Special Event: Voices of Women – Our Climate, Our Community

Please join us on March 25, 2022, for this special event hosted by American Association of University Women (AAUW) Socorro Branch, New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series (PAS), New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (NMBGMR), Society for Women Engineers (SWE) NMT Club, and American Association of University Women (AAUW) NMT Club, with tremendous support from many individuals and groups around NMT, Socorro, and throughout the state. Thank you to all who have made this happen!

PAS Women's Fest Flyer

PAS WomenFest Flyer


March 25, 2022  at 1pm

Voices of Women – Our Climate, Our Community

NMT Performing Arts WomenFest

This event will be held both in-person and on Zoom. If you want to join us on ZOOM, you must register for the event in advance in order to receive the zoom link information: https://tinyurl.com/VOWClimate.

We hope you can join us!

VOW Climate Change Panelist Information

VOW Climate Change Panelist Information


Amy Lewis

Amy Lewis – HydroAnalytics LLC

Amy Lewis is an independent consultant hydrologist and water resource planner.  Ms. Lewis has B.S. in Geology from Boise State University in Idaho and an M.S. degree in Hydrology from New Mexico Institute of Technology and has more than 37 years of experience conducting hydrological and water resource investigations.  Her experience working at the New Mexico State Environment Department,  Office of the State Engineer and City of Santa Fe gives her a strong background in water quality and water right issues. Ms. Lewis investigated impacts of forest thinning on hydrology, which is documented in a Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources Bulletin 163 “Monitoring Effects of Wildfire Mitigation Treatments on Water Budget Components: A Paired Basin Study in the Santa Fe Watershed, New Mexico”.  She is currently working with the Interstate Stream Commission on evaluating the resilience of public water systems and irrigated agriculture to pending climate changes for the State’s 50-Year Water Plan.

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Stephanie Moraga-McHaley

Stephanie Moraga-McHaley – New Mexico Department of Health, Epidemiology and Response

Stephanie Moraga-McHaley is the program manager of the New Mexico Environmental Public Health Tracking Program in the New Mexico Department of Health, Epidemiology and Response. She is a coauthor on the Climate Change and Heat-Related Morbidity in New Mexico in 2030 NMDOH Epidemiology Report, which predicts a doubling of heat-related emergency department visits and hospitalizations in the next decade. 

Learn more about Stephanie and what she does:

Caiti Steele

Caiti Steele – USDA

Caiti Steele is coordinator of the USDA Southwest Climate Hub, responsible for stakeholder outreach and regional and national partnerships.  She is interested in how climate adaptation priorities vary across the Southwest region and how socio-economic factors affect the adaptive capacity of farmers and ranchers. 

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Phoebe Suina

Phoebe Suina – High Water Mark, LLC

Phoebe Suina is the founder and owner of High Water Mark, LLC (HWM), which works with NM communities, Tribes, and Pueblos on a variety of issues and initiatives from environmental policy, land acquisition, planning, infrastructure, and how governmental (Federal, State, and Local) policies, laws and priorities affect Tribal communities. Suina has over 20 years of experience providing technical, regulatory, and project management expertise to construct and implement utility projects, hazard mitigation projects, flood mitigation, environmental remediation initiatives, and emergency and disaster recovery projects. 

She works to address infrastructure projects and watershed initiatives by utilizing a consensus-based approach that incorporates traditional and local knowledge with science-based planning, engineering, and project management solutions. Her traditional Pueblo background is complemented by formal training in environmental engineering and project management. She received a Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering from Dartmouth College and a Master of Engineering Management from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.  With this background of “tradition plus science,” she has successfully managed multi-million dollar infrastructure projects and initiatives for Los Alamos National Laboratory, Pueblo communities, and NM cities and towns. 

Ms. Suina is active in Pueblo cultural activities and is rooted in her Pueblo communities. She has a deep-rooted understanding, respect for and love of water, which drives her work in the stewardship of water. Her consensus-based approach incorporates traditional, cultural and local knowledge and includes community education activities that empower local leadership and support resilience.

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Crystal Tulley-Cordova (Diné)

Crystal Tulley-Cordova (Diné) – Navajo Nation Department of Water Resources – Water Management Branch

Crystal Tulley-Cordova (Diné) is a Principal Hydrologist in the Navajo Nation Department of Water Resources – Water Management Branch. She has worked collaboratively with Navajo Nation partners on water-related research since 2013. Her work pre-pandemic focused on protecting and managing water resources in the Navajo Nation; since the start of the pandemic, her work has shifted to providing access to safe water for Navajo residents.

She received a doctoral degree in Geology and an Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Sustainability from the University of Utah. She has received a Master of Water Resources in Hydroscience and a Bachelor of Science in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the University of New Mexico. She has worked collaboratively with Navajo Nation partners on water-related projects since 2013. Her research interests include learning more about the Navajo Nation water budget, namely the interactions of precipitation, surface, and ground waters, and the nexus with Navajo communities.  Her past research consisted of three projects conducted in collaboration with the Navajo Nation Water Management Branch, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, and Navajo Environmental Protection Agency; they are entitled (1) Navajo Nation, USA, Precipitation Variability from 2002 to 2015, (2) Stable isotopes in precipitation and associated waters: Recording the North American monsoon in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, and (3) Groundwater sustainability and susceptibility to modern contamination in Fort Defiance, AZ.  Crystal realizes the importance to help tribal nations dependent on water resources understand the effects of hydroclimatic changes on their tribal homelands. Crystal hopes the knowledge and experiences she gained over the years will help her assist Navajo communities to use their current knowledge about water to build sustainable water projects, seek funding for water-related research, and protect and manage water resources across the Navajo Nation.

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Want to learn even more? Then come to the Panel Event on March 25! We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions about the event, please emails us at aauwsocorronm@gmail.com.