Tamara has been with the City of Flagstaff since 2013, working on Water Conservation and Sustainability. She currently manages the Water Conservation Program staff, policies, rebate programs and public outreach events. Her passion for the environmental field was sparked in her hometown of Madison, Wisconsin where she earned a B.S. in Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison. She also holds an M.S. in Environmental Education from the Expedition Education Institute and a Ph.D. in Sustainability from Arizona State University. As her appetite for adventure sometimes gets carried away, she can often be found wearing a cast or brace on one or more of her limbs.
Audrey Kruse - Water Conservation Specialist
Audrey started as the Water Conservation Specialist for the City of Flagstaff Water Services Division in January 2018. In this role, she manages and develops outreach programs and initiatives to help citizens, businesses, schools, and tourists use water wisely. She earned her MS in Environmental Sciences and Policy from NAU. Alongside her work with the City of Flagstaff, Audrey instructs wilderness medicine courses and leads wilderness expeditions. Audrey is passionate about rock climbing, dogs, backpacking, pie baking, and science puns.
Melissa Yin - Water Resources Technician
Mellisa is currently an Environmental Engineering Senior at Northern Arizona University, graduating December 2018. She began interning at the City of Flagstaff as Arizona Hydrological Society’s 2017 Avery Intern Scholar and was subsequently hired as a Water Resources Technician. Her work involves data analysis, quality assurance, scenario planning, decision matrices design, and development of outreach materials. She enjoys backpacking, free diving, spearfishing, yard sales, and cheese.
Cara Corbin - Water Conservation Aide
Cara moved to Flagstaff in 2010 to get her Masters degree in Sustainable Communities from NAU. Since that time, she has worked on a variety of sustainable initiatives from local food systems to renewable energy. She currently works for the City of Flagstaff Water Conservation Program conducting outreach for the Water Wise Business Program and she is spearheading the program to convert empty barrels into rainwater catchment receptacles.
Laura Garcia - Water Conservation Aide
Laura is a Senior at NAU, working towards an Environmental Engineering degree. She served as a summer intern working alongside the City’s Water Resources Manager. Laura learned about technical and administrative functions of the job. As an intern, she was in charge of selecting and deploying water level monitoring equipment for wells in the Lake Mary Watershed, she assisted with developing outreach materials, and she provided project management support. Laura now works for the City as a Water Conservation Aide where she assists in monitoring actual conservation results following program implementation – such as the rebate and water check-up programs. Her latest project involves re-purposing empty barrels for rainwater harvesting containers.
Shannon Maho - Water Conservation Aide
Shannon has lived in Flagstaff for over 20 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and recently completed the Sustainable Green Building and Alternative Energy program at Coconino Community College. She has worked with the County’s Sustainable Building Program as an intern through AmeriCorps and she currently works with the City’s Water Conservation Program conducting water check-ups for Flagstaff residents to help them find ways to conserve water in their homes.