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)

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

CAREER Current - City of Las Cruces, Head of Water Resources 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.

David Jauregui (Treasurer)

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

Chris Traina (Past President)

University Degree Current Employer
New Mexico State University BSCE 1986 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

Jerry B. Paz (Faculty Affairs Chair)

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

Wyatt Kartchner (President-elect/Membership Chair)

University Degree Current Employer
BSCE 2007
Bryan Hoffman

Wyatt Kartchner, PE, is a 2007 BS Civil Engineering graduate from NMSU. Upon graduation he began his career at Molzen Corbin in Las Cruces, where he is currently a Vice President. Wyatt and his wife, Erin, have a daughter, Kinley, and son, Avery and continue to live in the Mesilla Valley. Wyatt has worked on a wide variety of projects throughout his career including; roadways, drainage, water, and wastewater projects. His recent and ongoing projects include: I-25/Missouri Bridge, Valley Drive Reconstruction, I-25/University Interchange, US 285 Reconstruction, Anthony Waterline Extension, and Anthony Lift Station Replacement. 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.

Brian Burnett (CE Dept Advisory)

University Degree Current Employer
University of New Mexico BSCE & MSCE
Bryan Hoffman

Brian G. Burnett, PE, F.ASCE, received his BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico. After graduation, Brian worked for the Texas Department of Transportation, UNM Freshman Engineering Program, and the City of Albuquerque before taking a position with the engineering firm of Bohannan Huston, Inc. (BHI). He recently retired from BHI as CEO Emeritus after a 34-year career where he held a number of leadership positions. In these roles, Brian led BHI in business development, planning, and leadership transition strategies. Throughout his career, Brian actively participated in various engineering, business, and community organizations. He was also involved in helping shape New Mexico’s water policy and promoting the importance of infrastructure investments around the state. Brian, and his wife, Celia, enjoy ministry work, taking care of grandchildren, and hot yoga.

Angel Valdez (Secretary)

University Degree Current Employer
New Mexico State University BSCE 1996
Bryan Hoffman

Angela (Montoya) Valdez received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from NMSU in May 1996. Upon graduation, Angela took on a full-time position with the City of Las Cruces Utilities Division. Inspired by fellow graduates employed in the private sector, she moved to Albuquerque in September 1997 to pursue consulting. For the past 20 years, Angela has been privileged to focus on providing Engineering services for a range of communities across New Mexico. Other ventures have included design for projects in the states of California, Colorado and Arizona. Her reward is knowing that she has served communities well and that her services have had a positive impact. Angela is grateful for the Civil Engineering degree and mentoring she received at NMSU – especially the support she received from Dr. White, Dr. McPherson, Dr. Idriss, Dr. McCarthy, and many other professors, graduate students and fellow Civil Engineering graduates. Current Employer: Souder, Miller & Associates Business Address: 3451 Candelaria Road NE City and State: Albuquerque, NM Zip: 87114 Position Title: Transportation Project Manager II Phone (505) 299-0942 Description of Duties/Responsibilities: Project Manager responsible for managing analysis and design of transportation and drainage-related projects. Responsibilities include oversight of a wide range of infrastructure and roadway design projects including surface water systems, drainage collection and conveyance facilities, open channels, municipal roadway systems and state highway infrastructure.