup
David is co-owner of Sylvan Dale Ranch, a 3,200-acre working dude ranch in Loveland that raises grass-fed beef for local consumption. His passions are preserving open space, battling invasive weeds, catching wild river trout on a fly, singing cowboy songs, and telling stories about the American West—some of them true. David worked to place two-thirds of the Sylvan Dale’s ranch lands, some 1,600 acres, under permanent conservation easements. His dream is to build a sustainable, grass-fed cattle operation that restores health and diversity to the foothills ecosystem. David is a member of the Colorado and Loveland Historical Societies, the Oregon-California Trail Association, and the Downtown Loveland Association. He also serves on the Board of Embrace Northern Colorado, a regional organization seeking to develop choices about quality future growth. He has contributed chapters to two non-fiction books and is active with the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Northern Colorado Writers. David earned a BA degree in biology at the University of Colorado and a MA degree in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He and his wife Linda raised four children and enjoy exploring fresh worlds with their two grandchildren.
Randy has worked for the City of Greeley in several capacities since 1985. He spent his first nine years working in the City’s distribution system, and for the past 23 years he has worked as an Operator at both of Greeley’s water treatment plants, Bellevue and Boyd Lake. In 2014, he was promoted to Plant Superintendent at the Boyd Lake facility in Loveland. Randy is certified through the State of Colorado in water treatment and currently holds an “A” certification. A Colorado native, he enjoys fishing in the Big Thompson River.
Charles Olmsted, PhD
Charles retired from the University of Northern Colorado after 26 years of directing the Environmental Studies Program and teaching courses that focused on how humans interact with and depend on the natural world for their long-term welfare. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from Earlham College, his MS in physiological plant ecology from the University of Oklahoma, and his PhD in ecosystem ecology from the University of Colorado. Charles has a long history of involvement with conservation work and environmental education and has served on the Boards of Directors of the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education, the Colorado Wildlife Federation, the High Plains Environmental Center at Centerra, the Colorado Native Plant Society, Defenders of Wildlife, and the National Wildlife Federation. His involvement with the Big Thompson watershed and its resources spans a variety of uses and locations, including directing research on wildlife and tourism impacts in Rocky Mountain National Park. He and his family constructed a passive solar house near the confluence of the Big Thompson and South Platte Rivers.
Al is a senior project manager for CH2M, with 20 years’ experience as a civil engineer specializing in planning, design, and construction management to support water and wastewater treatment facilities. He has worked on a variety of projects throughout Northern Colorado and the Southwest that address customer water quality concerns and compliance with state and federal regulations for drinking water, reclaimed water, groundwater recharge, and treated wastewater effluent discharges. Al previously was the special projects manager for the City of Loveland Water Utilities Group, where he was responsible for management of capital improvement projects for the City’s water and wastewater treatment facilities. He holds a BS degree from Northeastern University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and California. Al lives in Windsor and enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and three sons.
Richard has been a surface water quality professional for more than 12 years. His career includes working as a research laboratory manager at Colorado State University (CSU), as an environmental consultant, and for state surface water quality regulatory agencies in North Carolina and Wyoming. In 2017, Richard joined the City of Fort Collins Utilities Department after working for nearly 10 years as the Surface Water Quality Assessment Program Coordinator for the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. He moved to Fort Collins in 1997 to attend CSU, where he earned a BS degree in fishery biology in 2001 and a MS degree in entomology in 2006. Richard lives in Loveland with his wife Emily and their daughter Natalie. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, toiling away on home renovations, xeric gardening, and fly fishing and tying.
Ed is a founding director of the Big Thompson Watershed Forum. He served as the City of Greeley’s representative on the Board beginning in 1997 and as Chair from 2008-2010. Ed graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1970 with a BA in biology and worked in the field of water treatment during his entire career. After 35 years with the City of Greeley as the Plant Superintendent of Boyd Lake WTP, he retired in November 2016. Since 1978 Ed and wife, Deb, have resided in Loveland, where they raised two sons and now enjoy four grandchildren.