Frank Kugel, Executive Director

Frank Kugel is currently the Executive Director of the Southwestern Water Conservation District. Prior to this, he was the General Manager of the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District (UGRWCD). He is a registered Professional Engineer with a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Colorado – Denver. Frank was involved in construction engineering in the Denver area before joining the Colorado Division of Water Resources (DWR) as a Dam Safety Engineer. He served in the Denver and Durango offices of DWR before moving to Montrose where he ultimately became Division 4 Engineer for the Gunnison, San Miguel and lower Dolores Basins. Frank joined the UGRWCD upon leaving DWR in 2006. He was a member of the Gunnison Basin Roundtable since its inception and chair of its Basin Implementation Planning Subcommittee.



Laura Spann, Programs Coordinator

Laura Spann grew up on her family’s cattle ranch in Gunnison, where she first learned about water’s significance on Colorado’s Western Slope. Laura received a B.A. in Government and International Relations from Claremont McKenna College in Southern California. After working as Media Relations Associate at Amnesty International’s office in Washington, D.C. for several years, she moved to Peru to do her twenty-something “walkabout.” Laura has been back in Colorado since 2013, happy to be working on the pressing resource issues her home state faces. She has worked for the District since 2013, initially as Office Manager and then as Programs Coordinator in fall 2016. Laura serves on the board of Water Education Colorado and assists with coordination of the Southwest Basin Roundtable. In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time with her son, Jonah, and exploring the San Juan Mountains from her base in Durango.