CV Water Counts congratulates previous graduates of the Water Counts Academy.

The Water Counts Academy is designed for current and emerging leaders in the Coachella Valley who want to learn about the lifeblood of our valley—its water resources.

We are excited to offer this comprehensive course that will cover the history, use and management of water here in the Coachella Valley

Stay tuned for details on the next Water Counts Academy Class.


Class of 2020

Water Counts Academy Class of 2020

  • Jose Aguilar, Student
  • Vianka Alvarez, Customer Service Technician, Indio Water Authority
  • Bassam Alzammar, Field Operations Manager, Mission Springs Water District
  • Julie Boulet, Nurse
  • Elizabeth Campos, Communication Assistant, Coachella Valley Water District
  • Frederick Clapper, President, Plan B Design
  • Scott Connelly, Vice President of Outings, Great Outdoors Palm Springs
  • Helen Conyer, Educator, Palm Springs School District
  • Jesus Coronel, Manager, Coachella Valley Wireless, Inc.
  • Audrey Dean, Customer Service/Accounting, Myoma Dunes Water Company
  • John Demorest, DDS (Retired)
  • Sergio Espericueta, CVMVCD Board of Trustees Member, CVMVCD
  • Glenn Ford, Operations, Ford Classic Travel and Tours
  • Robbie Foster, Pest Control/Certified Crop Advisor, Foster-Gardner, Inc.
  • Elmer Friesen, Infrastructure Engineer, EB Friesen Associates Ltd. (Retired)
  • George Iniguez, Engineering Technician, City of Coachella
  • Doug Loar, Plant Manager, Veolia North America
  • Esmeralda Perez, Board Assistant, Riverside County Supervisor V. Manuel Perez
  • Ilene Rubenstein, Professor, College of the Desert
  • Franchon-Marie Siddiq, Coachella Valley Resident
  • Tom Treiber, 30-Year Military Veteran (Retired)
  • CarolAnn Vega, Account Clerk, Desert Water Agency
  • Carlos Velazquez, Irrigation Specialist, Coachella Valley Resource Conservation District
  • Ralph Williams, Real Estate Professional/Former County Planner, Assessor and Real Estate Appraiser

Class of 2019

Water Counts Academy Class of 2019

  • Susanne Adamson, Master Gardener
  • Ruben Arias, Environmental Scientist, California Department of Food & Agriculture
  • Arturo Aviles, Treasurer, City of Coachella
  • Carl Bode, Chief Executive Officer
  • Suzanne Breshears, UC Riverside Master Gardener
  • Alexander Burck, Deputy Director of Public Works, Ukiah, CA (retired)
  • Angelica Cerda, Property Manager, J and H Properties
  • Michael Chilicki (retired)
  • Jeff Ellermeyer, Principle, Butterfly Plumbing and Pump
  • Helen Englert, RNMS (retired)
  • Ruben Gonzales, Banquet Manager
  • Dina Guerra, Manager, Premier Landscape & Tree Care, Inc.
  • Ann Habeger
  • Trina Hamby, Manager, Imperial County Environmental Health
  • Cheyenne Hepler, Naturalist Guide, Desert Adventures Jeep Tours
  • Jesus Herrera-Cortes, Environmental Planner/GIS Analyst, MSA Consulting, Inc.
  • Chris Hunter, President, Hunter | Johnsen
  • Brian Hurst, Author
  • Margi Jacobson, Master Gardener
  • Tamara Kozma, Master Gardener
  • Sandra Kubal, Volunteer
  • Joan Kyle-Baerman, Master Gardener
  • Damon Lawson, Palm Springs 7th Day Adventist
  • Asia Lee, Assistant Environmental Planner, MSA Consulting, Inc.
  • John McCoy, Owner, Palm Springs Resort Homes
  • Barry Mantell, M.D., Master Gardener
  • Moises Moran, Business Owner
  • Gail Nottberg, Master Gardener
  • Jani Ramesh
  • Beth Robinson
  • Don Summers, Summers Realty
  • Patrick Whan, NAI CIG Certified Tour Guid

Class of 2018

Water Counts Academy Class of 2018

  • Kelly A. Basoco, Encompass Consulting
  • Gary Burns
  • David Carter, Albert Management
  • Jorge Diaz
  • Yvonne Franco, Coachella Valley Resource Conservation District
  • Joshua A. Friedes
  • Charisse Garrido, Michael Baker International
  • Desiree Garza, USDA Farm Service Agency
  • Timothy Lee Grott, Hospitality
  • Gregg Herrell , Gregg N Herrell Inc.
  • Lindsay Holt, City of Palm Desert/The Holt Group/COD
  • Christian Inzunza, Solteris
  • Oliver Inzunza
  • Barbara Kay-Levin, Riverside County Master Gardeners
  • Donna Maul, Master Gardener, UCANR & Esq.
  • Steve McDonald
  • Jim Newell, Desert Adventures
  • Christopher Nielsen, Lavender Bistro
  • Ivan Ortiz, TKD Landscape Architects
  • Oscar Ortiz
  • Danny Powers, Vintage Associates
  • Joseph Pritchard, Down to Earth Landscaping
  • Michael Raubolt, Miragescape
  • Joey Rice, Indian Ridge HOA
  • Juan R. Segoviano, USDA-NRCS
  • Monica Telles, Riverside County EDA
  • Myra Wenzel
  • Rick Wenzel

Class of 2017

Water Counts Academy Class of 2017

  • Francisco Alcocer, Michael Baker International
  • Nora Eliza Ayala, KLS Resorts
  • Thom Bettinger
  • Burton Boss
  • Sue Bunten
  • Roy Clark, Palm Springs Sustainability Commission
  • Eric Cowle, CVAG
  • Mike Erlinger, Harvey Mudd College
  • Liz Glass, Las Palmas Realty
  • Bente Jensen
  • De Karlen, Desert Adventures & Desert Institute in Joshua Tree National Park
  • Tracy Merrigan, Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley
  • Paul Ortega, Paul Ortega Landscape Design
  • Janell Percy, Growing Coachella Valley
  • Jose Luis Raya, Michael Baker International
  • Greg Rodriguez, Supervisor V. Manuel Perez
  • Kimber Rose
  • David William Ross
  • Steven Shuey, Personalized Property Management
  • Marcia Stone
  • Elizabeth Stowe, Esri

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