Board of Directors

The Board of Directors are elected and serve at the pleasure of the membership.  Board members can be elected at the Annual Meetings.

Adrienne L. Widmer (President-elect)

University Degree Current Employer
New Mexico State University BSCE 1991
Bryan Hoffman

CAREER Molzen-Corbin & Associates, 1994-present, Engineer & Project Manager for planning, design & construction administration of water & wastewater related projects US Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento, 1992-1994

J. Phillip King (Assoc Dept Head)

University Degree Current Employer
Colorado State University PhD New Mexico State University
Bryan Hoffman

Current Employer: NMSU Dept. of Civil Engineering Business Address: Box 30001 MASC 3CE City and State: Zip: Las Cruces, NM 88003 Position Title: Professor and Associate Department Head Phone (575) 646-5377 Description of Duties/Responsibilities: 1990-Present: John Clark Professor (2013) and Associate Department Head, Department of Civil Engineering. Tenured faculty member specializing in Civil (water resources) and Agricultural Engineering. Teaching includes graduate and undergraduate courses in computing, water resources engineering, irrigation and drainage, hydraulics, hydrology, geohydrology, hydraulic structures, construction, professional ethics, and engineering project management and economics. Research includes applied and basic projects on water use optimization, consumptive use, conservation, drought response, climate change adaptation, surface water-groundwater interaction, streamflow forecasting and river modeling, water resource planning and management, international development, and transboundary water issues. Principal Investigator for Reaching the Pinnacle, an NSF regional alliance aimed at recruiting and retaining students with disabilities in STEM fields, 2010-2012. Service includes university and professional society committee work, technical review of local water resources issues, curriculum development and administration, and advising graduate and undergraduate students. Sabbatical in 2009-2010 as Science & Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, posted with the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA.

Edward H. Martinez (Past President)

University Degree Current Employer
New Mexico State University BSCE 1984
Bryan Hoffman

Current Employer: Zia Engineering & Environmental Consultants, LLC Date: 2000-current Business Address: 755 S. Telshor Blvd., Ste F-201 City and State: Zip: Las Cruces, NM 88011 Position Title President / CEO Phone ( ) 575-532-1526 Description of Duties/Responsibilities: Founder and overall management responsibility of 100+ person company to include business goals and strategy, marketing goals and implementation, fiscal viability of the firm, corporate policies and procedures and technical and corporate quality and objectives.

David Jauregui (Treasurer)

University Degree Current Employer
New Mexico State University BS 1992, MS 1994, Ph.D 1999
Bryan Hoffman

Chris Traina (President)

University Degree Current Employer
New Mexico State University BSCE 1986, Membership Committee 2015 California Department of Transportation
Bryan Hoffman

I have worked in the Bridge Department for the California Department of Transportation since May of 1991. The past 20 years I have worked as a Supervising Bridge Engineer in the Toll Bridge Department helping to manage projects for a $10 billion dollar Seismic Retrofit program for all Toll Bridges within the State of California. Prior to joining Caltrans, I served as an Officer with the United States Army Corps of Engineers in Virginia and Germany from 1986 to 1991. I left Active Duty with the rank of Captain in April of 1991, and served in the US Army Reserve in the San Francisco Corps of Engineers District Office until 1999. My wife Polly and I have 3 daughters: Leah, Olivia, and Claudia.

Gabriela Contreras-Apodaca (Student Affairs Chair)

University Degree Current Employer
New Mexico State University BSCE 1992 NM Department of Transporation
Bryan Hoffman

• Present: NMDOT South Region Design Manager Transportation Research Board Panel Member, Washington D.C. • 2005 to 2012 (periodically): NMSU College Adjunct Professor and Guest Lecturer - Civil Engineering and Technology Departments NMSU and DACC Math Boot Camp Instructor

Ross Lujan (Secretary)

University Degree Current Employer
New Mexico State University BS 1994
Bryan Hoffman

Ross is the Principal Transportation Engineer/Technical Practice Leader for AECOM in New Mexico. He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (Structures) from New Mexico State University (NMSU) in 1994 and is a Professional Engineer currently registered in New Mexico, Nevada, and Texas. In his 22 years working as a transportation engineer, he has worked on many interesting and challenging projects for state DOT’s and municipalities across the southwest region of the United States. He had the opportunity to work on the Hoover Dam Bypass Project and is still his favorite to date. Ross currently resides in Rio Rancho, NM with Laurie, his wife of 25 years, their 3 son’s Nicholas, Luís, and Ross Michael, their dogs Echo, and Foxxy, and their two parrots Einstein and Zoey. In his spare time he enjoys playing video games with his boys and spending as much time as he can with his wife.

Jerry B. Paz (Faculty Affairs Chair)

University Degree Current Employer
New Mexico State University BSCE 1983
Bryan Hoffman

Wyatt Kartchner (Membership Chair)

University Degree Current Employer
Bryan Hoffman

Current Employer: Molzen Corbin Business Address: 1155 Commerce Drive Suite F City and State: Zip: Las Cruces, NM 88011 Position Title: Vice President Phone (575) 522-0049 Description of Duties/Responsibilities: Wyatt has ten years of experience in drainage, hydrology, and transportation design. He has successfully managed numerous multi-million dollar roadway and drainage projects and studies throughout the state. He is very familiar with HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, Culvert Master, StormCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, and Hydraflow Express. His recent successful projects include: • I-25/Cerrillos Road Interchange Drainage Report and Drainage Design, NMDOT • I-25/Missouri Bridge, Project Manager and Roadway Design, NMDOT • Callaway Drive Roadway Design, City of Carlsbad • Ligon Road Roadway Design, City of Carlsbad • Sand Hill Arroyo Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) including Sand Hill Dam Analysis, City of Las Cruces • Arrowhead Interchange Drainage Report/Preliminary Design, NMDOT/New Mexico State University • Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Drainage Report and Storm Drain Design, City of Clovis • Old Santa Fe Trail Drainage Report, Santa Fe County • Findley Drive Drainage Study/Preliminary Design, City of Sunland Park • Eunice Main Street Phase IV • I-10 Culvert/Structure Section Design, NMDOT • I-10/I-25 Interchange Culvert/Structure Section Design, NMDOT • I-10/Vado Interchange Roadway Design, NMDOT

Kristopher Schafer (Financial Affairs Chair)

University Degree Current Employer
New Mexico State University BSCE 1983
Bryan Hoffman

Kris is a native of Albuquerque and a fifth generation New Mexican. He received his BSCE degree from NMSU in 1983. He is a registered PE, has been certified as a PMP, and is a graduate of the Construction Management Program at Texas A&M University. Kris retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May, 2017, as Chief of the Planning Branch, overseeing a staff of 35 engineers and scientists. During his 33 year career, he worked on numerous water resource projects throughout New Mexico, west Texas, and southern Colorado, including the Southeast El Paso Flood Control System, Cuchillo Negro Dam in Tor C, and Pajarito Dam at LANL. In 2003 and 2004, Kris served as a Legislative Fellow for U.S. Senator Pete Domenici in Washington D.C., lending expertise on a wide variety of water-related issues, including supply, de-salination, environmental compliance, and drought.