High Water Mark is a 100% Native American, Woman-owned environmental consulting company with a specialty in water resources. Owner, Phoebe Suina has 20 years of experience providing environmental and water resources engineering, science, planning and management to New Mexico communities ranging from pueblos to local, state and federal agencies, in addition to private industry. Our focus for consulting services at High Water Mark has been flood disaster and emergency response, including flood hazard mitigation planning,



Phoebe Suina

stormwater management and watershed rehabilitation for the protection of both cultural and natural resources in our clients’ communities

Owner, Project Manager and Hydrologist


With a background in environmental engineering and management, Ms. Suina has managed multi-million-dollar emergency and disaster assistance projects for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in addition to her previous career at the US Department of Energy (DOE) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for post-Cerro Grande fire erosion, sediment control, debris flow and flood hazard mitigation. She also has led environmental compliance and environmental remediation efforts for over 10 years on DOE and LANL projects. Ms. Suina has also worked for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, where she completed water resources engineering project design, operation and maintenance on the nation’s rivers and waterways.

Ms. Suina currently manages emergency and disaster assistance projects for High Water Mark’s clients. This involves meetings with client and funding agency staff, documentation of all project activities, expenditures and records management, and project closeout. She is meticulous in her record keeping and takes pride in her attention to detail.

Ms. Suina earned bachelor degrees in environmental engineering and engineering sciences and a graduate degree in engineering management, all from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Phoebe is from the Pueblos of San Felipe and Cochiti. She is very active in the traditional culture of her respective Pueblos. She continues to assist and share her knowledge and skills with the Pueblo communities.


Tom Teegarden

Vice President


Mr. Teegarden bring 35+ years of executive-level business and management experience in the public and private sectors with an emphasis on leadership for tribally-owned enterprises. He was managed large, mature organization as well as developed “start-ups” into regional and national players. As Vice President for High Water Mark, Mr. Teegarden focuses on business processes, quality management, and new business development. He brings to the team hands-on experience in policy analysis, tribal advocacy, Federal contracting, and US Small Business Administration certification programs.

Tom enjoys competitive cycling, southwest landscaping, Native American art, culture and history, he is a composer and singer of Northern Plains traditional music and member of multiple Native drum groups, and is a 35-year Navajo in-law. Tom is passionate about community service and he has served on boards of directors for both non-profits and tribally-owned corporations. He holds an MBA from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.

Nicole Shaw, P.E.

Vice President of Engineering

Nicole Shaw is a licensed professional engineer in New Mexico with over 10 years of experience in the engineering industry. She is Diné (Navajo) of the Salt People born for Red Running into the Water.  Ms. Shaw has joined High Water Mark as the Vice President of Engineering to develop and establish the company’s engineering capacity and capabilities. Her experience includes project management, planning, design, construction administration, construction observation, and comprehensive mapping of water and wastewater projects. She has worked on multi-phased water and wastewater system improvements projects for local and tribal communities including applying for and securing funding, coordinating with regional stakeholders, implementing long-term planning, and securing water rights. She has assisted clients in securing and managing over $20 million in grant and loan funding from federal and state funding programs.  


Ms. Shaw holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Northern Arizona University. She is from Tse’ii’ahi (Standing Rock) Chapter. She is passionate about Indian Education and STEM outreach to Native communities. 

Berta Rodriguez

Office Administrator


Berta the Office Manager at High Water Mark and a Bernalillo native, has extensive experience in government contracting and procurement. Prior to joining the HWM team, Ms. Rodriguez worked with the Valles Caldera Trust as the Procurement Specialist and liaison; managing budgets, purchasing and contracting, as well as administrative tasks. She worked with a number of Federal Agencies, administering several different accounting software and programs to keep track of funds. Berta served as a staffer for US Senator Pete Domenici working on various projects; the purchasing of the Valles Caldera Trust, Silvery Minnow controversy, San Luis water project and numerous other land and water related issues. Berta also has experience in both land and water issues, and experience working with rural and Pueblo communities.

Thelma Antonio

Project Manager


A member from the Pueblo of Laguna, and a graduate from the University of New Mexico with a BA in Environmental Design and an MBA in Community & Regional Planning. Mrs. Antonio has a background in project management, historical preservation and environmental compliance. Working with local communities (Laguna Pueblo, Sandia Pueblo and Santo Domingo Pueblo) as well as state and federal stakeholders (EPA, NEPA, DOE and USDA). She has served as a tribal member liaison for implementation, coordinated site visits pertaining to environmental and cultural sensitivity. Thelma is devoted to community self-sufficiency, education, and access to information. She is passionate in community planning, environmental implantation, renewable energy, architecture, historical preservation for all Native communities.

Joseph Grimley



Mr. Grimley has a background in geology and hydrology with a specialty in erosion and sediment control, flood hazard mitigation and watershed restoration. Prior to joining the High Water Mark team, Mr. Grimley worked for the Pueblo de Cochiti’s Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Los Alamos National Laboratories’ SAGE Program, and Colorado College’s Department of Southwest Studies. During this time, Mr. Grimley worked on surface water hydrology and water quality monitoring and sampling projects, sediment transport monitoring projects, and both geological and geophysical investigation projects.

Currently, Joseph provides technical assistance for erosion and sediment control, watershed restoration, flood hazard mitigation, and hazard mitigation planning projects. In addition, Mr. Grimley provides coordination assistance to emergency and disaster management projects for High Water Mark’s clientele; this includes meeting coordination, documentation and reporting, and multi-agency correspondence.

Mr. Grimley earned a bachelor’s degree in geology with a focus in hydrology, from Colorado College. He has also three years of professional research development across eight states in the regional West and Southwest. Mr. Grimley is from the Navajo Nation and Cochiti Pueblo. As an active member of both the Dine and Pueblo cultures, Mr. Grimley actively strives to bring technical assistance and support to local Native American communities.

Candace Dahozy

Civil Engineer I


Candace is from Tohatchi, NM, she is of the Bitter Water Clan, born for the Folded Arms People. She is a graduate from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology where she obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering. Ms. Dahozy’s interests include Transportation and Geotechnical Engineering. She is a Sequoyah Lifetime Member for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), where she helps Native American students pursue their educational goals in the S.T.E.M. field.

As the Civil Engineer I for the High Water Mark team, Candace is learning the background of FEMA, NM DHSEM, and project management. She has successfully assisted in completing projects for the Pueblo of Jemez, Pueblo de San Ildefonso for permitting and scope of work in AutoCAD, as well as project management for both the Village of Ruidoso and Santo Domingo Pueblo.

Bryn Fragua

Environmental Scientist


Bryn has a background in natural sciences, and has earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Haskell Indian Nations University. From the Pueblo of Jemez, Bryn holds a sincere commitment to Native American community development with an emphasis on youth and the sciences. As a new member of the High Water Mark team, Mr. Fragua is currently assisting in construction and documentation compliance and environmental assessments.

Mr. Fragua providing his knowledge in the field of Environmental Science has also assisted in permitting and compliance for several projects. With technical and coordinating assistance in managing emergency and disaster projects, as well as planning projects.

Kristine Smeltz

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Senior Scientist/Engineering Analyst II

Kristine earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Colorado College, and her master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. She has earned a professional certificate in Natural Resource Management from the University of Denver. Kristine has several years of experience in the area of environmental studies. She has a broad range of experience which includes water management, field investigations, review of technical documents, and working knowledge of federal and state regulations. She provided project team support for several years with the Department of Energy (DOE) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) projects in the area of environmental compliance and environmental remediation.

As a member of the High Water Mark team, Kristine continues to provide regulatory technical and management support for environmental remediation projects and issues. Kristine is from the Pueblo of San Felipe. She enjoys running and spending time with her husband and two boys.