Who We Are


Lindsay Murdoch – Program Coordinator


Lindsay has lived in the Southwest since 2009.   During her time at Colorado College, Lindsay discovered her passion for the intersection between human community structures and environmental management.  In 2013 she received her BA in Environmental Science.  Lindsay has been with the Network since 2015 and loves hearing the success stories that are prompted by cross-boundary collaboration.




Rae Robinson – Americorps VISTA

After graduating from The College of William and Mary with a BS in Biology in 2015, Rae moved out West to build trails.  Since then, she has been involved with vegetation monitoring in Idaho, alternative outdoor education in Northern California, and stream surveys in southwestern Colorado.  Rae is excited to join the XWN team in Grand Junction and work with watershed practitioners throughout the West.






Steering Committee 

In order to ensure that XWN stays current to the evolving needs of practitioners, XWN employs a collaborative governance structure that relies heavily on feedback from XWN Participants.

The XWN Steering Committee provides strategic planning, evaluates programming, and pursues funding opportunities to support the Network. The Steering Committee is a working committee and is geographically and professionally diverse.

(Missing Dave Bastian)

Current Steering Committee composition:

Dave Bastian – Utah Conservation Corps; Utah State University
Stacy Beaugh –Tamarisk Coalition
Deborah Campbell – Virgin River Conservation Partnership
Genevieve Johnson – Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Melissa McMaster – Tamarisk Coalition
Tahnee Robertson – Southwest Decision Resources
Risa Shimoda – River Management Society
Karen Simms – Pima County Arizona



Know of someone who might be a good fit? Think you might be interested in joining this group of change makers? Email your nomination to steeringcommittee@crosswatershed.net

The Steering Committee remains committed to:
● Transparency
● Inclusivity
● Being practitioner-driven
● Fostering peer-to-peer communication
● Sharing leadership, responsibility, & credit

To learn more about how we apply collective-decision making into our governance structure, we invite you to read through the XWN Charter.

Former Steering Committee members:
Chip Norton (Dec 2012- Apr 2016) – Friends of the Verde River Greenway
Michele Straube (Dec 2012- Dec 2015) – Environmental Dispute Resolution Program, University of Utah; Escalante River Watershed Partnership
Jan Holder (Dec 2012-Mar 2015) – Sky Island Alliance; Gila Watershed Partnership