Staff

Andy Schultheiss

Andy Schultheiss

Executive Director

Andy joined the Water Trust in October, 2017, after 20+ years in the conservation world and experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Andy’s career started in East Africa, where he worked to develop financial connections between nearby communities and protected natural areas that were also popular tourist destinations. Since then, he has worked all over the American West, usually on projects involving local communities and natural resources, including water. He operated regional and national programs for the League of Conservation Voters, and also developed grassroots outreach programs for the National Parks Conservation Association. Andy served on the Boulder City Council from 2003-2007, and as Chief of Staff and Colorado Director for Representative Jared Polis, both before and after then-philanthropist Polis ran for Congress in 2008. While he holds a master’s degree in Natural Resources Policy and Administration from the University of Michigan, Andy is an engineer at heart, having earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Yale University. He lives in Boulder with his wife and two children, and enjoys spending his (rare) free time hiking, skiing, or whatever other outdoor activity he can think of doing.

Kate Ryan

Kate Ryan

Director of Programs and Senior Staff Attorney

Kate joined the Water Trust in 2019, with over a decade of experience practicing Colorado Water law. Her past clients included farmers, ranchers, municipalities, landowners, the CWCB and the Water Trust itself. Before going to Berkeley Law she obtained a master’s degree in geography at the University of Colorado and worked as an associate scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center. During her free time Kate loves cattle drives, skiing big mountains and exploring with her kids.

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Alyson Meyer Gould

Alyson Meyer Gould

Staff Attorney and Director of Policy

Alyson was born and raised in Colorado. After earning her B.S. in Biology from Bucknell University, Alyson returned to Colorado to pursue law. Alyson earned a J.D. and an LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Before joining the Colorado Water Trust, Alyson was in private practice, focusing on the representation of water districts, contractors, and property owners in federal, state, and water court, and administrative proceedings. Alyson spends her free time with her family and enjoys painting, gardening, and coaching soccer.

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 Tony LaGreca

Tony LaGreca

Project Manager

A longtime resident of Colorado, Tony earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in geography from the University of Colorado before moving to the Klamath basin in Oregon. At the Klamath Tribes, he directed research and monitoring programs, and worked with stakeholders to develop watershed scale restoration strategies. Later, he went to work for Trout Unlimited and implemented numerous stream restoration projects designed to benefit ESA listed species and native trout.  Tony now lives in Buena Vista and focuses on water projects in southern Colorado. Outside the office, Tony and his family can be found running the Arkansas River, skiing, hiking or just enjoying being back in Colorado.

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Blake Mamich

Blake Mamich

Water Resources Coodinator

Blake was born and raised in Greeley and is currently based in Ignacio, Colorado. After earning undergraduate degrees in Natural Resources Management and Natural Resources/Agricultural Economics from Colorado State University, he moved to Ignacio in Southwest Colorado to work in water resources for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. Blake managed the Tribe’s water rights portfolio and worked to protect, conserve, and develop the Tribe’s water resources. In school and later while working for the Tribe, Blake developed a strong conservation ethic, respect for Colorado’s agricultural heritage and sincere interest in complex, western water issues. In his free time, he can be found enjoying the outdoors in Southwest Colorado, trail running, hunting, cross country skiing and moonlighting as a ranch hand.

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 Dana Dallavalle

Dana Dallavalle

Development and Communications Director

Dana has worked for international nonprofits since 2003 addressing issues such as indigenous people’s rights to a healthy environment, refugee resettlement, and teaching world cultures to inner-city youth. Prior to joining the Colorado Water Trust team, she managed major gifts at Global Greengrants Fund in Boulder. Dana served in the Peace Corps in Panama for two years as a volunteer for community development projects. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in international studies from Loyola University in Chicago and a Master’s Degree in nonprofit administration from the University of Denver. Dana enjoys participating in long-distance triathlons, playing piano, hiking, camping, golfing, and spending time with her Panamanian dog.

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Megan Begley

Megan Begley

Donor Engagement and Communications Manager

Megan has over 12 years of fundraising and communications experience including three years at the Colorado Water Trust from 2015-2018. In 2017, Megan and her husband and two boys embarked on a year-long journey to 20 countries on five continents. Upon returning to the U.S., she became Senior Manager of Social Impact Journeys at Elevate Destinations in Cambridge, MA where she planned international journeys for nonprofit donors and stakeholders. In 2021, she returned to Colorado and to Colorado Water Trust as the Donor Engagement and Communications Manager. She now lives in Lafayette and enjoys hiking and working in her yard with her family. She also serves on the board of RISE Travel Institute, a nonprofit that inspires responsible, impactful, sustainable, and ethical travel through education and coordinates DIVE!, a volunteer food rescue program.

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Emma Fredricks

Emma Fredricks

Donor, Events, and Community Partnerships Fellow

After growing up in Northern California, Emma moved to Colorado to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies and Geography from the University of Colorado. During that time she developed a passion for community development, climate change resilience, and teaching through her work with a variety of non-profit organizations and her studies at the Uppsala University Center for Environment and Development Studies. These experiences and her love of Colorado’s incredible outdoors led her to first join the Water Trust as an intern in 2020 and later continue on as a fellow in 2021. In addition to her work, Emma can be found skiing, hiking, and salsa dancing.

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Tigressa Dallavalle

Tigressa Dallavalle

Elusive Office Chair Hog

Tigressa grew up in rural Panama as the most popular dog in the village. The town dogs and kids used to gather and wait outside her house for her to come out and play in the morning. She loved chasing chickens, running from lizards, swimming in the crocodile-infested rivers (despite her mother’s terror), and running around with the kids. When she was two years old, she immigrated to the United States and discovered that she loves snow and climbing giant rocks. Tigressa’s duties are keeping an eye on her mom, Dana, and quietly surprising people with her presence.