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SONJA CHAVEZ, General Manager

Sonja joined the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District as General Manager in December 2019.

Sonja received both her BA in Environmental Biology and an MA in Limnology (the study of freshwater systems) from the University of Colorado. Her areas of expertise are in water quality, water resources management, funding acquisition, and environmental and natural resource sciences, policy and planning.  


JOHN McCLOW, General Counsel

John is a graduate of Colorado Law. He has represented the District since 1991, becoming full-time General Counsel in 2006. His work has consisted, in part, of water court litigation, including basin-wide plans for augmentation, and legislative advocacy. John has served on numerous boards, commissions, and organizations involving Colorado water, including the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Upper Colorado River Commission, and Colorado Water Congress.


JILL STEELE, Accountant

Jill has worked for the District since 1994.  She received her degree in Accounting from Western Colorado University and is the District’s office accountant.  Jill also develops the monthly financial reports for the District’s Board of Directors and provides oversight and reports for the District’s annual audit.


Beverly Richards, Water Resource Specialist

Beverly has been with the District since 2005.  Since joining the District, she went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Environmental Management and Planning.  Beverly works as the water resource specialist for the District and handles augmentation contracts among her other duties.  She is also a staff member of the Watershed Management Planning, Grant, Project, and Education Committees.


Sue Uerling, Administrative Assistant/Communications Support Specialist

Sue joined the staff in September 2020 as the Administrative Assistant and has since taken on additional duties of communications and outreach for the District. She serves as the front-line contact with the public and assists with Board meeting preparation tasks and office administration. Sue has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has spent 30 plus years in a variety of administrative and managerial roles, primarily for nonprofit organizations.

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Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District

General Manager

Start date December 1, 2019