CWAG Board

CWAG Officers

Michael Adcock, President

M. Adcock 2

Michael Adcock is a medical transcriptionist who owned his own transcription firm for a number of years.  He has lived in Prescott for nine years and loves it here.  When not out on a trail hiking or working, Michael volunteers his time with several local groups.  His goal in becoming active in CWAG was to help ensure a sustainable water future for his adopted home.

Ellie Laumark, Secretary

E. Laumark 2Ellie Laumark holds MS degree in Education from the University of Minnesota - Winona and holds an MS degree in Education from the University of Minnesota - Winona and a BS degree from Colby Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire. She retired to Prescott in 2008 after 30 years with the MN Dept of Health in the Health Care Compliance Division. She was previously on the faculty of York College, York PA and Western Wisconsin Technical Institute in LaCrosse WI where she headed the programs for Medical Records Administrators and Technicians. She is currently the VP of Programs for Central Yavapai League of Women Voters; Financial Secretary for Emmanuel Lutheran Church in PV and Treasurer for The Oaks at the Ranch HOA.

Peter Kroopnick, Science Committee Chair

KroopnickDr. Peter Kroopnick retired to Prescott in 2009 and promptly joined CWAG. He is currently serving as head of the Science Committee and a member of the Board of Directors. Before his retirement, he was a practicing hydrogeologist for a major engineering company and an instructor in Hydrogeology at Arizona State University. He specializes in groundwater modeling and environmental chemistry.
Pete earned his PhD from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, went on to teach and conduct research at the University of Hawaii before leaving academia for private practice at Exxon Production Research and several large engineering companies active in groundwater contamination and resource exploration.
He has served as President of the Arizona Hydrological Society and is currently active in both this organization as well as Prescott Creeks. For pleasure he works as a volunteer Park Ranger for the City of Prescott and can be found most days biking on one of the many excellent single track trails in the Prescott National Forest.

Leslie Hoy - Public Relations, Membership

Leslie HoytLeslie Hoy holds a bachelor's degree in Russian Language and Literature from the University of Wyoming, where she was an editor for the Water Resources Research Institute.

She later owned a retail store and a management training firm. She retired to Prescott in 1999 and is a founding member of CWAG.

Ed Wolfe, Board Member at Large

Ed WolfeEdward W. Wolfe, Ph.D., is a retired geologist who spent his career with the U.S. Geological Survey. Over nearly 40 years, he worked with the USGS in western Kentucky, northern California, northern Arizona, Hawaii, the Pacific Northwest, the Philippines, and the Moon (from a distance, during the Apollo Program). Much of the work was related to areas of young volcanic rocks and to active volcanoes— especially Kilauea, Pinatubo, and Mount St. Helens. He retired to the Prescott area, Arizona, and recognized that his geologic experience in northern Arizona could have application in interpreting and explaining the area’s severe water-resource issues. Over the past decade, both singly and with retired USGS groundwater hydrologist William Meyer, he has written numerous articles and has given many presentations on the groundwater issues, particularly with respect to the upper Verde River watershed and the Verde River. Wolfe was a founding member of the Citizens Water Advocacy Group’s Board of Directors, the former chairman of the Verde Watershed Association, former chairman of the Verde River Basin Partnership’s Technical Advisory Group, and former chairman of the Partnership’s Board of Directors.

Fred Oswald, Board Member at Large

FredFred Oswald has bachelor and masters degrees in mechanical engineering and is a certified Professional Engineer. He retired in 2013 from NASA in Cleveland and moved to Prescott. He joined CWAG in 2014 and serves on the Education Committee.

Marleen Luckman, Treasurer



Marleen Luckman holds a MS degree in Family Environmental Science from California State University, Northridge, and is a certified building biology consultant through the International Institute of Building Biology and Ecology. She moved to Prescott in 2013, joined CWAG, and completed the Master Watershed Stewardship Program in 2014 through the University of Arizona Extension.  

Marleen has been an elementary school teacher and currently teaches middle school online courses in history and science. Prior to moving to Prescott, she was involved in environmental issues and city planning in California.

Gary Beverly - Education/Public Policy Committee Chair

Gary BeverlyGary Beverly holds a PhD degree in Physical Chemistry from the University of California. Since moving to Prescott in 1974, he taught physical science and alternative energy at Yavapai College, then worked as a farmer, contractor, and businessman.

Since retiring, he is an environmental activist focused on protecting the Verde River. He joined CWAG in 2010.

Chris Hoy, Past President

Chris HoyChris Hoy (bachelor's degree in Business Administration and master's degree in English) worked as a general manager in the private sector (Colorado and Montana) and as an economic developer in state government (Nebraska) before retiring in 1998.

Chris is a founding member of CWAG.

Wayne Hood, Board Member at Large

HoodWayne Hood is a hydrologist with 30 years of experience studying Arizona’s surface waters and aquifers. He holds a BS degree in biology and limnology from the University of Central Florida, and an MS degree in hydrology and water pollution control from The Pennsylvania State University. He is also a registered professional geologist in Arizona. Since retiring from the State of Arizona in 2010, he’s worked as an adjunct instructor at Arizona colleges teaching hydrology and geology courses, and as a freelance consulting hydrologist. He enjoys time with family, public service in various clubs, hiking, reading, writing, and traveling to new and interesting places.

Bob Luzius, Board Member at Large

Bob LuziusBob Luzius served 4 years as a Prescott City Council Member, is a retired small business owner, a retired City of Cleveland Fire Fighter and a Veteran of the United States Navy. He attended Western Reserve University majoring in Education. Bob grew up in Prescott and is a Prescott High School Graduate.

He has lived in Arizona and Prescott for over 24 years and has been associated with CWAG for 8 years. Bob has attended countless water associated meetings and is “Project Wet” Certified to teach “Water 101”, grades K through 5.


  • "Ranchers need clean water for their stock, farmers need it for their crops, every employer needs it to stay in business, and every living thing needs it for life... The law needs to be clear to protect water quality and the rights of landowners."
    Mark Udall
  • "Water is the driver of Nature."
    Leonardo da Vinci
  • "When the well is dry, we know the worth of water."
    Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1746
  • "...and since flow of information is to spirit what water is to life, we'd best think about how to keep the pipes free and unclogged."
    Raphie Frank
  • "In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to his most essential needs for survival, water along with other resources has become the victim of his indifference."
    Rachel Carson
  • "We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one."
    Jacques Yves Cousteau
  • "Water is life's matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water."
    Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, 1937 Nobel Prize for Medicine
  • "Water is everywhere and in all living things; we cannot be separated from water. No water, no life. Period..."
    Robert Fulghum
  • "It's the water. Everything is driven by the water."
    Mike Thompson
  • "Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over."
    Mark Twain