Board of Directors

Karla Brown, President
Karla Karla Brown Headshotis the Board President of the Saint Vrain Creek Coalition. A resident of rural Boulder County, she came to the Coalition after years working in water resource management. After seeing the ravages of the 2013 flood first-hand, she committed to turning this disaster into an opportunity for the river to come back healthier, and to improve the connection between the local community and its water resources.

Karla is an experienced entrepreneur, starting her own marketing company, The PR Company, and real estate development firm, New West RE. Previously, as the founding executive director of the Colorado Water Education, she helped start the only statewide non advocacy water educational non profit. Karla was also a consultant for clients in the mining and petroleum industries, and has worked as a water quality specialist for Colorado State University Extension.  She is a graduate of Cornell University with a Masters of Science from Colorado State University. Karla is a licensed Realtor in the State of Colorado.

In her spare time, Karla enjoys road biking the hills north of Boulder, skiing, spending time with her daughter, training her horses, and giving back to the community.

Bo Shaffer, Secretary

Bo Shaffer has been an elected government official at the Left Hand Water District Board of Directors for 12 years. He holds both a C-level and a Small Systems, Colorado Water Operator licenses. He has worked at several Small Water System Facilities and currently serves as Water Consultant to Delta Tech Inc. He sits on the Board of the Haldi Ditch company and holds shares of Boulder White Rock Ditch. Bo has an Associate’s degree in Electronics, a Bachelor Degree in Zoology with a Chemistry minor, and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Biology. He is a Certified Environmental Inspector (CEI), Certified Environmental Systems Manager (CESM), a Certified Environmental Professional (CEP) and a Certified Mold Assessor (CMA). He is a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), The Pershing Rifles , and MENSA, as well as a Certified Scuba Diver and former EMT.


Julie McKay

juliemckayJulie McKay is Boulder County’s Transportation Planning Manager. After the historic flood event of September 2013, she led the Comprehensive Creek Planning Initiative, which included several multiagency coalitions and watershed-level planning studies to facilitate creek recovery throughout Boulder County. Now that the planning phase is complete, she continues as the watershed recovery manager for Boulder County through its Creek Recovery and Restoration Program.

Ms. McKay’s two decades of professional experience in the public and private sectors includes planning, conflict resolution, and designing and implementing public engagement, agency decision-making, and multiagency collaborative processes. Ms. McKay has a Master of Arts degree in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame and an undergraduate degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She grew up in Wyoming and has lived in Colorado since 1998.


Ken Huson
Ken HusonKen has been working in the Water Resources Division at Longmont for almost 30 years, working primarily with Water Rights administration, engineering and project management for the raw water system, water conservation and governmental liaison work with other local, state and federal agencies.   He has a background in Civil Engineering and extensive experience in working with watersheds. Ken also serves as the South Platte Roundtable representative for municipal water providers in Boulder County and was one of the founding organizers of the Saint Vrain Creek Committee. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Saint Vrain Creek Coalition as the representative for the City of Longmont.

During the flood of 2013, Ken helped staff Longmont’s Emergency Operations Center where the real impact of the flood became immediately apparent. Given the significant level of damage to the City’s Raw Water System in the flood, Ken has been working on repair efforts since that time.


William (Bill) Ellis
William L. (Bill) Ellis and his wife Jeanine are residents and property owners in the Bill Ellismountain community of Raymond, which encompasses Reach 7 of the Middle St. Vrain Creek. The Middle St. Vrain flows through the original homestead acquired by Jeanine’s Great Grandfather in 1916, thus fostering a multi-generational association with and love for this upper reach of the creek. As a member of the St. Vrain Creek Coalition Board of Directors and the Advisory Council, Bill is pleased to represent the interests of mountain residents and private property owners with respect to the immediate issues of flood recovery and mitigation, as well as the longer-term goals of the coalition in promoting the health and vitality of the entire St. Vrain watershed. Bill earned a BS in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1972, and is retired from the U.S. Geological Survey where he spent over 40 years involved in applied research in the fields of engineering geology, rock mechanics, earthquakes and landslide hazards.

Sean T. Cronin
Sean is the Executive Director for the St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District. He has 20 plus years experience in water resource planning and policy. Sean earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and spent two years as a Natural Resources Agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service before moving to Colorado. Prior to joining the District, Sean spent 13 years with the City of Greeley, including the last six as their Water Resources Manager.

Sean was the chair of the South Platte Basin Roundtable and served on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Section of the American Water Resources Association. Sean is a recipient of the Colorado Foundation for Water Education – Emerging Leader Award, and under Sean’s guidance his District received a Collaboration Award from the Special District Association.

Sean lives in his adopted home of Colorado with his wife and two children. When Sean isn’t spending time with family and other activities, you can find him on a river trying to master the art of making a trout rise.

Ted Bendelow
Bendelow PhotoTed Bendelow is an attorney whose office in in Longmont, where he represents a variety of business related client, including several irrigation ditch companies.  Ted holds a Juris Doctor Degree; a Master’s Degree from Cornell and another Master’s degree from the University of Denver.  He is a former Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Liberia.  He also served as a State Representative in the Colorado Legislature.

Ted is involved in numerous civic activities, including President of the Mead Rotary, and former President of the Mead Chamber of Commerce.  He is the President of the Colorado Water Innovation Cluster and a Partner in the Longmont Economic Council.

He relaxes riding motorcycles in the summer and snowmobiles in the winter.  His wife, Hana Van Campen, holds a Ph.D. and is a professor at Colorado State University.


Leah Treadwell, MD
Leah Treadwell photoLeah Treadwell, MD, has lived in Lyons since 2014 and works in Boulder as an Urgent Care physician.  She has been a long time intermittent resident in the area since she was a child, having vacationed in Allenspark almost every summer and spent many summers in Colorado as an adult.  She has lived all over the country and has had a flood occur in every town she has lived in while she was there!  Although not living here when the 2013 Flood happened, she lives on the river now and has a keen interest in seeing the ongoing creek restoration efforts go well.  She serves as a citizen-at-large representative on the Advisory Council and is on the Board.



Barbara Luneau
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Barbara has been involved in Trout Unlimited, a national conservation non-profit for the past 9 years. She started as a chapter volunteer, and has since held Chapter board positions of Secretary and President. Barbara currently serves the chapter as Conservation Committee chair. St. Vrain Anglers chapter conservation activity is focused on recovery and restoration from the September 2013 flood. She also serves as an At Large Board Member for the state council, Colorado Trout Unlimited where she is involved in the Restore the Range initiative.

Barbara is a geologist in her working life. She has been employed by Schlumberger Technology Corporation for the past 20 years. Her current position is as Geological Advisor in the Integrated Consulting group. Barbara is a technical team leader with global experience in oil and gas exploration and development.

Jim Blankenship
Jim PhotoJim is the Principal of JLB Engineering firm and the lead engineer.  Jim has more than 27 years of Civil Engineering Design, Project Management, and Construction Management for municipal works and private enterprise.  Jim is a Registered Professional Engineer in the States of California and Colorado, is married and has three boys.

Jim is an active member of several Professional Organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Consulting Engineers Council (ASCE), American Water Works Association (AWWA), American Public Works Association (APWA), Colorado Association of Flood Plain Managers (CASFM).  Jim is also active in the local business community and government and actively supports several charitable organizations such as the Susan B. Komen Foundation, Water for People and Community Food Share.

In his spare time, Jim enjoys spending time with his family, snow skiing and mountain biking.

Darrell Beck – information coming soon!