harles Gardner, PgMP

Chuck has over 30 years of experience in program management, organizational leadership, and strategic planning. He has demonstrated time and again his keen ability to analyze challenges and quickly propose solutions.

Chuck integrates with the programs he leads and by way of example, sets high but achievable goals to push his teams just beyond what they themselves might think they are capable of doing. This results in highly effective teams and programs that perform.


Director of Water Resources Development
Harry Starkey

Harry’s 30-year career in water has focused on water management and development in Kern County. He has extensive water banking experience in and around Kern County. His experience includes the planning, permitting, design, construction, financing, right of way acquisition and operation of water banking projects.

In addition to his capital program management expertise, Harry has developed urban water management plans, water shortage contingency plans, water banking programs, and preparation of various environmental compliance documents for permanent water transfers in California.

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Vice President
Jim Beck

Jim has over 30 years of expertise implementing initiatives to meet California’s water needs and has been instrumental in many programs at the forefront of water management statewide.

His programs include leading the development and implementation of SGMA initiatives, coordinating local participation in the State Water Project, developing and operating groundwater banking programs, operating the Cross Valley Canal, and overseeing the Henry C. Garnett Water Purification Plant.


Project Coordinator
Taylor Blakslee

Taylor is an astute, hard-working professional with 12 years of experience in the water industry. Since joining the Hallmark Group, he has provided administrative and project management support for clients in the Bakersfield area. His in-depth experience and understanding of Board processes and interaction with Directors and senior-level management has makes him an effective communicator able to resolve issues that arise.

His skills include project coordination, office management, Board memo creation, and financial information reporting. Taylor is service-oriented and enjoys working with clients to deliver an exceptional product.


Chief of Operations
Jessica Alwan

Jessica has extensive experience in organizational development and program management. She directs stakeholder outreach efforts including the facilitation and management of policy-level meeting series, workshops, informational materials, and presentations.

Jessica creates materials on an array of technical, financial, and policy-level content, develops and implements project initiatives from organizational design and process refinement, to improved reporting and communication.


Administrative Assistant
Melissa Ballard

Melissa is a motivated, attentive professional with 4 years of experience in a variety of administrative roles. Since joining the Hallmark Group, Melissa has provided administrative assistance for various projects. She is a strong communicator, detail-oriented, and skilled at a variety of software programs which have proven invaluable in her project support role.

Her primary responsibilities include tracking tasks, interfacing with project stakeholders, drafting meeting minutes, and coordinating meetings.