Frank Alfone
Frank AlfoneGeneral Manager
Frank joined the District as General Manager in May, 2015. He is a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in Business Administration. Frank has over 25 years of executive-level Business and Operations Management experience. He has held various senior property management positions with ResortQuest and Wyndham Vacation Rentals in several western slope resort communities. Frank also served six years as District Manager for the Skyland Metropolitan District and East River Regional Sanitation District in Crested Butte, CO.

Throughout his career, Frank has been the Project Manager for many large-scale, multi-million dollar capital projects including constructing new water source supply, water plant infrastructure upgrades with state of the art monitoring and equipment automation, sanitation treatment plant improvements, integration of property management companies and enhancements at the Steamboat Base Area Promenade.

Prior community and industry involvement includes Treasurer and Board Member of the Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce, Gunnison County Tourism Panel Board Member, Steamboat Springs Lodging Committee Member, Board Member-Steamboat Springs Chamber of Commerce and Steamboat Springs Urban Redevelopment Authority Advisory Committee Member.

Frank was born and raised in Pennsylvania before moving to Colorado in the late eighties. He is married with two daughters and a son – a United States Marine! Frank enjoys skiing, mountain biking and playing ice hockey.

Carrie Nicholas
Carrie NicholasOffice Manager / Bookkeeper
After a decade away from the Yampa Valley, Carrie and her husband Bob returned to Steamboat with their son in 2015. Carrie and her family can be found outside on the weekends skiing, hiking, biking and camping.

Carrie joined the Mount Werner team in March, 2019 assuming the role of Office Manager. She brings many years of experience from working in the corporate world and more recently for The City of Steamboat Springs in the Public Works and Procurement departments.

Nate Johnson
Nate JohnsonOperations Manager
Nate and his wife Frannie moved to Steamboat in 2011 from Michigan. They have two sons, Gil and Louie, and dog Juno. Nate has been with Mount Werner Water since July 2013. He holds certifications as a Class A Water Treatment Operator, a Class 4 Water Distribution Operator, and a Class 4 Wastewater Collection Operator.

Nate is also involved with leadership at his church, Euzoa Bible Church. Nate and his family enjoy spending time together playing in the outdoors from hiking, biking, skiing, running, camping, and fishing.

Richard Buccino
Richard BuccinoDistrict Engineer
Richard has over 36 years of engineering design, and project management experience related to a wide array of public, private, and commercial development projects.

As many of you may be aware, Richard spent 14 years with the City of Steamboat Springs Public Works Department Engineering Division, 6 years in Civil and Commercial Construction and 6 years in Private Consulting. In this capacity, Richard helped with many of the public projects we all now enjoy. Over the last 10 years, Richard has helped to successfully complete District water, sewer and infrastructure projects totaling over 15 Million. Since Richard’s arrival at the District he has successfully integrated into the systems over 14 miles of new water and sewer mains both publicly and privately maintained. Richard also operates and maintains the Districts GIS and mapping programs for internal, public and regulatory requirements. Richard also reviews all new development proposals and building permit applications for conformance to District regulations and standards.

You may see Richard in his off hours completing home improvement projects, fly fishing, hunting, hiking, volunteering and parenting.

“We are all here to make this a better place for our children. With this in mind, any student interested in pursuing an Engineering degree or career is encouraged to contact us here at the District for a tour of our facilities”.
Richard Buccino
Tim GibbonsWater Treatment Plant Operator
Tim is from North Carolina and moved to Steamboat in 1976. He attended the University of North Carolina where he received his BA. He has worked with Mount Werner Water as a plant operator for 25 years and holds certification for a Class A Water Treatment Operator. Sue, his wife, and his son, Micah, spend their time recreating around Steamboat and surrounding areas.
Greg BurkholderMaintenance Foreman
Greg is originally from Pennsylvania. Moved to Steamboat in 1980 and has been with Mount Werner Water since 1981. He holds certification for a Class II Wastewater Collection Operator and a Class IV Water Distribution Operator. He and his wife Amy have two girls, Gretchen and Anna. Greg is an avid cross-country skier and when there is no snow, he’s either backpacking or hiking. He also enjoys growing vegetables in his garden.

” The wastewater and water business is ever changing, it’s a great field to be in!”

Patti RetzAccounts Receivable / Customer Service
Patti has lived in Steamboat since 1993; she is married with two grown daughters. Patti enjoys hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and with any spare time she is a weekend potter & watercolorist.
“I have to count myself very lucky to be able to live, work, and raise a family in such a beautiful place.”
Tim Gibbons
Bruce ThompsonWater Treatment Plant Operator
Originally from Longmont, Bruce has lived in Steamboat since 1985 and has been with Mount Werner Water since 1992. He holds certification as a Class A Water Treatment Operator, a Class IV Water Distribution Operator, and a Class IV Wastewater Collection Operator. He and his wife Nancy have five kids. On the weekends, you can find Bruce on the slopes or biking.
Tyler GilmanMaintenance Worker
Tyler has called Steamboat home since graduating from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources in 2011. Drawn by the western lifestyle and his love of skiing, biking and all things outdoors, Steamboat has provided the perfect work/life balance. Most recently, Tyler worked within the hospitality management industry as a facilities manager until he was hired on with Mount Werner Water District in 2018 where he has obtained certifications as a Class D Water Treatment Operator, Class 1 Water Distribution Operator and Class 1 Wastewater Collections Operator.

When he is not at work, you can find him exploring the backcountry on skis, bike or hiking with his fiancé Alex and their dog Skip.

Clinton OwensMaintenance Worker
I relocated from Kentucky to Steamboat Springs after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University in 2011. I have had a variety of jobs in the valley but most recently worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Yampa.

I spend my free time on my mountain bike or camping around the state with my wife Randi and son George.