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SEAWA Current Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Officers 2017-2018

 

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Garry Lentz, Chair

Garry is the Rural Municipality member on the SEAWA Board. He also serves as the Agriculture Adviser on the SEAWA Integrated Watershed Management Plan, Technical Advisory Committee. A journeyman motor mechanic, welder and millwright, Garry has owned and operated several businesses. He has been a member of Cypress County’s Agriculture Service Board since 1998 and an Elected Councilor since 2001. Presently, Garry is engaged in creating a rural water co-op that will supply potable water to rural residents in Cypress County.

 

 

Sandy Vanderburgh, Vice-Chair

Sandy works as Dean, Division of Science and Health, Medicine Hat College, Medicine Hat.

 

 

 

 

Olivia Sederberg, Treasurer

Olivia works for Chinook Applied Research Association in Oyen, AB as their Conservation & Extension Coordinator. Originally from Southern Alberta, Olivia grew up on her family farm just north of Seven Persons. Olivia has taken Agribusiness and Environmental Science at Lakeland College and several water management courses through Alberta Agriculture and Cows & Fish.

 

ronlinowskiRon Linowski, SEAWA Secretary

Ron has been an instructor of biology, ecology, zoology and botany for the last 30 years at Medicine Hat College. Additionally, Ron as been an agricultural consultant working in specialty crops (1979-1993) in Brooks and the county of Newell. Recently, Ron undertook environmental assessment and mitigation, as a vegetation ecologist for environmental and engineering firms, as well as for the provincial and federal governments (2004-2014).

 

 

 Stuart Murray, Past Chair

 

 

 

Directors 2017-2018

 

 

Audrey Goodwin

Audrey works with Alberta Environment and Parks, Medicine Hat.

 

 

 

 

daygan-fowlerDaygan Fowler

Daygan is the Environmental Sustainability Officer with the City of Medicine Hat where she is actively involved in developing and implementing sustainability initiatives through the City’s HAT Smart program. She brings with her past experience from the provincial government and the oil and gas industry in Saskatchewan. Daygan has a degree in environmental engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where she placed a focus on sustainable engineering.

 

 

 

garyfranzGary Franz

Gary is currently the Chair of Saint Mary Irrigation District, the largest Irrigation District in Canada and Director of Division 7, the Medicine Hat area. The family farm where Gary grew up is located west of Medicine Hat, in the 9 mile coulee, a contributory to the Seven Persons Creek. Being raised in the locale and having a deep connection to the land, led Gary to become Chairman of the Cypress County Watershed Group, which was the predecessor to the start of SEAWA in 2007.

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Janelle Villeneuve

 

 

 

 

Jim Babe

Jim is an agricultural producer/ rancher. He is the President of the Bow Island Grazing Association.

 

 

 

 

johnmichalopoulosJohn Michalopoulous

John is the Water Treatment Plant Superintendent for the City of Medicine Hat. The City of Medicine Hat continues to play an active role in SEAWA through representation on the Board and through working committees such as the Integrated Watershed Management Plan Steering Committee.
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karen-saffranKaren Saffran

Karen Saffran’s early years spent mucking about in sloughs east of Edmonton led to a B.Sc. in Zoology from the University of Alberta and a M.Sc. in Aquatic Ecology from the University of Waterloo.  Before moving to Medicine Hat in 2003, she worked for the Government of Alberta as a Limnologist/Surface Water Quality Specialist.  Karen has volunteered with SEAWA’s Steering and Technical Committees, working on the Integrated Watershed Management Plan. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Praxis Science Outreach Society and is involved in 4-H and various activities in her three childrens’ schools.

 

 

 Vanessa Linowski

 

 

 

 

Rolan Kappel

 

 

 

 

Ron McMullin

 

 

 

 

Russell Krasnuik

Russell currently instructs full time at Medicine Hat College in the Bachelor of Applied Science Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership Degree Program and Kinesiology. He brings a practitioner’s approach to outdoor leadership education, training, and development with an experienced understanding of sustainable natural resource recreation planning. His most recent workplace field study initiative included SEAWA’s student applied research projects and Field Study projects internationally, Peru (2013) and Costa Rica (2014).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The SEAWA Board and staff wish to recognize our previous Board Directors for their contributions and hard work, and wish them well on their future endeavours!

 

Board of Directors 2016 – 2017

Jody Magill

Stuart Murray (Chair)

Gary Franz

Jim Babe

Garry Lentz (Vice-Chair)

John Michalopoulos

Ron Linowski (Secretary)

Vanessa Linowski

Janelle Villeneuve

Audrey Goodwin

Karen Saffran

Olivia Sederberg

Daygan Fowler

Jeanette Hansen

Sandy Vanderburgh

Allison Campbell (Treasurer)

 

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Melinda Arthur, SEAWA Chair and Director
2010-2015, Medicine Hat College (Academic Institutions)

Melinda is the Director of Facility Operations at Medicine Hat College. She sits on the SEAWA Executive Committee and is active on several of our committees.

 

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John Michalopoulos, SEAWA Vice-Chair and Director
2013-2015, Medicine Hat (Municipal Government, Urban)

John is the Water Treatment Plant Superintendent for the City of Medicine Hat. The City of Medicine Hat continues to play an active role in SEAWA through representation on the Board and through working committees such as the Integrated Watershed Management Plan Steering Committee.

 

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Russell Krasnuik, SEAWA Treasurer and Director
2014-2016 (Open Member)

Russell currently instructs full time at Medicine Hat College in the Bachelor of Applied Science Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership Degree Program and Kinesiology. He brings a practitioner’s approach to outdoor leadership education, training, and development with an experienced understanding of sustainable natural resource recreation planning. His most recent workplace field study initiative included SEAWA’s student applied research projects and Field Study projects internationally, Peru (2013) and Costa Rica (2014).

 

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Louella Cronkhite, SEAWA Secretary and Director
2014-2016, Alberta Water and Sustainable Resource Development (Regulators, Provincial)

Louella has worked with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) since 2004. Prior to that, her career included voluntary service with CUSO in Botswana and with Mennonite Central Committee in Burkina Faso and Louisiana. She is currently the project lead for a cumulative effects management prototype, the Bow River Phosphorus Management Plan. Louella works out of Lethbridge.

 

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Roy Crowther, SEAWA Director
2013-2015, Water Planning and Watershed Management (Federal, Regulators)

Roy Crowther (Ph.D, P.Biol., R.P.Bio) is President of Aquatic Resource Management Ltd. and has been active in the field of aquatic ecology and resource management planning since 1970. Roy has extensive experience in environmental and risk assessment projects for resource and land development companies, and has developed water strategies and policy for First Nations and rural Municipalities. He is a member of the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists.

 

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Dan Davies, SEAWA Director
2009-2015, retired Canadian Forces and EnCana (Individual Public Member)

Maj (Rt’d) DL Davies OMM, CD served in the military for 37 years. Dan enjoyed many foreign tours with the UN as well as serving as the Canadian Liaison Officer to the USMC upon completion of the USMC Command and Staff College. He was instrumental in numerous environmental endeavours including the gazetting of the Suffield National Wildlife Area. Upon retirement, he worked for five years as a Range Safety Supervisor at CFB Suffield for the oil and gas industry and ran his irrigation farm.

 

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Gary Franz, SEAWA Director
2013-2015, SMRID Director (Licensees – Irrigators)

Gary is currently the Vice Chairman of Saint Mary Irrigation District, the largest Irrigation District in Canada and Director of Division 7, the Medicine Hat area. The family farm were Gary grew up is located west of Medicine Hat, in the 9 mile coulee, a contributory to the Seven Persons Creek. Being raised in the locale and having a deep connection to the land, led Gary to become Chairman of the Cypress County Watershed Group, which was the predecessor to the start of SEAWA in 2007.

 

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Brian Frey, SEAWA Director
2014-2016 (Open Member)

Brian joins SEAWA with expertise in gained over the past 30 years in the facility management business; the last 17 of them at Prairie Rose School Division No. 8, the rural district that surrounds Medicine Hat. Brian is in charge of utilities at all Division sites throughout southeast Alberta, including water. Higher costs and lower grants are forcing efficient management of utilities and, like many others, Brian has come to realize that water in this area is a limited commodity and places high priority on its management.

 

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Rob Gardner, SEAWA Director
2010-2016, The Nature Conservancy of Canada and Grasslands Naturalists (Eco Tourism, Environmental Groups)

Representing the environmental sector Rob has spent many years encouraging people to get outside to better appreciate our natural world. He started Medicine Hat’s Interpretive Program at Police Point and is an avid paddler, having canoed the South Saskatchewan and Milk Rivers. He led the Prairie River Stewards, an informal water stewardship group, that grew into SEAWA. Currently, he is employed by the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

 

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Garry Lentz, SEAWA Director
2014-2016 (Municipal Government, Rural)

Garry is the Rural Municipality member on the SEAWA Board. He also serves as the Agriculture Adviser on the SEAWA Integrated Watershed Management Plan, Technical Advisory Committee. A journeyman motor mechanic, welder and millwright, Garry has owned and operated several businesses. He has been a member of Cypress County’s Agriculture Service Board since 1998 and an Elected Councilor since 2001. Presently, Garry is engaged in creating a rural water co-op that will supply potable water to rural residents in Cypress County.

 

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Ron Linowski, SEAWA Director
2014-2015 (Land Resource Industry, Industry)

Ron has been an instructor of biology, ecology, zoology and botany for the last 30 years at Medicine Hat College. Additionally, Ron as been an agricultural consultant working in specialty crops (1979-1993) in Brooks and the county of Newell. Recently, Ron undertook environmental assessment and mitigation, as a vegetation ecologist for environmental and engineering firms, as well as for the provincial and federal governments (2004-2014).

 

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Martha Munz Gue, SEAWA Director
2012-2016, (Non-Governmental Organizations NGO’s)

Music and the great outdoors are passions for Martha. She believes in experiential learning and reflective practice, and is equally at home in an art studio, a home economics classroom, or a Girl Guide Camp. She enjoys caring for the natural world, and currently is active in Southeast Alberta’s Grasslands Naturalists. Inspiration for many of her paintings comes from her close attention to nature and the interactions of flora and fauna with earth, sky, water and sun.

 

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Jennifer Nitschelm, SEAWA Director
2009-2015, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (Regulators, Administrative)

Jennifer Nitschelm works for Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD), currently serving as Lead of the Basin Water Management Section of the Irrigation and Farm Water Division. Jennifer has worked in irrigated agriculture in Southern Alberta for the past 14 years, after graduating with an M.Sc. in Soil Science from the University of Saskatchewan. Jennifer works in Lethbridge and lives in Coaldale, enjoys the opportunity to represent ARD on the Board, and learning about the SEAWA watershed.

 

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2014-2015 (Young Professional)

 

 

 

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Bruce Sederberg, SEAWA Director
2013-2015, Rancher and Irrigator (Land Resource Industry, Agricultural)

Bruce is a farmer and heavy duty mechanic living on a farm just north of Seven Persons. The family raise cattle on dryland with irrigated pasture and farm grain and speciality crops. The Sederberg’s have homesteaded in the area for over 100 years. Bruce has taken irrigation management courses through the Department of Agriculture and served on the Cypress County Agriculture Service Board, the Seven Persons Community Board and Whitla Community Boards.

 

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 Gordon Wright, SEAWA Director
2014-2016 (Individual Public Member)

 

 

 

Metis / Aboriginal, and Licensees Non-Irrigator
These SEAWA Board positions are currently vacant.