Meet the Staff
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 Director of the One World One Water (OWOW) Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship at MSU Denver.
Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd: Co-Director
A Denver native, Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd 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. She is the Co-Director of the One World One Water (OWOW) Center at MSU Denver, where she also teaches an environmental journalism course.
Nona Shipman - Assistant Director
Nona joined the One World One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship at MSU Denver in April 2013 as the Outreach and Recruitment Manager. Before coming to the OWOW Center she had worked on the statewide Colorado Water 2012 campaign with the Colorado Foundation for Water Education. 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 and welcomes the opportunity to incorporate her degree with her passion for raising the awareness of precious resources. Nona likes to spend her free time hiking with her dog Mavett, dancing to bluegrass music, and practicing yoga
Ale Brown - Graphics and Events Specialists
Alecia "Ale" Brown joined the One World One Water Center in September of 2012. She was born and raised in Southern California. Ale completed her BA at San Diego State University before choosing to move to Denver in 2008 for a better job market. Her love for the ocean has followed her to Denver and led her to an ideal job working at OWOW. Ale puts her family first, but her hobbies include traveling, playing basketball, creating art and surfing.
The One World One Water Sculpture - Icon and Silent Partner
The "One World One Water" sculpture was created by Rik Sargent, commissioned by Valerie Gates and dedicated to MSU Denver on May 2, 2012. This bronze sculpture of a single drop of water was designed to promote water education and represents the weaving together of watersheds and ecosystems. The sculpture loves visitors and is located on the lawn in front of the Student Success Building.