Biographies

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

Board Officers


Mark Muir (Chair)
San Dieguito Water District

Jim Madaffer (Vice Chair)
City of San Diego

Gary Croucher (Secretary)
Otay Water District
 
CARLSBAD MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT
 
 

Keith Lewinger

Date Seated on Board: October 5, 2011
 
Term Expiration Date: June 16, 2020
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Imported Water
Water Planning
MWD Delegate
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
Administrative and Legal
Colorado River Programs Ad Hoc
Committee on Committees
Engineering and Operations
Imported Water
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, Vice Chair and Chair
 
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:
Administrative and Finance
Legislation and Public Outreach, Vice Chair
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach
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 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
 
 

Ken Olson

 
Date Seated on Board: June 3, 2013
 
Term Expiration Date: March 12, 2023
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Engineering and Operations
Imported Water
Audit Committee
SANDAG Regional Planning Committee, Representative
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
SANDAG Borders/SANDAG Regional Planning Committee, Alternate
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
EcoLayers Inc., Board of Directors
 
Professional and Community Activities:
Monarch School, Board of Directors
UCSD Librarian's Advisory Board, Former Chairman
Children's Museum of San Diego Board of Directors, Former Member
City of Del Mar Financial Advisory Committee, Former Member
American Electronics Association, Former Chapter Chairman
Chairmans Round Table, Co-founder
Now Commerce, Managing Partner
IQinVision, Board Chairman
Express Ventures, Board of Directors
Troxel Helmets, Board of Directors
Topaz Inc., Former Chairman/CEO
Proxima Corp., Former Chairman/CEO
 
Other:
Technologist of the Year, San Diego
Entrepreneur of the Year, San Diego
Director of the Year, San Diego
Former Foster Parent
ESCONDIDO, CITY OF
 
 

Ed Gallo

 
Date Seated on Board: May 23, 2013
 
Term Expiration Date: October 18, 2022
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
Legislation and Public Outreach
SANDAG Regional Planning Committee, Alternate
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach
 
FALLBROOK PUBLIC UTILITY DISTRICT
 
 

Brian J. Brady

Date Seated on Board:  October 26, 2011
 
Term Expiration Date:  July 14, 2022
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Engineering and Operations
Water Planning
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
Colorado River Board, Alternate
Engineering and Operations, Chair
Imported Water
Water Planning, Vice Chair and Member
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
Fallbrook Public Utility District, General Manager
California Municipal Utilities Association, Board of Governors (2009-2011)
Association of California Water Agencies, Board of Directors (2010-2011)
Association of California Water Agencies State Legislative Committee (2006-2008)
Imperial Irrigation District, General Manager (2008-2011)
Irvine Ranch Water District, Board of Directors (1998-2004)
Orange County Sanitation District, Board of Directors (2001-2004)
Rancho California Water District, General Manager (2003-2008)
Water Replenishment District of Southern California, General Manager (2000-2002)
California Water Association, Executive Council (1995-2000)
Dominguez Water Company, Chairman & CEO (1995-2000)
National Association of Water Companies, Board of Directors (1997-2000)
 
Professional and Community Activities:
Partners in Education Committee, Temecula Valley Unified School District
Imperial Valley United Way
Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce
SDSU Water Conservation and Landscape Advisory Board
 
Other:
Ed.D, Pepperdine University
MBA, University of Southern California
BSE, Loyola University of Los Angeles
Registered Civil Engineer
 
HELIX WATER DISTRICT
 
 

Kathleen Coates Hedberg

 
Date Seated on Board: January 11, 2017
 
Term Expiration Date: July 15, 2019
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
Water Planning
Conservation Action Committee (CAC), Alternate
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
 
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, 2019
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments: 
Imported Water
Legislation and Public Outreach
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
 
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, 2019
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Engineering and Operations, Vice Chair
Legislation and Public Outreach
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
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:
Engineering and Operations
Legislation and Public Outreach
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Imported Water
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach, Vice Chair and Member
 
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
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Engineering and Operations
Water Planning, Vice Chair
Conservation Action Committee (CAC), Representative
Water Conservation Garden JPA, Alternate
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Conservation Action Committee (CAC), Alternate
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach
Water Planning
 
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:
Administrative and Finance
Legislation and Public Outreach, Chair
SANDAG, Alternate
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
Imported Water
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach, Vice Chair and Member
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
Olivenhain MWD, Board Member, currently Vice President
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 (2002-2006)
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 Secretary
Administrative and Finance
Legislation and Public Outreach
SANDAG Borders Committee, Representative
 
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
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:
Engineering and Operations
Water Planning
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
 
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
Smith Civil Engineering Solutions, Owner
 
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
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance, Vice Chair
Imported Water
Colorado River Board, Representative
San Diego Area Wastewater Management District, Representative
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Colorado River Board, Alternate
MWD Delegate
Administrative and Finance
Audit Committee
Engineering and Operations
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
Padre Dam Municipal Water District
 
Professional and Community Activities:
Padre Dam Municipal Water District, General Manager (2006-10)
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:
Engineering and Operations
Administrative and Finance
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach
Water Planning
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
Water Environment Research Fund (WERF)
ASCE Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI)
Santa Margarita River Steering Committee
 
Professional and Community Activities:
Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
 
Other:
Registered Professional Civil Engineer (Water Resources)
LEED Accredited Professional (Operations and Maintenance)
Current Doctoral Student at University of Southern California
MS Stanford University, Civil & Environmental Engineering
BS University of South Carolina, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Senior Fellow Rocky Mountain Institute
Director, Office of Water Resources, Camp Pendleton
Program Manager/Sustainable Design Engineer, US General Services Administration, Washington DC
Principal/Director of Ops, Water Practice Leader Rocky Mountain Institute, Boulder CO
20 Years US Navy - Civil Engineer Corps/Seabees, Submarine Force, US Navy Diver - Desert Storm, Afghanistan, Iraq
 
POWAY, CITY OF
 
 

Mark Weston

Date Seated on Board: December 8, 2011
 
Term Expiration Date: April 22, 2020
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Water Planning
Imported Water, Chair
Audit Committee
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Board Chair (2015-2016)
Board Vice Chair
Administrative and Finance
Audit Committee
Imported Water
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach, Vice Chair and Member
San Diego Area Wastewater Management District, Representative
Water Planning, Chair and Member
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
Helix Water District, General Manager
Past Chief Engineer, Helix Water District
Past Director of Engineering, City of Poway
 
Professional and Community Activities:
American Public Works Association member
American Water Works Association member
Association of California Water Agencies member
 
Other:
Holds two B.S. Degrees and a M.S. Degree from University of California, Davis
Licensed Civil Engineer
 
RAINBOW MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT
 
 

Tom Kennedy

Date Seated on Board: February 2, 2015
 

Term Expiration Date: February 2, 2021
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Imported Water, Vice Chair
Water Planning
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
American Water Works Association
AWWA Water Loss Control Committee
Rainbow MWD Representative for CSDA San Diego Chapter
 
Professional and Community Activities:
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
Water Planning
Audit Committee, Vice Chair
SANDAG Borders Committee, Alternate
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Audit Committee, Vice Chair, Chair and Member
Engineering and Operations
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach, Vice Chair and Member
SANDAG, Alternate
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
Association of California Water Agencies
American Water Works Association
California State Municipal Finance Officers
 
Professional and Community Activities:
General Manager, Ramona Municipal Water District
Member, San Marcos Unified School District Citizen Oversight Committee
Past Vice Chair, Carlsbad Unified School District Citizen Oversight Committee
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
Imported Water
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Audit Committee
Engineering and Operations
Imported Water
Water Planning
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
 
Professional and Community Activities:
Southern California Yachting Association, Commodore
San Diego Association of Yacht Clubs, Staff Commodore
Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC), Director
Trinity Episcopal Church, Treasurer
 
Other:
US Naval Acadamy Graduate
Prior service in 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
 
 

Halla Razak

Date Seated on Board: March 20, 2014
 
Term Expiration Date: February 24, 2019
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Water Planning
Engineering and Operations
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance, Vice Chair and Member
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
AWWA
Water Reuse
 
Professional and Community Activities:
 
Other: Director of Public Utilities Department for the City of San Diego
San Diego County Water Authority, former Colorado River Program Director
City of San Diego Engineering and Capital Projects Department, Former Chief Deputy Director
Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, University of Dayton
Masters Degree in Engineering, San Diego State University
 
 

Jim Madaffer

Date Seated on Board: November 8, 2012
 
Term Expiration Date: March 7, 2022
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
SDCWA Board Vice Chair
Legislation and Public Outreach
Imported Water
SANDAG, Alternate
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Board Secretary (2015-2016)
Audit Committee
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach, Vice Chair and Member
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
Water Planning
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments: 
Engineering and Operations
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
 
Professional and Community Activities:
San Diego County Taxpayers Association Board of Directors
Otay Mesa Community Planning Group
Southeastern Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors
Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce
 
Other:
Masters of 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, Chair
Administrative and Finance
Audit Committee
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Engineering and Operations
Imported Water
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
 
Professional and Community Activities:
 
 

Elsa Saxod

Date Seated on Board: June 02, 2008
 
Term Expiration Date: February 7, 2022
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Imported Water
Administrative and Finance, Chair
MWD Delegate
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Colorado River Programs Ad Hoc
Engineering and Operations
Imported Water, Chair, Vice Chair and Member
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach, Chair, Vice Chair and Member
SANDAG Borders/Regional Planning Committee, Alternate and Representative
Small Contractor Outreach and Opportunities Program (SCOOP), Vice Chair
Water Planning
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
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:
MWD Delegate
Legislation and Public Outreach
Imported Water
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
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
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach, Chair, Vice Chair and Member
Planning and Environmental
Water Planning
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
 
Professional and Community Activities:
San Diego Youth and Community Services Board of Directors
San Diego Food Bank
Holiday Food Drive
 
Other:
John Marshall Law School - Chicago, Illinois graduate
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Partner of Tosdal Smith Steiner & Wax
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
 
 

Yen C. Tu

 
Date Seated on Board: December 04, 2001
 
Term Expiration Date: January 30, 2021
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Legislation and Public Outreach, Vice Chair
Water Planning
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
MWD Delegate
Administration and Finance, Vice Chair
Administrative and Legal, Chair and Vice Chair
Committee on Committees
Conservation Action Committee (CAC), Representative and Alternate
Energy Ad Hoc
Engineering and Operations
Executive Committee
Imported Water, Vice Chair and Member
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach, Chair and Member
Public Affairs
Small Contractor Outreach and Opportunities Program (SCOOP), Chair, Vice Chair and Member
Water Conservation Garden JPA, Alternate and Representative
Water Planning, Chair, Vice Chair, and Member
 
Professional and Community Activities:
Community Relations Manager, Viejas Enterprises
Board of Directors - Asian Business Association, Asian Film Foundation, Japan Society of SD/Tijuana, and the Union of Asian Pacific Communities
SDSU Diversity Council Member
Past Legislative Aide to County Supervisor Ron Roberts and Councilmembers Barbara Warden and Tom Behr
Past Executive Director, Asian Business Association
Past Board Member, Mayor Dick Murphy's Asian Advisory Board
Board Member, San Diego Police Citizen Review Board (2001)
Past Senior Campaigner, United Way of San Diego
 
Other:
University of California, San Diego
BA in Chinese Studies, Minor in Economics, 1990
Education-Abroad-Program Scholarship recipient, Hong Kong, 1987-88
 
 

Lois Fong-Sakai

Date Seated on Board: April 23, 2015
 
Term Expiration Date: October 27, 2018
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Engineering and Operations
Imported Water, Vice Chair
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
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
Engineering and Operations
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
 
Professional and Community Activities:
Sempra Energy Utilities, Former Workforce Readiness Manager
Labor Council, Former Executive Officer
San Diego Greater Chamber of Commerce
United Way of San Diego
San Diego Workforce Partnership
Environmental Health Coalition
State Workforce Investment Board
 
Other:
 
 

David Cherashore

Date Seated on Board: November 2, 2015
 
Term Expiration Date: November 02, 2021
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Administrative and Finance
Water Planning, Chair
Audit Committee, Chair
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Audit Committee, Vice Chair and Member
Water Planning
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
 
Professional and Community Activities:
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
San Diego Economic Development Corporation, Board Member
Resort Hotel Association, Board Member
 
Other:
Middlebury College, Bachelors Degree Economics
Dartmouth College, Masters Business Administration
 
SAN DIEGUITO WATER DISTRICT
 
 

Mark Muir

Date Seated on Board: January 10, 2013
 
Term Expiration Date: December 21, 2020
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Board Chair
Legislation and Public Outreach
Water Planning
SANDAG, Representative
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Board Vice Chair (2015-2016)
Admin Code Recodification Subcommittee
Administrative and Finance
Administrative and Legal
Colorado River Programs Ad Hoc
Conservation Ad Hoc, Chair and Member
Engineering and Operations
Imported Water, Chair, Vice Chair, and Member
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach
Quantification Settlement Agreement Implementation Ad Hoc
SANDAG, Alternate
Strategic Plan Ad Hoc
Water Planning, Vice Chair and Member
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
Council of Water Utilities
 
Professional and Community Activities:
City of Del Mar, Fire Chief (2009-2011)
City of Solana Beach, Fire Chief (2009-2011)
City of Encinitas, Fire Chief (2009-2011)
Previously held positions as Division Chief, Fire Marshall, Captain, Engineer, and Firefighter
 
Other:
Masters in Public Administration, SDSU
Bachelor of Science in Emergency Planning, The Union Institute
Associate of Science in Fire Science, Miramar College
Fire Service Master Instructor, Teaching Credential
California Special District Association Governance Certificate
2011 Top 25 leaders in past 25 years, The New Encinitas Network
2011 Fire Management Services, San Diego Taxpayer Golden Watchdog Award
2008 Community Hero Award,  Encinitas Chamber of Commerce
1994 Firefighter of the Year Award, Veterans of Foreign War
 
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:
Engineering and Operations
Imported Water
MWD Delegate
 
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
San Diego Area Wastewater Management District
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, 2018
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Engineering and Operations
Water Planning
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
South Bay Irrigation District 3 (Term 2012-2016)
South Bay Irrigation District, Board of Directors, Member (President 2012)
Sweetwater Authority Governing Board
 
Professional and Community Activities:
San Diego State University, Academic Engagement Programs, Director
South Bay Forum, Former President
Chula Vista Democratic Club, President
National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Member
EMPOWER San Diego, Board of Directors, Member
CSA San Diego County, Board of Directors, Member and Chair
San Diego County Democratic Central Committee, Ex-Officio Member
State of California, Democratic Central Committee, Ex-Board Representative
 
Other:
VALLECITOS WATER DISTRICT
 
 

Betty Evans

Date Seated on Board: March 28, 2013
 
Term Expiration Date: March 13, 2022
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Legislation and Public Outreach
Water Planning, Vice Chair
Water Conservation Garden JPA, Representative
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Imported Water
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach
 
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:
Administrative and Finance, Vice Chair
Legislation and Public Outreach
 
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
Water Planning
 
Water Industry Affiliations:
Valley Center Municipal Water District, General Manager
American Water Works Association, California Section Member
Association of California Water Agencies, Board of Directors and Communications Committee Chairperson
Past Chairperson, Past Vice Chairperson, and Past Member - San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board
 
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, 2017
 
Current Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Engineering and Operations, Vice Chair
Imported Water
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Engineering and Operations, Chair, Vice Chair and Member
Legislation, Conservation and Outreach
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:
Engineering and Operations
Administrative and Finance
 
Past Water Authority Committee Appointments:
Engineering and Operations, Vice Chair and Member
Imported Water
 
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 - Kristin Gaspar, County Representative (non-voting member)