Board of Directors

Brian Epstein, Vice President

Brian is a hydrologist for the Colorado Water Conservation Board's Stream and Lake Protection Section. Previously, he served as a water commissioner for the lower Roaring Fork River. Brian recently graduated from the Colorado Foundation for Water Education's Water Leader Program.



Emma Regier Reesor

Emma serves as the Executive Director for the Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project working to improve the health of the Rio Grande in the San Luis Valley. Emma grew up on the prairies of Kansas and since moving to the San Luis Valley in 2013 has applied her skills in biology and restoration ecology being  actively involved in the local water community.  Emma serves on the Rio Grande Basin Roundtable. Emma lives in Alamosa with her husband John and their cat Oliver.


Andy Rossi

Andy is District Engineer for the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District in Steamboat Springs. He is a member of the Upper Yampa Watershed Group Technical Committee and Andy’s collaborative attitude and technical background has been instrumental in protecting the health of the Yampa River. Andy deals with the water quantity-quality nexus on a daily basis and brings a Yampa Valley/West Slope perspective to the CWA Board.


Jassen Savoie

Jassen is Regional Sales Manager for Geotech Environmental in the Rocky Mountain Region, providing technical training and serving as a resource for clients.  Jassen is a sought after expert in groundwater sampling technology as well as water quality monitoring.  Mr. Savoie is a member of CWA, RMAEP, CEMS, CRWA and the CMA Water Quality Committee.


Kevin Sear

Kevin is a CPA, CIA, CISA, CFE and CGMA with over 25 years of professional experience in private industry as well as state and federal agencies.  Kevin is a native of the Colorado plains and has a particular interest in local history.


Zach Smith, President

Zach has been the Staff Attorney for the Colorado Water Trust since 2010. He is a member of the FLOWS Subcommittee for the Poudre Runs Through It, stakeholder group in Fort Collins. He is a recent graduate of the Colorado Foundation for Water Education's Water Leader Program.


Leslie Volkar

Leslie currently serves as Director of Communications for Colorado Open Lands, one of Colorado’s largest land trusts.  Her areas of expertise include communications and marketing strategy, copywriting, promotion, and event planning and coordination.


Angela Welch

Angie has been a hydrologist for Norwest Corporation since 2005.  She began her involvement with watershed groups in 2002 where she provided surface water monitoring for Silver Lake Homeowners Association through the Big Thompson Watershed Forum and served on the Board of the Purgatoire Watershed Partnership.