ABOUT US

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,

OUR TEAM

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.

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

Geologist/Hydrologist

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.

Roque Sanchez

Senior Scientist/Engineering Analyst II

Roque Sánchez joined High Water Mark in 2018, and is a native of Adelino, NM. Prior to joining High Water Mark, Mr. Sánchez served for four years under President Obama’s White House Office of Energy and Climate Change, which developed, coordinated, and implemented President Obama’s energy and climate change policies across the administration. He has also worked with early stage social impact startups to develop and deploy appropriate engineering solutions for water, energy, and data infrastructure in developing communities and austere management for Tribal and Federal clients, with a focus on energy development, legacy site remediation, climate change adaption, and public lands protection. Mr. Sanchez graduated from Rice University with MS and BA degrees in environmental engineering.

Ryan Yazzie

Senior Environmental Scientist II

Ryan Yazzie is a member of the Navajo Nation and was born and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona. He is an avid landscape and nature photographer and also has a particular interest in classic Mopar's. Also, Ryan very much loves to spend time with his beautiful wife and three daughters.

Mr. Yazzie received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sustainability Science with minors in Physical Geography and Meteorology from Northern Arizona University. Shortly after graduation, Ryan was accepted to Vermont Law School where he earned a Masters in Environmental Law with a concentration in Climate Change Law. After vacillating between a J.D and a PhD; he now plans to obtain a PhD from the University of New Mexico in Earth and Planetary Science. 

Ryan’s prior experiences include working with the Department of Energy’s WIPP nuclear repository as a manager of the Delaware Basin Drilling Surveillance Program.  Ryan has done environmental consulting work for Northern Arizona University as well has holding a position as Assistant Forecaster for Channel 4 NAZ Today. Also, Ryan has done research for the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration into significant hydrometeor formation and forecasting in Northern Arizona.

Kristine Smeltz

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.

Intern

Kaitlin Sandoval

Kaitlin is from the Pueblos of San Felipe and Santo Domingo. She joined High Water Mark, LLC, in the summer of 2019, as an intern. She is now a regular employee and has interests in Environmental Science and Physical Geography. She is currently working on getting associate degrees in Liberal Arts and Paralegal Studies. She intends to go further and get a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies. Also, Kaitlin enjoys participating in traditional activities at home and running marathons.