Kenton Brunner   Kenton Brunner
Vice President, Northern Water Board of Directors
Weld County
Term: March 14, 1994—Sept. 28, 2018
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Kenton Brunner
Kenton Brunner
Weld County
Term: March 14, 1994
—Sept. 28, 2018
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Kenton Brunner was appointed to the Northern Water and Municipal Subdistrict boards on March 14, 1994. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in business finance from Colorado State University.

From 1972 to 1992, Brunner farmed more than 1,000 irrigated acres. He raised a variety of crops, including beets, corn, pinto beans, barley, cucumbers and alfalfa. He also fed cattle and sheep.

Before farming, Brunner was a district sales representative for Shell Oil Co. He had direct contact with more than 30 Shell Oil service stations.

Brunner has been on the Windsor Water and Sewer Board since 1979 and chairman since 1990. The board makes recommendations to the Windsor Town Board regarding water, sewer and storm drainage issues.

Brunner has been a member of the Greeley Country Club since 1972 and on its board of directors from 2003 to 2008. He has been the grounds chairman for two years, the golf chairman for two years and the vice president of operations for one year.

Brunner has received these awards and recognition:

  • Jaycees Colorado Farmer of the Year – 1976
  • Hi-Ten Sugar Beet Grower – seven years
  • 200+ Bushel Club, Colorado Corn Growers – numerous years

Brunner has been active on the Kern Reservoir board and the Cache la Poudre Irrigation & Reservoir Co. board.

"I felt obligated to Northern Colorado and its people to do my best to keep water issues at a minimum and continue to protect all of us in Northern Colorado,” Brunner said. “I have really enjoyed my 16-plus years on the Northern Water Board. Hopefully, I can continue to be an active member for a long time."

Brunner enjoys golf and traveling. He and his wife Sharon live in Windsor. They have a son, Marc, and a daughter, Amy.

Bill Emslie   Bill Emslie
Larimer County
Term: Sept. 28, 2005—Sept. 28, 2021
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Bill Emslie
Bill Emslie
Larimer County
Term: Sept. 28, 2005
—Sept. 28, 2021
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Bill Emslie was appointed to the Northern Water and Municipal Subdistrict boards on Sept. 28, 2005. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University. He also attended Colorado State University and the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power School. Emslie is a captain in the United States Navy (retired).

Emslie is a senior project engineer for construction of utility generation and transmission projects at Platte River Power Authority. Emslie manages PRPA's water resources.

Emslie has also done electronic controls testing for Horizon Technology, energy conservation engineering for Public Service Company of New Mexico and nuclear submarine service for the United States Navy’s nuclear submarine operations.

Emslie's professional civic organization experience includes:

  • Platte River Power Authority’s representative to Windy Gap Participants’ Committee since 1992
  • American Public Power Association, Demonstration of Energy Efficient Developments, board of directors
  • Boy Scouts of America Longs Peak Council, board of trustees member and vice president of district operations
  • Association of the United States Navy, immediate past vice president of professional development
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, member
  • Rotary Club of Fort Collins, After Work past president; currently chair of International Service
  • Fort Collins Area United Way, past president and campaign chair
  • Poudre School District, past chair of mill levy increase to support budget

Emslie has been an Eagle Scout, a Trident Scholar at the United States Naval Academy, and a Leadership Fort Collins participant.

Emslie is actively involved in irrigation at his farm north of Fort Collins, where he cuts and bales hay. He is president of the Shamrock Irrigation Company and has managed water resources at the Platte River Power Authority since 1992.

Emslie enjoys hiking, fishing and farming. He and his wife Tracey live in Fort Collins and have one daughter, Alexis, and three sons: David, Andrew and Charles.

Rob McClary   Rob McClary
Sedgwick County
Term: Sept. 28, 2011—Sept. 28, 2019
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Rob McClary
Sedgwick County
Term: Sept. 28, 2011
—Sept. 28, 2019
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Rob McClary was appointed to the Northern Water and Municipal Subdistrict boards on September 28, 2011. He has a Bachelor’s degree in general agronomy from Colorado State University.

McClary and his family own and operate McClary Farms, Inc. in Sedgwick County in Northeastern Colorado. McClary was born in Sedgwick County and operates the family farm with his brother Jack and father Wally. The farm has 1,800 irrigated acres, 2,000 calves, corn, alfalfa, wheat and sugar beets. The McClarys irrigate the farm with water from 10 irrigation wells and shares in Jumbo Reservoir.

Irrigation plays a key role in McClary’s farm operation. He has been on the boards of these irrigation organizations:
  • Julesburg Irrigation District – 13 years, current president
  • Groundwater Appropriators of the South Platte River Basin (GASP) – 15 years through 2003
  • Ovid Reservoir Project – 2 years through 2003
  • Sedgwick County Well Users – 9 years, current vice president
  • Petersen Augmentation LLC – 5 years, current president
In the 1980s, McClary was involved with the Sedgwick Sand Draws, a flood control program in Sedgwick County.

McClary has also been the treasurer for the Republican Central Committee for Sedgwick County for 16 years.

McClary enjoys spending time with his nephew Mitchell and his niece Natalie and their families.

John Rusch   John Rusch
Morgan & Washington Counties
Term: May 10, 2002—Sept. 28, 2021
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John Rusch
John Rusch
Morgan & Washington
Term: May 10, 2002
—Sept. 28, 2021
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John Rusch was appointed to the Northern Water and Municipal Subdistrict boards on May 10, 2002.

He has been involved in irrigated agriculture his entire life. Rusch has worked with several entities involved in the development, delivery, and use of surface and groundwater. As the owner of CCII, LLC, he is a farm management and water resource consultant and provides groundwater augmentation accounting and augmentation plan development.

He has also worked with several civic and professional organizations:

  • Trinity Lutheran Church of Fort Morgan
  • Morgan County Quality Water District, board member
  • Bijou Irrigation Company, former director (26 years)
  • Bijou Irrigation District, former director (27 years)

Rusch enjoys spending his spare time with family and friends and doing computer programming. Rusch and his wife Becky live in Fort Morgan. They have two children, Jill and Matthew.


Les Williams   Todd Williams
Boulder County
Term: Sept. 28, 2017—Sept. 28, 2021
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Todd Williams
Boulder County
Term: Sept. 28, 2017
—Sept. 28, 2021
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Todd Williams was appointed to the Northern Water and Municipal Subdistrict Boards on Sept. 28, 2017.

Mr. Williams is a fourth-generation Coloradan from the Longmont area. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering specializing in Water Resource Planning and Management from Colorado State University.

Todd has worked in the water resource engineering and planning field for over 20 years. He served as a water resource engineer and water resource manager with the City of Greeley over a seven-year period. Todd has provided consulting water resource engineering services for public and private clients for over 13 years with the past 11 years as one of the principals in Williams and Weiss Consulting. He has also served on the Reorganized Farmers Ditch Company Board of Directors for eight years and the Longmont Water Board for five years with the last two years acting as the chairman of the Water Board.

Todd lives in Longmont with his wife and his three sons Ethan, Hagen and Mason. He enjoys fly fishing, playing golf and watching his sons play sports.

Dennis Yanchunas   Dennis Yanchunas
Boulder County
Term: Aug. 20, 2010—Sept. 28, 2020
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Dennis Yanchunas
Dennis Yanchunas
Boulder County
Term: Aug. 20, 2010
—Sept. 28, 2020
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Dennis Yanchunas was appointed to the Northern Water and Municipal Subdistrict boards on August 20, 2010. He was elected president of the Subdistrict Board of Directors in October, 2013.

Mr. Yanchunas has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from the College of Wooster (Ohio) and served four years as a commissioned officer with the U. S. Navy before moving to Longmont in 1972. He retired in December 2015 after a 42 year career in securities sales. He brings a strong financial background as well as water background to the board.

Dennis has extensive experience providing administrative and operational services to numerous ditch and reservoir companies over a period of more than 30 years.  He served on the City of Longmont Water Board for 15 years (1991 – 2005) and currently serves as President of the St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District Board.

He continues to live in Longmont with his wife Pat, and has two children.