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Board of Directors

Russ Fosha

Treasurer | March 3, 2015

Russ started with Prescott Creeks as a volunteer for the Creek Observation Guide after completing a 10 week Master Watershed Steward course with the University of Arizona Yavapai County Cooperative Extension. He originally joined the Prescott Creeks Board of Director in March of 2007, left in 2012 and returned in 2014. . With a background in accounting, finance and planning, Russ brings many needed skills to Prescott Creeks. Russ has remained an active volunteer monitoring groundwater levels in Watson Woods Riparian Preserve, and chairing Prescott Creeks’ Finance Committee. Russ enjoys any creek that provides opportunities to hike or mountain bike

Denise A. Incao

Director | March 4, 2019

Denise Incao holds a BFA in Sculptural Ceramics from Auburn University as well as an MA in Expressive Ecopsychology from Prescott College. Denise has taught art and ceramics in public schools, community centers, private studio, and workshops for 25 years. She currently teaches Expressive Ecopsychology at Watson Woods Riparian Preserve as adjunct faculty for Prescott College, as well as offering her expertise and experience in the form of mentorship to students there. She also continues to teach ceramics classes and workshops through the Community Education Division at Yavapai College. Denise has a passion for helping others to connect to their essential human bond to the natural world by encouraging personal creative expression and experiential exploration while immersed in wildness.

Sandy Moss

For the past 25 years, Sandy Moss has been an award-winning newspaper and AP journalist; a broadcaster with Arizona Hometown Radio Group and the host of KAZ-TV’s Sandy and Friends daily statewide talk show. A writer and author, her book, The Terrible Loyalty was published in 2012. In addition to her efforts with Prescott Creeks to preserve local water resources and soul-feeding wild areas, Sandy is a Docent with Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, visits the ill and elderly with her certified Therapy Dog, Bogey, and strives to be a link in connecting the community of people who make Prescott and northern Arizona the wonderful, vibrant place it is.

Kristy Everson

Kristy joined the Prescott Creeks Board of Directors in March of 2020 after becoming acquainted with the organization through efforts to revitalize Granite Creek in the downtown and through the Granite Creek Cleanup. Kristy currently oversees all of Mandalay Homes’ community outreach community outreach initiatives working closely with local non-profit organizations to help enrich the community on behalf of Mandalay Homes. Currently, Kristy serves on the Mayor’s Commission for Well-Being for the City of Prescott and chairs the Granite Creek Revitalization Committee. Kristy’s passion for the environment and the community serves her well in this position and in driving Mandalay to be one of the countries’ most environmentally conscious new home builders. Kristy joined Mandalay Homes in 2004 and has had a positive impact on various departments within the organization, working closely with accounting, human resources, customer care and most recently the interior design and completion of Mandalay’s model homes.  Prior to joining Mandalay Homes, Kristy spent 8 years serving as both a full-time and part-time member of the Arizona Army National Guard. Kristy began her military career as a medic and transitioned into homeland security. Kristy then became the Homeland Security Grant Manager for the Arizona Department of Emergency Management. She was also a committee member for the State of Arizona’s Technical Standards Committee advising Arizona’s police and fire departments on various homeland security prevention tactics. Kristy was born and raised in Arizona and currently resides in Prescott, Arizona with her husband Dave and their five children.

Wendy Wonderley

Wendy has long had a fascination with rivers (and creeks!), especially since moving to Arizona in the early 1980s.  She received an M.S. in Civil Engineering, Water Resources Specialty, from Arizona State University and worked as a consulting engineer for many years before rounding out her career with the City of Phoenix.  She retired and moved to Prescott in 2015 and living in this beautiful area encouraged her to become an avid birder.  Wendy often “birds” many areas around Prescott, including the Watson Woods Riparian Preserve and Watson Lake and is excited about contributing to the preservation and improvement of the creeks in the Prescott area by serving on the Prescott Creeks Board of Directors.

Bruce Mckeeman

Bruce D. McKeeman retired in 2006 after 36 years with the National Park Service including 26 years in law enforcement and emergency services and 10 years in management. Mr. McKeeman was born and raised in Massachusetts and Ohio. He graduated from Marietta College, Ohio with a Bachelors degree in Biology and from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources with a Bachelors degree in Forestry and a minor in Recreation Management. He worked in 12 National Park Service sites in 10 states which included large natural areas, historic and archeological sites. He had details to 2 regional offices and 2 foreign assignments in Georgia and Jordan. Since his retirement, he worked on open space issues in Prescott and enjoys photography, hiking and travel. He is married to Georjean (Bender) and they have two grown children and 2 grandchildren.

Staff

Michael Byrd

Executive Director

As Executive Director, my duties vary on a day to day basis from advancing the organization’s mission by working with community stakeholders, building strong programs, and presenting to school classes and civic organizations, to transplanting Schoenoplectus acutus in local wetlands, catching lizards, photographing wildflowers, and digging up previously planted cottonwoods to assess root development. The variety of experiences and the diversity of people I encounter are treats for me. The learning curve stays steep and I like that – usually. Because of my work at Prescott Creeks, I often find myself looking for the rivers and streams in other communities that I visit.

When asked why I am involved with the creeks, the challenge is to pick a single reason. There are many. I grew up in the Midwestern suburbia and the nearest creek was a little trickle that emerged from a pipe in the local park. That muddy little excuse of a stream (I now know is called Turkey Run) captivated my attention in ways that I still can’t explain. Water, bugs, toads, box turtles, and box-elders pulled me in like no other place. In my work, I’ve had the opportunity to personally experience, and observe this sense of wonder in kids, and college students, adults and even in seniors. My involvement with Prescott Creeks is about making our community a better place for those of us who are here now, those who will visit soon, and for those who will follow behind us. And, secretly, selfishly, I get paid to splash around in the creeks.

I’ve consciously not picked one creek as a favorite. Each of the creeks in our watershed and neighboring watersheds are individual friends that I’ve been getting to know over the years. Look closely and you’ll see that they have personalities. I’ve made an effort to visit each of the creeks on a regular basis and see what their mood is at the time. Sometimes they are jubilant in a summer downpour, which is often in contrast to their contemplativeness after a winter snow. I’ve seen them dance in the sunshine and wither in the heat of summer. Our creeks are alive and diverse and dynamic. I love to see how they change over time.

Deb Pastor

Development & Communications Manager

We are pleased to announce that Deb Pastor came on board as Development and Communications Manager for Prescott Creeks. You may remember Deb from the Granite Creek Cleanup in 2019. She did such a great job for Prescott Creeks that we’ve brought her on in a full-time capacity to help generate additional support for all the mission-related work of the organization. She’ll be working with the community to connect available resources with needs identified by the Prescott Creeks Board and Staff.

Volunteers

Volunteers are a key piece of achieving healthy watersheds and clean waters. We couldn’t do it without them. Bios coming soon!

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