• Nancy Steele Executive Director

    Nancy is an executive manager with over twenty-five years of environmental management and research experience, using the tools of science and policy to catalyze change towards a more sustainable future. Read more.

  • Tracy Stephens Program Director

    Tracy brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from her years with Wyoming Game and Fish and Arizona Game and Fish. She holds an M.S. in Natural Resources, with a Fisheries emphasis and a B.S. with a double major in Biology. Read more.

  • Isaac Dudley Flows Project Manager

    A Verde Valley local, with a degree in Spanish and Journalism from Northern Arizona University, Isaac is an avid lover of the outdoors. Read more.

  • Elaine Nichols Restoration Project Manager

    Elaine is the Habitat Restoration Program Coordinator. She coordinates VWRC restoration projects; working with public and private landowners, crews, and volunteers. Read more.

  • Mark Troksa
    Mark Troksa Finance & Operations Director

    Mark Troksa is new to Cottonwood, AZ having recently moved with his wife, Sky, from Western, WI. Mark brings 30 years experience working for a variety of organizations in the areas of Finance, Accounting, Business and Office Management. Read more.

  • Katherine Sirimarco
    Katherine Sirimarco Fundraising and Communications Coordinator

    Katherine is a data marketer with fifteen years of experience working with schools, nonprofits, and start-up companies. Her passion is helping her community through education. She has taught classes for the U.S. Small Business Administration, Yavapai County and was a high school science teacher. Her educational background is in engineering and mathematics. She enjoys combining numbers with creativity to reverse-engineer business goals, making projects come to life.

    In her free time Katherine enjoys exploring nature with her little dog Archie. She teaches Tai Chi, hydroponic gardening classes, and flow art dancing.

  • Cynthia Butler
    Cynthia Butler Water Quality Monitoring Technician

    Cynthia is the Water Quality Monitoring technician who works with the Water Quality Monitoring community science volunteers. They work together with the Arizona Department of Environmental Equality by collecting water samples along the Verde River and its tributaries to assess biological and chemical changes that contribute to water pollution. This work will help guide better land management practices within the Verde River Watershed. Cynthia earned a B.S. in Environmental Science and Sustainability Studies from Northern Arizona University as well as a B.A. in Painting and Drawing from California Colleges of the Arts. In her last years of school at NAU, she focused on watershed restoration and botany with a particular interest in native plants of Arizona and the Southwest. 

    Cynthia enjoys working with native plants, plant I.D., propagation, and ethnobotany.

  • Hudson Keffer
    Hudson Keffer Restoration Technician / GIS Specialist

    Hudson is a passionate ecologist and spatial data scientist with experience working in land management, geographic information systems, and environmental research. Read more.

  • Mark Hufford
    Mark Hufford River Friendly Living Project Coordinator

    Prior to moving to Camp Verde in 2022, Mark worked for the last 32 years for a variety of conservation, wildlife, and animal nonprofits in North Carolina, Washington DC, Washington state, and most recently for nine years in Baja California Sur, Mexico. He’s served on boards and committees of 15 small or regional environmental and animal-oriented nonprofits. Mark holds a degree in English from the University of Virginia, with a concentration in Environmental Science.

  • Shannon Murphy
    Shannon Murphy Watershed Report Card Project Scientist

    Shannon is an Army veteran with diverse career experiences in numerous industries and professions including Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She has been an adjunct professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and earned her Masters in GIS from Arizona State University and her BA in Geography with an emphasis in GIS from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Shannon lives in Prescott Valley and loves hiking, gardening, and dancing.

  • Virginia Weiss
    Virginia Weiss Accounting Administrator

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