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Karen Filipovich is the Director of the Montana Watercourse, based at Montana State University in Bozeman.  Her interests are in water resource policy and science, water education, energy policy, climate policy, and community decision-making.  She also has a background in GIS analysis and botany.  Previously, she worked at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and for the Montana Conservation Corps.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Political Science from Willamette University and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Michael Freehling attended the University of Texas at Austin (Zoology) and the University of New Mexico (Biology) for undergraduate and graduate degrees, respectively.  I have been employed as a wildlife biologist for the US Fish & Wildlife Service in Albuquerque and a research assistant at Tall Timbers Research Station in north Florida.  Until 1997, I was a research associate in the Biology Department, Colorado State University.  My interest in wetland management and monitoring began in 1996 with the New Mexico Natural Heritage Program.  I conducted shorebird and aquatic invertebrate surveys at Holloman AFB in southern New Mexico and participated in surveys of aquatic insects in other areas of the state.  I served as President of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of SWS in 2001-2002.  Currently working as a private consultant, I am involved in studies of non-native riparian trees and surveys of aquatic insects.  

Bill Goosmann moved to Colorado in 1979 and spent four years avoiding responsibility in Steamboat Springs. Thereafter he did twelve years hard time as a research analyst for the Colorado state legislature. Having paid his debt to society, he returned to further his over-education, accumulating a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in riparian wetland ecology. Since then he has administered the wetland program for Colorado Department of Transportation and, as of December 2003, run the wetland program at the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Lacrecia Haynie received a BS in Wildlife Conservation from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.  In 2002, she earned her MS in Biology from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.  Lacrecia has a strong background in avian and wetland research and public education, fostered by her work with Oklahoma State Parks and Recreation and the Colorado Division of Wildlife.  She has conducted critical species surveys for the United States Forest Service and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.  Lacrecia has published in journals such as The Southwestern Naturalist and The Journal of Mammalogy.  Currently she is conducting wetland research for Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory as the Playa Project Leader.

Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr. is a Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court.  He serves as a Co-Convener of the Western Water Judges Educational Project, Dividing the Waters, and is Vice-President of the Colorado Foundation for Water Education.  A member of the Colorado Authors League, his books include Colorado Mother of Rivers, Water Poems by Justice Greg Hobbs published in 2005 by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education and In Praise of Fair Colorado, the Practice of Poetry, History and Judging published in 2004 by Bradford Publishing Company.

Justice Hobbs practiced water, environmental, land use, and transportation law prior to becoming a Justice on May 1, 1996.

He is a graduate of Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley, J.D. 1971 and the University of Notre Dame, A.B., History, 1966.  He taught sixth grade in New York City and served in the Peace Corps before law school.  He was law clerk to Judge William E. Doyle of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, an enforcement attorney for the Environmental Protection Agency, a First Assistant Attorney General for the State of Colorado, and a partner with the law firms of Davis, Graham & Stubbs and Hobbs, Trout & Raley.

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