Pictured: Dr. Puneet Srivastava (AUWRC Director), Eric Reutebuch, Sydney Smith, Dr. Bill Deutsch, Mona Dominguez, and Sergio Ruiz-Cordova. Not pictured is Carolina Ruiz.
Meet the Staff!
4-H AWW Program Coordinator
Mona has worked with the Alabama Water Watch and Global Water Watch Programs since 2009, and stepped into the role of AWW Program Director in Fall 2017. Currently she coordinates the 4-H Alabama Water Watch Program. Her responsibilities include developing and implementing the youth water monitoring program and hands-on, water–focused, science-based curriculum that supports the program. Since 2010, Mona has been a Volunteer Monitor Coordinator for the Alabama Water Watch Program. In this position she works to develop and implement plans for volunteer retention, develops program materials, coordinates the volunteer trainer program, and promotes public participation in the program. She also works internationally with the Global Water Watch Program to develop and implement community-based water monitoring programs. Dominguez has a B.A. in Anthropology with a concentration in Environmental Studies from the University of the South (Sewanee), and a Masters of Community Planning (M.C.P) from Auburn University. She also served as a, volunteer in the Community and Environmental Conservation Program with the U.S. Peace Corps in Panama.
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. In her future career, Sydney would love to work in environmental education and watershed protection.
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.
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.