WWE Staff Bios and Resumes
The founder of WWE, Ken Wright serves as Chief Financial Officer and Principal Engineer. His specialties include hydrology, water rights, water supply, groundwater, flood control and drainage design. Ken and his wife, Ruth, were honored with a Joint Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin in 2011. Ken has also received the Order of Merit for Distinguished Service to the Republic of Peru, several honorary degrees and professorships and an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Distinguished Membership for his direction of paleohydrologic research at Mesa Verde National Park and at the Peruvian archaeological sites of Machu Picchu, Tipon, Moray and Ollantaytambo.
Jon is the Chief Executive Officer of WWE, where he has worked since 1981 on water resources engineering assignments throughout the United States. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in 18 states and an invited member of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. During his tenure at WWE, he has managed many of the firm’s largest assignments for public and private sector clients around the United States.
Mr. Jones was the chairman of a committee of over 100 engineers who prepared the widely disseminated 1992 reference published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Water Environment Federation (WEF) Design and Construction of Urban Stormwater Management Systems and served as editor-in-chief of the ASCE publication Great Works in Urban Water Resources (1962–2001). Along with Eric Strecker, P.E., and Ben Urbonas, P.E., he is co-developer of the widely cited International Stormwater BMP Database (www.bmpdatabase.org). He chaired the Blue Ribbon Panel that reviewed the WEF/ASCE Manual of Practice, Design of Urban Stormwater Controls and coauthored the ASCE publication Public Safety Guidance for Urban Stormwater Facilities.
WWE President and senior engineer Ian Paton specializes in stormwater quality, drainage engineering, the fate and mobility of contaminants in surface water and groundwater, environmental remediation planning, coordination with regulatory agencies and water rights. His M.S. and B.S. degrees are in civil engineering and environmental design. Ian is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control and a Certified Floodplain Manager.
Wayne Lorenz, Chief Engineer and Vice President of Public Works Engineering, is a project manager and senior designer on water and wastewater treatment, water quality, potable water systems, and design and planning of treatment controls for water resources projects. Wayne is skilled at evaluating wastewater, instream and limnological water quality issues, particularly with regard to nutrients, arsenic, selenium and uranium. Wayne has served as the national chairman of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Nonpoint Sources of Pollution Committee and is an expert on nutrient removal technologies for wastewater and stormwater. Wayne conducts paleohydrologic research in Barbegal, France, and Pompeii, Italy, and he has spent the last ten years studying ancient Roman aqueducts and water-powered mills.
With a Ph.D. in civil engineering, Andrew Earles is WWE’s Vice President of Water Resources. Andrew is a Diplomate with the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers and a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control. He manages projects emphasizing hydrology, hydraulics, best management practices, water quality, dewatering and stormwater management. Andrew also has expertise in post-wildfire hydrology and debris flows. Andrew has conducted engineering work to aid in the preservation of historic sites in Peru, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, China and Iraq.
Patricia Flood is WWE's Vice President of Water Rights and a Certified General Appraiser in Colorado. In addition to water resource valuation work, her focuses have been water rights, water supply feasibility studies, drainage design and the design and construction administration of water facilities. She is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional. In 2006, Patricia was named an Outstanding Woman Engineer by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado.
Gary Witt is a hydrogeologist and WWE Vice President. He has been with WWE since 1990, specializing in groundwater investigations, groundwater and surface water rights, geologic hazard evaluation, well design and construction and water supply planning. Gary has been a registered Professional Geologist in Wyoming since 1992.
Jane Clary is WWE's Vice President of Water Policy and Regulations. She has broad writing, speaking, facilitating and technical experience within several areas of expertise: watershed management; water and stormwater quality; water resources protection, management, evaluation and regulation; database management; and water conservation. Jane is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional. She was named an Outstanding Woman in Engineering by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado in February 2012.
Durango Office Manager and Vice President Peter Foster is a senior project engineer on design and construction of water and wastewater facilities, storm drainage facilities, water supply feasibility studies, water rights analysis and environmental permitting. He was appointed by Colorado’s governor to serve on the boards of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (past) and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Environmental Control Commission (past).
Jonathan Kelly is WWE’s Glenwood Springs Office Manager and a Vice President. He is a water resources engineer with experience in water supply and water rights engineering, hydrologic analysis of groundwater and surface water systems, channel hydraulics and floodplain delineations, water quality evaluations, best management practices and sizing of stormwater facilities. Jonathan serves on the board of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado and on the board of the Colorado Association of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers as its Northwest Regional Representative.
Kristine Thrush, WWE’s controller for the past fourteen years, is involved with every facet of WWE/WEI/WPI operations. She oversees all accounting, budgeting, personnel and administrative issues.
A professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Denver, Bob Weiner is a senior scientist who works in the chemistry of pollution control, hazardous waste, water quality and chemical fingerprinting to identify contaminants and their sources. He is an expert on the fate and mobility of contaminants in surface water, groundwater and soils, sampling and analysis protocols and data validation for extensive sampling programs. Bob is frequently asked to testify on these issues to regulatory bodies.
Bill Lorah has worked for WWE since 1966 as a principal and senior consultant and has been in the Glenwood Springs branch office since 1974. He specializes in water resource planning and development in the western U.S. and has consulted on water resource projects in several foreign countries.
Project manager and project/design engineer David Foss works on a broad spectrum of water resources management assignments. Areas of focus have been water and wastewater treatment, wetlands design, drainage evaluation, design and lawsuit investigations, flow measurement studies and investigations; utility master planning, construction administration and regulatory permitting projects.
With an M.S. in hydrology and a B.A. in biology, Jenn Keyes is an environmental scientist who works on environmental site assessments (ESAs), stormwater, best management practices, regulatory permitting, bioassessments and water quality issues including watershed management. Jenn is a Colorado Department of Transportation Erosion Control Supervisor and a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control. She serves as an Advisory Committee member for the Mountain States Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association.
Senior engineer Jeffrey Nelson works in surface and groundwater collection and conveyance systems, water distribution systems, wastewater collection and conveyance systems and associated earthwork and site access design. He is also responsible for preparation of opinions of capital cost and construction phase services. Jeff is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines.
Hayes Lenhart is a project engineer on surface water, hydrology, hydrologic modeling and hydraulics projects. He is a member of the Order of the Engineer and a peer reviewer for the ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering.
Scott Schreiber is a water resource engineer in WWE’s Glenwood Springs office with 12 years of experience in stream restoration, stormwater management design, water budget analysis, Clean Water Act permitting, corridor planning studies, land development, groundwater studies, athletic field design, LOMR submittals, LID and LEED designs and drainage infrastructure design. He is proficient with HEC-RAS, SWMM, Civil 3D, RiverCAD, StormCAD CUHP and HY-8.
Adam Kremers, P.E., provides support on water supply feasibility studies, water rights analysis, water supply and water rights modeling, and water rights and facilities appraisals for municipalities, special districts and private industry, Geospatial Information Systems, and database development and management.
Patricia Pinson is WWE's Resource Librarian and Archivist and is responsible for organizing, managing and documenting company project archives, preparing weekly project manager meeting minutes, performing research on water-related topics, assisting with the day-to-day operation of company servers and computers and providing administrative assistance as needed to technical personnel.
Sally Kribs is WWE's Communications Manager. She has broad experience developing technical and promotional documents related to water resources management. Sally coordinates WWE's website content and updates and other social media. She supports and administers prehistoric water resources management research assignments.
Trevor Downing is a Professional Geologist and GIS technician on geologic and hydrogeologic related projects including geologic hazard assessment, water rights analysis, water quality monitoring, mapping projects, integration of GPS derived data, and groundwater investigations. He is proficient with ArcGIS and its extensions including spatial analysis.
Karl Kingery is a civil engineer with several years of experience in the engineering and construction profession. He has experience in structural design, civil and hydraulic design and modeling, cost estimating, construction management and engineering support, drafting and construction.
Eric Bodine, P.E., is an environmental engineer with experience in construction observation, design of water treatment plant components, water pipelines, onsite wastewater treatment systems, installation of water supply wells, sampling groundwater wells, analyzing water quality data and performing stormwater management inspections.
Anna Hobbs, P.E., is a water resources project engineer who provides support related to surface water, water quality, hydrology, environmental microbiology, groundwater modeling and water treatment.
Natalie Collar, CFM, HIT, is a water resources scientist with experience in watershed mechanics, fluvial geomorphology, ecology, biology, wetland science, stormwater management, hydrology and hydraulics, statistical analysis, water quality assessment, and floodplain management. She is a current PhD student at the Colorado School of Mines in hydrological science and engineering.
Lindsey Abbott is a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialist who utilizes institutional knowledge of GIS principles to aid in the analysis and development of projects related to litigation proceedings, hydrologic modeling and watershed management. She creates and maintains large datasets within a rapidly evolving environment to present straightforward interpretations of complex data.
Drew Maraglia is an aquatic resources scientist specializing in Section 402 & 404 of the Clean Water Act. He has been a consultant on projects requiring complex aquatic resource delineations, Section 404 permitting, wetland mitigation and monitoring, water quality, stormwater management, floodplain management and permitting, aquatic biology, and botany.
Benjamin Von Thaden is a hydrologist on water rights evaluations, water supply feasibility studies, conservation planning, regulatory permitting, flow measurement studies and analyses, drainage evaluations, and services during construction. Experience in data collection and data management with water level, discharge, groundwater pump test, water quality data, soil samples, and snowpack measurements. Utilization of GPS and GIS for multiple hydrologic and snow survey analyses.
Andrew Dixon is a design engineer providing support related to construction observation, water and wastewater treatment design, surface water drainage design and hydrologic modeling.
Andrew is a project engineer with WWE with experience in fluvial geomorphology, hydrology and hydraulics, statistical analysis and database management, and environmental sampling. He is proficient in ArcGIS, HEC-RAS, and Bulletin 17B flow frequency methods.