Leo Drozdoff, P.E.
Director of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Drozdoff was appointed a member of Nevada
Governor Brian Sandoval’s cabinet in January 2011. As Director of the Department
of Conservation and Natural Resources, he is responsible for agencies that
include Environmental Protection, Water Resources, Forestry, State Parks, State
Lands, and State Historic Preservation, as well as programs such as Conservation
Districts, Sagebrush Ecosystem, and Nevada Natural Heritage. Drozdoff previously
served during most of 2010, as Acting Director of the DCNR for Governor Jim
Gibbons; and from October 2004 to April 2010, as the Administrator of the Nevada
Division of Environmental Protection.
He has also been
appointed by Governor Sandoval as Chairman of the Nevada Public Employees
Benefits Board and as the Governor’s representative to the Western Governors
Sage-grouse Taskforce. Drozdoff earned his B.A. Degree in Civil Engineering
from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. from the
University of Nevada, Reno. He is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer in the
State of Nevada
Director of the Nevada Department of Agriculture
Barbee received his
appointment as the Director of the Department of Agriculture in June 2011. Jim
Barbee has worked on policy issues with both the Nevada State Board of Education
and the Nevada Legislature. Barbee has served on the National FFA Board of
Directors and Foundation Board of Trustees. He is a former Secondary Agriculture
Educator with a certificate as a Certified Public Manager (CPM). Barbee managed
millions in grant monies while a supervisor in Career and Technical Education at
the Department of Education for eleven years.He has a Masters of Agriculture
Science, Agriculture Education from Cal Poly SLO and a Bachelors of Science in
Animal Science from CSU Chico. Barbee is a graduate of Douglas High School in
Jason King, P.E.
State Engineer of the Nevada Division of Water Resources
King was appointed State
Engineer in April 2010. He joined the Nevada Division of Water Resources as a
Hydraulic Engineer in 1991. Since that time, he has worked as Chief of the
Engineering and Dam Safety Section, Chief of the Water Rights Section, Deputy
State Engineer and Acting State Engineer before being appointed to the position.
King has negotiated on Nevada’s behalf on numerous interstate water disputes and
is a member of the State Environmental Commission. He earned his Civil
Engineering Degree from the University of New Mexico and is a Registered
Caleb S. Cage
Nevada Homeland Security Adviser and Chief of the Division of Emergency Management, Nevada Department of Public Safety
Mr. Caleb served under Governor Brian Sandoval's cabinet as director of military and veterans policy and was appointed in early July 2015 as the governor's homeland security adviser. Cage was also named by Public Safety Director Jim Wright to serve as chief of the Division of Emergency Management.
Cage is a 2002 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He served during Operation Iraqi Freedom, earning a Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge.
Nevada State Climatologist, University of Nevada, Reno
Dr. Boyle is a watershed hydrologist with over 20
years of experience in the development, implementation, and evaluation of
complex computer-based models of surface and groundwater hydrologic systems in
arid and semi-arid environments. He was recently invited to join Dr. Wallace
Broecker's Paleohydrology Group, based at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
of Columbia University, to help further the group's understanding of
paleoclimate and pluvial lake levels in the Great Basin.
Dean of the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Mark Walker is the interim dean and director
of the University of Nevada, Reno's outreach college, University of Nevada
Cooperative Extension. Prior to assuming this position in July 2013, Walker
served as chair of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources. He began his
career at the University of Nevada as an assistant professor in the Department
in 1997, advancing to full professor in 2011. As a faculty member, Walker
worked for 13 years as Cooperative Extension’s statewide water quality
specialist. Much of his research focused on the protection of drinking
Before joining the faculty at the University of
Nevada, Walker obtained a doctorate in soil and water engineering from Cornell
University. As an Extension associate at Cornell, he led a complex watershed
management project focused on protecting the water supply for metropolitan New
York. He also worked closely with farmers throughout New York to address an
emerging concern about groundwater contamination from agricultural
chemicals. Walker was also a Peace Corps volunteer, constructing wells to
provide clean, reliable water supplies in the central region of Burkina Faso,
which is on the southern margin of the Sahara desert in central west
Desert Research Institute Representative
Justin Huntington is an associate
research professor of Hydrology at the Desert Research Institute, Reno, Nevada.
His research interests are focused on remote sensing, land surface energy
balance measurement and modeling, drought monitoring, and hydrologic modeling.
His projects are primarily being funded by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S.
Geological Survey, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, NASA, and Google. He is one
of 25 members of the Landsat Science Team.
Southern Nevada Water Authority Representative
Entsminger is the general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA)
and the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD). As general
manager, Entsminger oversees the operations of the LVVWD, which serves nearly
370,000 customer accounts, and the SNWA, which is responsible for acquiring,
treating and delivering water to local agencies that collectively serve 2
million residents and nearly 40 million annual visitors.
He was appointed general manager by both agencies' Boards of Directors in
early 2014, having previously served as director of environmental and water
resource law and senior deputy general manager. Entsminger joined the
organization in 1999 as an attorney.
instrumental in the development of the 2007 Colorado River Interim Guidelines
and of Minute 319 to the 1944 U. S. - Mexico Water Treaty, a significant
development in international water management. In April 2014, he was appointed
by Gov. Sandoval to serve as Nevada's lead negotiator on Colorado River matters.
Other regional responsibilities include participation in the Colorado River
Water Users Association and the Western Urban Water Coalition. On the national
front, Entsminger serves on the Board of Trustees of the Association of
Metropolitan Water Agencies.
Committed to public
involvement, Entsminger recently brought to conclusion the SNWA's Integrated
Resource Planning Advisory Committee, a 21-member committee of community
stakeholders tasked with making recommendations on issues related to resources,
infrastructure and financing.
Entsminger is a graduate
of the University of Northern Colorado and of the University of Colorado School
of Law, where he was awarded the Charles N. Woodruff Natural Resources Law
Fellowship. He and his wife, Erica, have two children.