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Tom Cech, Co- Director
Tom Cech was born and raised on a farm near Clarkson, Nebraska, graduated from Kearney State College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Math Education, and later received a Masters Degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He was Executive Director of the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District in Greeley, taught water undergraduate and graduate level water resources courses at the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University, and is now the Co-Director of the One World One Water (OWOW) Center at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Nona Shipman, Associate Director
Before coming to the OWOW Center, Nona had worked on the statewide Colorado Water 2012 campaign with Water Education Colorado. Originally from Northern Virginia, Nona moved to Denver in 2011 as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer and loved the experience so much she decided to stay in Colorado and pursue further water education opportunities. She has a BA in Communications from Lynchburg College, an MA in Biological Sciences from Miami University, Ohio, and welcomes the opportunity to incorporate her degrees with her passion for raising the awareness of precious environmental resources.
Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd, Co-Director
A Denver native, Jennifer has worked on water issues locally, nationally, and internationally. She is the Director of Marketing and Social Responsibility at Denver Botanic Gardens, where she drives water-oriented programming, partnerships, and communications. Prior to coming to the Gardens in 2011, Jennifer worked for Rain Bird, where she spearheaded the company’s Intelligent Use of Water initiatives. Jennifer is a board member of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, has served on the board of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), and was the co-organizer for the 2011 International Water Forum at the United Nations. Jennifer has an MBA from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Hope Bartlett, University Relations and Sustainability Specialist
Hope is an MSU Denver College of Business Alumna and has five years’ experience working at the university. As a Colorado native, she has always cared about the environment and has a passion for spreading the knowledge of how water conservation is rooted through all sustainability issues and solutions. Before coming to the OWOW Center, she worked with the Auraria Sustainable Campus Program as the Education and Outreach Coordinator where she implemented programs such as the Green Offices Program and created new educational experiences for students on campus.