Water Resources & Conservation Staff
Tamara Lawless - Water Conservation Manager aka Conservation Pirate
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.
Bob Rukavina - Water Conservation Enforcement Officer aka GTO
Bob has served as a water conversation aide with Flagstaff’s Water Services Department since 2014. In his position, he enjoys educating Flagstaff’s citizens about the City’s water conversation efforts which include policy enforcement and implementation of water conservation incentive programs. He appreciates the opportunity to work outdoors, discuss water conservation, and help preserve our community’s water resources.
Since 1976 Bob has worked in various water resource fields including water treatment, wastewater treatment, and water reclamation, as well as having coordinated numerous projects with public utilities and governmental agencies in Minnesota and Arizona. In his current position with Flagstaff, Bob brings a strong history of water resource management.
Emily Melhorn - Water Conservation Aide aka Conservation Rapscallion
Erin Young - Water Resources Manager
Water Conservation Staff Alumni
Cara Corbin - Water Conservation Aide aka Rain Barrel Empress
Laura Garcia - Water Conservation Aide aka Groundwater
Audrey Kruse - Water Conservation Specialist aka Water Wookie
Shannon Maho - Water Conservation Aide aka Water Saving Warrior
Madeleine Stoll - Water Conservation Officer
Kate Miele - Water Conservation Specialist aka Conservation Ninja
Kate started as the Water Conservation Specialist for the City of Flagstaff Water Services Division in September 2019. In this role, she manages and develops outreach programs and initiatives to help citizens, businesses, and schools, use water wisely. She has a BA in Applied Biological Sciences, Applied Psychology and received a Certificate of Distinction in Environmental Education from Arizona State University. Prior to Kate joining our team she worked in the field of environmental education with non-profits and city agencies, taught middle school science and 4th grade. Alongside her work with the City of Flagstaff, Kate utilizes her extensive background in natural resource conservation to work closely with other agencies to keep her knowledge fresh and offer conservation and ecology courses in the Phoenix area. Kate is passionate about education, science, the art of tripping over air, her furry misfits and exploring this wonderful city she now calls home.