Pictured: Dr. Puneet Srivastava (AUWRC Director), Eric Reutebuch, Sydney Smith, Dr. Bill Deutsch, Mona Dominguez, and Sergio Ruiz-Cordova. Not pictured is Carolina Ruiz and Billy Earle
Meet the Staff!
AWW Program Director/4-H AWW Program Coordinator
Mona has worked with AWW since 2009 in various roles including Watershed Management Coordinator, AWW Volunteer Coordinator, and 4-H AWW Program Coordinator. In Fall 2017, she became Director of the AWW Program after the retirement of former Director Eric Reutebuch. In addition to overseeing the operations of AWW, she develops training materials, facilitates workshops, and seeks out opportunities for collaboration and growth.
Associate Director, Global Water Watch
Sergio has a M.S. in Aquatic Ecology from Auburn University. Sergio oversees the activities of the Global Water Watch Program including the implementation of all international projects, the development and maintenance of the database for the Global Water Watch projects in other countries through the Water Resources Center and the International Center for Aquaculture and Aquatic Environments. His work with AWW primarily involves data management and reporting. He works closely with citizens of all backgrounds and ages encouraging awareness about water issues and the environment, and conducting water monitoring and community-based, science-based watershed stewardship workshops.
Volunteer Monitor Coordinator
Sydney started working as AWW’s Volunteer Coordinator in 2017. She began volunteering as a water quality monitor with AWW in 2014 and became a citizen trainer in 2015. Her work with AWW involves communicating and coordinating with volunteer monitors and trainers, preparing for workshops and helping the other program staff where needed.
Carolina started officially working for AWW in early 2017, but has been a part of the program for much longer than that… she recalls visiting her dad Sergio at the office many times in her youth! Carolina earned her Bachelors of Science in Interior Design from Auburn University in 2014. Her primary responsibilities include data processing and management, workshop prep, volunteer coordination, lab and monitoring kit maintenance, and assisting other program staff with daily operations.
Rachel has a B.S. in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from N.C. State University in 2012 and a M.S. in Wildlife Sciences from Auburn University in 2015. She then worked as a field biologist for a timber company, primarily conducting ecological monitoring and land management of stream, wetland, and endangered species mitigation banks in Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. She joined the AWW team in May 2018. Her duties include a mix of outreach and research.
Bill was a Research Fellow in the AU Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures from 1988 to his retirement in 2013. He is now a Research Fellow, Emeritus in the AU School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, and works part-time for the AU-based programs of Alabama Water Watch and Global Water Watch. Bill is also active with nonprofit organizations, serving on the boards of the AWW Association, the Environmental Education Association of Alabama, and GWW, Inc.