Biographies

 

Learn more about the individuals who comprise the San Diego County Water Authority's Board of Directors.

Board Officers


Jim Madaffer (Chair)
City of San Diego

Gary Croucher (Vice Chair)
Otay Water District

Christy Guerin (Secretary)
Olivenhain Municipal Water District
 
CARLSBAD MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT
 
 

Keith Lewinger

Date Seated on Board: October 5, 2011
 
Term Expiration Date: June 16, 2020
 
Prior Representation:
2001 - 2011 (Fallbrook PUD)
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Imported Water, Chair
Water Planning and Environmental
Colorado River Work Group
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
Administrative and Legal
Colorado River Programs Ad Hoc
Committee on Committees
Engineering and Operations
Imported Water
MWD Delegate
MWD Litigation Task Force
Public Affairs
QSA Implementation Ad Hoc
Rate Study Subcommittee
Small Contractor Outreach and Opportunity Program (SCOOP)
Water Conservation Garden JPA, Representative and Alternate
Water Planning, Chair, Vice Chair and Member
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
Association of California Water Agencies Board of Directors
Association of California Water Agencies Legislative and Water Resources - Committees
California Association of Sanitation Agencies Legislative Committee
WaterReuse Association California Section Board of Directors, Vice-President, and President
 
 

Matt Hall

Date Seated on Board: January 22, 2015
 
Term Expiration Date: January 22, 2021
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Imported Water
Legislation and Public Outreach, Vice Chair
 
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach
MWD Litigation Task Force
Water Planning
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
Encina Wastewater Authority, Former Board Member
 
     Professional and Community Activities:
     Mayor, City of Carlsbad (2010/ 2014 - Present)
Mayor Pro Tem, City of Carlsbad (1998-2000/2004-2006)
City Council Member, City of Carlsbad (1994/1998/2002/2006)
SANDAG Board of Directors
SANDAG Executive Committee, Past Member
San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation Board Member
League of California Cities Revenue and Taxation Committee, Former Member
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, Former Committee Member
Buena Vista LAgoon Joint Powers Committee, Former Member
Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Liaison
Carlsbad Rotary Member
North County Mayors and Managers
North County Solutions for Change Community Leadership Team member
Carlsbad Housing and Redevelopment Advisory Committee, Former Member
City of Carlsbad Design Review Board, Former Member and Chair
Growth Management Committee, Former Member
Village Master Plan Advisory Council, Former Chair
 
Other:
Past President and Current Member of California Auto Dismantlers Association
Past President of San Diego County Auto Recyclers Association
Governor's Task Force of Auto Theft, Member 1986-87
1992 California Auto Dismantler of the Year Award
Vietnam Veteran
 
DEL MAR, CITY OF
 
 

Mel Katz

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Date Seated on Board: March 21, 2018
 
Term Expiration Date:  March 12, 2023
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
Legislation and Public Outreach, Vice Chair
Audit Committee
SANDAG Board of Directors, Alternate
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Engineering and Operations
Imported Water
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
 
Professional and Community Activities:
The San Diego Foundation, Executive Board
Manpower San Diego, Executive Officer
San Diego Rotary Foundation, Board Member
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Former Chair
San Diego Convention Center Corporation, Former Chair
The Workforce Partnership Board, Former Chair
The San Diego Library Commission, Former Chair
The San Diego Foundation, Board Member
UC San Diego Foundation, Board Member
 
Other:
University Nevada Las Vegas, BS Marketing
 
ESCONDIDO, CITY OF
 
 

John Masson

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Date Seated on Board: January 9, 2019
 
Term Expiration Date: October 18, 2022
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Imported Water
Legislation and Public Outreach

Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:

Professional and Community Activities:
Palomar College Foundation, Chair
Escondido City Council (2012 - Present)
League of California Cities, Representative
Escondido Deputy Mayor (2016-2018)
Escondido Sunrise Rotary, Former Chair
Escondido Chamber of Commerce, Former Chair, BIA Member 
 

FALLBROOK PUBLIC UTILITY DISTRICT
 
 

Jack Bebee

Date Seated on Board:  January 17, 2018
 
Term Expiration Date:  July 14, 2022
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Engineering and Operations
Water Planning and Environmental
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
Fallbrook Public Utility District, General Manager
 
Professional and Community Activities:
AWWA Management and Leadership Division, Chair
San Diego LAFCO Advisory Group, Member
Fallbrook Village Rotary Club, Community Services Chair
 
Other:
B.S. Physics
M.S. Environmental Engineering, MBA, P.E.
 
HELIX WATER DISTRICT
 
 

Kathleen Coates Hedberg

 
Date Seated on Board: January 11, 2017
 
Term Expiration Date: July 15, 2025
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Engineering and Operations
Water Planning and Environmental
Water Conservation Garden JPA, Alternate
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Conservation Action Committee (CAC), Alternate
Administrative and Finance
SANDAG Regional Planning Committee, Alternate
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
Helix Water District, Board Director, Vice President
American Water Works Association, CA/NV Section
Association of Water Agencies - Water Quality Committee & Communications Committee
Past PROTEUS Consulting - Civil Engineer
Past State of California, Division of Drinking Water - Associate Sanitary Engineer
 
Professional and Community Activities:
California Special District Association, San Diego Chapter - Past President
Aqualink Water Systems - Past President
Water Conservation Garden - Alternate Director
City of La Mesa, Environmental Sustainable Commission - Commissioner
 
Other:
California Registered Civil Engineer
Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona
Master of Public Health - Environmental Health from San Diego State University
California Water Treatment Operator Grade 4
AWWA Cross-Connection Control Specialist
East County Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Program
California Special Districts Association - Special District Leadership Academy
 
 

Joel Scalzitti

 
Date Seated on Board: January 11, 2017
 
Term Expiration Date: August 18, 2025
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments: 
Engineering and Operations
Imported Water
Audit Committee
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Imported Water
Legislation and Public Outreach
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
Helix Water District, Board President
Lake Jennings Committee Chair
San Diego Chapter of the WateReuse Association
 
Professional and Community Activities:
 
East County Economic Development Council - Alternate
La Mesa Chamber of Commerce
San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce
Water Conservation Garden Authority - Alternate Director
 
Other:
 
LAKESIDE WATER DISTRICT
 
 

Frank Hilliker

 
Date Seated on Board: January 8, 2007
 
Term Expiration Date: January 8, 2025
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance, Chair
Legislation and Public Outreach
San Vicente Project Negotiations Work Group
Fiscal Sustainability Task Force, Chair
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
Engineering and Operations, Vice Chair
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach, Vice Chair and Member
Small Contractor Outreach and Opportunities Program (SCOOP), Chair and Member
Water Conservation Garden JPA, Alternate
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
Lakeside Water District Director
 
Professional and Community Activities:
Hilliker's Ranch Fresh Eggs, Inc. - Vice President
Lakeside Chamber of Commerce- President
Young Republican Federation, San Diego- Former President
 
NATIONAL CITY, CITY OF
 
 

Ron Morrison

Date Seated on Board: January 26, 2006
 
Term Expiration Date: March 8, 2020
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Imported Water
Water Planning and Environmental
SANDAG Board of Directors, Representative
 
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Engineering and Operations
Imported Water
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach, Vice Chair and Member
Legislation and Public Outreach
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
Sweetwater Authority Board of Directors
 
Professional and Community Activities:
Mayor of National City
City Councilman, City of National City
Immediate Past Chairman of SANDAG
Vice President of the California Congress of Governments
National Congress of Governments Board of Directors
Metropolitan Transit System Board of Directors
Regional Solid Waste Association Board of Directors
Vice President of the San Diego Division League of Cities
 
Other:
General Contractor
OCEANSIDE, CITY OF
 
 

Brian Boyle

Date Seated on Board: January 22, 2015
 
Term Expiration Date: July 15, 2022
 
Prior Representation:
2010 - 2013 (City of Oceanside)
 
 
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
Water Planning and Environmental, Vice Chair
SANDAG Regional Planning, Alternate
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Conservation Action Committee (CAC), Representative & Alternate
Engineering and Operations
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach
Water Conservation Garden JPA, Alternate
Water Planning, Vice Chair and Member
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
ACWA
 
OLIVENHAIN MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT
 
 

Christy Guerin

Date Seated on Board: August 1, 2014
 
Term Expiration Date: August 1, 2020
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Board Secretary
Imported Water
Legislation and Public Outreach
Colorado River Work Group
MWD Settlement Negotiations Team
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
Imported Water
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach, Vice Chair and Member
Legislation and Public Outreach, Chair
MWD Litigation Task Force
SANDAG, Alternate
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
Olivenhain MWD, Board Member
San Dieguito Water District, Board Member (1998-2006)
Encina Wastewater Authority Board of Directors (2000-2004)
 
Professional and Community Activities:
District Director for Congressman Brian Bilbray (2006-2011)
SANDAG Board of Directors (2000-2006)
North County Transit District Board of Directors (1999-2004)
San Elijo JPA Board of Directors (1998-2002)
Former Mayor, City of Encinitas (2002 and 2006)
Former Council Member, City of Encinitas (1998-2006)
Ten-year veteran of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department
 
OTAY WATER DISTRICT
 
 

Gary Croucher

Date Seated on Board: July 26, 2001
 
Term Expiration Date: March 3, 2020
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Board Vice Chair
Administrative and Finance
Legislation and Public Outreach
Colorado River Work Group, Chair
MWD Settlement Negotiations Team
SANDAG Board of Directors, Alternate
SANDAG Borders Committee, Alternate
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance, Vice Chair
Administrative and Legal
Audit Committee, Vice Chair and Member
Bay Delta Solutions Ad Hoc, Vice Chair
Colorado River Programs Ad Hoc
Conservation Ad Hoc
Engineering and Operations
Imported Water
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach, Vice Chair, Chair and Member
MWD Litigation Task Force
Planning and Environmental
Public Affairs
SANDAG, Alternate
SANDAG Borders
SANDAG Regional Planning
Small Contractor Outreach and Opportunities Program (SCOOP)
Water Policy
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
ACWA
WateReuse
AWWA
San Diego County Water Utilities Association
LSDA - past Director Region 6
 
Professional and Community Activities:
California Professional Firefighters
International Association of Firefighters
Past President, Southern Area Fire Equipment Research
Past President, San Miguel Firefighters
 
Other:
Firefighter (20 years)
Education - Associates Degree in Fire Science
 

Tim Smith

Date Seated on Board: January 10, 2017
 
Term Expiration Date: January 23, 2020
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
Engineering and Operations
MWD Delegate
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Audit Committee
Water Planning & Environmental
MWD Litigation Task Force
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
American Water Works Association
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
WateReuse
 
Professional and Community Activities:
Otay Water District, Board Director, Vice President
San Diego State University, Lecturer
 
Other:
Civil Engineer (25 years)
Education: B.S. Civil Engineering and M.S. Civil Engineering, San Diego State University
 
PADRE DAM MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT
 
 

Doug Wilson

Date Seated on Board: January 18, 2011
 
Term Expiration Date: July 7, 2022
 
Prior Representation:
1995 - 1997 (Padre Dam MWD)
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
Water Planning and Environmental, Vice Chair
Colorado River Work Group
San Diego Area Wastewater Management District, Representative
Fiscal Sustainability Task Force
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance, Vice Chair
Audit Committee
Colorado River Board, Representative and Alternate
Engineering and Operations
Imported Water
MWD Delegate
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
Padre Dam Municipal Water District
 
Professional and Community Activities:
Padre Dam Municipal Water District, General Manager (2006-2010)
Padre Dam Municipal Water District, Chief Financial Officer (1997-2006)
Served six years on the San Diego State University faculty
Santee/Lakeside Rotary Club, Former President
Santee Chamber of Commerce, Former President
 
Other:
Certified Public Accountant
Graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
U.S. Air Force military veteran, served in Vietnam and Japan
PENDLETON MILITARY RESERVATION
 
 

John Simpson

 
Date Seated on Board: October 25, 2012
 
Term Expiration Date: January 12, 2020
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
Engineering and Operations
 
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach
Water Planning
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
Camp Pendleton Water District, General Manager
Santa Margarita River Watermaster Executive Steering Committee, Member
 
Professional and Community Activities:
AWWA
ACWA
 
Other:
Professional Engineer (Civil - Water Resources)
Doctorate - Policy, Planning and Development, University of Southern California
MS - Civil & Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
BS - Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of South Carolina
 
POWAY, CITY OF
 
 

Barry Leonard

Date Seated on Board: September 12, 2018
 
Term Expiration Date:  April 22, 2020
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments: 
Administrative and Finance, Vice Chair
Legislation and Public Outreach
SANDAG Regional Planning, Representative
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Imported Water
Water Planning
 
Water Industry Affiliations:

 

Professional and Community Activities:
City Councilmember (since 2014)
Delegate to League of Cities
Economic Development Sub Committee
HOA President - Civic Volunteer
 
Other:
Co-founder of Boston based High Tech firm
UNITE NCI, Board Member & Director

 

RAINBOW MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT
 
 

Tom Kennedy

Date Seated on Board: February 2, 2015
 

Term Expiration Date: February 2, 2021
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Legislation and Public Outreach
Water Planning and Environmental
 
 
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
Imported Water, Vice Chair
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
American Water Works Association
AWWA Water Loss Control Committee
CSDA San Diego Chapter, President
 
Professional and Community Activities:
San Diego Local Agency Formation, Special District Advisory Committee
Rotary Club of Bonsall, President
2013 Top Tech Exec for Government (San Diego Magazine)
 
Other:
Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, SDSU
Master in Public Administration, Cal State Fullerton
RAMONA MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT
 
 

David Barnum

 
Date Seated on Board: March 6, 2012
 
Term Expiration Date: August 9, 2022
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Imported Water, Vice Chair
Water Planning and Environmental
Audit Committee
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Audit Committee, Vice Chair, Chair and Member
Engineering and Operations
Imported Water
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach, Vice Chair and Member
SANDAG, Alternate
SANDAG Borders, Alternate
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
Association of California Water Agencies
American Water Works Association
California State Municipal Finance Officers
 
Professional and Community Activities:
Ramona Municipal Water District, General Manager
San Marcos Unified School District Citizen Oversight Committee, Past Chair
Carlsbad Unified School District Citizen Oversight Committee, Past Vice-Chair
 
RINCON DEL DIABLO MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT
 
 

James Murtland

Date Seated on Board: January 24, 2013
 
Term Expiration Date: June 20, 2020
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
Engineering and Operations
 
 
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Audit Committee
Engineering and Operations
Imported Water
Water Planning
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
ACWA, Director, Region 10
 
Professional and Community Activities:
Southern California Yachting Association, Staff Commodore
San Diego Association of Yacht Clubs, Staff Commodore
Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC), Director
Trinity Episcopal Church, Treasurer
International Order of the Blue Gavel, President, District 15
 
Other:
US Naval Academy Graduate
Served 24 years with US Marine Corps
Degree in Physics, Naval Postgraduate School
Masters in Governmental Administration, The George Washington University
MBA in Accounting, National University
MS in Advanced Management, National University
Adjunct Professor of Finance and Accounting at the University of Phoenix
SAN DIEGO, CITY OF
 
 

Chris Cate

Date Seated on Board: February 16, 2018
 
Term Expiration Date: January 30, 2021
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
Water Planning and Environmental
Fiscal Sustainability Task Force
 
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Legislation and Public Outreach
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
 
Professional and Community Activities:
City of San Diego, Councilmember, Sixth District
 
Other:
Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, University of San Diego
 

Jim Madaffer

Date Seated on Board: November 8, 2012
 
Term Expiration Date: March 7, 2022
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Board Chair
Imported Water
Legislation and Public Outreach
Colorado River Board, Representative
Colorado River Work Group
MWD Settlement Negotiations Team
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Board Secretary (2015-2016)
Audit Committee
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach, Vice Chair and Member
MWD Litigation Task Force
SANDAG Board of Directors, Alternate
Water Planning
 
Professional and Community Activities:
President of Madaffer Enterprises, specializing in public policy and government relations
California Transportation Commission
Boy Scouts of America, Member, Board of Directors
Lambda Alpha (economics and land use fraternity)
Rotary Club 33
 
Other: League of California Cities, Former President
SANDAG Transportation Committee, Former Chair
City of San Diego, Former City Councilmember (2000-2008)
Selected as "Father of the Year" in 2007 by the Father's Day Council
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce "Legislator of the Year" award recipient
Selected two times as one of San Diego Magazine's "Fifty People to Watch"
San Diego State University "Ambassador for Higher Education Achievement" award recipient
Private Pilot since 1977
Certified SCUBA diver since 1974
LEAD San Diego, Graduate, Class of 1989
Selected as one of the Junior Chamber of Commerce's "10 Outstanding Young Citizens"
Boy Scouts of America, "silver Beaver" & "Wood Badge" award recipient
Urban Corps "FDR Legislator" award recipient
Building Owners & Managers Association's "Legislator of the Year" award recipient
American Heart Association's "Legislative Heart Partner" award recipient
Named "Technology Hero" by Technology Training Foundation
 
 

Jimmy Ayala

 
Date Seated on Board: January 13, 2015
 
Term Expiration Date: January 2, 2022
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance, Vice Chair
Water Planning and Environmental
 
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments: 
Engineering and Operations
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
 
Professional and Community Activities:
California State University San Marcos, University Council
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
Otay Mesa Planning Group
 
Other:
Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
 
 

Tony Heinrichs

Date Seated on Board: May 13, 2015
 
Term Expiration Date: May 13, 2021
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Engineering and Operations
Water Planning and Environmental, Chair
Audit Committee, Vice Chair
San Vicente Project Negotiations Work Group, Chair
 
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administration and Finance
Engineering and Operations, Chair
Imported Water
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
ACWA
 
Professional and Community Activities:
American Public Works Association (APWA)
Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
 

Elsa Saxod

Date Seated on Board: June 02, 2008
 
Term Expiration Date: February 7, 2022
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
Imported Water
SANDAG Borders Committee, Representative
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance, Chair
Colorado River Programs Ad Hoc
Engineering and Operations
Imported Water, Chair, Vice Chair and Member
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach, Chair, Vice Chair and Member
MWD Delegate
MWD Litigation Task Force
SANDAG Borders/Regional Planning Committee, Alternate and Representative
Small Contractor Outreach and Opportunities Program (SCOOP), Vice Chair
Water Planning
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
Governor's Appointee, San Diego River Conservancy
Former Director of the City of San Diego Department of Binational Affairs, focused on binational environmental issues including water and wastewater
Consulting work has included: work on water and wastewater infrastructure issues and U.S./Mexico relations, water issues for the U.S. EPA, and research project on planning issues for transboundary aquifers on the U.S./Mexico border for a consortium of U.S. and Mexican Universities
San Diego/Tijuana Binational Watershed Advisory Council, Co-Chair
U.S. EPA Border 2012 Regional Water Working Group, Former Chair
 
Professional and Community Activities:
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s International Committee, Former Chair
UCSD Board of Overseers
Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Arts and Letters at San Diego State University
Regional Chamber’s representative to the San Diego International Airport Advisory Committee
SANDAG Committee on Binational Regional Opportunities, Former Chair
San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Infrastructure Committee and Water Subcommittee
 
Other:
Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from San Diego State University
 
 

Fern Steiner

 
Date Seated on Board: May 19, 2003
 
Term Expiration Date: March 05, 2021
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Engineering and Operations
Legislation and Public Outreach
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
MWD Delegate
Board Chair
Administrative and Finance
Administrative and Legal
Bay Delta Solutions Ad Hoc, Chair
Colorado River Programs Ad Hoc
Committee on Committees, Chair
Conservation Ad Hoc, Chair and Member
Imported Water
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach, Chair, Vice Chair and Member
MWD Litigation Task Force
Planning and Environmental
Water Planning
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
 
Professional and Community Activities:
San Diego Youth and Community Services Board of Directors, Trustee
 
Other:
Elected to College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 2011
John Marshall Law School - Chicago, Illinois graduate
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Partner of Smith, Steiner, Vanderpool, APC
Arbitrator on the AAA employment arbitration panel
Publications: Labor Law for the General Practitioner, Chapter 4, Interference with Rights of Employees, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1984

Named: The Best Lawyers in America, in labor law, since 1986
Southern California Super Lawyer since 2007

Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers since 2013
 

Almis G. Udrys

Date Seated on Board: December 18, 2018
 
Term Expiration Date: February 24, 2019
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
Engineering and Operations
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
 
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
 
Professional and Community Activities:
Trustee for the San Diego City Employees' Retirement System
 
Other:
M.S. Public Policy, Pepperdine University
B.A. International Business, Hillsdale College
 
 

Lois Fong-Sakai

Date Seated on Board: April 23, 2015
 
Term Expiration Date: October 27, 2024
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Engineering and Operations, Vice Chair
Imported Water
 
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
Imported Water, Interim Chair and Vice Chair
Water Planning
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
Water for People
American Water Works Association
Society of Women Engineers
California Water Environment Association
Water Environment Association
 
Professional and Community Activities:
Asian Business Association
National Charity League
Promises 2 Kids Foundation
LEAD San Diego
National Association of Parliamentarians
California State Association of Parliamentarians
City of Poway Oversight Board to the Successor Agency of the Poway - Redevelopment Agency
Polinsky Childrens' Center Advisory Board
 
Other:
M.S. Civil & Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley
B.S. Chemistry, UC Berkeley
Licensed Civil Engineer - California & Nevada
 
 

Jerry Butkiewicz

Date Seated on Board:  December 5, 2016
 
Term Expiration Date:  December 5, 2022
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Legislation and Public Outreach, Chair
Water Planning and Environmental
Colorado River Work Group
MWD Delegate
MWD Settlement Negotiations Team
San Vicente Project Negotiations Work Group
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
Engineering and Operations
Legislation and Public Outreach
MWD Litigation Task Force
San Vicente Energy Task Force
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
 
Professional and Community Activities:
Sempra Energy Utilities, External Affairs
Labor Council, Secretary/Treasurer
San Diego Greater Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
United Way of San Diego, Labor Laision
San Diego Workforce Partnership
Environmental Health Coalition, Board Member
State Workforce Investment, Board Member
 
Other:
 
 

David Cherashore

Date Seated on Board: November 2, 2015
 
Term Expiration Date: November 02, 2021
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Imported Water, Vice Chair
Legislation and Public Outreach
San Vicente Project Negotiations Work Group
 
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
Audit Committee, Chair, Vice Chair and Member
MWD Litigation Task Force
Water Planning, Chair
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
 
Professional and Community Activities:
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
San Diego Economic Development Corporation, Board Member
 
Other:
Middlebury College, Bachelors Degree Economics
Dartmouth College, Masters Business Administration
 
SAN DIEGUITO WATER DISTRICT
 
 

Joe Mosca

Date Seated on Board:  January 7, 2019
 
Term Expiration Date: December 21, 2020
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Engineering and Operations
Legislation and Public Outreach
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:

 

Water Industry Affiliations:
Encina Wastewater Authority, Board Member
San Elijo JPA, former Board Member
Santa Fe Irrigation District and San Dieguito Water District Joint Advisory Committee, Chair
R.E. Badger Facilities Finance Authority, Board Member
 
Professional and Community Activities:
City Council Member, City of Encinitas (2017 - Present)
Deputy Mayor and President, City of Encinitas (2018)
League of California Cities, Representative
 
Other:
Bachelor's Degree, Political Science, Rhode Island College
Juris Doctor, Quinnipiac University School of Law 
 
SANTA FE IRRIGATION DISTRICT
 
 

Michael T. Hogan

Date Seated on Board: September 18, 2006
 
Term Expiration Date: December 13, 2020
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Imported Water
Water Planning and Environmental
Colorado River Work Group
MWD Delegate
San Vicente Project Negotiations Work Group
Fiscal Sustainability Task Force
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Board Chair
Board Secretary
Administrative and Finance, Vice Chair and Member
Audit Committee
Colorado River Board, Representative and Alternate
Comprehensive Reliability and Cost Assessment Ad Hoc
Engineering and Operations
Legislation, Conservation, and Outreach
MWD Litigation Task Force
San Diego Area Wastewater Management District
San Vicente Energy Task Force, Chair
Water Planning
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
Encina Wastewater Authority, Retired General Manager (1998-2009)
Southern California Alliance of Public Owned Treatment Works - Director/Treasurer (2001-2009)
Santa Fe Irrigation District - Board Member (2003-present)
Past involvement in Wastewater Operation Certification and Training Advisory Committee, State of California's Water Quality Control Institute, San Elijo Joint Powers Authority Citizen Advisory Committee on Water Reclamation, and San Diego Clean Water Program
 
Professional and Community Activities:
Elected and appointed to numerous positions California Water Environment Association and Water Environment Federation over a 30-year period
 
Other:
Bachelor of Science in Business Management
Associate of Arts in Wastewater Technology
Certification: State Water Resources Control Board, Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Grade V - 709 California
 
SOUTH BAY IRRIGATION DISTRICT
 
 

Jose Preciado

Date Seated on Board: January 13, 2015
 
Term Expiration Date: September 08, 2024
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Engineering and Operations
Imported Water
 
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach
Water Planning
Water Industry Affiliations:
South Bay Irrigation, District 3 (2008-2012, 2012-2016, and 2016-2020)
Sweetwater Authority, District 3 (2008-2012, 2012-2016, and 2016-2020)
Finance and Personnel Committee, Consultant Selection Committee, Operations Committee

 

Professional and Community Activities:
San Diego State University, Director of General Studies
South Bay Forum, Past President
Chula Vista Democratic Club, President
California Faculty Association, Member
Academic Professionals of California, Member
CSA San Diego County, Board of Directors, Member
 
Other:
San Diego State University - B.A., Latin American/Border Studies/Spanish
San Diego State University - M.A.T., Teaching 
 
VALLECITOS WATER DISTRICT
 
 

Betty Evans

Date Seated on Board: March 28, 2013
 
Term Expiration Date: March 13, 2022
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
Imported Water
Audit Committee, Chair
Water Conservation Garden JPA, Representative
 
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Imported Water
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach
Legislation and Public Outreach
Water Planning, Vice Chair
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
Vallecitos Water District
 
Professional and Community Activities:
San Marcos City Council member (1992-1996)
Local Agency Formation Commission, member
San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), Board Member
North County Transit District, Board Member
League of California Cities - Affordable Housing Task Force, Board Member
Co-founder of Citizens for a Safe San Marcos, and Residents for a Rural Richland
B.A. Degree, California State University, Northridge
 
Other:
VALLEY CENTER MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT
 
 

Gary Arant

Date Seated on Board: April 18, 2006
 
Term Expiration Date: January 13, 2020
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Engineering and Operations
Water Planning and Environmental
Fiscal Sustainability Task Force
 
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance, Chair, Vice Chair, and Member
Engineering and Operations, Chair and Member
Imported Water, Vice Chair and Member
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach
Legislation and Public Outreach
San Vicente Energy Task Force
Water Planning
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
Valley Center Municipal Water District, General Manager
American Water Works Association, California Section Member
Association of California Water Agencies, Energy Committee Member and Past Chair and Member of Agricultural Committee
San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, Past Chairperson, Past Vice Chairperson, and Past Member -
 
Professional and Community Activities:
Past Vice Chair - Local Agency Formation Commission Special Districts Advisory Committee
Community Lutheran Church, Escondido Member
 
Other:
Assistant to General Manager, Walnut Valley Water District (1973-1980)
General Manager/Secretary to the Board, Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District, Escondido, California
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science - California State University, Fullerton
Master of Public Administration - California State University, Fullerton
Institute for Water And Wastewater Management, University of Southern California
 
VISTA IRRIGATION DISTRICT
 
 

Marty Miller

Date Seated on Board: November 28, 2011
 
Term Expiration Date: November 22, 2023
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Engineering and Operations, Chair
Legislation and Public Outreach
San Vicente Project Negotiations Work Group
 
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Engineering and Operations, Chair, Vice Chair and Member
Imported Water
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach
San Vicente Energy Task Force
Small Contractor Outreach and Opportunities Program (SCOOP)
Water Planning
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
 
Professional and Community Activities:
Member and Former President of Vista Optimist Club
Rancho Buena Vista Little League Board Member
 
Other:
Graduated from College of Southern Idaho
 
YUIMA MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT
 
 

Ron Watkins

Date Seated on Board: February 8, 2013
 
Term Expiration Date: January 13, 2022
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
Engineering and Operations, Vice Chair
San Vicente Project Negotiations Work Group
 
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Engineering and Operations, Vice Chair and Member
Imported Water
San Vicente Energy Task Force
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
 
Professional and Community Activities:
Pauma Valley Country Club, Board Member
Pauma Valley Roadway Association, Board Member
 
Other:
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, West Virginia University
Summer Executive Program, Stanford University
Edison Electric Institute Executive Management Program
1989 winner of Excellence in Communication Leadership (EXCEL) Award from International Association of Business Communicators
 

County of San Diego - Jim Desmond, County Representative (non-voting member)