Board of Water Works of Pueblo, Colorado (The Board) meets the third Tuesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. in the Board Room on the third floor of the Administration Building, 319 W. 4th Street. Meetings are open and the public is welcome to attend. Advance notice for placement on the Board's agenda should be submitted to the Executive Director.
Anyone requiring special accommodations should so advise the Executive Director in advance of meetings so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Executive Director of SyCare
Sandy Gutierrez became executive director of SyCare in August of 2015 after serving 18 years as the Chief Executive Officer for the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Pueblo. At SyCare, she is responsible for providing administrative oversight for the organization’s day-to-day operations as well as strategic leadership on legislation, policy, project development and contract negotiations. She serves on the Mental Health Colorado Board of Directors for the Southern and Southeastern Colorado Region and works closely with the Colorado Behavioral Health Council – serving on their Committee on Data Finance & Budget and Legislative and Community Action Committee.
During her 18 years with the Latino Chamber of Commerce, Sandy served on various Boards and Commissions and led the organization in receiving national recognition. In 2008, she received the United States Hispanic Chamber Region II Chamber Executive of the Year award and in 2012 she was recognized by Latina Style Magazine as one of the top Latina Chamber CEO’s in the nation.
A native of Pueblo, Sandy is a 1981 graduate of South High School. She attended the University of Southern Colorado (now Colorado State University – Pueblo) for two years and received her degree in Marketing & Management from Pueblo Community College in 1985. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Health Administration.
Nick Gradisar, currently serving as Board President, is a graduate of the Drake University School of Law and was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1977. Nick is a member of the American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, Pueblo County Bar Association, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (Board of Directors 2000-present) and American Association for Justice.
He is a lecturer and author of legal education materials on Mental Disabilities Law for the Colorado Judicial Conference, Colorado County Attorney's Association and in-service for local agencies. In 2007 he was appointed by the Governor as the Public Trustee for Pueblo County.
His extensive community service includes membership on the Board of Directors for the Southern Colorado Chapter, American Red Cross (Chairman 2000-2002); Board of Directors of Mental Health Association of Pueblo; and the Board of Directors of Action 22 (Chairman 2004).
Nick has two children, Tracy Mosco and Doug Gradisar, both of whom live in Pueblo, and four grandchildren.
Having had a long standing interest in politics and government, Nick also enjoys golf, fishing, skiing and, from time to time, getting on his mountain bike in Crested Butte.
Kevin F. McCarthy
Kevin McCarthy, a 4th generation Pueblo native, has served as a member of the Board of Water Works since 1988, the longest service of any current Board member.
Kevin was employed in the family funeral business from 1973 to 2004, at which time he changed careers to open Andy McCarthy's Sports Grill in Pueblo. He was previously engaged in independent consulting in the marketing field. He is currently the Executive Director at Roselawn Cemetery.
A graduate of Pueblo Central High and Colorado University, Kevin is married to Susan and has four children and four grandchildren.
In addition to his long, distinguished service with the Board, Kevin has provided Pueblo with leadership through extensive community service. He was a charter member of PEDCO, served on The Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce Board of Direcotrs from 1984-1985, and served in that capacity again in 1993. Pueblo Kiwanis, Pueblo Elks Lodge No. 90, YMCA, Parkview Hospital, Neighborworks and the American Water Works Association are other organizations that have benefited from his involvement.
He has noted several "high water marks" during his more than 24 years of service on our Board, including creation of the water development fund and the relationship-building that has occurred between the employees' union and the Board. Believing that the Board of Water Works is a regional leader in water policy and needs to stay in the forefront on issues such as instream flows, long term storage and water development, Kevins is rightfully proud of his service to the Pueblo community.
Dr. Thomas V. Autobee
Dr. Thomas Autobee has operated his dental practice in Pueblo since 1977. His Pueblo County roots go back even further to his great-great-great grandfather, Charles Autobee. Charles was one of the original settlers in this area in 1828, running the first agricultural farm in Colorado. Tom is married to Betty Pacheco-Autobee, and four daughters, one son, and a grandson round out the Autobee family. Aside from his professional life, he enjoys fly-fishing along the Arkansas River, golfing and traveling with Betty.
A community advocate for twenty-plus years, Dr. Autobee is a founding member of the Latino Chamber of Commerce and has been involved in a number of educational programs in the Pueblo City Schools and School District 70. He is currently serving on the Wells Fargo Bank Community Board and has given his time and service to such groups as the Parkview Medical Center Board, the State Fair Commission, the Southeastern Colorado Dental Society, and numerous others. He sees, as his primary responsibility, looking out for the best interests of Pueblo and its citizens.
Michael A. Cafasso
Chief Executive Officer for St. Mary-Corwin Hospital
Mike Cafasso was appointed Vice President of Operations for St. Mary-Corwin Hospital in March of 2011. He draws upon 30 years of innovative business leadership and community involvement to help guide and implement the St. Mary-Corwin strategic plan.
Mike most recently served as Colorado President of The American Bank of Commerce (ABC) where he built commercial banking operations throughout the state. Prior to joining American Bank of Commerce, Mike led Pueblo Bank & Trust as CEO, COO, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, and Director of Marketing.
A vigorous supporter of the community, Mike has shared his leadership skills as an active member of the St. Mary-Corwin Board of Trustees, is the former Chair of the Catholic Diocese of Pueblo’s Foundation Board as well as the immediate Past President of the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. His other civic duties include serving on the advisory board for the Colorado Department of Health - Suicide Prevention, and as a board member of both the Pueblo Suicide Prevention Center and Sangre de Cristo Hospice organizations.
Mike moved to Pueblo as a college student at Colorado State University – Pueblo (then the University of Southern Colorado) to pursue his education and play hockey. From 1976 through 1993 Mike was a team member, coach and general manger for the Pueblo Ravens, a semi-pro hockey club. Returning to the sport in 1998, he was the team assistant coach for the Pueblo County High School team. Upon receiving his B.S. degree from Colorado State University – Pueblo in 1982, he continued his education by receiving a diploma from The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado in 1994, the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C. (Leading Creatively), the Disney Institute (The Disney Approach to Managing People and The Disney Approach to Managing Creativity and Innovation), and the Ritz Carlton (Customer Service Quality Training Program) and is a member of the Association for Managers of Innovation.
Mike is married to Becky Cafasso, who is retired from Pueblo City Schools where she served as athletic director at the high school level. They are the proud parents of one son, Josh, two daughters, Sabret and Gitana, and one grandson, Jehan.
Seth Clayton was appointed Executive Director of Pueblo Water effective November 18, 2016. Seth has been a part of the Pueblo Water Team since 2004, serving in various leadership roles primarily with a financial focus. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Charted Global Management Accountant.
Seth believes he has the great fortune to be part of a dynamic Team dedicated to ensuring the citizens of Pueblo enjoy the highest quality of water at the lowest possible cost. The Pueblo Water Team includes 137 employees who proudly serve 108,000 people of the City of Pueblo, providing high quality reliable service.
Seth is also dedicated to community service sharing his leadership skills as a Board Member for the following organizations: HARP Authority, PEDCO (ex officio), Arkansas Basin Roundtable, and the Pueblo YMCA.