South Metro Water is governed by a Board of Directors. Our organization’s Executive Director acts as spokesperson and is responsible for the day-to-day operations and public meetings. Monthly board meetings are located in the 2nd Floor Conference Room at 8400 East Prentice Avenue, Greenwood Village, CO 80111. The meetings begin at 1 p.m. and adjourn by 4 p.m. The full board meeting schedule for 2015 and meeting agendas are available on our events calendar. Please check the meeting minutes page for reporting of past meetings.
Dave Kaunisto President As the SMWSA President, Dave’s responsibilities include overseeing public meetings and taking the lead on projects as they are presented to the Authority. Dave has been a SMWSA Board Member since 2009. Kaunisto joined the East Cherry Creek Valley Water & Sanitation District in 1997. During his tenure, Kaunisto has been an integral part of growing the District, which now is able to provide water, sewer, and storm water service to an estimated 50,000 people. To keep up with the increased demand, Kaunisto pushed through projects such as the Northern Water Project, the Western Water project, and the Irrigation Supply Project. Before joining East Cherry Creek Valley Water & Sanitation District, Kaunisto worked for the City of Westminster for 14 years. Kaunisto earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan.
Ron Redd Vice President As a board member of SMWSA, Ron Redd participates in the master-planning sub committee. He has been a SMWSA board member since its inception in 2004. Redd is the district manager of Parker Water & Wastewater District. Previously, Redd served as the utilities director for the Town of Castle Rock and before that, he was the program manager for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Redd earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Montana State University. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and American Water Works Association. Redd is a licensed professional engineer in both Colorado and California.
John Kaufman Secretary/Treasurer John Kaufman is the newest South Metro Board Member and General Manager of Centennial Water and Sanitation District, which serves Highlands Ranch. Kaufman has a wealth of experience, spanning three decades, in water resources planning and management, water reuse and conjunctive use, water rights and decree acquisition, water utility management, ground water, geothermal energy and mining. He previously served as General Manager of the Leavenworth Water Department in Kansas, and as a board member of the East Cherry Creek Valley Water & Sanitation District in Colorado. Kaufman has consulted on water resources and water rights with a variety of Colorado clients. Kaufman earned his Master’s of Science in Geological Engineering from the Missouri University of Science & Technology and his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Geology from the University of Kansas. Kaufman and his wife Nancy raised their family in Colorado and have moved back to Colorado from Kansas.
Heather Beasley Assistant Secretary Heather Beasley serves as the District Manager for the Pinery Water and Wastewater District. The Pinery serves water and wastewater to just under 20,000 customers in eastern Douglas County. Prior to joining the Pinery in 2013, Heather served as Water Resources Manager at the Town of Castle Rock for several years and before that, worked on capital and development projects at the Arapahoe County Water and Wastewater Authority (another South Metro Water Supply Authority member). Heather’s career also includes experience working as a design engineer in the Chicago and Denver Metro areas for several years prior to joining the water Utility industry. Heather holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Morehead State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Science degree in Water Resources from the University of Kentucky. She is also a licensed Professional Engineer in Colorado.
Mark Marlowe Assistant Secretary Mark Marlowe serves as the Utilities Director for the Town of Castle Rock. Prior to joining the Town of Castle Rock in March of 2013, Marlowe spent 10 years with Dalton (GA) Utilities most recently as the Senior Vice President of Watershed Services. In this position, he was responsible for running the water, wastewater, and storm-water business unit for Dalton Utilities, an award-winning, full-service utility that provided water service to approximately 100,000 people in Northwest Georgia. During his tenure at Dalton Utilities, Marlowe also served more than two years as the Chairman of the North Georgia Regional Water Resources Partnership, an organization very similar in nature to the SMWSA. Marlowe’s career also includes experience working for General Electric as a project manager as well as several regional consulting/engineering firms in the Southeast over approximately a 10-year period before joining Dalton Utilities. Marlowe earned Bachelor’s degrees in the Arts (Russian studies and mathematics) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also holds a Master’s in Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and he is a licensed Professional Engineer in Georgia. He is a long time member of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals, where he was a member of the legislative committee for many years, the Water Environment Federation, and the American Water Works Association. Marlowe has been a Rotarian since 2005 and served as the President of the Rotary Club of Dalton during the 2011 to 2012 Rotary year.