2022 AWRA-WA Board of Directors



Rabia Ahmed -  Rabia is a Principal Economist and Managing Partner at Greene Economics in Seattle, and is the 2019 President, 2017 State Conference Co-Chair, and current Board Member of AWRA-Washington Section. She is also on the Board of Directors of AWRA National and Co-Chair of the 2022 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference. She has over 17 years of experience in water and natural resource economics, policy and regulatory economics, litigation support, and international development. Prior to starting Greene Economics in 2018, Rabia worked with Maul Foster & Alongi, Ramboll, and Cardno for about 12 years. Her primary expertise in the water sector includes studying water laws and water markets, assessing and valuing surface and groundwater rights in that context, conducting assessment of water rights, carrying out water supply security analyses, supporting the water rights applications process, and conducting cost-benefit and feasibility analyses of water projects. She has carried out a number of water management projects in more than twenty-five US States and internationally. Rabia also has many years of experience in the international development sector, and worked directly with communities in some of the remotest areas of Pakistan and Bangladesh. She has an MS degree in Economics from Portland State University. She lives in Lynnwood, Washington, with her husband, two children, and a beautiful cockatoo. In her spare time, she likes hiking and sailing with her family.


Tyson Carlson - Tyson is a Senior Associate Hydrogeologist with Aspect Consulting with 20 years of experience specializing in water resource development and water rights. Serving private and public sector clients, his water rights experience includes both new appropriations – municipal, agriculture, fish propagation, and commercial/industrial purposes – and transfer/change of existing rights, including use of the State’s Trust Water Right Program for purposes of instream flow, habitat, and mitigation through water banking. Tyson’s strong background in analytical and numerical groundwater modeling is often used in the development of site-specific conceptual models describing groundwater-surface water interaction, saline intrusion, well hydraulics, and aquifer sustainability. These skills are also used in his work in large-scale hydrogeologic characterization, such as regional tunnel alignments, contaminant fate and transport modeling, and construction dewatering design. Tyson has a BS in Soil, Water, and Environmental Science and a MS in Hydrology from The University of Arizona. Outside of the office, he can be found skiing the deepest of Cascade powder, on his bike, or fly fishing his favorite waters.


John Chandler - John is a licensed professional engineer who currently serves as the water resources technical lead at Puget Sound Energy.  He is the water manager of the Baker Project, a two reservoir system with three powerhouses, and combined capacity of 200 MW.  John also supports operational compliance, dam safety, FERC license implantation, and marketing.  He received an M.S. focused in water resources and environmental engineering from the University of Maine at Orono in 2008.  When he’s not working John enjoys multiple types of partner dances, ultimate frisbee, and playing card games.


Tom FitzHugh - Tom FitzHugh is a Water Resources Scientist with Stantec Consulting, in Bellevue, Washington.  He specializes in hydrologic modeling of surface water systems, including reservoir and water supply system operations, riverine and reservoir temperatures, and rainfall-runoff processes.  His current work is primarily in California, analyzing water supply operations for water agencies and other clients in the Central Valley.  Prior to joining Stantec in 2015, he worked for the Bureau of Reclamation in Sacramento, California for 5 years, where he conducted modeling for long-term planning studies such as the Shasta Lake Enlargement study and analysis of new environmental flow standards in the San Joaquin River Basin.  From 1999-2009 he worked for The Nature Conservancy in Chicago and Olympia, where his responsibilities were regional conservation planning, analysis of environmental flows, scientific software development and training, and GIS.  He has an M.S. in GIS and Remote Sensing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A. in Political Science from Lawrence University.  In his spare time he enjoys hiking, learning and practicing his Spanish, and following the Seattle professional soccer teams, the Sounders and the Reign.


Felix Kristanovich - Felix is a senior water resources manager with Windward Environmental LLC in Seattle, Washington. He has 25 years of professional experience in the United States and abroad where he has worked on numerous watershed analysis and streamflow restoration projects, water quality monitoring programs, environmental impact studies, hydrologic field investigations, floodplain analysis, and design and modeling of storm water systems. Felix has been actively involved in several professional societies, including AWRA, where he has served on the Board for the last five years as Secretary, Treasurer, and 2010 Board President. Felix organized technical field trips during the 2005 and 2009 AWRA National Conference in Seattle, and was the co-organizer of several National AWRA conferences. Felix volunteers his time on Whidbey Island where he spearheaded numerous watershed restoration projects. Felix and his wife June enjoy backpacking, hiking, and telemark skiing with their two fantastic dogs Storm and Bear here in the Washington Mountains, and sea kayaking around Puget Sound and in Alaska. Felix and June also enjoy landscape photography and are season ticket holders to the Seattle Opera.



Jason McCormick – Jason is the Principal and founder at McCormick Water Strategies (MWS) with over fifteen years in water resources. Jason is recognized regionally as a water rights and water transactional expert. In 2015, Jason formed MWS after working in the private and non-profit sectors. His formative experience includes ten years specializing in water transactions, trust water, mitigation banking, project planning, permitting and water rights administration, water right due diligence and examination, representing private and conservation buyers and sellers, public grant funding solicitations, and geospatial water rights evaluation across Washington State. From his experience in the private, non-profit, and public sectors, he excels at water right permitting and administration, water transactions, water banking, water right evaluations and due diligence, and complex water resources problem solving. In addition, he draws a strong appreciation for the communities and unique values of Washington State from his local roots in Central Washington.


Stan Miller - Stan is semi-retired, and currently doing water resources consulting as Inland Northwest Water Resources.  Prior to venturing into retirement, Stan held the position of Program Manager for Spokane County’s Water Resources Section in the County Utilities Division of the Public Works Department for over 20 years.  The prime focus of Water Resources is the regional aquifer protection program.  In that capacity he worked toward integrating the groundwater protection efforts of all municipalities and water purveyors using the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer.  In addition to working on this program at the administrative level, Stan has developed technical information and conducted local studies on the potential impacts of storm water infiltration on ground water quality and the interaction of the Spokane River and the Spokane Valley Aquifer.  Stan is a long-time member of the AWRA Board and a past president of the Chapter.  Away from work, Stan enjoys canoeing, backpacking, running, and working on the restoration of a turn-of-the-century home.



Tom Ring - Tom retired in 2019 after 28 years as a hydrogeologist with the Water Resources Program of the Yakama Nation. in that role, he worked on a variety of projects involving groundwater and surface water quantity and quality, water rights, irrigation and fisheries issues and planning for future water needs. He has remained active in the Groundwater Storage sub-committee of the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan. Tom has Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in geology from Central Washington University and Northern Arizona University respectively. He has taught geology and hydrogeology classes at Central Washington University and is a licensed geologist and hydrogeologist in Washington State. When not working, he enjoys hiking, climbing, and skiing in the mountains of the west.

Katherine Ryf - Born and raised in rural Franklin County, Katherine is a native of the rolling dry land wheat hills of Kahlotus, Washington. She graduated from Eastern Washington University with a BS in Environmental Biology. She has three daughters immersed in Quincy’s community, public and private and public schools. Katherine is a Principal, Water Resources and Agricultural Services Leader for Landau Associates managing their Quincy office. Katherine has nearly over 20 years of experience with water rights and water supply solutions. She is highly knowledgeable of Washington and federal water laws, agricultural practices, and real estate acquisition. Prior to joining Landau Associates, she served as a water right analyst for the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) and water right specialist for the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife. Katherine represented Ecology as a liaison to the US Bureau of Reclamation, the Columbia Basin Irrigation Districts, municipalities, water users and local stakeholders to implement integrated water supply solutions. While living in Four Lakes, Washington she served as the Board of Directors for the Friends of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. Living in Quincy, Washington, Katherine currently serves on the Grant County Economic Development Council Board of Directors, and is a regular participant of the Ecology Water Resources Advisory and Palouse Basin Aquifer Committees.

James Bush – James is a licensed hydrogeologist in Aspect Consulting’s Olympia, Washington office serving. He has over 11 years of experience assisting public and private sectors clients in water supply planning and development, groundwater-surface water interactions, water reuse, artificial groundwater recharge, and aquifer sustainability. At Aspect, James specializes in developing and applying groundwater models using a decision-support framework to identify water resources solutions in complex groundwater environments. He has advised clients and delivered technical solutions throughout Washington, Oregon, and the broader Western U.S. James holds a B.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of Idaho and an M.S. in Applied Geosciences at the University of Washington. He lives in Tumwater with his wife where he enjoys skiing and playing rec-league softball and volleyball.



Jenna R. Mandell-Rice – Jenna is a senior associate in the Seattle office of Van Ness Feldman LLP. She practices in the areas of water, natural resources, and environmental law, with a focus on water resources development, civil litigation, and public policy. Jenna has worked with municipal water utilities and suppliers to address water rights, water supply and water quality challenges, and has assisted clients in finding solutions for municipal and agricultural water supply. She also helps clients navigate complex regulatory, permitting, enforcement and litigation matters under a range of environmental statutes, including the Federal Power Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Washington State Environmental Policy Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and Endangered Species Act.

Prior to joining private practice, Jenna served as a law clerk for the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), an office within the Executive Office of the President that coordinates Federal environmental efforts and works closely with agencies and other White House offices to develop environmental policies. She also served as an intern for the Honorable Christine M. Arguello in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.




Greg McLaughlin - Greg is a project manager with Washington Water Trust, where he has worked since 2006, opening the Ellensburg Field Office in 2008.  His instream flow and water resource management projects have culminated in 65 cfs and 9,000 acre-feet of annual flow to fish-critical tributaries throughout Washington State.  His work includes water right reviews, connecting project benefits to salmon recovery plan, and shepherding those projects through the Ecology review process.  He is a frequent presenter statewide on water rights valuation and transactions, trust water, and water law.  Greg has worked since 1997 on collaborative resource management projects from his hometown in rural Missouri to the Mekong River in Thailand.  He has academic degrees in Environmental Science (BA - Colorado College 1995) and Social Ecology and Community Development (MA - Yale University 2002).  Greg currently lives in Lynnwood, WA, and spends his free time as a youth pastor, traveling and doing community service with his wife and four sons, enjoying the occasional craft beer, and not doing nearly enough hiking, camping, and telemark skiing.



Stephen Thomas - Stephen is a hydrogeologist in the Seattle office of GeoEngineers. He has 22 years experience as a consultant in the areas of geologic and water resources.  He manages and performs technical aspects of hydrogeological investigations for groundwater resources development, wellhead protection and groundwater management, groundwater contamination and waste disposal, dewatering, and environmental projects.  A native of the United Kingdom, Stephen moved to Seattle in 2001, having previously lived in Los Angeles since 1992.  He holds a BSc in Geology from the University of Cardif (Wales) and a MSc in Hydrogeology from the University of Birmingham (England), and is a licensed hydrogeologist in the states of Washington and California.  Stephen has been on the Board since 2009, and has held positions of vice president and treasurer, and has chaired the dinner and sponsorship committees.  Stephen enjoys many outdoors activities, particularly rugby football, cycling and open-water swimming, and annoying his neighbors with his guitar playing.



Patrick Vandenberg - Patrick is a hydraulic modeling engineer at Seattle Public Utilities.  He works primarily on drainage and wastewater projects within the city's combined sewer system.  He received his Bachelors of Science from UCLA and his Masters of Science at UW, both in Civil Engineering.  He was formerly the University of Washington Student Chapter Representative to the AWRA-WA Board.  Patrick previously worked for the King County Wastewater Treatment Division as a hydraulic modeling engineer.  Before moving to Seattle, he worked as an environmental engineer for AECOM in Long Beach, CA.  He enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee and volleyball.



Jessica Kuchan - Jessica is a partner with Mentor Law Group, PLLC where she helps clients with issues relating to water resources, land use and natural resources. Jessica works with local governments, non profits, and private water users to find innovate solutions to complex water resource issues. Prior to law school, Jessica was an environmental scientist with the King County Department of Natural Resources researching the impact of water quality changes on fresh water mussels, macroinvertebrates and salmon. Jessica received a bachelor of science in biology from Gonzaga University and juris doctor from Lewis and Clark Law School with a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resource Law.


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